New, state of the art delivery hub for New Zealand Post in Hamilton
New Zealand Post will move its Hamilton postal and courier operations to a purpose-built integrated delivery and distribution hub, it announced today.
The company has signed an agreement with Civil Place Limited to lease a brand new 8000m² building at Te Rapa Gateway – to be operational in the first half of 2016.
New Zealand Post General Manager of Business Performance and Optimisation Stu Kane said the new hub is another step towards fully modernising the Post Group’s operations in Hamilton and the Waikato.
“It’s a multi-million dollar commitment to the region that supports the Group’s growth strategy and closer integration between mail and parcel delivery.
Overall Group commitment to the new hub is in the range of $8 million to $12 million over at least nine years, Mr Kane said.
“The hub will integrate the Group’s postal and courier functions and is another significant investment in our national network to keep pace with growing demand for parcels.”
The hub is specially designed so that New Zealand Post can get parcels to customers faster, and to support and enhance mail and rural delivery in Hamilton and the Waikato, Mr Kane said.
“The new building will support innovations that are currently being trialled including the three and four-wheeled eco vehicles that carry letters and parcels.
“It will accommodate larger trucks; the trucks will only have to deliver to one place, rather than two as they do now; and they will be loaded and unloaded under cover to keep parcels and mail dry.”
The hub will be a base for around 60 posties, 13 rural delivery contractors and 35 couriers, and a significant hub for our distribution network in the wider Waikato region.
The New Zealand Post functions in Hamilton that will move to the site are:
- All of Express Couriers Ltd (Courier Post and Pace)
- Hamilton mail processing
- Hamilton delivery branch
- Rural Post
- Some administration functions.
Negotiations are continuing with a potential buyer for the Waikato Mail Service Centre. The existing ECL site is leased until July 2016.
Chris Croton from Civil Place Limited said the agreement was beneficial to both New Zealand Post and Civil Place.
“We see Hamilton as a growing infrastructure hub which will expand over the next 10 years as Auckland continues to grow.
“The new facility for New Zealand Post includes many energy efficient design features to lower the running costs and make for a more sustainable cost effective building.”
Design and documentation is underway, with a projected start on site in August, Mr Croton said.