1493343900612 - Drone flyover of possible Block NZ site shows work is under way for 2017

Drone flyover of possible Block NZ site shows work is under way for 2017

Are preparations for the sixth season of The Block well under way?

A drone flyover of a site in Northcote that’s tipped to be the next location of The Block NZ, showed that building is on the go with framing for four townhouse style units up, and some internal walls completed. 

The Auckland suburb of Northcote was said to be where four couples will fight it out to kit out the best house this year. 

The site, 58 Potter Avenue, was purchased by Eyeworks New Zealand Limited, the production company otherwise known as Warner Brothers NZ, for $1.9 million in July 2016.

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Eyeworks New Zealand Limited are also the production company behind the popular renovation show.

On the site, the original house had been bowled and framing for four units had been put up.

This would differ from previous seasons where pairs would renovate around existing structures. 

Barfoot and Thompson had originally advertised the property on their website alongside an artists impression of what the site could look like. 

The agent behind the sale said an architect based in Glenfield had showed him the building plans for four terrace houses, that would be about 217 and 240 sqm each.

“This fantastic large site is located in the Special Housing Area,” the property’s online listing reads. 

“This large site is zoned for Terrace Housing and Apartment Building under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan too.” 

The house sits on a narrow residential street with traffic-calming islands right outside the driveway, raising concern around how Potter Ave might deal with the onslaught of increased Block traffic and descending tradies.

During the show’s previous seasons, locals have raised concerns about congested traffic, restricted road access and noisy tradespeople working overtime.

While doing the drone flyover, traffic was stopped several times to make way for big trucks to enter and exit the site. 

Despite the north shore suburb being only a 15 minute drive from the Auckland city centre the area has had bad press in the past.

Mother-of-six Lucy Knight, 43, suffered serious head injuries at the nearby shopping centre when she tried to stop a bag-snatch by 17-year-old Hendrix Hauwai.

MediaWorks has not revealed any information about the project at this time and declined to comment when approached.