Northgate poised to exploit growth
Stage 3 of Northgate Business Park is now well under way and businesses are already earmarking lots, set to pounce when it’s ready for sale.
The industrial site is strategically positioned to take advantage of northward growth in the region. It’s situated just 8km north of central Hamilton and exactly 110km from both the Ports of Auckland and the Port of Tauranga. It will also provide excellent access to the North Island Main Trunk Railway and to State Highway 1 via the Waikato Expressway.
Right now, the site is a hive of activity. ‘‘We’ve still got a bit to do before it’s finished,’’ says Northgate director Graeme Lee. ‘‘We are 75 per cent finished, we’re still levelling land, working on access roads and there’s landscaping to be done. We expect the earthworks to be complete by the end of summer.’’
Stage 3 is spread over 45ha of the total 109ha land in the industrial park. Lots range in size from small (2500sqm) to 10ha, ‘‘But basically, anything the purchaser wants we can provide. Northgate offers flexibility: it will work with each end user to provide the best solution for their business, and has the ability to change lot sizes and roading layouts to meet the needs of each end user.’’
One of the main selling points is the site’s location: adjacent to the development is the Ports of Auckland-owned Waikato Freight Hub, which is being progressively developed as an inland port.
Rail access has been confirmed by Kiwi Rail via sidings off the existing double-track main trunk railway and work will be undertaken in 2021. Access from Northgate will be via the same road as that of Ports of Auckland.
Northgate comes under the Waikato District Council’s jurisdiction.
‘‘This means the rates are significantly less expensive than Hamilton City Council’s, and other costs too, such as building some of the infrastructure – potable water, power, gas if required, fibre and waste water,’’ Lee said. ‘‘We’re looking at getting title in the middle of the year. There’s been very good interest in Stage 3 with many property owners and businesses now expressing interest.’’
Northgate Business Park is set among existing large industrial sites such as Fonterra’s Te Rapa dairy factory, Affco’s meat processing facility, Open Country Dairy’s dairy factory. It’s already home to a number of well-known successful Waikato businesses.
There’s excellent access to the Waikato Expressway. ‘‘The Huntly section is to be opened shortly and once the Hamilton section is finished it will be a clear run through to all points. In the fullness of time there will also be access from Horotiu Rd.
Northgate Business Park is also experienced in the design and build process, and, if required, can provide the complete package for a purchaser’s business.