Site a chance to test de­signs

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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.

Photo: LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

New ground: An in­dus­trial Mt Eden site will be turned into hous­ing through a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion.

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