CEA consolidates at ex-Boral brickworks

The first tenants pre-committed to Connectwest five years ago.

Construction Equipment Australia has pre-committed to a multi-use facility at a business park replacing Darra’s Boral brickworks.

The capital equipment supplier will consolidate from three warehouses in the city.

Its next headquarters – 25 Kiln Street – is due for completion by September.

On 1.85 hectares it will contain a 4300 square metre storage yard and car park.

A 5600 sqm improvement will act as a parts logistics centre and 20-bay service workshop.

The property is also designed with a 1240 sqm showroom; the company distributes brands including Atlas Copco, Ditch Witch, Dynamic, JCB and Komptech.

TM Insight acted for CEA, a subsidiary of CFC Group. The Melbourne advisory will now project manage construction and oversee the relocation.

BPG is the lead building contractor.

Connectwest Industrial Estate

Charter Hall and ESR Australia are developing the estate – Connectwest Industrial Park – at 2637 Ipswich Road.

The landlords needed to create new streets, road links and modify easements for the rezone and subdivision (story continues below).

Charter Hall and ESR Australia are replacing the former Boral quarry.

The first tenant pre-commitment was in 2015 – for 5700 sqm on 1.3ha to truck attachment manufacturer, Cascade Australia, a subsidiary of Portland’s Cascade Corporation.

About 30 hectares – or three quarters – of the brickworks parcel is developable.

Charter Hall established a relationship with CFC five years ago – acquiring an industrial facility in Perth’s Hazelmere with a 17-year leaseback.

The institution and ESR also recently completed CEA a factory at Leppington’s Bringelly Road Business Hub, near the Western Sydney International Airport.

BPG senior development manager Joe Sanfilippo said the group’s Darra property “will bring together…brands and streamline sales, servicing, distribution and administrative functions to create a greater experience for CEA customers and dealers across Queensland”.

TM Insight’s Dominic Sorbara added Kiln Rd is the second facility it will deliver for the occupier.

“Integrating CEA’s distribution, maintenance and trading for Queensland will help create greater efficiencies in their operations,” according to the executive.

“It will also align with CEA’s rapid growth and acquisition of distribution opportunities”.

Darra is about 16 kilometres south west of the city.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.