Bunnings super store set to open
STAFF from Booval Bunnings have already moved across to their new $44million base at Bundamba ahead of opening next week.
The store held a sneak peak for tradies last night and opens to the public on Thursday. The Booval store closes Wednesday. The staff at the new store is made up of 61 staff from Booval and 70 new personnel.
The 13,800sqm store has the latest features of modern Bunnings stores including a cafe and children's play area.
More than 250 jobs were created through the construction process.
Bunnings has already made its presence felt in the local area undertaking three community projects.
Complex manager Nathan Robley said in recent months the team had donated "buddy benches" to Bundamba State School, painted the locker rooms at West End Bulldogs at Basin Pocket and painted the rooms of the Ipswich Redbank Goodna Lions Club.
"These are the feel-good moments," he said. "That's why we love working for this company. You don't get that community engagement unless you are part of a big company like Bunnings."
Mr Robley said the warehouse's design was innovative in the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting, rainwater harvesting tanks and particularly with the works to reduce the impact in the event of a flood.
An under-croft carpark for more than 380 cars has been built underneath the store, allowing the main store to be raised above the designated flood level.
Mr Robley said in a future flood event, the design allowed floodwaters to run through the carpark without compromising the building and with minimal impact on the store.
Huge doors which lock over the main entrances are designed the seal the lower level entrance foyer, protecting the lifts and escalators leading from the carpark. All electrical services have also been installed above the upper level.
The project also involved major works in realigning Bundamba Creek at the site which the company said would improve flows and enhance the local ecosystem.
Major revegetation works on the creek banks have also been carried out after several established gum trees were removed from the creek banks before construction.
The Bundamba warehouse features an indoor timber trade sales area, building materials and landscape supplies yard, and an outdoor nursery.