Goodman’s Roma Road Estate is being transformed into a major urban-logistics hub for Auckland

With changing consumer behaviour driving the rapid growth in e-commerce, the brownfield site in Mt Roskill is being redeveloped to help meet demand for strategically located distribution space across the city.

John Dakin, Goodman CEO says, “We’re creating a modern logistics hub that maximises the site’s inner-city location. Close to consumers and with direct access to Auckland’s motorway network, it’s an excellent position for fulfilment businesses focused on last mile delivery.”

The company says that growing online marketplace is being reflected in strong leasing demand for operationally efficient and well-located distribution facilities.

“Facilities that offer customers a competitive advantage are highly sought after. With almost no vacancy and sustained demand for fulfilment services, the urban-logistics segment of the Auckland industrial market is growing rapidly. It’s also where we are focusing our investment.”

The masterplan for Roma Road includes the development of four separate warehouses, providing over 42,000 sqm of high-quality distribution space. Construction will be staged to meet demand with the estate expected to have a value well in excess of $200 million once fully developed.

With the redevelopment being anchored by NZ Post, the three other facilities planned are available for lease and will require pre-commitment, at which time sqm size and specifications can be tailored. “Targeting a Green Star rating of at least five stars, the new buildings are expected to feature the latest design innovations, including sustainable building materials and new energy efficient technologies,” Dakin says.

NZ Post will anchor the redevelopment, committing to a new 17,700 sqm design-build property solution.

The project is a continuation of a successful partnership between the two businesses, with the customer already occupying five separate facilities across the portfolio.

Greg Morris, Group property and procurement manager for New Zealand Post says: “E-commerce has created huge demand for NZ Post’s logistics and delivery services. New Zealanders have embraced the convenience and safety of online shopping, making around $5.8 billion of online purchases in 2020.”

Last year, NZ Post delivered over 85 million parcels and expectations are that these volumes will continue to grow.

“A more automated network, that includes our new site at Roma Road, is part of a wider business strategy to accommodate the rapid growth in parcel volumes,” says Morris.

“Roma Road will set a new quality benchmark for industrial property in New Zealand. Sustainable design, focused on the wellbeing of our customers, will create healthy, productive workspaces that are unrivalled in our market,” adds Dakin.