Ockham describe themselves as urban regenerators who love Auckland and aim to produced Auckland’s most outstanding residential buildings.
I first heard about Ockham in a Kim Hill interview – a good way to get the feel of the man behind it Mark Todd as he talks about his favourite music
We will achieve this aim with a total commitment to quality urban design, architecture and materials. In particular, our buildings will age gracefully and contain fine grain detail on a human scale that allows them to enhance their surrounds and be well loved by their communities.
They see housing as infrastructure, and focus on long term outcomes rather than simply the short-term bottom line, although of course they aim to be profitable. But profitability is not the only driver in their business.
They gave other aims that include being beautiful and loved by the community, use low maintenance materials, best practice design elements around noise and heat, and high level of onsite amenity without expensive body corporate fees. More
In 2009 Mark Todd and Ben Preston founded Ockham Residential, and they also founded Ockham Foundation – an education based registered charity to encourage critical thought, independent thinking and the fostering of a sense of social justice amongst students of all ages.
Ockham have now built over $100m of residential developments, and more are on the way.
A friend of mine posted on facebook about their latest project: The Daisy project – from enlightened Auckland developer Ockham is a bit The Commons-esque, not co-housing per se – and ironically with less common features like rooftop garden which other Ockham apartments have. But does have a shared equity scheme, built in car-share, no private car parks, generous bike and scooter parking – even a dedicated scooter lift. See http://www.ockham.co.nz/daisy