In­dus­trial park dream now re­al­ity

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY DEAN TAY­LOR

A 10-year dream to cre­ate Te Awa­mutu’s first large scale, pur­pose built in­dus­trial park is fi­nally un­der way for lo­cal de­vel­op­ers Aral­don Hold­ings.

Di­rec­tor Roy­den Hooker says he has been work­ing se­ri­ously on Bond Road In­dus­trial Park for the last five years, the last two closely with Waipa¯ District Coun­cil and Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil to get to the point where the earth­work has be­gun.

Bond Road In­dus­trial Park is a 7ha block be­tween Bond Rd and O¯ haupo¯ Rd/ SH3 that will pro­vide 26 sec­tions, de­vel­oped in two stages.

Roy­den ex­pects stage one, 12 sec­tions, to be com­pleted in June next year and the first build­ing to start this time next year.

He says such is de­mand for this type of devel­op­ment in Te Awa­mutu, six sec­tions are al­ready sold.

Roy­den says ev­ery­thing about the park is de­signed for qual­ity, both for the oc­cu­pant busi­nesses and for the en­vi­ron­ment.

The park flanks the Man­gapiko Stream, which will be en­hanced by a grassed ri­par­ian strip and spe­cialised plant­ing.

Al­ready 3000 plants are in the ground, with large tree plant­ing planned.

Some of the planted strips will be­come pub­lic ameni­ties main­tained by coun­cil.

Be­ing a busi­ness park, where there will be a lot of hard surfaces, much of the de­sign is to mit­i­gate wa­ter run-off, in­clud­ing rain gar­dens, swales and a planted pond the size of a rugby field. There are strict setbacks for build­ing and a 5m grassed and land­scaped strip along the Bond Rd frontage.

As well as be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, Roy­den aims to cre­ate an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing park.

Own­ers will be en­cour­aged to use qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, un­der­take a high stan­dard of build­ing and re­tain a good stan­dard of main­te­nance. The use of neu­tral colours is also en­cour­aged.

Roy­den says the park should have a low vis­ual im­pact for both res­i­dents and peo­ple com­ing into town via the north­ern en­trance.

Sites will be lev­elled and en­gi­neered ready for build­ing. All ser­vices will be pro­vided, in­clud­ing high speed fibre in­ter­net, qual­ity road­ing and mod­ern street light­ing.

Roy­den says busi­ness own­ers will have ev­ery­thing they need on site.

It is be­ing mar­keted by LJ Hooker Te Awa­mutu con­sul­tant Mark Weal and owner Ken Ha­gan and John Robin­son of Origin Real Es­tate.

They say the town is des­per­ate for such a devel­op­ment to keep up with growth. They be­lieve it is the right op­por­tu­nity for ex­ist­ing busi­nesses to move from in­ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tions and build­ings to pur­pose built premises.

That will fur­ther free up other premises, many of which will be closer to the CBD and more suit­able for re­tail or pro­fes­sional use. It will also en­cour­age new busi­nesses to Te Awa­mutu.

Roy­den says in his ex­pe­ri­ence parks also of­fer other ben­e­fits to busi­ness own­ers, one be­ing the ef­fi­cien­cies of hav­ing like or com­ple­men­tary in­dus­tries nearby.

The dream now — in a cou­ple of years time, 26 new or ex­ist­ing busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers op­er­at­ing from the one lo­ca­tion.

Photo / Sup­plied

Ae­rial view show­ing size and lo­ca­tion of Te Awa­mutu's new in­dus­trial devel­op­ment.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Earth­works un­der way on the site of Bond Road In­dus­trial Park.

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