Catalina Bay Apartments construction begins

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Dignitaries from Willis Bond, Architectus and Kainga Ora breaking ground at the Catalina Bay Apartments development in Hobsonville Point, Auckland.

Construction has officially started on Willis Bond’s Catalina Bay Apartments development in Hobsonville Point, Auckland, with more than 75% of the 82 apartments and terraced homes already sold.

Located at the northern-most point of Hobsonville Point, the $150 million freehold waterfront development is the largest of its kind to commence construction this year.

Barfoot & Thompson head of projects Matt Baird says this is a testament to the quality of the build, uniqueness of the site and reputation of the developer and team involved.

After a successful pre-sales period, including several lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions, Willis Bond managing director – development David McGuinness says the company is thrilled to have Registered Master Builders Association contractor LT McGuinness on-site.

“It’s great to reach this milestone and see such enthusiasm from our buyers who are looking forward to making Catalina Bay home. It’s really a coming of age for apartment living north of the bridge,” McGuinness says.

Construction on the waterfront homes follows the successful stage one restoration and refurbishment of seven heritage Royal New Zealand Air Force buildings into a mix of high-quality offices, award-winning eateries and retail.

“Stage one really set the tone for Catalina Bay and helped people to see the potential for this unique site. We’ve since seen increased ferry sailings direct from Catalina Bay to the city, and great progress on the landscaping works in the precinct.”

“The benefit of a master-planned precinct like this is that all facets have been considered to build a forward focused, sustainable, seaside community,” McGuinness says.

Designed by Architectus, the building takes inspiration from its natural environment, with coastal-inspired interiors and architecture that adds to the contemporary village environment.

Sustainability is heavily integrated into the design of the building, targeting a Homestar 7 rating.

Residents at the development will benefit from an on-site concierge, theatrette, and water sports storage, as well as direct access to the ferry terminal, coastal boardwalk and local amenities including The Hangar – shared office, Catalina Bay Farmers Market, award-winning eateries and a boutique pilates studio.

There is a selection of two-bedroom wharf terraces, one and two-bedroom apartments, and two exquisite three-bedroom penthouses still available.

Construction completion is expected in early to mid-2024.

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