Development of the State Highway 16 motorway had cut the existing Hobsonville War Memorial Park in two. The development of the NorthWest Strategic Growth Area identified the Westgate- Whenupai-Hobsonville area for on-going growth.
The ‘left over’ park became a Special Housing Area in February 2016. Woods were engaged to design a scheme which created lots for stand-alone housing along with two blocks of terrace housing which would provide the required 10% of affordable housing located adjacent to a small ‘pocket park’, to provide high-quality amenity for the residents.
The site had issues of motorway noise, an overland flow runoff with a gully contour to the west, and a requirement for a thrusted sewer main under the motorway.
The development provides a simple looped road system that provides frontage to nearly all lots, and links to the existing shared pedestrian/cycle bridge connecting to Hobsonville Village, with walkable distances to shopping, schools bus services. We worked with engineering, traffic, survey, planning and landscape consultants to provide an integrated design, and the consultation with Auckland Council’s Development Project Office paid off with an approved combined land use and subdivision consent in 6 months from announcement of the
Special Housing Area. Woods worked separately with Penny Homes on the affordable terrace housing and typical designs for the stand-alone housing.
• Design management
• Design Guidelines (with Barkers)
• Concept Architectural Design
• Building Consent (affordable units)