Brown Owl



Urban Design

Brown Owl
Project Team:


Cuttriss Consultants

Pattle Delamore Partners

Harriet Fraser Engineering & Transportation Planning

Morrison Kent Lawyers



Tararua Management Ltd


Upper Hutt


New Zealand


Concept Design

Visualisation & Marketing

Resource Consent Management

Development Management

Brown Owl Park is a residential development located just north of Upper Hutt city, in Wellington. It will be sub divided into 37 residential sites all around 450-500m2 in size. The location is an idyllic peaceful setting, with parks, nature reserves and rivers all within a few minutes drive.

It also offers close proximity to commute to Wellington for work or the Wairarapa for leisure, both in less than an hour.

Voxell was engaged by the client to act as the lead consultant managing the resource consent application and project team along with designing the overall urban plan and architecture for the 37 lot residential development.

Working with the client we co-created the overall vision for a residential community that maximises the tranquil setting, best utilises the land mass and ultimately plays an important part in fulfilling the local demand for affordable housing.

The following key criteria determined our concept design for the subdivision.

1. Establishing an access connection from Brown Owl to Timberlea with NZ Transport Agency

2. Meeting Upper Hutt City Councils requirement for a minimum site area of 400m 2 with a maximum build footprint of 35% coverage.

3. Creating diversity by developing variation in the plot shapes and sizes to balance the subdivision.

4. To establish a sense of community, we needed to ensure that the majority of sites had street frontage.

5. To gentrify the area by creating a sense of place, we created a principle for landscaping that would need to be adhered to for all future purchasers.

In addition to providing design services, Voxell 3D modelled the entire subdivision creating high quality visualisations, that have bene used for marketing and sales purposes.

The Civil works are intended to start in 2019.

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     Client testimonial

"Our surveyors, planners and civil engineers found the Voxell team great to work with, they operate in a very well thought out, detailed and professional way.They are innovative and had a strong vision for this project from the beginning but were also agile in the way they were open to new ideas along the way to deliver the best outcome. They were excellent communicators, very responsive and great at connecting the right people to get things done. I’d highly recommend Zak and the Voxell team and wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again."

Kris Gough, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

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