Ockham Residential to build homes at Hobsonville Point
A new development of garden apartments by Ockham Residential will further diversify the range of homes on offer at Hobsonville Point, says Hobsonville Land Company (HLC) chief executive Chris Aiken.
“We remain committed to continuing to deliver a diverse range of homes below the median Auckland price, and working with Ockham Residential is integral to this,” he says.
The developer, earning an industry-leading reputation for urban regeneration with its city fringe character flats and apartments, says it is delighted to be bringing its philosophy and development approach to a greenfields site like Hobsonville Point.
“We’re thrilled to have been chosen to build at a suburban greenfields site in partnership with a company that is seeking to lead the sector in the right direction,” says Ockham co-founder Mark Todd.
“Hobsonville Point is working hard to maintain a supply of new homes at below the Auckland median. We support this goal, and we are determined to show that the private sector can provide homes that are relevant to the economic and social needs of Aucklanders,” he said.
Within a few years, more than fifty per cent of Aucklanders would live in one or two person households, said Mr Todd.
“Why do we continue to predominantly use our greenfields sites to build traditional Kiwi four-bedroom plus homes?”
This traditional approach was increasingly out of touch with Aucklanders’ needs, and the delivered cost of building this way was continuing to raise house prices, exacerbating affordability issues rather than mitigating them he said.
Mr Todd said that the 116 garden apartments, in six buildings, will come with a great deal of amenity, including a communal lounge, library and shared green space at its heart, plus underground parking. Configurations available will include one, two and three bedroom options.
“The homes will be like the character flats that are sought after in older parts of the city. We call them ‘garden apartments’ because being only three levels they don’t feel like traditional apartment living,” he said.
“Mostly with new homes you’re simply buying the home, and relying upon public amenity,” said Mr Todd. “With these homes, you’re buying significant on-site amenity as well.”
Mr Todd said that Aucklanders were often misguided about what intensification of dwellings really meant.
“Intensification can preserve green space and open space rather than reduce it,” he said. “It’s all about the quality of buildings and creative urban design.
“We’re building 116 units on a site slated for 43 houses,” he said, “and we are retaining 75% more green space than using traditional modes – and all at around two-thirds of Auckland’s average new build price.”
Mr Aiken said that the Ockham development was within a new precinct at Hobsonville Point that would offer a range of diverse housing options to Auckland households.
“A big focus for us is diversity in housing supply, as well as creating greater urban density, but in a way that’s an even better way to live.”
He said that HLC shared Ockham Residential’s vision for greater diversity of home types as being vitally important to addressing Auckland’s supply issues.
“More and more home buyers simply do not want, or cannot afford, what we have typically thought of as the Kiwi dream home. The development sector has to be better at diversifying home types,” he said. “This is something on which Ockham prides itself.”
Construction on Ockham’s development is expected to start in late 2016 with homes expected to go on sale off-the-plan in the second half of 2016.
About Hobsonville Point
Hobsonville Point is home to more than 1590 residents, part of a master-planned community being developed on 167 hectares of upper Waitemata Harbour coastal land formerly home to the Hobsonville air base. Up to 3,000 new homes are planned – part of what will be a major focus for housing growth in northwest Auckland. More than 300 homes are being constructed each year, twenty percent of these are Axis Series homes, priced at $550,000 or below. To date more than 980 homes have been sold, of which 628 have been completed and 338 are under construction. Community amenities include the Hobsonville Point Park and playground, cycleways, walking tracks, the Catalina Café, the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market, a new primary school and a new secondary school. Weekday commuter ferry services, from a new wharf with park and ride facilities, operate daily from The Landing to downtown Auckland, a 25-minute ride away. The community’s visionary design and architecture has been recognised by numerous awards.
About Ockham Residential
Ockham Residential is an Urban Regenerator committed to leading by example to produce Auckland’s most outstanding residential buildings. The company aims to make sure Auckland’s urban built environment is as beautiful and world class as its natural landscape. It does this through a commitment to quality urban design, architecture and materials, creating buildings that will age gracefully containing fine grain detail on a human scale that allows them to enhance their surrounds and be well loved by their communities.