South Australia based transport firm, Hi-Trans Express, rents Rocklea space for $770,000 pa assisted by outstanding property management work

by admin | 18th November 2011

South Australia based Hi-Trans Express P/L has rented 7,086m2 of space at 114 Balham Road, Rocklea, and will be paying $770,000 pa on a term of 6 years. This deal is allowing the firm to consolidate its operations into one location by moving out of its other Brisbane facilities in Rocklea and Coopers Plains.

 King & Co’s Richard Hall handled the transaction, while the lessor is undisclosed. The property remains managed by King & Co, which did the same for its previous tenant, Grace Removals, whom, after many years of occupancy, relocated to a 20,000m2 purpose built facility in Willawong.

This site includes three clearspan, freestanding metal clad warehouses, all of which have raised floors to a height of 60 cm to 70 cm and total 6,652m2 in size. Also featured are excellent semi trailer access, 16,100m2 of  yard  and 434m2 of office. 

According to Hall, Grace Removals departed at the end of August and the new lease commenced 1 October, leaving just four weeks to undertake a $1.5 million refurbishment, including the construction of a 1,800m2, 10m high awning, multiple loading docks and an upgraded m fire security system.  Hall went on to stress that “this required King & Co’s Property Management Division to undertake an outstanding co-ordination of skills including builders, trades and utility companies. 

Hall added that “Hi-Trans had been interested in the site for the last 5-6 years and jumped at the chance when Grace Removals opted to relocate. Unflooded in January, it is one of the largest leases  in the  Rocklea area to have taken place over recent months.” 

Hi-Trans Express  is a 43 year old family owned business with a national branch network and  has evolved into one of the country’s leading transport firms.

In its infancy the company focus was on the provision of a customer oriented freight service between Adelaide and Broken Hill. The freight carried to Broken Hill was largely groceries and mining equipment, while back loading was primarily wool. In the late 70′s the company extended its service to Brisbane. Fresh produce was carried from Adelaide to Brisbane with a back load to Broken Hill of fertiliser which in turn saw growth in bulk grain cartage to Adelaide.

Local produce growers, enjoying the success of the Adelaide and Brisbane, markets saw an opportunity for the movement of fresh produce to Sydney.

Hi-Trans Express was now focusing on Broken Hill, Brisbane and Sydney. Back loading out of the Sydney/Newcastle area was largely mining equipment and supplies for Broken Hill. With the increased movement to Sydney the company opened a branch there in 1982 to cater for this expanding business.

As business and demand grew a need was identified to develop the Broken Hill to Melbourne via Adelaide and return lane. As this lane developed, a branch was opened in Melbourne. Whilst the Victorian, South Australian trade grew, the company also identified a market ex Melbourne to both Sydney and Brisbane.

Today Hi-Trans Express supports its Australia wide operations from its Head Office in Adelaide, and operates branches in Adelaide, Broken Hill, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and has agents in Perth, Darwin and Hobart

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