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JLL marketing land in Great South Road, Manukau

Chance to own land next to AUT South Campus



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JLL is marketing land right next to the AUT South Campus, at 622 Great South Road in Manukau. 

This freehold property is to be sold as a pending subdivision of just under 1 hectare and is being marketed for sale by JLL’s Nick Hargreaves and Jarred Hill, through an expressions of interest process, closing at 4pm on December 22.

AUT owns the 4.5ha site at 622 Great South Road and has a carpark at the rear of the property. It is subdividing off a 9046.84sqm piece of land fronting onto Great South Road, as it is surplus to requirements. 

AUT became a university in 2000 and is New Zealand’s fastest-growing university. In 2014 it had more than 28,000 students across its three campuses and awarded more than 7000 qualifications. 

AUT’s success has been recognised internationally. In the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, AUT advanced by 40 places to be ranked as one of the top 450 universities in the world. It puts AUT in the top three percent of universities worldwide. 

In the Time Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/2017, AUT is ranked in the top 20 in the world for International Outlook (making it the highest ranked university in this category in New Zealand and Australia), and among the world’s top 600 universities. The International Outlook ranking rates universities according to their ability to attract international students and staff, as well as how well they engage and collaborate with overseas universities. 

“This is an opportunity to be part of that success story,” JLL’s Managing Director Nick Hargreaves says. “There are thousands of students coming to AUT South each day, not to mention 24,000 vehicles a day passing by on Great South Road.” 

The AUT South Campus is an 8ha site which was once the headquarters of Carter Holt Harvey. At AUT South, students can gain qualifications in business, computing, design, engineering technology, health science, law and sport. 

The campus has features including astroturf courts for hire, a swimming pool with café, a gym, student lounges, computer labs, a library and a shuttle bus running between the three AUT campuses. There are more than 380 carparks. 

The new MH building due to open in time for the first semester of 2017 will allow AUT South to accommodate up to 4000 students. 

Under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, the land for sale is zoned for business – mixed use and would be suitable for a variety of commercial activities. It is a 1.4km walk from the Manukau Train Station and is just around the corner from the on and off-ramps to State Highway 1. It is a 22km drive from the CBD.

“A developer with vision will take advantage of the student population here and build something that will complement the AUT campus,” Hargreaves says. 

JLL agent Jarred Hill points out that the zoning allows for all sorts of commercial possibilities. 

“There’s a range of permitted activities here including food and beverage outlets, community facilities, artisan industries, laboratories and storage facilities.” ​​

Manukau has been identified by Auckland Council as an area with huge development potential.

“Panuku Development Auckland is working with central Government to create more housing in the Manukau Metropolitan Centre. The goal is to make Manukau a vibrant, family-friendly centre,” Hill says.  

The 600ha Transform Manukau project area includes the entire Metropolitan Centre Zone, the Manukau Sports Bowl site, the Wiri suburban neighbourhood to the south, and the Manukau Super Clinic site. 

“The fact that the property lies within Panuku’s project area is great news for the new owner. The area will be the focus of some serious urban regeneration over the coming years,” Hargreaves says. 

Panuku has completed its high-level project plan for the transformation of Manukau, which includes new housing as well as the redevelopment of Hayman Park and Puhinui Stream. The project plan points out that Manukau is the largest of Auckland’s 10 metropolitan centres by employment, and is the closest to Auckland Airport. This is significant for its growth prospects. 

“Auckland Airport is rapidly becoming a commercial centre in its own right, with quality office space as well as industrial developments,” Hargreaves says. “And when you consider that more and more Aucklanders are looking to the city’s southern fringes to find more affordable housing or bigger sections, it makes sense that Manukau will develop into a bustling metropolitan centre in the coming years.