Newtown Park Housing Upgrade Hero

Newtown Park Housing Upgrade

A major refurbishment project of five accommodation buildings


Hawkins was the main contractor for two projects that make up part of the $400 million, 20-year housing upgrade programme by Wellington City Council.

The Newtown Park Flats were originally constructed in 1967 on the site of an old tram depot, and the existing housing consists of three large towers and three lower buildings, all needing extensive work to bring the existing accommodation up to current Building Code requirements.

Work at the 279-unit Newtown Park Flats complex was a major refurbishment project of five accommodation buildings (two low-rise and three tower blocks); associated site-works; drainage; and demolition of another five-storied building.

The work included extensive demolition and seismic re-strengthening; asbestos removal; new services installation; a mix of new fitout and refurbishment of existing; external painting and landscaping. The project was split into two key stages. Stage one involved the refurbishment of a tower and a low-rise block and associated landscaping. Stage two saw the completion of two towers, a low-rise block, demolition of the five storied building and associated landscaping.

Hawkins also provided pre-construction consultation services covering advice on buildability issues, programming, risk mitigation, costs and design documentation review. This included working with the client and the wider consultant team over several months prior to being awarded the construction phase of the project.

Each building was handed over separately and tenants moved in the day following Practical Completion. It was importrant that zero defect goals were achieved and the completion dates were locked in well in advance to ensure that the Wellington City Council provided their tenants early notice and certainty on dates. The HS&E requirements are also very important, given that we were working in a operating accommodation facility with multiple critical tenant moves.