Mary Potter Apartments
Mary Potter Hospice is building an apartment complex adjacent to the Hospice building in Mein Street, Newtown. This will create long-term sustainable revenue for the Hospice and its future services as demand continues to grow.
Following approval of the project to proceed, we would like to keep our patients, families, neighbours and staff updated with details of the project here. The most recent updates will be at the top of the list, below.
Please contact Philippa Sellens, Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications at Mary Potter Hospice if you have questions about the apartments. Phone: 04 381-0156.
25 January 2019: Work has started for the year on the Mary Potter Hospice site
First, our apologies for the mud from the site on Thursday, due to the unexpected and extremely heavy rainfall overnight. It has been cleaned up and the drains cleared of mud and debris. The contractor has a site management plan in place and responded quickly to clearing the gutters on Owen Street as soon as work commenced on Thursday morning. Each drain has a silt cloth underneath the grill to ensure no solid debris goes into the drain.
Good progress is being made on the extensive renovation of the three houses on Mein Street. We expect them to be complete and tenanted on the open rental market by mid-year.
In the first week of February we will be calling for tenders from the sub-trades. McKee Fehl will be running this process.Construction of the apartments won’t start until the houses are near completion.
Regarding the hours of work on the site, our arrangement with the Council is that building works can take place between 7am and 6pm, with quiet time until 7.30am. McKee Fehl are usually finished at 4.30pm. They are now working on Saturdays, also the same hours.
20 December 2018: Construction work will stop on the site for the holiday break from early afternoon, Friday 21 December, and start again on Monday 7 January
In January, work will continue on renovating and reconfiguring our houses on 58, 60 and 62 Mein Street. As well, the contractor will be fencing the large pohutakawa tree and a professional arborist will be trimming it back to protect it during the construction.
9 November 2018: Work to start on Mary Potter Hospice site
In the next few weeks there will be activity on the Mary Potter Hospice site as renovations begin on 58, 60 and 62 Mein Street. The work is being undertaken by McKee Fehl.
- The demolition of the ‘lean tos’ at the back of the three houses, and extensive renovating and reconfiguring of the houses inside.
- The Contractors will access the houses via Mary Potter Hospice’s driveway on Owen Street. A temporary driveway will be created on our property leading up to the back of the houses so that the demolition on the back of the houses can begin. The plan is to have the demolition completed by mid-December. A skip will be placed temporarily on Mein Street.
- Before the demolition of the lean-to parts of the three houses commences, specialists will be coming in to hand pick out some broken sheets of asbestos. Some scaffold will also go up to remove some asbestos parts of the house roofs. We have sought and been given reassurance that given the way the experts do this type of work, there will be no risk to our staff, patients, neighbours or the public.
- The contractors will be fencing off the works site area and will take over the car parks on the north side of the driveway at the back of the Hospice.
An archaeological assessment of the site where the main apartment complex building will be built in 2019 has been undertaken and nothing of significance has been found.
Read more about the project in our archived news articles and important documents:
- Mary Potter Hospice Residential Development Commissioner Decision (September 2017)
- Apartments get go ahead (September 2017)
- Mary Potter Hospice Apartments update (May 2017)
- Mary Potter Hospice Apartments resource consent application accepted by WCC (December 2016)
- Mary Potter Hospice listens to community (September 2016)
- Investing in our future (August 2016)