Talbot Park Neighbourhood Revitalisation Talbot Park Neighbourhood Revitalisation

Talbot Park Neighbourhood Revitalisation

Bringing communities together through healthy and affordable housing

Talbot Park is a four-hectare housing neighbourhood and one-hectare existing public park that has recently undergone revitalisation under Housing New Zealand Corporation’s (HNZC) innovative ‘Community Renewal’ programme, 2002-2007. The programme encourages people to be involved in creating healthy and affordable housing in their communities.

Working closely with HNZC, Boffa Miskell undertook the community consultation, urban design, landscape design and statutory planning aspects of the project, based on previous work by Housing New Zealand and Brisbane-based urban designer, Geoffrey Walker.

A highly collaborative design approach to create a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ was adopted. Over a 12-month period, residents were able to discuss their needs and concerns in workshops, family open days and focus groups. Project newsletters were distributed locally and regular update meetings were held with neighbourhood groups. This approach influenced the design and helped to strengthen the community by bringing people together.

A neighbourhood plan was developed which provided varied housing for a range of household types, sizes and cultures. Boffa Miskell helped to coordinate the housing design work of seven different architectural practices, and completed a landscape plan to unify the neighbourhood and improve the street environment.

We also led successful resource consent applications, for a ‘planned unit development’ (or comprehensive resource consent), the first under Auckland City’s new ‘Residential 8’ zone.

Collecting and recycling roof water, rain gardens and solar water heating were amongst the Environmentally Sustainable Design (EDS) features incorporated in the project. At a larger scale, the design reflects the Auckland City Council’s urban design objectives, the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol, and the Ministry for the Environment’s Sustainable Cities Strategy.

The first stage of the ongoing renewal project was officially opened in March 2006.

Our role

Urban design, master planning, statutory planning, public participation and landscape design.

The facts

ClientHousing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC)
Project teamJohn Potter
Worked with

Terry Mansfield, HNZC (construction project manager)
Geoffrey Walker (urban design, Brisbane-based)
CKL Surveys (surveying and civil engineering)
Designgroup Architects (ASC Architects)
Stapleton Architects
Crosson Clarke Canarchan Architects
Common Ground Architects
Jason Bailey Architects
Pepper Dixon Architects
WT Partnership (quantity surveyors)
Tonkin and Taylor (soil contamination investigations)

Project date2008
AwardsUrban Design Award 2012, Property Council of New Zealand, 2008