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Countdown Waiata Shores

We obtained a private plan change for the rezoning of 1.92 hectares of land at 2 Te Napi Drive, Waiata Shores from Residential – Mixed Housing Urban to Business – Local Centre to create the Waiata Shores Local Centre, alongside a non-notified resource consent for the comprehensive development of the new local centre comprising an anchor Countdown supermarket, five retail tenancies, a café, medical hub and commercial office building.

The local centre seeks to provide a diverse wide range of uses to ensure that there is both a variety of services for the existing community and to enable it to operate as a focal point for the residential community.

The approach to site layout has sought to to be legible for all users, with good sightlines, clearly articulated building entrances, and visual connections from within and outside the site. The site planning and layout provides opportunities for residents and visitors to dwell, and provides a focal point for the community with plaza and seating provided.

This project at 3 Rawiri Place in Hobsonville involved stormwater, earthworks and landscape issues within a site in the Light Industry Zone, subject to Hobsonville Corridor Sub-Precinct C.


The approved building has a total Gross Floor Area of 17,170m2, which includes mainly office space. The building includes 80 car parking spaces.

The project involved a number on highly complex planning issues. Most notably, we were able to secure a non-notified, non-complying resource consent for a building that infringed maximum height and the Maximum Total Floor Area Ratio.


The development will provide for a bespoke 136 room ‘micro-hotel’ comprising a seven-storey commercial building within the mixed use zone, with a restaurant/bar on the ground floor that provides outdoor seating to Newton Road and Exmouth Street.

The site presented a number of challenges including a maximum height infringement and close proximity to a protected volcanic viewshaft, as well as groundwater and historical contamination issues.

The building presents a strong architectural statement in its location, and will greatly enhance the existing amenity of Newton Road and the service industry within the immediate area.


The development will provide for a bespoke 190 room hotel, comprising a 14-storey commercial building within the city centre zone, with a restaurant, cafe, breakfast bar, underground parking, and gym.

The proposal involved the creation of a public through-site link between Wakefield Street and Airedale Street. The proposal sought to exceed the maximum floor area ratio controls and utilised a number of the bonus features by providing for a public through-site link and public artwork.

The design of the building, by ASC Architects, is comprised of a two-tower design, clad with a frittered glass screen, to create a pattern that is graduated up the tower. Through the commissioning and development of the artwork, the ceramic frit pattern has been refined as the artwork itself, transforming the entire façade into a work of art.

The development site had a number of constraints, including changing topography and groundwater. It also had to sensitively respond to the adjoining Airedale Cottages, a scheduled heritage building. The design did so by including a central, publicly accessible courtyard to the building adjoining the rear of the cottages.

The proposed development makes a strong design and architectural statement, greatly enhancing both Wakefield Street and Airedale Street.