Unitec land at Mt Albert

Council cut out of Unitec project

Government moves to shove aside Auckland Council and Unitary Plan and effectively do what it likes on the Unitec housing project will be met with some disquiet in Mt Albert. The plan, unveiled by Housing Minister Phil Twyford, is to set up an urban development authority (UDA) in Auckland that will control 12 to 15…

A huge new housing development will rise on the Unitec land in Mt Albert

Future goal: a ‘desirable’ Unitec

Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s recent announcement that the Government plans to build between 3,000 and 4,000 new homes on a site in Auckland’s Mt Albert had many people reaching for their calculators. Could it be right, and is it even possible, that a new residential neighbourhood could be built to a density of between 100 and 133 units a hectare?

Unitec: It’s time to grow up

How will the Government’s plans to develop the Unitec site at Mt Albert look once the build is over? Urban designer Matthew Prasad casts a critical eye over the project. [This article first appeared on the The Spinoff website and is published here with the permission of the author.]   OPINION: It’s been only a…

Unitec land at Mt Albert

Unitec land deal on the horizon

Unitec’s development company seems poised to make a major announcement on the land it doesn’t need for its education precinct, perhaps triggering the physical start of the project to create a new “town” of around 3000 homes within Mt Albert. Unitec’s Wairaka Land Company has confirmed to Mt Albert Inc that “we are talking to…

Unitec land at Mt Albert

Unitec opens development talks

The plan to build hundreds of new houses on the Unitec land has taken a major step forward with the news that the project leaders are talking to potential developers. Two years after the Unitary Plan commissioners created the Wairaka Precinct — allowing the creation of perhaps 3000 apartments and terraced homes — Unitec now…

Gladstone primary school

Unitec cut from Gladstone zone

The new town that will sprout on Unitec’s land over the next 10-15 years will have no impact on the roll at Gladstone School – the Ministry of Education has agreed to cut the huge block from the school’s zone. The decision by the ministry to allow the school board of trustees to amend the…