NZ Urban Development News - 31 July


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 31 July 2018.

Full steam ahead on CRL expansion

On 26 July Auckland Council and the government agreed to future proof the City Rail Link and expand station sizes to cater for rocketing growth in rail patronage across Auckland.

The agreement to increase investment in the CRL means the tendering process can now consider work such as widening tunnel sizes, lengthening platforms at new rail stations to cater for nine carriage trains (rather than six), a second entrance for the Karangahape Road station and other associated station work.

The increased scope in the CRL has been agreed as a result of new estimates that predict that CRL stations need to cope with the capacity of 54,000 passengers an hour at peak rather than the original estimates of 36,000.

Ōtākaro calls for developers for planned Christchurch housing project

Developers will get a go at the prime site which was previously planned for a failed high-profile Christchurch housing development. 

Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro is calling for developers to come forward with housing proposals for a 8149 square metre site bounded by Madras, Gloucester and Armagh streets.

It was previously earmarked for the failed Breathe Urban Village, a flagship project which found developers through a Government-run international competition. It was abandoned in 2015 after months of delays. 

Major infrastructure funding for Queenstown Lakes District

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today confirmed $52 million of 10 year interest-free loans to Queenstown Lakes District Council to support major infrastructure projects around Kingston and Frankton Flats.

The loans from the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) will enable the building of 1,850 houses in the Kingston township and new greenfield sites in Quail Rise South on the Frankton Flats. 

“The infrastructure at Kingston to support new housing includes new water supply and sewage treatment plants. There will also be storm water network infrastructure for the existing town and new development, along with the reticulation of water supply and waste water to the existing area.

The vision for Auckland 2050 now online

The Auckland Plan 2050, which sets the direction for Auckland’s future and how the region will grow and change over the next 30 years, is now available online.

The plan brings together Aucklanders’ shared objectives for prosperity in social, economic, environmental and cultural areas.

The Auckland Plan was developed with significant input from stakeholders. There were more than 18,700 submissions, 5800 in-person feedback points from Aucklanders and over 5000 people attended 100 feedback events.

Major contractor stops work at Alexandra Park apartment project

Trouble has struck one of New Zealand's largest apartment projects after a big contractor last week left the site where it was building more than 100 units.

Apartment buyers at Alexandra Park are meeting at the site this evening for what was described as a "closed meeting".

Loukas Petrou, managing director of Canam Construction NZ, told the Herald that late last week it stopped work at Alexandra Park and claimed the company was owed money.

Milford $200m apartment project revived, says NZRPG

Stalled plans for a $200 million apartment scheme at Milford on Auckland's North Shore have been revived. 

New Zealand Retail Property Group has applied to develop its first block but on a scaled-back level and at lower prices than originally suggested. 

Campbell Babour, group general manager, yesterday said consent had been applied for a nine-level 60-unit block and instead of selling from $1.7m as was the case last year, prices might be nearer $1.5m.

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