Space in Mitre 10’s new Albany building

5:00 AM Wednesday January 25, 2017 Colin Taylor

The newly constructed Mitre 10 national Support Centre at 67 Corinthian Drive, Orchard Park.

Home improvement and garden retailer Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Ltd has completed the construction of its national Support Centre in Albany and is offering space for lease within the building.

This week 250 team members will relocate into the purpose-built building at 67 Corinthian Drive, Orchard Park.

Staff of Mitre 10 will occupy the bulk of the 7000sq m premises which has been developed as the Support Centre for the 82 stores the New Zealand owned and operated cooperative has around the country.

However, the company has also incorporated 1200sq m of ground floor space into the design of the three-storey premises for lease to complementary tenancies.

Bayleys North Shore Commercial is master agent for the leasing of this space and about 400sq m is already leased to Fitness HQ for Women, a boutique women's-only gymnasium offering a range of classes, programmes and nutritional advice. The only women's gym on the North Shore, Fitness HQ has taken the opportunity to relocate and upgrade from nearby Don McKinnon Drive to bigger and better premises.

Neighbouring ground floor space of 812sq m is still available for lease as one or two tenancies.

“The space comes with up to 22 car parks and signage opportunities are also available,” says Dean Gilbert-Smith Bayleys North Shore’s office leasing manager.

“The elevated nature of the site along with the high stud tenancy provides plenty of natural light and space as well as excellent motorway exposure along with wide-ranging views of the surrounding Albany area,” Gilbert-Smith says. “As the Mitre 10 Support Centre, the complex has been constructed to a very high standard, incorporating all the latest in building technology and energy efficiency.

“There is a great opportunity here for one or two more businesses to become co-occupants with Mitre 10. This means they will share all the benefits of being in a new, highly-specified building, with excellent car parking and very competitive total occupancy costs, in one of Auckland’s fastest growing business hubs.”

The Mitre 10 Support Centre services close to 5000 people who work across the Mitre 10 and Mitre 10 MEGA store network. Neil Cowie, Mitre 10 CEO, says rapid expansion and sales growth in recent years has resulted in the national Support Centre being relocated from its previous base in View Road, Wairau Valley.

“We have made a significant investment in developing premises that we are proud of and which will provide a great working environment for our team and other occupants.”

Cowie says among the factors which drew the company to Orchard Park business precinct was its closeness to the Westfield Shopping Centre and the neighbouring Albany Mega Centre; easy accessibility from and to the motorway and with excellent nearby public transport. The 1.2ha greenfields site has also enabled Mitre 10 to provide a generous amount of car parking around the building for both occupants and visitors.

Neighbouring tenants include the corporate offices of ANZ, Westpac and ASB and lawyers McVeagh Fleming.

They will shortly be joined by multinational Olympus New Zealand, which will be moving its New Zealand head office building to the top three levels of a new four-level building at 28 Corinthian Drive, directly opposite the Mitre 10 national Support Centre. Olympus has leased two 466sq m floors plus the penthouse floor and 26 basement car parks through Dean Gilbert-Smith and Eddie Zhong of Bayleys North Shore Commercial working in conjunction with Bayleys Auckland colleague Andre Siegert.

Bayleys North Shore Commercial has the master agency for this building also and still has approximately 375sq m available for lease on the ground floor. It has been subdivided into a 90sq m tenancy for a cafe with the balance designed to accommodate a restaurant, although there is flexibility to vary this sizing if required.

Gilbert-Smith says food and beverage occupants of this space will benefit from the growing number of people working and visiting the 12ha Orchard Park. Resource consent has also been granted for a four-level building on a 7864sq m site at 55 Corinthian Drive which will encompass 5389sq m of A-grade office space, 820sq m ground floor retail and 283 car parks, the bulk of which will be located in an adjoining parking building.

Gilbert-Smith says this will be one of the most visually striking buildings on the North Shore with standout architectural features including a light-filled atrium, a unique cantilevered retail area and bridges connecting the office and parking complexes. It will be designed to the equivalent of a Five Star Green standard.

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Dean Gilbert-Smith, Bayleys North Shore.