A love letter to density done well

Kerepeti development, Hobsonville Point

  • Client

  • Ngai Tahu, NZ Superannuation, New Ground Capital
  • Services

  • Strategy
  • Masterplanning
  • Virtual buildings
  • Site

  • Hobsonville, West Auckland
  • Sectors

  • Residential
  • Date

  • 2018

Auckland, and New Zealand, need to learn to love higher-density living. Kerepeti – an example of density done well – might be just the spark this romance needs.

###The challenge Produce masterplans for two superlots that add up to 1.95 hectares. Then make sure the plan delivers at least 175 houses in different categories with 30% able to be sold affordably for between $450,000 and $550,000 as part of the [Axis Series](https://axisseries.co.nz/) affordable homes. Then ad in the social business model of creating long-term rentals for security of tenure. The challenge was to do all this while hitting tight performance and profitability targets. ###The Context solution We worked with Ngāi Tahu Property (NTP) – the development manager of a partnership between NTP, the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and New Ground Capital – to create a masterplan for this $113 million development. It’s part of the 167-hectare 4,000-home Hobsonville Point project, just 11km north-west of central Auckland that will be home to 11,000 people. We also masterplanned Te Uru, a 233-home Hobsonville Point precinct. We started by matching densities to locations. Kerewhenua, the larger lot, is medium-density with three-storeyed terraced housing and apartment buildings of up to five storeys. Uku is smaller and suits higher-density design. We carefully detailed 208 homes, 33 more than our client’s target density. Then we looked at variety. We built in the options you need for the range of stages, ages and incomes that you see in organic communities. There are homes for home workers, stay-at-home parents, retirees and young professionals – all living in one place, creating life and energy. And people coming and going at different times also makes an area safe as well as lively. We used a lot of brick. It’s enduring and robust – an important factor in denser, higher footfall areas – and low maintenance. And it links to the Hobsonville’s heritage: Māori worked the clay in the area, and brickworks thrived here till the 1930s. Brick also gives the buildings a pleasingly solid home-like character: a good fit with our vision of an enduring community. The ideas behind Kerepeti are close to our hearts. It is about proving that medium and high-density developments can be great, enduring places to live and profitable for their developers. We believe Kerepeti is a great example of density done well; we hope Aotearoa takes it to heart.

We delivered 208 carefully designed homes; 33 more than our client’s target density

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