Electrolux Group has signed as the first tenant for stage two of Port Brisbane’s Port West industrial estate in Lytton, 30 minutes north-east of Brisbane. Electrolux has taken a 10-year lease over a 4.22-hectare site, anchored by a purpose-built distribution centre and showroom.

The site will include a 21,255 square metre warehouse, ground floor office and showroom, a first floor office, dock office, and hardstand/truck apron and car parking.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) CEO, Neil Stephens said he was pleased to welcome such a significant anchor tenant to Port West stage two.

“Port of Brisbane provides an unrivalled opportunity for trade-related businesses such as the Electrolux Group, including the availability of large format greenfield sites located so close to the Port’s terminals and wharves,” he said.

“This will be the first time PBPL will seek to deliver a 6-Star Green-Star rated facility for our customers and the opportunity to do so aligns strongly with our own sustainability ambitions.

“We’re extremely pleased to be working collaboratively with the Electrolux Group to ensure we deliver this for them in line with their own global sustainability objectives. Our teams have worked together to design and now commence delivery on a long-term, sustainable home for the Electrolux Group that will support its operations now and into the future.”  

In designing the facility to meet the 6-Star requirements, Port of Brisbane is incorporating a rooftop solar installation, a Glulam and CLT timber structure to the office and showroom, and low carbon concrete solutions, where practical.

The lease was negotiated by JLL director of industrial occupier services in Australia, Chris Davis, and is part of a wider focus for JLL, working with the Electrolux Group on its real estate strategy, including a move into a similar facility in Melbourne last year.

“After the successful delivery of our Victorian distribution centre at Ravenhall, we’re pleased to partner again with the JLL team on this exciting development,” Electrolux Group Australia and New Zealand managing director, Kurt Hegvold.

“It signifies a long-term commitment by the Electrolux Group in ensuring our operations in Queensland continue to deliver outstanding service to our customers and amazing experiences for our consumers and employees. It also helps us deliver on our sustainability commitment into the future.”

JLL director of supply chain and logistics solutions in Australia, Bruce Myers said the state-of-the-art facility would include warehousing and offices and incorporate upgraded facilities to support employee wellbeing and productivity, including ergonomic smart equipment workstations.

“It will also feature a large and modern Experience Centre capable of hosting events with up to 150 guests, showcasing the work of leading chefs using Electrolux appliances to produce outstanding meals,” Myers said.

Construction of the new facility is expected to start by the end of the year with completion anticipated by October 2024.