Bannister Downs Dairy has appointed Perkins Builders as head contractor for its $20 million-plus creamery project at Northcliffe, and is planning to commence construction in coming months.
“It has taken a long time to finalise our design and select the best equipment in order to meet our total focus on quality,” managing director Sue Daubney said.
“However the wait has been worth it as we are now confident to commence construction of a truly unique and iconic creamery, which will have a wide range of benefits within our community and industry.”
Bannister Downs said in a statement the creamery project was scheduled to commence on site within a few months, with completion expected by December 2017.
Today’s announcement comes nearly 18 months after Bannister Downs disclosed that iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart would be a major investor in the creamery project through her company Hope Dairies (WA).
“It is exciting to see the masterplan and architectural design of Bosske Architecture brought to life by yet another family company in Perkins Builders and I am sure we will all be very proud of the results of everyone’s efforts to achieve this,” Mrs Daubney said.
As a Bunbury-based company, Perkins is expected to offer maximum opportunities to local trades and suppliers.
Perkins managing director Dan Perkins said his family-owned company was honoured to have been selected.
“The creamery will truly deliver a new benchmark for dairy production in Western Australia and as a company we are privileged to be associated with such a prestigious development,” he said.
GEA has been chosen as the process equipment supplier and De Laval will supply the robotic dairy that will offer a ‘voluntary’ milking system designed to meet the highest standards of ethical dairy farming.
The robotic milking and fully-automated processing systems are expected to support a four-fold increase in production volumes.
The new building will also contain retail and hospitality facilities.
Bannister Downs plans to continue focusing on supplying a premium, high quality product to the WA market.