NEW SOCIAL HOUSING UNITS ENHANCE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
When the country’s largest non-government owned social housing provider, Accessible Properties
New Zealand Ltd, received a Social Housing Fund grant for the construction of new-build social housing units, they formed a partnership
with Spanbild Projects to help provide quality rental homes for people with
a wide range of living requirements.
Accessible Properties specialises in the disability sector, including the management of the IHC’s
1100 properties throughout New Zealand.
Accessible Properties project manager Julia Saunders says the company was established with a focus on providing housing to people with disabilities, and now extends to the wider community to include people who qualify for the Government’s Income Related Rent Subsidy programme. “We try and provide housing for whole of life, so that means if a tenant’s needs change, they don’t have to move.”
The IHC New Zealand is Accessible Properties’ parent organisation and became a separate entity from its property department in 2010. “We still manage all the housing stock that’s owned by the IHC, and we’ve started developing our own,” Julia says. “The projects we’ve been completing with Spanbild Projects are part of a larger programme established using the government grant to build new stock in areas of high demand here in Christchurch, as well as in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Wellington.”
We try and provide housing for whole of life, so that means if
a tenant’s needs change, they don’t have to move.
NEW PERMANENT HOUSING VILLAGE EASES CHRISTCHURCH MARKET PRESSURE
To help relieve the pressures of a severe accommodation shortage in Christchurch, the Government embarked
on an earthquake recovery initiative to address the issue directly, with temporary housing villages built in Linwood, Kaiapoi and Ra-whiti Domain.
However, a more cost-effective, permanent solution has come out of collaboration between Spanbild, Hawkins Construction and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
While other housing villages in the region have been short-term – constructed on Council-owned land and parks – the development of 18 new houses and 22 apartments in three blocks at Rangers Park in eastern Christchurch is a permanent housing solution.
The $12.5 million development will initially be used by displaced residents whose homes are being repaired or rebuilt due to earthquake damage. The cost will be offset by rent and eventual sale of the homes.
The long-term, permanent nature of the project differentiates Rangers Park
from its more temporary counterparts.
HOMES WHEN CHRISTCHURCH PEOPLE NEEDED
When Christchurch families needed a new place to live, Spanbild took an innovative team approach to creating it for them.
Working with a group of
locally-owned companies to form a unique partnership, Spanbild was able to draw on the capacity of its Christchurch-based factory, and the designs created for its Versatile range
as the framework for 250 temporary homes.
Working for the Department
of Housing and Building in a joint venture partnership with Hawkins Construction and Fulton Hogan, Spanbild was
able to provide a safe and comfortable new home for hundreds of local people.
The homes, in Linwood and Kaiapoi, cater for some of
the worst affected residents
of the city, offering temporary accommodation while they
find new homes or have their properties repaired. A mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, the villages will be
used for up to two years.
Constructed over just 8 weeks, working with Fulton Hogan
and Hawkins Construction, the temporary villages have won plaudits from the community and new residents, who began taking up residence in July.