Harman Courts Social Housing

Octa was responsible for project managing the design and build of 18 new social housing units in Addington for the Christchurch City Council.  The new one and two bedroom units were constructed on  vacant land within the existing Harman Courts Social Housing Complex.  This addition formed part of a wider Social Housing Intensification Strategy across the City by the Christchurch City Council to replace those properties lost during the Canterbury Earthquakes.

The units are designed to have a 90-year serviceable life and are insulated beyond building code requirements, including double glazing.  The units also achieve Lifemarktm accreditation, meeting specific design and accessibility standards for the changing needs of tenants.  All were designed with open plan living in mind and include ‘Wet-Area’ Bathrooms.  The units were constructed using traditional timber frame (with Masonry Cladding) methods and pre-fabricated Concrete Tilt Panel Construction.  The new development included the first multi-level and 2-bedroom units constructed under the Social Housing Intensification Programme.

This project presented many challenges including:

  • Maximising land usage without compromising the needs of the existing tenants on the wider housing complex
  • Working with various stakeholders to deliver the scheme
  • Obtaining compliance with the City Plan in order to deliver multi-level dwellings in close proximity to neighbouring properties
  • Managing the Health and Safety concerns of the existing tenants living in close proximity to the new development during the construction phase
  • Delivering units that met the demands of the end user, whilst also meeting the expectations of the City Council in terms of building footprints.

Project Name

Harman Courts Social Housing


Christchurch City Council