Bunnings Plans To Rebuild Oxley Store With Flood-resilient Features

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The floodwaters may have long abated, but the flood-damaged Bunnings warehouse in Oxley has remained closed as it undergoes redevelopment, with plans to reopen a ‘flood-resilient’ store in 2024.

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Bunnings Group has submitted plans to replace the existing warehouse with a bigger and higher one, featuring an elevated design and undercroft car parking. 

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Designed by Group 4 Architects, the $60-million warehouse will feature an additional 4,245-sqm of retail area compared to the existing store and will have a maximum building height of 15.5 m above ground level.

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Bunnings will use the same principles that they adopted in building the two-storey Bunnings Bundamba, which reopened a mere 24 hours after the devastating flood in February 2022. 

The main entry and nursery entry will come equipped with flood doors, to ensure only the car park is inundated in a major flood event given the raised built form that is proposed above the defined flood level. 

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“The proposed Bunnings Warehouse seeks to improve the existing facility to respond to the flooding constraints of the site, improve disaster response and recovery time, and increase flood storage to minimise flood impacts,” Property Projects Australia stated in planning documents for the retail giant.

Flood-free access will be provided for all events and there will be sufficient warning time in the lead up to a major flood event to ensure evacuation. 

Meanwhile, the existing warehouse will have to be demolished to facilitate the development, though the existing access to Blunder Road and Factory Road Loop will be retained.

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In addition to the impact on flood recovery, around 195 staff from Oxley warehouse were redeployed to other warehouses, whilst patrons are advised to visit the closest open store at Acacia Ridge. 

Bunnings Group confirmed that the 195 team members that have been displaced will be able to recommence work at the store and approximately 50 additional jobs will be created.

Bunnings Oxley is anticipated to open its doors again in 2024. To learn more about the warehouse’s proposed redevelopment, visit Brisbane City Council’s website with the reference A006082574.