The original vision for Long Bay Village was of an inspiring and innovative village that strengthens the community by bringing people together and then bringing them back for more. Compelling qualities included; a unique style, atmosphere, combination of offerings, exemplary standards and an unfailingly superior visitor experience. This will establish the village’s position as a highly desirable North Shore destination.
“First, to be the heart of the new community, providing all the services, anchored around the supermarket and second to be a destination seaside village for a broad range of Aucklanders visiting the regional park. That’s why it will be more heavily food and beverage than you’d expect,” Evan Davies, Todd Property Managing Director. Greenstone Group entered the project at the developed design stage after the resource consent was lodged.
Greenstone Group successfully ran an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI). This was a collaborative process with clear objectives and ‘best for project’ behaviours which can add value to a client’s procurement. In order to obtain consent, we suggested staging the project in order to de-risk it and consulted with the Council constantly to ensure that the building consent was obtained. This process involved liaising with multiple stakeholders and the outcome we obtained was greatly appreciated by our client. In addition to this, the design management for this project was higher than normal being a traditional build and we needed to coordinate regularly with the various consultants to keep the project to programme.
The project spanned 2 large areas with the main street intersecting the sites. It included a grade and basement podium car park, a podium retail level and 5 buildings of up to 5 levels. The mixed-use included a supermarket, specialty retail, commercial, residential and hospitality all revolving around a main street and town centre courtyard. The complex layering of buildings and tenants with an anchor supermarket required equally complex staged consenting, compliance and occupation programmes. This needed to be micromanaged to ensure that obstacles were predicted and mitigated. This often required a hands-on, on the ground, involvement to manage the client, contractor, tenants and negotiate with Council.
As a master-plan concept Long Bay has been developed according to a comprehensive approach to building a community. From innovative design features and convenience to recreation and sustainability, every aspect has been carefully considered to ensure a superior residential environment. The establishment of a diverse range of quality retail, commercial, food and beverage offerings will serve the local community and visitors alike.
Long Bay Village is transformational in both physical appearance and community function. It is a high amenity, integrated environment that enables people to enjoy living, working and relaxing in new and engaging neighbourhoods.