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New development An artist’s impression of the new Rangiora Industrial Park planned for the corner of Todds and Fernside roads in Southbrook, near Rangiora. IMAGE: SUPPLIED

By SHELLEY TOPP

A new industrial park is planned for the corner of Todds and Fernside roads in Southbrook, near Rangiora.

The 35-site Rangiora Industrial Park is being developed by Christchurch commercial property investment company Mainland Capital in partnership with Dunedin-based property investor, Tony Clear and it is being marketed by Sam Staite and Noel Gilchrist of real estate and investment company Colliers.

The national development manager for Mainland Capital, Blair Brown, says the economic strength of the Rangiora catchment, combined with the lack of supply of commercial land, attracted the company to the project.

“Working closely with Waimakariri District Council, and neighbour Daniel Smith Industries, has allowed us to arrive at a development plan we see as very complementary to Rangiora’s commercial precinct.

“We look forward to being part of the region’s ongoing success.”

The new industrial park will cover 13.8 hectares, with the 35 sites ranging in size from 1249 square metres (sqm) through to the largest which is 9156 sqm.

It is situated across the road from where the new Sutton Tools factory is to be built, and is also in close proximity to Mitre10 Mega, PAK’nSave, and Plumbing World.

Waimakariri District Mayor Dan Gordon says, the new industrial park has the potential to create more employment, greater economic activity and a greater range of products and services for local residents.

“The Waimakariri District, from the mountains to the sea has everything in between, offering a fantastic lifestyle and since the opening of the new motorways, Christchurch Northern Corridor and the Western Belfast Bypass, it is now just a short drive to both the Christchurch Central Business District and RChristchurch International Airport.

“So it is certainly not surprising that more and more people are wanting to move to the area, for both lifestyle and business,” he says.

“Last year we had 929 new homes built in the district, and consents are still reaching new heights this year. As well as this, we are continuing to receive interest from big and small businesses looking to develop and operate in the region,” he says.

“We are well on track to meet our projected population of about 100,000 by 2050.

“Developments like the Rangiora Industrial Park and the Smith Street Industrial Park in Kaiapoi are part of our commitment to sustainable future growth in our district.”

Enterprise North Canterbury business support manager, Miles Dalton, says the new development is an important addition to the offerings for commercial and industrial businesses in North Canterbury.

“Rangiora is the rock star of the North Canterbury economy, and this development will add to that, but all of North Canterbury is doing well with fast growth occurring across the board,” he says.

“North Canterbury is becoming recognised more and more as an attractive place to live and work, and an extremely attractive place to establish a business.

“There is a huge amount of support from Enterprise North Canterbury and a business-friendly council.

“There is also good infrastructure with space to grow and we are very close to a city, a port and an international airport.

“There is also a great lifestyle available for those who establish a business here.”