Turangi Youth Area

The Turangi Youth Area is part of a wider development to rejuvenate the town center.

LA Works with Rich Landscapes skate designers and Central Park play experts designed a unique and dynamic youth space with skate, play and socialising opportunities.





Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery

LA Works provided full landscape architectural services on the 43 hectare extension to the cemetery.

Careful consideration was given to visitor movement, aesthetics, differing cultural burial requirements and maximization of yield for the $3m project.

A couple of the highlights were the revitalization and incorporation of a polluted stormwater retention pond and the creation of honed concrete ash urn walls that are now being used in other Council cemeteries.




Myers Park

LA Works project managed the design and construction of multiple projects associated with the Myers Park upgrade over 4 years.

Projects included lighting, CCTV, planting, entrances, furniture, signage and an award winning playspace.

Totaling over $3.5m and designed and built by a multitude of consultants, contractors and suppliers, the park upgrade was completed in time for it’s centenary.





Medium Density Housing

LA Works provide all the landscape architectural expertise for Modus Group.

Modus Group facilitates the development of modern and dynamic housing projects.

The design response is to create high quality living environments using robust and low maintenance materials.

To date LA Works have been involved with over 12 projects in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.



Pacific Heights Home

A confidently modern, award winning, dream home on the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean demanded an equally ambitious landscape that complements the home and settles it into the environment.

Master Builders Canterbury House of the Year Award.



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Award Winning Home

This award winning architectural home by Jack Manning, on a hill site overlooking Sumner, compelled a landscape that set off the architectural form, responded to the client’s lifestyle and created a lush pocket on the dry hill-scape.

NZIA Residential Architecture Award.

NZIA Resene Colour Award.



Northboro Reserve Playscape

A robust ship structure encloses a playspace and features take off points for slides and a flying fox that leads kids down to a ParkLife ‘Basketbowl’ court.

Northboro Reserve Playscape is rated in the top 10 playgrounds in Auckland.




Okura Playscape

LA Works created a dynamic and creative playground that includes a ParkLife ‘Basketbowl’ skate and basketball facility that seamlessly links to a flying fox, netball hoop, swing and other play elements that are integrated into the surrounding semi-rural environment.

Okura Playscape is rated in the top 10 playgrounds in Auckland.

“The good people of Okura lobbied for many years to have a playground in their rural East Coast Bays community. The result is a brand new community space on the village green”  Diana Clement, NZ Herald, 26/11/2011.




Long Bay Playscape

This playspace provides a high level of prestige for the Council with an official Mayoral opening with Variety – the children’s charity.

Significantly the project was part funded by Variety due to the playgrounds high level of accessibility within an integrated playspace.

The design offers high play value, balanced challenge and risk with creative use of non-standard items such as the nature trail with a range of music play accessible to all, in ground trampolines and natural accessible play elements.

The playspace fits seamlessly into the coastal environment, connects to adjacent park amenities and the pedestrian network with art sculptures.

“The Variety Playground at Long Bay is our second all-inclusive development with the Auckland Council, and we are thrilled to be working with them again.  This playground provides a safe, challenging and exciting environment for children of all abilities to enjoy”  Lorraine Taylor, CEO of Variety – The Children’s Charity.




Albany Mixed Used

LA Works provided the landscape architectural expertise for all three sites of the Albany Mixed Use Commercial site on Oteha Vally Road.

LA Works worked with each site’s developer, architect, engineer and Auckland Council urban designer to achieve a landscape design inline for the long term vision for Albany.

Each landscape solution provides for vibrant common spaces for social interaction that are responsive to the synergy of the tenants and resolves the complexity of issues such as access, parking, services, tenant and Council requirements.






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Basque Park

Basque Park is set amongst high density residential development in Newton Gully, Central Auckland.

The Ted Smyth design is a sculptured landscape with large rock circles, an amphitheater, a grid of Nikaus and a unique central water feature.

LA Works project managed the implementation of the $1.1 million upgrade to achieve a high quality outcome for the community.




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Grey Lynn Park

Grey Lynn locals have strong associations with Grey Lynn Park, whether it’s the ballers playing pick-up basketball on the ParkLife Courts, skaters on the half pipe, parents and kids at the lido pool and playground, members of the rugby league club, creatives pondering the sculpture or the daily walkers and runners.

The hive of activity and diversity of use and people it attracts, makes the park an exemplar of inner city park life.

LA Works have designed and project managed the ongoing upgrade of the park in close consultation with the community to better serve the serve high use and to promote social interaction.



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Marybeth Reserve

Marybeth Reserve is set in the heart of Papakura.

The local community achieved a long held dream to have an active and dynamic park for use by the locals for positive activity.

The LA Works team designed and managed the implementation of a dynamic park with a ParkLife ‘Basketball and ‘Half Court’, playground, flying fox, kick-around / events lawn, signage and footpath linkages.

The park received a Mayoral Opening in 2012 and has been fully embraced by the community as evidenced by the high usage.

See what the Papakura Courier has to say about the project.





Waitakere Civic Centre

The design for the Civic Buildings and mixed use commercial development of Waitakere Central created a series of imaginative, interlinked, vibrant and meaningful public open spaces for Henderson.

The area included a traditional Japanese viewing garden including a timber pergola, a series of waterfalls, lighting, ornamental tree and shrub planting, substantial natural stone terracing, a range of paving materials, public art, lighting, signage, street furniture and provision for a street market and a raised lawn.

Bridget Gilbert Landscape Architecture led the design and LA Works provided full detailed design documentation as part of our ongoing collaboration.



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Pin Oak Reserve Playscape

Pin Oak Reserve in Schnapper Rock is set amidst new housing with views out to the inner reaches of the Waitemata Harbour and offered up a blank canvas to create play opportunities for local kids.

The LA Works design is unconstrained by traditional ideas of play with innovative water play elements that are fed by the rain.

A space net with tube slide offers safe and dynamic climbing and a ParkLife ‘Goalkeeper’ helps activate the flat lawn area.

All excavations to level out areas of the site were re-used to create mounds for BMX riding, to meet budgetary constraints and ecological values.

Pin Oak Reserve Playscape is rated in the top 10 playgrounds in Auckland.

“Schnapper Rock (Pin Oak) is arguably the best of quite a big bunch of new playgrounds. The playground is enticing and the children hopped merrily down the wooden stepping stones keen to try the water play installation that includes a large spiral hand-pump. Pumped water spills from a tank and down a man-made creek bed under a wobbly ridge and young children’s slide.”  Diana Clement, New Zealand Herald, 26/11/2011.