Perched atop Ponsonby Rise, this 12-storey freehold apartment offers outstanding design, superior location and stunning views. Hopetoun Residences consists of 87 units of apartments of varying sizes and layouts complete with spacious, flowing floor plans.

The Challenge
In keeping with their target market, the client was seeking a high quality, clean finish for the apartments. The building materials also needed to be cost-effective.

The James Hardie Solution
The building design uses James Hardie ExoTec® Facade Panel to provide a durable, express jointed panel look. The ExoTec Panels are fixed to steel Top Hat sections with RAB® Board used as a rigid air barrier behind the wall cladding.

Exotec with RAB Board provided the client with a cost-effective solution and enabled design and construction versatility.

“By using Exotec with RAB Board, we were able to close in the building early. This enabled the fit out works to be completed simultaneously with the final layer of Exotec on the exterior of the building,” explains John Carter, Summit Construction Project Manager.

Carter worked closely with the designer and client to select the products. “We adopted an open book approach to procurement of materials, which has led to the best design and construction solution for the project,” says Carter.

“The James Hardie team has also been supportive and quick to offer solutions for us when required.”


  • Location: Ponsonby, Auckland
  • Project Type: Apartment
  • Site Context: Urban
  • Architectural Designer: Paul Brown Architects
  • Builder: Summit Construction

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