Water Sensitive Urban Design


We take an integrated approach when managing stormwater, groundwater and wastewater in urban developments in order to protect the local environment and enhance the built environment. Our team’s understanding and innovative approach to urban design is advancing the industry and contributing to international best practice. Something we are very proud of.

  • Best practice water sensitive urban design
  • Advice on sustainable land development
  • Capture and reuse or at-source treatment using swales, wetlands and tree pits
  • Dual purposed rain tanks, raingardens and planter boxes



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Bronwyn Rhynd
P 09 524 7029
M 027 454 5533

Zeb Worth
P 09 524 7029
M 022 6374 916

Hamish Ross
P 07 871 6144
M 021 215 6346 

Case Studies

Fletcher Living – Whenuapai Village

CKL is working with Fletcher Living on a long-term, large-scale residential development to create new communities in Auckland’s northwest. The development will be delivered in 8 stages across 15 years, converting farmland to liveable urban spaces.

A project of this size and scale has to be flexible and adaptable to accommodate changes to urban planning requirements and the needs of the community. CKL is taking this project from concept to development.

Comprehensive site assessments have been carried out and the proposed plan for the development is firmly anchored by a water sensitive urban design philosophy. As an important catchment area, we have taken a much softer, greener approach to the engineering plan for the roading system and stormwater management. Bio detention devices, stormwater ponds and filtration trenches have all been factored into the catchment management plan and will strongly influence the subdivision design.

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO), Papatoetoe

The Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO), on Wentworth Street, Papatoetoe is in walking distance to the commercial centre of Old Papatoetoe and is located close to the Southern Motorway and Great South Road. The Temple attracts a growing number of people for day-to-day worship and other associated activities and events.

CKL was engaged to assess adjacent sites, owned by the Ghanshyam Trust, and prepare an engineering and infrastructure report in support of a resource consent application for the proposed subdivision and development of the Wentworth Temple Precinct.

The proposed development includes a Community Centre, capable of providing eating and dining facilities for up to 500 people, above ground and basement parking, and associated residential accommodation.

Our team of surveyors, and civil and environmental engineers worked with the architects Chow:Hill and planners to review and locate the position of existing water, wastewater and stormwater services and assets. In line with the scale of the development, and the overland flow paths and flood plains, we provided detailed design regarding earthworks, erosion and sediment control, as well as stormwater and wastewater disposal.

Auckland Botanic Gardens

The team at Auckland’s Botanic Gardens identified that their ponds were not functioning properly and were leaking and drying out. They turned to CKL for an engineering solution to minimise the requirement for pumped water.

CKL’s stormwater team (previously Stormwater Solutions) drew on the fundamental principles of water sensitive urban design, ecology and environmental engineering to design a natural system where stormwater was used to feed the ponds within the Botanic Gardens.

The innovative, natural solution enhanced the sustainability of the representative ecosystems of the ponds.

Te Awa Lakes

Te Awa Lakes is a proposed 62ha development for the old Perry sand quarry at Horotiu that will transform Hamilton’s northern gateway into a vibrant community hub and tourism destination. Bordered by the Waikato Expressway and the Te Awa Cycleway, the development will include around 860 high quality medium density residential dwellings, retail shops, river links, tourism activities, and a water adventure park.

CKL has been working closely with Perry Group in support of the land use change and plan change proposals to convert the former industrial site to residential and recreational use with the design of the lakes and wetlands.

This water sensitive urban design project brought together our environmental and stormwater engineering teams to develop a stormwater design and strategy that would restore the freshwater system within the urban development and effectively manage stormwater discharge to the lakes and ultimately the Waikato River.
Our guiding principle was to design an integrated lake and outfall river system to minimise impact on the Waikato River. Stormwater run-off from the Expressway and across the development site will be directed through wetlands for bioretention and treatment before discharge. Our strategy has been used to support the land use change proposal and Bronwyn Rhynd has provided expert testimony at Council hearings.