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Ruakura Development Update #10

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Building pride of place at Ruakura Superhub

We are pleased to share this update with news and views on the Ruakura Superhub, the people developing and building it, and those who will soon be moving in to live in, work in and enjoy the unique precinct we are creating.

Ruakura is New Zealand’s largest multi-use development, totalling 490 hectares. The 92-hectare Stage 1 is on track for opening in mid-2022. This month is our orientation edition for the Superhub!
Ruakura from above

Our new drone footage was taken earlier this month, showing Ruakura rapidly emerging from the surrounding landscape and we invite you to join us on a quick orientation tour, viewed from above

 

The big picture

Many of the major elements of the 92-hectare Stage 1 can be seen in this drone shot. From the Ruakura interchange (front and centre), the Link Road slices through the centre of Stage One the Superhub. To the left of the Link Road is the industrial area and on the right is the Logistics Zone (large rectangle of earthworks) and inland port (triangle shape).

 

Zooming in

Inland port – 17-hectare base formed

Port enablement works are more than 90% complete for the 17-hectare first stage of the inland port. In the foreground is the existing Ruakura Road. The grey line above the port is the East Coast Main Trunk Railway offering rail connections to Tauranga and Auckland.

 

Logistics West area – 60 hectares

The Link Road under construction in the foreground borders the 60-hectare logistics zone (rectangle of earthworks). Located next to the inland port, the zone will accommodate some of New Zealand’s largest and most sophisticated distribution centres, with further announcements on some of these tenants expected in the coming months.

 

Link Road and industrial zone

The first layer of membrane and seal will go on to the Link Road this month. This image looking east towards the Waikato Expressway shows how the industrial zone (at right) will be serviced by the new Link Road. Swales (which will have native plantings) will feature either side of the four-lane road.

 

Ruakura interchange

The Ruakura Interchange (pictured centre) will enable easy access on and off the Waikato Expressway when the new expressway opens in mid-2022.

 

Wetland – 10 hectares

The 10-hectare wetland is taking shape and filling with water (as designed). Native planting and a series of settling ponds will clean and clarify the water – to act as the ‘kidneys’ for the Superhub. The wetland will include 2.2km of new public boardwalks and walking tracks. Just out of shot in the foreground is the 5-hectare service centre which will be anchored by Waitomo Group.

 

Up and away

Construction is well underway for the FIRST tenant building for Ruakura Superhub (artist’s impression above). With site works and ground prep complete, contractors Calder Stewart have started the formwork for the foundation slab for the new regional hub for PBT Express Freight Network. Located near the inland port, PBT’s new hub will include a 2,800 sqm logistics facility with a 1,890 sqm loading canopy and a 250 sqm office. The mostly steel construction will target a Greenstar 4 rating, complete with rainwater harvesting for amenities and future-proofing structures for solar power. TGH expects the PBT hub to be completed and operational by August next year.

 

Ruakura in the news

Senior journalist Aaron Leaman and visual journalist Christel Yardley from the Waikato Times/Stuff have taken an in-depth look at Ruakura Superhub over the past few months. Talking to everyone from kaimahi (staff) in the Tiitoki Taiao O Waikato nursery cultivating plants for the Superhub, through to earth moving equipment operators, train drivers, project managers, the CEO’s of TGH and Port of Tauranga and iwi leaders such as Linda Te Aho and Rahui Papa, they have skilfully woven the story of Ruakura from the time of the land’s confiscation by the Crown to today’s proud vision.

Catch this powerful storytelling here

(Tip: don’t miss the two videos embedded in the story).

 

Team effort

Developing a new urban form larger than the Auckland CBD, takes a team of hundreds, and we gratefully acknowledge the support of our funding and development partners: Port of Tauranga Ltd (our JV partner for the inland port), New Zealand Government (funding support for public infrastructure through the PGF and CIP) and Hamilton City Council (co-funding for public roads).

Key service providers include; Bloxam Burnett & Olliver, Boffa Miskell, Beca Group, Cambridge Construction, CMW Geosciences, C&R Developments, Kiwi Rail, Pragmatix, Schick Civil Construction, Tika Group, Tonkin & Taylor and dozens of other local subcontractors including some owned by local iwi. Around 40 Waikato-Tainui affiliated people are working on the project at this time.

 

Stay in touch

We hope you’ve enjoyed this update and would love to hear from you with questions, suggestions or leasing enquiries.

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

 

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Ruakura Superhub – Development Update #9

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Kia ora koutou katoa,

A move down the COVID-19 alert levels for the Waikato on 31 August saw construction work resume on the site of the Ruakura Superhub across four major fronts:

  • Continued site formation for the Inland port, logistics and industrial zones and wetland
  • Development of the local roading network
  • Site formation for the future Waitomo Group Service Centre (1.6 hectares)
  • Site formation and preparation work for the new regional hub for PBT Express Freight Network.

The elements above are all part of the 92-hectare Phase 1 of Ruakura Superhub which is on track for a mid-2022 opening. Major contractors currently active on the site include C&R Developments, Schick Civil Construction, Cambridge Construction and Calder Stewart.

 

Local residents and people who work and study in the area are asked to note that Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the Ruakura Road closures for the Urban Upgrade project are going ahead in October. More detailed information will be published by Hamilton City Council (HCC) in the coming weeks.

 

Construction of the PBT Building is also scheduled to commence at the end of September and there will be an increased number of vehicles accessing the site from the current Ruakura Road.


Artist’s impression of the PBT building – construction is due to get underway on 30 September

 

 

Welcoming Denley Hira to the Ruakura team

With development work expanding by the day on site, TGH is pleased to welcome our new Development Co-ordinator Denley Hira to the team. Here is Denley’s pepeha:

Ko Maungakawa te Maunga

Ko Waikato te Awa

Ko Tainui te Waka

Ko Ngaati Haua te Iwi

Ko Te Iti O Haua te Hapu

Ko Tauwhare te Marae

Ko Denley Raimapaha Hira toku ingoa.

Denley Hira nearby the Ruakura Superhub project office

 

Denley has been closely following progress at Ruakura since 2013, when the first application for a Private Plan Change was lodged. She is a member of Ngaati Haaua and brings eight years of experience working in the HCC Facilities and Infrastructure Units, gaining insights into Three Waters, transportation, development, facilities management, building renewals and local government process. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Business Studies degree from the University of Waikato. Welcome Denley!

 

Update on tenanting

Over the past 18 months PBT Express Freight and Waitomo Group have been confirmed as tenants, and Port of Tauranga has committed as a joint venture partner for the inland port.

Tenant enquiry has recently surged with an increase in e-commerce as well as a move by businesses to hold more products closer to customers in response to disrupted supply chains. TGH has recently entered Heads of Agreement with two major players, and is in advanced negotiations with a further three internationally significant businesses, plus a range of competitive tendering and advanced discussion situations with several other parties.

 

Wayfinding

International agency Diadem has been engaged to help design the tenant and visitor experience for Ruakura Superhub. They are developing a clear and simple hierarchy of signage and meaningful conventions for street and location names to make it easy for people to approach, navigate and depart the precinct.  Naming conventions are part of this brief and our Tangata Whenua Working Group is advising on appropriate name selections for recommendation to the HCC and NZTA.

 

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 #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

Regards,

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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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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Kia ora taatou,

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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