Building of the Month in August 2015
10,000m² warehouse for Charlier Logistics SA, a repetitive customer in Belgium
Charlier Logistics SA realised a new warehouse of 10,000m2 in Molinfaing (Belgium), the fourth built by Astron. The investment is in line with the development of its logistics and distribution activities.
We interviewed Eric Charlier, managing director of Charlier Logistics SA
For the fourth time, our Builder Wust in Belgium and the Astron system have been selected to carry out your new building, why?
Eric Charlier: In total, we have 65,000m² of warehouses split between several sites: Recogne, Messancy, Stockem and Molinfaing. This new investment of 10,000m² is the latest one, built once again with Builder Wust and Astron.
When we first negotiated with Wust, we had a rather important constraint: to have the largest possible surface with no or a minimum of interior columns. For a logistics company, columns are always a source of problems. Wust understood this very well and proposed the best solution with a large free span. Wust was also the only Builder to present a 3D model of the project. Nowadays this is quite common, but 14 years ago... it was far from being the case! To summarize, the product met our needs, we had a limited budget and technical constraints, and Wust proposed the best solution. It was the starting point of our long business cooperation.
What are the primary general advantages and customer benefits in working with Astron and Builder Wust?
Eric Charlier: When you build, events inevitably happen that force you to make decisions and take corrective actions, but with your system there is only one contact person and you get an answer quickly. When I have a problem with a supplier, I want him to bring solutions to me. This is exactly what you did. We gained time and money!
Builder: Wust SA, ETS
Customer: Charlier Logistics SA
Architect: Atelier d'architecture de Lavaux