The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT) is challenging its own urban design practice by seeking out
specialists to help create affordable sustainable housing for future generations.
The Trust is calling for proposals from urban design, architectural and sustainability experts to review its current
masterplan for its 68-Lot Tewa Banks development in Arrowtown, in an effort to build energy efficient housing that
results in a lower carbon footprint.
Tewa Banks has already been designed with a resource consent application underway, but the Trust wants to make sure the
current plan is future-proofed to produce sustainable outcomes for generations to come.
The review will include comparing against leading design trends for comparable developments and making recommendations
on potential improvements to the current urban design solutions for this affordable housing development.
QLCHT chair Andrew Blair says the Trust is looking for innovative ways to improve the future liveability and
sustainability of Tewa Banks, as well as future developments.
“This review is the first step in a process of creating leading edge housing developments that improve the lives of the
residents and benefit the local community,” he says. “We want to provide a future-focused, sustainable development by
building for the next generation. This review will help us become futuristic in thinking and challenge the current model
Key objectives of the Tewa Banks review include:
Look at options for more shared spaces and intensive low rise, and create more efficient use of spaceProvide a healthy indoor and outdoor environment that exceeds current NZ building standards and aims to achieve or
progress towards “world-best” healthy living standardsSignificantly reduce the carbon footprint of development – provide sustainable designs in terms of carbon footprint,
energy use, waste minimisation, healthy materials and water conservationProvide an environment that fosters a connected community, improving liveability and community supportGrasp trends in technology and future proof the community and the building to facilitate the rapidly changing housing
sectorIncorporate current and future transportation and connectivity trends, including maximising opportunities for walking,
cycling, public transport, car sharing, ride sharing, EVsCreate high quality, aesthetically pleasing dwellings that instil a sense of pride and improve feelings of wellbeing and
life-satisfaction in the residents
The 3.68 hectare site on Jopp Street in Arrowtown is in the process of being assigned to QLCHT from the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, following a Council resolution to transfer the site to QLCHT for $1 dollar in April 2019.
The Trust invites interested parties to send forward proposals via GETS (Government Electronic Tenders Service) by 5pm
19 August 2021.