Australia’s Tallest Insulated Cold Storage Building

31 July 2017

Australia’s tallest insulated cold storage building, standing 38 metres tall at it apex, is currently being built in Truganina Victoria. The $76m New Cold 2 project is being built through a joint venture between SBP Australia and Retracom. Spread across a massive 23,500m2 site, the facility includes a chilled warehouse with an adjacent despatch and packaging building.

Australia's largest cold storage building being built in Victoria

During the continuing construction phase, United access equipment has played a vital role. Workers have used this access equipment to install the PIR (polyisocyanurate) insulated panels along the sides of the building. The access equipment used has included a Haulotte 4 tonne telehandler, telescopic boom lifts and electric scissor lifts. With most of the buildings external panels having already been installed, the project is well on track to be completed by the end of 2017.

Key Customer Initiatives Delivered by United

A productive partnership was forged with the SPB-Retracom Joint Venture through a series of key initiatives. These initiatives were tailored to the specific needs of the customer which was the foundation of this success.

Effective Communication

Tailored lines of communication, by way of a Dedicated Account Manager, to handle all aspects of the account. This helped facilitate the speed and ease of communication as per the client’s request. This asset to communication and management helped develop a project management skillset fundamental to the success of the ongoing project.

Extensive Range of Access Equipment for Hire

The ability to supply a broad range of access equipment for hire to suit the site requirements. This helped demonstrate the strength, depth and versatility in United’s service offering. Other strengths included the quick availability and transport of equipment from interstate.

Responsive Backup & Support

The rapid back-up service and support was made possible by the range of technology available and through United’s understanding of the project. Furthermore, this assisted the partnership in being able to anticipate where and when support was needed.

“United have also been quick to respond to any issues, including service, maintenance and site challenges. This is a challenging project and we’ve had to work together to overcome different issues relating to the machinery, the site and the weather,” said Mr Bill Thompson, Project Manager, SBP-Retracom Joint Venture.

“One issue that arose earlier this year is that a new set of site requirements was introduced. This required a crush bar to be configured onto all booms to protect the operator. United were straight onto it, and promptly replaced all booms that were not fitted with the crush bar with new machines that had one already fitted.”

Flexibility to Meet Customer Needs

Flexibility in tailoring and modifying access equipment to the joint venture’s specific needs was essential in this project. Specifically, being able to schedule equipment for delivery at the correct time, while also dealing with the changing needs as the project progressed.

Bill Thompson said United’s flexibility and partnership extended to tailored financial terms, important to a large project. “For a long-term project like this, United are giving us enhanced flexibility on their rental terms, which is a big help also,” he said.

Access Equipment Used on the Project

  • A powerful and robust Haulotte 4t Telehandler, designed for maximum operator comfort with reliable performance. It includes Flow Sharing technology that enables a simultaneous and proportional control of 4 movements.
  • A safe and productive Haulotte 23m Telescopic Boom Lift, which comes with an outstanding lifting speed of 56 seconds. This rigid boom offers excellent manoeuvring with full proportional controls and simultaneous movements.
  • A Haulotte Compact 8 Electric Scissor Lift, which offers a compact and durable frame design. Its narrow width of 81cm makes it a versatile platform for most indoor applications and some outdoor use, allowing access through standard doorways and tight passages.


Access equipment including boom lifts and scissor lifts working on the project.

SPB-Retracom workers using various United boom lifts to gain access in both the interior and exterior areas of the building.

A telehandler and forklift operating on the worksite.

United telehandlers and forklifts used to move materials around the large work site.

Anti-crush Safety Technology Used on the Boom lifts

ACTIV’Shield© Entrapment Prevention System is an anti-crush bar designed to protect boom lift operators on site. The safety system is available on all new Haulotte articulating and telescopic boom lifts. The ACTIV’Shield© system safely warns the operator and stops the boom lift to avoid potential entrapment or crushing situations.

Haulotte Activ'Shield bar sits over the main controls


To hire access equipment for next project or to learn more about the latest safety technologies, contact United today.