Elderly housing rebuilds to cost over $3m

The Ashburton District Council is progressing a staged demolition and rebuild of its elderly...
The Ashburton District Council is progressing a staged demolition and rebuild of its elderly housing units on Fridneship Lane. PHOTO: ASHBURTON GUARDIAN
The timing of the demolition and rebuild of elderly housing units in Ashburton will be known once the contract is finalised.

BP Construction Limited has been selected as the preferred contractor to demolish and redevelop 16 units at Friendship Lane for the tendered price of $3,073,668 plus GST.

Council’s business support group manager Leanne Macdonald said the detail of the timeline for the two-stage project, with eight units demolished and rebuilt at a time, is being developed.

“We will be able to share more information about the tender process once the finer details of the contract have been formally agreed by council and BP Construction Limited.

“The Friendship Lane units are of a design that no longer complied with the recent changes in Healthy Homes Legislation and so were a priority to upgrade.”

The remaining units at Friendship Lane comply with legislation and no future work is programmed in the draft long-term plan, Macdonald said.

The $3m project is being funded by a “range of streams”, including external funding, a previous property sale, and loan funding.

There are already nine vacant units at Friendship Lane, clearing the way for stage one to begin, pending funding applications and contract negotiations.

“As we refurbish vacant units in our district, we will work with any existing tenants impacted by this project to be relocated within the timeframe that is yet to be determined.”

The nine units have been vacant for some time, one since August 2021.

The 16 units are part of the council’s 102 elderly housing units, available for people over 65 years of age across six complexes spread throughout Ashburton, Methven, and Rakaia.

A recent property activity report outlined that there are 20 applications on the waiting list, with 10 people wanting single units and 10 requesting double units (three couples and seven individuals).

This does not include the seven tenants at Friendship Lane.

- By Jonathan Leask
Local Democracy Reporter