Posted in Case Studies on 08 August 2019
Case Study: Tamaki Regeneration Company
Full re-clads are not always the only solution
Formed in 2013, Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) is jointly owned by the Government and Auckland Council and is behind the largest urban transformation project in New Zealand. Located in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure, the TRC is upgrading its existing housing stock together with the construction of over 7,500 new homes over the next 20 years.
TRC were looking for an alternative solution to fully re-cladding an existing housing block in Panmure that had known weathertightness issues. Veron were engaged to provide advice on possible alternative solutions to the traditional full re-clad.
- Extend the life of the existing housing stock as TRC's long-term goal for the site is a possible redevelopment option that will allow greater housing density to address the housing shortage within the locality.
- Limited alternative accommodation provisions for existing tenants during construction works.
- Ensuring that any focused repairs continue to perform over the next 10-year life cycle of the development.
Our experienced building surveyors carried out a condition survey of the housing block, confirming that the weathertightness issues were localised and could be controlled with focused repairs. We adopted a staged focused repair approach to ensure that the structural integrity of the units is maintained whilst also keeping repair costs to a commercially viable value compared to the full re-clad option. Our focused repair plan also incorporated addressing identified issues to the internal environment to ensure a healthy, comfortable home is maintained for the tenants over the proposed next 10-year life cycle of the development. In addition to the repair plan, Veron are also providing ongoing bi-annual inspections to a cross-section of the units to ensure that the repairs are continuing to perform as well as providing ongoing monitoring of the internal environment.
We are pleased to announce the completion of the first phase of these repair works, allowing tenants to move into secure, warm and dry homes.
Since this engagement, Veron are currently working with several other Government departments with regard to providing alternative solutions to a number of buildings that have external envelope issues.