Value Award 2018

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
• Allied Concrete Commercial Project $5 – $15 million
• Commercial Project Over $15 million

Value under $2 million

Project: Cobb & Co Dunedin


Livingstone Building NZ Limited

Project Partners

Livingstone Building NZ Limited (Construction Company, Quantity Surveyor), Architecture F+D=A Limited (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Playground Pals Limited

The Dunedin franchise of Cobb & Co., known for its pioneering heritage, selected to home its new restaurant and saloon in Dunedin’s Historic Railway Station. Constructed in 1872, the Heritage New Zealand listed property commenced a commercial fit out under intense public scrutiny. The project team delivered a new 750sqm, 220 seat, facility which is sympathetic to the railways history, while maintaining the quintessential elements of Cobb & Co’s brand identity.

Judges Comments

Passionate clients took on the brave task of fitting out one of New Zealand’s most recognisable historic buildings, the Dunedin Railway Station, as a Cobb and Co family restaurant. The contractor completed the project on time and on budget, with the City Council as landlord and Historic Places constantly looking over their shoulder. Although based in Hamilton, the contractors hired virtually all labour and subtrades locally, at the client’s instance. They showed outstanding management skills in bringing the trades together to complete this unique project.


Value $2 - 5 million

Project: Māori Television


RCG Limited

Project Partners

Octa Associates Limited (Project Manager), RCG Limited (Architect/Designer), Cape Limited (Construction Company)

Owned By

Trust Investments Property Fund & St Johns College Trust Board

Māori Television's new location in East Tamaki presented a design challenge to the project team. The team had to create a new office space and studio that celebrates Te Reo Māori and embodies the DNA of Māori Television. The result is that the company’s DNA and mauri is now weaved into the building through Te aho tapu – the sacred thread - which translates to the first thread and the backbone of the design.

Judges comments

The Client worked closely with the design and construction team to create new offices and studio spaces for Māori Television. The team’s focus on a collaborative and solutions-based approach set the foundation for the successful completion of the project. This is despite the challenges of the existing building, tight time frames, and the demands of highly technical specialist works required. The result is a project that exceeds expectations and celebrates Te Reo Māori.


Allied Concrete Value $5-15 million

National Category Winner: Winstone Wallboards Residential Award

Project: Russley Village Homestead


Simon Construction Limited

Project Partners

Simon Construction Limited (Construction Company), Dalman Architects (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

Russley Village Limited, Generus Living Group

The Russley Homestead, a multi-purpose building for residents, sets new standards for design and luxury retirement village living. The Christchurch building has areas purpose-built for entertainment and socialising including a boutique cinema with tiered seats, a café, and brasserie. There is also a library, study, computer area, an arts and crafts space, hair salon and wellness rooms for health professionals.

Judges comments

This was a very restricted site, in the centre of an occupied retirement village, and adjacent to another project being constructed by a different contractor. Safety, particularly of the residents, was a paramount consideration throughout the duration of the works.
The building successfully conveys a “country club” atmosphere, incorporating community activities such as the cafe, restaurant, lounge, and snooker room. The workmanship is exemplary throughout and the finish is of the highest level, incorporating bespoke features and imported materials and fixtures. 
The building sits comfortably within its context and it is an excellent addition to the retirement village.


Value over $15 million

Project: Project Viking


Calder Stewart Construction Limited

Project Partners

Calder Stewart Construction Limited (Construction Company), Beca (Engineer)

Owned By

Skellerup Industries Limited

Project Viking, Skellerup's new Dairy Rubberware Development and Manufacturing facility, was designed to optimise the company's production needs and integrate their design and product development functions. An incredible 182,000+ man-hours went into this five-stage project and the massive 18,900m2 building is functional, practical and sustainable, providing room for growth into the future.

Judges comments

This building is the headquarters for a world leading manufacturing operation, which contributes significantly to the New Zealand economy. It is the public face of Skellerup in New Zealand, and hosts a myriad of overseas clients.
The words complex, integrated design, and plant installation project can’t explain what has been achieved here. The judges were overwhelmed with the end result. The project demonstrates what can be achieved through a collaborative team culture.  

Despite being a factory, the project team have not allowed their workmanship or attention to detail to slip. The standard of finish throughout the facility is very high, from the production area through to the laboratories, administration areas and staff facilities. The project demonstrates a practical understanding of being “fit for purpose”.
The $25m construction cost demonstrates excellent value for money and has produced a building that showcases the contractor’s ability in both construction and management.