Mark Todd has been a residential property developer for nearly two decades. Starting out on the tools, Mark worked as a builder with his brother and father, before co-founding Ockham Residential with Benjamin Preston in 2009.
It might seem a bold-bordering-on-ballsy move to start building apartments right in the middle of the GFC, but Mark (and Ockham) have always believed in Auckland — and had a definite vision of what a medium-density Tāmaki Makarau can be.
“We strive to make buildings as beautiful as the landscapes they sit within,” Mark says. “We call ourselves ‘urban regenerators’ – we want to play our part in making the new Auckland work, without losing the charm of the old. We look long-term: we see housing as infrastructure – the building blocks of community.”
You’ll find “Built for Auckland” inscribed on foundation plaques at most of Ockham’s 12th completed developments so far. It’s a neat distillation of the company’s mission: “To make beautiful buildings that people love to live in, homes that honour this dynamic Pacific city, stand the test of time, inspire others – and bring an awesome Auckland lifestyle to as many people and communities as we can.”
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