Under $2 million 2015






COMMERCIAL PROJECT UNDER $2 MILLION

Project

Ambassador’s Residence, Wellington

Entrant

Armstrong Downes Commercial (Construction Company)

Project Partners

Peddle Thorp & Montgomery Limited (Architect/Designer), Clendon Burns & Park (Engineer), Mallard Cooke (Quantity Surveyor)

Owned by

Ambassador’s Residence

Judges’ comments

This stately home had become quite run down, though the extent of damage and decay only became apparent once walls were opened up, which resulted in some big challenges like how to retain elaborately detailed interior finishes while rebuilding the exterior walls that supported them.

Originally built in 1931 this unique Neo-Tudor style building has been restored to more than its original splendour. It is now spectacular yet classically understated with the latest in technology, services and finishes.

Doubling as a working residence and place of business the property has sat patiently for 50 years waiting for the right team to undertake this stunning restoration which included hundreds of photos being taken in the pre-construction phase to enable exact matching in the finished detailing to original designs.

Outstanding workmanship by a dedicated team of master craftsmen has delivered a wonderful home and workplace for its occupants that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

$2 – $5 million 2015






COMMERCIAL PROJECT $2 MILLION - $5 MILLION

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

SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited

Judges’ comments

This project is the rejuvenation of what was an overgrown and underutilised park that was primarily used as a shortcut. The challenging site is adjacent to busy traffic and pedestrian routes and in the vicinity of a very busy mixed-use precinct.

The project included the creation of an outdoor events area for public entertainment, enhanced lighting for public safety, improved connection to adjacent properties and a wide footpath culminating in a community facility that has helped breathe new life into the surrounding Takapuna shopping area.

The finished product demonstrates a high degree of expertise across all areas evident in a design that integrates carved elements that recall the myth around the creation of Lake Pupuke and Rangitoto, hard concrete landscaping, organically shaped green areas and cleverly designed seating areas. 

A vibrant, open space where people congregate and have fun that is a shining example of how to create the world’s most livable city.

$5 – $15 million







ALLIED CONCRETE COMMERCIAL PROJECT $5 MILLION - $15 MILLION AWARD

Project

Norwest on Victoria, Christchurch

Entrant

Fletcher Construction (Construction Company)

Project Partners

MAP Architects (Architect/Designer), Structex Metro Limited (Engineer)

Owned by

Norwest on Victoria Limited
 

Judges Comments

The unique triangular shape of this building on a prominent Christchurch intersection certainly stands out.

Designed to bring some of the Canterbury plains feel into the city, the combination of glass panels, limestone, recycled timber, and naturally rusted steel ensure this building takes pride in place in the Victoria Street precinct.

With no room for any of the normal construction areas, the extensive traffic management required and up to five cranes operating at a time – this project required exceptionally good management skills.

This building is a testament to the skills of the Architect, Engineers and the Build Team.

Over $15 million







COMMERCIAL PROJECT OVER $15 MILLION AWARD

Project

Clyde Quay Wharf Redevelopment, Wellington

Entrant

LT McGuinness Limited (Construction Company)

Project Partners

Athfield Architects Limited (Architect/Designer), Dunning Thornton (Engineer)

Owned by

Willis Bond & Co

Judges’ comments

This building delivers a design response that is simple, elegant, and uncompromising on quality, while celebrating the views, sun, and light of its breath-taking position on the water.

Furthermore, the Developers designers and Wellington City Council’s landscape architects all worked together during the early phases of design to ensure the interface between the building and the public spaces merged seamlessly, forming a superb public amenity.

A first in Australasia, the under wharf basement was in principal designed to the New Zealand Code for reservoirs, but in reverse, keeping the water out rather than holding it in. The scope of work included 205 piles, demolition and/or strengthening of the existing wharf with twenty eight individual, 90 ton slabs cast above the level of high tide.

A design, engineering and construction masterpiece, this development is a fantastic enhancement to Wellington’s waterfront.