New community facility will be ready early next year

Sep 29 2017 Development

Our community is soon to enjoy a new space to meet, learn and socialise.

The former Royal New Zealand Air Force Headquarters building at Hobsonville Point is in the process of being transformed by Auckland Council into a new, multi-purpose community facility. The exterior facade will be carefully restored and the original windows repaired, with the aim of retaining and restoring as much of the heritage art deco building’s original character as possible. Inside, the space will be opened up to create more useable spaces, including four main areas and a new kitchen. The kitchen will be equipped to cater for meetings and cooking classes.

Construction is expected to be completed by Christmas, with the centre open to the community early next year. 

A new family home priced below the median still achievable

Securing a new family home priced at or below the median in a good area is still possible in Auckland, thanks to a new programme at Hobsonville Point.

Click on the link below to read the full article. 

 

Thousandth home celebrated

Bryce and Alyssa Farrow, are the proud owners of Hobsonville Point's 1,000th home. The couple have just moved in, having bought their home a year ago under the Axis Series affordable home programme. The programme is focused on providing affordable homes to eligible first home buyers at or below a $550,000 price tag.

Alyssa and Bryce say they feel lucky to have a found a house in Auckland, and particularly in Hobsonville Point, where they've lived for the last three years and put down roots. "We didn't actually think it would be possible," says Alyssa.

They entered the ballot for a chance to buy an Axis Series home "around four times" over the space of two years. Alyssa, a teacher, and Bryce, an electrical wholesaler, lived with relatives and made use of a KiwiSaver HomeStart grant to pull together their deposit.

The one bedroom home is on the ground floor of a three storey walk-up built by Jalcon Homes. On the 1st of June, Social Housing Minister, Amy Adams and Upper Harbour MP, Paula Bennett dropped by to welcome Alyssa and Bryce to their new home as part of an event to celebrate the thousandth house milestone for the township.

Alyssa and Bryce are part of a fast-growing community. Hobsonville Point now has over 3,000 residents. By the time the township is complete it will be home to around 11,000 people in about 4,000 homes.

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Annual Sustainability Report 2015/2016

This year is the eighth year of reporting against the Sustainable Development Framework that was developed at the very beginning of the development process. The reporting framework clearly articulates the vision, goals and objectives for Hobsonville Point.  

Click on the link below for the full report. 

HLC broadens horizons

Hobsonville Land Company, the Housing New Zealand subsidiary charged with developing Hobsonville Point, has changed its name to the already widely-used abbreviation ‘HLC’.

The low-key rebrand reflects the company’s growing involvement in additional large-scale developments across Auckland, including building up to 1200 new homes in Northcote in the next five years.

HLC Chief Executive, Chris Aiken, says in its more than ten years of residential development, the company has learned a lot about building large numbers of high quality homes at pace and in a way that fosters strong communities. As a result, it has been asked to utilise these learnings on other projects in partnership with Housing New Zealand.

“To reflect this expanded focus, HLC has been given the new meaning of ‘Homes, Land, Community’,” he says.

The name change in no way lessens the company’s commitment to Hobsonville Point and it will remain based in the area, says Chris. “Successfully completing the exemplar development at Hobsonville Point remains a top priority.”

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Progress in Precincts

Work is underway on the development of the Marlborough Precinct, a waterside site that will one day offer buyers everything from apartments to standalone houses.

Winton Partners was last year named the developer of Marlborough Precinct, the area around Marlborough Oval that stretches between Jimmy’s Point, Catalina Bay and the seaplane hangar on Launch Road.

HLC has since started enabling work on the site which is expected to continue for the next few months. Once complete, Winton Partners will commence its own civil works, including developing a lookout at Jimmy’s Point.

Meanwhile, the four existing former Officers’ houses overlooking the water are being refurbished with the help of specialist heritage architects, Origin Consultants. The houses are being subdivided in their current form but with new heritage-designed garages built and landscaping, including the addition of driveways and gardens.

Construction in the precinct is expected to start in late 2018.

Meanwhile, the adjacent Airfields Precinct is also progressing.

Key infrastructure projects, including access roads and stormwater ponds, are now complete on the 20 hectare site, which is owned by Auckland Council and under development by Panuku Development Auckland. Road names have been confirmed and bulk earthworks to support construction are underway.

In the next few months AVJennings will start to deliver 102 standalone and terrace homes as part of Stage One of the development, with Avanda Group recently being appointed as the developer for Stage Two. Avanda will be delivering more than 500 new homes and, alongside AVJennings, has committed to providing a minimum 10% as affordable housing.

Plans for Catalina Bay (‘The Landing’) Released

Willis Bond & Co has released its plans for Catalina Bay, an exciting new waterfront development at Hobsonville Point. The area will include a mix of retail, hospitality and apartment buildings, housed in the existing historic RNZAF hangars and workshops, as well as new modern additions sympathetic to the area’s rich history. 

Many will know this area as The Landing, but the headland is more accurately named Catalina Bay, referencing the Catalina seaplanes that were once based in the area. It’s now home to a vibrant twice-weekly Farmers Market and a ferry terminal to the CBD, and forms part of the 4km coastal walkway around Hobsonville Point. 

Catalina Bay is masterplanned by Cheshire Architects, the firm behind innovative developments such as Britomart and City Works Depot. Stage One of the development plan consists of commercial, hospitality and retail opportunities within the character-filled RNZAF buildings. Construction for Stage One has begun, and tenancies will be completed progressively from late-2017 through to late-2018. Stage Two will deliver 60-80 high-quality seaside apartments, and Stages Three and Four will deliver new-build commercial, hospitality and retail tenancies. 

For more information and to register your interest in Stage One tenancies, visit www.catalinabay.co.nz.

Where the Old Meets the New

Another slice of Hobsonville Point heritage has been preserved, with four original Officer’s houses moved from Marine Parade to a new location on Cochrane Road.

The four homes, which date back to the 1930s, now form part of the Sunderland Precinct which is being developed by Willis Bond & Co. Boasting beautiful wooden floors, terracotta roof tiles, gable ends and other original features, the relocated houses bring the total number of heritage homes in Sunderland to 15.

Willis Bond Project Director, Wayne Silver, says the four new additions play an important role in the streetscape of Cochrane Road and the precinct’s overall design.

“The 15 heritage homes are a really important part of the Hobsonville Point story,” he says. “Sunderland Ave is a whole street of preserved history, harking back to the heritage of the area, while Cochrane Road provides a transition to what Hobsonville Point is now. On one side of the road we’re currently building four new free-standing houses alongside which sit the four relocated heritage houses. Cochrane Road really is where the old meets the new.”

Willis Bond intends to renovate the exterior of the heritage houses and complete landscaping work before selling them as renovation opportunities, a rare offering in a development that is largely being built from scratch. Ranging in size from 118m2 to 129m2, all of the homes have three bedrooms and one bathroom, and are on lots of between 423m2 and 570m2.

“We’ve a had a number of people contact us over the years looking for the opportunity to renovate one of our Sunderland Ave homes,” says Wayne. “This was not possible but instead Willis Bond has decided to present to the public these four homes in Cochrane Road as available for renovation.”

For more information, please contact roz@willisbond.co.nz or matt@willisbond.co.nz.

Visitors Enjoy, Explore and Enquire

Hobsonville Point is a must-visit destination for Aucklanders from far and wide, according to the friendly face that greets many visitors to the development.

 

Daniela Collins manages Hobsonville Point’s Information Centre during the week and is often the first point of contact for those who are new to the area. Interest and demand has continued to grow with buyers of all ages enquiring about the development, she says.

“Hobsonville Point has become more popular.Visitors are coming from all over Auckland and beyond as they’ve heard about this development and they want to have a look for themselves.They discover things like the popular Farmers Market and the Coastal Walkway. Many families explore the area on their bikes.”

Alongside the amenities and attractions, she says visitors are also impressed by the range and quality of housing options available from the development’s eight building partners.

“Buyers are increasingly looking for properties that require less maintenance. They really like the sound of a modern, designed, new house that is well insulated, double glazed and energy efficient,” says Daniela, herself a Hobsonville Point resident. “They are also drawn to the sense of community here. It’s great to live in a place where you get to know your neighbours, you can walk or cycle everywhere, there are excellent schools close by and where your kids can play together in the neighbourhood.”

The Information Centre, located behind Catalina Café at 1 Hastings Street, is open every day from 10am to 4pm.

New Facilities Beckon

Visitors will soon be able to enjoy the latest additions to Hobsonville Point’s Coastal Walkway, Te Ara Manawa, with several of the key projects set to open this summer.

Work on the former Rifle Range, near Bomb Point/Te Onekiritea Point, is almost complete and this area will open later this month. The existing buildings have been retained and repurposed as a community facility where people can gather, play and enjoy music or performances. It will include a table tennis table and public toilets.

Also due for completion this month are the two bridges across Isitt Gully and Cochrane Gully (off Buckley Avenue). These spectacular bridges elevate visitors into the tree canopy and are another key link in connecting the coastal circuit.

Further along the walkway, construction is underway on the section that leads from Mill House along the coast through to the Sunderland Lounge.

“Included in the scope of works is an impressive cantilevered outlook which sits over the old wharf structure below and has impressive views up and down the harbour,” says Hobsonville Land Company Precinct Director, Robert Graham, who is overseeing the walkway’s development.

Meanwhile, Harrier Point Park, located above Launch Road, is also under construction and is due for completion in March 2017. This park commands stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour and will feature a picnic and BBQ area, play and fitness equipment, and a public art installation.

And while it is not part of the walkway, Hobsonville Point’s water play park is also due to open before Christmas. Located in the Catalina Precinct, the water park is part of a play trail that enables visitors to interact with water through gardens, pipelines, still and running water features and stepping stones.

Plans for Marlborough Precinct Unveiled

Marlborough Oval will remain the focal point of Marlborough Precinct in new plans released by the developer.

Winton Partners has been chosen to develop Marlborough (formerly Sunderland C), a precinct which encompasses the oval, Jimmy’s Point, the current Hobsonville Land Company offices, a seaplane hangar on Launch Road and four existing Officer’s houses.

The focus of the masterplan for the precinct is to keep the oval in its existing shape as the main feature with a communal feel. The developer also intends to build a park space between the oval and the interface with The Landing incorporating design features, seating and some play elements.

Meanwhile, the seaplane hangar’s exterior will be brought back to its historic best while the interior will be developed into edgy, loft-style apartments. A further nine buildings will

bring the number of apartment offerings to around 300 dwellings. The four existing former Officer’s houses on the waterfront will be refurbished and subdivided, and an additional 14 standalone homes built on the southern and western sides of the oval once Hudson Bay Road has been realigned.

Civil works, including developing a look- out at Jimmy’s Point, are forecast to start towards the end of 2017 with construction planned for late 2018. Studio Pacific, Athfield Architects, Monk Mackenzie and Jasmax have been commissioned to design the apartment buildings while Origin Consultants will assist with the heritage architecture on the Officer’s houses. The project is the first in Auckland for Winton Partners, which is also leading residential developments in Queenstown, Wanaka, the Coromandel Peninsula and Northland.