The Grounds is a residential apartment development in Hobsonville. The development comprises of four, three story buildings with a total of 42 one and two-bedroom apartments. The project will be constructed with a cross laminated timber (CLT) structure, which makes the project different than many other apartment offerings in New Zealand at present. The brief for the project is to deliver high quality apartments at an affordable price through innovate design solutions.
Hobsonville Point is a 167 hectare development on land that was formerly an air force base and which was given Special Area Housing status in 2013. It is already home to more than 3,000 residents. The development of Hobsonville Point has been conceived with lifestyle, sustainability and a sense of belonging in mind, offering residents a regular farmers market, restaurants and cafes at Catalina Bay, plus 26 hectares that have been set aside for parks, reserves and open spaces
A Xigo team including David Wilkie and Scott Crowe have been providing project management services on the Project from the Concept design phase. This has included the management of the design process and designers as well as establishing a procurement strategy for the project going forward. Construction has started on site and Xigo continue to actively manage the project in a challenging market.
The Grounds project posed a number of challenges which Xigo managed through the design and procurement stages of the project.
Programme - the timeframe for design and construction of The Grounds was a challenge from the outset of the project. Xigo lead the design programme from the very initial design phases to ensure the approved Consent and For Construction Drawings were issued for a start on site 2018.
Construction Budget - in order to deliver affordable housing with a high level of quality, an extensive Value Management exercise had to be lead and managed by Xigo through the procurement of the project to achieve a total construction cost within the client’s budget.
CLT Construction - TW Twenty Twenty had a desire to implement CLT mid-floors and roofs to the apartments in an effort to save cost and increase speed of construction. Due to the infancy of this construction methodology in NZ the design of the apartments posed a number of challenges that had to be carefully managed through design and consenting.