VOLVO’S NEW HQ

A new AUD$30 Mil­lion Volvo bus and truck head of­fice and Bris­bane South deal­er­ship is now open for busi­ness...

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At AUD$30 mil­lion for new na­tional digs based at Wa­col, south Bris­bane, ABC mag­a­zine was hon­oured to be in­vited to the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony. A funky-look­ing joint and a good time had by all. Fabian Cot­ter re­ports.

Fol­low­ing an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony of­fi­ci­ated at by Queens­land Premier The Hon. An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Volvo Group pres­i­dent and CEO Martin Lund­st­edt for the new na­tional Volvo com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles HQ, rock­star Jimmy Barnes led night­time cel­e­bra­tions, which were capped off with a fire­works dis­play.

The stun­ning new fa­cil­ity is sit­u­ated at 41 Bivouac Place, Wa­col, QLD, 4076 – in the mas­sive $350 mil­lion, 90-hectare Metro­plex West­gate Busi­ness Park, 15 kilo­me­tres south-west of Bris­bane. Volvo Group’s new HQ is in Metro­plex South.

In ad­di­tion to the new HQ and VCV Bris­bane South deal­er­ship there is a paint and panel work­shop, with around 350 peo­ple hav­ing re­lo­cated 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, Bris­bane.

The com­pany’s new na­tional head­quar­ters, which opened 22 Au­gust, 2018, ac­com­mo­dates mod­ern of­fices, a large deal­er­ship (sell­ing Volvo, Mack and UD Trucks) and con­tem­po­rary work­shop on a 33,000-square-me­tre site at the Metro­plex West­gate Busi­ness Park.

Volvo Group Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Peter Voorho­eve said the com­plex brought to­gether about 200 staff un­der one roof.

“The new head­quar­ters is an en­er­gis­ing space, which will in­spire our peo­ple on to greater things,” Voorho­eve said.

“The main build­ing’s seven-me­tre glass hangar door and 12.5-me­tre atrium were spe­cially en­gi­neered to al­low heavy ve­hi­cles in­side, while the cen­tral stair­case re­flects a DNA helix shape link­ing each level. It’s a beau­ti­ful build­ing, but more than that it’s a tan­gi­ble demon­stra­tion of Volvo Group’s com­mit­ment to its fu­ture op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia.”

WHAT IS METRO­PLEX?

WHAT IS METRO­PLEX?

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, giv­ing trav­ellers a di­rect route 20 min­utes to Bris­bane or Ip­swich CBD, or 35 min­utes to Bris­bane Air­port or Port of Bris­bane.

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

The new HQ is an en­er­gis­ing space, which will in­spire our peo­ple on to greater things.

Volvo Bus Aus­tralia GM Lau­ren Downs told ABC mag­a­zine the new head of­fice near Bris­bane is decked out by a Swedish in­te­rior de­sign com­pany for an au­then­tic Scan­di­na­vian feel.

The new Bris­bane HQ move came at a time when the ma­jor­ity of the Syd­ney Bus Team will be leav­ing its Chul­lora, NSW, base of 13 years around the long week­end in Oc­to­ber, 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.

Top L to R: “Stand­ing on the out­side look­ing in’ - it’s stun­ning at night; The Premier and CEO.

Far Left:“Sky­rock­ets in flight...”

Op­po­site:Smiles all ‘round on the happy oc­ca­sion.

Left:Boom! And it’s of­fi­cial.

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