National Category Winner: James Hardie Commercial Award

Project: The Aurora Centre

Entrant

LT McGuinness

Project Partners

LT McGuinness (Construction Company), Warren and Mahoney Architects (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

Kiwi Property Group Limited

An ageing 1960’s tower has been transformed into an ultra-modern office block which is under a single lease until 2034. Natural light floods through the new triple-height atrium entrance, while the structure has been retrofitted with fluid viscous dampers to achieve 90% of the new Building Standard.

Judges comments

Seismic strengthening and comprehensive refurbishment of this large Wellington office building included the simultaneous demolition of a multi-storey annex and construction of a larger structure in its place. The project was undertaken in multiple stages while maintaining access through the building to an adjacent carpark. Careful planning and programming were critical to its success in meeting deadlines and keeping workers and the public safe.

 

National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Mangatawa Tari

Entrant

Form Building & Developments

Project Partners

First Principles Architects (Architect/Designer), Form Building & Developments (Construction Company)

Owned by

Mangatawa Papamoa Block Incorporated

This standalone office is the inspiring new hub of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Inc. The design concept and exterior form is imbued with the legend of Mangatawa, a mother whale who was turned to stone on Papamoa beach. The ridge that was created provides this building with views over 80% of the lands administered by the corporation.

Judges comments

The new administration building for Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation takes its inspiration from a local legend – a baby whale and its parents became stranded in Tauranga harbour, and were turned to stone after drinking from a magic spring, and formed local hills. This legend drove a design in the shape of a whale tail, with a tall sweeping wall of glass facing the spectacular view across the Bay of Plenty. The project took the legend to heart, never allowing practical considerations to water down the concept. The result is a striking building which is a great source of pride to the community it serves.

 

National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: 136 Moorhouse Avenue

Entrant

Amalgamated Builders

Project Partners

Amalgamated Builders Limited (Construction Company), Phil Redmond Architecture and Urbanism (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

CJ Redmond Limited

Located beside an arterial route on the edge of the Christchurch CBD, this two-story development contains a mix of retail, office and hospitality tenancies. The exterior is designed to capture the attention of passing motorists by appearing to shift dynamically as they move across its frontage.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Textile Centre Seismic Strengthening

Entrant

NZ Strong Group Limited

Project Partners

NZ Strong Group Limited (Construction Company), T+ Architects Limited (Architect/Designer), BW Partners Limited (Client's Project Manager)

Owned by

BW Partners Limited

The three heritage buildings which comprise the Textile Centre were constructed in the 1900s of brick walls and timber bearers and columns, which have now been seismically reinforced. The clever work programme allowed tenants to remain operational during all working hours.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Riverlands House

Entrant

Amalgamated Builders Limited

Project Partners

Warren and Mahoney Architects (Architect/Designer), Amalgamated Builders Limited (Construction Company)

Owned by

Crystal Resources Limited

This mixed-use development sits on a triangular block at the intersection of three busy roads, taking up 100% of the available platform. Some of the key challenges for construction came from the site’s location and the absence of any off-site storage. The first floor is intended for a hospitality tenant, with two floors of office space and a residential apartment above.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Springfield Road

Entrant

RM Designs

Project Partners

Engco (Engineer), Olsson Fire & Risk (Fire Engineer), RM Designs LTD (Architect/Designer), Brendan Hammond Building Contractors (Construction Company)

Owned by

Springfield Properties

This small commercial premise retains the character of the dairy that occupied the same site before the earthquakes. The design vision was for a contemporary building that floated over the street, was interesting, and was of obvious New Zealand origin. It was built on a modest budget, using sustainable and mostly local materials.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: 227 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North

Entrant

Isles Construction Limited

Project Partners

Designco Group Ltd (Architect/Designer), Isles Construction Ltd (Construction Company)

Owned by

Wallace Development Company Ltd

This two storey commercial office building was designed to meet the needs of two anchor tenants, with flexibility to permit some spaces to be used as additional offices or cafés. The design concept is a minimalist, sleek profile which maximises the rentable floor space and employs a classic architectural style that will give prominence to the building now and in the future.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Transocean Business Park

Entrant

Apex Projects Limited

Project Partners

MSC Consulting Group Limited (Engineer), Apex Projects (Construction Company), SHA Architecture Limited (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

 

Comprising eight units of multipurpose office, showroom and warehouse space, this complex is designed for investors or owner-operators who require a safe, and quality asset with easy access to the airport and Christchurch City Centre.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Corbel Head Office

Entrant

Corbel Construction

Project Partners

Beca Limited (Architect/Designer), Corbel Construction (Construction Company)

Owned by

Corbel Construction

The new headquarters of Corbel Construction comprises two stories of offices plus a full height joinery factory and warehouse at the rear. The building meets the owner’s requirements as an employer of choice, while also demonstrating their commitment to a first-class Christchurch rebuild.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Hughes House

Entrant

Switched On

Project Partners

Redesign (Architect/Designer), Switched On (Construction Company), Walker Architecture (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

Hughes Family Trust

When Switched On outgrew its former premises, the team needed a facility that would accommodate all aspects of the growing business under one roof. The result is a bespoke commercial premises that is designed and built to last. It includes open plan offices, large breakout rooms and an outdoor courtyard that is perfect for casual BBQs.

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National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Lake Taupo Forest Trust Remedial and Reclad

Entrant

Knight Building (2008) Limited

Project Partners

UrbanForm Architectural (Architect/Designer), Knight Building (2008) Limited (Construction Company)

Owned by

Lake Taupo Forest Trust

Weatherproofing issues had led to obvious external decay on this 18 year old building, and when the cladding was stripped back, it became clear that most of the timber frame would also require replacement. The building now has a proud new look, and the trust has a future proof hub to carry on its work in the community.

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