Five major building projects worth $1 million or more contributed to a record $71.7m in commercial building consents being issued last month.

Tauranga City Council issued the highest value of commercial consents for January in 15 years, according to Priority One's latest monthly building consents report.

January's consents jumped $16.8m from the previous record of $54.83 in 2016 to $71.7m this year, and $13.3m from the previous month's $58.3m.

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Included in that total was $9.4m issued for the fit-out of stage 2A at Tauranga Crossing and cinema, $3m for zone 1 of the Bayfair Shopping Centre expansion, $1m for an industrial building at Tauriko Business Estate, $1.2m for a three-level carpark at Tauranga Crossing and $1.6m for the refurbishment of Countdown on Gravatt Rd.

Priority One projects manager Annie Hill said the large retail developments would service the adjacent residential communities and people working in areas such as the Tauriko Business Estate.

"They enable easy access to big-box retail, hospitality and other facilities, meaning people don't have to get in their cars and drive across the city to obtain these services," she said.

When it comes to shopping, Hill said the combination of retail and hospitality was the new normal.

"Increasingly large retail developments are adding hospitality elements, so you can do your shopping and then go to a café or restaurant for a meal, or a bar for a drink," she said.

"The new Farmers development in Tauranga's city centre planned to have a number of cafes and restaurants on site."

Hill said January's building consents showed strong confidence in the business community as companies expanded or moved to Tauranga.

"These also tend to mean larger developments of a significantly higher value than residential consents," she said.

Hill said strong growth in commercial building consents was a reflection of a more productive economy.

She said while January was a record month, the highest value of commercial building consents issued in a month was in August 2017 when nine $1m-plus commercial consents were issued.

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce chief Stan Gregec said January's record month showed the pace of commercial construction was not letting up.

"Tauranga continues to boom with new development as well as improvements to existing buildings," Gregec said.

"I don't think this reflects any one sector being ahead particularly, although we know new retail investment is strong. It is a sign of strong confidence in our local economy and Tauranga's growth story."

An artist's impression of the Tauranga Crossing's building process. Photo/Supplied
An artist's impression of the Tauranga Crossing's building process. Photo/Supplied

Tauranga Crossing was issued two of this month's five large commercial consents for the fit-out of stage 2A including a cinema and a three-level carpark.

Chief executive Steve Lewis said the centre would be one of the biggest in the country.

"When all of the stages are complete it will be the biggest in the region," Lewis said.

He said the centre featured a 1000-seat purpose-built V-Max cinema experience.

Lewis said the Dolby surround sound cinema will have the ability to digitally live stream sporting events or concerts.

"If there is a concert on you can buy a ticket to watch it live in our cinema," he said.

Lewis said a galleria - a collection of small shops under a single roof - was under construction which included international, national and local retailers.

The centre's grand opening will be in April 2019 and would include 90 retail stores and eateries including the finished state-of-the-art cinema.

Watch a time lapse of the Tauranga Crossing Development here.


JANUARY 2018 SUMMARY – TAURANGA CITY

Total value:
Jan: $71.7m
December: $58.3m

Total number:
Jan: 169
December: 130


Single dwelling consents:
Total value:
Jan: $33.7m
December: $22.2m

Total number:
Jan: 72
December: 54


Commercial consents:
Total value:
Jan: $19.7m
December: $31.8m

Total number:
Jan: 17
December: 16


Government and community consents:
Total value:
Jan: $12.7m
December: $443k

Total number:
Jan: 5
December: 3


JANUARY 2018 SUMMARY – WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY DISTRICT

Total value:
Jan: $14.1m
Dec: $17.1m

Total number:
Jan: 72
December: 89

Single dwelling consents:
Total value:
Jan: $11.1m
December: $10m

Total number:
Jan: 28
December: 25

Commercial consents:
Total value:
Jan: $343k
December: $2.5m

Total number:
Jan: 5
December: 3

Government and community consents:
Total value:
Jan: $250k
December: $11k

Total number:
Jan: 1
December: 2