Harrison Street Flats redevelopment

We are now in the later stages of design with a resource consent application submitted for the main development.

A excavator in the middle of tearing down a block of flats, with a person in high vis watching.

About

These flats were vacated in April 2017 as they were earthquake-prone. The people living there were found new homes within our City Housing portfolio elsewhere in the city.

The Council decided to demolish the flats rather than strengthen them because of their age and condition. Development of this site offers the opportunity to provide more modern social housing for the city.

Design

We have a draft concept site plan for this redevelopment available to view:

Progress

December 2020

We have now engaged Holmes Construction to carry out the enabling works for this redevelopment. This work is due to start on Monday 11 January 2021 and is expected to last for four months. We have delivered a letter to notify residents and neighbours of this work. Our contractors are aiming to minimise disruption to the local community and will avoid moving heavy trucks on Harrison Street during school hours.

In response to requests from the local community planning with our Transport and Infrastructure Team on improving the vehicle turning on Harrison Street is progressing. We have now agreed a solution. A draft high-level sketch showing the proposed turnaround point can be seen below. Construction on this turnaround point will begin once the construction phase of the redevelopment is complete. This is to avoid damage to the new turning point from heavy construction traffic.

Sketch of the proposed turnaround point.

November 2020

Prior to enabling works starting on site, we held a dawn blessing. Taranaki Whanui, Wellington City Council and local residents came together for a karakia and the turning of the soil.

We have received building consent for the enabling works and retaining walls on site. We are liaising with our contractor to plan when the works will start on site.  

We are still awaiting the outcome of the resource consent application for the main development. When we know the outcome of this, we can commence the detailed design process. 

October 2020

We have received resource consent for the enabling works and retaining walls on the site. As part of the next steps in this process, we have applied for building consent for this work. 

Once building consent is received, we will be engaging with the community on the traffic management plan to carry out these works. 

We have also submitted the resource consent applications for the new buildings. When we have an outcome of this application, we will provide a further update. 

August 2020

Due to Covid-19 we have experienced delays with this project. 

The next steps of the project are to submit resource consent applications. This means that the works planned to begin in September will be delayed. Once we have received the outcome of these applications, we will provide an update on our timeline.

We also now have an updated design for the site which you can view below. We have had some good conversations with the local community on this redevelopment and, where possible, we have incorporated their feedback into the updated design.

One issue we have received a few questions on is if there is the possibility of improving the vehicle turning at the end of Harrison Street as part of the redevelopment. We have taken these requests on board and are working with our Transport Team here at Council to explore options for this. We hope to be able to update you with more details on this in the coming weeks.

We will continue to engage with the community as this project progresses.

Updates

More information

Build Wellington is the team responsible for the redevelopment of the Council’s social housing sites, the central point of contact for developers looking to partner with Council to increase the supply of housing for the city and the team leading on the Wellington City Council Housing Strategy.

For more information on this work or to make contact with the team contact:
Build Wellington
Phone: 04 499 4444
housingdevelopment@wcc.govt.nz