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New design-build commitment at Highbrook

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An artist’s impression of the New Zealand Blood and Organ Service facility will occupy one of the last remaining development sites at Highbrook Business Park. Image supplied

The New Zealand Blood and Organ Service is the latest customer to commit to a tailored property solution at Highbrook Business Park in East Tāmaki.

Highbrook Business Park is owned by Goodman Property Trust, New Zealand’s leading warehouse and logistics space provider.

Securing one of the last remaining development sites at the $1.9 billion estate, Crown entity the New Zealand Blood and Organ Service has specified that the new 3290 sqm office and warehouse facility be designed and constructed to a standard well above the current building code.

The additional requirements include greater structural strength and improved seismic performance to ensure the medical support service can continue to operate in the event of a natural disaster.

The specialised storage and distribution facility will also feature a blood donor clinic.

Occupying a prominent site on Highbrook Drive, the facility has been leased for 20 years from completion, expected to be in August 2022.

Goodman Property Trust CEO John Dakin said sustained customer demand has continued to support a heightened level of development activity.

“This latest commitment means the Trust has more than $260 million of projects currently underway. We are Green Star certifying all these new developments and will offset the embodied carbon.”

To ensure its facilities are industry-leading, Goodman is now targeting a 5-Star Green Star rating for all new developments.

The independent rating system administered by the New Zealand Green Building Council assesses the sustainability attributes of new developments.

It is widely regarded as the quality benchmark for new commercial buildings.

“With the built environment responsible for between 15 per cent and 20 per cent of all New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions Goodman is also working hard to reduce the emissions from its development activity,” Dakin said.

“This means using materials and building techniques that reduce harmful emissions and managing the development process to minimise waste and other environmental impacts.

“Any carbon embodied in new builds will also be offset, consistent with the business wide carbon neutral commitment.”

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