The $30 million Motibhai Business Park under construction in Nadi has progressed well, despite setbacks from Tropical Cyclone Winston and prevailing bad weather earlier this year.
Group executive director, Bhupendra Patel is adamant for the second phase of the project – a warehouse for cold and dry storage – to be operational by the first quarter of next year.
“We should have expected an earlier turnaround if it was not for the delays caused by TC Winston and associated bad weather pattern which gripped the country in the earlier part of the year,” noted Mr Patel, who is overseeing the project, located at Legalega, near the current Motibhai headquarters.
“Nonetheless, we are happy with the work done so far as the structure we had in mind for our warehouse has now taken shape with roofing works to be completed in a week or two,” Mr Patel added.
The third phase of the project will be a new office complex adjacent to the warehouse, while plans for the third stage, which will constitute the Group headquarters, is now in the final stage and will soon go on tender.
Construction work began in November last year and covers an area close to 14,000 square meters, setting a platform for Motibhai Group to strategically position itself for all its diverse business operations as well as future expansions.
“The new business park will be a one-stop-shop comprising of executive and administration offices, warehouse, showroom, joinery and mechanical workshops, visual department, staff canteen and amenities together with cold storage facilities to cater for Burger King Fiji operations,” Mr Patel added.
Currently, Motibhai’s various business warehouses are scattered from Nadi to Ba, and the new complex will centralize operations for more efficiency.
“On a greener side, our Business Park will have solar panels to supply energy minimizing consumption of electricity and will also have rain water harvesting system for the re-use of water which all speaks of our strong corporate social responsibility and our concern for the society.”
The business park is being constructed by the Ba-based Western Builders Limited, and with frontage along the Queens Rd near the Nadi International Airport, set to become a landmark in the Western Division.