Building in Poland: the construction of a distribution centre

Client wishes

An internationally operating retailer of Dutch origin wants to be able to serve its market in East Germany, Poland and the northern Czech Republic more adequately. This led to the wish to building a distribution centre in southern Poland.

Our role

IDS Consultancy supervised the entire process of building the distribution centre in Poland. Main tasks included selecting the contractor, arranging all permits including hazardous substances, managing the procurement of the logistics installation, project management, maintenance contracts to eventually deliver the project fully operationally.


In 9 months time, a DC of about 50,000 m2 was furnished and put into operational use (including all permits) within budget. This DC has the capacity to serve the 190 stores. There is room for more than 60,000 pallets that can be loaded and unloaded through more than 40 docks.

Highlights of this project

In addition to the client’s wish to be able to store some 62,000 pallets – 4,000 of which in hazardous goods compartments – sustainability was also high on the agenda. The DC is therefore equipped with, among other things, charging stations for electric cars, extensive facilities for staff coming by bicycle (parking, showering, lockers), water heated by solar energy, extra insulation and a roof that is fully prepared for solar cells. As a result, the Breeam certificate ‘very good’ has been issued.

The return flows from the shops are efficiently processed on a mezzanine above the docks. The waste is separated with compactors installed for plastics, cardboard and other waste.

Of the 600 employees working in shifts in the building, some work in the adjoining office building. This office is not only a workplace focused on the operation, but also the control point for 24/7 monitoring of e.g. access control, barriers, camera security, fire alarm and the sprinkler system.

The flow of goods has been paramount in the design. Outside, separate roads for trucks and passenger transport have been constructed, customer trucks have a different entrance than trucks from suppliers and transporters, and space has been set up for parking any maintenance services without obstructing the flow of goods.

There are also, in addition to a separate secure space, own docks for hazardous substances.
Internally, best practices from other DCs have been applied: for instance, the building has been designed in such a way that the Material Handling Equipment (e.g. reach trucks) can make optimal use of the work floor, an optimal storage height and capacity has been achieved in combination with applicable sprinkler regulations and the line marking and collision protection plan ensures that work can be carried out safely.

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