A blessing today has marked the start of a major social housing re-development in Rangiora.
Local iwi, invited guests including Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers, and Housing New Zealand staff, as well as the Buildtech team, attended the blessing on the corner of White and High Streets.
Work will now start on building the largest re-development undertaken by Housing New Zealand in North Canterbury. Nine older houses were previously there but these will be replaced by 28 modern units.
Buildtech Director, Israel Cooper says the company is incredibly privileged to be able to partner with Housing New Zealand, Rohan Collett Architects and the local community to deliver this important project.
“This is yet another project the team at Buildtech is proud to be responsible for delivering. Fundamentally Buildtech exists because we care about people and the environments that they live and operate in each day”, said Buildtech Director, Israel Cooper.
“We aim to make a lasting positive impact on New Zealand’s built environment, and partnering with Housing New Zealand on this project is yet another way for us to practically outwork this mission” he said.
Housing New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Paul Commons, who attended today’s blessing, says the exciting new development will play a major role in meeting future demand for social housing in the community.
“These homes will be purpose-built for older tenants. There will be communal spaces and we’re aiming to create a real sense of community here.’’
Mr Commons said it was pleasing to see the development begin.
“They’ll be warm, dry, healthy homes for those most in need.’’
Another benefit was its location. The site is very close to local shops, health services and public transport.
Site works will now begin with the project expected to be completed by late 2018.