National Category Winner: Heritage/Restoration

Project: Isaac Theatre Royal

Entrant

Naylor Love Construction

Project Partners

RCP (Project Manager), Naylor Love Construction (Construction Company), Warren and Mahoney Architects (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

Isaac Theatre Royal

With its heritage value preserved, the restored Isaac Theatre Royal is now strengthened to meet code requirements and offers improved audience lines of sight, accessibility and acoustics. It also now enjoys an extendable main stage and a new fringe performance and multipurpose area.

Judges comments

To call this a restoration would altogether understate the extent of the project – seismic damage to this Christchurch landmark was so great that it was largely rebuilt from the ground up with all the ornate detail faithfully replicated. The opportunity was taken however to improve sightlines in the theatre with subtle tweaks to the geometry, and to add extra lobby and service facilities in a way that makes them indistinguishable from original features.

 

National Category Winner: Heritage/Restoration

Project: The Arts Centre Of Christchurch

Entrant

Fletcher Construction Company

Project Partners

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

Owned by

Arts Centre

After the Arts Centre sustained major earthquake damage, individual pieces of stone and timber were categorised, removed from the site, restored, and ultimately returned to their original positions. A significant piece of Canterbury’s history has now been brought back to life in a form which is overwhelmingly loyal to the original.

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National Category Winner: Heritage/Restoration

Project: White Hart Re-development

Entrant

Clelands Construction Limited

Project Partners

BONNIFAIT+GIESEN Atelierworkshop Architects (Architect/Designer), Clelands Construction Limited (Construction Company)

Owned by

Renaissance Holdings Limited

This Victorian era hotel has a colourful, even mythical history which is recognised by a heritage Category 1 classification, yet the building had deteriorated almost beyond repair. The iconic façade has now been restored, while the remainder has been thoroughly transformed or rebuilt. The new White Hart Building is now fully tenanted, and so its story continues.

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National Category Winner: Heritage/Restoration

Project: The Orange Hall

Entrant

Dominion Constructors

Project Partners

Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Ltd (Architect/Designer), Dominion Constructors (Construction Company)

Owned by

 

The once derelict ‘Orange Coronation Hall’ is the centerpiece of the Newton Road mixed-use development and is now one of Auckland’s few fully preserved historic buildings. The hall has been completely refurbished, seismically-strengthened and fitted out, offering the community three stories of uber cool space for entertainment and commercial activities.

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National Category Winner: Heritage/Restoration

Project: Blackstone Chambers

Entrant

Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd

Project Partners

Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd (Architect/Designer), N Cole Ltd (Construction Company)

Owned by

Monkey Business Ltd

This is a remarkable example of an 1870s commercial building that, through a conservation-based approach to strengthening and upgrading, continues to be fit for the same purpose over 140 years later. The project included earthquake strengthening, upgrades to services and fire exits, and minor modifications to connect the rear of the building with a small courtyard.

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National Category Winner: Heritage/Restoration

Project: Book House

Entrant

Workspace Architects Limited

Project Partners

COR Associates (Engineer),Armstrong Downes Commercial (Construction Company),Workspace Architects Limited (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

The Book Trust

Constructed as an apartment block in the 1940’s, Book House had been unsympathetically converted to offices and by 2014, with continual roof leaks and no maintenance, it had deteriorated significantly. Although structurally sound, a complete overhaul was necessary, resulting in a modern apartment building with much of the original art deco character restored or replaced.

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