Zespri is one of the world’s leading horticultural companies and the recognised category leader in kiwifruit.
Zespri has been based in the Central Bay of Plenty for a number of years and wanted to upgrade its head office facilities.
Hawkins was engaged as the main contractor to construct Zespri's new head office. It provides a modern working environment and a place that connects Zespri staff with fellow industry organisations, the Bay of Plenty and global markets.
Zespri was able to build its new office right next door to the old, which meant staff could watch progress as the structure rose out of the ground. Construction works were planned and staged to minimise disruption as much as possible. Early Contractor Involvement was a factor in mitigating this challenge and Hawkins worked closely with the client to manage the programme throughout.
The multi-story building spans 8,000m2, including an underground carpark and end-of-trip facilities. There is 5,000m2 of working space and meeting rooms spread over three levels, with an internal atrium where staff and visitors can connect.
Work on stage one began in March 2017 and Zespri’s office staff were able to move in and make full use of the facilities from April 8, 2019. The existing building was then demolished and work on the northern wing of the new building began. This was completed in January 2020.
Sustainability is a priority for Zespri and it was important the new building reflected this. It has smart exterior façades which help reduce the need for temperature control, energy efficient occupant sensor lighting, solar panels on the roof, rainwater collection technology and water-efficient plumbing fittings.
Zespri and Hawkins came up with the idea of a Recycling Kiosk on the street in front of the construction site, where the public could collect excess building materials that might otherwise go to landifll. This proved popular and was a successful way of reducing waste, reducing cost and reducing the project's environmental impact. The idea has inspired other Hawkins sites to do their part in reducing construction waste too.