Facelift for Lockwood Site
“Assa Abloy (formerly Lockwood Security Products) has already earned its place as a good corporate citizen, being proclaimed overall winner in the prestigious Monash Business Awards in 2003/4,” said Ms Barker. “Its commitment to Victoria is evidenced by the company’s major long term investment in this site.”
An artist’s impression of the new Assa Abloy facility in Victoria
The site, in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh, will be redeveloped into a contemporary, architect-designed centre of excellence for high-end commercial security product development. The new warehouse will be located centrally to the site, providing a 5,000 sq m space for both Assa Abloy and automatic door manufacturer Besam, which will relocate to this site from Dandenong.
The streamlined facility will incorporate a 200 seat auditorium, a new training centre, function rooms, corporate offices, trade demonstration area, state of the art commercial catering facility. The new development will cater for more than 300 car spaces and eliminate parking congestion in the area. Designed by architects, Baldasso Cortese, the new centre will adhere to strict environmental standards.
“From the installation of a free-standing 350,000 litre water tank to a professionally conducted asbestos removal program, the development will incorporate state of the art environmental design features,” said Anthony Baldasso, of Baldasso Cortese.
Assa Abloy’s award-winning Ion Exchange Water Treatment plant, which was built in 2002, will remain a feature of the new development. “Environmentally friendly initiatives are a major priority of the Assa Abloy Group worldwide” said Geoff Norcott, Assa Abloy Group Vice President, responsible for the Asia Pacific region. “The new site for our Australian manufacturing centre will reflect the Group’s commitment to our people, our customers, our community and the environment”.
The news, however, is not so good for Assa Abloy in New Zealand, with the Interlock Group factory in Wellington closing. While it was initially planned to close the factory at the end of 2005, staff layoffs have already commenced. “The high New Zealand dollar and current market conditions are against us,” said D’Arcy Quinn, Vice-President for Australia and New Zealand.