Colliers International is launching Auckland’s first mixed-use precinct SKHY TWO.
The release of the new-build SKHY TWO apartment complex, with its associated commercial and retail space, follows the sold out first release of apartments in the SKHY building in April 2015, and together will create the SKHY community.
The development is situated at the top of Khyber Pass Road, amidst a diverse range of residential, retail and small business occupants, within minutes of Auckland CBD. It is surrounded by upmarket suburbs such as Kingsland, Mt Eden, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Grafton, Eden Terrace and Newton, to name a few.
Colliers International projects manager of residential project marketing, Will Coates, says the ground breaking project by Lamont & Co, and designed by renowned architects Cheshire Architects, will set a new standard for residential intensification undertaken with premium design, quality and accessibility in mind.
“This is the first of its kind in Auckland and we are delighted to be bringing it to the market. It follows the spectacular success of the first stage release of the SKHY development, which sold out in only six weeks and is currently under construction.
“The project will create an entire new precinct by combining old and new buildings, and mixing new residential, retail and commercial developments together to create a small community.”
The multi-faceted development supports the move towards greater quality intensification in Auckland, especially in light of the Proposed Unitary Plan’s density provisions.
Coates says developers are now, more than ever, aware that high quality urban design is paramount to achieving intensification success, with Auckland’s projected exponential population growth.
“The SKHY precinct will also be a key element of Auckland’s Uptown, regenerating the area through the repurposing of existing building stock and creating the new.”
The historic Winstone Centre tower, long a landmark at the top of Khyber Pass Road is being stripped back and refurbished to become a residential tower with the first stage release of units now sold.
“The building will boast leading edge design aspects and spacious open planning inside, alongside generous terraces and wide span city views. The tower itself can be seen from all parts of the city.”
Colliers International’s strategic partnership with Lamont & Co and Cheshire Architects aims to achieve accessible and desirable high density urban living that dispels perceptions about poorly produced intensified neighbourhoods.
Lamont & Co director Andrew Lamont says apartment living is now more desirable than ever, and the market is demanding different typologies to cater for changing lifestyle needs as demographics evolve.
“We had a design-led vision for SKHY, which was to create a landmark mixed use community, defined by its quality architecture and known as a special place for its occupants and the public to enjoy.
“This is in one of Auckland’s most sought-after areas, and provides a strong mix of creative business, quality living and fun places for people to explore. It’s a short walk and drive to the CBD, and city fringe suburbs.
“We love the character streetscape and its transforming face with more and more people choosing to live and work here.”
SKHY TWO ground works have begun, and the entire development is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.
For more information visit www.skhy.org