Business North August 2022

24 | Centre big boost to commercial space Karen Phelps BDO accountancy firm is the key tenant in the four story commercial project. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Northland: HILLCON Group: BDO Business Centre HILLCON Group has recently completetd the BDO Business Centre in Whangarei, a four-storey commercial project, delivering much needed A grade commercial space to the city, says HILLCON Group commercial manager John Callaghan. HILLCON Group was part of a syndicate that undertook the project which involved a complete renovation of an iconic local building. Dairy House was built in 1974 and was used at that time as the head office for Northland Cooperative Dairy Company, which is now part of Fonterra. John says that the original concrete building was extremely well constructed and achieved an 82% NBS seismic rating before the project commenced. HILLCON Group stripped the building back to its structure and completely renovated it inside and out. As with any renovation project, John says that some unexpected details were thrown up during the construction but nothing the HILLCON team hadn’t seen before and couldn’t handle. The main unexpected challenge was the border closure between Auckland and Northland, which he says threw significant logistical issues at the project. John says feedback to the renovated building has been extremely positive: BDO accountancy firm is the key tenant with City Fitness Group also taking a significant lease, which will see it open the largest gym in Northland. “People have commented on the quality and look of the building.” It was in 2020 that long standing Northland company Hill Construction rebranded to HILLCON Group, encompassing Coresteel Buildings Northland, Hill Construction and HILLCON Structures. The Group is one of Northland’s largest commercial and industrial construction groups and operates from new offices located at 121 Port Road in Whangārei built by HILLCON Group using an innovative Coresteel Buildings steel frame solution. John says that Coresteel Buildings is Northland’s solution for commercial and industrial steel building construction. The innovative steel building technology has allowed for impressive local builds for companies including PlaceMakers, Kamo Vets, Te Ora Hou, Pirtek, Fonterra, Ballance, Dive Tutukaka, and Donovan Tradezone. “Coresteel can manufacture larger steel sections than anyone else in the country, right here in Northland. “Coresteel offers superior design technology coupled with expert engineering, meaning we can erect commercial and industrial steel buildings of virtually any size without compromising structural integrity,” explains John. HILLCON Construction offers expertise in site identification and analysis, site acquisition, design, construction and maintenance of buildings. It also has extensive experience managing complex projects with multiple sub-contractor requirements and working within congested sites and/or live environments. HILLCON Structures is the face of the company’s multi-storey building division. With a history stretching back to 1983 John says that HILLCON Group has taken part in a number of iconic local builds such as the Whangarei Cricket Pavilion, Oceans Resort Tutukaka and Mark Cromie Motor Group. The most recent is its work on the Northland Rugby Union building. “It’s a large project for the region and HILLCON was proud to be involved in delivering this building to the community. The fact we are one of the main sponsors of Northland rugby made it even more special.” Free measure, quote and consultation Email: Or call in at 15 Waipanga Road, Kamo To nd out more call us on 09 435 0038 Windows Doors Skylights Conservatories Commercial Balustrades NORTHLAND NORTHLANDNORTHLAND NORTHLAND NORTHLAND NORTHLAND NORTHLAND Proud to support Hillcon Group Steel Stud Wall Framing • Suspended Ceilings Plasterboard Linings • Aluminium Partitioning Stopping Acoustic/Thermal Insulation Korok Installation • Acoustic Treatments Commercial interior wall and ceiling installation at competitive pricing 36 Hannah Street, Whangarei 0110 P: 0508 FITOUT / 021 837 473 Proud to support Hillcon Group