Following an urban design review, a modified site layout enabled the additional units to be included in the first stage of the redevelopment at a cost of $288,650 (including GST).
Council also agreed to increase the budget for the redevelopment from $7,328,000 to $8,715,950 to cover the cost of site works, civil works and landscaping variations. Increased construction costs, additional design fees, and variations to the units also contributed to the increase.
The project was originally priced based on a design and build concept, however the successful design still required detailed design, resource and building consent approvals to meet 4-Star Lifemark certification.
The certification ensures the units cater for people with a wide range of agility and mobility, and can easily be adapted to meet tenants’ needs as their mobility changes over their life.
All these processes are now complete and following the approval of the increased budget, successful contractor Latitude Homes is ready to begin construction from 1 June 2018.
Councillors voted in favour of the increased budget to also include the installation of solar tubes and a thicker layer of internal plaster board, as they felt these aspects of the build would add value for residents.
Existing tenants have been transferred to other units while the older units have been demolished and the new units are constructed.