Wiri’s biggest and ‘best’ industrial site

5:47 PM Friday August 25, 2017 Colin Taylor

An aerial view of the flat grey-coloured former Wiri quarry site at the corner of Roscommon Rd and Vogler Drive.

A big 10ha property is for sale in South Auckland, next to the Wiri Inland Port; a short distance from both the Southern and Southwestern motorways; and within 10 minutes’ drive of Auckland Airport.

“This is the best freehold industrial site we have offered to the Auckland market in years,” says Greg Goldfinch of Colliers International who, with colleague Todd Kuzmich, has a sole agency to sell Lot 1 of a former Wiri Quarry site on the corner of Roscommon Rd and Vogler Drive.

They are taking expressions of interest on the ready-to-develop site that will close on Thursday, September 14, unless the property sells earlier by negotiation.

Goldfinch, Industrial National Director for Colliers, says there aren’t any other industrial properties of this scale with excellent transport links available anywhere in Auckland.

 “Zoned for heavy industrial use, the freehold property offers abundant space for large-scale industrial activities; or it could be further developed to suit smaller occupiers.”

The lot for sale is part of a wider 40ha site that once served as the Wiri Quarry.

Previously quarried by Fletcher subsidiary Winstone Aggregates, the site has more recently been used as a distribution centre for sand and aggregate products from Winstone’s other quarries in Auckland.

Kuzmich says the site also played a key role in the construction of the Waterview Tunnel, which opened last month.

“The quarry site was home to a crushing plant, where rock excavated during the Waterview Tunnel project was processed for other uses including road foundations and backfill.

“Spoil from tunnel excavations was also used to fill the quarry in preparation for its future use as a prime industrial site.

“At the height of the Waterview project, more than 8000 cubic metres of spoil was arriving at the Wiri site every day.”

Kuzmich says the former quarry has now been completely filled and stabilised.

“The work has been approved by certified earthworks engineers and the site will be ready to be built on when title is issued, which is expected in April 2018. The final step will be for a new owner to develop the site to its full potential.

Goldfinch says demand for industrial land is huge, with Colliers International’s research showing Auckland’s industrial vacancy rate is at its lowest since records began more than 20 years ago.

“This is an opportunity for developers and owner occupiers to acquire a substantial landholding in arguably the most strategic position in the Wiri area.”

He says Wiri has become increasingly popular in recent years, and is widely regarded as Auckland’s freight and logistics hub.

The site is located by the Southwestern motorway (SH20) and only 3km from the interchange with the Southern motorway (SH1).

The recent completion of the Waterview Tunnel means SH20 now fully connects SH1 with the Northwestern motorway (SH16), offering easier access to Auckland’s western and northern suburbs.

“The property offers excellent exposure to SH20 and the local arterials of Roscommon Rd and Wiri Station Rd,” Goldfinch says.

“It is also only about 3km from the Manukau City Centre and 7km from Auckland International Airport.”

Kuzmich, Industrial Sales and Leasing Director for Colliers, says the Wiri Inland Port adjoining the property for sale is a significant freight hub operated by a Ports of Auckland subsidiary.

“Situated within the heart of South Auckland’s major industrial and manufacturing area, the Inland Port brings New Zealand’s largest container terminal to the doorstep of local industry.

“Services range from a container shuttle service to a full supply chain offering. Importers and exporters can also collect and drop off containers directly at the Inland Port, which operates 24/7.”

KiwiRail’s main trunk line runs adjacent to the Inland Port, which offers three rail sidings.

“The Inland Port is served by a dedicated rail service that transports containers to and from the Waitemata seaport.”

Kuzmich says the wider Wiri area is home to a number of significant industrial developments and national tenants.

“The site is in the heart of Wiri, home to well-known businesses such as Ingram Micro, Kmart, Bridgestone, Frucor, Orora, Visy and many others. The area is also well-served by South Auckland’s large and skilled labour force.”