Canterbury properties recognised in prestigious Property Industry Awards



Four Canterbury properties won awards at tonight’s 2022 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards – including two Best in Category accolades.

These awards have a broad and robust judging criteria that make them truly unique, with nominees assessed for how the development tracked against financial estimates, owner and user satisfaction, as well as its design, construction and sustainability.

There were 83 entries for 69 developments vying for the top accolade, culminating in New Zealand’s largest gala dinner with more than 1,500 guests hosted at Auckland’s Spark Arena this evening.

Christchurch’s new Convention Centre, Te Pae – with a 28,000sqm floor area, a 1,400-seat tiered auditorium, a 2,800sqm exhibition space, a 1,800-seat banquet space as well as state-of-the-art audio visual, ICT, and rigging provisions – was the Warren and Mahoney Civic, Health & Arts Property Award winner.

Te Aratai College (formerly Linwood College) won the Greenstone Group Education Property Award. The high school campus features a Creativity and Innovation Block to house a variety of science, technology and arts-focused teaching spaces, catering to both in-house students and surrounding primary and intermediate schools, in lieu of facilities they don’t have.

The OCHT Brougham Street Development comprising of 90 homes and a 14-block community housing development, caters for a wide range of needs and provides a future-proofed socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community. It was awarded Excellence in the Kāinga Ora Community & Affordable Housing Property Award.

The new indoor Selwyn Sports Centre in Rolleston was completed on time and to budget, and includes eight indoor courts, a jogging track and the country’s first Lu Uno interactive playground. It received a Merit in the  Holmes Tourism & Leisure Property Award.

The evening’s Supreme Award went to HomeGround. The complex designed to give homeless people a hand up, won hands down. Owned and developed by Auckland City Mission, the 12,000sqm, 11-storey multi-purpose development was also named the Best in Category and awarded Excellence in the Kāinga Ora Community and Affordable Housing category, and Excellence in the Resene Green Building Property category.

The judges applauded how HomeGround delivered on the needs of multi-purpose users, and they said that while it was hard to integrate mixed-use, the result was exceptional.

It is New Zealand’s first model of single-site supportive housing for people needing housing, food and low-cost medical services. Stevens Lawson Architects was commissioned to design a building that treats users with respect and dignity and welcomes all Aucklanders.

Property Council chief executive Leonie Freeman described it as “a genuine example of how a building can be not only a roof over our head, but a safe haven for those in need”.

Winning two Excellence and Best in Category Awards was Profile Group’s Hautapu HQ in Cambridge, winning the Resene Green Building Award and CBRE Industrial Property Award. The project also received a Merit in the RCP Commercial Office Property Award category.

Wellington’s shared space, The Generator, took out Excellence and Best in Category Awards – in  the RCP Commercial Office Property Award and the Naylor Love Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Award – for the redevelopment of 30 Waring-Taylor, an iconic building dating back to 1927. It was also given an Excellence in the Resene Green Building Property Award.

Redeveloping a single dwelling site into a five-storey building with 32 apartments culminated in Modal in Mt Albert, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, winning Excellence and Best in Category in the Templeton Multi Unit Residential Property Award category.

The Holmes Tourism and Leisure Property Award went to Cordis Hotel’s 17-storey landmark Pinnacle Tower. Mixed-use commercial building The Rise in Titirangi Village, Auckland, won the Yardi Retail Property Award.

Freeman acknowledged all the nominees’ tenacity, with many of the projects being delivered throughout a period of lockdowns and economic uncertainty.

“These awards showcase what can happen when you marry courageous vision with the can-do attitude of passionate people. The result is not only remarkable buildings but properties, precincts and cities that have a positive impact on our communities.”



For more information and winner’s contact details please contact:
Hayley McLarin | Compelling PR | 027 559 1172 |

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