National Category Winner: PlaceMakers Tourism & Leisure Award

Project: The Remarkables Base Building

Entrant

Arrow International (NZ) Limited

Project Partners

Arrow International (NZ) Limited (Construction Company), Wyatt Architectect (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

NZSki Limited

Skiers at the Remarkables ski field will enjoy new state-of-the-art facilities both on and off the slopes. The 1.2km Curvey Basin chairlift gives skiers access to new runs which are augmented with significant earthworks, while the new 5800m2 base building provides a range of guest services in comfort and style.

Judges comments

This was a project like no other in New Zealand with numerous challenges for the total project team of 55 subcontractors and up to 130 personnel on site. This 6,000m2, three-storey project delivered one month ahead of the forecasted nine month project time operated at times 24/7 and pulled in sub-trades from all over New Zealand. Situated in a mountain range with winds up to 150km per hour, 1600m above sea level – access can only be described as challenging. Preplanning across the total project was essential. Along with the precast concrete panel sizes and weights, truck types and delivery scheduling, all needed to be considered and planned. This is a complex building that needs to handle 3,500 people per day during the ski season – it includes restaurants, kitchens, a sophisticated mechanical plant, ski collection stations, shops, open dining spaces, and rest rooms. It features large open spaces, with full height double glass windows, capturing the spectacular mountain views. The judges were impressed with the high standard of workmanship in such extreme climatic conditions, from high winds to snow – ‘a true team effort’, from start to finish.

 

National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

Project: SKYCITY Auckland Atrium refurbishment

Entrant

Naylor Love Construction Limited

Project Partners

Beca Limited (Services Engineer), Xigo (Client Project Manager), Naylor Love Construction (Construction Company)

Owned by

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

In a major structural and architectural renovation, the atrium entrance to SKYCITY has been transformed. The project saw a massive 800m2 of new floor area added and a new restaurant and sports bar (Andy’s Burger Bar) built on level two of the Atrium. Other additions include one of New Zealand’s longest escalators, upgraded services and a high quality fit-out throughout.

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National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

Project: Sumner Surf Life Saving Club

Entrant

Hawkins Construction South Island Limited

Project Partners

Wilson & Hill Architects Ltd (Architect/Designer), Hawkins Construction South Island Ltd (Construction Company)

Owned by

Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club

After operating out of a shipping container for four years, the new clubhouse once again provides a base for volunteer lifeguards and a hub for local residents. It is an open and inclusive building which connects interior spaces with each other as well as the earth, street and sky.

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National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

Project: Kinloch Lodge

Entrant

Livingstone Building New Zealand Limited

Project Partners

Pattersons (Architect/Designer), Livingstone Building NZ (Construction Company, Quantity Surveyor)

Owned by

The Lodge at Kinloch

Set in the tranquil 254ha grounds of the Kinloch Club, upon the shores of Lake Taupo, this luxury lodge evokes its namesake Scottish castle through a truly 21st century design concept. The schist veneer exterior connects the building with the landscape and makes way for dramatically framed vistas, while the interior finishings are infused with class and tradition.

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National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

Project: Meet The Locals, He Tuku Aroha - Wellington Zoo

Entrant

Customkit Buildings

Project Partners

Customkit Buildings (Construction Company), Law Sue Davison Limited (Engineer), Isthmus (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

Wellington Zoo

This brand new walk-through precinct is an ode to Aotearoa New Zealand, providing an immersive experience in a range of landscapes from coast to farm and native bush. Visitors can meet little blue penguins and jump in puddles while kunekune pigs wallow in mud next door.

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National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

Project: QUBA Hotel Conversion

Entrant

Dominion Constructors Limited

Project Partners

Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects (Architect/Designer), Dominion Constructors (Construction Company)

Owned by

Russell Property Group

The QUBA building that started life as an under-utilised block of 90 residential apartments has been transformed and repurposed into the 4.5 star Adina Hotel. Now boasting 126 rooms, from studio to two bedroom units, the hotel has become one of the top 10 Auckland hotels on Trip Advisor.

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National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

Project: Wellington Sikh Gurudwara

Entrant

ARC Design Limited

Project Partners

Timber Concepts (Construction Company), ARC Design Limited (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

New Zealand Sikh Society (wgtn) Inc

This project involved converting an existing New World supermarket into a Sikh Temple consisting of a library and teaching area; a prayer hall; a dining and kitchen area; and accommodation for the Priest. The design hides the existing building structure by creating a new façade and adding a prominent entrance with a traditional domed roof.

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