Southern Steel Warehouse and Distribution Centre

Latitude 32 is the latest industrial complex developed by LandCorp in the southern corridor around Rockingham, Western Australia (WA), to take advantage of the high level of infrastructure in the area.

Southern Steel chose Latitude 32 for their new distribution centre for WA and were the first development in the area, utilising the services of WGE for structural, civil, hydraulic, electrical and mechanical services.

The structural steel warehouse is over 10250m² and comprises of two sets of parallel overhead gantry cranes (each 10t capacity) running the full length of the warehouse with smaller transfer cranes running beneath them across the warehouse.  The hook height is 9000m and two delivery/access routes exist across the warehouse for speed and flexibility of delivery.

The site includes access around the warehouse for semi-trailers which, given the slope of the site, meant some challenges for the WGE team to overcome. A modern low level office block offsets the enormous warehouse on the eastern side of the block providing administration and parking facilities for smaller cars.

The biggest challenge hydraulically was that as Southern Steel were so quick off the mark, the sewer and water services in the complex had not yet been installed and the engineers had to install temporary holding tanks and water facilities.

This project was an electrical and hydraulic engineers’ nightmare but a structural engineers dream!