18 | DEVELOPMENT Signature Construction - Wattle Park ‘A & B’ Licensed for Asbestos Removal “From a client perspective they are working with a fit- for-purpose company, dedicated to building large-scale volume – terraced housing, apartments, stand alone and attached dwellings.” to page 20 Helping to solve the housing shortage Karen Phelps A new company set up under Signature Homes last year is helping to solve New Zealand’s housing shortage by producing quality new home solutions for communities. Signature Construction Limited is part of the wider Signature Homes group of franchised building businesses and is run by CEO Gareth Ready, a licensed draftsman and designer. Gareth has been with Signature Homes for over 15 years, initially managing the subdi- vision and working drawing/documentation elements before progressing to running the Housing NZ division of the North Shore & Rodney franchise, which is now Signature Construction Ltd. He also has prior experience working with the Ministry of Education and commercial work with various Auckland architects. Gareth says that although Signature Homes has undertaken medium density housing developments for some time, such as working with Kāinga Ora (formerly known as Housing NZ) since the 1980s, having a separate com- pany dedicated to this type of work was the result of significant demand and the need for specialisation. “From a client perspective they are working with a fit-for-purpose company, dedicated to building large-scale volume – terraced hous- ing, apartments, stand alone and attached dwellings. “It’s a unique and varying skill-set to building single bespoke houses so requires a dedicat- ed solution,” he says. Signature Construction works with subcon- tractors who also specialise in these types of projects. Combined with Signature Construction’s a proven track record in planning, designing and building medium density developments it has seen the company become one of just five Kāinga Ora preferred build partners, under- taking capacity partnering agreements for the delivery of a set volume of state homes each year and over a longer time period rather than on a project by project basis. Signature Construction also works on some Kiwibuild projects and with private developers. A significant current project is Wattle Park, which combines elements of community hous- ing, Kiwibuild and private market housing is a project for Watchman Capital at 194 Mahia Road, Wattle Downs.