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Another section of the car park opens and the footpath is now complete across the front of the offices

More structural steel and purlins going up on the Office Block development

Steel has arrived on site for our Office Block development

The roof is on and the Best Start building and is in the process of being made watertight

10 trucks and 2 diggers on site today

Rapid growth, increased demand for commercial space and Tauranga's worsening traffic woes have sped up plans for a new office building as part of Papamoa Plaza's expansion.

Opening early next year, the Plaza's new office building will accommodate a range of local and national businesses.

Papamoa Plaza centre manager David Hill said many businesses had expressed interest, and some had already committed.

"This has given the owners and developers the confidence to push the start button on construction even though there is currently some unallocated spaces.

"We are anticipating to be fully leased when we open in early 2020."

Hill said interest had come mainly from local people with business interests in other parts of Tauranga now wanting to base themselves in Pāpāmoa.

"We have had numerous discussions with a variety of professional businesses looking for office accommodation in Pāpāmoa.

"The demand is certainly there and the timing is right to capitalise on the business demand to service a growing residential and professional market."

Artist impression of the new office building in Pāpāmoa. Photo / Supplied

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce chief executive Matt Cowley said Tauranga needed more employment zoning for its growing working-age population.

"A lot of focus goes into zoning for housing supply, but these new residents need to work somewhere.

"The city needs to ensure we zone enough commercial and industrial land to keep up with demand."

Cowley said the city needed a master plan to understand how employment zones in the suburbs, including the Mount, Pāpāmoa, Tauriko and Bethlehem, related to the city centre.

"This will ensure the city provides local employment opportunities in the suburbs while not undermining the importance of the CBD."

More commercial office space in Pāpāmoa would hopefully ease traffic congestion as many Pāpāmoa residents travelled across the city for work, he said.

Cowley said there was a growing cluster of small businesses in Pāpāmoa that required other business support services, including lawyers, accountants and marketing firms.

"It is great to have nearby support for these businesses."

Bayleys Tauranga commercial manager Mark Walton said there was a strong level of interest from a wide range of businesses in the new Pāpāmoa office building.

Walton said there was an increasing demand in the city's suburban areas with the region's continued growth.

"These areas are now seen as either satellite office locations or as a destination business for their staff, clients or customers."

Walton said businesses were feeling the impact of traffic congestion and accessing their workplace with ongoing pressure on roading infrastructure, particularly around large commercial hubs.

He said an effort to implement a positive work/life balance had resulted in large demand for offices closer to the beach where staff could exercise outside during work hours.

"Further development in technology has allowed for the remote office and shared office space to be a very popular option for small to medium-sized operators."

Office space in Tauranga's CBD was coping with refurbishment and redevelopment of the city centre.

"With this serious investment back into our CBD comes limited parking, restricted access points, and disruption to the day to day business flow.

"So while this area will be re-invigorated in the coming years to a vibrant hub, businesses will look for easier and more appealing alternatives in the short term."

Priority One chief executive Nigel Tutt said a large amount of Tauranga's population growth was in Pāpāmoa.

"It is no surprise to see office space becoming available in that area. We would expect that it would be a good option for local businesses and people living nearby."

The new Pāpāmoa businesses would be announced closer to the opening date early next year.

Construction on the office space next to the new Best Start Childcare Centre at the plaza will start early September.

Major project for coming week will be roof and Civil works (moving the dirt around) starting.

Milestones getting ticked every day!

Things are progressing well with the new build for BestStart Educare Papamoa.

Thanks to the team at Mike Greer Homes and McLeod Cranes and Hiabs.

Papamoa Plaza is thrilled to announce the beginning of the next phase of development.

With the rapid growth experienced in Papamoa in recent years, the demand for additional services and retail offers to be provided locally, has provided the owners with the confidence to commit to a substantial extension to the existing retail and services mix.

Phase One has begun with substantial site works to create space for a Childcare Centre. “BestStart” a nationwide provider of Early Childhood Education, is thrilled to commit to a new facility at Papamoa Plaza.

Complementing our existing nationwide network of Early Childhood Education facilities – the Papamoa Plaza site will provide options for busy families in a convenient one stop location in the heart of Papamoa” says Fiona Hughes, the BestStart Deputy CEO.

In addition to BestStart opening, significant further site works are being completed to complement the existing Shopping Centre” says David Hill Papamoa Plaza Centre Manager. “An additional 150 car parks, a ring road to divert trucks around the outside of the Centre and reconfiguration of the car park that has struggled with the rapid growth experienced at Papamoa Plaza in recent years, are just the start” explains David.

Further stages will be announced as timing is confirmed.

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