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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Housing New Zealand have embarked on a major intensification of their housing stock. Increasing efficiency of land use is a priority, not just for HNZ, but for all of New Zealand. For Housing New Zealand increasing the number of houses available to tenants to meet the current, and growing, demand is a very high priority.

At Pukeroa Place in Papakura, Auckland, 4 existing houses on four sites have been removed to be replaced with 14 new units on two amalgamated sites. Six standalone 4 bedroom units and four duplexed 2 bedroom units (eight total) provide 14 new dwellings designed to meet the needs of a diverse selection of HNZ tenants.

Property Partners were successful in their bid for the project at Pukeroa Place, Papakura; and with our collaborative in-house service model, were able to provide consultancy services from all our partners, Land, Design and Build, providing a one stop shop for HNZ on this project.

Land Partners carried out surveying and engineering. Design Partners provided concept design and full consent documentation and Build Partners are currently on-site constructing the houses ready for occupation later this year, after winning the physical works on a competitive tender process

Despite the complexities of designing a site with increased density the houses have all been designed to maximise solar access with open plan living generally orientated to the north. Higher density also requires clever design to maintain privacy for the occupants.

The houses are compact and efficient, and yet provide good proportioned rooms for family living. The layouts comply with HNZC space standards for future proofing of the needs of the occupants.

Due to difficult underlying soil conditions the construction had to be as lightweight as possible. This led to a traditional timber construction for the majority of the houses. The duplex units utilised a new innovative lightweight party wall system to keep building weight at a minimum. This system meets code for fire separation and exceeds code requirements for acoustic separation between tenancies. Acoustics is one of the bigger issues for people as we move towards higher density terraced, duplexed and apartment style living.

The houses are designed to meet the needs of Housing New Zealand tenants, both current and future, whilst providing all the qualities that are expected from a new house. Warm, dry, efficient living environments for this and future generations to enjoy.

A successful outcome for all parties and an exciting development with more to come.