Supersite open

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Downer New Zealand’s new $ 15 mil­lion supersite in Porirua was opened by Prime Min­is­ter John Key.

The pur­pose-built Makaro St site houses 550 staff and in­cludes 1.7 hectares of yard area, 2650 square me­tres of of­fices and 2500sqm of ware­hous­ing.

Downer chief ex­ec­u­tive Cos Bruyn said the site rep­re­sented a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the com­pany’s na­tional in­fra­struc­ture.

‘‘ This site al­lows ca­pac­ity for growth in fu­ture and po­si­tions us well to con­trib­ute to the step change in greater Welling­ton’s public in­fra­struc­ture. This in­cludes the Welling­ton in­ner city im­prove­ment project, the likes of Trans­mis­sion Gully, the num­ber of wind farms planned for the lower half of the North Is­land and the na­tion­ally crit­i­cal ul­tra-fast broad­band roll­out.’’

The Makaro St premises con­soli- dates seven ex­ist­ing Welling­ton Downer sites, cov­er­ing trans­porta­tion, telco and rail into one lo­ca­tion.

Downer has also re­tained its ex­ist­ing as­phalt plant at Kiwi Point.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Pa­cific Is­land Af­fairs Min­is­ter Hekia Parata and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett were among guests at the April 3 open­ing.

Mr Bruyn said the site had been se­lected af­ter a ‘‘strate­gic look’’ at the wider Welling­ton re­gion.

‘‘We com­bined seven ex­ist­ing sites into one and cen­tred our op­er­a­tion on growth ar­eas, namely Kapiti, Porirua and ac­cess into the trans­port net­work.’’

Over the past two years Downer has com­pleted sim­i­lar co-lo­ca­tions for most ma­jor towns and cities as it in­te­grates 4500 staff in more than 50 lo­ca­tions un­der its ‘ One Downer’ strat­egy.

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