PlaceMakers Tourism and Leisure Project Award Results

H T M L Code
National Category Winner: Tourism & Leisure

Project: Four Points by Sheraton Auckland


Russell Property Group & Dominion Constructors

Project Partners

Dalman Architects (Architect/Designer), Dominion Constructors (Construction Company), Studio Design + Architecture Ltd (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Russell Property Group

This project involved the conversion of a 19-storey office building, located on the busy corner of Queen Street and Mayoral Drive, into a 22 level, 255 suite 4.5-star hotel, Four Points by Sheraton. The entire building underwent structural strengthening and full-service upgrades as well as an expansion of the top two floors. An additional floor was added for executive suites and a rooftop bar. With the project on a tight deadline, construction was developed over four phases. A nine-stage consent process was created to allow work to progress across multiple areas. This also allowed for the hotel to open while work continued.

Judges comments

Converting a 19 level, B grade existing office building, into a 22 level, 255 room, 4.5-star hotel was always going to be a challenge. Floors had to be optimised to meet the hotel operators room configuration requirements, the building had to be fully gutted back to its original frame, and three additional floors had to be added, all of which was completed on a busy CBD site. Russell Property Group together with its construction company, Dominion Construction, worked through all the challenges of this project, and 18 months after purchasing the building, it had successfully become a 4.5-star Hotel. This project showed excellent collaboration between the developer, contractor, and consultant team to overcome these challenges and reduce any risk.


Project: All Souls Church


Higgs Construction Limited

Project Partners

Higgs Construction limited (Construction Company), Homles Consulting (Engineer), RCP Ltd (Project Manager), Warren and Mahoney Architects (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Church Property Trustees

All Souls Church is the first Anglican church in the Christchurch region to be built from scratch in 40 years. It replaces the earthquake-damaged church that was built in 1926. The project consisted of three main structures joined in the middle by a glazed cone-shaped chapel. A significant amount of detailed structural laminated timber work was incorporated into the structural frame. The glazed exterior to the cone-shaped chapel was constructed with aluminium profiles that were designed for this project and modelled using 3D printed plastic profiles to ensure it would work as intended. Another feature of note is the river of life on the south wall of the Place of Worship, which was entirely handcrafted from plaster.