In 2004, it was identified that 117ha of land surrounding Hamilton Airport, was not needed for direct operational requirements by the airport. BBO supported Waikato Regional Airport Ltd and McConnell Property to achieve the rezoning and subsequent development of Titanium Park.
Titanium Park provides high-quality business infrastructure, local and national highway connections, direct access to Hamilton Airport, and is centrally located for the Waikato Region.
BBO has been an integral player in a long-term collaborative relationship with Waikato Regional Airport Ltd and McConnell Property, in the development of Titanium Park. The first step was rezoning surrounding land at Hamilton Airport as an Airport Business Zone in the Waipa District Plan in 2007. The Plan Change was supported by a Structure Plan for the area which set out where development was to occur, and the roading network and connections required to support the development. The success of the Plan Change was founded on BBO demonstrating that safe and efficient connections could be established with the adjacent local and State Highway roading network.
A further challenge to BBO and the client was how best to service the land cost-effectively based on its relatively isolated position, and incremental demand uptake.
Titanium Park has been developed to respond to market demands and provide for both temporary and permanent infrastructure arrangements. To achieve this, some areas of Titanium Park already have wastewater connections in place for a future treatment plant, whereas other areas have been accommodated with on-site disposal.
Multiple resource consents have subsequently been obtained from Waipa District Council and the Waikato Regional Council for development, earthworks, and an on-site wastewater treatment plant. The subdivision consents obtained have enabled the client to respond to the market by creating flexibility which enabled lot sizes and shapes to be modified up to titles being issued.
In 2018, BBO prepared a further Plan Change to update the Structure Plan with regard to the access arrangements to the Airport and Titanium Park. This Plan Change relocated the main access to the Airport and Titanium Park so that the gateway to the Airport took precedence over the Business Park, and a separate road connection was provided to the land south of the Airport Terminal.
The successful outcome of this project has been embodied by a strong integrated design approach which included consenting, legal survey, roading and intersection connections, earthworks and both temporary and permanent infrastructure design.