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Major growth site in Warkworth offers huge potential

NZ_AucklandCBD_Communications_Major growth site in Warkworth offers huge potential

One of the largest residential and commercial landholdings in the Auckland region has come to the market offering investors and developers the opportunity to secure a super-sized site for their next major project.

Stubbs Farm on Falls Road in Warkworth is a 39.4ha parcel of land that is zoned for a mixture of uses, including a substantial residential capacity under Private Plan Change 25 (PPC25).

This site is a key growth node for the extension of Auckland and with significant upgrades to State Highway 1 taking place it shapes as a premier development site that enjoys outstanding connectivity to the surrounding areas.

Colliers has been exclusively appointed by Receivers Andrew McKay and Rees Logan from BDO Auckland to market the property for sale. Colliers Directors Jimmy O’Brien, Josh Coburn, and Blair Peterken are taking expressions of interest, which are to be logged by 4pm on Thursday 11 November, unless sold prior.

O’Brien, Director at Colliers Auckland North, says Warkworth is one of the major growth hubs in the Auckland region and it is incredibly rare to see sites of this size and scale come to the market.

“Warkworth, which is only 44km north of Albany, is easily accessible via State Highway 1 and serves as a gateway to the many villages and beaches along the Matakana and Kowhai Coasts,” O’Brien says.

“Horticulture, wine making, dairying, tourism and forestry are now key contributors to the local economy with the increasing popularity of lifestyle blocks, retirement housing and holiday homes.

“Auckland Council forecasts significant residential and employment growth in Warkworth across the next 30 years with around 1,100 hectares earmarked as future residential and business land. The area is attracting first-home occupier housing and retirement village operators and is seen as the gateway to the ever-expanding Northland region. Supermarket giant Foodstuffs are looking at construction on a site nearby for a large supermarket, alongside complementary retail offerings.

“To support this growth, Auckland Council has identified the development of quality transport links within Warkworth, as well as between Warkworth, Northland and the rest of Auckland that will be critical to supporting the town’s future growth.

“A new motorway being built between Puhoi and Warkworth will also allow faster access to Auckland and should be completed in mid-May 2022, while improved public transport links will also be hugely beneficial to the area.”

Coburn, Director of Site Sales at Colliers, says the recent Private Plan Change for this property will provide the new owner with a high level of flexibility.

“PPC25 was first lodged in 2018 and approved the following year to enliven the Future Urban zoning of the subject land and adjacent properties,” Coburn says.

“The changes mean this landholding at Stubbs Farm now includes land that is zoned Residential – Mixed Housing (Urban and Suburban), Business – Town Centre, Business – Mixed Use, Business – Light Industry Zone, and Open Space – Informal Recreation.

“This site will provide an estimated 660 houses, while more than 12,000sq m will be used for commercial development to complement the housing development. The residential developments will include single houses, townhouses, and apartments, with further scope to build retirement operations.”

Peterken, Director of Capital Markets at Colliers, says a lot of groundwork has already been done for the site, which is located next to a major retail development.

“Substantial due diligence has been undertaken for this property that will be made available for any interested parties. Prospective purchasers will be able to make informed decisions about the future possibilities of this site,” Peterken says.

“This represents one of the premier landholdings to reach the market this year and we encourage all interested parties to make contact with us immediately so they can explore what this development site has to offer.”

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Jimmy O'Brien

General Manager | Director

Auckland North

Jimmy heads the Colliers North Shore team with a "lead from the front" approach. He specialises in both sales and leasing of commercial and Industrial Property, Now in his thirteenth year with  Colliers International he is constantly in the top 10 % of Colliers brokers.

A North Shore resident for over 40 years his local network and knowledge is extensive. Having come from a successful background of sales, marketing and manufacturing and a director of his own business for 20 years, Jimmy has built up a vast network of property developers, investors, architects, designers and corporate businesses both retail and commercial. With a broad knowledge as both a tenant and investor in the commercial property market his wide range of skills and extensive network will be an asset to any future clients.

Positions Held at Colliers:

March 2006: Industrial Broker

April 2008: Industrial Manager

July 2012: General Manager

February 2014: General Manager -Associate Director

June 2014: General Manager – Director

Through specialisation and a commitment to true team work, Jimmy and his team have sold property in excess of $1Billion and negotiated innumerable leases.

With a strong focus on finding property solutions for his clients, Jimmy has successfully represented AA Insurance, EasiYo Products, Sealegs, Johnson Controls, Electronic Navigation and Maxwell Marine to name a few.

Jimmy is consistently in the top 10% of Colliers brokers.

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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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Blair Peterken

Director | Capital Markets

Auckland CBD

After more than a decade in Australia’s highly competitive commercial property sector, Blair joined Colliers International NZ as Director in the Capital Markets team in April 2017.

Specialising in the sale of larger commercial assets and mixed-use sites around New Zealand, Blair brings a high level of energy and diligence to the industry. His extensive knowledge and educational background ensures he is well-equipped in progressing and developing the Capital Markets team.


Previous Experience

From 2014 – 2017, Blair was Director and Head of JLL’s South Sydney office where under his leadership, the company  grew from third to first in the South Sydney market in both leasing and sales. In 2015 he was the company’s highest fee earner across the Australian industrial business. Blair specialised in the sale and leasing of larger industrial and commercial assets including mixed-use development sites within the South Sydney market.

Prior to this he was Head of Industrial, South Sydney at CBRE. While at CBRE, Blair won the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award twice for his performances and was highest fee writer in the South Sydney office in 2012 and 2013.

Peterken’s top transaction while in Sydney  was the 2014 sale of a 4.9ha business park in Rosebery, South Sydney to Meriton Group  for A$190,000,000

His two biggest leases were the single largest leasing transactions in South Sydney in their respective years. In 2011, he leased a Goodman-developed, 12,400sq m warehouse and office in Mascot to logistics company Toll, and last year, he leased a Meriton-owned 22,000sq m site in Pagewood to WSI Logistics.


A selection of notable sale transactions:

  • Sale of St Kentigern Girls School, Remuera - $40,000,000 +
  • The General  Buildings, 29-33 Shortland Street, Auckland - $42,000,000
  • 110 Symonds Street, Auckland - $38,500,000
  • 1-55 Rothschild Ave, Rosebery - $190,000,000
  • Central Park Business Park,  Greenlane - $209,000,000
  • Bunnings Hamilton South - $25,100,000
  • The Warehouse, Blenheim - $16,380,000
  • NZI Centre, Auckland - $63,000,000
  • Royal Heights Shopping Centre, Auckland - $17,000,000
  • 75 Karangahape Road, Auckland - $23,300,000
  • 5 Nelson Street, Auckland - $9,000,000
  • 66-80 Broadway, Newmarket - $65,000,000


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