Delivering urban development is key to addressing challenges around housing and infrastructure and providing better environments for New Zealanders to live and work in.
Our team of specialists helps private developers and local authorities to deliver some of New Zealand’s largest urban renewal projects that are making a positive difference to communities.
Our strength is our ability to create a cohesive strategy that covers all of the aspects involved in urban development projects, including strategic, planning, property, local government, public works, construction, commercial and financing advice.
Our team is experienced at delivering urban development projects no matter the process. This includes navigating the complex matrix of laws that apply to such large developments and working closely with other stakeholders and partners (including iwi, local communities, central and local governments). We have experience in housing, transport, water, retirement and public realm projects.
We regularly advocate before councils and courts to achieve the planning provisions or consents to allow these developments to proceed.
We have been heavily involved in recent legal developments designed to deliver projects in a more streamlined manner, including advising on projects under the Urban Development Act 2020 and the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020.
The Auckland downtown projects
We acted for Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on the downtown projects which included new and strengthened seawalls, a relocated Ferry Terminal, road stopping, new downtown public spaces and new linear urban spaces (including bus lanes, cycleways and pedestrian walkways). This project is the final link between Britomart / Commercial Bay and the waterfront.
Private plan changes
We are acting on several large plan changes throughout Auckland that will allow for the establishment of communities varying in size from 700 to 4,000 plus houses. These applications have involved land in Warkworth in the North, Drury to the South, and Beachlands and the Formosa Golf Club land to the East.
We are advising on infrastructure projects that will be transformational for Auckland, including Auckland Light Rail, the Eastern Busway and the replacement of the Huia Water Treatment Plant.
Fast track consenting
We have expertise in consenting housing and mixed use developments under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020.
Three Kings development
We successfully acted for Fletchers, against significant local opposition, allowing for the Three Kings Quarry redevelopment involving 1,200 - 1,500 houses and extensive open space network on 21 hectares.
We advised on the regeneration of a large suburban area in east Auckland – an urban renewal project involving 800 hectares, converting 2,500 social houses into 7,500 houses.
America’s Cup / AC36
We advised on consenting the infrastructure for the 36th America’s Cup. This project is a further step in the urban transformation of the northern part of Wynyard Point.
This was a pivotal project transforming the Auckland CBD close to the waterfront. At the time it was an innovative approach to urban transformation and has led the way for many projects across New Zealand.
One of the largest urban redevelopment and regeneration projects successfully undertaken in New Zealand, it has led to a vibrant community at the heart of Auckland.
We are acting for the Crown to facilitate a redevelopment of the Parliamentary Precinct to enable its use in a fit for purpose way into the future.
Wellington development projects
We are acting for developers on significant projects within Wellington City and the region, delivering high quality residential and commercial developments.