Kāinga Ora Endeavour Avenue
The project is a mixed tenure residential development on a 2ha vacant site at 5 Endeavour Avenue, in the Flagstaff suburb of Hamilton, approximately 6km from the City Centre.
The site fronts Endeavour Avenue to the south and is adjacent to the local centre – the Flagstaff shops – with a range of amenities for residents; the proximity of an early childhood education centre and a medical centre further benefit the creation of a medium density residential development.
The site is close to several green spaces; to the north lies Flagstaff Park with a large sports field and several walking paths and playground, and to the south is Ti Hikuwai Reserve and subsequently the Waikato River and its walking and cycling tracks.
The master plan for the development introduces a new public loop street which on the northern borders runs along Flagstaff Park and provides an open interface to the park. The two north south connections of the loop street and several east west connections – provided by joint owned access lots and pedestrian pathways will connect the new community to its neighbourhood. The street integrates shared walking and cycle paths, street trees and bio-retention gardens, raised tables and pedestrian crossings with surface changes signalling pedestrian priority; together with the landscaped common spaces they provide high quality on-site amenity for residents and the wider community.
Consistent with the intent of an integrated residential development the comprehensively designed scheme provides housing choices – including single detached and duplex houses (two-storey) and apartments in walk-ups (two-storey). The walk-ups are in two groups – in the South along Endeavour Avenue, where they establish a street presence and strengthen the importance of the Flagstaff shops and in the North where they overlook the Flagstaff Park. The two groups of walk-ups read as ‘book-ends’ of the new development, with the two-storey houses relating to the existing residential neighbourhood to the East. The seventy new dwellings will be available to Kāinga Ora tenants as well as the open market. The housing mix is made up of 32 three-bedroom duplex double storey houses, seven four-bedroom double storey freestanding houses, two five-bedroom double storey freestanding house and 19 two-bedroom apartments in two-storey walk-ups.
Often referred to as ‘tenure blind’, homes for private sale and those built for social rental purposes will be purposefully designed to be similar, to mask the tenure and assisting better social integration.
A community room with direct access to outdoor deck, garden and playground is available for the use of Kāinga Ora tenants, fostering a sense of belonging.
The master plan carefully accommodates and distributes the required housing typologies (Standard Kāinga Ora house designs ranging from 1- to 5-bedroom dwellings) with sensitivity to the context of the existing neighbourhood and keeps density related infringements of District Plan rules away from neighbours and to the internal part of the site.