Spending on commercial construction in the Waikato is booming this year, with value of consents streaking ahead of 2013's statistics.

In Hamilton, according to the values given to the Hamilton City Council by developers, the value of building consents from January to August in 2014 was $107,720,907.


That's up from $80,774,671 over the same months in 2013.


Brian Coad, general manager of city environments at the council said the city's construction growth had been strong over the past few years.


The PwC Building on the corner of Ward and Anglesea streets and Mighty River Power's new home on Grantham Street were both completed in 2013.


"With a number of major developments in the pipeline this growth is expected to continue into the future for Hamilton," said Coad.


Consents are also ahead of last year in Otorohanga, according to Andrew Loe, the District Council's environmental services manager.


He said there were 201 consents granted in 2013 for a value of $16.2m.


Already in 2014, 162 consents have been granted - valued at $13.4m - and Loe expected an up-swing towards the end of the year.


"On a pro-rata basis we're over a million dollars ahead [of the same period in 2013]."


He said so far this year the council had received 180 building consent applications, a number that wasn't achieved until mid-November in 2013.


Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion said the number of consents was slightly up this year.


Significant Waikato district projects include the $200m Yashili milk powder manufacturing plant at Pokeno, Van Den Brink poultry processing in Tuakau and expansion of the Northgate Business Park.


Matamata-Piako District Council also saw a small increase in building consents, according to building control manager Norm Barton.


South Waikato District Council spokesperson Kerry Fabrie said the value of consents for the 2013 to 2014 financial year was slightly down on the previous year.


"We are starting to see considerable growth and some significant projects like the road rail terminal [in Tokoroa] and Fonterra dryer [at Lichfield] are very exciting initiatives . . . We are looking forward to all the development in the pipeline coming online."


A refurbishment of Tokoroa Hospital was finished earlier this year with a consent valued at $1.25m, and Rangiura Retirement Home in Putaruru is also undergoing an expansion valued at $1.2m.


Foster Construction commercial manager Leonard Gardner said the company had some large projects on the go including Endeavour Primary School, with construction worth $10m, the Zealong teahouse and factory off Gordonton Rd ($6m) and KMart Te Rapa.


Gardner said Foster had about $60m of work to start in the near future.


Thames-Coromandel, Waipa, and Waitomo district councils also reported good commercial building activity.


jamie.small@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

- Waikato Times

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