Civil Engineering

Pacific Lakes Village development, Papamoa

The Tauranga office of Stratum Consultants Ltd are proud to have been involved in many significant projects in Papamoa over the years.  We can now add another exciting project to that list!

Our staff have been involved with and provided professional services to the Pacific Lakes Village at 242 Grenada Street, Papamoa.  This retirement village development is a sister village to the highly acclaimed Pacific Coast Village, on Maranui Street, Papamoa.

We obtained resource consent to develop a retirement village containing 346 townhouses and 40 serviced apartments.  This included input from our highly capable and experienced Resource Management Planners, Civil Engineers, and Land Surveyors.  Ongoing works include civil engineering design and construction supervision and structural design and supervision for the new buildings. 

Stratum Consultants Ltd looks forward to continuing to work on this project and congratulate Pacific Lakes Village on this exciting high quality and socially, culturally and environmentally responsible development.

For more detail on this project please see the following the NZ Herald article link:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12095214

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Stratum's Newest Associates

Andrew, Colin, John, Bart and Stephen are pleased to announce three new Associates to Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

Elles Pearse-Danker from our Tauranga office, Matt Powdrell from our Te Puke office, and Craig Pollard from our Rotorua Office are all outstanding in their respective geotechnical engineering, surveying, and civil engineering fields. 

Their promotion reflects our determination to continue to provide great support to our clients and their projects across the wider Bay of Plenty region.

Well done and very well deserved!

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Two New Exciting Rotorua Projects

The Rotorua office of Stratum Consultants Ltd has been proud to have been involved in many significant projects on the Rotorua landscape over the years.  We can now add another two new exciting projects to that list!

Our Planning, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Surveying staff have all recently been involved with and provided professional services to the following two projects:

Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa

This soon to be commenced Pukeroa Oruawhata Group development is a multi-million dollar luxury Spa and Wellness Centre that is to be developed on Rotorua City's lakefront, offering holistic wellbeing treatments with a Te Ao Maori focus.

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For more detail on this project please see the following the Rotorua Daily Post article link:  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11919601

Whare Aroha CARE Village

This soon to be opened state-of-the-art Dementia Care Village in Ngongotaha is the first of its kind to be built in the world outside of Holland, and is based on a renowned Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk.

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For more detail on this project please see the following Rotorua Daily Post article link: 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11921039

Nga Potiki Residential Development: Papamoa

Stratum Consultants Ltd is proud to assist the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust (an entity of Nga Potiki hapu) to develop their land in Papamoa. 

Stratum Consultants Ltd applied for and obtained subdivision and land use consent approvals for Nga Potiki under the Special Housing Accord legislation.  This included input from our highly capable and experienced resource management planners, civil engineers, geotechnical engineers and land surveyors.

From the outset it was important to Nga Potiki that, in addition to meeting commercial objectives, any development of the site is undertaken in a way that is socially, culturally and environmentally responsible.

The master planning undertaken for the proposed development realised an affordable residential housing development of 200+ lots that will be available to the public but will also provide for specific outcomes for Nga Potiki.  A portion of the developed sites will be retained by the Trust and made available to members of the iwi with a range of social housing and tenure types, including Kaumatua housing for 20 units, rental housing, and licences to occupy.  Significant land will also be set aside for conservation and cultural purposes.  In addition an area is intended to be developed as a Retirement Village.  Some non-residential facilities are envisaged to support the neighbourhood scale development, including some limited scale retail opportunities.

Stratum Consultants Ltd looks forward to continuing to work on this project and congratulate Nga Potiki on this exciting high quality and socially, culturally and environmentally responsible development.

You can read more about this development in a recent news article in the following link: 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11887474

Realising your Property's Potential

Stratum Consultants Ltd is proud to assist Keith Hay Homes with a number of their client's subdivisions, planning consents for additional dwellings, and associated civil engineering requirements.

Below is a recent article from the “Ultimate Property Magazine” on one such urban infill subdivision that Stratum Consultants Ltd assisted Keith Hay Homes with. 

We provided initial planning feasibility advice, obtained subdivision consent, provided civil engineering design and supervision, and undertook land transfer surveys to obtain new titles for this property. 

This all equated to the successful collaboration between Stratum Consultants Ltd, Keith Hay Homes and the Relocatable House Company to realise the full development potential of this specific residential property.

If you would like to explore the full potential of your property, like this example, then please contact us to find out more.

Rotorua Residential Development

The signs continue to be positive for residential development and subdivision within Rotorua.

Stratum's team of planners, geotech engineers, civil engineers and surveyors have been busy recently obtaining subdivision consent to develop our clients land.

As you will see near the bottom of the following 'Rotorua Daily Post' article, we are proud to have been involved in 4 of the 5 subdivisions mentioned that have been approved by Council since August 2016.  These subdivisions will soon release over 100 new residential lots to the Rotorua market. 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503434&objectid=11812976

Stratum's Newest Shareholders

Colin, John, Andrew, Bart and Stephen are pleased to announce TJ Hayward and Shae Crossan as shareholders with Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

We are delighted to have TJ and Shae’s experience and knowledge in the engineering and planning fields respectively, and their step into company ownership now recognises them as a important members of the Stratum management team.

Well done TJ and Shae!

Kiwifruit Industry Development

The kiwifruit industry is one of the largest employment and business sectors of the western Bay of Plenty and accounts for around 20% of the GDP in the region. 

It has recently been through a tough period with the arrival of PSA, however has now bounced back in a spectacular way.  This has resulted the industry as a whole now in a growth phase.

Stratum is heavily involved in kiwifruit industry related development at present where we are providing planning, engineering and survey services to our clients led from our Tauranga and Te Puke offices.

Post-Harvest Facilities

With the pending release of several hundred hectares of new kiwifruit varieties and the large volume of the new gold kiwifruit crop coming on stream, many of our existing clients in the Kiwifruit Post-Harvest sector have been expanding existing facilities and developing new post-harvest facilities to cater for the increased production and crop.

From a resource management planning perspective, Stratum is currently involved in the master planning of greenfield development sites, and the development of existing post-harvest sites.  This involves planning site layouts, obtaining consents for increased throughput of existing facilities, land use consents for new facilities from local authorities and earthworks and discharge consents from Regional Council.

Our engineers are currently undertaking geotechnical investigations and assessments, our civil engineers designing roading, wastewater, water supply and stormwater, while our structural engineering team involvement includes packhouse and coolstore design. 

Stratum's surveying teams are assisting with topographical surveys, as-builts and building set out.

Production Land Conversion

Many existing and new clients are also undertaking greenfield development by converting pastoral land into kiwifruit orchard.  Stratums involvement has included obtaining earthworks consents for the recontouring of land, orchard layout and set out, and the subdivision of properties into productive horticultural allotments. 

Stratum is considered one of the leading professional consultancy firms in the development of kiwifruit associated land and facilities with many years of experience in the industry.  We are at the forefront of understanding the industries specific needs and our solution based and pragmatic approach is well received by the kiwifruit industry sector.

For more information on developments we have been involved within the kiwifruit industry, please view the Projects page of our website.

On-site Effluent Treatment (OSET)

The On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan (OSET Plan) is a Bay of Plenty Regional Council plan that has been operative since 2006. 

It directs the management of domestic wastewater to protect water quality in the Bay of Plenty through the introduction of rules.  On-site effluent treatment systems include septic tanks and associated soakage fields and advanced aerobic systems.

In many parts of the Bay of Plenty, communities have been provided with sewers or reticulated wastewater systems. 

Where a sewer is available, then you must connect.

However, where no sewer is available you will need to provide an on site system which has been designed and constructed in accordance with the rules of the OSET Plan.  The purpose of the OSET Plan is to ensure that wastewater is discharged safely and that the effects are managed.

If you are building a new home that will utilise on site systems, this will be approved as part of the Building Consent process.  Alternatively if vacant lots are being created outside of reticulated wastewater areas, then the sites will have to prove that a complying on site system is able to be constructed.  If your treatment system is not able to meet the rules, then a Resource Consent will be required.

Stratum Consultants Ltd is a Bay of Plenty Regional Council “Approved OSET System Designer” and recognised as a Suitably Qualified and Experienced Person (SQEP).  '

Should you wish to know more about these requirements and how they may affect you, then please contact Craig Pollard or any of the Stratum Consultants Ltd engineering team.

More information on the OSET Plan is also available in a booklet produced by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council on the following link:

Stratum's New Associates

Colin, Andrew, John, Bart and Stephen are pleased to announce two new Associates to Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

TJ and Shae are outstanding in their respective engineering and planning fields and their promotion reflects our determination to continue to provide great support to our clients and their projects.

Well done guys!