Medium-density redevelopment options for social housing
Boffa Miskell was appointed by Christchurch City Council’s Housing Team to produce a report that explored potential redevelopment options for their Carey Street site in Somerfield, Christchurch.
A combination of factors including damage caused by the Canterbury earthquakes, the low quality and age of the exiting Council housing stock, and the changing housing needs in Christchurch necessitated a review of the existing site and how it could be better configured and managed in the future. The report also informed a possible process of moving from a solely Council owned and operated site to a mixed tenure model of social rented, affordable and for sale properties.
The study began with a thorough analysis of the site and the surrounding context and testing of the current configuration against existing Living 2 zone provisions. Following this, urban design, landscape and CPTED principles were applied to the site and three redevelopment options were produced. The options were designed to meet three levels of density parameters, from Living 2 to Living 3+, to maximise the efficiency of land use and provide a greater tenure mix.
A 3D computer model of each option was produced and these were used to test spatial configurations, compliance with recession planes, open space requirements, and solar shading.
The report identified a preferred hybrid option and this has been identified by Councillors to be an exemplar project under the Land Use Recovery Plan to guide similar developments across the city.
Planning, Urban design, Landscape architecture