NZ Urban Development News - 1 May


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 24 April 2018.

Record investment to get Auckland moving

The government and Auckland Council will embark on New Zealand’s largest-ever civil construction programme to create a 21st-century transport network, Minister of Transport Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said today.

“Together, we will invest $28 billion over the next decade to unlock Auckland’s potential. We will be building vital projects including light rail, Penlink and Mill Road, heavy rail and bus upgrades, safety improvements, and more dedicated cycle lanes,” says Phil Twyford.

“These much-needed investments are made possible by a $4.4 billion funding boost resulting from the Auckland fuel tax, reprioritisation of the National Land Transport Fund, and Crown Infrastructure Partners contributions.

102 new state homes for Avondale

One hundred and two new state homes will be created in Avondale.

The site, at St George’s Road, will be developed for residential housing after an agreement was reached between Panuku Development Auckland and Housing New Zealand Corporation for the purchase of land.

Previously there were only 10 houses on the 9,645 square metre site. These will be replaced with 26 one bedroom, 62 two bedroom and 14 three bedroom apartments across eight buildings ranging between two and five storeys. This new development will house small families and will eventually be home to around 380 tenants.

First 18 KiwiBuild houses under construction in south Auckland

The frames have gone up on the first 18 KiwiBuild houses, which are under construction in south Auckland.

The three- and four-bedroom homes are the first to be built under the Government's KiwiBuild programme.

They are part of the McLennan development and sit on land formerly owned by the Defence Force between Takanini and Papakura. 

$11 million 'co-house' planned at Grey Lynn

A 75-year-old social worker, a university professor with young children, a millennial and a shitzu named Ted are some of the Aucklanders hoping to live together in an $11 million dollar "Cohaus".

They are pooling their money to try to build a 2006sq m co-housing development in the popular central suburb of Grey Lynn in an effort to combat grim statistics on social isolation and Auckland's soaring population.

Married architects Thom Gill and Helle Westergaard have designed the three-storey apartment complex they've named Cohaus with their friend David Welch, a computer science lecturer at the University of Auckland, and his partner Georgianne Griffiths. Both families, along with 17 other households, plan to live there if council consent is issued.

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