Relocate Or Build - Feasibility Analysis

Client: NZ Transport Agency
Project: Site Feasibility Analysis

The Challenge:

The Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway would impact on the Huntly Gun Club and so the NZ Transport Agency realised they needed to resolve the future of the club. They asked TPG Solutions to undertake a feasibility analysis to determine the costs and risks of either a physical relocation of the existing building to a new site or a re-build of the facility on the new site (which had been sourced by TPG also).

Our Solution:

We chose a suitable Architect and Quantity Surveyor and managed the drawing up of a like for like building design to enable the QS to undertake two cost estimates of the respective options. Whilst costs were similar the risks with relocating the current ageing facility were many and our recommendation was to build a new facility. NZTA accepted our recommendation and appointed TPG Solutions to manage the development process.

We calculated the cost of a bespoke design and build against a “package” build solution and the client agreed a “package build” solution was the most cost effective and met requirements. We managed a competitive process to design and build the Gun Club building, resulting in appointing Keith Hay Homes as the successful builder. Alongside this process we managed Dodd Civil Consultants to design the shooting range which along with the building itself required Building Consent.

Key aspects of this project were compliance with the Public Works Act Section 65 – equivalent reinstatement, ensuring that we managed the risk of betterment and thus unnecessary cost for our client. Alongside this we had to treat the Gun Club fairly and ensure they were subject to a rigorous consultation process to ensure they were approving of all aspects as we proceeded.

TPG managed the construction process chairing regular site based meetings and managing any scope changes and variations throughout the process. Reporting to the client regularly and frequently on budget and timeline.


The project was successfully completed in September 2015, allowing the construction of the Waikato Expressway to proceed on time.