Fulton Hogan is one of New Zealand’s leading construction companies. The company employs more than 5,000 people and operates throughout Australasia and the South Pacific. In 2014, Woods began working with Fulton Hogan to get a live zoning for Wainui East.
Woods was initially tasked to identify land suitable for residential development. So, the first step was to carry out a study.
From a construction point of view, Wainui East is ideal. Using best practice Urban Design and working with the contours of the land earthworks could be minimised making the development more economical. However, the land had to first achieve urban zoning. To build a case, Woods worked closely with several organisations, including Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, Watercare, Chorus and Vector to bring this land online for development sooner rather than later.
This was all happening right around the Special Housing Area legislation and the Unitary Plan process. Both avenues were pursued to ensure a positive outcome for the client. In mid-2016, Auckland Council approved Wainui East for live zoning in the space of two years this project went from an idea to reality, a process that would have taken the nearly a decade previously.
Wainui East will eventually house 4,500 families, have a vibrant town centre, schools and recreational areas. Development has already started bring much-needed housing supply for region crying out for it.