Brisbane Airport Cooperation (BAC) is ready to embark on one of the largest industrial projects in Brisbane’s Airport history, for the logistics and delivery conglomerate Aramex Australia.
This is set to increase the agility and competitiveness of Brisbane Airport.
Brisbane Airport will start the ball rolling with the building of Brisbane’s Airport Industrial Park’s new international courier business for Aramex with a capacity of 26,120 sqm worth of office and warehouse. This is as big as three and a half rugby fields.
The Aramex facility
The building of the new facility marks the first phase of the building of a landmark estate. This is a 100-hectare-plus master planned warehouse, logistics, and manufacturing precinct.
To put this into perspective, this is more than five times the size of Brisbane’s South Bank.
The building of the latest Aramex facility will create 1,500 construction positions. After the opening, the facility is expected to employ approximately 60 people with over 120 courier franchises to be based from the site each day.
BAC realizes that it has to increase its non-aviation activity, which sped up its commercial property capabilities, to become South East Queensland’s prestigious industrial zone.
The zone itself offers unrivalled amenities, efficient mobility and transport capabilities, and an overall development and growth potential.
Brisbane Airport Corporation Executive General Manager Commercial, Martin Ryan commented on winning Aramex’s trust in securing the first anchor tenant within the new industrial park. This also points out that the new project is showing its edge and competitiveness.
He stated: “We are excited to welcome Aramex to launch Airport Industrial Park with us. The size of this development highlights the potential for logistics and industrial development at Brisbane Airport at scale.”
He furthered on how Brisbane is the best choice for global firms: “With freight and logistics industries becoming increasingly important, the unrivaled transport links of Brisbane Airport offer an ideal home for companies providing these essential services.”
The Aramex development
The development for Aramex includes a warehouse, which holds 25,070sqm of net lettable area (NLA), an office of 1,050sqm NLA, and a car park which holds 157 bays.
The facility will also provide convenience for pallet racking, freight sortation, and a designated collection zone.
Moreover, to become environmentally friendly, the facility will also house 1,000kW of commercial-grade rooftop solar panels. This is 117 more than the average size of what a typical household could install.
This will boost the airport’s image and sustainability credentials. Approximately 6,000 PV solar panels are to be fitted to the rooftops of other major development projects.
Jacob Marsters, Aramex Brisbane’s General Manager stated that the new facility will increase its delivery and logistics competitiveness in Queensland.
Marsters stated: “Brisbane Airport’s direct access to road and air transport means we can deliver our goods even more efficiently to customers.
He added: “In our business, speed, and efficiency are critical. That’s why being located at the Brisbane Airport precinct and connected to major arterial roads were key factors in our decision-making.”
“The quick access to the northern, western, and southern distribution networks, along with multiple access points in the precinct will be an advantage for our operations.”
The new Aramex site is strategically positioned within the 49,571 sqm industrial-zoned. BAC expects the project to be completed by the second quarter of 2024.
This new project is a crucial part of Brisbane’s Airport 2,700-hectare, which is an overall lease holding. This is one of the largest sites under single ownership in Southern Queensland.
The Australian logistics landscape is significantly growing, and BAC is tapping the growth, hence the commercial plot. The freight industry in Australia is expected to rise 60% on pre-pandemic levels in populated areas by 2040.