Client: APL

Architect: Jasmax Architects

Location: Hautapu, Waikato

Completion: Current


This large-scale project involved the Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Environmental Services Design for Building A at Hautapu Development Campus for APL. It also included services and environmental work associated with the Masterplan and future APL Campus. The building is targeting a 5 Star Green Star Built rating using the current Industrial Tool.

The building will be using natural energy as far as practical – natural ventilation and lighting - as well as a range of services to suit the industrial processes within the building.

APL (Architectural Profiles Ltd) is the country's largest manufacturer of aluminum windows and doors, and through an associated development company is transforming the 56.7 hectare industrial zone at Hautapu, near Cambridge.

Bordering the Waikato Expressway, it will be Waipā's largest industrial park. The plan transforms 30 hectares of deferred industrial zone land and 26.7 hectares of rural zone land into industrial. More than five hectares has been ring-fenced for a central hub, with visitor accommodation and a conference centre, healthcare and childcare centre, research and development, and retail. APL will move to its new location and occupy Building A -  a 400m-long and 100m-wide factory - over a five year period. It will employ about 460 people.

Amongst other objectives, APL stated the factory should provide a second home to staff, be inspirational, set standards for corporations to follow and of course produce the best window systems in the country.


Building A is being fast-tracked using a design and built procurement approach by Foster Construction, based in Hamilton. Work on the development has begun, with APL expected to move part of its operation in 2020. The second stage will commence in 2021 and the third and final stage of development for the park will be in 2024.