More than 2500 cubic metres of earth has been shifted from the Oaks on Neville retirement home development in Warkworth, as the first two apartment blocks start to take shape.
The first of two underground carparks on the site is 60 per cent finished and discussions on the future layout of the heritage-listed hotel in Queen Street have started. Project manager Dave Stott says the plan is still to have a bar or family restaurant downstairs, with a residents’ social area and meeting room upstairs.
Under Auckland Council’s overland flow path rules, the hotel will also need to be raised about half a metre to avoid water damage.
The sheer walls and steel framing for the first two retirement blocks are nearly finished and precast wall panels are about to go on after all consents were approved last month.
A preferred stormwater drainage route down Neville Street has been confirmed and a permanent piping replacement for existing drainage is being installed.
Resource consents for the third apartment block plus an underground carpark (on land where the former Price Cutter store was located in Neville Street) are currently being prepared.
Mr Stott says one of the current challenges is negotiating temporary access for the tenants who will occupy the first apartments, ahead of permanent access off Neville Street when the third building is in place.
The first two apartment blocks will accommodate 63 apartments, as well as a gym and pool for residents. There will also be parking for 100 vehicles, a cafe and eight retail shops. The first residents are expected to move in next May.