Major milestone for Mt Roskill housing development

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Kainga Ora – Homes and Communities has reached a major milestone with the completion* of civil infrastructure works at Roskill South in Auckland — the first neighbourhood across any of the Kainga Ora large-scale projects to do so. 

Over the past five years, Kainga Ora civil construction partner Land Enablement and Delivery (LEAD) Alliance has worked alongside teams from Auckland Council, the CCOs, Chorus and Vector to deliver around 32,000sq m of upgraded roads, 28km of new underground utility lines and the installation of 150 new street lights.

In addition, more than 5km of new mains are now connecting homes with fresh water, and 4.5km of new wastewater pipes see to its safe removal.

Rainfall is prevented from flooding nearby homes thanks to nearly 9km of new stormwater pipes and an upgraded Freeland Reserve, where 28,500 new plants and 370 additional trees have also been planted.

“This is just a portion of what Kainga Ora and its partners have delivered for the neighbourhood,” Kainga Ora general manager urban development and delivery Mark Fraser says.

“Along with our civil construction partner LEAD Alliance, we have delivered more than $150 million worth of work in Roskill South alone, and that is just one of 18 neighbourhoods in our 162-hectare Roskill South development.

“Across all of our Large-Scale Projects (LSPs), Roskill South was the second neighbourhood to get the civil works underway, and the first to finish — a major milestone for us, and one I know the team is immensely proud to have reached,” Fraser says.

“Brownfield development is complex and requires a lot of cross-agency collaboration. We’re grateful to all of our partner organisations for the hard mahi that has gotten us to this point.

“We’ve built great relationships throughout this process, and we look forward to continuing to work together to enable thousands more much-needed homes across Tamaki Makaurau.”

Kainga Ora says the benefits of the infrastructure work it undertakes as part of its developments are far-reaching. It not only lays the foundation for the agency and its build partners to deliver hundreds of new homes, but also enables future private development, while significantly improving service delivery and amenity for existing residents.

“While the civil infrastructure has been completed, there is still a lot of work to be done to deliver almost 1000 new homes in Roskill South, so residents will continue to see work happening for a little while longer yet.

“The good news is though, now that the infrastructure has been enabled, this can happen much faster and with less disruption,” Fraser says. 

To date, around 265 older houses in Roskill South have been removed or relocated, making way for 970 new homes to be delivered across a range of sizes and types.

Those new homes will be a mix of public housing (330) and homes for sale at market rates and affordable price points, enabling more New Zealanders to live in warm, dry, healthy homes.

Around 350 of these homes have already been completed, including almost all of the new public housing planned for the neighbourhood, with a further 227 under construction.

“We are proud to have delivered new green spaces, footpaths, roads and underground infrastructure for the Puketapapa Roskill community on behalf of Kainga Ora,” LEAD Alliance general manager Mark Crowle says.

“It’s a tremendous collective achievement, including collaborating with Auckland Council, Watercare, Vector and Chorus to have completed land enablement in such a large and busy area,” Crowle says.

“We know it isn’t always easy living around construction works, and we are thrilled that residents will enjoy a new community environment with infrastructure fit for Roskill’s bright future.”

Roskill South — by the numbers:

• $150 million in new and upgraded infrastructure.
• 970 new homes in total — a mix of public housing (330) and homes for sale at market rates and affordable price points.
• 350 homes completed so far, including most of the public housing planned for Roskill South, with 227 under construction.
• 620 more new homes to be delivered over the course of the development.
• 265 older homes removed or relocated.
• 32,020sq m of upgraded roads.
• 28,443 plants and 368 new trees.
• 2621sq m of new footpaths.
• 8897m of new stormwater pipes.
• 4572m of new wastewater pipes.
• 5421m of new water mains.
• 28,443m of new utility lines undergrounded.
• 102 old power poles removed.
• 148 new streetlights.
• One new, and one upgraded green space.

* Subject to receipt of remaining Engineering Approval Completion Certificates (EACC) and Certificate of Acceptance (COA).

About Kainga Ora – Homes and Communities

Kainga Ora is the country’s public housing landlord, with more than 70,000 properties providing homes to nearly 185,000 New Zealanders.

It is leading the largest state house building programme in decades, with more than 9000 newly-built public homes delivered in recent years, and more than 6600 homes under construction or contract. 

As an urban development agency, Kainga Ora is enabling, facilitating and delivering tens of thousands of market, affordable and public homes across New Zealand. It does this by working with iwi, and public and private sector partners.

Through best practice urban planning and design, it is also ensuring the neighbourhoods those homes are located in have the infrastructure and amenities that make them a great place to live.

About LEAD Alliance

Land Enablement and Delivery Alliance (LEAD Alliance) comprises of Kainga Ora as the owner participant, and five non-owner participants — Dempsey Wood, Harrison Grierson, Hick Bros, Tonkin + Taylor and Woods.

The Alliance was formed in 2018 to design and construct the infrastructure required for Auckland Large-Scale Projects at Mount Roskill, Mangere, Tamaki, Oranga and Northcote.

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