Construction of Waipā’s newest pensioner housing units will start next month following a $3.6 million dollar contract being awarded to Livingstone Building New Zealand Ltd by Waipā District Council.
The project will see 10 new one-bedroom units constructed at Leamington’s Vaile Court to a six Homestar rating equivalent which ensures warmer, drier, and healthier homes.
Council property services manager, David Varcoe said there was a lot of interest in the project and the calibre of tenders was high.
“We know Waipā needs more pensioner housing and Livingstone have successfully completed a wide range of projects throughout the district with quality workmanship,” he said.
Council will own and maintain the units under a lease agreement, but the tenants and rental process will be managed by Habitat for Humanity.
Council currently provides housing for 107 older people in seven complexes across the district. There is currently 78 people on the waiting list.
The units are expected to be completed by 30 June 2024.