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Heavy industry-zoned site for sale in growth hub offers buyers a blank canvas


A versatile and undercapitalised site zoned for heavy industry has gone up for sale in one of Auckland’s leading industrial growth hubs, presenting rare opportunities for owner-occupiers, add-value investors and developers.

The 14,451sq m freehold site at 52 Spartan Road, in the heart of the Takanini industrial precinct, incorporates two high-stud warehouses and a substantial yard. Two national tenants provide total net holding income of $905,449 plus outgoings and GST per annum.

The two warehouse buildings, with a combined net lettable area of 6,940sq m, are leased to Tegel Foods, New Zealand’s top poultry producer, on a lease with an expiry in January 2023.

Fluidex, the country’s leading transporter of bulk liquids and dry powder, leases the 4,000sq m front yard area. Its lease extends to August 2022 with a 12-month termination option.

Colliers has been exclusively appointed to market 52 Spartan Road, Takanini, Auckland, for sale by deadline private treaty closing at 4pm on Wednesday 14 July, unless it is sold prior.

Greg Goldfinch, National Industrial Director at Colliers, says the property will appeal to a wide range of buyers in a market starved of quality industrial property.

“Owner-occupiers needing functional, good-value buildings and yard can buy and plan their move. Investors will see upside in the rentals, while for developers there’s an opportunity to purchase a premium site with the ability to build and/or renovate.

“The property’s location in Takanini’s established industrial hub positions it perfectly to benefit from the southward trend of Auckland’s population growth, infrastructure investment and ongoing development,” says Goldfinch.

The site for sale is level and has some 37m of frontage to Spartan Road. The front portion of the property is a fully-fenced, secure gravel yard currently leased by Fluidex Transport.

The rear of the site, tenanted by Tegel, which also uses an adjacent property, contains two clear-span warehouses of some 4,632sq m and 2,280sq m, plus plant room and office. These structures are accessed via generous concrete yards at the front and rear of the buildings.

Paul Higgins, Industrial Director at Colliers, says the warehouses each have a minimum stud height of approximately 5m, rising to some 13m.

“Their construction features concrete tilt-slab and long-run metal. There are multiple roller doors around the buildings opening onto the sealed yard. There is an internal wall between the two sheds which have been configured to allow internal access to be formed in the future.

“A small office and toilet adjoin the northern elevation of the store located to the western boundary.”

The site contains various hardstand areas used for access and, potentially, for parking and containers to the northern end of the site. A level, rectangular parcel of vacant land located to the Spartan Road frontage presents potential opportunities for further development or storage of vehicles, trucks and containers,” says Higgins.

Josh Franklin, Industrial Director at Colliers, says a key attribute of the property’s Business – Heavy Industry zoning under the Auckland Unitary Plan is that it supports sites large enough to accommodate large-scale industrial activities, typically close to key freight routes.

“Auckland has a well-recognised shortage of industrial land, and the supply of land for heavy industry is even more scarce.

“This is an undercapitalised site with holding income from two national tenants. Located in one of New Zealand’s fastest growing locations, within 500m of motorway onramps to State Highway 1, this is a truly rare offering that is likely to be keenly sought-after.

“Spartan Road’s access to key arterials and highways, and its strategic positioning on the fringe of South Auckland’s growing labour pool while being near booming new developments such as Drury South, will assure its status as a popular industrial location for years to come,” Franklin says.

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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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Joshua Franklin

Director | Industrial

Auckland South

Josh specialises in the Auckland industrial market, servicing both the leasing and sales. Josh has a particular focus on the East Tamaki, Papakura and Takanini regions where he has formed strong relationships with property owners, buyers and tenants.

Josh has been working in the industrial sector for 10 + years, he was previously a Director and minor shareholder at Knight Frank before joining the Colliers Highbrook team.

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  • 259-265 Church St & 145/149 Captain Springs Rd, Onehunga - $34.4m
  • 52 Spartan Road, Takanini - $17.2m
  • 62 Allens Road, East Tamaki - $12.1m
  • 90 Hunua Road, Papakura - $7m
  • 47 Allens Road, East Tamaki - $5.68m
  • Lot 8, Drury South - $7m
  • 23 Ross Reid Place, East Tamaki - $4.55m
  • 3 Haliday Place (11 units),  East Tamaki - $8.5m
  • 3 Averton Place, East Tamaki - $5.1m
  • 83A Boundary Road, Papakura - $5.6m
  • Lot 18, Drury South - $11m
  • Lot 9, Drury South - $3.9m
  • 23-25 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki - $6.3m 
  • 64 Boundary Road, Papakura - $6.55m
  • 9-13 Lorien Place, East Tamaki - $3.5m
  • 60 Allens Road, East Tamaki - $4.75m
  • 200 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington - $13m
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