Media Release – NZ’s largest residential development officially underway

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MEDIA RELEASE
CONTEXT ARCHITECTS

New Zealand’s largest residential development officially underway.

The start of construction on Albany Rose Gardens’ apartments – the largest residential development in the country – was officially celebrated on Friday 6th March at Westfield Mall, Albany.

Speaking at the launch of the Context Architects designed development was the President for the China Nanjing Dadi Construction Group Mr Yu Guojia, the Hon Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce and the former Secretary-General for the Commonwealth Sir Don McKinnon.

President of the Nanjing Construction Group Mr Yu said that the “Rose Garden Apartments’ aim is to create a brand new community of high standard quality, convenience, and stylish design at an affordable price”.

The first stage of the development – due to be completed in 2016 -  includes 201 residential units, 10 commercial units, three live/work units, communal gardens and a new road with 20 additional on-street car parking spaces.

Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development, also an Albany resident, had been watching the development with interest. He made the point that “we have this rather futile debate in Auckland about what sort of houses we should build. Should they be on the edge of the city? Should they be apartments? Should they be in the middle of the city?  The simple reality is for this city to keep growing, we need all types of houses. And we could save ourselves a lot of energy if we resolved that projects like this are a very big part of the answer.”

Mr Joyce thanked Mr Yu for their investment in New Zealand, saying “it is a vote of confidence in the New Zealand economy to see them investing here and providing opportunities for more housing in Auckland.

“Auckland is our bid at the table of Asian Pacific cities alongside the Singapore’s, the Shanghai’s, the Sydney’s and the Melbourne’s. So it is important that we continue to invest in this city,” said Mr Joyce.

Sir Don McKinnon – after whom Don McKinnon Drive is named after – said when he came to Albany some fifty years ago, “it was covered in grass, sheep and cattle. One of the big issues we had when development started was – where were the kids going to graze their horses?”

Sir Don campaigned in the 1960s for Albany basin to be a place for “residential living, employment and recreation.” He was pleased to see this development taking place, saying that “when you see development, when you see cranes, when you see bulldozers, what you are seeing is things that are happening and people being employed. And that’s all very exciting. We’ll watch with interest as the planned 832 apartments go up.”

“The development delivers on the District Plan’s intensification drive in Albany, meets Council’s desire to increase the vitality and viability of the area, and helps address the housing shortage and affordability problems in Auckland,” explains Context Director Stephen Voyle.

The developer, the China Nanjing Dadi Construction Group had a turnover of NZ$4 billion in 2014 and sits in the top 100 of the top 500 companies in China, with investments across Europe, Asia and Africa.  Mr Yu said that with Auckland being voted one of the top three cities in the world to live and work in, it gave them confidence to invest in the city.

The residential units offer a diverse range of living environments from one to four-bed apartments, all with balconies and good access to sunlight and views. Apartment prices start at an affordable $400,000, tackling the housing shortage head on.

Extensive landscaping and outdoor living spaces are integrated into the development which is within easy walking distance to the rest of the Albany and good public transport links.

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  • High resolution images available on request. For images contact: Jacqui.blanchard@context.net.nz:  09 358 0140

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