Tourism and Leisure






NATIONAL CATEGORY WINNER

GOLD AWARD WINNER

Project

Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Christchurch

Entrant

Leighs Construction Limited (Construction Company)

Project Partners

Patterson Associates (Architect/Designer), Cosgroves Limited (Fire Engineer), Ian Harrison & Associates (Quantity Surveyor), eCubed Building Workshop Limited (Services Engineer), Xona Limited (Structural Engineer)

Owned by

Christchurch City Council

Judges’ comments

The vision for the new visitor centre was to provide a place where visitors can learn more about Canterbury’s unique flora and fauna and enjoy a stylish, serene setting.

While the building is designed to foster botanic science research and education it also comprises a shop and café, Library, function and meeting rooms, an exhibition area and green and shade houses. Mirrored glass at the rear of the glasshouse provides privacy to staff offices and lunchroom, the herbarium and potting shed.

Constructed from glass and steel, most of the building was manufactured and pre-finished off site with the surface and material finishes all exposed.  3D modelling was extensively used to co-ordinate very minimal tolerances between all the components, particularly the connections between the structural steel frame, the complex glass panels, the precast concrete panels and ceilings.

The extensive use of glass allows a great sense of spaciousness and connectedness between the interior and exterior environments. A popular visitor attraction for both local Cantabrians and visitors to the region, the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is a stunning contemporary building that is a credit to all the disciplines involved in this project.




GOLD AWARD WINNER

Project

Hurstmere Green, Takapuna

Entrant

Kalmar Construction Limited (Construction Company)

Project Partners

Sills Van Boheman (Architect/Designer), Jawa Structures Limited (Engineer), WT Partnership (Quantity Surveyor)


Owned by

Auckland Council





SILVER AWARD WINNER

Project

C Company Memorial House, Gisborne

Entrant

Bain Construction Limited T/A Landmark Homes Gisborne (Construction Company)

Project Partners

Insignia Design (Architect/Designer), Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers (Engineer), Meng Foon (Project Manager)

Owned by

Nga Taonga a Nga Tama Toa Trust





SILVER AWARD WINNER

Project

Shed 6, Wellington

Entrant

Naylor Love Construction Limited (Construction Company)

Project Partners

Shand Shelton (Architect/Designer, Project Manager), Holmes Consulting Group (Engineer), Rider Levett Bucknall (Quantity Surveyor)
Owned by
Wellington City Council