The Wesley College Trust Board & the developer of its subdivision on the college farm at Paerata, Grafton Downs Ltd, announced 12 build partners & a new name for the project last week.
300ha around the college was approved as a special housing area in 2015, with plans for up to 5000 homes in 10 stages.
Grafton Downs sales & marketing manager Shaun Millar said: “We have chosen the build partners because of the outstanding quality of their workmanship. In the interests of creating equal opportunities for builders in the community, we selected to work with large franchisee companies & small family businesses, all of whom are local.”
The build partners named last week are 4 widely known businesses – GJ Gardner, Jalcon Homes, Jennian Homes Ltd & Signature Homes Ltd – and local builders Capital Homes Ltd, DW Homes Ltd, Emandee Homes Ltd, Mark Price Builders Ltd, Navigation Homes NZ Ltd, Nick Bosanac Builders Ltd, Palladium Homes Ltd & Precision Homes NZ Ltd.
Grafton Downs executive director Chris Johnston said the development would be named Paerata Rise, after initially proposing to call it Wesley. That had upset residents of the isthmus district of Wesley in the Mt Roskill suburb, which doesn’t have a postcode but does have primary & secondary schools and a community centre bearing the Wesley name.
Grafton Downs applied to the NZ Geographic Board to disestablish use of the Wesley name in Mt Roskill so it could be used for the new town being built on the college farm, but withdrew the application in May last year.
Mr Johnston said of the new name last week: “As well as acknowledging the existing Paerata community, the name is a nod to the meaning of Paerata in te reo, that is, ‘horizon of the rata’. It was important to those involved in the development that the name was in keeping with, as well as inclusive of, the area’s heritage.”
The new development is 20km south of the Auckland cbd and 4km from Pukekohe, the main centre in Auckland’s Franklin ward. The development company is owned by the college board & 2 Methodist Church trusts, the Pact 2086 Trust and Te Taha Maori Property Trust.
Mr Johnston said: “We will be working closely with approved build partners to create, as prescribed under the Paerata Rise design guide, a new unique place to live where homestead architecture is envisaged. Homes will be carefully placed on their sites to maximise the natural landscape settings, creating comfortable living environments & quality streetscapes.”
Plans for the development site were designed by San Francisco-based Surfacedesign Inc, co-founded by Kiwi urban designer & sustainable landscape architect James Lord. The company is responsible for the abstract landscaping at Auckland Airport.
“Surfacedesign Inc are a great firm to work with. James Lord & his team grasped our vision to create a development that embraces the environment and creates a good relationship between sections, houses & green space.”
Stage 1 earthworks are complete, waste & water pipes are being laid and the onsite civil work is underway. The 12 build partners will have access to roads in mid-December and the first residents are expected to move in by mid-2018.
15 July 2015: 300ha Wesley special housing area approved
Attribution: Company release.