The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has announced that construction has begun on a new state-of-the-art, $50 million parcel facility for Australia Post, the largest industrial facility undertaken by the airport to date. 

BAC is managing the design and delivery of Australia Post’s StarTrack Premium site, making it the postal service’s second largest in Queensland.

The Brisbane North Parcel Facility will span 31,800m² of internal area. It will be equivalent to more than three rugby league fields with direct airside access from the 100ha Airport Industrial Park.

Brisbane Airport CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, welcomed the expanded partnership with Australia Post, which will consolidate its two Brisbane sites within Brisbane Airport’s industrial zone.

“This will be the largest industrial project ever constructed at Brisbane Airport,” Mr de Graaff said.

“By providing Australia Post with direct airside access, we’re streamlining the delivery of time-sensitive parcels, benefitting millions of Queenslanders in the South East and regional areas of the state.

“Not only do we offer direct tarmac access, but Brisbane’s arterial road network is right on our doorstep.

“We are proud to develop projects that enable Queensland to grow and connect to the world.”

The 33,800m² facility will include a custom-built 31,800m² warehouse, as well as a two-level 2,000m² commercial office space. There will be parking for 350 cars.

Sustainability features will be prioritised in the development, which is targeting a 5-Star Green Star certification for energy and water efficiency, climate change resilience and reduced environmental impacts during construction.

The building will include more than 1,000 solar panels for renewable energy generation. This will complement BAC’s goal of net zero emissions in 2025.

Earth works have just commenced with construction generating around 1,500 jobs with the facility due to be operational in mid-2025.

The new centre will be able to process up to 176,000 parcels each day and scale up in peak periods.

Leading automation and security features will be in place to boost safety and efficiency for the 200 workers on shift at any time.

Airport Industrial Park is strategically located with transport access to air, road and sea through the Port of Brisbane and adjacent industrial suburbs.

Existing and future tenants include Martin Brower, Aramex Australia, Superior Food Services and Air Menzies.

The industrial expansion is part of Brisbane Airports $5 billion Future BNE program which includes upgrades to the Domestic Terminal, International Terminal and planning for a new Terminal 3.

Featured image: An aerial view of the Brisbane Airport. Image credit: BAC.

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