• Toll Express Parcel Freight Facility, Bungarribee NSW

Costin Roe Consulting recently congratulated Toll Group, Australia’s largest freight carrier, on the completion of their new $170 million express parcel freight facility, the largest express parcel freight depot in Australia.

The new facility in Bungarribee, north west of Sydney, was officially opened in July 2014 by the Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, Toll Group Managing Director Brian Kruger, and Toll IPEC Executive General Manager Rodney Johnston.

Costin Roe Consulting is proud to have served as the consulting civil and structural engineers for the highly automated, 80,000 sqm facility where incoming parcels are efficiently scanned, weighed, and sorted for delivery with tremendous savings in manual handling time and administration costs. Sorting capacity is an unprecedented 35,000 parcels per hour at the 53,000 square metre facility built for Toll on an 18-hectare site where 600 employees are to be located at present with capacity to allow for future growth.

Safety was a key priority according to Rodney Johnson, Toll IPEC Executive General Manager, as reported in a recent press statement on behalf of Toll Group.

“The facility allows for greater segregation of forklifts and pedestrians, reducing the need to share space on the floor,” Mr Johnston said. “The entire facility has a much stronger traffic management plan than in previous depots, due to key design initiatives relating to freight profile, truck type and traffic flow. This will help us to maintain our capacity at peak times. For our freight handlers, the chutes have been redesigned to allow for easier lifting and manoeuvring. And lastly, we have implemented scissor-lifts to prevent injuries while unloading pallets,” Mr Johnson said.

Toll Group Managing Director Brian Kruger thanked “everyone who has been a part of building this impressive facility,” with more than 200 full-time equivalent jobs having been created during the project construction period.