Investing in the right Warehouse with the required specifications is considered vital for any Business in any industry.  To cater to the needs of the growing Industrial sector, state-of-the-art Grade A warehouse facilities are constructed to maximise the profitability of supply chains. Even smaller industrial and manufacturing units are eyeing space in Grade A Warehouse. 

 Location, amenities, quality of construction, space, location and clients speaks for A grade facility. 

The construction of Grade A Warehouse involves managing a numerous complex tasks. An array of factors is evaluated before finalising a location for the construction of the warehousing facilities. The location of the warehouse directly contributes to the efficiency of the company as well as the overall customer experience.

The following parameters are evaluated before identifying the location of Grade A warehouse:

Connectivity ,  Availability of Manpower,  Existence of Social Infrastructure and an  Ecosystem

Also requires obtaining a range of permits for setting up a warehouse in the region  Land Use (CLU), Building Plan Sanction, Consent to Establish, Environment Clearances, Labour Department License, Electrical Connection License, etc. On the other hand post-construction approvals like Fire NOC, Consent to Operate, Occupational Certificate, etc

 

Specifications

Grade A Warehouse/ Factory/ Hybrid building

1Ceiling centre height40 to 50′ above plinth level
2Side heightMinimum 33′ above pinth level – ideally 40′
3Floor load bearing capacity 6 metric ton/ square meter (warehouse) 15 metric ton / square meter (factory) – can be decided at final stage
4Flooring TypeVDF/ Trimix/ FM2/ Laser screed for warehouse – Industrial Flooring for factory – Can be decided at final stage
5Loading deck/ running platform height and canopyPlan for a Continuous loading platform with canopy  on the loading side, also provide for a ramp for container access to inside the building
6Plinth level and ground level Plinth level should be 1.2 meters from the normal ground level – Normal ground level to be 1 meter above road level
7StructurePrecast concrete walls up to 3 meters above plinth level & Galvanized Steel PEB above 3 meters in the sides and roof
8Roof Type Standing seam (Seamless screwless with leak proof) – Galvanized Steel with provision for solar panels on the outer side and provision for insulation on the inner side
9Roof Slope1:10 or 1:20 slope (10-20 degree downward slope) depending the local climatic conditions
10No of shutters/ docks & dock levellersOne loading/ unloading dock per 5000 square feet – alternate docks to have dock levellers
11Automated shutters with sensors and emergency exitsAutomated shutters linked to fire alarms and emergency exits with way markers – can be finalized at final stage
12InsulationRoof – Mandatory with XLPE 9 mm foam sheets
13 Span Ideal span of 24 meters by 16 meters – based on the width of the building
14VentilatorsRidge Vent in the roof and air vents on the side walls (PEB) & windows with grills on walls 
15Translucent Lighting Panels in Roof & side wallsSufficient lighting to ensure minimal use of electricity for lighting 
16 Office spaceRoad facing Provision for mezzanine for workstations, sufficient cabins and conference rooms, dining areas and toilets with view of the working areas – Glazed and well paneled
17Safer, secure and comfortable working environment for all concerned Plan for space for cafeteria, driver and labour resting rooms, separate toilet facilities for white and blue collar personnel, dining areas, security room and first aid room
18Fire Fighting – Fire NOC,  Ceiling sprinkler system,  Fire Alarm and deduction system with PAS, Fire  hydrants Mandatory full fire hydrant set up and slots for extinguishers with adequate outside set-backs for fire vehicular movement. Provisions for sprinkler system to be made with space reserved for sump, pumps and piping above the EoT crane provision
19Mandatory approvals and NoCsDTCP plan sanctions, CTE, CTO, Pollution/environment Nocs, Completion/ Occupational certificate, Mandatory
21 Water management/ Good water sources/ Rain &Storm Water Management/ STP/ Septic tank/ water re-cycling systemBorewell to start with and water testing to be done. Mandatory rain water harvesting, storm, provision for etp/ stp to be made
20Additional points for factoryRamp for containers to drive into the facility. Provision for mounting EoT cranes. Space for additional infrastructure such as power transformers and worker areas to be planned
21Internal roads & other open areasRCC in loading areas, paver blocks in other areas
22100% power back upProvision to be made for minimum 0.5 KVA generator per 1000 sft
23Parking areas As per government stipulations and sufficient parking space should be available for employees and for commercial vehicles
24High compound wallsMinimum 3 meter concrete walls with wire mesh for an additional 1 meter 
25 Solar powerProvision on the rooftop to be made for solar panels
26Green zone and open area spaces Landscaped areas and open areas add to the overall ambience – Plan OSR effectively
27Earthquake proof and flood proofTo consider seismic zones and take adequate precautions against natural calamities and flooding at planning stage
28Other pointsLightning arrestor, waiting areas, lobby, good visible signage, electrical panel room
29TransparencyHidden charges, common areas, carpet area – all should be open and transparent 
30People beyond propertyReputation and profile of contractor/ consultant should be good and he should be qualified

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