Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is set to undertake the largest industrial project in the airport’s history for global logistics and delivery company Aramex Australia. BAC will kickstart the development of Airport Industrial Park with the construction of international courier business Aramex’s new 26,120sqm office and warehouse – equivalent in area to more than three-and-a-half rugby league fields.
This marks the first stage of development of the landmark estate, which is a 100-hectare-plus master-planned warehousing, logistics and manufacturing precinct, more than five times the size of Brisbane’s South Bank. Development of the Aramex facility will involve up to 1,500 workers during the construction phase. Once opened, Aramex will employ 60 people with over 120 courier franchises operating from the site each day.
BAC has accelerated its commercial property offering to become South East Queensland’s premier industrial zone, offering unparalleled amenity, transport connectivity and development potential. Martin Ryan, Brisbane Airport Corporation Executive General Manager Commercial, said securing Aramex as the first anchor tenant within the new industrial precinct demonstrates its attractiveness amongst global brands.
“We are excited to welcome Aramex to launch Airport Industrial Park with us,” he said. “The size of this development highlights the potential for logistics and industrial development at Brisbane Airport at scale,” Ryan said. “With freight and logistics industries becoming increasingly important, the unrivalled transport links of Brisbane Airport offer an ideal home for companies providing these essential services.”
The development for Aramex will include a warehouse with approximately 25,070sqm of Net Lettable Area (NLA), an office of 1,050sqm NLA and 157 car parking bays and racks for 14 bicycles plus end-of-trip facilities There will be space for pallet racking, freight sortation and a customer collection zone. The development will also feature approximately 1,000kW of commercial rooftop solar panels, about 117 times more than the average current household install. This adds to Brisbane Airport’s sustainability credentials, with approximately 6,000 PV solar panels already fitted to the rooftops of six recent major developments. This is in addition to a further 18,000 solar panels already in operation across the airport with more on the way.
Aramex Brisbane General Manager, Jacob Marsters said the new Brisbane facility would boost their delivery and logistics capability in South East Queensland. “Brisbane Airport’s direct access to road and air transport means we can deliver our goods even more efficiently to customers. 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 Aramex site is centrally positioned within the industrial-zoned 49,571sqm precinct. It is anticipated to be complete by Q2 2024. Airport Industrial Park stage one is under development, with land preparation for subsequent stages underway. This development is part of BAC’s 2,700-hectare overall lease holding, among the biggest sites under single ownership in SEQ and the premier gateway to Queensland. With Australia’s freight demand growing significantly – tipped to rise 60 per cent on pre-pandemic levels in urban areas by 2040 according to government estimates – Brisbane Airport is well-placed to meet demand for quality industrial land development. Logistics and supply chain companies are a growing sector at Brisbane Airport with a number of national and international companies among more than 425 businesses located across the airport.