Avondale is a suburb that’s got everything going for it. It’s a short train commute to the city centre and enjoyable drive to the west coast’s rain forest and beaches, has one of the city’s best high schools, and its busiest Sunday market.
So it’s not surprising Panuku Development Auckland identified it as an area in which to create high-quality, people-focused urban intensificationThis puts it into a similar regeneration scenario as neighbouring New Lynn, which after more than a decade of planning, and public and private investment, is now a vibrant suburb where locals can live, work and play. A comparable renewal is now playing out in Avondale, with several Panuku-supported residential projects about to demonstrate what sustainable, integrated development will bring to the suburb.
The Set development by Ockham Residential at 26 Racecourse Parade, designed by an architect who grew up locally, keeps connectivity and sustainability foremost. Bordering Avondale Racecourse, it’s been deliberately designed as three buildings – two three-level walk-ups and one five-level – to ensure views through the development to the racecourse for neighbouring properties. The area’s history of racecourse stables, brickyards, tanneries, mills and potteries is reflected in the buildings’ pitched roofs, brickwork and timber detailing.
Built to a Homestar 6 rating, it’s located 300m from the town centre, and 600m from the train station, making owning a car a choice, not a necessity, for future residents. The latter is in keeping with Panuku’s goal of providing a range of dwellings, which are priced accordingly, including those without car parking. Ockham has managed to design 72 dwellings within 3500sqm and keep the total land cost down to 10-15% of each dwelling. No lifts in the three-level walk-ups means no need for sprinklers, mechanical venting or a basement, further keeping costs down.
The nearby New Zealand Housing Foundation development at 1 Trent St, Avondale is also designed to include affordable housing. It will provide the full range of home tenure opportunities, from rental, to rent-to-own, equity share, and private ownership. A Residents’ Association will be incorporated to manage communal areas, building a strong sense of community with families working together to ensure a safe, healthy and connected neighbourhood. A short walk from the town centre, it’s also close to parks and playing fields, a cycle and walkway track and kayaking, bird-watching and fishing on the nearby Whau River.
Both developments will exemplify Panuku’s goal of delivering medium to high density housing while radically improving the quality of urban living.
Mike Bush, Manager Development