Jurisdiction: Auckland City
Applicant: Montgomery Developments Ltd (Robert Holden of Conrad Properties Ltd)
Application: 205 Federal St, demolition of 5-storey office building (centre of photo), to be replaced by 15-storey truncated V-shaped apartment building containing 151 units, 2 ground-floor retail tenancies, 27 basement parking spaces, maximum total gross floor area of 12,390mÂ² on 1239mÂ² site
Decision: Non-notified consent granted
Application detail: The building is modelled on Conrad’s Volt on Queen, under construction at the corner of Queen St & Mayoral Drive. All units will have 2 bedrooms, more spacious after most second bathrooms were deleted in the redesign. Apartment sizes will range from 54.7-63mÂ².
Council senior planner Heather McNeal said the project had been assessed by the urban design panel in May, but the council introduced plan change 2 â€“ with new rules for apartments â€“ on 3 June and Montgomery lodged a revised application, meeting most of the plan change requirements, on 13 June.
Ms McNeal said the panel found the revised design represented a good standard of amenity, with better internal development. Council urban design Sue Evans said the areas of non-compliance were to do with some aspects of outlook.
Cllr Graeme Mulholland was concerned that the building’s external walkways “could become dark & canyon-like” if another building went up beside this one.
But urban design consultant Clinton Bird explained: “What this design achieves is, every apartment has a street frontage and it doesn’t matter what happens on adjoining sites.”
Cllr Christine Caughey: “I like the V shape. I know Mayfair (in Parnell, designed as a V) quite well and it works very well.”