NEW VOLVO BUS HQ NEARS COMPLETION
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.