Tight time frame
After a lengthy search, Toshiba settled on the Dexus development called “Quarry” at Pemulwuy (near Greystanes) about 30 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD for its national distribution centre.
They moved to the new location in August 2016 after occupying its previous premises in Sydney’s Homebush for 11 years.
The new 12,500 sq m facility includes 800 sq m of office space with 10,200 sq m of integrated warehouse and 1500 sq m of technical space, including medical-rated rooms for testing X-ray and MRI equipment.
The premises, situated on a 2.4-hectare site, also has a 2000 sq m super canopy for all-weather protection and safety while receiving and dispatching goods.
The building houses several businesses including medical diagnostic imaging equipment, multifunction business machines and printers, notebook and hybrid computers, storage devices, consumables and spare parts. It provides a centre of excellence where equipment is configured, calibrated, distributed, serviced and repaired. Sales and administration teams for each business are based at the facility, and training also takes place under the new roof.
Quarry is in a strategic location for Toshiba Australia’s operations, with easy access to the M4 Motorway and the M7 Interchange, both leading to key business and employment hubs such as Parramatta, Port Botany, Sydney Airport and the Sydney CBD.
But Malas says the decision also came down to the developer. Toshiba was confident Dexus could deliver the facility it wanted, and in the required time frame, which was very tight.
A company relocating its premises would usually schedule the move 24 months in advance, Malas said. Due to delays beyond its control, Toshiba Australia had around half that time.
So there was considerable urgency about the effort to get the new facility up and running. All went according to plan, with the new premises operational 14 months after the heads of agreement was signed in June 2015. Construction started in October 2015, practical completion was reached in July 2016, and the facility was ready for operations the following month.
“Dexus brought in their experts and the process was simplified, and we collaborated throughout,” Malas says.
“They presented us with innovative design features, accommodating us every step of the way, and continue to provide exceptional ‘after completion services’”.