Urban Design Projects

Quality urban design values and protects the cultural identity and heritage of our towns and cities and provides for creativity. It reinforces New Zealand's distinctive identity. Quality urban design also adds social, environmental and cultural benefits by creating well connected, inclusive and accessible places, and by delivering the mix of houses, uses and facilities that we need. It can enhance safety, reduce crime and fear of crime and enhance energy efficiency. KTB Planning have seen an increase in the need to consider good urban design principles when creating new quality developments.

Mixed Use Development - 48 Empire Street, Cambridge

KTB Planning obtained a resource consent for a mixed use development on Empire Street in Cambridge. The proposed building will contain five commercial/retail units at ground floor level with six residential units above. The building has been designed to respect and complement the unique heritage and character of Cambridge, while promoting modern architecture and urban design practices. KTB Planning adopted the role of project manager for this development and have worked closely with experts from other fields (architects, engineers, surveyors and environmental health officers). The mixture of residential and commercial space will enrich Cambridge's vibrant town centre and encourage walking and cycling as preferred methods of local travel

Mixed Use Development - 86 Alpha Street, Cambridge

KTB were engaged initially to do a scoping assessment of the site. In this assessment we provided the client with a summary of the Waipa Proposed District Plan requirements, an assessment of site history based on Waipa District Councils property file, and an assessment of the potential options for the site. This included suggestions around potential pedestrian and vehicle access to the site. Once the client had decided to proceed with the development we were engaged to work with them and the architect during the design stage and then through into preparation of the resource consent application. The final design included provision on the ground floor for much needed retail and office space. A two level Boutique Hotel is provided for on the first and second floors.
As a small local business KTB are very supportive of development that will add to the Cambridge's economy by providing space for additional businesses, and a motel that allows more people to stay in the town center which can benefit other existing businesses in the area. The development ensures that as commercially zoned land in the town center, the site adds to the vitality and success of Cambridge.