Office – 2.200m²
Warehouse – 9.000m²
Site – 30.000m²
McKesson is a leading
healthcare company in the field of pharmaceutical distribution. The masterplan
designed for the Ghent (BE) site is centered around a ‘last mile hub’ concept for
distribution in the urban core. The strategic location at the junction of the
E17 and E40 highways facilitates efficient inbound delivery by traditional lorries,
while the site’s close proximity to the city center of Ghent allows for
outbound shipments via an extensive fleet of utility vans. In phase 1, a
warehouse has been realized that is fully automated and precisely climatized
according to the specific pharmaceutical requirements.
The mezzanine offices are
located above the loading docks and take advantage of a massive glazed façade
oriented northward, allowing for panoramic views over the docks and the canal.
This creates an enhanced workplace experience through increased visual contact
with the surroundings and an abundance of natural daylighting. The typical
signal houses spanning the canals were the inspiration for the concave
architecture. Bringing the outside in, while pushing the inside out. The facade
is constructed with bespoke corrugated cladding and finished with an exclusive
copper coating, creating a unique character in the urban landscape.
Phase 2 is currently under