25 March 2015 – A contract for the development of a US$20m world class pharmaceutical warehouse in Nairobi, Kenya, has been awarded to Imperial Logistics group company Resolve Capacity. Arno Haigh, managing executive, notes that the project will help to ensure the supply of quality medicines to all stakeholders in East Africa and will enable healthcare suppliers to meet patients’ needs more efficiently.
“While pharmaceutical warehouses and stores are largely invisible to patients, they are essential to ensuring that health commodities are available and maintained in compliant, quality facilities,”Haigh stresses. “Poorly constructed, maintained or managed storage facilities put products at risk of damage, diversion or expiry all of which puts health programmes and patients’ health in jeopardy.”
Resolve Capacity’s turnkey solution for the provision of this 12 500m2 pharmaceutically compliant, temperature controlled warehouse includes the procurement of land, the warehouse design, tender evaluation and awarding, as well as construction project management. “All aspects of materials storage handling and equipment will also be undertaken from the design through to tenders, procurement, installation and commissioning,” Haigh notes, adding that, in addition, Resolve will design the HVAC system and fire control systems that are compliant with FM Global Insurance’s stringent requirements.
The facility will be operational by the end of October 2015, just over 12 months since the project commenced. Haigh explains that this remarkable time frame could be achieved through the use of Resolve Capacity’s diverse and innovative Team as well as local professionals and contractors that share their passion for Client satisfaction.
Resolve Capacity has secured this contract on the back of a decision by sister company Imperial Health Sciences to consolidate its multiple East African warehouses into one substantial facility. “Also contributing to the need for the new Nairobi warehouse is Imperial Health Sciences’ new partnership with global healthcare company Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), which will see Imperial Health Sciences warehousing and distributing all of GSK’s Pharmaceutical and Consumer related products in the East Africa region.,” Haigh expands.
Sustainability is a key element of this project, and “green” features that Resolve Capacity has incorporated into the warehouse’s design include solar water heating, lighting and electric fencing, as well as a water treatment plant, rain water harvesting, sensored LED lighting throughout the facility and state-of-the-art, energy efficient HVAC plant , wall and roof paneling.