Urban + Place
To be New Zealand’s sought after advisor on how to create vibrant, inclusive, enduring and accessible urban places and communities people are proud of and desire to be in
Lead in shaping and delivering places of the future, embedding the needs of the community and regenerating places through transformative strategic advice and robust project delivery.
We believe towns and cities should work better for people and for the planet. We bring together a diverse range of skills and backgrounds, but a common desire for better outcomes across equity, human and environmental health, inclusion and participation in the creation of thriving places.
We drive urban transformations in helping clients through their journey from strategy to realisation – positioning places for investment and growth. To enable this we bring together complementary skills in urban regeneration, urban development, urban design, movement and infrastructure investment. Collectively, we complement Stellar Projects’ other services that affect the future of place – including place strategy and research, place making and co-design, communications and engagement, planning, landscape architecture, social value, sustainability, digital and infrastructure delivery.
- Development Response
- Consultation and Engagement
- Strategic Engagement
- Research and Analysis
- Urban and Place Strategy
- Urban Design and Masterplanning
- Urban Regeneration Strategy
- Strategic Property Development Advice
- Property Development Funding and Feasibility
- Transport Planning and Movement Design
- Business Cases
Our recent projects
TE ARA TUKUTUKU
Co-Design, Engagement Strategy, Stakeholder Management
Te Ara Tukutuku, located on Te Waitematā, will become a place with an identity unique to Tāmaki Makaurau and Mana Whenua.
Working in partnership with Ngā Iwi Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and Eke Panuku Development Auckland, Stellar Projects is part of Toi Waihanga – the appointed collective trusted with the public realm design for Te Ara Tukutuku.
Our team is involved in the research and engagement design and delivery mahi using a broad range of skills and experiences to help guide and form the framework for why and how the point will be redeveloped.
RICHMOND STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
Stellar Projects worked closely with Boffa Miskell on the Richmond Strategic Framework, contributing urban development advice. The framework considers housing intensification and growth of the area. Our team tested the development economics of indicative blocks for intensification in the town. This included exploring options for residential and commercial redevelopment, as well as comparing intensification with greenfield development. Our analysis also included a review of past developments in Richmond to identify key learnings and opportunities. Our goal was to provide valuable insights into the local property market and assist in the formulation of a robust development strategy for the town.
LEVIN TAITOKO STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
explore the future development potential for the town, following improved access to the area due to the Ōtaki-to-North-of-Levin State Highway improvements.
Stellar Projects collaborated with Boffa Miskell to explore the future development potential of Levin as part of the framework project. Our team conducted a thorough market analysis of housing types and development options, evaluating the feasibility of potential schemes and sites. As urban development experts, we provided advice on economic influences and structure planning, identifying opportunities for changes to development capacity. Through our analysis, we identified practical solutions that consider the feasibility of the proposed sites and schemes.
We also considered potential special purpose development vehicles to support and stimulate urban development in the town.
WAINUIOMATA STREETS FOR PEOPLE
The Wainuiomata Streets for People project aims to enhance the safety and appeal of public spaces, fostering active modes of transportation, and promoting engagement with these areas.
Stellar Projects provided urban design input, developed a long list of design options (tactical urbanism, connection opportunities), and supported co-design workshops and community engagement.
LAUTOKA SPECIAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONE
The Fijian government is working on establishing a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Lautoka, Fiji.
Stellar Projects, in collaboration with JLL, conducted a comprehensive feasibility study for the proposed SEZ.
The study involved extensive research into successful SEZs, an evaluation of the market potential, and analysis of tax incentives proposed by the Fijian government.
Our comprehensive approach aimed to support the government in establishing a successful SEZ that will bring economic benefits to the region. A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model was recommended, to ensure long-term sustainability.
INFRASTRUCTURE ACCELERATION FUND
Applications for Far North District Council
Stellar Projects advised on, collated, and submitted two successful fast-tracking applications to fund enabling-infrastructure for five Northland housing developments.
We worked alongside Far North District Council, Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi (THOON), Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine developers, and the funder Kāinga Ora. Our mahi included an analysis of future demand on the existing infrastructure network, meetings with Kāinga Ora and housing developers, and quality guidance material to support council’s internal governance.
The $52m funding will support Kāinga Ora community and iwi housing in Kawakawa and Kaikohe.
Stellar Projects prepared an Urban Design Report for this proposed 69 unit, medium-density residential development on a greenfield site in Wellington.
The development includes 45 townhouses, 24 apartments and related landscaping over five development blocks. It will be assessed against Wellington City’s Residential Design Guides and the National Medium Density Design Guide.
The project aims to establish a new prototype for medium-density development on a remote, bare hillside in Wellington. It features a consistent residential language of gable and box forms, creating a strong collective presence. The report emphasised the existence of a local network of walking and bike tracks that link the development site to a rail station and has highlighted the Council’s commitment to providing future bus services to the Grenada North area of the city. To strengthen these local links, the development scheme provides for generous secure bike storage available to each townhouse and apartment in the development.
Wai Horotiu Queen Street Project
The Auckland City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) presents a vision for Wai Horotiu Valley, as a vibrant shopping and commercial area, prioritising pedestrians and public transport.
As part of this vision, the Wai Horotiu Queen Street Project is working towards transforming Queen Street to become more accessible, more attractive, and more prosperous, with better connections to the rest of the City Centre. This project aims to enhance the street environment by providing significantly more space for pedestrians, cyclists, and other wheeled users. It will deliver incremental changes to the street, by making network changes to remove unnecessary end-to-end through traffic.
This project used a co-design process to seek feedback from the community to inform the design. Stellar Projects worked with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, facilitating the co-design, engagement, and evaluation process that has seen businesses, residents, property owners, and users help shape changes to Queen Street. We are also proud to have worked alongside Auckland Transport and LandLab during the design phases.
During the lifecycle of this project, we have also been providing monitoring, evaluation, and analysis services to offer key insights, as the project progresses. We continue to provide ongoing stakeholder engagement and relationship management, alongside contractors JFC, during the construction delivery phase.
Innovating Streets for People
Trial Streetscape Upgrades
The Innovating Streets Projects in Kawakawa, Moerewa and Kaikohe trialled innovative changes to create safer, more walkable spaces that reflect the local community.
Stellar Projects has worked with Far North District Council, the Northern Transport Alliance, Waka Kotahi and two local community organisations: ĀKAU and Kings Theatre Creative. For each of these three projects Stellar has facilitated the co-design, delivery, and evaluation processes, alongside the local partners. Residents, business owners, schools, kohanga reo and maraes have all been involved in the trial designs which have led to:
• Slower speeds in key walking areas
• Safer access to schools, marae, and community facilities
• Enhanced streetscapes through art and planting
• Insights into what works for the towns’ communities
• Proof for transport and funding bodies that measures are safe and effective
• A roadmap for permanent measures.
High St Pilot Project
The High Street Pilot Project is working towards a more accessible High Street that works better for people.
Stellar Projects has been working with Auckland Council, Heart of the City and the High Street community facilitating the co-design and evaluation process that has seen businesses, residents, property owners and users help shape changes to trial in the street.
- People walking, riding bicycles, and using other mobility equipment can move more freely
- Vehicle access is maintained for those that need to be there (e.g. deliveries, servicing to homes and businesses) and those with mobility requirements
- People can experience a vibrant environment, a great place to do business, and a unique place to call home.
During the lifecycle of this pilot, the distribution of street space has evolved to prioritise people, operations and street functions.
This improvement was recognised in June 2020 at the national Golden Foot Walking Awards where the project won the Placemaking Award recognising innovation and best practice.