Con­ges­tion driv­ing busi­nesses north

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - FELICITY REID

North Har­bour has been iden­ti­fied as an area of strate­gic growth to both Auck­land and New Zealand but in­creas­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion and de­creas­ing avail­able land could de­ter more busi­nesses from es­tab­lish­ing in the coun­try’s big­gest com­mer­cial Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District.

The Busi­ness North Har­bour area is cur­rently home to more than 4500 com­mer­cial prop­er­ties and busi­nesses which are on av­er­age less than 20 years old, how­ever, Bar­foot and Thomp­son com­mer­cial sales man­ager Simon Far­land an­tic­i­pated busi­nesses try­ing to get into the area could strug­gle.

‘‘We will ul­ti­mately see a loss of busi­ness to other lo­ca­tions like Sil­verdale and Hob­sonville as trans­port link­ages im­prove, and con­ges­tion gets worse in the Al­bany area, and also as a di­rect re­sult of lack of com­mer­cial land re­main­ing in the Al­bany busi­ness area, par­tic­u­larly for light in­dus­trial uses,’’ Far­land said.

De­spite Far­land de­scrib­ing va­cancy in all com­mer­cial sec­tors is at an all-time low in Al­bany, the exit of a ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion from the area has left a large va­cant build­ing in the in­dus­trial es­tate. Unitec closed its North Shore cam­pus at the end of 2016 due to low en­rol­ment num­bers and the 9719.8 square me­tre for­mer cam­pus build­ing, with 131 car parks, on Roth­well Ave has been on the mar­ket ever since.

Ad­ver­tis­ing for the prop­erty, which is at 10 Roth­well Ave, said the dead­line for the pri­vate treaty sale was De­cem­ber 6, 2017. An agent from Col­liers In­ter­na­tional said the build­ing is cur­rently un­der con­tract.

Fur­ther down Roth­well Ave is an ex­am­ple of a busi­ness leav­ing the area to head north. On­line re­tailer Mighty Ape is mov­ing out of its Roth­well Ave site and shift­ing to a $14.2 mil­lion pur­pose-built ware­house in Sil­verdale - which has more space - this year.

Far­land said the cur­rent oc­cu­pier mix for the Al­bany area is dy­namic and in­cludes smaller start-up com­pa­nies as well as cor­po­rate head­quar­ters.

Massey Univer­sity high­lighted the growth of the con­struc­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­dus­tries in Auck­land North as rea­sons why the univer­sity is propos­ing changes to the cour­ses on of­fer at the Al­bany cam­pus which bor­ders the Busi­ness North Har­bour area. In 2015, Massey Univer­sity’s deputy vice chan­cel­lor Ted Zorn said his in­sti­tu­tion was driv­ing to make Auck­land North the next ‘‘Sil­i­con Val­ley’’.

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