Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust (OCHT) is about to commence construction work on new community housing on Brougham Street, Sydenham Christchurch.
The complex will consist of 90 homes in total including:
- 70 x 1-bedroom homes
- 3 x 3-bedroom homes
- 14 x 2-bedroom homes
- 3 x 4-bedroom homes
The Brougham Street development is the largest build project undertaken by OCHT since its establishment in 2016 and is the largest community housing provider development currently under construction in New Zealand.
Land for the development was transferred to OCHT as part of the 2014 Housing Accord Agreement between Christchurch City Council and the Government to capitalise the Trust.
There was previously a large social housing complex, called Brougham Village, on the land that was demolished due to earthquake damage.
The development will help achieve the Trust’s goal of providing warm, dry, healthy homes, with units designed to the New Zealand Green Building Council’s Homestar 6 standard. The construction considers safety and longevity of materials. The brick façade was chosen to fit with both residential and industrial buildings in the area. Christchurch based construction company, Southbase, will be construction partner on the project.
OCHT plans to include amenities such as E-Bikes, green spaces, edible gardens and communal spaces to encourage interaction between tenants and families.
Included in the 90 homes are 12 homes that can be converted to have accessible bathrooms at a future date, to meet accessible home requirements.
The complex is designed, and will be built, as three individual communities, with each community coming on line 2-3 months apart. The first homes will be ready for new tenants in early 2021.
The complex will be owned and managed by OCHT. Christchurch City Council has invested in community housing through the provision of a development loan to OCHT.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development support this development and the Trust to provide these homes to government for the next 25 years. Future tenants will be taken from the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register, which currently includes 800 people needing accommodation in Christchurch.
The planned complex will help the Trust achieve its goal of replacing the 89 social housing homes demolished post-earthquakes.
“This development is a significant investment for the Trust. We have put a great deal of thought into the planning and minimised the build density to accommodate enhanced community amenity. The development will have green spaces, safe areas for children to play and communal garden areas. Building community through safety and amenity has been the driver of the number of homes on the Brougham Street site,” said OCHT Chief Executive Cate Kearney.
The Trust consulted with residents in the surrounding streets in October 2019 and lodged resource consent in November last year.
Media Release – 27 January