One of the largest buildings developed in the Waikato, VISY was realised when BBO successfully obtained resource consent approvals from Waipa District Council and the Waikato Regional Council, on a site that had no wastewater or stormwater connections.

The challenge

In 2017, VISY (a global leader in packaging and resource recovery) purchased an 8.5ha site within Titanium Park at Hamilton Airport and embarked on a programme to build a 36,000m² packaging facility to support its NZ operations. VISY’s proposal created the second largest building in the Waikato (at the time it was developed), within extremely tight timeframes to achieve the opening of the facility.

The sheer size of the project, a wet winter earthworks season, underlying clay/soft silts soils, a requirement for on-site wastewater treatment and stormwater disposal, and a need to consent the development from scratch, were the package of design challenges BBO accepted and worked through.


The outcome

BBO’s innovative approach resulted in a ground-breaking stormwater system. Stormwater was attenuated and managed through landscaped areas making the most of the part of the site that had good soakage characteristics.  BBO also secured the necessary resource consents for the development, including the on-site wastewater treatment system.

The project was delivered on time under very difficult conditions. BBO achieved this by working collaboratively with the client, contractor, build partner, and geotechnical engineers. This allowed earthworks to be tailored so the build partner (Fosters), could programme the commencement of their building works as and when each part of the site development was completed. BBO’s strength in innovation, project sequencing and fast decision making ensured the project always kept moving forward no matter what hurdles the team faced.

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Preparing the site in May for building works to commence

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Preparing the ground concurrently to building works

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Preparing the ground concurrently to building works

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Southern entrance construction

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Visy soakage pit

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Visy building and SH3/Ingram Road intersection

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The Visy building and entrance from Ingram Road

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Visy building from the air