Auckland Airport Business District
While the core of our business always remains the movement of people and goods, the efficient use of land becomes ever more important as the airport grows. Since 2010, we have had a coherent land development vision, centred on an Auckland Airport Business District that provides a framework to maximise land use.
The 2012 financial year saw a number of important property projects progress, including a very positive first year of trading for the new Novotel Auckland Airport, good performance at another Accor-operated hotel (Formule 1), and the opening of Abbeville Estate, a heritage function centre. Other completed projects include a new Toll warehouse, a logistics centre for CEVA Logistics and a training centre for tourism and travel education purposes. In addition a high-quality office building, that now houses the corporate office for Auckland Airport, was completed in July 2012.
However, we do note that a relatively flat Auckland commercial property market has meant that development activity across the region has slowed, in turn slowing the rate of growth at the Auckland Airport Business District.
We have continued to focus on improving the amenities at the Auckland Airport Business District, providing a place and an environment that is more attractive to the many businesses that want to locate close to the massive movement of people and goods that the airport facilitates. New amenities include restaurants, cafes, pubs, a gym and recreational facilities such as paintball and a high ropes course.
Another exciting initiative has been the careful restoration of a number of historic buildings into a heritage function centre. Abbeville Estate is set in a lush, landscaped country setting with views across fields and beautiful gardens. The venue is an ideal place to host weddings, corporate functions, sales conferences, product launches, celebrations and team building events.
It’s all part of the Auckland Airport strategy to make the Auckland Airport Business District a world-class business location, right next to the biggest travel hub in the country.