France’s Naval Group Australia will open a new $25 million office in Port Adelaide as it gears up for construction of the Attack class submarine at nearby Osborne.
The submarine builder has now welcomed its 250th employee as part of a rapid ramp up of staff on the way to future direct employment of 1,700.
Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said that the new facility represented a further step in the journey to Attack class submarine construction.
“With our workforce rapidly expanding we need an additional base as we prepare for the move to the submarine construction yard at Osborne.
“Port Adelaide – with its strong heritage of waterfront industry and proximity to both Osborne and our Keswick office – is the perfect place for this new base.”
While port activities have moved from the historic Port Adelaide area to Outer Harbour, the area if being regenerated with new waterfront housing and a number of museums.
Meanwhile Australian Naval Infrastructure is advancing work on the Osborne north shipyard where the submarines will be built.
David said: “With more than 250 people now employed by Naval Group Australia, our local workforce is growing and we are seeing the benefits of this exciting program to the local community.
“We are looking forward to being part of the proud Port Adelaide community as our program rapidly ramps up ahead of the move to the submarine construction yard.”
Naval Group’s new office space will house up to 350 employees with nearby amenities including a creche, gym, cafes, shopping centre and other local businesses.
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