Melbourne Market Increases Capacity For Wholesalers With New Warehouse

Due to increased demand from existing market operators, The Melbourne Market Authority is increasing warehouse capacity, with a focus on the opportunity to reduce site energy usage, by generating renewable power. Wiley are designing and delivering the project and have been on site since August last year.

Melbourne Market will have increased leasable warehousing capacity when this project is completed in 2020, allowing the market to welcome more fruit and vegetable wholesale market operators to their ever-growing market community. Market operators will benefit from increased efficiencies, and a reduction in safety risks associated with people and product movement, due to additional storage capacity of traded goods located in closer proximity to the trading floor.

The Wiley project team works closely with key client stakeholders, analysing the current situation and future needs of market traders. Ensuring the project is delivered with people and product safety is the highest priority.

Wiley Project Manager, David Burton Bradley said, “working on a live operating site is always a challenge, but one that we relish. We work closely with the Melbourne Market Authority to ensure key stakeholders are aware of the schedule each day so the market stakeholders and operational activities can be managed accordingly. We are enjoying working with the Melbourne Market Authority team and local subcontractors, in line with the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) to deliver the project.”

The Melbourne Market is Victoria’s central wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower trading centre. The market provides a critical link between growers, wholesalers, retailers and the fresh produce supply chain. More than 5,000 businesses use the market as a base, buying and selling fresh produce, in the early hours of the morning, for distribution across Victoria and Australia.