TERRAWORLD WAS FOUNDED IN NOVEMBER 2017 AND IN JUST A FEW YEARS THEY’VE GROWN TO BECOME THE LEADERS IN THE FIELD OF LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION IN ZIMBABWE AND ACROSS THE SADC REGION. TERRAWORLD PROVIDES TRANSPORT SERVICES TO ITS CLIENTS FOR A WIDE RANGE OF GOODS FROM MINERALS SUCH AS COAL AND CHROME TO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS LIKE TOBACCO AND MAIZE AS WELL AS CONTAINERS AND GROCERIES INCLUDING BULK BAGGED OR BOXED CARGO.
Terra World started out as a small trucking business in the Southerton industrial area but rapidly grew to become a major player in the transport and logistics business with an extensive fleet of over 30 vehicles including drop side tri-axle trailers, single bin side tippers, link side tippers and drop side super links amongst others. They now have a staffff contingent of around 55 employees which includes drivers, mechanics, personnel for their stores, wash bays and admin staff.
Their new premises are situated at stands 2474 and 2475 Kleif Way in the rapidly growing Arlington Industrial Park along the Seke Road. Although it’s a fairly new development the area is growing quickly with both residential and industrial stands available for future development. Terra world have managed to secure two prime stands incorporating 6800 square metres for their offices, workshops, stores and ample parking space for their fleet of vehicles.
Their new, very impressive, offices and workshops were designed by the international architectural and interior design firm Viron Studio. Terra World’s sister company Terra Construction acted as the main contractor and project managers so the whole construction process was kept in-house and completed on time and on budget. Work on the new building started in 2020 and Terra World moved in to their new premises in February last year – 2021. However, they are continuing to develop the site building new facilities for Terra Tech, a sister company which will specialise in spray painting large vehicles and trucks. The new spray painting bays should be ready for business in the next month.
Apart from their offices, workshops and stores there are also wash bays which can accommodate their 30 ton trucks and trailers. They are also continuing to pave the yard to provide all weather access for their heavy vehicles. The new offices have a very imposing double height façade with the main reception in the centre and wings of offices on each side. The large reception area has white porcelain floor tiles and generous seating in the waiting area. The exterior signage at the front of the right hand side of the reception is a group of offices and the boardroom leading off a central corridor. All the rooms have large windows either overlooking the front of the building or the back yard so they’re all light and bright.
There’s an open atrium space with horizontal palisade railing, a translucent roof and green artificial turf flooring so it feels like an indoor/ outdoor space. It’s perfect for staff to chill out and relax during their breaks or to sit outdoors for their lunch. Beyond the open space is a further structure which will most likely become an outlet for their spares sales. The building was designed by Greygate who also supplied the interior design details and furniture.
text by Michael Nott
photos by Structure and Design