Highbrook Business Park, Auckland
An ambitious undertaking: from Stud Farm to Premium Business Park
Highbrook Business Park started life as the former 193ha Ra Ora Horse Stud on the Waiouru Peninsula in East Tamaki, 18 kilometres from Auckland's CBD and 16 kilometres from Auckland International Airport.
The vision of the 1998 owner of the stud farm (the late Sir Woolf Fisher, co-founder of Fisher & Paykel) was to create one of Australasia’s most premium business parks. McConnell Property was retained as Development Manager by his estate to commence the planning for the project.
The investment analysis contemplated a physical development timeframe of 10 years with an ultimate end value exceeding $1 billion.
Over the following 6 years, we led a process to master plan and manage the approvals and consents for 110ha of business park, 60ha of public reserve, and 15 km’s of trails and cycle ways.
The master plan was truly ambitious and included the creation of a new interchange on Auckland’s southern motorway, a new 4 lane arterial road through Highbrook, and undergrounding a section of New Zealand’s national power grid that passed over the greater site.
Notable USA based landscape designer Peter Walker created a design that encompassed an impressive 550,000sq m of floor space. This included Highbrook Crossing - a town centre based around service, convenience retail, health and accommodation. The master plan also included the extinct Pukekiwiriki volcanic crater which now forms part of Highbrook’s publically accessible parkland. The administration of this public parkland is handled by a separate Trust.
We are proud to say that in recognition of the foresight, analysis and planning that went into this project, The American Society of Landscape Architects acknowledged McConnell Property in 2003 for the development. It benchmarked Highbrook against other internationally acclaimed modernist business campuses.