View from the ferry wharf and old flying boat base down the Waitemata Harbour.

Catalina Bay development unveiled

Willis Bond & Co Ltd unveiled its ideas yesterday for Catalina Bay, formerly known as The Landing, at Hobsonville Point.

Through the frame of the old Sunderland hangar – stripped to remove asbestos – to the Catalina workshops where the farmers’ market is based and new offices will be created.

The project takes in the former Catalina flying boat workshops beside the ferry terminal where the Hobsonville farmers’ market has been based, the Sunderland flying boat hangar (which has been stripped down to its framing) and land beside the hangar where apartments will be built.

Willis Bond managing director Mark McGuinness said Catalina Bay would be a new gateway to the west from the water and would improve the prospect of increasing ferry frequency.

The workshops will be transformed for a variety of uses.

It will accommodate a variety of uses, including a micro-brewery, cafés & restaurants, restored character offices as well as the farmers market. Mr McGuinness said some of the office spaces would be idea for cosharing.

60-80 high quality freehold apartments are envisaged in the development beside the hangar, which Mr McGuinness expects will be marketed late this year.

The waterfront site was a key component of the former Hobsonville Royal NZ Air Force base, which served the Pacific in wartime with its flying boats, and was also an early site for TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Ltd), forerunner of Air NZ.

Almost the whole air force base has been turned over to housing, managed by the Government-owned Hobsonville Land Co Ltd, with individual developers in charge of subdivisions within it.

Willis Bond has been developing the Sunderland precinct, comprising 120 new homes & 11 refurbished former Air Force homes from the 1930s.

The Hobsonville Land Co will be one of the first tenants to occupy the refurbished Catalina Bay office space, late this year.

Attribution: Presentation, company release.

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