Kiwis are constantly setting their sights higher when it comes to having the best of everything in their new builds and renovated homes.
These days that could mean increasingly innovative products and to-die-for solutions ranging from vertical gardens to Wi-Fi operated curtains.
More homebuyers are looking for Homestar-rated properties, which spells out homes' health, warmth and efficiency.
The New Zealand Building Code is the equivalent of a 4 Homestar rating. To achieve a 6 Homestar, which is the minimum standard expected by more discerning buyers, new homes must be healthier, warmer and more efficient than the law requires.
Read more from the NZ Herald Article here.
Construction is advancing well at St Marks with the buildings beginning to take shape. Completion is due for August 2018.
Having successfully dug one of Auckland’s largest basements outside of the CBD, Dominion Constructors Limited are making rapid progress towards the roof level of the four buildings on-site.
Localised excavations for building footings was scheduled for the dry months, however the team was hampered by record March rainfall and additional deluges in April. The rainfall slowed the remaining rock breaking activity, and the team had to wait for the rain to stop falling before draining thousands of cubic metres of water from the very large hole in the ground.
Following this un-scheduled work, the foundations could be formed to the high satisfaction of Tonkin and Taylor and Holmes Consulting Group. Once these activities were completed the concrete could start being poured for the basement slab.
Despite the weather, the team are now making excellent headway across the site, with floor slabs poured to level 3 in the Mac, and level 2 in the Mark and Grove. Both retail spaces on St Marks Road have taken shape, with their 3.4m ceilings they are already showing the light filled potential of these very impressive spaces.
The steel work and concrete work continues at pace, window systems are being put into fabrication and the installation of sprinklers and lights has commenced in the basement. The podium on the ground floor is complete, with the exception being the hole that the tower crane occupies. Once the crane is dismantled and the final piece of the podium is installed, the landscaping finishes will begin to be added next year.
The bulk excavation and temporary retaining works are now complete with the team having removed some 5,000m³ of soil and 14,000m³ of very solid basalt rock. The basalt rock was formed by lava flows from two of Auckland’s volcanoes (Mt Eden and Mt Hobson). The teams have moved on to the piling and pit excavations for the lift banks, which are already nearing completion. Localised excavation for the building footings and drainage systems is well underway and the Level 2 basement slab will be poured this month.
Delivery and installation of the first pre-cast concrete panels is scheduled for March and when they arrive, the basement will quickly start taking shape. Once both levels of the basement walls are installed, and the Level 1 basement floor is complete, the space between the excavation and the pre-cast concrete will be back-filled to complete the ground works. We expect to be “out of the ground” and moving on to the ground floor slab by the end of April.
The plants for New Zealand's biggest green walls have already started to be grown!
Development approval has been given! The excavation is nearing completion and the tower crane will soon be up.
The St Marks site has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent months.
Auckland has been propelled into the upper echelons of top cities for deluxe real estate according to research by global network Christie’s International Real Estate. Demand from international buyers has put Auckland in the top spot followed by Toronto (last year’s number one), Victoria, B.C., Valencia, San Francisco with Sydney holding down ninth as the only Australian city.
Home buyers are turning their backs on traditional suburban villas, sparking a boom in apartment living. Building consents for apartments have increased tenfold in five years and figures show one in five people buying apartments are switching from a house.
In 2015 Auckland joined a select group of international cities voted the world’s most livable, ranking ninth in a report by The Economist. The results showed Auckland's increasing levels of desirability across a number of areas such as lifestyle, safety and schooling however availability of quality apartments was not one of them.
A former breast surgeon turned property developer hopes his new apartment project will help Kiwis embrace a more efficient way of living. John Harman has turned his hand to property investment after an accident left him unable to operate. His 59-unit St Marks apartment block will break ground this month in Remuera.
Surgeon John Harman performed the first breast reconstruction surgery in New Zealand and set up the country's first breast clinic. The 63-year-old has become a luxury apartment developer after a spa pool accident last year left him unable to operate.
Leading Auckland breast surgeon John Harman is shaping a new landmark integrated residential community in one of the city’s most affluent and sought-after suburbs. His mixed-use St Marks development is positioned in a premium, leafy suburban location on St Marks Road at Remuera, just southeast of the Auckland city centre, and will comprise three separate apartment buildings organised around a central courtyard.
With 45 per cent of his Remuera development's apartments under contract, prominent breast surgeon John Harman has bought a neighbouring property to enhance arrival and boost views.
He's creating the St Marks community of 60 apartments in three luxurious apartment buildings. The Mac, The Mark and The Grove will be organised around a central plaza featuring a large living wall. Hip Group will run the ground floor cafe-restaurant and separate deli plus residents' concierge service.
Amelia Holmes shares her inspiration behind the interior design for St Marks with Fashion Quarterly.
Turn to page 36 to read more about the beautiful new St Marks development that is to be built.Read more...
Surgeon John Harman believes the centrality which has served his patients for decades will suit luxurious apartments. He's creating the St Marks community towards the upper end of St Marks Rd which runs from the southern end of Broadway, Newmarket, up to Remuera Rd. Its three luxurious apartment buildings will be shielded from the motorway by a fourth building, housing his clinic.
National Business Review
Wednesday October 21st, 2015