Value Award 2017

All projects will automatically be eligible for one of these awards based on their total project value.
• Commercial Project Under $2 million
• Commercial Project $2 – $5 million
• Commercial Project $5 – $15 million
• Commercial Project Over $15 million

Value under $2 million

National Category Winner: Commercial

Project: Mangatawa Tari

Entrant

Form Building & Developments

Project Partners

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

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.

 

Value $2 – $5 million 

National Category Winner: Education

Project: Cathedral Grammar Junior School

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Contract Construction / Andrew Barrie Lab JV

Project Partners

Andrew Barrie Lab (Architect/Designer), Ruamoko Solutions (Engineer), Barnes Beagley Doherr (Engineer), Contract Construction (Construction Company)

Owned by

Cathedral Grammar School

In contrast to most new schools, which mimic offices or institutional spaces, this building is characterised by its extensive use of timber, imbuing the spaces with warmth and character. The design pushed the limits of new computer-controlled timber milling technology to allow the use of traditional timber joints which are normally thought to be expensive or technically demanding.

Judges comments

The design of this showpiece of timber architecture and craftsmanship aimed to create a “garden school”. It is characterised by the extensive use of timber giving the spaces warmth and character. The timber structure is complex as the structural elements are also the finished linings, ceilings etc. 3D modelling ensured the interlocking timber components all fitted when assembled on site after being manufactured in Auckland and transported to Christchurch.

 

Value $5 – $15 million

National Category Winner: Civic

Project: The Suter® Art Gallery Redevelopment

Entrant

Scott Construction Limited

Project Partners

Jerram Tocker Barron in Association with Warren and Mahoney Architects (Architect/Designer), Opus International Consultants Limited (Engineer), Scott Construction Limited (Construction Company)

Owned by

The Bishop Suter Trust

This reconstruction project carefully blends the old and new. All existing buildings were replaced, except for the theatre and heritage listed original gallery, which have been fully restored and seismically strengthened. To retain the integrity of the unique gallery floor, it was lifted as one piece before works were carried out on the foundations below.

Judges comments

A challenging project in many ways: seismic upgrade of sensitive heritage buildings, new building adjoining existing buildings of differing levels, a fixed budget, numerous stakeholders, and an extremely tight construction site incorporating protected trees. The team met these challenges with highly innovative responses and the whole building has been superbly finished inside and out.

 

Value over $15 million

National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

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.