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VOLVO BUS AUS­TRALIA Head­quar­ters takes up its new prime po­si­tion this Au­gust at a $30 mil­lion fa­cil­ity and deal­er­ship in the mas­sive $350 mil­lion, 90-hectare Metro­plex West­gate Busi­ness Park, near Wa­col, south-west of Bris­bane.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a VCV Bris­bane South deal­er­ship and paint and panel work­shop, with around 350 peo­ple re­lo­cat­ing from other Volvo work­sites na­tion­wide into the new area. Over­all, more than 550 em­ploy­ees will still work at Volvo Group Aus­tralia’s five other sites in Wa­col.

Metro­plex West­gate is a JV be­tween The GPT Group and lo­cal de­vel­oper Metro­plex. A re­cently opened $20 mil­lion road link greatly im­proves ac­cess to the West­ern Busi­ness District site.

Once com­plete Metro­plex West­gate (di­vided into three sec­tion: East, West and South, the lat­ter where Volvo will be based) will in­clude up to 300,000sqm of in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and re­tail floorspace – along with 17 hectares of “green space and na­ture cor­ri­dors”.

In­sid­ers re­veal the new head of­fice near Bris­bane will be decked out by a Swedish in­te­rior de­sign com­pany for an au­then­tic Scan­di­na­vian feel, and there will be an of­fi­cial open­ing of the deal­er­ship with all of the Volvo Group com­pa­nies present, in time.

The new Bris­bane HQ move comes at a time when the ma­jor­ity of the Syd­ney Bus Team will be leav­ing its Chul­lora, NSW, base of 13 years in Septem­ber to take up res­i­dence at a brand-new lo­ca­tion at Pre­stons, south-west of Syd­ney, backed up also by the new Truck and Bus deal­er­ship at Black­town.

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