Building H to hasten flood recovery

Following the creation of a critical spares stockpile earlier in the year, Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) is demolishing the aging Building H workshop to commence construction of a purpose-built facility to facilitate the long-term storage of spare parts.

Building H currently houses BML’s maintenance equipment, along with work areas and amenities for the cleaning, grounds and maintenance teams.

The new storage facility will feature a high-level loading dock for equipment receivals; secure, racked storerooms for critical spare parts and staff work areas on the upper level, above flood height and connected to the Multi-level Car Park to allow for access during flooding events. The ground level will continue to provide storage and work areas.

Schematic designs for the north and eastern elevations of the new Building H.

BML Chair, Anthony Kelly, said the company was progressing with this significant investment to provide for the ongoing upgrading and redevelopment of the Brisbane Markets site and increased flood resilience.

“One of the key learnings from the 2022 flood event was that infrastructure and services recovery is contingent on lead times for components, and that supply chain impacts can delay the arrival and increase the cost of the critical parts needed to re-establish services,” Mr Kelly said.

“The development will provide secure storage above recent peak flood levels for high value critical parts and equipment, a disaster control centre during flood preparation and recovery works, and provide a modern working environment for BML staff.”

Detailed designs for the project were finalised in July, with BCC approving the development application in May 2023.

The building will be constructed by SBP Australia, with works expected to commence before the end of 2023 and practical completion scheduled for August 2024.

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