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Four Wellington properties shared nine awards at tonight’s 2022 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards – including two Best in Category accolades for Generator NZ.
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.
Wellington’s shared space, The Generator, took out two 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. 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.
The revitalisation of 22 The Terrace – making the 11-storey office building sustainable, low-carbon 5* Green Star and seismically sound – resulted in Excellence in the Commercial Office Property Award category and Excellence in the Resene Green Building Property Award.
Two Excellences, in the Commercial Office category and in the Green Building Property Award, went to two/fiftyseven, a 700sqm office refit in central Wellington that salvaged building materials onsite. It is home to the country’s only mental health gym.
Wakefield Hospital Stage 1 is the leading surgical hospital benchmarked using the GBCA Green Star Design has a full base isolation over split isolation planes to provide a safe operating environment and minimum downtime in the event of a major seismic event. It won Excellence in the Warren and Mahoney Civic, Health & Arts Property Award.
Adding apartments next to the Mary Potter Hospice earned Te Ara O Puanga Excellence in the Templeton Multi-Unit Residential Property Award and a Merit in the Commercial Property Award category went to the former Leaders Building that is now the 11-storey Brandon House.
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.
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”.
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.
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 – 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 – was the Warren and Mahoney Civic, Health & Arts Property Award winner.
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 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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