- Frasers Property Industrial and Aware Real Estate secure 20-year lease with ARDEX
- Construction starts on new headquarters at The Yards in Kemps Creek
- ARDEX’s new flagship headquarters to service Oceania region
SYDNEY, 7 DECEMBER 2022
Joint venture partners Frasers Property Industrial and Aware Real Estate have commenced construction on the new Oceanian headquarters and production plant for ARDEX at The YARDS, a Premium Estate in Kemps Creek, New South Wales.
The global manufacturer has committed to a 20-year lease for a state-of-the-art 26,265 square metre facility at the innovative industrial precinct. The estate is now over 76 per cent committed, with leasing transactions secured to leading technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and freight, and logistics users.
The facility will be a consolidation of ARDEX’s New South Wales operations and will be its regional support office for its 10 manufacturing sites within Australia and New Zealand. It will also serve as a base for ARDEX’s regional expansion in the Australian, New Zealand and Southeast Asian markets. The facility will feature a 40-metre-high manufacturing tower used to mix raw materials from powder in the most efficient way, along with a 20-metre-high silo area for storage of liquid materials and a 3,500 square metre, three-storey office and training facility.
ARDEX’s facility will be used for the manufacturing and supply of innovative building solutions under key brands such as ARDEX, Dunlop, DTA and ABA. The facility will also feature areas designed for training and testing, battery charging and spill containment.
The new headquarters will be a flagship facility for ARDEX once completed in Q3 2023, complementing its current manufacturing and operational footprint in over 50 countries with 71 subsidiaries. ARDEX has been manufacturing in Australia for over 55 years, and the site was chosen at this strategically located estate to help continue its expansion in this part of the world.
The facility has been designed to target a 6 Star Green Star Design and As-Built v1.3 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. A planned solar panel system spanning 17,000 square metres will allow ARDEX to manufacture utilising its own energy production, in addition to rainwater collection tanks and energy-efficient lighting that will be incorporated into the building’s design.
A recent sod turning event onsite for the ARDEX facility was attended by Frasers Property Industrial’s Executive General Manager, Ian Barter, Altis Property Partner’s Executive Director, Alastair Wright, and ARDEX’s Chief Financial Officer, Uwe Stockhausen and Regional Managing Director, Fabian Morgan.
Merging leading sustainability strategies and community wellbeing, onsite employees will benefit from premium amenities such as a food and beverage precinct, outdoor recreation areas and wellness spaces.
Roland Martin, General Manager – NSW, Frasers Property Industrial said:
“We have established a strong relationship with ARDEX by working closely with their team to ensure bespoke manufacturing and intricate design requirements are addressed for their flagship built-to-suit manufacturing facility and workplace. With the start of construction, we have reached an important milestone in the development of ARDEX’s new Oceanian headquarters, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with ARDEX into the future as we deliver their state-of-the-art facility, which will shape its future operations and further enable growth in the region.
“The YARDS is an Australian first in industrial design and innovation, bringing together warehousing, logistics and workplace infrastructure with generous community and lifestyle amenities, and we are pleased to welcome ARDEX to the precinct next year.”
Fabian Morgan, Regional Managing Director, ARDEX, said:
“This is the largest investment in such a site in ARDEX’s history and demonstrates the confidence that the global business has in Oceania. The consolidation of our New South Wales operations at this new modern, built-to-suit facility will strategically position our expansion in the Australian, New Zealand and Southeast Asian markets over the coming years. We are looking forward to growing our production in New South Wales and providing job opportunities to people in Western Sydney.
“Our new facility at The YARDS will serve us far into the future as we grow our business in the region. We partner with great companies all around the world, and the commencement of construction marks the start of another strong partnership with Frasers Property Industrial and Aware Real Estate.”
Michelle McNally, CEO Aware Real Estate said:
“Aware Real Estate is proud to strengthen Western Sydney’s position as a growth hub in New South Wales and do our part in supporting economic prosperity. We are looking forward to a long-standing partnership with global company, ARDEX, and helping deliver in partnership with Altis Property Partners, a sustainable and industry-leading facility to benefit their employees and operations.”