Aotearoa Park Developments planning further industrial development in Cambridge

26 October 2018

Development is stepping up in Cambridge, with more industrial lots opening, but this time on the Leamington side of town.

Aotearoa Park Developments owns much of the land immediately surrounding the Ingham's Chicken factory located off Cambridge Rd, and also that which the factory is situated on. The company is looking to take advantage of the growing demand for industrial land in Cambridge by ground leasing the site in lots.

"There's a bit of a shortage of industrial land in the area, and particularly with the services attached," Aotearoa Park general manager Libby Cochrane said. "The land at Hautapu won't have - or at least doesn't at the moment - water and waste and those connected services, so it's a bit of an advantage with this site having those already in place."

She was referring to the industrial park development planned for Hautapu, situated a few minutes north of Cambridge.

Bardowie Investments spearheaded that project and applied to Waipā District Council to rezone 26.7 hectare of land at the Hautapu site from rural to industrial. The development includes a building that is 400 metres long and 120 metres wide for a Hamilton business operation to centralise its services under one roof.

Aotearoa Park's site is different in that it has historically been used for food processing, and Aotearoa Park wants to "maintain the integrity" and have similar businesses and industries use other parts of the estate.

"We see it as lending itself to food processing, logistics, warehousing and distribution, because of what's already here and because of its location," Cochrane said.

Between 150 and 200 jobs are currently provided on site, and Aotearoa Park believed there is potential for hundreds more to be made available with further development.

"Someone can either do their own building on them, or we can do a design build scenario," Cochrane said. "We've got people that we're in early stages of talking to at the moment around those sorts of developments."

Waste ponds are situated on an adjacent piece of land, meaning material can simply be piped there rather than having to be collected and trucked off site, which Cochrane said would be the case for the Hautapu development at this stage.

- Stuff

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