Andrew Lapsley named supreme winner at South Island Property People Awards 2023

Te Pae Convention Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch lit up this evening, as over 300 property professionals gathered to celebrate and recognise their industry colleagues for the 2023 South Island Property People Awards, with seven happy winners taking home an award.

Winners are as follows:

Property Council Supreme Excellence Award and
Greenwood Roche Young Achiever of the Year Award

Andrew Lapsley, Verve Projects

Andrew’s credentials as a construction professional and skills as a project manager and leader helped him stand out in the Young Achiever category. His swift rise up the ranks from labourer, to gaining a Bachelor of Building Science from Victoria University and in 2021, only 12 years later, to being an owner and director at Verve Projects is impressive and indicative of his drive and determination.

Well spoken of by clients and staff, Andrew is credited with developing and maintaining project communications that ensure a smooth delivery and exceptional results. Projects are delivered to a high standard, with Andrew’s proactive professionalism, experience and ability to solve issues with speed and confidence central to this success.

A capable leader, Andrew has sought opportunities to mentor and guide his team, building people alongside the business. His willingness to embrace new technologies and innovate to ensure the Verve team works smarter rather than harder are testament to his passion for continuous improvement and the property sector.

The judges were blown away by Andrew’s nomination and are honoured to award him both the Greenwood Roche Young Achiever of the Year Award and the Property Council Supreme Excellence Award for 2023.

GHD Property Professional of the Year

Jordan Frizzell, Tuatara Structures

Jordan is the consummate property professional. Not only is he the Founder of Tuatara Structures, but he also has interests in commercial landscaping, property development, and timber production as well as several entities outside of the property industry.

He established Tuatara Structures in 2014 and grew it from nothing to being crowned the second fastest growing company in New Zealand by the Deloitte Fast 50 in 2018. Alongside a plethora of awards and milestones, Tuatara has also grown its team to 23 employees.

Jordan is a champion of sustainable design and build initiatives, which he willingly shares and collaborates with his industry peers. In 2019. Tuatara was the first construction company in New Zealand to become Toitū CarboNZero certified, and the company continues to put sustainability best practice at the fore of everything they do.

Jordan’s drive, enthusiasm and energy are infectious, with the judges commending his enormous contribution as a leader in the South Island property community.

Resene Urban Design Award

Pūtahi Whakatetonga South Frame Project Team – Rau Paenga, AECOM, Jasmax, LandLAB, Matapōpore

The Pūtahi Whakatetonga South Frame Project Team have revitalised an area of Central Christchurch that had floundered post-earthquakes, transforming it from empty lots and car yards into a functional 20,000 sqm space that enhances the community.

The support and collaboration of Matapōpore and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri has enriched the design in an authentic and meaningful way for the people of Christchurch. Beyond this, the project team bore a heavy load of collaboration and consultation through the seven-year construction phase that presented many challenges but ultimately added to the overall vibrancy and prosperity of the precinct.

The judges credited the project team with creating a public space that both connects the city and acts as a catalyst for development, providing certainty in the form of a mixed-use precinct spanning seven city blocks.

Southbase Construction Excellence in Sustainability Award

Alexandra Smith, Warren and Mahoney
Photo credit: Warren and Mahoney

Alexandra has been recognised for her extraordinary commitment to sustainability, most recently evidenced through her architectural leadership of the groundbreaking Te Huhi Raupō healthcare facility.

Incorporating a three-part Zero-Energy policy which focused on energy reduction through passive design principles, a high-performance thermal envelope and low energy fittings, the project is shifting expectations of what is possible in healthcare architecture, with the building one of only three Zero Carbon certified buildings globally.

Alexandra’s leadership has been instrumental in driving and implementing this innovative design, and the judges commended her passion for sustainability and aptitude in achieving remarkable results.

Property Council Long Service Award

Peter Marshall, Warren and Mahoney
Photo credit: Warren and Mahoney

Peter has contributed to the South Island property industry, and New Zealand architectural profession extensively over his 40+ year career.

While his legacy is immense and includes many projects that have become the cornerstone of the Christchurch urban landscape, it was his role both before and after the 2011 earthquakes in working with others to restore, and then act to save, the Christchurch Town Hall that has perhaps been most definitive of his contribution to the profession.

Peter’s contribution to architecture by way of his leadership of Warren and Mahoney over close to a decade cannot be underestimated. His calm, fair, positive, and supportive mentorship of many young architects has made a significant contribution to both Warren and Mahoney and the wider profession.

Peter’s consummate professionalism as well as his interest in supporting the development of the careers of so many of his colleagues has made a lasting contribution to the industry in New Zealand and to the capability we have as a profession to address our most significant challenges.

Hawkins Best Team Award

Christ Church Cathedral Stabilisation Team - The Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project, Warren and Mahoney, Naylor Love, Rawlinsons and Holmes Consulting

The Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project is one of the most complex and arguably most important projects in the city’s history. The Stabilisation Phase, undertaken in two parts, enables the building to be safe to enter and work on, while simultaneously protecting and retaining existing heritage features wherever possible.

Collaborative governance, which involved detailed scrutiny by executive teams, as well as meticulous planning and coordination between all parties was crucial in making this complex project a success.

The judges recognised the level of difficulty, extraordinary coordination and individual expertise of each of the key stakeholders in delivering this phase of the project.

Congratulations to the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project, Warren & Mahoney, Naylor Love, Rawlinsons and Holmes Consulting – this year’s Hawkins Best Team Award winners.

Anderson Lloyd Judges' Choice Award

New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club Project Team - South by Southeast, Snohetta, and the New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club Build Committee
Photo credit: Sarah Rowlands

Intersecting a meandering public pathway that leads through the dunes of New Brighton Beach, the New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club building seeks to be both part of the landscape and offer pockets of shelter from it.

A collaboration between Oslo-based firm Snohetta and Christchurch-based practice South by Southeast, the design is the result of nearly a decade of talks and extensive community engagement.

The Judges were struck by the project team’s commitment to collaboration with the local community, resulting in a fine building that pays homage to the Club’s rich history while very much looking to the future.

Congratulations South by Southeast, Snohetta, and the New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club Build Committee!

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