Toyota’s new South African Warehouse in Johannesburg to commence early 2012

The Toyota South Africa Motor parts distribution warehouse centre has been completed according to the recent announcement by the property developer Investec Property.

This mammoth warehouse in Johannesburg is situated in the Ekurhuleni district, on the East Rand, and is within earshot of the OR Tambo International Airport.

Investec Property was responsible for managing the project, selecting a suitable location as well as the sourcing and installing services.

The Toyota South Africa distribution centre’s early phase consisted of 48 000 metre squares of warehousing space with 3000 metre squares devoted to corporate offices.

The mixed-use, purpose-orientated capacity of the construction project was optimised for to meet present requirements as well as future ones. An example being the warehouse’s potential expansion capability of 48 000 square metres in the foreseeable future.

The distribution warehouse will deliver auto-motor parts to Toyota’s 192 South African dealerships, with yet another 48 delivery destinations scattered throughout the continent.

The warehouse complies with environmental principles, being insulated structurally as well as being equipped to repel heat through high-end glazing mechanisms.

Still dwelling on its green credentials; the Toyota South Africa Motors parts distribution centre has a rainwater harvester for irrigation purposes and can conserve the facility’s water usage. The water is collected from the roof of the warehouse and stored in an underground 175 litre tank, and from here gets drained through a bio-filter for reuse.

The eco-capabilities of this mega structure were closely adjusted to the native habitat which supports a wide array of both animal and plant life, and as a result, Investec Property man-aged the construction process to ensure absolute eco-efficiency. The result of this undertaking is the warehouse’s storm-water retention system which prevents spills from landing on the delicate wetland.

For operational optimisation of the depot, early-suppression, fast-release sprinklers have been installed which have set a South African record in their engineering ingenuity and sheer scale. On the security front, the facility comprises of motion sensor lights with a 40 metre clear-span staging area.

The warehouse took 12 months to complete – well within the requirements of Toyota South Africa, and should commence operations at the beginning of the year 2012.

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