The Lane News

MARCH/APRIL 2021 - NEWS UPDATE

 The Eruera Love Lane unveiling ceremony for the Street sign took place on 26th March 2021. It was a very moving ceremony attended by Whanau of Eruera Love, the Deputy Mayor, Councillors, UPL Staff and Board members. It was also very lovely to see a big turn out from the Purchasers to which we really hope you enjoyed the ceremony as well as the background story behind the Eruera Love Lane name. Please refer to Poppys Places website for the Bio and information around the commemoration ceremony along with photos of the ceremony (Click here).

Titles have been issued for all Lots at The Lane which is a great next step towards getting you in to your townhouses. We look forward to touching base with your Lawyers in due course to advise when Practical completion and Code of Compliance certificates have been issued. Once CCC has been formally issued, there will be a 10 working day turnaround for settlement. There has been some purchasers trying get their valuers through their future townhouses over the last few days. Please note this is still a construction site, and we will advise when it is suitable for valuation inspections to occur. We realise this may be required for your financing needs, so we will ensure suitable time is given for this to occur. Should you require a valuation on your property, please touch base with your Real Estate agent and she will liaise with us as to when it’s appropriate.

 Drone Footage April – (Click Here)

The Team at UPLLP

FEBRUARY 2021 - NEWS UPDATE

Blocks A & B are now in the final stages of construction and final fit-offs. We’re lining up the hard landscape team to start soon in these areas.

Gib fixing is now occurring in Block C and Block F will start next week. The plasterer has began this week in Block D and the final plaster sanding will be completed Friday this week in Block I. The skirtings and doors will be installed next week with the painters to follow through. Blocks G & J now have their kitchens installed and flooring down, the plumbing and electrician are due to start their fit offs in these 2 blocks. With cladding being completed on Block H, the install of wall linings will commence.          
Friendly reminder:
Purchasers have asked about timing of settlements and when they can move in. We will not provide a specific date (now) because it is only until we are in receipt of all three certificates mentioned above (Title, PC and CCC) that we can advise the actual date of settlement. You will have a chance to have a pre-settlement inspection of your townhouse just prior to the settlement date. This will be your chance to view the property. We are working towards settlements completing in mid-late April 2021. Again, we don’t lock down specific dates as construction is largely dependent on a wide range of variables such as supply of materials, tradespeople, inspectors etc. These are third party factors that whilst we manage as best possible, are outside of our control and can potentially delay completion dates.                                                                                                     
Your current accommodation:
We strongly suggest not changing or ceasing your current accommodation situation until a confirmed settlement date is set between solicitors. Whilst we understand this can be somewhat of a juggling act with landlords and tenancy agreements, we will not be in a position to confirm dates until much later on in the development construction cycle. We totally acknowledge this may not help you with terminating tenancies, but it does indicate that should you terminate accommodation (prior to receiving Title, PC and CCC confirmation) and we do experience any delays then you may have to seek alternative temporary accommodation – which is arguably very scarce currently in Lower Hutt.                                                                                                                
Road Naming Ceremony:
A ceremony will be held to acknowledge and open the private road name – Eruera Love Lane. We a planning to hold this in late March – Further information will be sent out to you as well as an invitation to attend (not compulsory).                                                                                                              
February 2021 Drone Footage can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/cMs99iD0Wbc

Kind regards from the UPLLP Team. 

JANUARY 2021 - NEWS UPDATE

18 January 2021

Dear Purchasers,

 THE LANE – WATERLOO DEVELOPMENT

Firstly, happy new year – we hope you have all had some time to relax over the Xmas and New Year period.  Let’s hope 2021 proves a lot more smooth sailing than the previous year!

We’re fielding a few queries about completion dates so we thought it is best to cover this off early, and provide some suggestions as we get closer to that settlement period on your townhouse at The Lane – Waterloo.

Current Status –Construction is going well and running to time currently. Some contractors decided to work over the holiday period, and now the full base of contractors / subcontractors are back on-site. 

Certificate of Titles / PC / CCC – We are expecting titles to issue in late February. This is one of the three main items required for settlement to occur. The others being Practical Completion (PC) and lastly, Code of Compliance certification (CCC) from Hutt City Council inspectors.  PC and CCC occur right before settlement dates are confirmed.  There is a period outlined in your contract of usually five or ten working days between confirmation and settlement. We will send confirmation of receipt of PC and CCC to your solicitor – and that’s when a date is confirmed.

Settlement Dates – There are twenty-seven townhouses in the development.  We can’t have all of these occurring on the same day for many reasons – so settlements will occur on a staged basis.  We will release this information closer to completion, and will largely be down to our comfort levels regarding Health & Safety – for both purchasers and workers, as the site will still have some minor aspects of construction remaining.

Purchasers have asked about timing of settlements and when they can move in.  We will not provide a specific date (now) because it is only until we are in receipt of all three certificates mentioned above (Title, PC and CCC) that we can advise the actual date of settlement.  You will have a chance to have a pre-settlement inspection of your townhouse just prior to the settlement date.  This will be your chance to view the property.  We are working towards settlements completing in mid-late April 2021.  Again, we don’t lock down specific dates as construction is largely dependent on a wide range of variables such as supply of materials, tradespeople, inspectors etc.  These are third party factors that whilst we manage as best possible, are outside of our control and can potentially delay completion dates.

Your current accommodation – We strongly suggest not changing or ceasing your current accommodation situation until a confirmed settlement date is set between solicitors.  Whilst we understand this can be somewhat of a juggling act with landlords and tenancy agreements, we will not be in a position to confirm dates until much later on in the development construction cycle. We totally acknowledge this may not help you with terminating tenancies, but it does indicate that should you terminate accommodation (prior to receiving Title, PC and CCC confirmation) and we do experience any delays then you may have to seek alternative temporary accommodation – which is arguably very scarce currently in Lower Hutt.

Road name opening – A ceremony will be held to acknowledge and open the private road name – Eruera Love Lane.  Further information will be sent out to you as well as an invitation to attend (not compulsory).

Trespassing / Unauthorised access on site – Unfortunately, we have to end this on a less than positive note.  We have recently been made aware that purchasers and their families have been entering the site during construction hours as well as weekends. This is not acceptable, and no permission has been provided by any UPLLP employee to enable this. Please do not enter the site at any time.  We take this seriously as it compromises our, your and our workers health and safety.  Future breaches may result in trespassers being formally trespassed by the Police.  Our contractors are being advised to remove anyone who does not have UPLLP permission to be on-site.  Monthly updates and drone footage are provided so that people can see what is happening without anyone going to site.

Thanks for your continued patience.  We’re looking forward to completion and getting you into your new properties as soon as possible.  Once we are in receipt of the three certificates we will be in touch.  Hope to see you all at the Eruera Love Lane opening ceremony.  In the meantime, please keep an eye on our website for updates..w.the-lan

Kind regards from the UPLLP Team. 

DECEMBER 2020

The exterior painting has been completed for Blocks A & B.  These are now being lined and plastered internally.  Before we break for the Christmas period all Blocks A-D, F-G, I & J will be fully cladded, enclosed and watertight.  This is a significant milestone which our on-site teams have worked extremely hard to achieve. 

Blocks G & J (both exterior painting now completed) and Blocks A, B, G & J are currently being lined and plastered.  We note that the industry as a whole is extremely stretched right now.  Trades and suppliers are really putting in the effort to keep to programme – and as such we’ve made the decision not to hold any walkthroughs.  Shutting down the sites and ceasing construction for long periods to enable these walkthroughs stops the flow of construction, and creates time delays to an already tight programme.  We acknowledge that purchasers wish to view progress on-site – however this is now not possible unfortunately.  We will however ensure that we provide this closer to the time of settlement.

There has been some thefts on-site recently which is very disappointing.  However, this has not incurred delays to the programme as our construction team has worked around the matter.  We have put some actions in place to prevent further issues in the future. 

Drone footage will be posted up later next week – subject to weather conditions.

 

SEPTEMBER 2020

It’s progressing well on-site at The Lane. Blocks A and B are almost fully clad and enclosed. We’re already booking in the hard landscape team to commence works around these townhouses.

The other blocks are also pressing on with cladding works – Block G being the most advanced, and almost fully clad. The last of the roofs are being completed this week – subject to weather as the recent storm has meant our roofers have remained grounded. But are now back it in full force.

Our survey team has applied to Hutt City Council for s223/4 subdivision certification approval. We expect that it will take them around 4 weeks to process our application. The latest land survey transfer plan has also been supplied to our solicitors for review.

We’re looking to hold a street name unveiling ceremony in the early stages of next year, which we will keep all purchasers informed when this will be held closer to the time. We can now formally disclose that ‘Eruera Love Lane’ is the new street name which HCC has approved. Background information on Eruera Love will be supplied in your settlement packs.

AUGUST 2020

Frames and scaffolding are up, majority of blocks are all wrapped and roofs are going on at 3-4 of the blocks already.  This is great progress on-site, and the crews are really putting in the effort to keep momentum going and are making the most of this stretch of fine weather.  Windows are due to be on-site shortly – yet another good milestone reached.

With the recent elevation in Covid-19 levels both in Auckland and nationwide, it’s a timely reminder that whilst we are looking to have all the homes completed early next year – there is potential for construction to halt due to lockdowns. We continue to work as quickly, but as prudently, as possible to meet our programme.

JUNE /JULY 2020

All slab foundations have been poured and are now completed.  Framing and structural steel work is up on almost all of the Blocks which is fantastic progress, and we really appreciate our construction crews working through fairly testing wintry conditions.  The civils contractors are finishing up minor items currently, and we’ll look for Council approval and sign-off shortly. 
Just a reminder that this is a construction site, and we do not permit anyone other than inducted employees, consultants or contractors onto the site.  Please do not enter the site at any time whatsoever. 
Please see link below for update on July drone footage.
 

 

APRIL / MAY 2020

While we’ve been busy in our home offices for the past six weeks, the reduction in COVID-19 levels from 4 to 3 has allowed construction work at The Lane – Waterloo to re-start. Our workers will be operating in ‘team bubbles’ and adhering to the construction protocols set out by the Government.
 
Our contractors are back establishing the house foundations across the site and while this work continues we are talking with our suppliers and contractors for the next phase of construction work, which will be erecting the frames, structural steel for each block and then completing the houses from there. We now have four build crews on board and are working to re-programme site activities for maximum safety and productivity.
 
We want to reassure our buyers that we remain committed to delivering these new homes as soon as possible, and without compromising safety or quality.

 

MARCH 2020

Covid-19 is now a reality for all of us. Our project sites have been shut down as per Government instruction and we fully support this measure with the growing risks to all of New Zealand. Our staff are now working from home and remain available on phone and email. We will also remain in contact with our contractors and will be communicating our plans for this development once we have further clarity from the Government. We acknowledge that these are unprecedented and uncertain times for all involved but want to reassure all our buyers and contractors that we remain ready to restart activities as soon as possible after the current restrictions are lifted.

In terms of progress on site, the new road is now sealed and our civil & infrastructure works are completed. We’ve also been busy putting almost 600 piles into the ground, getting in-slab drainage in place and foundation slabs prepared for each Townhouse. Our first two slabs are now poured and we have builders contracted and ready to start work on erecting the house framing and structural steel.

 

DECEMBER 2019

“SOLD OUT”

Our last few contracts have now gone unconditional which is great news for all the buyers as we head into the holiday season.  I expect we’re all looking forward to closing out 2019 and then taking a break with long spells of sunny weather and lots of kiwi summer activities ahead.

For our project team, we’re almost at the end of the Civils and Infrastructure phase and we’ll go into the holiday period ready to start the house foundation works in mid January.  Each new lot is now fully serviced with GAS, Power and Fibre connections ready to go and the three water services in place ready for the new house connections.  It’s been a tough six months in terms of weather with plenty of disruption to our programmes but our contractors have managed things well and are now almost at the finish line with the final road sealing work scheduled to occur before Christmas.  We’ve also been replacing a lot of the older boundary fencing over the past month so we want to thank our patient neighbours for working with us during this time.

We’ve taken some drone footage over the past few months which shows the extent of the site and progress made.  We’ll keep doing this as the project continues to ‘record the journey’ so check back for updates.  Link to most recent drone footage: Click here.

With all our consents in place, and foundation contractors locked in for a new year start, we’re looking forward to a big year of house building next year.

Have a great Christmas everyone and see you in 2020.

 

OCTOBER 2019

Now only 5 left!  These townhouses have been selling like ‘hotcakes’ over the past few months, so don’t delay.  We have only one 2-bedroom and four 3-bedroom townhouses left.  Call our agents today if you’ve been thinking about securing a brand new home in Waterloo.

Our civil contractors have been busy over the past few months establishing brand new storm water and sewer lines throughout the site and finishing off the new section platforms.  We’ve almost finished installing the new underground services for GAS, Power, Fibre and Water so things are moving along nicely.  There’s still plenty to do as we’ll be working on the new Lane, footpaths and installing the street lights next.  Things are on track to be setting out the new townhouse foundations by Christmas.

We are very close to receiving our building consent approvals and are talking with multiple builders and sub-trades to establish the build team for the next phase of construction work.  Stay tuned for further updates.

You can contact Linette on: 021 225 6453 or linette@redcoats.co.nz. 

Or Mark on: 027 443 8069 or mark@redcoats.co.nz.

JULY 2019

DEMOLITION COMPLETE!EARTHWORKS IN ACTION!

We’ve completed all the demolition work now and our contractors have moved into the Earthworks and Infrastructure stage which means they get to play with their big diggers and trucks for a few more months yet.  Despite the recent wet weather, we remain on track to start building new homes later this year.  All our structural engineering designs are now in and the detailed architectural plans and specifications are being finalised ready for lodging the building consents with Council.

Purchase enquiry is high and sales have been flowing through with many buyers already living in or near Waterloo who love the area and want to trade up, seeking all the benefits of buying brand new.  We also have some first home buyers and investors who can see the quality, convenience and great value on offer.

Give Linette Bradbrook or Mark Phillips a call to see just how easy it can be to own a home here at The Lane – Waterloo.

You can contact Linette on: 021 225 6453 or linette@redcoats.co.nz.

Or Mark on: 027 443 8069 or mark@redcoats.co.nz.

MAY 2019

PROGRESS UPDATE!

Things are progressing along nicely.  We have been marketing these brand new homes for a few months now and several are now sold unconditionally.  Don’t hesitate to contact our agents if you want your choice of location and house type.

Demolition work is now underway and we have our Civils contractor RDL Group locked in for the Earthworks & Infrastructure stage which will be starting immediately after demolition and carry on through to November.  You’ll see a lot of activity on the site over the coming months so feel free to drive past on Freyberg Street for the best view of progress.  We’ll also be posting images on the website as work continues.  We do ask that you stay off the site at all times now that we have physical works firmly underway.  Our contractors will be enforcing strict health and safety standards on site.

Our architects have also been working hard refining the detailed designs in anticipation of lodging the building consents.  We have re-released the artist impressions and walk through to better reflect these detailed drawings and to show the final exterior colour selections and cladding details.

Stay tuned for more updates.

 

March 2019

THE LANE – WATERLOO…

IS NOW APPROVED!

The Hutt City Council has granted the Resource Consent for this housing project which is a major hurdle overcome.  This gives us a lot of confidence to now proceed to planning and contracting the physical work stages.  We have already begun some work around the site as we prepare for demolition and have tenders out for the Earthworks and Infrastructure stage.  We’re also talking to multiple construction companies for the house building phase which will follow later this year.  In the meantime, you can secure one of these fantastic homes by contacting our real estate agents today:

Linette Bradbrook
Cell phone: 021 225 6453
Email: linette@redcoats.co.nz

Mark Phillips
Cell phone: 027 443 8069
Email: mark@redcoats.co.nz

There’s a lot to do now for the project team and we’re excited to bring you these new homes as soon as possible.

February 2019

Planning Stage!

‘The Lane – Waterloo’ is the latest medium density residential development from the team at Urban Plus. Situated in the quiet suburban surrounds of Waterloo, this fantastic location is so close to a wide range of amenities on the valley floor.

Our project team has been working extremely hard with the Hutt City Council and local neighbours over the recent months on the Resource Consent application. While we await the outcome of the regulatory process we’ve also been planning for the next stage so, all things going well, we aim to get the civil infrastructure underway by mid-2019 and the home construction well underway by the end of the year.

We’ve looked at site layout and configuration, density, materials, access to sun, landscaping, engineering, utilities, traffic, internal layout, privacy (for both owners and neighbours), maintenance, sun-shading…… you name it, we’ve thought about it.

As developers with a social conscience, we know how hard it is to get onto the property ladder these days. To address this challenge, we’re working hard at keeping the cost of these homes as reasonable as we can with some starting from just $550,000. This could be a great opportunity to secure your first home, downsize or simply get into a brand new, architecturally designed home in Waterloo.

Subject to the outcome of the consenting process, we’re looking forward to bringing these products to market, and getting into the civils and construction phases as soon as possible. If you’re interested in one of these townhouses, get in touch with one of our agents today on:

Linette Bradbrook
Cell phone: 021 225 6453
Email: linette@redcoats.co.nz

Mark Phillips
Cell phone: 027 443 8069
Email: mark@redcoats.co.nz