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North Harbour’s biggest industrial land site for sale

NZ_AucklandCBD_Communications_North Harbours biggest industrial land site for sale

The largest parcel of undeveloped industrial land in North Harbour is being presented to the market for the first time in 60 years providing prospective purchasers with limitless potential for their next major project.

297 and 297A Albany Highway are two freehold titles totalling 5.77ha in the tightly held Rosedale commercial and industrial precinct.

The location has been the long-time home of Knights Nurseries, a family-owned business that carved out its own niche as one of the largest wholesale plant nurseries in New Zealand.

The site is zoned Business – Light Industry Zone under Auckland’s Unitary Plan and will be sold as vacant possession, leaving the new owners with a blank canvas.

The centrally located site is only two minutes’ drive to State Highway 16 with State Highway 1 also readily accessible, meaning the property provides excellent connectivity.

Colliers Directors Matt Prentice, Josh Coburn and Shoneet Chand have been exclusively appointed to market the property for sale and are taking expressions of interest with a deadline of 4pm, Tuesday 23 November, unless sold prior.

297 Albany Highway is a 2,785sq m site, while 297A Albany Highway makes up a majority of the landholding as a 5.5ha property. The total site, which has a gentle contour from the western to the eastern side, is an elongated block, with slightly diverging side and angled end boundaries.

Prentice, Director of Industrial Sales and Leasing at Colliers, says this truly is a one-of-a-kind offering in a market that is starved of large landholdings.

“This property represents one of the most unique listings for the area in the past decade given the sheer scale of the site,” Prentice says.

“Land that is zoned Business – Light Industry Zone is hard to find on the North Shore, let alone a site of this size.

“This property will be highly attractive to a range of prospective purchasers who will have the opportunity to dream big as they look to the future.”

The property offers multiple access points from Unity Drive, Unity Drive North, and Albany Highway, while there is a house on the site that was previously occupied by the owners of the nursery.

Coburn, Director of Site Sales at Colliers, says the strategic location of the site will hold appeal for owner-occupiers, developers, or investors to consider a large-scale development in this part of the North Shore that is well connected to local transport links.

“Our vendor has advised that it is ‘time to sell’ after pouring more than 60 years of hard work into the site and this vast landholding is the last of its kind given the intensive development that has taken place in the area during the past two decades,” Coburn says.

“The surrounding area in Rosedale is an established industrial subdivision with modern warehouse and office buildings that enjoys a central position in relation to the surrounding and expanding North Shore urban areas.

“Excellent access to the Northern Motorway complex is available via Upper Harbour Drive or Bush Road, while travel time to and from Auckland’s CBD is approximately 15 minutes in off-peak traffic.”

Chand, Director of Industrial Sales at Colliers, says the scale of this landholding means the new owner will have a range of options at their disposal.

“This site represents almost one third of the remaining undeveloped industrial land in North Harbour and the new owners may look to alternative uses for the site given the potential that will be available to them,” Chand says.

“We expect significant interest in this premier landholding and encourage all interested parties to do their due diligence and contact us immediately because this is an opportunity not to be missed.”


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Matt Prentice

Director

Auckland North

Matt joined Colliers International in 2006 with a focus on mid to upper end industrial & investment transactions.  Specializing in tenanted investments, occupier representation through to vacant land / building sales on the North Shore, Matt was promoted to a North Shore Director in 2015.

In 2011 and 2012 Matt was awarded the “Golden Gavel” for Colliers New Zealand as the most successful auction sales broker across Colliers New Zealand. Matt has been the number one North Shore sales and leasing broker, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  In 2012, was a top 20 performer across Colliers New Zealand and has over $600 million of sales since joining colliers International.

In 2013, Matt was in the top 10 Highest Performing Brokers Nationwide and in 2014, he had a record year completing more than 50 transactions, and  finished in the top 10% of brokers in New Zealand.

In 2015, Matt completed over 60 transactions, more than any broker North of the Bridge, again finishing in the Top 20 brokers in New Zealand.

In 2016, Matt had a record year finishing top 10 in the country and was the top broker on the North Shore.

In 2017 Matt finished in the top 5 brokers in New Zealand, and completed over 70 transactions.

In 2018 he finished in the top 10 brokers in New Zealand and completed over 120 transactions. Matt was awarded the MVP of brokerage for Colliers International New Zealand.

In 2019 Matt finished in the top 5 brokers in New Zealand and achieved the “Golden Gavel” as the highest performing “Auction Broker”. Again, he completed over 100 transactions.

2020 was a record year, selling over $250 million of stock, with 99 deals in total for the year. Matt finished as the 4th highest performing broker in NZ.

Recent Transactions include:

  • 13 William Pickering Drive, North Harbour - $17,300,000

  • 7-19 Croftfield Lane, Wairau Valley - $17,280,000

  • 6 Canaveral Drive, Albany - $13,000,000

  • 44 Arrenway Drive, Albany - $15,300,000

  • 2c William Pickering Drive. North Harbour - confidential

  • 180-184 Target Road, Wairau Valley - $13,000,000

  • 71 Apollo Drive, Albany - $17,550,000

  • 124 Bush Road, North Harbour - $14,950,000

  • 229 Dairy Flat Highway, Albany - $33,000,000

  • 34-41 Poland Road, Wairau Valley - $15m circa

  • 1-11 Parkway Drive, Albany - $21,000,000

  • 44 Arrenway Drive, Albany - $15,300,000

  • 30 Apollo Drive, Albany - $12,942,000

  • 155 Wairau Road, Wairau Valley - $11,500,000

  • 53 Paul Matthews Road, North Harbour - $5,610,000

  • 7 Armstrong Road, North Harbour - $7,400,000

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Josh Coburn

Director | Site Sales

Auckland West

Tenacious, personable and driven, Josh Coburn draws on 16 years' experience in New Zealand's property sector in his role as Director of Site Sales at Colliers International. His key focus and passion are delivering quality development opportunities to the market and acting as a partner in the development process to see projects come to fruition.

Futhermore, Josh is the General Manager of Collier's West Auckland Business, overseeing 5 brokers in a rapidly emerging Metropolitan market.

Josh re-joined Colliers International in 2015 after four years working as the Development Manager for Haydn & Rollett Construction - a role in which he focused on development of commercial and industrial properties joint ventures, and commercial-scale residential opportunities.

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Shoneet Chand

Director

Auckland North

Shoneet has been involved in selling investment property for over 13 years and since 2015 he has been a Director in the Investment Sales Team at Colliers International, specialising in Investment & Development Sales across the wider Auckland region.

Over the past 8 years he has been one of the most successful investment sales brokers in Auckland with a track record of significant sales second to none. He has had considerable experience in dealing with international purchasers and has recently completed several deals with investors out of Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has been involved in a number of large land sales and portfolio sales, including divestments for well-known brands like Z Energy, The Warehouse & Bunnings.

Shoneet has been the top broker in his market for both 2014 and 2015 while also placing in the top 10 brokers nationwide again for Colliers in 2016. In 2017, Shoneet transacted over $260 million of property and was ranked 2nd in New Zealand.

He was the top broker at Colliers in the 2018 financial year and a finalist for the Commercial & Industrial Salesperson of the Year award, which is judged nationwide across all agencies. In both 2019 & 2020 he was again ranked in the top 5 brokers nationwide for Colliers and was involved in over $300 million & $325 million of sales in each calendar year. 

Over the past six years, he has transacted over $1.5 Billion dollars in sales.

Notable Transactions over $10m include;

  • 2-4 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna -   $60,850,000
  • 33 Corinthian Drive, Albany  -   $50,500,000
  • 229 Dairy Flat Highway, Albany -   $33,000,000
  • Todd Industrial Park – Wellington -   $33,000,000
  • 9-11 Corinthian Dr, Albany -  $27,340,000
  • 44 Taharoto Road, Takapuna -   $27,270,000
  • 279-301 Lincoln Rd, Henderson -   $27,000,000
  • 11 Coliseum Drive, Albany -  $26,700,000
  • The Warehouse, Albany -   $26,400,000
  • LEP Childcare Portfolio-   $20,775,000
  • Farro Fresh/ASB Constellation Dr -   $25,500,000
  • Kmart Te Rapa  - $23,750,000
  • 1-11 Parkway Drive -   $21,000,000
  • Noel Leeming, Wairau Park -   $19,000,000
  • 5 The Warehouse Way, Northcote -  $19,000,000
  • Rapid Labels – William Pickering Dr -  $17,300,000
  • 16 Dinning Road, Riverhead -  $16,500,000
  • 35-45 The Strand, Parnell -   $16,100,000
  • 44 Arrenway Drive, Albany -   $15,300,000
  • 151 Lincoln Road, Henderson -    $15,250,000
  • 51 Corinthian Drive, Albany -  $15,150,000
  • 7-21 Kawana Street, Northcote -  $14,998,100
  • 124 Bush Road, North Harbour -   $14,950,000
  • 550 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany -   $14,200,000
  • PlaceMakers, Albany -    $14,000,000
  • 24 Oteha Valley Rd Extn, Albany -    $13,300,000
  • 217-227 Archers Rd, Wairau Valley -   $13,250,000
  • 44 Arrenway Drive, Mairangi Bay -  $13,117,116
  • 6 Canaveral Drive, Mairangi Bay -   $13,000,000
  • 119-121 Onewa Road -   $12,750,000
  • 3 Monahan Road, Mt Wellington -  $12,680,000
  • 155 Wairau Road, Wairau Valley -   $11,500,000
  • 13 William Pickering Drive, Albany -  $11,400,000
  • 14-18 Lovell Court, Albany -  $10,500,000
  • WCDL Development on Onewa Rd -  $10,250,000
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