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Huge East Tamaki industrial site on Kerwyn Avenue ready to unlock for redevelopment

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A huge industrial redevelopment site in Auckland’s premium East Tamaki commercial precinct is for sale and short-term leaseback to a leading New Zealand infrastructure supply company.

Hynds Pipe Systems has manufactured precast concrete products at the 5.54ha property on Kerwyn Avenue for more than 30 years.

The family-owned company is now selling the property on a 14-month leaseback, providing $1.6 million in annual holding income until a new owner is ready to unlock the site’s potential.

Colliers International is marketing 33, 55 and 69 Kerwyn Avenue for sale by deadline private treaty closing at 4pm on Wednesday 11 March, unless it sells earlier.

Greg Goldfinch, Industrial National Director at Colliers, says it offers buyers a major industrial redevelopment opportunity.

“Landholdings of this scale very rarely come to the market in such a premium location, especially with Auckland’s industrial vacancy rate continuing to hover around historic lows.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for a developer or owner-occupier to obtain a large, strategic site in an outstanding location at the heart of the East Tamaki industrial precinct.

“The property spans 55,444sq m over three titles, all of which boast Auckland’s heaviest industrial zoning, allowing for a range of intensive industrial activities.

“The site is located on a main arterial route that is only minutes from the popular Highbrook Business Estate and the State Highway 1 motorway interchange, putting it within 20 minutes of the CBD.

“It also benefits from two separate road frontages onto Kerwyn Avenue, along with five road access points.

“Taken together, the site’s premium location, proximity, zoning and size all make it a superb redevelopment opportunity.”

Paul Higgins, Industrial Director at Colliers, says the property is one of eight Hynds Pipe Systems manufacturing sites around New Zealand.

“The property’s improvements include several basic manufacturing buildings which are used for concrete batching, concrete manufacturing and steel fabrication.

“These buildings, along with their associated offices and amenities, may or may not have a use for future owners.

“The remainder of the site comprises a combination of metalled and sealed yard areas.”

Higgins says the site is predominately square in shape, with some irregular boundaries following the flow of Ōtara Creek.

It has 172m of frontage and three access points onto Kerwyn Ave to the south, and 95m of frontage and two access points onto Kerwyn Ave to the west.

The site’s contour is gently sloped to the north towards the rear boundary, which then drops down to Ōtara Creek.

“The site is essentially divided by a gentle slope between two large, predominately flat development sites.”

The property’s vendor, Hynds Pipe Systems Limited, is the largest operating company within the privately owned Hynds Group.

Founded in 1973 by John and Léonie Hynds, the Hynds Group is New Zealand’s premier product supplier for the management of water and wastewater in the civil and rural infrastructure markets.

Its independently certified precast pipe products are distributed through a network of 32 branches and 70 trucks throughout New Zealand.

Hynds Pipe Systems Limited is on a 14-month lease from 1 February 2020, with one right to renew of six months, and no rental reviews.

Goldfinch says the property is situated on the northern side of Kerwyn Avenue, with the main entrance opposite the cul-de-sac of Arwen Place.

“Kerwyn Avenue is a main arterial road providing access from Highbrook Drive in the northwest through to Springs Road in the east.

“Immediately surrounding the property is a mix of older industrial properties of a similar age, as well as a mixture of newer design build properties.

“Overall the property is located in an established industrial location and one which is continuing to grow as infrastructure development provides the scope for more land subdivision and design build activity.”

The property is zoned Heavy Industry, which allows for a wide range of heavier industrial operations. This includes activities that may produce objectionable odour, dust and noise emissions.

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Greg Goldfinch

National Director | Industrial

Auckland South

Greg specialises in the mid to upper end of the Industrial sale and leasing markets. He joined Colliers International in 2004, coming from a policing background. He quickly established strong relationships within the industrial market and has worked exclusively for the likes of Fisher & Paykel, The Warehouse, Freedom Furniture, Fletchers, NZ Police, NZ Guardian Trust, Goodyear Dunlop NZ Ltd and Mercedes-Benz to name a few.

Greg has been the lead broker on nearly all of the largest transactions in the industrial property market over the last ten years. Greg has completed three of the largest industrial sales ever in the New Zealand market. He is a regular top 10 broker for Colliers across NZ having transacted in excess of $6billion worth of industrial real estate in his time with Colliers.

In 2013, 2019 and 2020 Greg was awarded the Commercial and Industrial Salesperson of the Year Award by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and was runner up in 2018. Greg was Colliers International’s top salesperson in New Zealand across all sectors in In 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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Paul Higgins

Director | Industrial

Auckland South

Paul joined Colliers in 2005 working in Auckland's industrial team specialising in the mid to upper end sales and leasing market. Paul has also spent a couple of years working for Colliers in the Central and Eastern Europe market where he was Director of Poland's Krakow office. In 2010 Paul returned to Auckland to again work in Auckland's industrial market.

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