Lion's iconic new NZ$250 million manufacturing and warehousing facility in South Auckland produces some of New Zealand's favourite beverages. The first brew flowed in September 2009, with practical completion of the new facility achieved in May 2010.
"This entirely new facility delivers a new era in best-in-class brewing and beverage manufacturing for New Zealand – something that is, in reality, an opportunity most businesses like ours get only once in a hundred years, if at all." Geoff Ricketts, Chairman of Lion National Foods
On a site of 17 hectares, the seven building areas cover a total of 55,000m2, and range in size from the 900m2 brewhouse to the 45,000m2 packaging and warehouse hall. One of the most complex projects for Beca in recent years, our experience in project managing major brewery projects has been supported by our skills and knowledge across the whole Beca group. Project managers, planners, architects, geotechnical, civil and structural engineers, building services and fire engineers, procurement cost managers and of course our process engineers have all been involved.
Thanks to innovative approaches to the planning consent process and the overall project delivery, the development achieved the client's tight deadlines. With construction well underway before the design could be completed, close collaboration was essential between Beca, Lion, main contractor Mainzeal, process equipment supplier Krones and some of the subcontractors, who were involved from an early stage.
This close-knit teamwork has been key to the project's success. As well as moving construction along at a pace, it also resulted in creative solutions, such as mixing crushed recycled glass bottles into the concrete, and a roof design that allows for few columns in the vast packaging and warehouse area. Beca's long history of working with Lion and their deep understanding of the brewery's process requirements has contributed to this modern facility that should serve the client well into the 21st century.