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354 sqm - 32 Apartments
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// Civil Engineering // Fire Engineering // Geotechnical Engineering // Structural Engineering
Timeless design breathing life back into an inner-city neighbourhood.
Featuring Ockham’s signature warm-red brick, the rectangular building encompasses 32 apartments and is beautiful yet practical. The shared penthouse lounge provides occupants of this build-to-rent development with incredible cityscape views and a luxury space for relaxation and connection.
A stunning example of intelligent intensification, The Nix, also known as the Star Newton, has received a Merit Award in the Multi-Unit Residential category of the New Zealand Property Industry Awards 2023.
The Challenge: Single-site full coverage building
Strategically designed to make the most of the small 354 sqm site, The Nix required detailed and collaborative engineering with no room for unforeseen circumstances. Due to the full-site coverage of the development, the ground conditions required improvement for the proposed building. Complex fire engineering was needed to help the 32-apartment building comply with fire regulations, and the six storeys of complex brick façade required engineering from our structural team.
Solution: Multidisciplinary collaboration
Our multidisciplinary approach allowed for ease in information transfer between our teams and informed engineering decisions to be made early on in the project. Our geotechnical engineers created a deep pile design, stabilising the ground for the heavy inner-city development. Working with our structural engineers, the fire team introduced precast concrete firewalls to the boundary, maintaining the client’s preferred internal layout. Our structural team enjoyed finding effective solution optimizing the buildings structural performance and controlling the lateral seismic movement of the brick façade. This collaborative effort resulted in increased efficiency and cost-saving for the Ockham development.
Having worked with Ockham Residential on a number of projects, including Koa Flats and Aalto, good communication and trust had already been established, with quality relationships resulting in exceptional project outcomes.
Congratulations to Ockham Residential for yet another elevated urban development and the now award-winning Star Newton.
Templeton Multi-unit Residential Award – Star Newton / The Nix, Auckland
Finalist – Residential – Best Design Award 2023