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Airport Oaks Industrial Building

The development potential of this site within the Airport Oaks business park had been significantly eroded since the client’s purchase of the land by the re-zoning of the adjoining land to public open space (additional controls apply to sites adjoining public open space). Civitas needed to reclaim the land that this re-zoning had effectively sterilised from development... 

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Apartments, Mt Eden

This was a challenging project on a small, steeply sloping site crossed by an overland flowpath, road widening designation, and multiple volcanic viewshafts, adjoining a public walkway, and located within the Upper Symonds Street special character area... 

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Ascot Office Park, Ellerslie

Ascot Office Park comprises four buildings with nearly one hectare of floor space and an underground carpark - all approved on a non-notified basis... 

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Auckland Unitary Plan

The development of the Auckland Unitary Plan is the most significant policy project ever undertaken by any local authority in New Zealand... 

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Bowes House, Parnell

Quality architecture + quality planning application = non-notified consent... 

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Carlton Cornwall Bowling Club

The clubhouse for Carlton Cornwall Bowls Inc. was destroyed by fire and the Club was keen to build replacement facilities as soon as possible... 

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Chantal Landais Hair Salon

Chantal Landais had operated successfully from Ponsonby Road for many years but wished to relocate to a newly acquired residential site in Herne Bay. Civitas was engaged to secure a non-complying activity resource consent for the salon... 

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Christ the King School & Church

Christ the King School and church needed to be completely redeveloped in order to make way for the extension of State Highway 20 through to Waterview. Civitas was engaged to assist the Diocese with the Public Works Act process, re-zoning of the replacement land and resource consenting for the redevelopment of the site... 

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Countdown Supermarket Upgrades

Civitas has provided on-going planning advice to Progressive Enterprises Ltd since 2004. In that time, we have obtained resource consent for the redevelopment of dozens of supermarkets across New Zealand, including Countdown Browns Bay... 

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De Paul House, Northcote

De Paul House provides emergency accommodation and social services designed to give resident families a safe environment within which they can re-group as a family, address some of their issues and up-skill... 

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Diocesan School Aquatic Centre

The Diocesan School Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art pool complex with two pools, a moveable floor, gymnasium and 400 seat spectator gallery... 

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Diocesan School Arts Centre

Diocesan School has completed construction of its stunning new Arts Centre – the culmination of more than 20 years of strategic planning... 

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Diocesan School Notable Tree Removal

This publicly notified application to remove two “notable” (i.e. scheduled) trees from the School grounds was a last resort for the School... 

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Diocesan School Sports Turf and Carpark

Hampered by a split zoning and out-of-date concept plan; constrained by two nearby heritage buildings; and challenged by residential neighbours - this project had all the ingredients for a difficult planning process... 

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East Tamaki Industrial Park

This was a complicated project to redevelop a four hectare site on the eastern edge of the East Tamaki industrial area for a mix of café, office and industrial activities.... 

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Eyes and Eyelids, Remuera Surgery

Sites in Remuera’s “medical mile” are tightly held so the establishment of new medical facilities requires big dollars and/or creative thinking…. 

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Herne Bay House - As Seen on TV

Grant and Gilly owned a big old villa within a heritage conservation area in Herne Bay.  The villa was divided into two flats, one above the other.  All was well until a neighbour complained... 

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Holy Trinity School Takanini

Previously home of the “Cheeky Chicken” chicken farm, now home to “chicks” of the human variety, this project was a perfect storm of challenges, and its completion in 2017 was nothing short of miraculous... 

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Home Base Botany Retail Centre

Civitas were the lead consultants responsible for securing multiple resource consents for the initial and subsequent further development of the Home Base Botany retail centre... 

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Kings College Chapel Close

The architect’s brief was to create a small informal chapel for quiet reflection, a classroom for religious education, and support facilities for the operation of the chapel and the community programmes run under the auspices of the Chaplain, in a manner that would respect the sensitivity of the location... 

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Marist School Classrooms and Library

This two storey classroom and library block opened in February 2020, significantly improving the quality of classroom space and making better use of this tight site... 

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McDonald's Rosedale

This project presented a number of interesting challenges including multiple district plan changes, numerous non-compliances, resistance from some parts of Council, issues with network utility providers and attempts to run interference by trade competitors... 

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McDonald's Whangaparaoa

This site ticked nearly every box for McDonald’s. Unfortunately, it also ticked nearly every box in the Council’s list of “things we require consent for”. This created significant risk to the client: risk of delay, risk of notification, risk of failure... 

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Metlifecare Glenfield

This project required the staged development of a three-building, four to five storey complex within a suburban residential area of detached single storey housing, along with the relocation and restoration of a scheduled heritage building... 

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Monte Cecilia School Relocation

Auckland City Council resolved to acquire the Monte Cecilia School land under the Public Works Act, requiring the school to relocate to a new site... 

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North Harbour Stadium Broadcast Tower

This application had to be prepared by Civitas and assessed by the Council within very tight timeframes in order to allow the project to proceed in time for the Rugby World Cup 2011... 

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Notices of Requirement, Whangarei

Whangarei District Council was undertaking a review of its district plan and our client, the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, wished to ensure that the revised plan provided for further development of their two schools... 

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Office Building, Mt Wellington

Civitas was engaged by Synergy Properties to advise on the resource management implications of converting the southern half of the BMW complex from ancillary parking and vehicle servicing to an office building... 

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Ponsonby Cosmetic Medical Centre

With a lease coming to its end, and a desire to have security of tenure, the Ponsonby Cosmetic Medical Centre was on the hunt for new premises... 

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Sacred Heart College, Glendowie

Civitas has undertaken two projects to date for Sacred Heart College: the Pompallier block extension and the Performing Arts Centre... 

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St John Vianney Retirement Village

St John Vianney retirement village is located in the heart of Ponsonby, just a few doors down from Ponsonby Road. Originally constructed in 2001, the village was at capacity, and needed to expand to accommodate an increase in retiring priests... 

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St Kentigern College, Arrivals Building

The McFarlan Centre provides the reception, administration and communal facilities for the College, within a sweeping RTA Studio-designed building... 

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St Kentigern College, Girls College

Civitas managed the resource consent processes for the development of the Girls College buildings at St Kentigern College... 

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St Kentigern Master Planning

Civitas was engaged in 2017 to work with Architectus, Beca and others on comprehensive master plans for the St Kentigern Primary School and St Kentigern College campuses in Remuera and Pakuranga respectively.... 

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St Kentigern Pre-School

The St Kentigern pre-school was a relatively complicated project for its size as it extended across multiple land parcels with different zonings and impacted on previously approved but only partially implemented resource consents for which there was incomplete information... 

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St Kentigern Primary, Redevelopment

This was a complex project - in fact, a complex series of interlinked projects - successfully completed under significant time pressure.... 

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St Kentigern Primary, Sports Centre

The St Kentigern Boys' School Jubilee Sports Centre is embedded into the bank between the upper and lower sports fields, providing access to both levels and a distinctive form to the coastal edge of the site... 

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St Paul's College, Middle School

Founded by the Marist Brothers in 1955 as part of their mission to serve the poor, St Paul’s College thrived for decades serving the local community... 

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St Peter's College, Newmarket

St Peter’s College has gone from strength to strength over the last decade as it has become a school of choice for boys within the isthmus area, requiring the College to renew and replace many of its facilities to maximise the efficient use of its tight campus... 

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STIHL Distribution Centre

STIHL completed the development of its head office and distribution centre in 2005 with land to spare for future expansion - or so it thought... 

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Synergy Centre, Botany

This large office/industrial development would have been straightforward, but for one matter: Council’s interpretation of certain District Plan rules... 

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Three Kings United Football Club

The existing clubhouse for the Three Kings United Football Club cannot cope with the needs of the Club’s growing membership and stands in the way of expansion of the Cameron Pool... 

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Wawata Estate, Waiheke Island

Wawata – to desire earnestly, to long for. An appropriate name for an island estate... 

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