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Project: Blanket Bay Villas

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Triple Star Management Ltd

Project Partners

Mason and Wales Architects (Architect/Designer), Triple Star Management (Construction Company)

The Blanket Bay Villa development is a contemporary, yet traditional gable design to match the existing Blanket Bay Lodge. Each living space is clearly defined by a gable end, with the largest of the gables delineating the central and communal ‘State Room’. The key construction feature of this building is the hardwood beams, all of which have been fabricated by carpenters. Other features of this high-end building include cedar-lined ceilings, precast chimney and significant amounts of local schist.

Project: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church

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Contract Construction

Project Partners

Andrew Barrie Lab (Architect/Designer), Contract Construction (Construction Company)

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Oxford Terrace Baptist Church

The Baptist Church building had to be demolished following the Canterbury earthquakes. The new building's ground floor houses a Cafe, Church offices, Commercial Kitchen, Hall, Baptismal Nook and Nature room. The Chapel and Auditorium includes an Organ Loft. On the first- floor there are offices for lease. A high level of design input was required throughout the build due to all the various construction elements involved. The construction team and the design team worked together closely to construct the complex design.

Project: The Henley Hotel

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GD Pringle Building

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GD Pringle Building (Construction Company), LAD Architecture (Architect/Designer), The Henley Hotel Ltd (Owner)

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The Henley Hotel

This project involved the renovation of the former Sarnia Park, a 1392m2 English style manor, into The Henley Hotel in six months. It involved transforming the interior from 8 bedrooms to 13 individually crafted rooms with ensuites. The team changed an attic storage space into a self-contained suite and a cinema. The renovation also included converting the garage area into two bedrooms with ensuites and two massage rooms with a female changing room and a plant/ store room. During the construction, the team were required to upgrade the fire proofing which required working closely with a fire engineer. We managed to work with the clients and sub-contractors on site to achieve the clients vision while maintaining the original character of the building.

Project: Farmers Corner Toilet Pavilion

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Quaid Construction Co. Ltd

Project Partners

Architype (Architect/Designer), PTL (Engineer), Quaid Construction Co. Ltd (Construction Company)

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Farmers Corner Properties Ltd

Farmers' Corner is a tourist-focused retail and restaurant business which serves hundred of visitors to New Zealand every year. With the existing bathrooms in need of reburbishment, the owners made the decision to create a new building to house them outside of the main building. The brief was to design a unique 'experience centred' bathroom facility which would be 'up there' with the best bathroom facilities in the South Island. The building connects visitors to the rural landscape in which the building is located.

Project: Greymouth Aquatic Centre

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CYB Construction Ltd

Project Partners

CYB Construction (Construction Company), Engenium Ltd (Engineer), Futurebuild LVL (Supplier)

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Grey District Council

The Greymouth Aquatic Centre project involved the replacement of the main structural rafters supporting the roof of the Centre. The rafters supporting the Kingspan clad roof were sagging and causing concern for public users. It was a complex and stimulating problem-solving exercise for all concerned. The main gravity system needed to be replaced within a large timber structure, and this had not been done before in New Zealand. The progress was necessarily slow due to the complex nature of the project, and as an important public facility the Greymouth community took a great interest in this project.

Project: Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre

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Higgs Construction Ltd

Project Partners

Hamish Shaw Architects (Architect/Designer), Higgs Construction (Construction Company), Lewis and Barrow (Civil Engineer), Marshall Day (Acoustics), Olsson Fire & Risk (Fire Engineer), Rough & Milne (Landscape Architects), The Project Office (Project Manager), TM Consultants (Structural / Mechanical / Electrical Engineer)

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McAuley Trust

The geometries and curvatures of Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre, purpose-designed for the Sisters of Mercy, speak of the many layers of religious and bicultural symbolism. The draping shawl and the ancient Greek Symbol of the Ichthys and the Christian Fish, were used as strong design motifs when designing this chapel. The shape seen in the dramatic curvature of the roof and the Corten Steel walls represents the industrial context of Christchurch. This was a challenging build met by the expertise of the construction team.

Project: St Mary's Church

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Armitage Williams Construction Ltd

Project Partners

Armitage Williams Construction (Construction Company), Foley Group Architecture (Architect/Designer), TM Consultants Ltd (Green Star Monitor)

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Catholic Diocese of Christchurch

The new St Mary’s Church sits on the former site which suffered extensive damage in the Canterbury Earthquakes. It was an intricate rebuild, with part of the parish hall retained and the main church body demolished and newly constructed. The new facilities were built with efficiencies in mind under the Green star banner and achieved a four-star rating. Some remnants from the demolished church were salvaged and re-used to re-establish the church’s former character.

Project: Pukeiti Rainforest Centre

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Street & Cook Construction Company Ltd

Project Partners

Elliott Architects NP Ltd (Architect/Designer), Street & Cook Construction Co Ltd (Construction Company)

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Taranaki Regional Council

Pukeiti is a 360-hectare property developed in 1951 in the Mt Taranaki ranges. In 2013, a 4-year project began to develop Pukeiti as a rhododendron garden and rainforest experience. The Rainforest Centre was extensively remodelled in 2017-18 to create new function spaces, interpretation room, souvenir shop, kitchen and dining facilities. The dining space was expanded out onto the new covered walkway which connects the main entry from the road to the gardens.

Project: Rainforest Retreat Deluxe Tree Houses - Franz Josef

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RM Designs LTD

Project Partners

CYB Construction (Construction Company), Gibb Construction Ltd (Construction Company), Paul tha Plumber (Construction Company), RM Designs (Architect/Designer)

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Rain Forest Retreat

The Rainforest Retreat Deluxe Tree Houses in Franz Josef include 19 boutique tree houses that sit in a native kamahi forest of up to 10,000 years old. The architecture respects the environment in a true sense. The protection, maintenance and replanting of the native bush provides an immense emotion of peace and isolation. Tourism NZ awarded the resort five stars and commended all parties involved. Given the environment, remoteness and precision to detail required, this result could not have been achieved without the true collaboration between all parties that these awards celebrate.