Work has commenced for the construction of a 16,870-square metre purpose-built facility in Rochedale for CHEP, a global leader in packaging solutions. The project is a joint venture between Goodman and Brickworks and has been dubbed as one of Goodman’s most sustainable developments in the region.
The new facility, located in the Rochedale Motorway Estate, will feature a 450kw solar system projected to generate 700MWh a year. LED lighting will be used across the office and warehouse, which will also have its own fully integrated wastewater treatment plant, rainwater reticulation, solar hot water, and movement sensor lighting.
CHEP regional operations director Queensland Jason Collins said that they chose Rochedale as the site of the new CHEP for its strategic location, excellent road connectivity, and sustainability benefits.
“Sustainability is embedded into our culture at CHEP and is part of our global strategy,” Mr Collins said. “Creating a more environmentally efficient supply chain benefits our customers, the community and our business.”
CHEP, short for Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool, supplies wooden and plastic pallets, small display pallets, crates, and IBC containers that are easily recognisable for the blue color. During the war, CHEP provided the defence supplies of the Australian government under the Allied Materials Handling Standing Committee. The organisation was later acquired by Brambles, which currently operates in 45 countries.
Goodman Group general manager Australia Jason Little said that Rochedale Motorway Estate has been raising the bar “for greening Brisbane’s industrial sector.” Among the tenants of the estate include Smart Furniture, Japanese Food Corporation, and Beaumont tiles. Woolworths will also set up a warehouse in the area.
The new CHEP site will deliver 120 jobs during construction and 90 more jobs upon completion, which will be sometime in mid-2022.