Project : Automated Ambient Depot
Value : High
Sector : Retail

Asda’s most technologically advanced purpose built Distribution Centre to date, serving stores across the UK. The planning and design development took place over a number of years due to the size and scale of complexity, meeting planned business growth well into the future. The site is over a million square feet with automation systems spanning multiple floor levels encompassing the overall footprint.

LES were chosen in partnership to help and guide delivery of the project through the Build, Commissioning, Test and Handover Programmes, forming a key part in the overall ASDA Project Engineering Delivery Team. LES had the capabilities and proven staff experience to fulfil a number of engineering and management functions throughout the lifetime of the project, these ranged from Principle Contractor, Project Management, Project Engineering through Health and Safety Compliance and CDMC roles. LES also played a major part in the planning and engineering design phases along with selecting and providing key ancillary equipment supplies to the project.

During the design phases LES were asked to research new technologies and implement proven development strategies into the final system concept, these included the use of robotics to de-layer palletised stock, product descrambling and automatic tray loading systems.

In fulfilling the client brief, the LES team ensured the project was kept on track, met all of the legislative specifications, the testing objectives and met the as designed throughput volumes. The LES team supported and led regular review sessions with the client’s project team together with the main and third-party contract participants. This included monitoring and addressing matters arising from the project delivery programmes and the management of the overall project finances and variation orders, delivering the project on time and in budget.

Acceptance testing played a key part in the role of the onsite LES team. They acted on behalf of the client to ensure the solution was fit for purpose and was able to meet the required demands both for today and future business growth. Post go live, as issues arose, the LES team would support the operation to ensure all matters were dealt with promptly and with minimal disruption to the business operation.

As part of the daily/weekly tasks completed by the onsite LES team, any specific data including KPI’s was captured in report format and presented to the client. The LES team pro-actively managed areas of concern direct with the automation provider and/or third-party contractors where required, to include defect handling and snagging resolve.

Today LES are still supporting ongoing developments and continuous improvements at site together with life cycle replacement planning assessments to ensure the client is able to continue maximising its investment.