The investment that the Wellington City Council is making in the joint Crown and Council $400m Housing Upgrade Project (HUP) over the next 20 years is not just about upgrading living conditions; its about creating warm, safe, welcoming homes.
The Building Intelligence Group has been onboard with the Wellington City Council’s vision from day one. The Hanson Court project in a 50 year old complex, comprised refurbishment of 105 apartments across six different buildings and a community centre. Delivery was split into four separate phases to maintain housing stock for existing tenants.
Improvements include better insulation and ventilation, double glazing, and balconies have been upgraded. Kitchens and bathrooms received the most attention and the result is clean streamlined bathrooms and kitchens with quality fittings and improved layouts.
Each flat has new paint and thermal curtaining. Safety and security has also been addressed. New robust front doors and a new entrance way to the tower block have improved security, lighting and accessibility. The modernisation is also about giving the blocks a new sense of identity.
This Newtown based project is a crucial part of the major initiative that the Council is undertaking in partnership with the Crown to substantially improve social housing in the Capital. The 20 year project involves 40 housing complexes, 126 stand alone houses and over 4,000 tenants.