Hot on the heels of its $311m Bass Strait investment, the Toll Group has announced plans for a new multi-purpose super depot on the Gold Coast.
The 10,250sqm depot will bring together three existing sites into one operational hub, the first purpose-built integrated facility of its kind for Toll.
Toll Group managing director Michael Byrne was joined by developers LOGOS and Partners Group this morning to officially break ground on the site at Captain Cook Drive, Arundel.
Custom-built for Toll, the new super depot will bring together multiple freight services under one roof that are traditionally separated due to their operational requirements.
The outcome will be a seamless freight service to customers. From medical supplies, to fashion, food and machinery, will all be able to be delivered from the Gold Coast to Australia and the world.
Mr Byrne said this investment underlines economic confidence in the state and a strong belief in the future growth of Toll’s business.
“We have a strong vision for Queensland and Toll is making a substantial investment on the Gold Coast with this new state-of-the-art facility.”
Mr Byrne said while the new super depot will set the blueprint for how the company will build future integrated operations in Australia, it also takes the best learnings from other facilities that meet the highest safety standards.
“The new depot has been designed to provide the safest working environment for our people and customers,” Mr Byrne said.
“We’ve purposely limited the interactions between pedestrians and forklifts, customer collections will now be separated from operations, and operational traffic will flow in one direction, which means no reversing and less risk.”
Mr Byrne said the site at Arundel on the Gold Coast had been chosen to provide the optimal location to minimise distance and time travelled between the depot and customers.
With its immediate access to major arterial routes throughout southeast Queensland, Arundel is ideally positioned to enable Toll to service its diverse range of customers from retail to mining to agriculture.
Toll will employ over 120 Gold Coast locals at the new facility. Construction including internal fit-out of conveyor and sortation systems is scheduled for completion by end April 2019.
Toll’s three existing sites, at Molendinar, Arundel and Burleigh Heads will stagger their relocation until the end of July 2019.