Steane Klose | Oct 29, 2008

Hyundai has announced its relocation to a bigger and better facility in Macquarie Park, Sydney, underscoring the Korean car-maker's commitment to the Australian market. A 2006 review conducted by Hyundai on its future infrastructure needs found that the old facility in Homebush simply wouldn't be sufficient to accommodate the company's planned growth. So Hyundai got the builders in (and started packing boxes in the meantime).

Located on the corner of Lane Cove Road and Hyundai Drive, the new building has been awarded 4.5 Green Star Certified Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. To achieve this rating, Hyundai ticked the box for exterior sun shades and awnings, solar-rated glass, solar-powered hot water, a 60,000 litre grey-water tank for landscape water and a 100,000 litre retention tank for storm water. These small efforts will make a big difference over the course of Hyundai Australia's expected 15-20 year tenure in the new site.

Constructed over two levels of basement car parking, which also includes warehousing and storage areas, the new building features two office towers of four and six floors totaling 15,000m³ of office space. Hyundai will set up camp in Tower One and will utilise the large ground floor and reception area to display its wares on Lane Cove Road, while a Technical Training facility will look south over Hyundai Drive. At this stage Tower Two will be leased out to other businesses until such time as Hyundai needs the extra space.

It seems occupants will be well catered for, with a modern staff restaurant and a fully-equipped and managed gymnasium for Hyundai's employees and tenants.

Hyundai is clearly confident about it's future in Australia having already moved its parts distribution partner, Mobis Parts Australia, to a new purpose-built 40,000m³ warehouse at Eastern Creek, which became fully operational in August 2008.

With all the doom and gloom we're hearing at the moment, it's refreshing to see a manufacturer responding to growth and planning for a bright future. The new pad sounds like a winner (we're expecting our invite to the 'house warming' shindig any day now).

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