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At Prospec Structures, we are committed to being industry leaders in constructing food processing facilities. We design and deliver our steel store structures to meet all your needs. We are experts at delivering cool store facilities that maximise your facilities output while helping you keep your food safe and maintain exceptional hygiene standards.

We offer a range of steel cool store structures to keep your food fresh. If you need a cool storage building for your warehouse or food manufacturing facility, our team is here to help. With our belief in innovation and dedication to remaining at the forefront of the industry.

By working closely with industry professionals, we create superior cool storage solutions. With our exceptional designs, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy working environment and a better return on your investments.

We have access to one of the most comprehensive suites of services in the cold storage industry. When you choose Prospec to build your facility, you can trust that our team of design, engineering, project management, and construction professionals will know how to get the job done. There is no limit to the options we offer for custom-designed buildings.

Locations and building types are evolving

At the beginning of the project, our experienced design team will conduct free site visits. We know the ins and outs of industry regulations, which will assure you that we will plan and implement the project efficiently, on time and to an exceptional standard. Thanks to our expertise and professionalism, we can ensure efficient build times without compromising quality or safety.

We will work closely with you from day one to the day you enter your completed facility. Our emphasis on clear and open communication ensures that we maintain a thorough understanding of your business and site needs.

Even before the pandemic, the cold chain infrastructure landscape was rapidly evolving -- e-commerce was on the rise; an increase in frozen food demand was driven by health-conscious consumers; and facility requirements were changing. Changes in behavior due to the pandemic caused panic-buying, accelerating these trends in 2020. As a result, cold storage was one of the fastest-growing parts of the sector. Since speculative development of cold storage facilities has been limited, however, the market must accelerate its response and ramp up construction to meet the new demands.

Because cold chain facilities are more expensive to build and maintain than dry storage warehouses, understanding the special considerations involved in building these facilities is critical. Owners should commit to a project delivery method such as design-build or at a minimum design-assist, which engages the entire team as early as possible during concept planning. This sets the stage for a rigorous pre-construction phase that weighs multiple options and accounts for many variables. Given the expense of refrigeration, having a contractor-led design-build process (in which the contractor weighs in early on various engineering scenarios) can improve life-cycle costs for the facility, decrease service life energy usage, achieve simpler maintenance and result in a fast-track delivery. A guaranteed maximum price contract can also help manage project costs, as well as allow construction to start while more complex engineering and design are still being completed.

Many factors must be considered when determining where to build cold storage facilities, and how these buildings are constructed is consequently changing. Owners of large facilities often look to build on sites that are close to manufacturing locations or close to where food is grown and harvested. Considerations when choosing a location for these facilities include access to motorways, site grades and a building area that can accommodate the additional structural requirements of cold storage facilities.

On the consumer delivery end, the “last mile problem” often governs where warehouses are sited. Redevelopment of existing buildings in urban/regional locations, which can meet the demand for tighter turnaround, is one solution being explored. One thing almost all modern cold storage facilities have in common is the need for tall volumes since automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) usually operate in vertical spaces. This dovetails well with the fact that building “up” reduces a building’s footprint and is a logical way to use tight urban lots and reduce real estate costs.

A few of the specialised building elements that drive up costs for cold storage facilities are an insulated building envelope; underfloor heating systems (which prevent soil below the building from freezing); and thermal control systems at building openings. Spaces with multiple temperature zones must be established, and since cold, hot, dry or humid conditions matter—greatly—when it comes to storing food, facilities must be tailored to local climates. Sophisticated control systems may be needed to maintain optimal conditions. In any automated facility, AS/RS system components, including machinery, racks, conveyors/tracks and controls will dictate design decisions from the ground up. Preconstruction activities should involve addressing a complete checklist of considerations to guide system selection and arrangement.

The ROI of other specialized construction procedures for cold storage facilities should be weighed. For example, investing in jointless floors may be worthwhile, as these floors can ensure smooth movement of automated equipment in a finished facility. Conversely, time and money might be saved by using standardized units and prefabricated parts. The newest types of cold storage facilities may not look like traditional buildings at all. Rack-supported buildings consist of an independent storage rack system that not only serves the AS/RS but forms the structural system of the entire facility. Walls and roofs are put in place as a “skin” after rack construction. By collaborating with industry and statutory authorities, our highly skilled planning team will ensure that we build your facility to perfection. With our confidence, care, and expertise, you’ll get less hassle and better results.

Delivering premium customer service

Product innovation and customer satisfaction are some of our long term commitments at Prospec. We work collaboratively with our clients, including sending professional designers directly to your site, so that we thoroughly understand your needs and challenges.

At every step of the design and manufacturing process, we will be your advocate. We turn initial concepts into state-of-the-art, modern facilities which deliver optimal performance, efficiency, and flexibility.

The delivery method of our project managers balances high-quality design, responsibility, construction, budgeting, and timelines seamlessly. This way, our customers get total, streamlined integration and installation.


Here at ProSpec Structures, we work closely with industry professionals to create superior cold store designs that will give you a healthier work environment and a better return on your investments.

There are many reasons why you can rely on us to go above and beyond your requirements. When you choose us to construct your steel cold storage solutions, you'll benefit from:

  • Our extensive range of design options
  • Free site visits by our experienced design team
  • Access to one of the shed build industry's most comprehensive suites of services
  • Unlimited options for custom designed sheds direct from the manufacturer
  • Faster build times
  • One of the most accurate quoting methods available in the industry
  • Free 3D design concepts
  • Fixed-price contracts

When you choose ProSpec Structures, we'll work closely with you from day one to ensure that we get a thorough understanding of your business and site needs.

Our highly experienced, skilled planning team will collaborate with statutory authorities and building surveyors to ensure an exceptional build. That means that you'll get less hassle and better results with New Zealand's leading steel structure builders.

Cold storage and food processing facilities are highly specialised and involve a range of intricacies. This means that any design and build service involved in their construction must have the expertise necessary to bring them to life.

For example, refrigerated warehouses and cold storage centres consume some of the highest amounts of energy among any structures in the world.

In order to improve their efficiency and reduce the strain on your power bill, these structures must be professionally designed and built to integrate the most energy-efficient systems available.

Here at ProSpec Structures, we work collaboratively with all our clients from the earliest stage of their projects. That includes sending our professional designers directly to your site to get a thorough understanding of your requirements and challenges.

We'll be your advocate throughout every step of your design and build process. The ProSpec team turns initial concepts into state-of-the-art, modern facilities designed for optimal performance, efficiency and flexibility.

We're dedicated to bringing value to every project we take on. That means meeting your equipment needs, life cycle cost, regulatory requirements and any expectations for budget control, safety and quality.

Our project managers use a delivery method that combines high-quality design, construction, budgeting and timelines into a single point of responsibility. That's how we're able to offer our customers the benefits of total, streamlined integration.

We even offer a range of optional extras for your cold storage warehouse. These include:

  • Large Sliding or Roller Shutter Doors
  • PA Doors
  • Canopies
  • Refrigeration
  • LED Lighting
  • Pallet Racking Systems
  • Cool Room Systems
  • Roof and Wall Ventilation
  • Roof and Wall Insulated Panels (PIR)

If you have been considering a frozen food distribution centre, refrigerated warehouse or other cold storage facilities for your business, we highly recommend constructing it out of steel.

There is a wide range of reasons why this durable, robust metal is an excellent choice, and we cover them below.

Steel buildings and warehouses are highly energy-efficient structures. Their metal frames offer you exceptional insulation, which you can modify as necessary to accommodate changing temperature requirements.

We know that you're very likely to build cold storage structures for food production or storage applications, making cleanliness critical.

This is where steel can be of benefit. These metal buildings create a stable environment that is easy to clean.

For instance, you won't have to worry about drainage issues that you sometimes face with brick or timber structures or risks of wood rotting or attracting mould or mildew.

As steel frames are non-porous, they don't hold moisture, meaning that you'll also be able to wash your warehouse as needed without any damage as a result.

Steel buildings are some of the most durable out there and can easily last a lifetime. This means that when you choose one of our steel cold storage structures, you're investing in a building that's certain to stand the test of time.

Powerful steel can even stand up to the harshest weather conditions while requiring little to no regular upkeep. You'll be able to save on repairs throughout your building's lifespan, making steel one of the best available options for low maintenance facilities.

We can design all of our cold store buildings to meet your specifications. Simply reach out to a ProSpec Structures steel expert to discuss what you're looking for and get a quote for a high-quality solution to your temperature-controlled storage requirements.

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