Landmark development partnership for city centre

Larry Baldock.

Today Tauranga City Council has signed a partnering agreement with leading development company Willis Bond & Co, to work together to create new civic spaces and facilities in the city centre.

Willis Bond & Co will work with Council to deliver a new central library, a civic administration building, surrounding open space and a hotel and conference centre in the city centre.

The partnering agreement concludes an extensive selection process that began over 12 months ago to attract local and national property development companies to partner with council.

The agreement establishes Willis Bond & Co as the appropriately-qualified, preferred developer to work alongside council to activate and enhance the civic centre and deliver the best possible value.

City Transformation Chair, Cr. Larry Baldock says the agreement begins a relationship that will create new exciting developments for our city centre.

“Partnering with Willis Bond & Co provides a unique opportunity and many benefits to the council’s development quality, consistency and effectiveness."

Willis Bond & Co is a New Zealand company specialising in property development and investment. It’s projects are predominantly large scale, medium to high-end developments based in urban environments.

It has a strong focus on waterfront and inner city mixed-use development that combine living, retail, office and parking.

Current and recent projects include Wynyard Central, Catalina Bay and Sunderland at Hobsonville Point in Auckland, and Whitireia WelTec Campus, Chews Lane Precinct and Clyde Quay Wharf in Wellington.

Negotiations with Willis Bond & Co will commence shortly to facilitate a long awaited international-brand hotel for the city centre, and to deliver new facilities on the Willow Street civic campus site.

“Willis Bond & Co is one of New Zealand’s leading development companies, they have an outstanding record and this is an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day."

“We look forward to working together to create a vibrant, safe and successful city centre,” he said.


I am SOOOOO over this stuff!!!

Posted on 07-07-2018 11:29 | By Bruja

Our Mayor, our Councillors and our Council staff between them are ALL paid a MASSIVE amount of money to do a job. If it is necessary to have Companies of this type brought in then let THEM be paid the Mayoral, Councillors and Council staff’s salaries. If OUR staff can’t do the job they need to walk. We need to stop paying people to do a job if they aren’t up to it. NO MORE paying twice for the same job!


Posted on 07-07-2018 09:24 | By Marshal

Compulsory. Public funded, corporate profit .. The final years of Capitalism devouring itself.. .. Yay

This will not end well

Posted on 07-07-2018 08:00 | By backofthequeue

Once again Tauranga Council are acting outside their scope of responsibility. They are there to smooth the bureaucratic path for developers to develop, even struggling to get that job right (eg.BellaVista), not to install themselves as a developer. It is one thing to give away land at no cost or to lease public land for a peppercorn rental but to "partner" as a developer funded by the public purse is way way above their station. As has been the case elsewhere where councils have acted as a partner in major building projects this will only end in heartache and tears for the ratepayer.


Posted on 07-07-2018 07:59 | By Captain Sensible

This councilor has already demonstrated how he has no respect for democracy. Who could possibly trust him now his true colours have been revealed?

And still.

Posted on 06-07-2018 15:58 | By Marshal

Could some one on this crazy council, attempt to enlighten us as to what they think the councils core business model is.. I think they will end so far from the designated reason to exist that they won’t be intituled to collect rates from resident of this once amazing city.. Haha..

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