Newtown Park is the largest Wellington City Council social housing complex to be upgraded as part of the Council’s 20-year joint project with the Crown to upgrade their social housing portfolio.
The upgrade of the Newtown Park Apartments began in February 2011 and was completed earlier this year, with improvements including warmer, drier homes, earthquake strengthening, modern kitchens and bathrooms, enhanced communal spaces, and improved access, safety and security.
"Colour is used thoughtfully to highlight building line and form, brighten up interior spaces, and assist with building identification and way finding” says Andrew Banks of Studio Pacific Architecture.
“The judges labelled the project 'completely delightful' and praised the effective use of colour to create a 'sense of welcome', while also remaining appropriate to the environment."
Wellington City Council Manager of City Housing Vicki McLaren says the upgrade has made a real difference to resident’s lives.
“There is a real spirit of community developing at Newtown Park Apartments, with residents enjoying not just brighter, warmer, and safer homes, but also being able to contribute to activities and events held on site and take advantage of a community garden”.
These awards mark the second year running that the Council’s Housing Upgrade Programme has won accolades at the Resene Total Colour awards, with the Regent Park housing development in Newtown taking out the top residential award in 2012.