HomeGround apartments for homeless takes top accolade at Property Industry Awards



HomeGround, the complex designed to give homeless people a hand up, won hands down at this year’s Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.

Owned and developed by Auckland City Mission, the 12,000sqm, 11-storey multi-purpose development was 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 before going on to take the Supreme Award.

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.

In choosing HomeGround, the judges applauded how it delivered on the needs of multi-purpose users, and they said that while it is 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.

Constructed by Built Environs, the property includes 80 permanent apartments with wraparound services and facilities including a medical centre, withdrawal facilities, educational and training facilities, meal provision and community spaces for the public.

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”.

Wellington’s shared space, The Generator, took out two Excellence and Best in Category Awards – 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 a Excellence in the Resene Green Building Property Award category. Celebrating the reuse and repurposing of the existing building was the fundamental ambition of the design, the judges said. It sets a new standard in shared workspace solutions with a targeted 5-Star Greenstar rating and 5-Star NABERSNZ rating.

Also winning two Excellence and Best in Category Awards was Profile Group’s Hautapu HQ in Cambridge, winning both the Resene Green Building Award and CBRE Industrial Property Award. The project also received a Merit in the RCP Commercial Office Property Award category. The judges noted that the commitment to deliver on Appropriate Holding’s pledge to sustainability was evident from the design stage through to construction and ongoing operation. The project team worked together to influence every part of the supply chain and think differently for the benefit of the environment, community, employees, and future economic benefit.

Redeveloping what was once a single dwelling property 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. Modal is contained on a 719sqm site with nine 2-bedroom apartments and 23 one-bedroom apartments.

Christchurch’s new Convention Centre, Te Pae took out the Warren and Mahoney Civic, Health & Arts Property Award Category. Boasting 28,000sqm of 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.

The Holmes Tourism and Leisure Property Award went to the Cordis Hotel’s new 17-storey landmark Pinnacle Tower giving the Auckland property an additional 244 guest rooms. Mixed-use commercial building The Rise in Titirangi Village, Auckland, won the Yardi Retail Property Award.

Other winning projects included Christchurch’s Te Aratai College (formerly known as Linwood College), that won the Greenstone Group Education Property Award. The high school campus features an impressive Creativity and Innovation Block to house a wide 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.

Freeman acknowledged 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 please contact:
Hayley McLarin | Compelling PR | 027 559 1172 | hayley@compellingpr.co.nz


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