TOMRA, a Norwegian-based circular waste management company, engaged Fosters to build a large research, manufacturing plant, and office building at their new premises in the Waikato.

The facility houses a research centre and manufacturing area for the production of berry picking machines. A large fitted-out office space was also included in the build. The team at Fosters faced some procurement challenges as the lockdown in Auckland impacted on their ability to source certain products, requiring some out of the box thinking to overcome supply issues.

Communication between Fosters and the project stakeholders was vital to the success of the development, as were the flexibility and proactivity of the project team.

Given the project challenges, TOMRA Hamilton was a huge success; delivered on budget and ahead of time, to a client who couldn’t be happier with the end result.


“It was a miracle we got everything done on time. Fosters successfully delivered this project in extraordinary conditions.”

A successful design-build for internationally listed company TOMRA has left Developer Emily Zhang eager to work with Fosters again in the future.

The 35-week project was delivered on time and on budget (in fact two days earlier than the completion date at Tender), the team pulling out all the stops to keep the project on track through two lockdowns.

The result is a 1,700 metre sq office and 3,400 metre sq warehouse facility, including a research centre for the berry picking machine manufacturer.

“Procuring supplies from Auckland was a major challenge, lockdown creating a breakdown in the supply chain” says Emily. “It was a miracle we got everything done on time. Fosters successfully delivered this project in extraordinary conditions.

“I attribute this success to their capability to make things happen. There was great communication between Fosters, the civil construction team and the subcontractors.

“Fosters flexibility, cost-saving initiatives and efficiency through the project all greatly contributed to the successful outcome.”

Emily chose Fosters based on their solid market reputation, adding that she was “also impressed by their contribution to the community.”

She’s very pleased with the results and says she’d choose them again.

“Based on this experience, I have pretty good faith in Fosters. I appreciate that they delivered what they promised. In the current conditions, this was significant.”

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