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Convention centre project delayed but “on budget”

Aside from the financial upheaval in the construction division of Fletcher Building Ltd, subsidiary company The Fletcher Construction Co Ltd told SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd last Thursday that completion of its NZ international convention centre would be delayed.

When work on site, between Hobson & Nelson Sts, began in February 2016, the total project cost of the convention centre plus associated hotel, laneway & extra carparks was $700 million, with an opening date in 2019.

SkyCity said on Thursday an updated programme of works was still being reviewed, but it currently indicated practical completion for both the convention centre and the Hobson St hotel around the middle of 2019.

SkyCity said it remained comfortable with the contractual arrangements with Fletcher Construction and the project remained on-budget. It said the slight delay wouldn’t impact on any of the convention centre’s confirmed bookings.

Attribution: Company release.

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One apartment & a suburban unit sell, but Parnell section takes the cake

A CityLife unit sold under the hammer at Barfoot & Thompson’s apartments auction yesterday, but the 5 apartments that followed were all passed in. At the agency’s second city auction for the day, a suburban unit in Onehunga sold under the hammer – and a vacant rear section in Parnell (pictured) beat them all, selling for $3900/m².

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Learning Quarter

Bankside, 8 Bankside St, unit 5A:
Features: studio
Outgoings: body corp levy $4322/year
Outcome: passed in at $275,000, back on market at $339,000
Agents: Zoran Farac & Justin Choi

Metro City, 82 Wakefield St, unit GA:
Features: 76m² internal, 2 bedrooms, 2 balconies totalling 18m², study, covered parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $8179/year
Outcome: passed in at $630,000
Agents: Aden Xu & Anni Hao

Queen St

CityLife, 171 Queen St, unit 703:
Features: 63m², one bedroom
Outgoings: body corp levy $6536/year
Outcome: sold for $476,000
Agent: Aaron Cook

Uptown

Amora, 100 Greys Avenue, unit 5Q:
Features: one bedroom, parking space
Outgoings: guaranteed rent, hotel pays body corp levies & rates
Outcome: passed in at $250,000
Agents: Mike Campbell & Claire Leonard

132 Vincent St, unit 4C:
Features: 81m² internal, 2.7m stud, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with underfloor heating, 11m² balcony, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $5544/year + special lift levy $2094
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Aaron Cook

Victoria Quarter

Alpha, 17 Vogel Lane, unit 102:
Features: one-bedroom ground-floor apartment, terrace, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $3107/year
Outcome: passed in at $425,000, back on market at $520,000
Agents: Donna Rugay & Ian Waddams

Isthmus east

Onehunga

20 Heretaunga St, unit 2:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, courtyards, garage
Outcome: sold for $570,000
Agent: Kevin Liu

Parnell

8A Ayr St:
Features: 400m² rear section
Outcome: sold for $1.56 million at $3900/m²
Agent: Helen Lam

Attribution: Auctions.

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2 leasehold units plus one in Metropolis sell at auction

2 leasehold apartments – one in the Docks and the other in the Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – plus a unit in the Metropolis were sold at Ray White City Apartments’ auction yesterday, leaving 4 other units unsold.

2 units in the Spencer on Byron hotel in Takapuna were passed in, and a third was withdrawn before the auction started.

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Albert St

Quay West, 8 Albert St, unit 2302:
Features: 74m², one bedroom
Outgoings: rates $1785/year including gst; body corp levy $8433/year
Income assessment: $650-700/week furnished
Outcome: passed in at $565,000
Agent: Ron Yang

Kitchener St

Metropolis, 1 Courthouse Lane, unit 1902:
Features: 52m², corner one bedroom, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1595/year including gst; body corp levy $7037/year
Income assessment: $620/week current
Outcome: sold for $616,000
Agent: Dominic Worthington

Quay Park

The Docks, 4 Dockside Lane, unit 224:
Features: leasehold, 30m², one bedroom, remediation of building underway
Outgoings: rates $1037/year including gst; body corp levy $4359/year including ground rent of $1675/year; terminating leasehold from 2011 for 150 years, ground rent reviewed every 7 years, next review November 2018
Income assessment: $390/week current
Outcome: sold for $121,000
Agent: Dominic Worthington

Uptown

Oxford, 13-17 Mount St, unit 5K:
Features: 54m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1278/year including gst for unit, $1262/year for parking; body corp levy for unit $3624/year, parking $626/year
Income assessment: $650-700/week furnished
Outcome: passed in after the sole bid, from the vendor, at $600,000
Agents: May Ma & Mark Li

Waterfront

Sebel, 85 Customs St West, unit (door) 615:
Features: leasehold, 57m², one bedroom, study area, 7m² balcony
Outgoings: rates $/year including gst; body corp levy $18,038/year, including $7840/year ground rent
Outcome: sold for $300,000
Agents: Judi & Michelle Yurak

North-east

Takapuna

Spencer on Byron, 9-17 Byron Avenue, unit 501:
Features: 59m², fully furnished one bedroom
Outgoings: rates $2190/year including gst; body corp levy $2982/year excluding gst
Income assessment: in hotel management pool
Outcome: passed in at $175,000 + gst
Agents: James Mairs & Gillian Gibson

Spencer on Byron, 9-17 Byron Avenue, unit 612:
Features: 48m², fully furnished one bedroom, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1195/year including gst; body corp levy $3140/year
Income assessment: $550/week, fixed until 30 September
Outcome: passed in at $275,000 + gst
Agents: James Mairs & Gillian Gibson

Spencer on Byron, 9-17 Byron Avenue, unit 712:
Features: 2 bedrooms
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: James Mairs & Gillian Gibson

Attribution: Auction.

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2 leasehold apartments sell at auction

The owner of 2 leasehold apartments in the Quay Park precinct one at Hudson Brown and the other at The Landings, sold both under the hammer at City Sales’ auction yesterday.

The third property up for auction, a New Lynn studio, was passed in.

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Quay Park

Hudson Brown, 57 Mahuhu Crescent, unit 422:
Features: leasehold, 70m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1608/year including gst; body corp levy $10,004/year including ground rent
Income assessment: $580/week fixed until January
Outcome: sold for $220,000
Agents: Tony Kelly & Trisha Shanaghan

The Landings, 10 Ronayne St, unit 611:
Features: leasehold, 41m², 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $873/year including gst; body corp levy $2799/year, ground rent $2297/year
Outcome: sold for $130,000
Agents: Tony Kelly & Trisha Shanaghan

North-west

New Lynn

10 Crown Lynn Place, unit 3E:
Features: 28m² studio, deck
Outgoings: rates $865/year including gst; body corp levy $2474/year
Outcome: no bid, back on the market at $230,000
Agent: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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Bayleys apartment action slow

Bayleys sold 2 northern beach properties under the hammer at its auction yesterday, but action in the apartment sector was slow.

A beach house at 10 Kokopu St, Omaha, sold for $1.575 million and another at 6 Breve St, Mangawhai Heads, sold for $1.125 million.

A new unit in the Hereford Residences just down from the transforming Karangahape Rd received no bid, a cross-leased unit in Mt Albert was passed in, a Glen Eden townhouse was withdrawn from the auction list and put back on the market with a price tag, and the receiver’s auction of a Parnell townhouse was postponed  fortnight.

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Uptown

Hereford Residences, 8 Hereford St, unit 814:
Features: 130m² internal, 20m² covered balcony, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: body corp levy $5082/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Julie & Ellie Prince

Isthmus east

Parnell

Fox Terrace Apartments, 5-7 Fox St, unit 13:
Features: 135m², 3-level standalone townhouse, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, ground-floor courtyard, rooftop terrace, in leaky complex which has settled with council
Outcome: taken to market by receiver, auction postponed to Wednesday 2 August
Agent: Chris Reeves

Isthmus west

Mt Albert

825 New North Rd, unit 9:
Features: cross-lease, 1/10 share in 1088m², 2-bedroom unit, parking space
Outcome: passed in at $430,000
Agents: Summer Sun

North-west

Glen Eden

94 Glengarry Rd, unit 19:
Features: 2-level 2-bedroom townhouse, deck, parking space
Income assessment: $390/week appraisal
Outcome: withdrawn from auction, back on market at $478,000
Agents: Christopher Valladares & Michelle Hicks

Attribution: Auction.

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Tunnel dig starts on Albert St

Work began on Monday on bulk excavation for the city rail link cut-&-cover rail tunnels under Albert St in downtown Auckland.

City Rail Link Ltd project director Chris Meale said it was a milestone for the project: “This work marks a significant point in the construction process as we will start to see the tunnels taking shape. It will be exciting & challenging work from an engineering perspective, as we build rail tunnels below groundwater level, while maintaining surface-level access to Albert St for foot & vehicle traffic.

“The bulk excavation is also providing employment opportunities with about 50 people working on site. This is likely to increase to 80 by the end of the year, once tunnel box construction & waterproofing works are underway, with many being workers employed by local sub-contractors.”

The excavation represents about 10% of the 3.45km length of the twin-tunnel underground rail link, and involves digging 18m (about 5 storeys) at the deepest (southern) point, using long-reach excavators above ground and smaller machinery inside the reinforced trench. The tunnels will then be constructed with a cast concrete floor, walls & roof before the trench is backfilled.

The work will be undertaken progressively from Wyndham St at the southern end to Customs St at the northern end. Excavation at the southern end is expected to be complete by October this year and the northern by the middle of next year.

Construction of the tunnel box is expected to start late this year and be completed by late 2018.

By spring 2019, this section of Albert St will be reinstated with a new road surface, bus lanes, widened footpaths & street furniture.

For those interested in watching the big dig, CRL & contractors the Connectus joint venture (McConnell Dowell & Downer) have provided viewing windows at the Wyndham St pedestrian crossings.

Cut-&-cover construction is being used at each end of the CRL tunnels – between Britomart Station and the future Aotea Station and, later, where it connects to the western line at Mt Eden. Between Aotea & Mt Eden stations, the tunnels will be between 13-42m below ground and bored using a 7m-diameter tunnel boring machine.

The city rail link is jointly funded by the Government & Auckland Council and is expected to be completed in 2023-24. Their joint venture company, City Rail Link Ltd, took over the project on 1 July.

Image above: Looking north along the CRL tunnel route on Albert St.

Link: CRL cut-&-cover tunnel excavation

Attribution: Company release.

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Hereford apartment auctioned off plans

An apartment in Tawera Group Ltd’s Hereford Residences conversion of the former commercial building, Baycorp House, sold off the plans at Bayleys’ city auction on Wednesday.

An unusual Parnell building that combines apartment, office & parking on 4 levels was pulled from the auction and a St Heliers apartment was passed in.

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Uptown

Hereford Residences, 8 Hereford St, unit 702:
Features: 115m² internal, 15m² balcony, 2.7m-high ceilings, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, storage locker
Outcome: sold off plan for $1.225 million
Agents: Julie & Ellis Prince

Isthmus east

Parnell

11 Farnham St:
Features: 269m² site, standalone building with 4 levels built 10 years ago, 659m² floor area, private lift to penthouse on top 2 floors, conservatory, 4 bedrooms, 5/6-car garage + secured yard parking on ground floor, partitioned office & amenities on level 1, air-conditioned on levels 1-3
Outcome: auction postponed
Agent: Millie Liang

St Heliers

10 Benbow St, unit 2:
Features: 3-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, decks, double garage
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Murray Wallace & Hamish McKay

Attribution: Agency release.

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Auction results, and a market assessment

Amid the noise over a decline in residential sales, it’s important to establish where that’s happening and in what types of market.

In Auckland, it was not at all surprising that a steep rise in prices should be followed by a decline, while Reserve Bank measures tightening borrowing have forced a further decline through the inability to borrow, and the absence of Chinese borrowers this year – compared to auctionrooms last year that were filled with Chinese buyers who appeared to have no limits – has taken further steam out.

The auction results presented below are from Barfoot & Thompson’s cbd apartments auction yesterday – 2 units, one sold – and from residential auctions on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Of the total 13 properties listed below, 8 sold, but the selection I’ve focused on is presented for the geographical mix as much as for the housing type.

Now that Auckland Council’s unitary plan is almost entirely in place, the real estate world has begun presenting more properties for their redevelopment potential, and many of those with such potential at lower prices are in isthmus fringe areas such as Point England & Glen Innes to the east, Mt Roskill & Mt Albert to the west. Unlike the regional fringes where new subdivisions are being developed – on the Hibiscus Coast to the north, across the top of the harbour to the west, and in a number of districts through old Papakura & Franklin to the south – these ones are close to the city centre, within 10km compared to beyond 25km or 40km.

On the isthmus, a house that was once in a bad neighbourhood can now command a price tag above $1 million, and all it’s done is age. Bad neighbourhoods could be defined as having a high state housing ratio, low-decile incomes, large families squeezed into small homes, poorer construction materials, and a general lack of foliage on sections and in streetscapes.

Those new price tags will force the old families out, and little is being created for them to move to. Those price rises in the bad neighbourhoods will also help lift already-soaring prices in the good neighbourhoods – the leafy areas of the eastern suburbs, for example.

Much of the entry-level housing is in cross-leased houses or mostly old brick-&-tile units. The prices for those can be as high as a modern product such as a 3-year-old GJ Gardner home (one in Mt Albert is listed below).

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Learning Quarter:

Forte, 37 Symonds St, unit 505:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1253/year including gst; body corp levy $3634/year
Outcome: sold for $540,000
Agents: Justin Choi & Zoran Farac

Longview, 6 Whitaker Place, unit 4D:
Features: 55m², one-bedroom apartment, deck
Outgoings: rates $1278/year including gst; body corp levy $3996/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Justin Choi & Stephen Shin

Isthmus east

Ellerslie

50 Amy St, unit 9:
Features: 3-storey townhouse, 3 bedrooms, carport
Outcome: sold for $785,000
Agent: Karin de Leeuw

Epsom

10 Orakau Avenue, unit 2:
Features: 2-bedroom townhouse, internal-access garage
Outcome: sold for $1.32 million
Agents: John Zhang & Louissa Bao

Glen Innes

52 Taniwha St:
Features: 837m² section, 3 bedrooms, study, garage, 4 offstreet parking spaces – in redeveloping Wai O Taiki Bay area bordering Glendowie, zoned mixed housing suburban
Outcome: sold for $1.09 million
Agents: Paul Neshausen & Sam Bowen

Mt Wellington

13A Wilkie Place:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 935m², 5-bedroom house – 3 bedrooms upstairs, separate & consented 2-bedroom flat downstairs with own entrance, carport, 2 offstreet parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $920,000
Agents: Jane Wang & Luke Shi

Stonefields

10 Robert Sale Rise:
Features: 354m² section, 235m² townhouse, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 family rooms & separate lounge, double garage
Outcome: sold for $1.6 million
Agents: Frances Li & Ian Thornhill

Isthmus west

Mt Albert

60D Taylors Rd:
Features: 291m² section, 4-bedroom house, 3 bathrooms, family room, separate lounge, double internal–access garage, built 3 years ago by GJ Gardner
Outcome: sold for $1.36 million
Agents: Paul Donovan & Sharon Walls

Tremont Apartments, 4 Wagener Place, unit 409:
Features: top-floor apartment, 2 bedrooms, secure parking space
Outcome: passed in
Agents: George Fong & Laura Mc Auley

Mt Eden

706 Mt Eden Rd & 2A Watling St:
Features: 2 houses on 809m² corner section, each with own half-share cross-lease – 80m² 2-bedroom house on Mt Eden Rd, 140m² 3-bedroom house, double garage on Watling St
Income assessment: current rental expectation $1000-plus/week
Outcome: passed in when both offered together, no bid on Watling alone
Agents: Kelly Zhang & Hattie Liu

Mt Roskill

98 Melrose Rd, unit 3:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, carport
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Richard Han

North-west

Henderson

16 Matuhi Rise:
Features: 3-bedroom duplex, garage & workshop, carport, in-ground pool
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $649,000
Agents: Repeka Lelaulu & John Elgar

Te Atatu Peninsula

8 Celsmere Lane:
Features: renovated 2-bedroom house on 528m² section
Outcome: sold for $1.12 million
Agents: Angel Li & Louis Lai

Attribution: City apartments auction, auction documents.

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Augusta House sale settlement date confirmed

Augusta Capital Ltd confirmed on Monday that it had completed the subdivision of its Finance Centre property in Auckland and new titles had been issued for its 4 parts – Augusta House, the podium retail, the Finance Centre podium and the Finance Centre carpark).

The company therefore confirmed 24 July as settlement date for the $30 million sale of Augusta House to Heng Yue Ltd (David (Duoyu) Bei). The settlement dates for the remaining 3 properties haven’t changed and are: Podium retail 1 April 2018, Finance Centre podium & Finance Centre carpark 1 April 2019.

The sale excludes the original Finance Centre office tower at 191 Queen St, now owned by Sir Bob Jones’s Robt Jones Holdings Ltd.

Augusta signed its $96 million sale package a year ago and collected a $3 million deposit on Augusta House from Heng Yue, which also paid the additional 10% deposits due last month.

Augusta managing director Mark Francis said: “While the delay in finalising the subdivision of the Finance Centre has been frustrating, Augusta has continued to receive all rent during this period and the settlement dates of the remaining 3 titles have not been affected.

“The proceeds will be applied towards debt repayment, with $10 million towards core debt and $17 million toward the facility drawn down for the underwrite of the 33 Broadway syndicate. As a result of this debt repayment, balance sheet capacity for future initiatives is increased.”

Earlier stories:
5 July 2017: Augusta closes Mercury HQ syndication 34% short, underwrites balance
25 July 2016: Finance Centre sale confirms Augusta’s full focus on funds management

Attribution: Company release.

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Alpha unit sells at auction

An Alpha apartment was sold and one in the Hobson was passed in at Ray White City Apartments’ auction on Friday – delayed a day because of the America’s Cup parade through the city on Thursday.

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Victoria Quarter

The Hobson, 196 Hobson St, unit 4E:
Features: 100m², one bedroom, secure basement parking space
Outgoings: rates $1635/year including gst; body corp levy $5736/year
Income assessment: $595/week until 1 November, appraisal $600-650/week unfurnished
Outcome: passed in at $540,000
Agent: Krister Samuel

Alpha, 17 Vogel Lane, unit 1306:
Features: 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1481/year including gst; body corp levy $4616/year
Income assessment: $470/week for unit, $80/week for parking space, current until February 2018, appraisal for unit $500/week
Outcome: sold for $490,000
Agent: Rochelle Henderson

Attribution: Agency.

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