Vaughan to build nation’s largest distribution centre for Kaufland  

Vaughan Constructions has won the contract to build Australia’s largest distribution centre for key German supermarket player Kaufland.

According to Vaughan’s Senior Development Manager, Chris Telley, the facility will include more than 117,000 square metres of building area, over two stages with stage 1 comprising 98,700 square metres of building area and 107,210 square metres of concrete hardstand, along with 168 recessed loading docks and substantial temperature control areas.

“Kaufland were very mindful that the European climate, construction and building materials can be very different than those in Australia and were thus keen to partner with a builder with a sound track record in delivering quality facilities along with the requisite experience building state-of-the-art temperature control areas,’’ Telley said.

He said a detailed Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process had assisted in delivering substantial savings and design improvements for Kaufland.

“Our team, which built the award-winning Dulux paint manufacturing facility next door, worked very closely with the Kaufland team to overcome key supply chain issues and meet strict budget expectations.

“Through the ECI we were able to jointly explore a number of design options and put in place a detailed value management process,’’ Telley said.

Vaughan’s  CV of food and drink industry builds include Aldi, Coca Cola, Coles, PFD, Kraft, Made Group, Ferguson Plarre, and Murray Goulburn.

Vaughan is also building two new industrial facilities for joint venture partners Mirvac and Blackstone on its new 25 hectare Biodiversity Industrial Estate just off the Hume Highway at Epping.

The circa $60 million buildings – the first speculative industrial buildings for the Mirvac/Blackstone JV – include a 30,000 square metre facility and a 15,500 square metre facility.


Vaughan Constructions to build $60 million Biodiversity Industrial Estate

Vaughan Constructions will build two new industrial facilities for joint venture partners Mirvac and Blackstone as it launches its new 25-hectare Biodiversity Industrial Estate in Epping.

Vaughan director, Mark Byrne, said the circa $60 million buildings – the first speculative industrial buildings for the Mirvac/Blackstone JV – include a 30,000 square metre facility, capable of being split into two tenancies, on a five-hectare site, and a 15,500 square metre facility on a three-hectare site.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the Mirvac/Blackstone deals in launching a new estate to a northern Melbourne market which currently has an acute lack of quality industrial facilities especially so close to the Hume Freeway.

“Mirvac and Blackstone are confident about finding tenants as they embark on what is a relatively new way of doing things in an evolving industrial market driven by e-commerce and a booming state economy,” said Byrne.

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He said construction would commence on both buildings early in the new year.

The biodiversity estate has the potential to accommodate a further 103,000 square metres of warehousing in Stage 1, while Stage 2, comprising 50 hectares with the potential of up to 250,000 square metres of warehouse area, is currently in the planning phase giving the estate an end value of $375 million.

JLL head of industrial and logistics for Australia, Tony Iuliano, who brokered the deal, said it was likely there would be more speculative deals of this nature as demand for new, efficient, and well-located industrial buildings grew and supply continued to diminish around the country.

“This is one of Victoria’s best industrial markets that we have seen in years with significant rises in land prices, rental growth, and unprecedented tenant demand.

“We are also seeing $20 billion of unsatisfied capital both offshore and onshore looking to deploy into the Australian industrial and logistics sector,” said Iuliano.

The deal follows a similar speculative, circa $37 million build that Vaughan is currently undertaking for Frasers Property at Maker Place, Truganina in Melbourne’s west.

The deal includes two office and warehouse buildings totalling 30,885 square metres on a 4.98-hectare site.

Byrne said both the latest deal and the Truganina deal vindicated Vaughan Construction’s strategy of purchasing and developing industrial parcels with easy access to Melbourne’s freeway network.

Vaughan Constructions crowned Master Builder of the Year

Vaughan Constructions has won the Master Builder of the Year Award – at the Master Builders Association Victoria Awards 2018.

The awards, which showcase exceptional craftsmanship and standards of excellence in the commercial building sector, also honoured Vaughan with the award for Excellence in Construction of Industrial Buildings for its work on the $165 million Dulux Merrifield Coatings Plant at Mickleham.

Vaughan Constructions managing director, Andrew Noble, said the company was absolutely thrilled to take out such a prestigious award.

“We are very proud to accept an award which puts us at the top in our industry in ultimately recognising the years of hard work and commitment from our highly experienced and highly skilled team, our attention to detail, and our superior ECI project methodology which works with the client to achieve the best possible outcome, ” said Noble.

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“The award also reflects the contribution of our consultants, suppliers and subcontractors for their hard work, dedication and loyalty to Vaughan over the years, which is greatly appreciated in helping us to deliver outstanding results,’’ he said.

Early contractor involvement meant using the builder’s expertise as early as possible in the development process to maximise both cost and operational efficiencies in the design and construction of a building, said Noble.

“There’s no greater disaster for a client than getting the design they want but one they can’t afford or that ultimately doesn’t meet the desired outcome.”

Many national and international companies now utilised early contractor involvement to achieve enormous benefits which could extend to quality, performance objectives, maintenance, life cycle costing, transaction costs and costs associated with both site choice and acquisition.

Vaughan Constructions was engaged under an early contractor involvement  agreement to complete the base build of Dulux Merrifield, a task which was expanded as the project’s design and implementation progressed to also take on responsibility for the completion of the production process fitout.

Vaughan Constructions can also help food and beverage manufacturers with their fitout needs.

Vaughan completes $55 million Hammond business park project

Vaughan Constructions, has completed its $55 million, 81,000 square metre, Hammond Business Park project at Dandenong South, with a deal worth more than $8.5 million to construct a new purpose-built facility for promotional products supplier Dex Collections.

The completion of the estate came with a flurry of design and construct deals negotiated by Vaughans over the past six months on the back of a critical shortage of industrial land and buildings in the south-east industrial market which has driven a significant escalation in land values.

Vaughan development manager in Victoria, Chris Telley, said the south-eastern market was experiencing the greatest lack of quality industrial buildings in a decade, a shortage which had been exacerbated by a lack of available land.

“As a stronger Victorian economy moves into a higher gear, driving manufacturing and logistics industries, and as residential demand continues to grow and take industrial land, we face even greater shortages particularly around the key transport nodes and especially along EastLink and that’s going to mean ongoing upward pressure on land values,” said Telley.

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Dex Collections would take advantage of the first rate road transport links that the estate offered with quick access to Eastlink, he said.

“The location together with the modern warehousing facility should deliver a significantly enhanced operating performance across the business,” said Telley.

The purpose-built facility will comprise 4,905 square metres of office, showroom and warehouse space, concrete hard stand, a loading yard and 74 car spaces on a 13,031 square metre site on the corner of Hammond Road and Rodeo Drive.

Crabtrees Real Estate’s Andrew Loudon, who negotiated the deal, said the transaction was a great outcome for Dex in catering for the firm’s exponential growth.

“We had been working with Dex Collections for some time searching for an ideal facility that would not only cater for the expansion of their business but would also support their logistical requirements.

“Knowing the calibre of the projects Vaughan Constructions undertake and the upcoming allotment in Hammond Business park, this introduction was a perfect fit,” said Loudon.

The design and construct deals for office, warehousing and manufacturing facilities, also include those for national wholesale fresh food distributor Bidfood for a 6534 square metre facility, timber veneer distributor Timberwood Panels (4800sqm), and a leading Australian beverage manufacturer (15,440sqm).


Vaughan Constructions signs deal with global logistics provider

E-commerce continues to drive new construction in Melbourne’s west with national developer Vaughan Constructions signing a new deal with global logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel to significantly enhance its $30 million Derrimut facility.

The design and construct contract will deliver an 8,000 square metre extension to the  20,000sqm Boundary Road distribution centre.

The expected completion date is November 2018.

Vaughan Constructions director Mark Byrne said the new facility will aid Kuehne + Nagel in delivering goods with optimised speed and accuracy as competition in the integrated and contract (3PL) logistics sector intensifies within the booming online retailing economy.

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”The entry into the market by the world’s biggest online players has brought Australia into a new phase of online shopping as consumer expectations rise driving the need for all players to offer the sort of premium service that has delivered success for the top firms.

”And of course that has impacted our business across the country from Melbourne to Sydney to Darwin and elsewhere, with logistics firms gearing up for the challenge by updating and expanding their operations,’’ said Byrne.

Vaughan’s recent building portfolio completions included a string of e-commerce related industrial facilities for leading logistics providers including Linfox, GMK, K&S Freighters, and Northline.

A 6000sqm extension of the GMK Logistics facility in Gregory Hills, NSW, and Linfox’s $10 million, 3,000sqm, North Star intermodal facility at East Arm wharf in Darwin were recently completed.

Kuehne + Nagel’s digitalised platform, which allowed customers to track shipments in real time, was one part of a wholistic service providing online retailers with a competitive edge, said Byrne.

”Acting as an arm within the retailer’s own business they can offer next day delivery to the consumer’s doorstep whilst reducing, and in some cases eliminating, rental and sales labour costs,’’ he said.

According to an IBISWorld report the transport, postal and warehousing sector is now worth $188 billion annually, employing well over half a million workers, with forecasts of continued growth.

Vaughan Constructions delivers more than $12million in facilities for Fort Knox and Aldi

Vaughan Constructions will deliver more than $12 million in new facilities to Fort Knox, which is a joint venture between the Wilson Family and McMullin Group, and supermarket chain Aldi.

The two new custom-built facilities, which will sit on adjacent allotments on Sydney Road, Coburg North, include Fort Knox’s three level, 13,420 square metre self-storage facility and Aldi’s 1734 square metre store. Aldi will lease this from Fort Knox.

Vaughan’s development manager in Victoria, Chris Telley, said the Aldi development included two additional tenancies that will be let following the completion of the main Aldi store development, which includes 123 car spaces on the 9,180 square metre site.

“We’re delighted that one of Melbourne’s best known developers, McMullin Group, has again chosen Vaughan Constructions as its preferred builder for the Fort Knox and Aldi projects,” said Telley.

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With the new Aldi store, Vaughan Constructions has built more than 100,000 square metres for the German brand.

Fort Knox director, Guy Wilson, said this was Fort Knox’s tenth storage facility in metropolitan Melbourne since its inception in 1996.

It would cater to the increasing demand for a billion-dollar industry, he said.

“Self-storage has really come into its own, especially over the last decade with the increase in higher density living, renting as opposed to owning, and generational lifestyle changes, among the key drivers,” said Wilson.

“This new facility is about responding to rapidly increasing demand and the very positive feedback we have had from our client base,” he said.

The Aldi store is among nearly 150 Victorian stores, and more than 500 Australia wide, built since the first store opened in 2001.

McMullin Group director, Ian McMullin, said Sydney Road was one of the most sought after addresses in northern Melbourne.

“This is an exceptionally well located site that will infinitely enhance the success of both the Fort Knox and Aldi businesses in this part of Melbourne,” he said.

“It’s about location, but it’s also about maximising the potential of the sites with modern, operationally efficient and customer focussed buildings which Vaughan has a reputation for delivering,” said McMullin.

Vaughan Constructions’ portfolio includes some of the largest industrial structures in the Southern Hemisphere, including the Melbourne Southern Regional Distribution Centre for Woolworths.

Vaughan Constructions crowned Master Builder of the Year

National builder, Vaughan Constructions, has won the most prestigious industry award – the Master Builder of the Year Award – at the Master Builders Association Victoria Awards 2018.

The awards, which showcase exceptional craftsmanship and standards of excellence in the commercial building sector, also honoured Vaughan with the award for Excellence in Construction of Industrial Buildings for its work on the $165 million state-of-the-art Dulux Merrifield Coatings Plant at Mickleham.

A complex build, the Dulux Merrifield Coating Plant impresses in its design and delivery.

The driving factor for the selection and detail of finishes was longevity in a harsh chemical based environment.

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The facility uses a compressed air system to pump the core materials required in the paint production process through stainless steel lines throughout the entire facility.

To facilitate this, a compressor room is located on the northern end of the facility.

A VESDA system has been installed in the production and mezzaine areas of the building.

Due to the propensity for detection systems to be exposed to high levels of dust, a reflected beam smoke detection system was chosen for the powders hall, which uses mirrors and optical beams for detection.

A gas compression system is installed in the power substation and standard smoke and thermal detection systems are used throughout the remainder of the facility.

DAS Constructions won Regional Commercial Builder of the Year.

The Young Builder of the Year was awarded to Marco Bonadio.

Excellence in Health and Safety was awarded to Kane Constructions.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings under $3M was awarded to Fairbrother, as well as Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $3M – $5M.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $5M-$10M was awarded to  S.J. Weir (Ballarat).

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $10M-$15M was awarded to FDC Construction and Fitout (VIC).

Excellence in Fit-Out was awarded to Buildcorp Interiors.

Excellence in Highrise Apartment Buildings was awarded to L.U. Simon Builders.

Excellence in Lowrise Apartment Buildings was awarded to VCON

Best Specialist Contractor was awarded to HBS Group.

Excellence in Civil Construction was awarded to Lloyd Group.

Best Sustainable Project was awarded to Atelier Projects.

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