Nothing says progress quite the same way that tower cranes do. If it is good enough to use the number of cranes as a rough measure of vertical construction nationwide, then we can certainly measure the progress of apartments in our town centre the same way.
Joining Avondale’s very first ever tower crane at the Aroha apartments by Okham, the neighbouring Highbury Triangle development now has its first crane. More are expected to follow. The apartment construction boom is only just gathering momentum with more projects in the pipeline.
Highbury Triangle will consist of 236 apartments in five buildings. It is mainly for seniors, with one building used for social housing. Kāinga Ora is justifiably proud of this development designed to a high standard, giving seniors the option of “aging in place” by allowing for in home care.
Kāinga Ora states:
“All senior apartments will be built to our universal design standards and the addition of 1.5-bedroom apartments allows for the option of having a carer to stay, as needed. There is a focus on accessibility throughout, and each senior housing apartment will include a parking area for mobility scooters.
The development will contain a variety of multi-purpose community rooms on the ground floor of four of the buildings where customers can host gatherings, as well as commercial space in the building fronting Great North Road. Landscaped areas will include vegetable and flower gardens, as well as glasshouses for growing seedlings, which will sit alongside several mature trees which have been retained as part of the design.”