NZ Urban Development news from the media | 30 November 2021 | Sunfield development not selected by Kāinga Ora


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Sunfield development not selected by Kāinga Ora

Urban Development Act administrator Kāinga Ora has not selected the proposed Sunfield development in Papakura, Auckland, for assessment as a Specified Development Project (SDP) under the Urban Development Act (UDA) at this time.
Kāinga Ora General Manager Urban Planning & Design, Katja Lietz, says that after carefully considering the proposal, Kāinga Ora does not consider it would be able to add value to the proposed development utilising the powers available under the UDA.

“A partnership with Kāinga Ora as anticipated by the UDA may add unnecessary complexity and uncertainty to this project,” said Ms Lietz.

Ms Lietz said Kāinga Ora also had specific concerns about aspects of the development that could only be resolved in consultation with other parties.

“For example, proposed infrastructure to address the risk of flooding would only be feasible in willing partnership with Auckland Council. We proposed discussions with Council to explore this and the proposer declined,” she said.

High-rise living in the heart of Hamilton

A new high-end development planned for the north end of Hamilton’s main street will feature nine New York-styled loft apartments.

Waikato real estate company Lugtons has revealed plans for a major six-storey development at 1010 Victoria St.

Named Northern Green, the mixed-use building replaces the company’s existing head office which is scheduled to be demolished in April.

The new build will feature two storeys of commercial space and four levels of apartments. Lugtons will occupy about 80 per cent of the ground floor, alongside a cafe. The second floor will be split into six tenancies.

Public housing developments scoop multiple industry awards

The awards not only recognise innovative design and construction, but also assess nominees on their economic and social contribution, sustainability and vision, as well as the owner and end user satisfaction.

The Bader McKenzie development in Mangere, and Brookfield Ave in Onehunga, both received excellence awards in the Community and Affordable Housing category. The Galway St, Onehunga and Waterview Court, Waterview developments achieved merit awards.

General Manager Construction and Innovation Patrick Dougherty is thrilled with the outcome. “These developments stand out for their quality urban design outcomes and the ways in which they contribute to thriving communities.

“A big congratulations goes to our in-house development teams and people in the wider organisation, as well as to our architects and build partners who designed and delivered these projects for us. We couldn’t do it without their commitment to excellence.

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