Bunnings repurposes old buildings

Bunnings is committed to integrating sustainability throughout its business operations, and where possible explores refurbishing and recycling buildings as part of its ongoing expansion program.

Bunnings Collingwood (Victoria), which opened in June 2015, was the conversion of an existing office building. Rather than demolishing the original building, the format of the store was adapted to fit into the space. Similar conversions were also carried out for our Munno Parra (South Australia), Indooroopilly (Queensland) and Port Melbourne (Victoria) stores, amongst others.

During the year, Bunnings Warehouse Petone in New Zealand also opened to customers. The building was a former New Zealand Post mail sorting facility. As part of the re-development, the full roof structure and majority of the facades were maintained, and the existing concrete floor retained and polished. The previous truck loading area was transformed into a car park and the store’s nursery was built in the place of the old building’s car parking area. These initiatives resulted in more than 4,800 tonnes of new resources being saved to build a new store.

The energy efficiency of Bunnings Warehouse Petone was also improved by retaining the existing high level windows to increase natural light, and retrofitting the store with LED lighting, reducing the store’s energy consumption.

Most recently, Bunnings Warehouse Chadstone and Bunnings Warehouse Ringwood opened to customers in Victoria in June 2016. Both developments were conversions of existing buildings. Bunnings Warehouse Chadstone involved the conversion of four retail spaces within an existing shopping complex into a multi-level warehouse, incorporating a café, playground and outdoor nursery.

Bunnings Warehouse Ringwood was developed within an ex-Target store in the Ringwood Square Shopping Centre and houses the main warehouse, indoor timber trade sales area, building materials and landscape supplies yard, as well as an indoor playground and café.

Bunnings remains focused on identifying opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle where practical throughout its entire operations.