In 2015, Woods was tasked with leading the development of two hectares of empty reserve land located at 20 Link Drive, Whangaparaoa, Auckland.
Auckland Council-owned Panuku Development began the development in 2010. over the years there had been numerous schemes and consultants involved in the project, However, once Woods became involved a real impetus on delivering a built outcome gained momentum.
Panuku Development chose Woods to lead the project, because of its ability to provide an integrated service, which included civil engineering, stormwater engineering, urban and architectural design. Later in 2015, Panuku Development decided to reduce its development risk and found a development partner, private developer McConnell Property.
McConnell Property chose to continue with Woods, based on the high-quality preliminary work already completed. The goal was to design and gain Auckland City Council approval for a residential development of more than 50 units. Many of the houses are three stories high with varied designs and material palettes, creating interesting and attractive street environments while enabling the open space on each lot to be maximised.
This article from the Local Government Magazine talks about the project’s achievements, balancing increased density with ecological values and amenity for residents: Mariner Rise – Where ecology, children and stormwater meet