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Property & Infrastructure

Every infrastructure project is different, but they often have one thing in common - complexity - both in the scope of areas involved and the number of stakeholders to satisfy.

Simpson Grierson has a strong understanding of both the practical and legal aspects of high-scale developments. We understand that every project has its own complex set of opportunities, risks and stakeholder expectations.

Whether you’re a developer, contractor, lender, investor, public sector agency, sponsor or consultant - we know the stakes are high and getting it right from the start is key to your project’s success.

Our team is the largest infrastructure group in New Zealand with in-depth expertise gained from involvement in thousands of major projects over the last 20 years.

We cover the full range of property and infrastructure activities from planning, legislative compliance, property acquisition and development, financing, procurement, construction, and operating, through to divesting and dispute resolution.

Examples of our work

  • City Rail Link Limited (and previously Auckland Transport) - legal adviser on Auckland's City Rail Link, the largest infrastructure project in New Zealand
  • Transpower - $800 million North Island grid upgrade project including the 400kV North Island transmission line procured on a “competitive alliance” basis (the first competitive alliance in New Zealand) and $670 million HVDC Upgrade project
  • Auckland Transport - numerous major projects including the AMETI project and Waterview Connection
  • Auckland City Council (now Auckland Council) - major projects including Britomart (the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by a local authority in New Zealand); and Wynyard Quarter (the largest urban redevelopment and regeneration project undertaken in New Zealand)
  • Bunnings (a subsidiary of Wesfarmers Australia) - its continued expansion of the Bunnings hardware megastores throughout New Zealand
  • Scentre Group (Westfield) shopping centres throughout New Zealand - all leasing and centre management issues, including the landmark Westfield Albany development
  • Auckland Council - legal review of the draft Auckland Unitary Plan, to be the first combined regional policy statement, regional plan and district plan for Auckland
  • Christchurch City Council - District Plan Review, which aims to deal with circumstances facing post-earthquake Christchurch and enable its effective recovery
  • The Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (responsible for the urban regeneration of Tāmaki, a large suburban area in east Auckland comprising 600+ hectares and multiple suburbs) - legal adviser

For more examples of our work, please see our detailed expertise pages.