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Design Build Lease: It Makes Commercial Sense!

NAI Harcourts Hamilton
NAI Harcourts Hamilton
Monarch Commercial Limited Licensed REAA 2008

Design Build Lease has proven to be an effective commercial methodology for several national and international businesses looking to meet their ever-expanding industrial requirements in Hamilton.

With increased economic activity, improved national roading and completion of the Waikato Expressways, business operators can complete large and innovative accommodation expansions whilst keeping their capital dry for working capital or day-to-day funding requirements of the business where returns are far greater.

This has not been any more prevalent than at Te Rapa Gateway Industrial Park at the northern end of Hamilton. Te Rapa Gateway Limited led by David Chafer has been successful in completing Design Build Lease projects for a number of New Zealand’s leading businesses, including recently completing projects for Repair Hub and
Steel & Tube, both constructed on Chalmers Road. Also underway are design build lease projects for NZ Windows and Altus on Clem Newby Road and Hounsell Road respectively.

“By clearly listening to the client’s requirements and offering building design solutions specific to meet the clients’ brief, we have been able to offer competitive accommodation options,” says Chafer, General Manager of Te Rapa Gateway Limited.

In the above cases, the clients had specific building requirements to create areas for customers’ interface, on-site traffic movements and weight/floor loading specifications while keeping their working, admin, and warehousing areas separate. This also includes a specific building layout like drive-thru and around options, making for easy vehicle access and loading.

Industrial vacancy in Hamilton remains at historically low levels and is currently running below 1%, says NAI Harcourts Industrial specialist Theo de Leeuw.

The requirement for industrial space has remained strong now for over two years, whether it is to meet expanding requirements of third-party logistics, or to provide specialist services as is the case with the new IAG Repair Hub, or to create a new client interface and distribution centre as is with Steel & Tube and the expansion for NZ Windows.

Design Build Lease is not just limited in size, options have been created from 1500 m² to much larger floor plates such as the Altus project on Hounsell Road.

Te Rapa Gateway has over six hectares of industrial sections available, all with good vehicle access and close to the interchange points for the Waikato Expressway for north or south-bound traffic.

Also close by are main arterial routes into Hamilton CBD, The Base Retail Centre, and Hamilton City’s new Park & Ride facility linking Hamilton to Auckland utilising the commuter rail link.

Te Rapa Gateway forms part of a master plan and growth strategy by Hamilton City Council referred to as the Rotokauri Growth cell, which not only includes land for the ever-expanding industrial needs of the city but also offers residential expansion to the city’s west.

In addition to location and size, other key facilities of Te Rapa Gateway include high-speed fibre, stud height of 10 meters and above if required, three-phase power, office accommodation to a high standard, on-site parking, and room for truck manoeuvring.

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