Te Mara (Arlington Apartments Site 2) was a partnership between Hawkins and Wellington City Council (WCC).
The redevelopment of Arlington Apartments is the biggest project in the Wellington City Council Housing Upgrade Programme.
With its location close to town, and representing 12 percent of Wellington City Council's entire housing portfolio, this complex provides affordable housing for those on low incomes in the central city. The complex previously consisted of concrete block apartments which were built in the 1970s, which were cold and had weathertightness issues as well as needing earthquake strengthening.
The brief from the client was to design and construct 106 apartments in line with the WCC Design Guide. The scheme consists of 10 apartment blocks over three levels with different internal layouts to each block.
A collaborative and partnered approach with the client, consultants and subcontractors meant the result was a successful design within WCC's budget and the programme was achieved.
The Hawkins team were key players in ensuring the surrounding community and tenants were part of the project. Various workshops and interaction sessions were undertaken to ensure that the key stakeholders could have their say on the project. These thoughts and ideas were the backbone of the design throughout the entire process.
The redevelopment was completed in stages and has delivered high quality, modern housing. The units are able to be reconfigured internally to accommodate different sized households, according to need. This is state-of-the-art social housing which is innovative in terms of its flexibility.
Hawkins took a unique approach to the procurement of precast panel and structural steel with respect to the precast subcontractor engaging the structural steel subcontractor directly. This resulted in a more seamless transition between the trades ultimately creating float with the project programme.
Hawkins worked in a true partnership with all parties and stakeholders. The synergy of this made for an exciting and successful project.