Safal Market, Bangalore

THIS MARKET is located on the outskirts of Bangalore and is owned and operated by Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetables Ltd., a subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board. It is a wholesale market and auctioning centre for fruits and vegetables that serves the farmers in the region. It is modeled on the European system of markets. It has a modern auction hall outfitted with an electronic bidding system with data outlets for every bidder seated in the hall and where the bidding can be viewed on a giant screen behind the auctioneer. The auctioning centre is connected to a set of warehouses – one for fruits and another for vegetables, each having its own temperature and humidity controls. The fruit section also has special ripening chambers for bananas. A separate facility has been created for potatoes and onions as they require only a shelter to keep them dry and because they do not spoil as rapidly as other vegetables. A cold storage facility with several compartments at different ambient conditions has also been provided.

The master plan is based on a traffic flow that is intense and complex. In the early morning peak hours that lasts from three to six almost six hundred trucks have to enter the market and have their papers processed and cargo unloaded in time for the morning auction or storage in the warehouse. The design and specifications for roads and hardstands were, therefore, very critical. Being a facility that works twenty four hours a day and seven days a week means that there is little time to attend to road repairs. The wholesale section is in an area where access is strictly controlled and retail traders have access only to the delivery zone.

The warehouses are long-span structures to permit flexibility in stacking patterns. They have steel columns and roof trusses and walls of polyurethane sandwich panels. A false ceiling has been provided in the two main warehouses In order to achieve a positive seal against dust and infiltration of outside air. A polished concrete floor with rounded joints at skirting and corners helps maintain the facility in a clean condition. The areas where material movement is intense, heavy duty reinforced concrete floors are provided.

Client : Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegitables.

Area : 1,00,000 sq m

Location : Bangalore

Role : Architectural & Engineering Design

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