The construction of the 17ha Sutherland Shire facility commenced in November 2019 where development application (DA) approved 39,550m2 of warehouse space and 6,345m2 of office space. Completed in February 2021, Dicker Data reports being "officially operational from its new premises at 238 Captain Cook Drive."
We're told the facility "represents almost 80% increase in capacity with a 50% boost in warehouse space", and that "this is a pivotal moment in Dicker Data’s history, enabling the company to accommodate more people and inventory, significantly facilitating the next phase of growth."
Sitting at almost 29,000sqm, the new site currently comprises a 22,965sqm warehouse and office space of more than 4,310sqm.
To give us all an idea of how big this new building is, we're reminded than an Olympic sized swimming pool is 1,250sqm.
But that's not all. As part of a stage two plan to cater to future expansion, Dicker Data notes than an additional 20,000sqm has been approved.
Dicker Data’s Chairman and CEO, David Dicker "lead the overall strategy of the new headquarters, while Co-Founder, Fiona Brown ran all the day to day overall management of all aspects of the project, which dwarfs the adjacent current facility, first occupied in 2010."
David Dicker said: “In about 1983 we moved into our first factory at 78 Captain Cook Drive. A 750 sqm facility that we were really excited about. In ’99 we moved to a much larger building in 60 Alexander Ave. In 2007 we moved to 5 Sir Joseph Banks Dr, again looking for more space to expand.
"The big move came, 2010 when we acquired land nearby and built, in 3 stages, 230 Captain Cook Dr. This was our first purpose-built facility, and this allowed us to incorporate a vast amount of knowledge built up over the previous 30 years. When we started 230, I felt sure it would see us, or at least me out, but in just 10 years we hemmed in.
"Fortunately, we had been able to buy the much larger land next door and again planned a completely new facility, again learning from the mistakes made at 230, like offices at both ends of a 300m long building. I don’t know what the future holds but with our new place at 238 we are well setup to meet it.”
We're told the company’s latest FY20 financial results, released last week, https://www.dickerdata.com.au/investor along with recently included on the ASX 300 after decade of unparalleled share return, "solidifies the company’s consistent and strong results over the years. The company has marked their status as a true Australian success story and a fast growing and high-returning stock."
The company says it has "a vision to create a unique campus-style facility that reinvigorates an ambitious and prosperous future for the company, the HQ embraces environmentally friendly initiatives and offers a modern workplace environment making it is well placed to attract the best IT talent and deliver on the Company’s mandate to be a workplace of choice within Australia’s IT industry."
Commitment to environmental sustainability
As part of the company’s commitment to ecology and sustainability, we're told "the new facility considered a range of environmental initiatives including solar panels, eight electric vehicle charging stations, recycled water systems and over 30,000 new seedlings and trees on the grounds surrounding the new facility.
"The installation of a bio retention basin captures roof water of up to 23,000sqm with a portion being captured for sanitation and irrigation water.
"Original concrete structures found during excavation of the site have also been retained and repurposed to create large outdoor planters, adding to the site landscape for staff and visitors to enjoy."
Employee, culture and wellbeing initiatives
Dicker Data reports employing "458 staff with 351 currently working from the new facility with expectations to grow the team in 2021.
"Staff working conditions have also been greatly enhanced with features to heighten wellbeing and healthy habits including a large open plan café, a 1.7km bushwalking track to promote walking meetings, and a mini golf course just for fun.
"The company has a dedicated “Town Hall” area which encompasses the large open plan café with alfresco facilities, including multiple barbecue stations and outdoor seatings. Soon, the site will also feature a gym and yoga centre as part of the Town Hall precinct.
"Plenty of parking is provided, with 495 spaces that include eight electric vehicle (EV) charging locations. As a safety measure, there are dedicated roads for trucks to keep them separated from cars. The new site has also seen new public footpaths installed and the introduction of an additional bus service for the locality.
"The offices features a recycled air conditioning system, acoustic ceilings, height adjustable workstations, childcare facilities and dedicated training rooms for staff development and opportunity to demonstrate vendor technologies to reseller partners."
Vendor and reseller features
The facility also includes "a dedicated configuration centre which enables end-to-end system building and deployment. Services offered include asset tagging, device imaging, hardware installation and pre-shipment testing to name a few.
"Furthermore, new dedicated partner rooms for hire allow Dicker Data’s customers to come onsite and complete work on their end-user’s new systems prior to shipment.
"A dedicated lobby-style foyer with two-story vertical gardens surrounds the commercial hub, providing a space for staff, vendors and partners to continue their learning and development and build upon business opportunities in a welcoming space that is optimised for collaboration."
David Dicker says his strategy is "to continuously drive business growth and success over the next 12 months. The large-scale expansion will be a key catalyst in achieving David’s vision and pave the way for substantial inventory growth and technology portfolio diversification to meet emerging and evolving IT needs of the Australian market."
More information on Dicker Data is here.