McConnell Property developed the Addison development in Takanini, Auckland between 2005 and 2016 based on an evolving master plan with around 1500 homes.  The master plan called for innovative approaches to medium density residential development including streets that were narrower than those provided for in engineering standards of the time.

We were engaged to assist with a review of the first stage of the development in 2005 and undertook research into international best-practices for residential street networks, and the use of narrow streets in particular to achieve world-class liveable residential neighbourhoods.

Our work lead to the first stage of subdivision being granted consent and our work has continued through all subsequent stages.

The Ministry for the Environment has included Addison as a case study for the Urban Design Protocol and is often heralded as an example of best-practice urban design, including in the Auckland Design Guide.

The masterplan indicates a highly connected network of local streets and larger distributor roads. Porchester Road forms a central spine, from which the local roads connect, linking the development to the existing road network to the north and south. McConnell Property found they needed to negotiate road standards at an early stage with the Papakura District Council to create an appropriate urban environment that still allowed substantial usable open space. The design team wanted to create roads with a more pedestrian and community focus rather than for vehicle passage.

Arrive1 was engaged to produce a report entitled Local Roads for Liveable Neighbourhoods that examined street function and form, and set out appropriate engineering standards. The local streets in the development are generally much narrower than the accepted standard of the Papakura District Council, but provide appropriate engineering solutions.

Urban Design Case Study - Addison, Ministry for the Environment

Our work has ranged from revising the structure plan for the entire neighbourhood right down to checking vehicle manoeuvring for individual houses. We provided services including master planning, structure planning, design of the street network, street cross-sections, traffic modelling, staging of traffic infrastructure, assessment of traffic impacts, design of intersections including traffic signals and roundabouts, and expert witness services in resource consent hearings, plan change hearings, and an Environment Court appeal.

Services provided:
  • Master planning
  • Structure planning
  • Plan Changes
  • Expert Witness
  • Street network design
  • Street cross-section design
  • Traffic modelling
  • Traffic signal design
  • Roundabout design
  • Integrated Transport Assessment
  • Traffic Calming
  • Advice on design of comprehensive housing design and subdivision layout



1. Arrive was known as "Wes Edwards Consulting" when this work was undertaken.

McConnell Property
Master Plan / Structure Plan
Residential Area

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