Vaughan Constructions will develop a purpose-built headquarters and distribution centre for IT solutions aggregator Synnex at Oakleigh South in Melbourne with an end value of about $130 million. 

Vaughan, in partnership with Synnex and Van der Meer Consulting, will develop the 34,922 square metre GFA facility on a 44,000 square metre site around the corner from Synnex’s existing Oakleigh South facility. 

It will comprise a fully automated 4283 square metre, 35-metre-high warehouse and a three-level, 25,280 square metre warehouse. 

They will also develop a three-level main office of 3273 square metres, along with external areas totalling a further 18,992 square metres. 

The building was due for completion by late August 2024. 

Vaughan Constructions’ Development Manager Jessica Topelson said the project was expected to create around 250 jobs during construction, while the operating business will create ongoing employment for up to 360 workers across the warehouse and office operations.  

Topelson said Synnex was seeking to significantly upgrade its logistics operations with what will be a state-of-the-art automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) designed by i2C Architects.  

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to work on such an exceptional project with Synnex and Van der Meer Consulting which will deliver the absolute latest in warehousing storage solutions,” Topelson said. 

CEO of Synnex Australia and New Zealand, Kee Ong, said Synnex was excited at the prospect of bringing the new facility online and cementing Synnex’s ongoing commitment to the local ICT market and the economy. 

“This is a wonderful project that will make an enormous contribution to the efficiency of our operations, to our workplace environment and culture, the creation of local employment opportunities, and of course to significantly enhance our ability to distribute the highest quality products to our customers,” Ong said. 

“We look forward to working with our highly regarded team of Vaughan Constructions and Van der Meer Consulting to bring the project to fruition.” 

He said the investment was consistent with the company’s initiative to streamline distribution efficiency as part of a strategic five-year growth plan. 

Synnex operates as a division of Synnex Technology International Corporation, the largest IT provider in the Asia Pacific region with a business network covering Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand.