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Much of the upgrade of the Westfield Newmarket shopping centre is shielded from view by containers lining the perimeter of the site as works continue

$790 million Newmarket development a container hotspot

With more than 85 shipping containers onsite at the Westfield Newmarket development, it is the largest construction project container specialist Royal Wolf has supplied product for in New Zealand.


The containers in Newmarket are being used for everything from pedestrian walkways around part of the 88,150 sq m site, through to multi-storey container site offices, toilet blocks, and refrigeration.

Royal Wolf is Australasia’s largest supplier of shipping containers and the scale of the Westfield Newmarket project highlights the continued growth of the container hire and sale sector in New Zealand.

“Newmarket is a huge development and although it may not be obvious, the containers play an important role in ensuring the project runs efficiently and smoothly,” says Royal Wolf executive general manager Paul Creighton.

“From a workflow and health and safety perspective, the efficiency, strength and ease of installation and use of containers helps create a highly efficient and robust work site which means workers can just get on and get the job done.”

Lining the perimeter

Much of the upgrade of Scentre Group’s Westfield Newmarket shopping centre, located at 277 Broadway, is shielded from view by containers lining the perimeter of the site as works continue.

A row of 14 double-storey site office containers, complete with walkway balconies connecting each container unit, line one corner of the site where the former Westfield Newmarket 277 Broadway centre is undergoing a refurbishment and expansion. Container pedestrian walkways run down the hill on Mortimer Pass, a main thoroughfare for traffic heading to Newmarket from the Southern Motorway.

Mr Creighton says one of the challenges for contractors on the Newmarket site, and inner-city building sites in general, is having enough room to set up site offices and to store equipment. “Containers are an ideal solution because they can be stacked easily and very quickly to multiple levels on top of each other. It means there is limited disruption around building sites, which are often in high-pedestrian areas.”

Royal Wolf’s containers will be on the site until the project is completed, which is projected to be in the last quarter of 2019. Key tenants for the new Westfield Newmarket include Farmers, Countdown and Australian department store David Jones, and it will house around 220 new stores, an Events cinema complex, and rooftop restaurants and bars.

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