Hill Laboratories

Hill Laboratories were spread across four different sites in Hamilton and had an increase of 22 percent in staff numbers over the past five years. They wanted to relocate to a new site that could house the full team under one roof.

Foster Construction was engaged in the early stages of the project planning and was exploring the feasibility of relocating the Hills teams to one site over a couple of years. Foster Construction worked along Hill Laboratories and KGL Properties under a design and built contract to convert the Old NZ Post building in Frankton to PC2 Lab. The building was extended from 5,500m2 to 7,000m2, which made it the biggest multi-discipline lab in New Zealand and one of the biggest laboratories in Southern Hemisphere.

The project won Gold Award in the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards in 2018, in recognition to the project’s strong team and in managing the complexity of the design and construction of the unique requirements of each individual department. The project was handed over on time and on budget.


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