Site a chance to test designs
Architects will use tricks of the trade to revamp an industrial site in Mt Eden.
A contest is being launched for architects to create a medium-density housing model for a special housing area (SHA) site at 11 Akepiro St.
It is one of 41 new SHAs announced on May 7 which aim to help combat Auckland’s housing crisis by allowing fast-tracked building consents while giving limited public notification and appeal rights. The site is home to a light manufacturing business, nestled beside a mechanics shop on an industrial side-street.
It will be turned into 18 high-density units under the Housing Accord and developed by Ockham Residential.
The competition is being run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and Ockham Residential’s Mark Todd.
Pip Cheshire of the NZIA says the winning design will be one that transforms the site into a liveable space.
‘‘I’m particularly interested in how you build more densely without sacrificing value.
‘‘Ultimately in the city fringe area it’s about building up rather than out. How do we get density and have quality of life and room to move that we’ve traditionally had?’’
The third set of SHAs announced this month brings the total to 63 SHAs across Auckland – 33,500 homes.
Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says the project is on track with an expected firstyear target of 9000 homes built.
The Government is committed to higher density housing but there needs to be a mix, he says. The houses will include apartment blocks, townhouses, and traditional homes.
The competition will open on May 21.
New ground: An industrial Mt Eden site will be turned into housing through a design competition.