Sigma Healthcare has marked the beginning of construction of a $20 million state-of-the-art pharmacy distribution centre in northern Adelaide.
In a sod-turning ceremony at Pooraka with special guest, the Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Gillian Aldridge OAM, Sigma CEO Mark Hooper highlighted the investment as a further illustration of the company’s commitment to improving efficiency and customer outcomes, especially in South Australia.
“Sigma services the biggest network of pharmacies in Australia and our distribution centres are critical to ensuring a smooth and speedy wholesale distribution chain, especially for those time-sensitive medicines critical for community health,” Mr Hooper said. “As a company, we’ve made an overall commitment of over $220 million to improve our distribution centre network in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and now Adelaide.’
“The Adelaide distribution centre will be Sigma’s largest-ever investment in South Australia, worth more than $20 million. As a company, we’re committed to future growth, and our new network of distribution centres across Australia will be critical to ensuring pharmacists are always well stocked with the medicines and products required to look after their local communities in the best way possible.”
Mayor Aldridge welcomed the beginning of the development in Pooraka. “We look forward to working with Sigma Healthcare as it invests in jobs and economic growth in the City of Salisbury,” she said.
Sigma says the new 10,000sqm facility will create jobs during the construction phase and employ 50 staff when complete.
The property will be delivered for Sigma by 151 Property within its flagship Goldsborough Industrial Estate. 151 Property has appointed builder Ahrens to design and construct the distribution centre.
The new facility has been designed to maximise environmental efficiency and includes initiatives such as a smart LED sensor-based lighting system, high-grade insulation, the inclusion of solar power, water recycling and irrigation, and natural stormwater filtration. The new facility is expected to be fully operational in the later part of 2019.