Construction of Huapai 'Vine' commercial centre to finish by November

Land owner Ross Morley has invested more than $5m into the two-building, two-storey complex.
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Land owner Ross Morley has invested more than $5m into the two-building, two-storey complex.

It may not look like it yet but a new Auckland commercial space's design will mirror a grapevine.

"[It's] a very abstract view of a grapevine. It won't look like it until the last of the cladding goes on," land owner Ross Morley said.

The buildings' design was based on a grapevine and dubbed the 'Vine'.

An artist's impression of the new commercial space dubbed the 'Vine'.
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An artist's impression of the new commercial space dubbed the 'Vine'.

"We're trying to have something in keeping with the area. Once it gets finished you'll see some pretty cool colours going into it," he said.

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Construction of the two-building centre on Tapu Rd would be complete by November 2017, Morley said.

The building may be the "gateway" between the residential and rural areas, Morley says.
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The building may be the "gateway" between the residential and rural areas, Morley says.

The two-storey complex's 10 units, which ranged between 90sqm and 200sqm each, would be leased for office space.

Morley said he had always anticipated to develop the land. So far he had invested more than $5 million into the complex.

Its location was a "gateway" between the rural and residential areas, he said.

"It'll really set the tone when coming from the west end heading towards the city."

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The Rodney resident said the area's continued growth made it a "prime spot". A nearby 2000-dwelling subdivision under construction would bring about 2500 new residents in the next two years.

Access to the 1350-square metre site would be available via Tapu Rd, and 66 car park spots vacated at the rear.

It was understood nearby Station Rd would be aligned with Tapu Rd and traffic lights installed by August 2018.

GJ Gardner Homes, A Child's Daycare – with a 60-child capacity – and two other office spaces were confirmed tenants, he said.

Six units were still available; including a designated lower-level space for a cafe with outdoor seating.

He said the complex would have lifts in both buildings, and high energy and insulation ratings.

Landscaping features would include a model water tower and water feature ponds.

REM Developments – owned by Morley – was the developer.

Resource consent was granted in July 2015. A similar consent lapsed in January 2014 after it was granted in 2009.

Morely said it had taken "quite some time" to get to this point after the project was previously put on hold.

Stanley Construction was the main construction contractor.

 - Stuff

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