The warm, dry and modern medium-high density housing will offer a mix of public, affordable and supported living homes. They will range in size to meet the needs of a range of people from those on their own, through to large families. There will also be community centres, parks, play areas, gardens and extensive landscaping.

Alongside these homes we’re also linking with residents, community groups, stakeholders and partners to grow a supported and connected wider community in this part of the city – which has a rich history of providing key worker and social housing for people in central Wellington.

What’s planned

Arlington

  • 300 homes
    • 152 one-bedroom
    • 101 two-bedroom
    • 37 three-bedroom
    • 7 four-bedroom
    • 3 five-bedroom
  • Includes 40 supported living homes
  • Around 233 homes public housing, 67 affordable homes proposed
  • 16 mixed apartment, unit and terrace buildings, from 2-6 storeys high
  • Community centre, parks, play areas, community gardens
  • The 1.87 hectare site lies between Arlington, Hopper and Hankey streets and has been leased from Wellington City Council for 125 years
  • Replaces 212 Council homes, including the earthquake-prone George Porter Tower, which were old and didn’t meet healthy homes standards
  • Completion from late 2023

Rolleston

  • 80 homes
    • 36 one-bedroom
    • 29 two-bedroom
    • 15 studios
  • Includes 20 Housing First supported living homes(external link)
  • All public housing
  • Community space, gardens
  • Replaces 54 apartments which were old and didn’t meet healthy homes standards
  • Completion mid-2022

Timelines

Please note: large and complex projects of this size have many variables, so timeframes could change

Arlington

When What's happening
March 2020 Resource consent granted by Wellington City Council
July-December 2020 Demolition and site clearance
Early 2021 On site civil engineering work
Early 2021 Staged construction starts
Late 2023 Completion of homes

Rolleston

When What's happening
October 2019 Resource consent granted by Wellington City Council
July 2020 Site blessing at Rolleston Street
August – September 2020 Site preparation
September 2020 Construction starts
Mid-2022 Completion of homes

Page updated: 29 September 2020