Company: James Hardie

Whitianga Waterways is a marine based urban development located in the township of Whitianga on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Commencing in 2001, this world class coastal development includes Marlin Waters, a unique retirement village for the early or active retiree. The first three units of this 61 villa village have just been completed and comprise single level 2 or 3 bedroom units with 1 or 2 bathroom options.

Marlin Waters is designed to achieve Lifemark Certification and has met a set of specific design standards to ensure the homes are safe and easy to live in. Selecting the right building materials was critical in achieving a liveable housing design.

The Solution
High impact James Hardie Linea® Weatherboard and HardieSoffit™ were incorporated into the 
homes. Peter Abrahamson, Project Manager of Whitianga Waterways, says the decision to use these products was based on past performance and reputation. “James Hardie products are popular in the development and come highly recommended by our suppliers and our designer Dataplan Waikato.”

“The building materials needed to be high quality both inside and out, and suitably robust for the environment,” explains Abrahamson. “Marlin Waters is more a retirement ‘resort’ than a village with its waterfront location and top end amenities.”

Clad with James Hardie Linea Weatherboard and lined with HardieSoffit around the perimeter, the clean and simple white walled villas provide a coastal look appropriate for the marine setting. The Linea Weatherboard also provides a fire resistance rating of up to 90 minutes, which makes it suitable for use on external walls close to boundaries, which is ideal for this application. It enabled the developers to achieve compliance with regard to fire safety requirements and peace of mind for residents without compromising on great aesthetics.

Project Details
Location: Whitianga
Project Type: Retirement Village
Developer’s Project Manager: Peter Abrahamson, Whitianga Waterways
Architectural Designer: John Ottaway, Dataplan Waikato Ltd
Builder: Nick Gill, Cove Construction Ltd