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Ruakura Development update #8

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Kia ora taatou,

Earlier this week TGH outlined a start date and building contractor for the first logistics facility, and named the contractor to build two more local roads within the 92-hectare stage one.

Industrial and commercial construction specialists Calder Stewart will build the new 5,000 sqm new regional hub for PBT (formerly Peter Baker Transport) Express Freight Network.

Situated in the Logistics West zone it includes a 2,800sqm enclosed logistics facility with a 1,890sqm loading canopy and 250sqm office. These are expected to complete in June 2022 and be operational by August 2022.  The mostly steel construction will target a Greenstar 4 rating, complete with rainwater harvesting for amenities, and future proofing structures for solar power.

Hamilton-based civil engineering company Cambridge Construction Ltd will start work later this month on two critical link roads. The first known as the Port Access Road, as the name suggests, will provide access to the 30-hectare inland port and will connect with the second road. These will connect into the new Ruakura Interchange for the Waikato Expressway (opening mid-2022). The second road is funded by a loan to TGH under the Government’s CIP or ‘shovel ready’ programme.

Two other local contractors continue their ongoing work across Ruakura Superhub. Cambridge-based C & R Developments has been moving earth since January this year with contour-forming, pre-loading and the formation of a 10-hectare wetland area, while Hamilton-based Schick Civil Construction has been building other local connecting roads under the direction of HCC.

Minister for Economic and Regional Development Stuart Nash was on site for the announcements of new work.  Minister Nash described the scale of the site as “astounding” and said the likely boost for economic productivity was “exactly what we need.” You can read more here.

Minister Nash (left) with local M.P. Jamie Strange and Chris Joblin, (CEO of TGH), survey the site.

Reception party – Ruakura Project Managers Mike Conlon left and Cedric Crow (second left) pictured with members of the local contracting teams stand by to meet with Minister Nash.

TGH GM of Development Peter Tuck (right) discusses a finer point of engineering with the Minister.

Also visiting Ruakura in the past fortnight has been Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr, along with Chairman of the RBNZ Board Professor Neil Quigley (who is also VC of University of Waikato).

Visitors and hosts for the visit of the RBNZ Governor (fourth from left) and Chair (third from left).

On a site the scale of Ruakura, provision for emergency planning is essential. This week, the Ruakura project team has met with Daryl Trim, Waikato Region Area Commander (FENZ) and his team to discuss and view the site layout and hydrant provisions for fire-fighting.   The session included a helpful technical update from consulting engineers BBO and Crossfire Fire engineering.

Members of the FENZ team at the Ruakura Superhub site office

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Project Team

Ruakura Superhub

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Work to commence on first logistics facility for Ruakura Superhub

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The opening of Ruakura Superhub moved a step closer today as Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) outlined a start date and building contractor for the first logistics facility, along with naming the contractor to build two more local roads within the 92-hectare stage one of the development. TGH Chief Executive Chris Joblin said the announcements mark the start of a countdown to opening Ruakura Superhub in mid-2022.

“We are very pleased these projects will be delivered by companies which are significant employers in the Waikato. This means that Waikato-Tainui investment made through Tainui Group Holdings will have significant flow on effects in our local communities and we will be working closely with our delivery partners to create business and employment opportunities for members of our iwi,” Mr Joblin said.

TGH has appointed industrial and commercial construction specialists Calder Stewart to build the new 5,000 sqm new regional hub for PBT (formerly Peter Baker Transport) Express Freight Network.

The development on PBT’s site in the Logistics West zone of Ruakura Superhub includes a 2,800sqm enclosed logistics facility with 1,890sqm loading canopy and 250sqm office. These are expected to complete in June 2022 and be operational by August 2022. The mostly steel construction will target a Greenstar 4 rating, complete with rainwater harvesting for amenities, and future proofing structures for solar power.

Kelvin O’Connell, Regional Manager Waikato for Calder Stewart Construction said the company was honoured to work on the first major commercial structure in the Ruakura Superhub.

“We’ve watched the evolution of this major regional project with great interest over the past few years and we’re delighted for this opportunity to construct the first major logistics facility for Tainui Group holdings and their first logistics tenant – PBT Express Freight Network,” Mr O’Connell says

Work will also commence later this month on two critical link roads within Ruakura Superhub. The first known as the Port Access Road, as the name suggests, will provide access to the 30-hectare inland port and will connect with the second road. These will provide connections into the new Ruakura Interchange for the Waikato Expressway (opening mid-2022). The second road is funded by a loan to TGH under the Government’s CIP or ‘shovel ready’ programme.

The first roading package (Spine Road) in the precinct that has been under construction since early this year is co-funded by TGH, the Government’s regional economic development and investment unit, Kānoa – REDIU and Hamilton City Council.

The two new roads will be built by Hamilton-based civil engineering company Cambridge Construction Ltd.

Chris McCoy General Manager for Cambridge Construction said the team is very pleased to be involved in this project of national significance.

“We are excited to contribute to this game changing project for the regional economy,” Mr McCoy said.

Other local contractors have also been active across the 92-hectare site over recent months. Cambridge-based C & R Developments has been engaged in earthworks since January this year with contour-forming, pre-loading and the formation of a 10-hectare wetland area, while Hamilton-based Schick Civil Construction has been building other local connecting roads in the area under the direction of Hamilton City Council.

In June this year, TGH also announced a 1.6 hectare service centre to be developed by locally-owned Waitomo Group.

Ruakura is amongst New Zealand’s largest developments, spanning logistics, industrial, retail and residential development areas. Located at an emerging ‘sweet spot’ for New Zealand’s supply chain, it will be anchored by a 30-hectare inland port, with the first 17-hectare stage now in development by TGH and Port of Tauranga, in a 50/50 joint venture announced earlier this year.

The inland port will be serviced by high-capacity rail and roading infrastructure, with the East Coast main trunk rail line running along the Port’s northern boundary and the new Waikato Expressway on the eastern boundary. Initially, rail services will be provided by the existing MetroPort trains running between Auckland and Tauranga.

The Ruakura precinct is estimated to accommodate 6,000-12,000 jobs once it is fully developed and will have significant social and economic benefits for Waikato iwi, Hamilton, the region and New Zealand as a whole. The Ruakura Superhub inland port and adjoining logistics hub is on track to open in mid 2022.

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Ruakura Development Update #7

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Last week directors of Tainui Group Holdings undertook a Health & Safety review of the Ruakura Superhub. This commenced with a H&S briefing and presentation from our independent H&S auditor and project managers, including a review of recent and proposed H&S initiatives.

This was followed by a site visit focused on mitigations in place at the 10-hectare wetlands, pre-loading in progress on the Logistics West zone and discussion on the safety co-ordination between the numerous contractors and employees working across the 92 hectares of stage 1.
Board members also commented positively on the progress of physical construction on site. 

A fine day, but biting wind for the Board H&S visit last Tuesday, pictured here with TGH staff escorting the visit.

Recent drone photography gives a clear indication of the scale and placement of the various zones within the wider precinct of the Ruakura Superhub. To view the video, see here.

Last week TGH hosted Waitomo Group MD Jimmy Ormsby and Simon Parham – Chief Operating Officer at the site of the 1.6 hectare service centre Waitomo will open at Ruakura by mid-2022.

The site will feature a full-service fuel stop and offer hydrogen refuelling, EV charging stations, commercial truck refuelling lanes, a touch-free carwash, two fast-food restaurants, a café and a convenience store.

 

Jimmy Ormsby (centre) and Simon Parham are pictured here with Ivan Bartley, development manager at TGH (foreground).

 

New photos were in last week of the more than 1 million native plants currently being cultivated at iwi-affiliated nurseries such as this one below operated by the Ngaati Haua Mahi Trust. Stages 1 and 2 of the Ruakura Superhub involve the planting of more than two million plants in total.

 

 

TGH has hosted a visit by 50 Year-12 economic students from St Peter’s College. As a project they are looking at the economic and social benefits of a development such as Ruakura Superhub, which has received support through the Government’s PGF programme.

Richard Jefferies, TGH GM Commercial (maroon top) and Peter Truck, GH Development (grey top), explain the rationale behind Ruakura to the visitors.

 

Waka Kotahi has announced this week that the completion date for the final section of the Waikato Expressway has been pushed out six months to mid-2022.
Rgds,
Project Team
Ruakura Superhub

 

Questions or suggestions?
Please email us on enquiries@ruakura.co.nz or phone 0508 RUAKURA (0508 782 5872).
Leasing enquiry?
Richard Jefferies, General Manager Commercial,
Mobile: +64 27 404 655ruakuraleasing@tgh.co.nz.

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Ruakura Development Update #5

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The leasing programme for Ruakura Superhub was a key focus last week; with the announcement of Waitomo Group as the first retail/service tenant for Ruakura.

Locally-founded Waitomo Group will develop a flagship 1.6 hectare service centre incorporating Hydrogen, EV and conventional fuels, truck fuelling facilities, quick service restaurants, a cafe and a convenience store.  The service centre will be accessible off the Waikato Expressway via the Ruakura interchange and is due to open in mid-2022.

Waitomo Group MD Jimmy Ormsby and Chris Joblin, CEO Tainui Group Holdings sign the agreement

TGH is pleased to see a locally-founded company take advantage of the opportunities provided by Ruakura alongside a number of national and international tenant discussions currently in progress and following the confirmation of PBT as the first logistics tenant last year.

Roading update

Two critical roading projects being delivered by Hamilton City Council are in full swing, with construction work for both projects being carried out by Schick Civil Construction Limited.

Construction is well underway on stage one – key transport connections, with one key focus area being Silverdale Road realignment (once completed the realigned Silverdale Road will link into Ruakura Road).

Other development over the past week continued around the inland port area, where shifting of the pre-load to adjacent areas continues in full swing.  Meanwhile the 8-hectare wetland and connecting water-courses have been largely formed, if not yet fully immersed.  The pictures below are obviously taken before the planned planting of 1 million native plants in and around this area over the next several years as part of habitat restoration and improvement.  It’s great to see some native birds already making the wetland their home.

 

Questions or suggestions?

Please email us on enquiries@ruakura.co.nz or phone 0508 RUAKURA (0508 782 5872).

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Richard Jefferies, General Manager Commercial, Mobile: +64 27 404 655ruakuraleasing@tgh.co.nz.

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Waitomo Group to open flagship service centre at Ruakura Superhub

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Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) today announced the first service and retail offering for the Ruakura Superhub currently under development on the eastern boundary of Hamilton.

TGH has signed an agreement with Waikato-based fuel distributor Waitomo Group to develop a full-service, flagship site accessible off the Waikato Expressway via the Ruakura interchange.

“We are delighted to welcome Waitomo Group to Ruakura Superhub. With almost 75 years on the clock, we are confident they know and understand locals and visitors to our region. It is great to see a locally-founded company take advantage of the opportunities provided by Ruakura and to deliver the kind of excellent experiences we aspire to provide,” said Chris Joblin, Chief Executive of TGH.
The 1.6 hectare site will incorporate a Waitomo Fuel Stop with alternative energy options including hydrogen refuelling and EV charging stations as well as commercial truck refuelling lanes. A touch-free carwash, two quick-service restaurants, a café and a convenience store will round out the offerings.

The new site is planned to be open by mid-2022.

Jimmy Ormsby, Managing Director of Waitomo Group, said the business is proud and honoured to be the first retail/service tenant to sign for the Ruakura Superhub.

“This partnership with TGH to develop our flagship Waitomo site at Ruakura cements our commitment to the region we call home and builds on our rapid growth in the market over the last five years. We’re proud, and honoured, to work with our partners at TGH to help bring the vision of
the Ruakura Superhub to reality. The service centre development will reflect the scale and quality expected from a project of national significance.” Mr Ormsby said.

Waitomo was founded in Te Kuiti in 1947 by Desmond Ormsby, and is now managed and owned by the third generation of the Ormsby family. The company will mark its 75th anniversary next year. The company is committed to disrupting the New Zealand fuel market with competitive choice and pricing through its network of more than 80 Fuel Stops and Diesel Stops stretching from Paihia to Dunedin. Mr Joblin said confirmation of the new service centre added to the momentum around Ruakura Superhub. Extensive earthworks, construction of local connecting roads and leasing negotiations are now in progress right across the first 92-hectare first stage of the 480 hectare-site.

Ruakura is amongst New Zealand’s largest developments, spanning logistics, industrial, retail and
residential development areas. Located at an emerging ‘sweet spot’ for New Zealand’s supply chain,
it will be anchored by a 30-hectare inland port, with the first 17-hectare stage now in development
by TGH and Port of Tauranga, in a 50/50 joint venture announced earlier this year.

The inland port will be serviced by high-capacity rail and roading infrastructure, with the East Coast main trunk rail line running along the Port’s northern boundary and the new Waikato Expressway on the eastern boundary. Initially, rail services will be provided by the existing MetroPort trains running between Auckland and Tauranga.

The Ruakura precinct is estimated to accommodate 6,000-12,000 jobs once it is fully developed and will have significant social and economic benefits for Waikato iwi, Hamilton, the region and New Zealand as a whole. The Ruakura Superhub inland port and adjoining logistics hub is on track to open in early/mid 2022.

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