All clear for Cloudy Bay with Property Council Award win

Auckland, 23 June 2023: Tonight’s Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards held at Spark Arena named the Cloudy Bay Vineyards – Founders Cellar, Blenheim the winner of the Resene Green Building Property Award. This project took home the Excellence and Best in Category awards as well as a Merit in the Holmes Group Tourism and Leisure Property Award.

The Property Industry Awards, now in their 24th year, celebrate and showcase superior examples of iconic projects in property development and investment across a broad range of sectors and design disciplines, recognising outstanding projects, developments and refurbishments. This year the judging panel assessed 97 buildings across the country in 10 categories.

The genesis of the Marlborough project was due to the need for new visitor spaces and small-batch wine production at Cloudy Bay Vineyards. The team wanted to ensure that whatever they built not only honoured the original features of the site but also brought it in line with the modern, sustainability standards that guide its world-leading winemaking.

The design saw the upgrade of the vineyard’s original 1985 industrial Cellar One building with more than 74 per cent of the existing facade being retained. And, where changes needed to be made, wherever possible materials were reused. For example, one of the concrete walls was crushed up and reused in other projects on-site. Similarly, the cellar roof was donated and reused.

Throughout the build, care was taken to adopt passive design principles that, in combination with solar generation onsite, are anticipated to deliver net zero energy use.

The new space combines a Tank Room for small-batch wine operations with a Wine Library (housing 4,000 bottles dating back to the label’s inception) and a Blending Room at gallery level, integrated into the North side of the existing structure.

The finished building has created New Zealand’s first 5 GreenStar-rated commercial wine building and has delivered an exceptionally high-quality space for international guests and wine buyers.

Property Council chief executive Leonie Freeman said, “property is more than bricks and mortar, it’s about people and is a catalyst for community. Good, well-designed property creates harmony and promotes inclusion, creating spaces for communities to thrive. Cloudy Bay now boasts a world-class facility built by a largely local team that upholds their global commitment to sustainability.”


Resene Green Building Property Award
Excellence and Best in Category: Cloudy Bay Vineyards – Founders Cellar, Blenheim
  • Submitted by Beca
  • Owner/developer: Cloudy Bay Vineyards Ltd
  • Construction: Scott Construction, Marlborough
  • Architect: Paul Rolfe Architects Ltd
  • Service engineer: Beca Ltd
  • Structural engineer: Davidson Group Ltd
  • Other consultants: Sustainability – Beca Ltd
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