An exciting project for Fluid – the Whakatohea Mussels’ brand new processing factory in Ōpōtiki. Mussels are currently being farmed in the open waters and transported inland for processing. The new processing factory will help the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board achieve their long-term vision of “Ko te kai hoki i Waiaua” – “To be the food bowl that feeds the world”.
Fluid completed the hydraulic design for consent and construction as well as the services coordination of the hydraulic, mechanical and electrical components. The construction consist of two large processing factory buildings with a drive-through canopy between them. There are a number of sections or functions across the factories, including areas for chillers, packing, tray-loading, storage, waste, staff amenities and loading. A separate office, designed with resemblance to a marae, is located adjacent to the factory and will house staff and visitors. The open-plan office contains a lunch room, meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen.
This project is part of the regional growth plan and will bring much needed jobs and opportunities to the people of the Opotiki District.