Auckland City Mission HomeGround Development 


Customer: Auckland City Mission  

Location: Auckland, New Zealand  

Contract type:  Early Contractor Involvement, converting to Lump Sum for delivery

Building Solutions New Zealand & Pacific Islands

Fast Facts

  • Levels 4 to 8 – 80 supportive housing apartments, incl. balconies to each apartment. 
  • Roof level – Communal spaces (meeting / conference rooms, roof terrace, greenhouse space etc.) and Plant Rooms. 
  • Basement – 3 x tenancies (Federal St facing), back-of-house facilities and 38 x carparks. 
  • Ground floor – Café, Pharmacy and ACM Reception. 
  • Level 1 – ACM Offices, meeting rooms, etc. 
  • Levels 2 and 3 – Medical treatment centre incl. Dental, GPs, detoxification facilities, patient rooms, and communal areas. 

Soon after launching in New Zealand in 2018, McConnell Dowell's building company, Built Environs, successfully tendered and delivered the Auckland City Mission (ACM) HomeGround Development. For the ACM, it represents the biggest project yet in their 100+ year history of helping Auckland’s homeless and most vulnerable.

The new multi-storey facility includes 80 supportive housing units and wrap-around services including a medical centre, detoxification centre, education and training facilities, emergency support and meal services, budgeting advice and other support networks. Built Environs' scope of work also included demolition of three existing buildings and refurbishment of the heritage-listed Prince of Wales building.

The design was an innovative Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) solution for most of the structure - a strong, lightweight and sustainable material. The building is the tallest CLT building in New Zealand.

During the tender and Early Contractor Involvement process, the Built Environs' team investigated numerous design and delivery focused solutions to provide maximum value for money for our customer. 

“Built Environs was selected because they understood the importance of this project to Auckland and the overall objectives of the Mission. They brought together a very strong and experienced team to work on this building.”  Chris Farrelly, Auckland City Missioner

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