Mainzeal Project Century


Project Century was the relocation of Lion Nathan's iconic Newmarket manufacturing and warehousing facility to a new greenfields location in East Tamaki, Auckland. The new facility, spread over 16.7 hectares, was built by Mainzeal - Northern Region over a period of 28 months, and was unique in that the construction team was required to integrate into a progressively functioning brewery operation. Site security, and preventing the entry of all unauthorised people at every stage of construction, was therefore a key project deliverable for Mainzeal.

The Customer

Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd has been at the forefront of the New Zealand construction industry since 1968. The company has established a reputation for the delivery of high-quality construction, infrastructure and refurbishment projects and it has extensive experience particularly within the health, education, government, local municipal, industrial, commercial, recreational and sport, retail and hospitality building sectors. With the high-profile nature and vast scale of the new Lion Nathan Brewery location, Mainzeal had to find a high security fencing partner that could guarantee the resources to ensure it remained responsive to the changing needs of the site at all times.

The Key Challenges

  • Provide secure perimeter fencing for the site at every stage of construction 

  • Ensure specific high-risk areas across the site remained secure at all times

  • Appointing a partner with enough dedicated resource to ensure all project deadlines were consistently met

The Solution 

Having previously worked together on other high profile projects, Mainzeal once again engaged Hampden to provide fencing and high security solutions for Project Century. “We needed to ensure the entire site had adequate perimeter fencing, even at the start of the project, for obvious Health & Safety reasons and to address high security issues such as theft”, says Bruce Hayes, Site Civil Engineer for Mainzeal.

Hampden's close proximity to the Lion Nathan site meant that it was able to quickly and effectively provide the product and resources Mainzeal required to meet tight deadlines at various stages of the project. “We would have at least 1km of Temp Fencing in place at any one time and as work moved around the site Hampden's response times for updates and emergency call-outs was exceptional”, says Mr. Hayes.

Hampden brought in a Bobcat to help Mainzeal clear some unruly terrain that was riddled with Gorse and other growth. “We were very impressed with the resources that Hampden had at its disposal, and its access to other quality sub-contractors was strong”, adds Mr. Hayes. The perimeter was ultimately electrified and Hampden's Electrification Team swung into action. “We were impressed with the competency of Hampden’s electrics team”, says Mr. Hayes. “I would ring with timing details for the 4 zones and if it wasn't sorted that day it was addressed the day after”, he adds.

Project Size

Fencing & Gate Products - Approximately $230,000

New Zealand's Largest and Most Competent

Hampden is New Zealand's largest and most competent fencing company, and that made it an easy choice for Mainzeal.

Hampden Fence consistently performed to a very high level throughout the project, and that meant we were very comfortable in our own ability to meet our high security performance measures from Lion Nathan
— Mr. Hayes, Mainzeal