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Natural Habitats is proud to announce that we have won an impressive 11 Awards in the 2016 Placemakers Riccarton Landscaping New Zealand awards – more awards and in more categories than any other landscaping company.

/projects/Brickworksentrancesmall.JPGIncluding winning the prestigious PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR, our team won three Gold Awards and seven Silver Awards for Landscape Design, Construction, Horticulture and Maintenance. That each project won awards for both design and construction is recognition of the complete value our Design and Build service model provides to our clients.

We’ve profiled the award winning landscapes in a series of blogs and would like to thank all our team involved in these projects as well as our clients who gave us the opportunity to design and build such fabulous gardens. First up is Bricklane – Brickworks (Lynn Mall Shopping Centre) which won one of the top awards - the PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD, as well as a Gold award for Landscape Design, and a Silver award for Landscape Construction. Congratulations go to Landscape Designer Lloyd Atherfold, and our Build Team – Nick Blandford and Phil Komene.

 

 

 

Working with the Local

26 June 2014

Be they frog, bird, tree, human or built in form, our landscape architects work with the palette of contextual materials in developing our designs. We consider context to be extremely important in our designs and addressing physical, cultural and spiritual elements. This means we design bearing in mind ecology, sustainability and usability all with creative design flair.

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At Natural Habitats we are constantly striving to create memorable landscapes for our clients. Be they the smallest garden to the largest urban development we believe it is vitally important to ensure our designs fit within a sites’ context.

The basic fundamentals of our design are based on Context, Content and Concept.

Context includes:

Physical attributes – vegetation, structures, aspects, climate
Cultural attributes – demographics, diversity
Statutory attributes – national, regional and local planning documentation

We look to make our projects fit seamlessly within their environment, which is increasingly important from an ecological perspective. We strive to make connections with the wider environment to promote habitat and broad linkages.

Content includes:

Site features – contour, aspect, soil

Concept:

How do we deal with the context and content to deliver a successful landscape? We consider style, materials and plants.

All our designs are arrived at after careful consultation with our clients and account given to their desires for the landscape. We work collaboratively with a wide range of professions to produce the best outcome.

Well considered and delivered landscapes contribute positively to the fabric of the environment. Natural Habitats deliver considered designs and outcomes.


Natural Habitats’ Greening Award Winning Properties

11 June 2014

Natural Habitats are delighted to have contributed to six of the award winning properties in the 2014 Property Council Awards, the country’s most esteemed commercial property development awards.

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Natural Habitats are delighted to have contributed to six of the award winning properties in the 2014 Property Council Awards, the country’s most esteemed commercial property development awards.

“We were very pleased to work with Natural Habitats once again on the exciting ASB North Wharf Project. Their approach is always “What Is In The Best Interest Of This Project”, a philosophy that resonates well with the Fletcher view. They cost to meet the Project Budget and then follow through with a quality Install. They provide the necessary ongoing maintenance, as they are focused on the Long Term result of their landscaping contributions,” said Alan Gray, Project Director for Fletcher Construction Co.

ASB North Wharf – Jasmax

  • Supreme Award
  • Best in Category for Commercial Office Property Award
  • Merit for Green Building Property Award

ASB North Wharf features two green screens to soften large concrete surfaces outside.

AUT Sir Paul Reeves - Jasmax

  • Excellence for Education and Arts Property Award

The AUT Sir Paul Reeves building utilises a green screen to create soft partition and backdrop in a busy student atrium.

Ceres Organics – Williams Architects

  • Best in Category for Industrial Property Award

A two storied native Green Wall graces the inside entrance of Ceres Organics head office.

Te Uru Taumatua - Jasmax

  • Best in Category for Green Building Property Award

The landscape planted by Natural Habitats to be a sensory learning experience with touch, colour and smell also included a large amphitheatre of turf: 6600m2.

Carlaw Park Student Village – Warren Mahoney/Boffa Miskell

  • Best in Category for Multi-Unit Residential Property Award

 Wellsford War Memorial Library - Jasmax

  • Merit for Green Building Property Award

Over the past three decades Natural Habitats have won more awards than any other landscape company in New Zealand. Natural Habitats is New Zealand’s leading integrated landscape company. They are renowned for the quality of their work and recognized for their award winning landscape design, build and care. In New Zealand, Natural Habitats are at the forefront of the movement towards green technology in architecture. To find out more visit www.naturalhabitats.co.nz


Natural Habitats wins NZ’s Largest Civil Landscaping Project

02 April 2014

Natural Habitats is pleased to announce their success in winning the MacKays to Peka Peka (M2PP) four-lane expressway contract, which will consist of approximately 140ha of planting over the next three years.

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The M2PP alliance, including Beca Planning and Infrastructure, Fletcher Construction, Higgins Group and New Zealand Transport Agency, awarded Natural Habitats the contract.

‘It is exciting for Natural Habitats to be part of New Zealand’s largest civil landscaping project ever,’ said Graham Cleary, Chief Rake of Natural Habitats. ‘This is really ‘Gardening on a Grand Scale.’ 

The project is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor and will use in excess of 100,000 cubic metres of mulch and an estimated 1.5 million plants, of which the majority of seeds will be locally sourced & cultivated from the Kapiti Coast.

The plan incorporates a very diverse selection of plants to reflect the native species of the Kapiti Coast region and will leave a long-term corridor which actually improves ecological connections with other forest and wetland remnants on the coast.

“The plan includes cycleways, bridleways, paths and even ‘skink habitat areas’ to ensure the lizards, which currently inhabit the area are unaffected,” says Laurie Wearmouth, Natural Habitats’ Senior Estimator.

Natural Habitats aims to hire close to 60 staff locally and wants to ensure local iwi derive as much benefit as possible from the project by inducting and training young rangatahi into the project teams. This has worked successfully in previous projects, such as the Ngaruawahia Expressway, where those employed not only learnt on-the–job skills, but also credits towards NZQA qualifications.

“Natural Habitats engaged Tainui and provided job opportunities along with extensive training in health and safety, work ethics and best horticultural planting practices. In turn these skills helped build towards NZQA credits,” said Tūrangawaewae Board of Trustees Environment representative, Dennis Ngataki. 

Rod James, Wellington Highway Manager for NZ Transport Agency said, “This planting contract is just the tip of the iceberg and demonstrates there’s a wide range of skills and opportunities being sought for the project. We’ve engaged actively with local businesses and residents to ensure the region is ready and willing to take advantage of this four year programme of works that will provide a massive boost to the local economy.”

Green-thumbed locals interested in working with Natural Habitats are encouraged to contact them at careers@naturalhabitats.co.nz 

Natural Habitats’ other recent motorway projects include:

  • Manukau Harbour Crossing, Auckland
  • Ngaruawahia Expressway, Waikato
  • Auckland Motorway Alliance
  • Victoria Park Tunnel, Auckland
  • Northern Busway, Auckland

For a visual fly-through of M2PP check out the video here


Green Screen Elevation

02 April 2014

Natural Habitats Green Screens are being built on a new apartment complex in Herne Bay. The screens will produce softening of the facades, privacy and shelter and will no doubt be modified by the owners overtime.

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Natural Habitats Green Screens are being built on a new apartment complex in Herne Bay. The screens will produce softening of the facades, privacy and shelter and will no doubt be modified by the owners overtime.We have built many over the years - up to 6 storeys, but a newly constructed building at over 40 storeys (pictured) seems to be in the lead! Read more


We Have A Winner!

13 March 2014

A very excited Jo Bush from Auckland was the lucky winner of the $10,000 Kiwi Dream prize, which includes a landscape consultation and concept design drawings by Pascal Tibbits at Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations.

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“I am blown away! It comes at such a great time as we need to extend our home to accommodate a blended family and landscape the surroundings to match,” says Jo. “We are looking for something that will create an indoor/outdoor flow and be child friendly.” 

Jo was one of 2200 people who entered the competition promoted through the Kiwi Dream, a 6-part series which featured on Prime prior to Christmas. The program followed the ups and downs of a major private renovation project. The project, a 1950’s property, had been kept by the one family for 60 years and had barely been touched since it was built. While Refresh Renovations (www.refresh.co.nz) tackled the house, a team of experts from Natural Habitats lead by Pascal looked after the landscape installation, to help achieve the dream and make the most of the spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf from the cliff top above Karaka Bay. 

Pascal Tibbits, Senior Landscape Designer at Natural Habitats, primarily services the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions. He has extensive experience on exclusive residential developments, with a passion for the design and detailing of structural elements in the landscape. Contact Pascal on pascal@naturalhabitats.co.nz or 021 842244.


Natural Habitats all Bronzed Up

04 March 2014

Natural Habitats are pleased to announce their ‘Living Lounge’ collected two Bronze awards at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch last week for ‘Large Exhibit’ & ‘Lighting’.

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The Natural Habitats ‘Living Lounge’ is an outdoor garden room, featuring the structural elements of Green Walls, Green Screens, a Green Roof (EcoPillows) and the natural elements of grasses, water, timber and fire.

Inspiration was drawn from retrospective 1970’s design. A sunken conversation pit is the focal point of this minimalist garden, where people can sit back, relax and chat. This informal social space is decorated with planting, emulating features such as shag pile and funky fabrics.

The exhibit featured 4000 plants, which are predominantly Carex grasses and tussocks. The hedging is constructed with Corokia and the Green Beams with Hedera canarensis.

Natural Habitats’ Green Wall and Roofs are at the leading edge of contemporary landscape design and green build solutions. They are a lightweight, automated system where irrigation is built into the panel. Green Walls and Green Roofs will play an important role to the future sustainability of our urban environment.

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Natural Habitats 'Living Lounge' Wins Two Awards!

26 February 2014

Natural Habitats 'Living Lounge' has been awarded two bronzes judged on 25th of February at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch!

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More to come!


Natural Habitats Living Lounge

17 February 2014

The Natural Habitats ‘Living Lounge’ is an outdoor garden room, featuring the structural elements of Green Walls, Green Screens and a Green Roof (EcoPillows).

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The Natural Habitats ‘Living Lounge’ is an outdoor garden room, featuring the structural elements of Green Walls, Green Screens and a Green Roof (EcoPillows).

1970s design elements are at the core of this outdoor living lounge.

Inspiration was drawn from the iconic ‘conversation pit’. The sunken lounging area forms the centre of this modernist garden, where people can relax and socialise. Right at the centre is the lava bowl featuring fire on water and glowing rocks.

Other retrospective design elements such as funky fabrics and shag pile are evoked by the textured living wall using 4000 plants, predominantly Carex grasses and tussocks. The hedging is constructed with Corokia and the Green Beams with Hedrara Canarensis. The pergola structure is the unusual combination of layered stacked timber collars supporting a radial lattice roof and beam of Ivy.

Key points to note:

  • The levitating columns constructed of stacked collars support the living beam laced with ivy, which creeps across the radial lattice roof


Mark Read’s experience extends across a wide range of landscape design projects including residential, commercial, public open space, resorts, water features, streetscape, educational landscapes, retirement villages and subdivision developments. Examples of his work can be found in a number of international design publications and he has been responsible for the design of more than 35 award winning entries in New Zealand’s national LNZ awards.

Throughout Mark’s 28 years with Natural Habitats, his underling strengths are in producing innovative, creative design solutions with a strong environmental focus and a keen attention to detail.

Natural Habitats’ Green Wall and Roofs are at the leading edge of contemporary landscape design and green build solutions. They are a lightweight, automated system where irrigation is built into the panel. Green Walls and Green Roofs will play an important role to the future sustainability of our urban environment.

For more information about our Green Walls and Green Roofs please contact Pete de Jager at Natural Habitats on 0508 HABITATS or check out www.naturalhabitats.co.nz.


The Kiwi Dream, Final Episode this Friday 7.30pm on Prime

20 December 2013

The final episode and much of the renovation is complete.

However, there's still the downstairs bathroom and laundry to tackle. It's a major plastering and tiling job and there is a dispute when Evie is not happy with the placement of the shower drain.

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Outside, the Golden Boys from Natural Habitats are getting stuck in to complete everything. The turf is laid, the final garden beds are in and the finishing touches are being added.  Pascal gets involved with designing a fantastic garden lighting plan to take advantage of the new landscaping. He also surprises Evie with his amazing and unique outdoor additional feature. 

We recap each of the renovations and talk to the main players about how they think it all went from their perspective.

And then Mike Pero gives his opinion on what the house is now worth.

It is a surprising answer!  

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Find out more by tuning into The Kiwi Dream, Friday 20 December, 7.30pm on PRIME. 

You can also visit www.primetv.co.nz/kiwidream and enter to win a grand prize to the value of $10,000 including - landscape concept design drawings by Pascal Tibbits from Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations.


The Kiwi Dream, Episode 5 this Friday 7.30pm on Prime

12 December 2013

After a 6 week break re planning and re budgeting – the project recommences with a back in control budget - and the team is making up for lost time.

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The internal stair area is given a complete over hall including completely removing the old stairs and inserting a new set but in a different position.

The front entrance is completely revamped with cobblestones, a remote control pergola and a new front door with high tech lock system that is operated by smart phone.

Placement of a shed on the property turns into a major dispute with the architect who takes exception to it spoiling the view. Evie and Pascal are given the task of trying to make the shed ‘disappear’ with clever planting and paint.
The Mal Corboy designed kitchen arrives and is installed with spectacular results.

The house is given an unusual new aluminum roof, an external paint job and in the garden the Natural Habitats guys discover secret lost pathways that lead all the way to the beach.

Find out more by tuning into The Kiwi Dream, Friday 13 December, 7.30pm on PRIME.

You can also visit www.primetv.co.nz/kiwidream and enter to win a grand prize to the value of $10,000 including - landscape concept design drawings by Pascal Tibbits from Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations.