Breaking new ground


In a way, APL’s forthcoming new headquarters at Hautapu represents a kind of homecoming: the company began life at nearby Cambridge, back in 1971. But what a difference 50-odd years makes.

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which is currently under construction on land bordering the Waikato Expressway, will feature the latest technologies in construction, hybrid mechanical services, electronic LED lighting and manufacturing machinery. It’s the first stage of a four-stage project aimed at relocating APL’s operations from four sites at Te Rapa to one consolidated hub, expected to be complete around 2025.

The Hautapu campus is on track to be a model of sustainability, embodying APL’s determination to ‘do its bit’ for the environment. The building is targeting a 5 Green Star Built rating, which denotes world-leading design, construction, operation and fitout. As far as practical, it will use natural ventilation, with all lighting in the factory and adjoining offices expected to be powered from solar panels, while climate-based daylight modelling was used to refine the design and selection of the glass to reduce risk of glare and overheating. Beyond the building itself, 20% of the Hautapu site has been dedicated to wetland and riparian planting, and an on-site water reusage pond will store three million litres of water annually.

Our new facility incorporates what we’ve learned over the last 25 years to ensure our business can grow comfortably and sustainably. The end result will be a building that can see the company through at least the next 50 years.