Metlifecare Gulf Rise Villas

Design + Build

Accommodation / Residential

89 Symes Drive, Red Beach


$10.8 Million

11 Months

Architects /
Warren & Mahoney

Structural /
MSC Consultants Group

These 35 high-quality, two-bedroom
villas represent the first stage of a new
master planned Metlifecare retirement
village at Red Beach, on Auckland’s
Hibiscus Coast. Described by Metlifecare
as a “step up” and “a new approach
to retirement living”, the Gulf Rise
development will eschew the traditional
gated community approach in favour
of a far more connected, peoplefriendly
design, with an emphasis on
large open spaces and the provision of
plenty of event and meeting places.

Constructed by Haydn & Rollett between
August 2018 and the following May in
an $11 million, three-staged programme,
the villas are largely uniform in design
and layout, with some variation in the
arrangement of access doors. External
walls are a combination of pale face
brick and dark aluminum cladding, roofs
are metal, and each villa has single-car
garaging. Inside, the units are carpeted

throughout, other than in the bathroom,
entry and around the kitchen. The open
plan lounge is distinguished by a high
ceiling that follows the pitch of the roof,
and the finishing’s are all of high quality.
The lush landscaping around the villas was
handled separately by a local contractor.

The site, which was formerly the Peninsula
golf club, provided few difficulties,
although some timing challenges arose
as a result of the client’s separate
arrangements with subcontractors.
Faced with a delay to being able to line
and finish the first lot of eight villas,
the Haydn & Rollett team carried on
with the next stages, expediting the
final stage to ensure continuity of the
subcontractors working on the project.

Apart from that, the project was largely
straightforward. And, thanks to efficient
onsite management, the team finished
the job six weeks ahead of programme.