Summerset engaged NDY to design apartments in a residential building within a retirement village in Ellerslie, Auckland.
The same client also contracted NDY to work on a much larger apartment complex in Auckland as well as the main buildings of their villages located in Kenepuru and Papamoa. This type of complex was a new venture for Summerset, and they requested applicants to become a part of their consultant panel. It was a result of being on the panel that NDY won this project.
Summerset, Heritage Park is a multi-storey apartment complex in Auckland consisting of over 230 apartments within three towers consisting of two six-level buildings and a seven-level building. The building includes a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses in an existing retirement village. The building also includes a fully enclosed carpark for tenants of each apartment and a covered link to the main building. This complex was one of the first Summerset buildings to use LED lights.
The project was initially a challenge due to the lack of spaces for services, particularly within the ceiling space in terms of a small slab to slab height and a specified ceiling height. Each apartment had its own air conditioning and ventilation system, which meant detailed coordination was required with both the structure and other services. As the project developed, changes were made by the client and the architect resulting in the structure of the building changing. NDY overcame these challenges by ensuring the design was as compact as possible whilst guaranteeing that equipment was located within voids between the structural beams — all in a cost-effective manner.
The client was pleased with NDY’s work and engaged the project team for more projects in different areas. NDY’s work on Summerset, Heritage Park project set the blueprint for the client’s future apartment complexes and showed how future projects can be improved.
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