February 1 2007 - Hampton Downs Contractor Appointed
Hampton Downs Motorsport Park has appointed Ross Reid Ltd as contractor for stage one of the earthworks to begin the process of constructing the motorsport park in the northern Waikato region.
Hampton Downs directors, Tony Roberts and Chris Watson, made the long awaited announcement today that the initial earthworks tender of approx 220,000 cubic metres of cut and fill to start building the circuit had been let. This is the first of eight stages in the motorsport park build.
Clayton Reid, managing director of Ross Reid Ltd and father of A1GP star, Jonny Reid, said that he was delighted to have gained the contract and to be working on such an exciting international motorsport complex.
“To build the first entirely new circuit in New Zealand in thirty years is a real privilege,” he said.
Hampton Downs managing director, Tony Roberts, said that the aim is to have the land cleared of fences and troughs within two weeks and then to bring in the heavy earthmoving equipment.
“There will be a low key “sod turning” ceremony just to mark the occasion before Ross Reid Ltd get on with the real action,” he says.
Roberts and Watson are delighted that all the uncertainty of the resource consent hearings is now out of the way and there is a clear path of action ahead. Motorsport fans will be able to see the track taking shape over the next eighteen months and will be able to start track usage in October 2008.
23/2/07 - The Earth Moves At Hampton Downs!
The first sod was moved by Mayor Peter Harris on Friday 23/2/07 at 2pm. This was the start of the first new track in New Zealand for 30 years. Jonny Reid (NZ A1GP Driver and son of Clayton Reid the contractor) fired up the Motorscraper and cut the first slice. Approximately 90 people, mainly apartment, lifestyle block and apartment purchasers, enjoyed the 'sod turning' ceremony at Hampton Downs. There was also an excellent turnout of nearby neighbours who enjoyed the occasion.
Tony and Chris would like to thank the Motorsport community for all their support over the last few years.
The Construction Season is Underway
The walls of the Amon apartment block are going up at a tremendous rate and when all four apartment blocks are constructed there will be 400 metres of apartments dominating the skyline. Foster Construction Ltd are building the apartments on a rolling basis, they complete the foundations and walls of each block before moving on to the next one. Another team of workers then starts to build in the apartment, while a further team follows behind to paint, tile, carpet etc. This means that the Chris Amon block will be finished first, followed by the Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and Howden Ganley blocks. The granting of the titles will follow up on the completion of the blocks.
The Race Track
The preloading of the track areas and run-off areas is nearing completion. Preloading is the carefully calculated overloading of the ground with excess clay to gain maximum compression of the soft ground, so that when it is removed the ground has undergone approximately 95% of primary consolidation. The Geotech boffins tell us that they expect the secondary consolidation to be approx 50mm over the next 50 years. This is four times better than normal road building specifications that allow for 100mm over 25 years. Over this summer you will see further earthworks to complete the shaping of the circuit, Pit Paddock area and car parks.
Sales of Business/Industrial Park Lots Have Started!
Craig Corliss and Craig Rendle (pictured below with Tony Roberts) are the first to put their money on the table with the purchase of Lot 17 next to the central square. The "Craig's" have plans for a mixture of uses for their lot. This includes retail shops, professional rooms, a Tavern with a large Sports Bar & track veiwing and cafes & restaurants. There are also another 4 - 5 sales pending at the moment and much interest in the whole Business Park.
Subdivision consent has been granted and Ross Reid Ltd have started to build the almost one kilometre of roading into the lifestyle blocks. There are still two blocks available for sale, so if you know anyone that wants to be in petrol head heaven, please let them know!
Jamie Kett – New CEO
Jamie Kett has now joined us full time in our enlarged Remuera offices as the CEO of the Motorsport Park. Jamie has the ideal background for the role, having recently come from managing New Zealand’s largest hospitality group. Jamie is also a die hard petrol head, being the President of the Manawatu Car Club, Race Commissioner for Motorsport New Zealand, a Clerk of the Course and promoter of the NZV8 Ute Racing Series. He has also purchased a lifestyle block at Hampton Downs for he and his family to be right on the spot to manage the Park.
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