Coast Papamoa Beach ‘Beaches’ residential community Coast Papamoa Beach ‘Beaches’ residential community Coast Papamoa Beach ‘Beaches’ residential community Coast Papamoa Beach ‘Beaches’ residential community

Coast Papamoa Beach ‘Beaches’ residential community

The emergence of a shorefront community in synergy with its coastal context and character

Located at the back of an established dune environment, ‘Beaches’ is Coast Papamoa Beach’s 1.4ha, 23 lot, high-end residential shorefront community.

The client sought a landscape design response that recognised the needs of a high-end residential shorefront community, while celebrating and embracing the unique landscape and natural characteristics of the immediate coastal context.

The ‘Beaches’ development site is immersed in a coastal context rich in natural amenity and significant cultural history. The development demonstrates a sensitivity to the site context through best practice methods within the planning, assessment, consultation, site programming and design processes. The natural environment is enhanced through dune planting and formalised beach access. The cultural context is acknowledged and respected through consultation and considered boundary interface design. Subdivision design and urban design controls facilitated built form that is responsive and complimentary to the site context. Careful material selection enhances the fine-scale user experience of the site, referencing and distilling the unique characteristics of the broader context at the site scale.

Inspired by the evolving nature of coastal dunes through natural processes, the notion of formation through the coming together of elements at a fixed location informed the design outcome. This achieved a sense of communality and community, and provided varied places and spaces for the myriad activities and uses of the residents in this coastal context.

The careful use of hard and soft landscape materials that reflect the surrounding coastal environment were important in emphasising and celebrating the natural context.

A framework of off-shutter low walls hide and reveal areas of the central plaza, providing elements of surprise in the formation of various spaces.

Paved plazas for gathering and sitting, lawn areas for playing and lounging, deck areas for observing and showering after a trip to the beach, and native planting reflect the coastal context.



Our role

Landscape architecture, urban design, development controls, ecology and landscape planning.

The facts

ClientFrasers Papamoa Limited
Project teamBlair Clinch
Morné Hugo
Rebecca Ryder
Kieran Miller
Worked with

Aurecon Group
Rexel Lighting
Nga Potiki Hapu
CGC Landscape Company
Eireann Construction
NZ Structures

Project date2016-2018
AwardsExcellence – Best in Category: Natural Habitats Urban Land Developments Property Award: Property Industry Awards 2018
Finalist: Sharp Tudhope Lawyers Urban Design and Architectural Merit Award: Bay of Plenty Property People Awards 2018
Finalist: Greenstone Group Best Team Award: Bay of Plenty Property People Awards 2018