The Buildings Technology team is responsible for the development of Ocado property from cradle to grave. This includes the design, development, construction, upgrading, maintenance and project management of Ocado’s buildings and their building systems. These systems include: electrical and data distribution; sprinkler and fire suppression installations; refrigeration and HVAC systems and control; insulated structures; compressed air; and civil and structural engineering.
The Buildings Technology team are also responsible for contractor procurement and management, and meeting the insurers’ requirements. Alongside this, we provide technical support, advice and guidance on compliance, facilities management, the engagement of professional services, and assist the Property team when selecting new sites.
Construction and Site Development
Our primary responsibility is to develop new Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs) for Ocado. Our role demands various management solutions in order to control the budget, programme, design, procurement and construction.
We work closely with other Ocado departments to develop the project scope to ensure the facility fully meets the requirements of the business, and is suitable to receive Ocado’s chosen MHE solution. In addition, we provide Ocado with technical expertise in respect of services, building and product selection.
To complement and support the wide range of skills we employ, a number of external consultants assist with specialist areas; these can range from production of feasibility proposals to end game installation solutions.
Spoke Facilities Management
A spoke site is a smaller local storage and distribution site where customer orders are sent before delivery to Ocado’s customers. Our team manages the development, upgrade, maintenance, engineering compliance and disposal of Ocado’s spoke sites. We also manage the development of any new office, research and General Merchandise sites.
When completing a project the team are responsible for the technical design, tender, contractor management, cost management and overall development of the buildings and their services. In addition, the team assists others by providing technical advice and support on compliance and facilities management of hard services.
As a team we are responsible for maintaining and increasing the efficiency of the mechanical and electrical facilities in our existing Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs). Although the Engineering Operations team are the first responders to any site facility breakdown, we have dedicated team members at each of our CFCs to offer in-depth knowledge when required.
The team also works closely with the Construction and Site Development team to help design and implement key services at new CFCs. These projects can include HV and LV electrical services, data services, site electrical generation, sprinkler systems, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, chill and freezer plants and fire alarm systems.