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Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Western Architectural awards 2024 winner - Housing Multi Unit : MABEL CENTRAL 

Wright & Gray Architects  were incredibly proud to receive a Housing - Multi Unit award at the Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA Western Architecture Awards. The Mabel Central housing project focused on a sense of community, streetscape, and open space while being affordable low-maintenance housing. 

Jurors citation: A successful medium-density development that creates livable, affordable housing. This relatively new typology for Horowhenua shows that it’s possible to increase density without compromising quality when meeting escalating housing demands. The developer and contractor leveraged their expertise in concrete-panel construction and applied materials and subtle shifts in form to create interest.

Mabel Central is the first multi-residential development of its kind in Levin. It has 43 units comprising 18 3-bedroom dwellings and 25 2-bedroom dwellings. These two storey dwellings are located in terraced blocks of 4-6 dwellings per block around a central shared public open space and one-way access road, called Pipi Place, that is vested to the local council.

Homestead Construction managed all aspects of the project for the developer, from the initial site clearing and civil works, through to the construction, roading, and landscaping.