Altus Window Systems Tourism and Leisure Project Award Results

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

Project: Ravenscar House

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HRS Construction

Project Partners

eCubed (Engineer), Patterson (Architect/Designer), Structure Design (Engineer), Tripro (Project Manager)

The Wakefield family owned an architectural grand residence, Ravenscar House, that was open to the public on occasion to exhibit a large art collection. It was intended that once the house was no longer required for residential use, it would be made available to the public as a cultural facility for the display of the art collection and the use of the library. This cultural facility was to be modeled on the concept of a 'house museum'. Sadly, Ravenscar House was irreparably damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. Following the demolition of the original residence, the Trust sought to relocate the art collection to a new grand residence in Christchurch’s cultural precinct. The new, purpose-built, house museum is therefore in some ways a paradox as it incorporates key designs from the original Ravenscar House into the new build, such as four main chambers designed in the same dimensions as the original principal rooms. These rooms are set around a central courtyard with views to the garden which in turn is a reinterpretation of planting from the original home. It is built from pre-cast concrete made from crushed bricks from the original home, as well as rubble from other cherished buildings in the city – material otherwise destined for landfill.

Judges comments

The original Ravenscar House owned by the Wakefield Family was home to a significant art collection. The irreparable damage from the earthquakes started the grand vision to find a new site and build a more permanent public building to house the collection. The resulting facility is a work of art itself. Precast concrete panels, incorporating rubble from the original house, cover the roofing, creating a monolithic form that fits in well with its Arts precinct location. Internal planning also references the original Scarborough House with individual rooms configured around a central courtyard. The complexity starts in the basement with significant tanking required as well as base isolating the above ground structure. Coordination of the junction between the building and the ground is seamless. An excellent collaborative team effort was maintained throughout the project

 

Project: QT Hotel, Auckland

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Dominion Constructors & Russell Property Group

Project Partners

Dominion Constructors (Construction Company), Jasmax (Architect/Designer), Russell Property Group (Interior Design / FF&E/Project Management)

This project saw the conversion of a five-storey office block into a six-storey signature QT Hotel. With an oyster as the theme, the exterior is clean and unique. This uniqueness is carried through to the interior suites as each one is slightly different to the other. The external façades took on key enhancements whilst the interior was transformed into a welcoming, warm and totally unique 5-star quality, 150 room boutique hotel, signature restaurant, and new rooftop bar. The project was fast-tracked from purchase to completion within 20 months. Staged consents and innovative use of BIM from design through to facilities management were utilised to ensure efficiency. Seismic strengthening to Grade A, basement expansion, rooftop development, and energy efficiency enhancements were all made to the building. With a bespoke design and a designer trapped offshore due to the pandemic, the team faced many challenges but through good communication and teamwork were able to interpret and deliver the exact requirements of the brand.

 

Project: Mt Isthmus - Brosnan

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Brosnan Construction

Project Partners

AB Consultancy (Consultant), Brosnan (Construction Company), Ground Up Studio (Architect/Designer), Meyer Cruden Engineering (Engineer)

Owned By

The Lindis Group

Mt Isthmus luxury lodge is a highly complex and detailed project at Glen Dene station, overlooking Lake Hawea. The building was inspired by unique architectural designs from around the world, which the owner wanted to see reflected through this property. The lodge comprises four suites, covering a total floor area of approximately 660m2, built to deliver an exclusive, luxury lodge accommodation experience. The finished building achieved the client's objective of establishing Mt Isthmus Lodge as one of the highest caliber accommodation options in New Zealand. A high degree of planning was required for this project. Collaboration between multiple expert trades people, craftsman and the design team turned the original concept into reality. With a bespoke and intricate design, expectations were exceeded regarding quality finishes, befitting of a luxury lodge. In many cases, the design pushed boundaries compared to standard detail methodologies and interaction between structural elements.

 

Project: Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool

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Apollo Projects

Project Partners

Apollo Projects (Construction Company), GHD (Structures) (Engineer), HDT (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Christchurch City Council

Before the completion of Te Pou Pou: Linwood Pool, the local community had long campaigned for an aquatic facility in the area. In partnering with the Christchurch City Council, the overarching goal was to bring about a generational piece of social infrastructure, a facility that young and old can enjoy. Set on a 14781m2 site, the 2260m2 aquatic centre includes a 25-meter stainless-steel Natare dual depth pool, alongside a separate bombing pool and others that cater for young children. Multi-use courts, a kitchen and community outdoor area and carparks, work in tandem with the aquatic facilities. Green building principles were prioritized throughout with highly efficient heat pumps, heat exchange systems and thermally insulated panels installed to boost energy efficiency. Some challenges did emerge, however, in the end, the project team preserved all inclusions important to stakeholders and delivered the facility two months ahead of schedule.

 

Project: Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery

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Trigg Construction

Project Partners

Harris Butt Architecture Ltd (Architect/Designer), Scope - Total Project Partners (Client Project Manager), Trigg Construction (Construction Company)

Owned By

Whangarei Arts Museum Trust

This art centre is quite literally a piece of art itself. It has been built to represent Hundertwasser's philosophical standpoint, which is to be in harmony with nature. The building is an artwork dedicated to his teachings and is based on sketches prepared by Hundertwasser himself in 1993. It will be home to about $16 million worth of Hundertwasser's works - the only permanent collection outside of Vienna - as well as the Wairau gallery, the world's first gallery dedicated solely to contemporary Maori art. The building was tightly managed by The Hundertwasser Foundation to ensure it followed his precise guidelines. This is arguably New Zealand’s biggest community driven project with an estimated 50,000+ hours put in by volunteers – some volunteering fulltime. It was picked up by the Prosper Northland Trust which ran the fundraising and building consent process over 3 years. As the project moved forward, the team needed to stay nimble in their approach and overcome hurdles with greater levels of innovation. All challenges were worked through with the design and construction team together with the client, in a collaborative way.

 

Project: South Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club

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Contract Construction

Project Partners

Contract Construction (Construction Company), Ruamoko Solutions (Engineer), Sheppard & Rout (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

South Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club

After suffering damage during the 2011 earthquakes, the club house required a rebuild. Situated in sandy dunes, the building design is responsive to the coastal location using naturally weathering materials that are sympathetic to the dune context while also minimising maintenance requirements. As with many community-based projects, working to the required budget while still delivering a project which met the client’s requirements and the design vision for the building posed challenges. A collaborative process between design, construction, and client teams led to the building being delivered to the client’s vision and was key to overcoming build challenges throughout the process.

 

Project: Quest Takapuna

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Bufton Construction Limited

Project Partners

Bard Investments Ltd (Client), Bufton Construction Ltd (Construction Company), Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects (Architect/Designer)

Quest Takapuna consists of 52 apartments, six additional penthouse apartments, a basement carpark, hotel lobby, and three commercial office spaces. A collaborative approach was taken early on as Bufton Construction took over management of the design team from the Resource Consent Stage. This enabled them to take into consideration construction constraints which assisted in keeping design to budget. Also, critically this allowed early subcontractor involvement - such as Curtain Walling, Concrete Structure, Steelwork and Precast which helped to ensure the best value for money. The site being extremely tight presented some challenges– with only 200mm off all four boundaries and with a main road and residential housing nearby. Design and build also needed to take this into consideration with prefabricated façade curtain walling and precast panels.

 

Project: Mainpower Stadium

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Leighs Construction Limited

Project Partners

Leighs Construction (Construction Company), Lewis Bradford (Engineer), Powell Fenwick (Engineer), Warren & Mahoney (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Waimakariri District Council

This important community building is also the Waimakariri District Council’s largest ever capital expenditure project. It is a new building, which includes a multi-use sports hall the size of four basketball courts with a sprung timber floor, retractable seating for 500+ and fully motorised window blinds. The adjoining building has a modern gym including weights, cardio equipment, and group fitness, alongside the reception, café, active health and medical facilities, administration offices, conference spaces, changing rooms and extensive storage. This project had outstanding collaboration between all parties, Leighs worked particularly closely with the architect and structural engineer to resolve outstanding challenges. The 2020 Alert Level 4 lockdown occurred during the delivery stage. The team identified long lead items and ordered ahead of the scheduled programme to mitigate risks. Whilst other projects were delayed due to supply issues, this project met all milestones.

 

Project: Novotel Tainui Hotel Extension

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Form Building & Developments Limited

Project Partners

Babbage Consultants Ltd (Architect/Designer), Form Building & Developments (Construction Company), Greenstone Group (Engineer)

This project involved a four-storey, 40 room extension to the Novotel Hotel in Hamilton Central. The key requirement of the extension was to seamlessly integrate with the existing structure. Working with a live hotel environment made this project a challenge to deliver. The health and safety restraints alone added to the complexity. All construction above the foundation was precast concrete. The precast beams had to be precise to ensure alignment and continuity across the build. The beams were over 10 metres long and over 18 tons in weight providing another challenge. These also had to be placed at night as closing the street was not an option.

 

Project: Rakiura Museum Te Puka o Te Waka

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Amalgamated Builders Limited

Project Partners

Amalgamated Builders Limited (Construction Company), WSP (Engineer), WSP Architecture (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Rakiura Heritage Trust

Rakiura Museum Te Puka O Te Waka speaks to a vessel that holds within it the taonga (treasures of Rakiura/Stewart Island). This rich design narrative is supported by its strong connection with the ocean, maritime history, local iwi, community and environment. It was a fruitful collaboration that resulted in a building that captures the bicultural history and aspirations of the Stewart Island community. The constrained, wedge-shaped site proved to be a positive influence on the final design which reflects the many wedge-shaped ships that have visited the island with the building’s floating ‘prow’ facing the harbour. The light-filled space attracts and informs visitors and leads them through to the museum’s immersive exhibition. In the other direction, visitors are led to community and staff spaces where bright, natural light is modified by vertical fins - a nod to the ribs of a whale, and the island’s history of whaling. Thorough planning, logistical management involving shipping plant, equipment and 300 tonnes of materials from Bluff across Foveaux Straight combined with an unwavering commitment from the onsite and offsite teams ensured the works were completed to a high level of quality and ahead of programme. It is the first civic infrastructure construction on the Island in 18 years.

 

Project: Te Hononga, Hundertwasser Memorial Park

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Harnett Builders Limited

Project Partners

Artist (), AVAIL PACIFIC LIMITED (Architect/Designer), Far North District Council (Local District Councillor), Far North Holdings Ltd (Project Faciliter/Project Manager), Foxhanger Studio (Mosaic Artist), Harnett Builders (Construction Company), Hawthorn Landscape Architects (Landscape Architect), Hundertwasser Memorial Park Charitable Trust (Trustee and Treasurer), Hundertwasser Non-Profit Foundation (Hundertwasser Entrance Design), J S Hepi Contracting Ltd (Construction Company), Kings Theatre Creative (), Ngati Hine Artist (/Artist - Cultural Design/Cultural Artist), Northland Regional Council (Local Regional Councillor), PK Engineering Ltd (Engineer), SIREWALL Consulting (Construction Company), Story Inc (Visitor Experience), Te Runanga O Ngati Hine (Iwi Partner, Trustee on KHPCT), Woven Panels (Bottle wall artist)

Owned By

Hundertwasser Memorial Park Charitable Trust
Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Hine

Te Hononga Hundertwasser Memorial Park in Kawakawa was officially opened by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in October 2021, combining the vision of the Kawakawa Hundertwasser Memorial Park Charitable Trust (KHMPCT), Ngati Hine artists, and locals in the arts and crafts space. Countless community representatives, local tradesmen and consultants came together with project manager Far North Holdings, to create an outstanding community asset. Local collaboration underpinned all facets of the project, exemplified by the 20 unemployed youth who helped construct the rammed earth walls. Local rammed earth builder Hepi Construction mentored the trainees with specialist guidance provided by specialist Canadian company, SIREWall. The support of both proved invaluable. Access to key materials played its part in helping meet client aspirations, as illustrated by the cultural representation of pukepuke rau, the “rolling hills of Ngati Hine.” It was an apt way to honor Hundertwasser’s unique connection with the natural environment and non-linear buildings.

 

Project: Sunyata Yoga Retreat

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Contemporary Homes 2010 Ltd

Project Partners

Aaron Walton Architecture+Design Limited (Architect/Designer), Contemporary homes 2010 Ltd (Construction Company), MY Consulting Engineers (Engineer)

Owned By

Contemporary Homes 2010 Ltd

Sunyata, is a Buddhist philosophy that in the English language means emptiness, openness, and the path to liberation. It is this philosophy that is at the heart of the Sunyata Yoga Retreat project. The brief was to design and construct a building encapsulating the energy appropriate for mediation, wellness, and self-exploration. The design was created to focus energy into the right areas, which was enabled via the centering of the building design. This required the building to be precisely located within the surrounding geology and avoid interfering with the natural surroundings. One of a number of challenges was the location of the building which was situated over a tomo (sinkhole) that had been previously filled with organic material and required remediation before construction could start. This resulted in onsite remediation work prior to construction.

 

Project: Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington

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Material Creative

Project Partners

Angus Muir (Art Collaborator), Designer Rugs (Art Collaborator), FMA Architects (Architect/Designer), Material Creative (Architect/Designer), THE ART DEPT (Art Collaborator), W. GARTSHORE LIMITED (Construction Company)

Owned By

Naumi Hotels Group

Set on Wellington's Cuba Street, in an early 1900's Edwardian building named The People's Palace, this new hotel honours its heritage features while injecting a new sense of life. The brief was to create a bold hotel that is whimsical, colourful and intriguing. No white was to be used in commons areas. The hotel has been curated around the idea of Lady Naumi, a literary bohemian character. Lady Naumi captures the zeitgeist spirit, thought and feeling of the Edwardian era, bohemian culture of Cuba Street, and the lifestyle of the area’s surrounding music, art, literary and spiritual pursuits. This project was broken into two stages. The first was the development of the 4-star 116 room hotel. The second stage was the refurbishment of the 2002 tower block into 5-star guest rooms. The common spaces were created to service both hotel wings.

 

Project: 14th Lane Urban Hotel

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Hunt Construction

Project Partners

14th Lane Urban Hotel (Owner), Hunt Construction Ltd (Construction Company), Smart Alliances Ltd (Architect/Designer/Engineer)

Owned By

Young Family Trust

This modern, contemporary, and well-appointed boutique hotel is located in the heart of the central business district of Blenheim. Following the Kaikoura earthquake, the building was destined for demolition. However, the owner had a vision to convert it into a highly sustainable building with a low carbon footprint. Refitting and strengthening old buildings is always a challenge, especially being in the middle of a central business zone, despite this, the project was built on time and within budget. The team have achieved their objective of a modern, contemporary hotel, understated and original from the outside and fitted out to the highest standard on the inside.

 

Project: Selwyn Sports Centre

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Apollo Projects

Project Partners

Apollo Projects (Construction Company), Holmes Consulting (Engineer), Warren & Mahoney (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Selwyn District Council

Selwyn District Council had a challenge. They wanted to create an indoor sports centre that maximised both functionality and innovation to deliver an outstanding facility to one of New Zealand’s fastest growing districts. Apollo was ultimately selected as the right partner to deliver this project, following an innovative procurement model that featured a Design and Build Competition. Appointed in 2019 with a completion target of the 2021 winter sports season, completing the project meant overcoming significant challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and related supply chain issues. Design was completed in two stages, separating the main courts from the changing rooms and offices. This allowed the construction of the main frame and 6,000m2 of playing area, while concurrently designing the administrative and changing spaces. Strong collaboration with the client and local authorities meant that challenges were well anticipated and mitigated. The facility opened by the target date and features eight indoor courts, a 240-metre mezzanine running track, multi-purpose rooms, and Aotearoa’s first Lu Uno interactive playground wall that turns the facility into an immersive video game through lights, sounds, and videos.

 

Project: Laingholm Baptist Church

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JRA Construction

Project Partners

JRA Construction Ltd (Construction Company), Strachan Group Architects (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Laingholm Baptist Church

The Laingholm Baptist Church project included a new commercial kitchen, bathroom block and canopy and cafe area. This was more than just a typical build project, as the team knew they were creating a special space for the community. As a result, all involved really felt as though they were a part of that community and enjoyed getting to know the users of the space. It was also the year of challenges, with Covid, material shortages, and delays, on top of the project specific issues of having to work into existing structures and working with a changing budget. However, it was these challenges that made the project so interesting and rewarding. The close relationship between the contractors and the supporting community ensured the project ran smoothly.