Mark A’Court, Neil Johnson from Gibbons Construction and Veronica Hippolite-A’Court at the site of the Malthouse Lane Apartments. Photo: Kate Russell.

City apartment project kicks off

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Demolition work has begun to make way for a new eco-friendly apartment complex in Nelson’s city centre.

The Malthouse Lane apartments off Collingwood Street are being developed by Mark A’Court and Veronica Hippolite-A’Court, who own the Fresh Choice Nelson supermarket.

The three-level architecturally designed complex comprises 13 energy efficient apartments, half of which have already been sold.

Veronica says the eco-conscious development brings a new dimension to Nelson’s city centre.

“We’re very excited to be utilising this land in the heart of the city,” she says.

“Our whole ethos is around trying to get people away from using their cars and generally just being kinder to the environment.

“We are also firm advocates of building energy efficient and environmentally responsible homes and we’ve included aspects such as bike storage, electric car chargers and automated car stackers.”

They are also recycling demolition materials where possible.

Designed by Andrew Irving from Irving Smith Architects, the complex will be terraced to ensure privacy for owners.

The central site was originally a Malthouse, then a storage facility before becoming a blood bank in the 1970s.

Construction of the complex will be undertaken by Gibbons Construction, with a scheduled completion date of Christmas 2020.