NELSON: NEALE AVE TOWN HOUSES
It was the opportunity that arose to purchase land after Scott Construction dealt with demolition of the un-safe Methodist Church building on Neale Avenue in Stoke, that Justin Candish, Managing Director for Scott Construction couldn’t look past.
The land was zoned residential, the location was perfect, there was a gap in the market and Justin’s in-laws were looking for a new place to live.
It was the first time that we had engaged in a residential development like this where we owned all the risk, but we believed in our ability to deliver quality affordable townhouses and that they would be well received.
This kind of development was not a foreign idea to us. Having been the main contractor for major retirement villages in the region, we knew we could turn around a quality product in a short time frame, on budget and on time.
It was important to us that the 1,200 square meter site blended with the space, yet provided functionality and a sense of “home”. The two blocks, each containing two units (150m2 each), achieved this perfectly and the public agreed with us, as all units sold before the build commenced.
There were specific covenants that needed to be applied, like most builds. One of the main considerations specified by the Nelson City Council, was the need for green space and ensuring there was enough of it, driving past, you can see that this requirement has not only been met, but has been used to really maximise the visual appeal of this development.
The exterior, framed by Pohutakawa Trees and Nikau Palms is a mix of textures. Rockcote cladding is not only durable but looks great, this accompanied by cedar weatherboard cladding, exposed aggregate and acid etched concrete all add to the developments visual appeal. This, alongside the homely feel of the development, and the fact that these high quality homes were marketed at between $420,000 and $400,000, really added to the project’s success.
The brief to deliver “not just another apartment block” has been exceeded, with standalone homes now housing four very happy tenants. And, more importantly, the in-laws love it.
Client changes were worked through before the build with purchasers. Having the flexibility for owners to have a say in design really personalised this development. For example, the in-laws changed to gas for water heating and hobs. One owner even got a purpose made kitchen from their father-in-law. It is this level of flexibility not often seen with residential developments.
One of the technical considerations at the commencement of the build was the drainage, with the units lower than street level, this was important. Working with Aaron Walters Design, we installed a flush drainage channel to ensure drainage wasn’t a problem.