Jasmax have been engaged to provide a comprehensive and integrated design service for the Waimahia Inlet Affordable Residential Development. The major objectives of this project are to provide a range of well designed, comfortable, practical and affordable new homes that are carefully designed for today’s modern living, including homes ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms house types. Particular care has been given to Māori and Pacific cultural housing needs, whilst the homes also have to meet the Unitary Plan requirements for Homestar 6* rating.
A rigorous investigation of possible concepts with the client team and wider stakeholder group, including the Tāmaki Collective (a collection of 13 different iwi) led to a masterplan that helped to achieve the objectives of a practical, affordable and culturally relevant solution that at the same time created an attractive and distinctive living environment.
This project requires the design team to draw on their substantial stakeholder engagement skills as rigorous liaison with Auckland Council
is needed. In addition, as the land is owned by the Crown, the central government’s Social Housing Unit (SHU) are a major stakeholder and liaison with this unit is required in order for the project to proceed. This site is also the first site to be submitted as part of Auckland’s new Social Housing Areas and careful liaison with the Housing Policy Office (HPO) has also been required.