Monday, 21 October 2013

Hobsonville Point competition

Unitec students were recently involved in a Landscape Design competition and the winners were announced during the Auckland Heritage Festival 2013 earlier this month.

Ref: AWNS-19290314-44-1, the seaplane landing being constructed at the Hobsonville Air Base, 1929, Sir George Grey Special Collections
The competition challenged students to come up with a design for Sunderland Avenue, Hobsonville Point, a heritage street which used to be to be part of the Hobsonville Air Force base. A garden designs for the Hobsonville Point Primary School and individual houses on Sunderland Avenue were other categories also included in the competition.

Ref: AWNS-19360506-46-1, Royal NZ Air Force activities at Hobsonville Air Base, 1936, Sir George Grey Special Collections
The winning designs incorporated an approach towards a  'sustainable coastal community' and 'celebrated the heritage value of the area'.

Ref: AWNS-19300806-35-1, work at the new Hobsonville Air Force base, 1930, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Sunderland Avenue features original late heritage buildings and gardens from the late 1930s. The street is now part of the Hobsonville Point development and strict controls are in place to restore and retain the heritage character of the street.

Ref: AWNS-19311021-48-3, headquarters of the NZ Air Force, Hobsonville, viewed from the air, 1931, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Read more about the history of the site and browse the library resources on Hobsonville and the surrounding area. And don't forget to read a previous blog post on Douglas Mill - one of New Zealand’s pioneer aviators and his house which is one of the heritage buildings at Hobsonville Point.

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