New homes for St Albans

We’re building new homes in St Albans as we improve the city’s community housing stock. 

We’re  proposing 33 modern, green building-rated homes on Coles Place, replacing 20 old and cold units that were demolished to make way for the development in December last year.  

All tenants were rehoused in other ŌCHT communities in November last year, well before work to prepare the site for the construction of the new 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes began.  

Some of the relocated tenants lived in their community for many years.

Where possible, long-term tenants may have the option of returning to Coles Place.   

ŌCHT chief executive Cate Kearney says the Trust aims to reduce homelessness in Christchurch with new homes that blend in with other modern, developments.  

“We’d really hope that communities understand that social and community housing is needed more now than ever, and in all suburbs, especially as we see the impact of the housing shortage, high rentals and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 response on the number of people in need of a home.” 

The Ministry of Social Develpoment’s Social Housing Register routinely has more than 1000 applicants waiting for housing in the Christchurch City area. 

ŌCHT commercial and development manager Ed Leeson says the new, two-storey units will be a home for a range of tenants, from single people to families. 

They will be designed to achieve the New Zealand Green Building Council’s Homestar 6 rating, at a standard that is at or above those set in New Zealand building code. 

Modern materials, passive solar design and high-spec insulation will help make them homes that are environmentally sound and cheaper to run, Mr Leeson says. 

Outside the homes, the new complex includes landscaped communal green areas and gardens, roading and parking are designed for safety and people-friendly spaces. 

“This is going to be a lovely site with very attractive landscaping, green spaces, communal areas and fruit trees,” he says.  

“It used to be home to old units that were past their used-by date. We plan to deliver new homes that enhance the best use of our land and wider community.” 

ŌCHT has applied to the Christchurch City Council for resource consent and an application for building consent will follow.  

ŌCHT will continue to keep our neighbours up-to-date with progress as the proposal develops. 

ŌCHT provided 59 new homes last year and will open another 30 when the first stage of the three stage, 90-home Brougham Street development is officially opened on January 29.  

“As a landlord, ŌCHT is all about providing warm, dry, safe and modern homes,” Mr Leeson says.  

“But that is just part of the story – our leased homes have been part of Christchurch for 90 years and with our new homes we aspire to enhance the lives of our tenants and the community around them. 



Published January 27, 2021

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61 Kilmore St,

Hours: 8.30 am-5.00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Postal: PO Box 53, Christchurch 8140

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