Toll Freight Forwarding

Case Study: Toll Freight Forwarding

Located on the waterfront and close to the Wellington CBD, the Toll Aotea Hub is an impressively sized facility serviced by road, rail and inter-island freight. To deal with the high number of vehicle movements and weather, an engineered ventilation system was needed.

Project: Toll Aotea Hub, Wellington

End User: Toll Group
Main Contractor: Watts & Hughes
Architect: Williams Architects
Mechanical Consultant: Thurston Consulting
Products Supplied: VL-2SD & VCD-100

Project Details

Located on the waterfront and close to the Wellington CBD, the Toll Freight Forwarding warehouse is roughly the size of a rugby pitch.  At 8,400 square metres, the impressively sized warehouse is serviced by road, rail and inter-island freight.  A critical component of the company’s national coverage, it plays a key role in transshipping freight from regional branches to the major metropolitan centres of Auckland and Christchurch.

The warehouse is home to a team of 70 warehouse staff and drivers.  Annually, the facility is able to process over 800,000 items.  On any given day, there is a high number of vehicles entering and exiting the warehouse.  Each emits noxious fumes into the atmosphere and represents a threat to the health of the workforce.  This raises the obvious need for stringent Healthy & Safety protocols and was a major factor in the design of the building.  Added to the design requirements was a need to keep any potential water ingress from rain out, along with any water which might be blown in from the adjacent waterfront.

The solution was delivered via the use of a double bank drainable louver with an electrically operable damper on the back. The dampers are linked to the building management system and open on demand, as ventilation is required.

A two stage system, the VL-2SD is designed for a high level of weather protection in exposed locations, such as that of the Toll Aotea Hub. With Class A level rain defence (BS/EN:13030) at volumetric airflow rates of up to 1.5m3/second it can handle both high wind speeds and heavy rainfall. The VCD Series of low leakage airflow regulating dampers maintain the high level of protection when the louvres are open. The design was completed with added safety features, such as mesh to prevent anything interfering with the blades and actuators, with current overload sensors to detect obstructions.

With high capacity levels and a very fluid working environment, the Toll Aotea Hub is the backbone of the freight giant’s New Zealand operations. Perfectly located for distribution but not necessarily the weather conditions Wellington waterfront is known for, an engineered ventilation system has proven successful in minimising the threat and helping to keep freight moving.


Ventüer shop drawings for this project




Ventüer products used on this project

VL-2SD High Weather Protection Louvre

VL-2SD High Weather Protection Louvre

Best in its class, the Ventüer VL-2SD is a high performing two-stage weather louvre that provides optimum rain defence. The louvre blades are supported on a two-piece pressure equalised mullion system, and bordered by a 150mm frame that ejects captured water to the front of the panel. Like the VL-3SD, it can be combined with the VL-50CM louvre system to provide cost savings in inactive (blanked off) areas, and can also be fitted with bird mesh, insect mesh or dust filters.

VCD-100 Low Leakage Damper

VL-2SD High Weather Protection Louvre

The Ventüer VCD-100 is a low leakage airflow regulating damper for the control of volume and pressure within air conditioning and ventilation systems. Complete with UV resistant PVC edge seals and self-lubricating injection moulded end bushings these dampers can be fitted to a number of different actuators or manual locking quadrants depending on the project specific requirements.