New Zealand's largest urban transformation project is underway in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure. The programme, led by the Tāmaki Regeneration Company, will see around 2500 social homes removed and 7500 new homes built over the next 10 - 15 years.

Envision has undertaken a comprehensive business case, including a cost benefit analysis, of deconstructing old social homes instead of demolishing them. Careful deconstruction of the old houses mean that the building materials can be reused, with an opportunity for job creation within a social enterprise function.

A pilot deconstructing three houses from different eras is underway. Once completed, a decision will be made as to whether to implement this approach more widely.

For more information click here for Tāmaki Regeneration Company's website.