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New technologies produce double win for Housing New Zealand

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Two Housing New Zealand apartment complexes have been recognised in the Property Industry Awards 2019. The Hutchinson Avenue and Shirley Road developments, which received merit awards in the Multi-Unit Residential Property Award category, both stand out for their use of innovation.

Housing New Zealand Construction Group General Manager Patrick Dougherty says this kind of recognition helps to boost the perception of state housing. "It shows that our homes can be of equal or better quality and design standards than homes built on the private market," he says.

"These developments are also a reflection of how we are employing components of off-site manufacturing, alongside traditional building methods, to deliver more homes for Kiwis in need."

The Hutchinson Avenue development in New Lynn replaced 4 two-bedroom duplexes with 5 three-storey terraces containing 15 new homes. This development was designed by Young and Richards and built by Precision Builders.

It is a prototype build for three-level walk-up apartments and utilises pre-cast concrete panels that are assembled onsite. The benefits of using these reinforced panels include a high quality build for cost, as well as additional time and on-going maintenance savings.

The same is true for the other winning development across town on Shirley Road in Papatoetoe where 12 new one-bedroom homes in a three-storey development replaced 2 two-bedroom state houses.

The project was designed by RM Designs and built by Miles Construction. It was the third multi-unit development built as part of a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) pilot. CLT is a panelised system with the structural strength of concrete and steel. Importantly, it can also be cut into pre-fabricated panels in a factory and assembled easily on a building site.

Complexes using CLT typically take around half the time of traditional timber frame homes to put up. "What that means is we are able to provide homes for our tenants more quickly and our building costs are reduced," Patrick says.

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