New Queensland CHEP Service Centre Rising in Rochedale

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.” 

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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.

Brisbane Metro Depot in Rochedale to Provide New Eco-Friendly Transport

The Brisbane Metro Depot, Brisbane City Council’s new Rochedale project, will be providing storage and power for the new fleet of Brisbane Metro vehicles, offering advanced charging infrastructure on top of maintenance and staff facilities.

It will also generate 170 new jobs throughout construction, with many more to follow after its completion. 

Over 10 hectares large, the depot will be one of the biggest and most technologically advanced facilities in all of Australia. The fleet itself will facilitate travel across Brisbane by giving the community a new mode of transport which shares the busway with existing bus services. 

Upon completion, the depot will be able to house up to 60 fully electric Metro vehicles — all of which will be produced by the world-leading vehicle manufacturer HESS, in partnership with the Brisbane-based manufacturer Volgren and the electric infrastructure company ABB

Each vehicle utilises an advanced battery fuel source with zero tailpipe emissions, and they will be able to carry up to 150 passengers. HESS and its partners will build and test the electric vehicles in Europe within the year, and they are expected to be available for local operating testing in Brisbane by 2022.

Major construction of the Brisbane Metro Depot, located along School Rd, Rochedale, is expected to begin in mid-2021. Construction of the facility is estimated to finish in 2023, just in time for the delivery of the Brisbane Metro vehicle fleet.