Ohu is working with the Lyttelton community to create a building on the Collett's Corner site that will be collectively owned by the community it supports.
Ohu’s first project is the Collett’s Corner commercial development, a 2,300m2 mixed-use building in the heart of Lyttelton. The purpose of the development is to attract people to Lyttelton through guest accommodation, collaborative workspaces, and bespoke hospitality outlets. Through this development we are challenging conventions of property development by creating a building that builds community through its social, financial and legal design.
The Collett’s Corner and the businesses within it, will be locally owned, generating a distributed income to local residents. The land and building will be held in a company, Collett's Corner Ltd, and shares in the company will be sold in exchange for an equity stake in the property development. An equity crowd funding campaign will be held February 2019 through Pledgme.
The design of the building will facilitate connection between people, both local and visitors, through its considered curation and layout. The purpose is to foster creating places where we connect with one another in meaningful ways.
Ohu is hosting a design competition and inviting architects and graduates to submit ideas for the Collett’s Corner development project. We are appealing to teams that strongly believe in building communities and that see architecture as a way to create places of connection and wellbeing.
STAGE 1: OPEN CALL FOR CONCEPT IDEAS: June 1 - June 29th
Public online voting: July 2nd 8am - July 4th 10pm vote here
Public Exhibition: 10am - 7pm at XCHC (376 Wilsons Rd) July 4th
Announcement of three finalists: July 6th
STAGE 2: DEVELOPED CONCEPT - July 9th - August 31st
Public online voting - September 3rd 8am - September 6th 10pm
Public presentation by each design team: September 6th 6pm venue tbc
Announcement of wining team: September 14th
Please refer to the below links for more information:
Questions and answers
Ohu started the Collett’s Corner project with a listening phase in 2017 where the local community determined the options to collectively create and own. We distilled the long list of possible uses into two possible building options: Intergenerational and Attraction. Each of the options combined complementary uses so that the respective business thrive alongside one another.
The Intergenerational option focused on creating a place for local residents who find it increasingly difficult to get in and out of town due to the steep hills and stairs, yet they want to remain in Lyttelton and be involved in what is happening. The first and second floor included a mix of accommodation, the ground floor a co-working space for local community groups and residents working from home, and the basement a carpark for collectively owned electric vehicles.
The Attraction option focused on creating a unique destination in Lyttelton to serve locals and visitors alike. Locals voiced wanting a memorable place to take visitors. This option includes a quirky hotel on the first floor, a cosy cinema and bar on the top floor, a souk-like market on the ground floor, and Roman style baths in the basement.
We found the community was equally behind each option and wanted parts of each to be blended. Our feasibility assessments showed that each option would generate strong financial returns for investors and in response to the community feedback, we have developed a third ‘Hybrid’ option which is predominantly attraction based where instead of the souk market at the ground floor we will develop a co-working space, restaurant and retail space.
The programme is to complete the design and planning in 2018, apply for consents in 2019 and complete the construction to open the building at the end of 2020.
Stages of Development
- Listening & Ideation Phase: Jul -Nov 2017
Ask the community to share their ideas for the site
Assess potential options for the project
- Scoping Phase: Jan - May 2018
Share options and seek input to choose the preferred option
Develop feasibility report
Create financial and legal structures aligned to the project's purpose
Seek early stage investors
- Plan & Design Phase: Jun 2018 - Jul 2019
Seek business operators
Launch design competition & appoint wining team
Assemble the project team
Launch equity crowdfunding campagin (February 2019)
- Construction Phase: Mar 2019 - Nov 2020
Build community by building the building, including working bees to develop trade experience
- Opening: Dec 2020
Let's celebrate together!
- Land $630,000
- ~$7mil construction
Opportunities for Investors
- Equity crowd funding February 2019
- Project Steward - Camia Young
- Project Manager - Karen Sanderson of Catalyst
- Development Manager - Pete Lawrence of Buildtech
- Architect - to be appointed through competition
- Lyttelton residents
- Future business owners
- 10.07.2018 Idealog - Revealed: the three finalists for Lyttelton's development design competition
- 09.07.2018 The Press - Design proposals for Lyttelton's Collett's Corner site revealed
- 03.07.2018 The Press - Public vote to determine future of Lyttelton's prominent Collett's Corner site
- 31.03.2018 The Press - Disrupting property development in Lyttelton
- 26.03.2018 The Press - Ambitious Lyttelton project could create Roman baths, cinema, souk-like market
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Collett's Corner please get in touch.
Ohu is working with the Lyttelton community to create a unique attraction on London St. The 4 story, 2300m2 building will have hot baths, coworking, shop, restaurant, apart-hotel, cinema and bar.