Apr 24 2015

Aucklanders will soon be able to experience a new paradigm of sustainable, quality city living with the unveiling of design details for new homes in Wynyard Quarter.

Five sites in the former industrial area are earmarked for residential development over the next ten years, with the developer Willis Bond & Co partnering with the landowner Waterfront Auckland to deliver over 500 dwellings of various types, sizes and price points.  

Following an initial surge of registrations of interest, the display suite for homes has now been officially opened. 

The first site, to be called Wynyard Central overlooks the recently developed Daldy Street Park. It consists of free standing pavilion-like structures overlooking the park, three level townhouses and an apartment tower. The second site features a signature building at 132 Halsey Street overlooking Viaduct Harbour. 

Both are part of the next phase of the areas revitalisation centring on a 3.5 hectare block of land in the heart of Wynyard Quarter that will also include 48,000 square metres of commercial and shared working space, along with a five star hotel and the 600 seat ASB Waterfront Theatre, both being built nearby. 

Common to all sites is the custodial approach by the landowner and master planner, Waterfront Auckland as it seeks to push boundaries in design, public amenity and sustainability and build on what has been delivered in the street upgrades and new public spaces delivered over the last five years. 

Chief Executive John Dalzell says this hands-on approach combined with the innovation and commitment to quality by developers like Willis Bond, will see the delivery of what will be the next generation of building stock for Auckland city. 

“What we’re talking about here is setting an exemplar for medium density development for the region. Building designs will inspire and new behaviours will be encouraged through approaches to recycling, energy and water conservation and generation, walking and cycling amenities, car parking and transport.” 

“It won’t just be tenant or homeowners who are set to benefit from the development either as with 11,000 m2 of new laneways and open spaces, including nearly 1,300 metres of retail, visitors to Wynyard Quarter will be able to experience a whole new part of the city.” 

Managing Director of Willis Bond, Mark McGuinness says it is exciting to be involved. 

“We’ve had extremely strong interest from people looking to secure their chance to live in Wynyard Quarter. The story to date in terms of the area’s revitalisation has been an extremely successful one, and we are looking forward to offering Aucklanders a new way of living within a vibrant waterfront community.” 

The first stage of the residential development, the construction of 113 homes on the Wynyard Central site bordered by Daldy and Pakenham St West and 51 homes at 132 Halsey, is expected to get underway from later this year.