Ruakura Development update #8

19 July 2021

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


Project Team
Ruakura Superhub

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