Placemaking Strategy & Programme Design

Placemaking strategies and/or programmes designed to suit any area, timeframe, budget or other constraints.

What we can do

We can design a placemaking strategy and/or programme to suit any area, timeframe, budget or other constraints. We start with the place. Your place and start to understand it from a historical, cultural, economic, social and ecological point of view. We will always incorporate local stakeholder engagement and knowledge. And whatever we do will be original, exciting and specific to YOUR context. 

Our processes are very scalable to suit the needs of the place and the project/development. We can also oversee implementation of a strategy or programme in part or in full to bring the ideas contained within to life. 

We have completed a number of such strategies for a range of clients. Let us help you make your development really work for the local community and ensure better longterm outcomes for all across the board. As well as creating the strategy and designing the programme, we are able to bring it to life too. See Place Activation & Management.  

Case study: Auranga


Gap Filler was contracted to develop a 2-year placemaking strategy for the Auranga development in Drury, south of Auckland. This is a 167 hectare greenfield development that will comprise around 2700 homes when completed. 

Our role saw us spend time in the area and get to know the place and nearby communities. Over time, we met with many people from nearby residents to community groups to business owners, school teachers and more. We then proposed a strategy which included a menu of projects at a Level 1, 2 or 3 scale of realisation. We also took a values-based approach which was connected to the client’s vision for Auranga and showed how each project in our strategy would address those specific values individually and then collectively as as programme.




“People have often asked me: “How successful do you think [Gap Filler’s Placemaking at One Central programme] is” or “how do you measure it?”

I suppose the easiest ways for me to measure it is to go down to one of the project sites and look at the smiles, particularly at the Youth Hub. People are there at midnight, at midday playing basketball… The smiles on the faces say it all.”

Mark Doyle

Fletcher Living