Greenstone appointed on BoP’s newest UoW tertiary facility!

After years in the development pipeline and following a significant funding process, momentum is gathering on Tauranga CBD’s purpose-built University precinct.

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership (TEP), which consists of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Waiariki Institute of Technology and the University, has appointed Property Advisory and Project Management consultancy Greenstone Group. As project manager Greenstone Group have been engaged to progress the development of stage one of the highly anticipated new tertiary campus project in Durham Street, Tauranga, which will provide capacity for 1,000 Equivalent Full Time Students.

Robert Dol, New Zealand Property Council Waikato Branch President and Regional Director for Greenstone Group, will provide the oversight and leadership necessary to support and deliver this $90M project on behalf of the TEP. As the clients’ representative, Greenstone Group will manage the design of the campus, establish accurate market costs and implement a procurement strategy and programme for its delivery while ensuring alignment with client and key stakeholder objectives and maximising value for this project. “We understand that central to the design success of a tertiary institution building is the ability to provide benefits that enable a client to improve their level of service and workplace environment to faculty staff and students. Our managers are experts in optimising the design and delivery approach to enable project success” says Dol.

Greenstone Group was successful in being appointed due to their recent national tertiary experience and local service presence and capability. Greenstone have more than 15 years’ experience in the commercial property industry and has benefitted from increasing demand for their services in the region leading them to expand operations in 2013 with a permanent Tauranga office. Recent and significant experience in tertiary sector projects includes delivering award winning projects for Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) Trades and Engineering facility in Hamilton and the NZ Management Academy hospitality training facility in Auckland. They are also currently project managing the delivery of the new Bay of Plenty Polytech Mass 2 Project at the Windamere campus and completing multiple projects for the University of Auckland.

Greenstone Group is a member of Priority One, the Western Bay of Plenty region’s economic development organisation. Priority One Chief Executive, Andrew Coker said the new campus will be a game changer for the region’s economy. “The city centre campus development is a key project to enable the University of Waikato to grow to scale in the Bay of Plenty, providing student pathways to higher education. It will also assist the region develop applied research to support industry and economic growth.” The new campus is predicted to generate $133 million in regional revenue and provide over 600 new jobs. Dol said that he was looking forward to assisting the TEP to advance this key economic development project and that the substantial contribution it will make to the economic, urban and tertiary landscape of Tauranga City and the wider Bay of Plenty makes this an exciting time for one of the fastest growing regions of New Zealand.

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