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ALDI to set up new major distribution centre

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ALDI will set up a new major distribution centre near Brisbane.

The proposed facility, at Brendale, is situated on the site of a former brickworks.

According to the retailer the "project's objective is to develop and deliver a fully functioning warehouse capable of supporting retail stores in the greater Brisbane area and to its north".

The centre will integrate offices, ambient warehouse and coolhouse facilities on the site.

It has centred on sustainability in the site's design, and appointed Norman Disney & Young (NDY) to ensure an environmental focus.

NDY stated that the distribution centre was recently registered for a Green Star - Industrial Design v1 rating and is targeting a 4star Green Star rating by focusing on water harvesting and recycling; energy efficiency, greater co-ordination within the refrigeration plant to eliminate synthetic refrigerants, and the minimisation of PVC and volatile organic compounds in its construction.

NDY’s director Frank Bakker believes that a Green Star rating for an industrial building is a significant achievement given the perceived impact these buildings have on the environment.

"There’s a general perception that industrial facilities equate to excessive waste, a heavy reliance on natural resources and polluting practices. However with the ALDI distribution centre we have been able to greatly mitigate the impact on the environment through water recycling,improved energy usage and a comprehensive uptake on the use of biodegradable materials," Bakker said.

Site preparation works were completed in January, with construction due to start early next year.

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