It is very important for a packing produce shed to fulfil its purpose flawlessly in order to keep your produce in the best condition for sale, and to make the process of packing and unpacking a relatively simple one. Here are a few tips that are considered important when creating the ideal packing shed.
Make sure your packing shed is close to the paddocks containing your crop, so it is an easy job to move the harvest to the packing shed. The vehicle that will be transporting your harvest should be able to access the shed without troubles also.
The right amount of space
It is imperative that you plan your packing shed to the right dimensions so everything that needs to happen inside can do so easily and practically. Every packing shed will be designed differently according to the type of harvest it is specified to hold. Try to design your packing shed so the process will be streamlined and efficient.
Good lighting is important in a packing shed as it will allow you to see defects that may in your harvest. The best lights to show up flaws are SP-30 fluorescent or tungsten halogen quartz. Also don’t forget to put windows into the design of your packing shed in perspective of health and safety for workers.
The best flooring surface for a packing shed is concrete. Concrete allows for the use of wheeled trollies and other necessary tools like a pallet jack. Ensure your concrete floor slopes towards a drain to make it easy to wash.
Ensuring cleanliness is important in packing sheds to prevent food borne illnesses. The biggest cause for spread of germs is contamination from the handlers hands. Install a sink and tap with hot running water so employees can wash their hands before touching food. Make sure wash tubs and surfaces that are likely to contact produce should be easy to keep clean.
Removing water from washing produce is just as important as getting in in there. Plan for drainage when you design your wash station. It is common for local governments to require wash water to be put through a septic system. When planning this don’t make the mistake of hooking your packing shed up to your houses septic system, it will overwhelm the system with too much water.
The most efficient layout for packing sheds is one that will avoid extra steps and crossing paths. It will also move in the direction of the worker’s leading hand. Try to think about the process your produce has to undertake and how to make this operate in a streamlined practical way.
Shed Cost Per Square Metre
Estimates can vary wildly for costs when building a shed. Each project is different, and there are various things that influence final price.
We have calculated the average cost-per-square-metre below for some of our main industries. It is very possible that your actual cost will differ, but you may be able to use these figures for relatively simple shedding.
NOTE: These are estimates and actual prices may fall outside of the range. The exact cost per square metre comes down to a number of things, including height and complexity. Projects can differ.
Including: Garages, carports, storage sheds, workshops etc.
Average cost per square metre: $236m2 – $318m2
(Note: Domestic builds have a higher cost per square metre because they generally have much lower square metreage. This cost covers site preparation and erection)
Typical size: 12m x 9m at a cost of $24,126
Including: Hay Shed, Machinery Shed, Grain Shed, Cattle Sheds etc.
Average cost per square metre: $67m2 – $110m2
Typical size: 24m x 18m at a cost of $45,620
Including: Indoor riding arenas, stables, equestrian complexes etc.
Average cost per square metre: $90m2 – $136m2
Typical size: 41m x 21m Arena Cover at a cost of $83,760.
Including: Offices, showrooms etc.
Average cost per square metre: $130m2 – $229m2
Typical size: 36m x 22m at a cost of $122,000.
Including: Factories, warehouses, large workshops etc.
Average cost per square metre: $106m2 – $176m2
Typical size: 36m x 20m at a cost of $76,220.
Including: Habitable Dwelling Frames & Liveable Sheds.
Average cost per square metre: $190m2 – $454m2
Typical size: 15m x 20m at a cost of $57,150.
Including: Ball court cover, learning areas etc.
Average cost per square metre: $99m2 – $149m2
Typical size: 32m x 17m at a cost of $80,130.
Including: Aeroplane hangars & helicopter hangars.
Average cost per square metre: $187m2 – $281m2
Typical size: 18m x 18m at a cost of $70,370.
8 Steps to Building Your New Shed
Begin your journey… Hand all your headaches over to us and relax! Sit down with our industry specialists so we can fully discover what you have in mind, what you need and what will work best for you. Discuss with us how to bring all this together.
2. Site Survey/ Inspection
A free on-site inspection and survey to assess the proposed location, and address any aspects that may become an issue later on, such as site access, drainage etc.
3. Design and Planning
Our team of qualified designers and engineers go to work to create the shed that will exceed your requirements, while considering climate, location, budget and existing property layout.
4. Building Permits and Approvals
As a registered builder, we offer to take care of your building permit at no extra charge! This service is only applicable for rural and domestic buildings.
Here the finer details of each individual component are finalised, drawn up and sent off to be laser cut for fast and accurate manufacture.
Your shed hits the factory as our welders set to work manufacturing trusses/columns/etc. Our workshop is the pride of our team, due to extensive LEAN training and principle implementation. Visit the workshop any time of day and you’ll find everything clean, orderly and safe. This enables fabrication to run smoothly and to schedule.
Teamwork is the keyword when your shed is transported and ready for installation on-site. Our experienced installation teams work together closely to ensure your shed is erected quickly and safely.
8. Hand over
For you this is the start of forever after, because we build our sheds to last. Using only the highest quality Australian steel and components, our team is one of the most experienced in Victoria. Our workshop is set up with cutting edge machinery and manufacturing processes. On top of that, you’re in safe hands, because we stand by our work. We offer a 12 month structural and workmanship guarantee.
You can trust us… we’ve done this before.