Riverside Gardens in Lower Hutt was a different project for Dwell. Dwell was not the developer of the newly built homes we have here, instead purchasing our eight homes off the developer, Pomare Redevelopment Ltd.
Dwell’s homes are part of the 145 + new dwellings to be constructed and refurbished in a master planned community on land formally owned by HNZC. To ensure the community became a more balanced and cohesive community it was essential that Dwell had homes in this development.
Dwell is the primary provider of community housing providing a pathway to housing independence within this community for those no longer able to access housing through Housing New Zealand. First, we provide an affordable rental option for those households that cannot afford market rate rentals. Second, we provide access to home ownership for those ready to make this transition, but lack the large deposit and high income required to acquire market rate homes.
All the homes have 3 bedrooms and range in size from 111sm to 115sm. They are of conventional modern design and materials – having linea weatherboard plus feature brick cladding as well as corrugated colorsteel roofing. Double glazed aluminium framed window joinery and insulation enhance energy savings and comfort.
The community was designed to provide many new, and access to, existing community amenities. These include open space, community gardens, walking/biking trails and easy access to public transportation. Pomare School and Taita College are both within 1 kilometre.
This project was funded by a grant from government Social Housing Fund – administered by the Social Housing Unit of MBIE – along with borrowings from the BNZ and also Dwell used some of its resources.