Based on the success of a past collaboration, Chalmers Properties re-engaged Fosters to execute the design and build of a new 2700m² warehouse project at Hamilton’s Te Rapa Gateway.
The warehouse was purpose built for IAG, which owns multiple New Zealand insurance brands, to contain a high-tech in-house motor vehicle repair facility.
About the project
The warehouse features a spacious storage area with high ceilings. A convenient office space was also integrated into the design providing a dedicated area for administrative staff. An attached canopy further expands the covered area and provides protecting from the elements during loading and unloading.
The configuration of the facility ensures maximum functionality and efficiency with adequate storage and easy accessibility. The choice of durable materials and technology guarantees a long lasting and high-quality result.
The Fosters team pulled out all the stops and, despite material delays due to COVID-19, the project was delivered on time.
David Chafer sums up his company’s ongoing relationship with Fosters in one sentence: “We’ve got a good thing going.”
David is the general manager of property investment and development company Chalmers Properties, which owns $600 million worth of property around Aotearoa.
“Fosters are really good to help at the front end of a possible project with cost estimations and input and then through the next phases of the project – documentation, tendering and the build,” David said.
“They have good people at all levels, from the person who coordinates the design documentation through to the in-house project manager and the foreman. We all share similar values – building a good project and executing it well.”
With its innovative design, sleek office spaces and high quality finish, the new Repairhub impressed not only David and his company, but the judges at the 2022 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.
The project was awarded merit in the Industrial Property Award category, following as assessment of its design, construction and sustainability features, how it tracked against financial estimates, and owner and user satisfaction.
Property Council chief executive Leonie Freeman said the awards showcased what could happen “when you marry courageous vision with the can-do attitude of passionate people”.
Following that success, Chalmers Properties had no hesitation in signing Fosters again.
“The execution’s just easy from a client’s perspective,” David said. “That’s why we’ve played forward with them; they’re just completing two far larger projects with construction value of $19 million and last week they started another two warehouses for us.
“That’s confirmation we find them great to work with.”
“They (Fosters) have good people at all levels, from the person who coordinates the design documentation through to the in-house project manager and the foreman. We all share similar values – building a good project and executing it well.”
David Chafer, Chalmers Properties