Supreme Award for the 2017 NZ Commercial Project

The Registered Master Builders Supreme Award for the New Zealand Commercial Project of the Year will be awarded to the most outstanding entry for the year’s competition.
Supreme Award

Project: The Remarkables Base Building


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.

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