Robust & Rejuvenated: Wellington’s Waikoukou takes out Property Industry Awards

Developers Cheops Holdings, along with project partners McKee Fehl Constructors, Architecture +, Jasmax, BlackYARD Engineering, BECA and tenant, Transpower, have been awarded the Supreme Winner of the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards for Waikoukou, located at 22 Boulcott Street, Wellington.

Also taking out Best in Category for the RCP Commercial Office Property Award, Waikoukou was previously known as the old Dominion Post building but is now home to Transpower’s Wellington offices and critical facilities, most notably their Wellington-based National Coordination Centre and server equipment.

Awards judges credited the project team, saying the significant redevelopment, refurbishment and addition of a new office structure on top of the existing Dominion Post newspaper complex has rejuvenated what was a largely vacant and obsolete collection of buildings.  Not only does the building’s superior structural resilience ensure Transpower uninterrupted operations in the event of an earthquake, the project team have transformed the property into a modern, seismically-upgraded office environment.

A ground to roof central atrium with connecting bridges between the north and south buildings and generous internal stairwell creates a unique social environment. While a Melbourne-style laneway offers a variety of culinary opportunities, enhances user satisfaction and provides dual access to both Willis and Boulcott Streets. 

The judges believe this project successfully integrates multiple challenges, delivering a thoughtful design, quality execution and anchored with a long-term lease to a recognised tenant, and resulting in a high-quality investment asset.

Download a PDF of the winners here.


2018 Award Winners:


Supreme Winner

Waikoukou, 22 Boulcott Street, Wellington

 

Warren & Mahoney Civic & Arts Property Award 

Excellence & Best in Category

Ellen Melville Centre & Freyberg Place, Auckland

Excellence

Justice & Emergency Services Precinct, Christchurch

Matuku Takotako, Sumner Centre, Christchurch

Merit

Dunedin Law Courts, Dunedin

Manukau Bus Station, Auckland

OBJECTSPACE, Auckland

The David O. McKay Stake & Cultural Events Centre, Hamilton

The Salvation Army Christchurch City, Christchurch

 

Arrow International Multi-Unit Residential Property Award

Excellence & Best in Category

Sale Street Apartments, Auckland

Excellence

Hereford Residences, Auckland

North West Quarter – Kensington Park, Auckland

Merit

Centro, Sugartree, Auckland

Millwater Central Terraces, Auckland

Te Pā Tauira - Otago Polytechnic Student Village, Dunedin

The Foundries, Auckland

Whakawhiti Loop, Auckland

 

Yardi Industrial Property Award 

Excellence & Best in Category

Röhlig Logistics, Auckland

Excellence

Fonterra, Auckland

Merit

Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland

Potter Interior Systems, The Gate Industry Park, Auckland

 

GIB Education Property Award 

Excellence & Best in Category

King’s School Centennial Building, Auckland

Excellence

Otago Business School, Dunedin

Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity (The Cuba Dixon Redevelopment), Wellington

Wakatipu High School, Queenstown

Merit

Rangiora High School – Rakahuri Building, Christchurch Ara Kahukura, Christchurch

Unitec Construction Engineering & Trades Building (Mataaho), Auckland

Unitec Hub (Te Puna), Auckland

University of Auckland Science Centre, Auckland

 

Hawkins Heritage & Adaptive Reuses Property Award 

Excellence & Best in Category

Dunedin Law Courts, Dunedin

Excellence

Melanesian Mission, Auckland

Merit

94-96 Queen Street, Auckland

Air New Zealand Airport Campus, Auckland

Bishop Selwyn Chapel and St Mary’s Church, Auckland

Christ's College Kitchen Tower Restoration, Christchurch

Mona Vale Homestead, Christchurch

Sign of the Kiwi, Christchurch

 

RCP Commercial Office Property Award 

Excellence & Best in Category

Waikoukou, 22 Boulcott Street, Wellington

Excellence

12 Madden Street, Auckland

Genesis Energy, Hamilton

Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland

Pita Te Hori Centre (King Edward Barracks), Christchurch

Merit

AA Insurance, Auckland

Alpine Energy Office Building, Timaru

Maori Television, Auckland

QBE Centre, 125 Queen Street, Auckland

 

Holmes Consulting Tourism & Leisure Property Award

Excellence & Best in Category

Ramada Albany, Auckland

Excellence

Auckland International Airport Pier B Extension Project, Auckland

Merit

Bug Lab, Auckland Zoo, Auckland

 

Fagerhult Health & Medical Property Award 

Merit

Whenua Pupuke – Waitemata Clinical Skills Centre, Auckland

 

Natural Habitats Urban Land Development Property Award 

Excellence & Best in Category

‘Beaches’ – Coast Papamoa Beach, Tauranga

Merit

Jennings Jersey Redevelopment, Auckland

Richmond (Stage 1), Auckland

 

RCG Retail Property Award 

Excellence & Best in Category

The Hub Hornby, Christchurch

Excellence

Huami Restaurant – SKYCITY Auckland Limited, Auckland

 

Resene Green Building Property Award

Excellence & Best in Category

Ara Kahukura, Christchurch

Excellence

Pita Te Hori/King Edwards Barracks, Christchurch

Te Pā Tauira - Otago Polytechnic Student Village, Dunedin

Merit

Waikoukou, 22 Boulcott Street, Wellington

Goodman Fitout, KPMG Centre, Auckland