Built Tourism and Leisure Project Award Results

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National Category Winner: Built Tourism & Leisure

Project: Voco-HIE

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Icon NZ

Project Partners

ICON CO PTY NZ LTD (Construction Company)

Voco-HIE is a unique 39-storey development with two independently operated hotel chains that are stacked on top of each in a single tower formation. It has 495 hotel rooms across the two brands; VOCO (201 rooms, 4.5-star hotel), and Holiday Inn Express (294 rooms, 3.5-star hotel). Outside of Voco-HIE’s core guest room function, the development provides food and beverage offerings, including an impressive 'sky lounge' bar, conference, and recreational facilities. The hotel's complex design accommodates the differing hotel dimensional configurations, with shared equipment infrastructure where possible. The hotel is committed to sustainability, achieving a Level 4 energy efficiency rating via IHG's Green Engage program.

Judges comments

VOCO-HIE is a unique 39-storey, 140-meter-tall hotel development, with two independently operated hotel chains 'stacked' one above the other. Outside of its core guest room function it also features a well-designed and executed top floor bar and sky-deck. Careful articulation of the different building forms was required, a concrete core was constructed with a self-climbing jump form system. This enabled the core to be built in a highly efficient ‘workshop-like’ environment, with health and safety front of mind.

 

Project: Ōpuke Thermal Pools & Spa

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Bradford Building

Project Partners

Bradford Building (Construction Company), Bradford Building Limited (Construction Company), Josephs & Associates (Project Manager), Powell Fenwick (Engineer), Ruamoko Solutions (Engineer), Sheppard & Rout Architects (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

Methven Adventures Ltd T/A Ōpuke Thermal Pools & S

The focus of this project was to provide a standout amenity that prioritises end-user experience and sustainability, creating a unique tourist attraction. The project was the result of years of hard work and community support, utilising the local workforce in an open and collaborative approach. The team pushed the boundaries of design and sustainability to achieve a goal that few would expect on such a budget. The success of this project is a testament to the entire team's exceptional communication, cooperation, and single goal mindedness. The team's ""one goal"" approach is reflected in all aspects of the build, from the initial design to final construction and completion. The project faced various challenges, such as COVID-19 constraints, budget limitations, and technical complexities, including the installation of solar panels and hydraulic systems. The thermal pools and spa offer many great features including adult-only spa treatment rooms, a restaurant, cafe, and a swim up bar. Additionally, the solar array, covering approximately a quarter of the site, contributes to the project's sustainability goals.

 

Project: South East Asia Precinct, Auckland Zoo

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NZ Strong Group

Project Partners

Ignite Architects (Architect/Designer), NZ Strong Group Limited (Construction Company)

The Southeast Asia Jungle Track is the biggest Project in Auckland Zoo’s 100-year history. It has been designed to provide a modern environment which creates the best possible habitat for the animals, while delivering an immersive experience for the public. The track features a lowlands habitat for tigers and otters, high canopy primate habitat for orangutans and siamangs, and a swamp forest habitat for Sunda gharial and Southeast Asian fish species. The track is unique globally. There was a strong focus on providing the best care for the animals, while bringing them together to give visitors a deep connection with nature and inspire a love and care for wildlife. Working in a live environment was a major challenge and the team had to ensure pedestrian flows were safely maintained for visitors and zoo staff.

 

Project: Te Arai Links Visitors Accommodation

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Macrennie Commercial Construction

Project Partners

Jonathan Walker Architects (Architect/Designer), Kirk Roberts Consulting (Engineer), Macrennie Commercial Construction (Construction Company), Studio John Irving Architects (Architect/Designer), White Associates (Quantity Surveyor)

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Te Arai Links

The Te Arai Links Visitors Accommodation project consists of 48 units designed for visitors to the new 18-hole Te Arai Link golf course. The simple, orthogonal architecture of the blocks of four and eight units is scattered across the landscape to work with the contours and views of the area. The project features highly coordinated detailing to achieve a seamless, minimalist aesthetic, including finely detailed cedar rain screens that can be disassembled and reassembled to maintain the waterproof wall cladding behind. The project's biggest challenge was delivering a residential construction within commercial time and budget constraints. However, the result is multiple, highly finessed, near-identical visitor accommodation buildings finished to a high-end residential standard. Te Arai Links Visitors Accommodation was a well-designed, coordinated, and efficiently delivered project that provides comfortable and visually appealing accommodation for visitors to the Te Arai Link golf course.

 

Project: Hornby Club Redevelopment

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Contract Construction

Project Partners

Contract Construction (Construction Company), Engco Consulting Engineers (Engineer), R M Designs (Architect/Designer)

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Hornby Club

With a new pavilion, dining spaces, a live music venue, pool and gaming rooms to boot, the Hornby Club has been revamped to ensure its ready to serve the community for another 67 years. Architecturally designed by RM Designs and constructed by Contract Construction, the new and improved Club is modern and uplifting. The additions and enhancements mean the Club is not just a dining destination, but a space where people can come together to make their own memories – whether that be a celebration, midweek dinner, or to simply catch up with friends and watch sport. The main challenge when designing Hornby Club was taking into consideration the Clubs existing members and the types of people they were wishing to target as future members. The existing club members averaged 80 years of age - the long-term goal is to attract younger members in their mid-20’s onwards, and families. This provided a large cross section of people to accommodate. The existing club continued to operate while the new build was carried out, this required careful coordination to maintain services and operational requirements for the Club. For example, power shutdowns were carefully coordinated with generators provided.

 

Project: Flock Hill Station Homestead

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Hoogervorst Builders

Project Partners

Inovo Projects Limited (Project Manager), Ruamoko Solutions (Engineer), Warren & Mahoney (Architect/Designer)

Flockhill Lodge is a bespoke four-bedroom dwelling spanning 75m in length and overlooking Lake Pearson. The concrete stratified walls - some spanning up to 15m in length and up to 6.4m high - combined with a unique honeycomb ceiling design set this project apart. Concrete was coloured to reflect the surrounding landscape and was built in situ in 400mm layers. One of the biggest challenges of this build was the extreme West Coast weather. As the site is situated up on a plateau it is exposed from almost every angle and the project team was dealing daily with gale force winds, rain, hail, snow, sleet, and then glaring sun.

 

Project: Cordis Hotel Pinnacle Tower

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Hawkins

Project Partners

Hawkins (Construction Company), Jasmax (Architect/Designer), Pragmatix (Engineer/Project Manager)

This 17-storey landmark tower completes the redevelopment of Cordis Auckland, establishing it as the largest hotel in New Zealand. Transforming the site of a former carpark and circulation road, this project is a long-term investment which maximises the developable envelope of this site. The Tower was constructed with an insitu reinforced concrete core, structural steel frame and precast concrete floors, and a unitised curtain wall façade. The work was carried out within and around an operational hotel. Trading continued uninterrupted and with minimum disruption. There was a strong health and safety culture on-site, including subcontractor engagement and common critical risk walks. This new building is poised to set a new benchmark for visitors to Auckland for years to come.

 

Project: The Langlands Hotel

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Leighs Construction

Project Partners

Leighs Construction (Construction Company), The Building Intelligence Group (Engineer), Warren & Mahoney (Architect/Designer)

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Invercargill Licensing Trust

This new 3,000m2 4.5 star hotel contains 78 suites, two bars, function rooms, a restaurant, and a café. Designed to invite the public in, the building has numerous entrances, making all spaces very much part of the city. This project was the largest piece of construction in Invercargill for years, and it was tricky to source enough workers. The COVID lockdowns and accompanying supply chain disruptions were also challenging to manage. Empowering the local community and economy was at the heart of the build - reflecting Invercargill’s famous southern hospitality. Local suppliers and subcontractors were prioritised, and there is even local artwork throughout the guest rooms.

 

Project: Old Boys Collegians Cricket Club

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Cook Brothers Construction

Project Partners

Athfield Architects (Architect/Designer), Cook Brothers Construction (Construction Company)

Old Boys Cricket Collegians has a rich history dating back to 1924. Cook Brothers Construction partnered with OBCCC to construct a unique pavilion, replacing the former facility amid the picturesque Elmwood Park. The building's eye-catching design, including a central fabric pavilion and its unique location, sets this project apart from others. There were several challenges for this project. Firstly, the project was value engineered to reduce the cost. As a result, several working bees were undertaken with club and community members. The unique architectural design was the most complicated part of the project. With its central mast and fabric structure, the delivery of both were completed under time constraints. A specialist fabric roof was also imported from Europe, requiring stainless steel tie-down ropes, and a specialist installation team – the latter of which had to be flown down from Auckland. With so many moving parts, the project’s cloud-based construction software, Procore, was used for RFI management. The collaborative tool ensured consistent communication and boosted levels of efficiency.

 

Project: Stratford Aquatic Centre

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Apollo Projects

Project Partners

Apollo Projects (Construction Company/Project Manager), Architecture HDT (Architect/Designer), GHD (Engineer), Powell Fenwick (pool services engineer) (Engineer)

Owned By

Stratford District Council

Wai O Rua - Stratford Aquatic Centre, was a special collaboration close to the community's heart, and marked nearly a century since the last community pool had been built. The fully accessible centre includes an eight-lane 25m competition pool, a 25m hydrotherapy and program pool, a learn-to-swim area, a toddlers' pool and a zero-depth splash pad with interactive water toys, making it a world-class facility. Apollo Projects aimed to create this facility by the community, for the community, sourcing 75% of the tradespeople and contractors from the Taranaki region. The new centre has been designed to enhance the surrounding natural environment, with built-in seating for 180 people and unique pop-out windows showcasing the phenomenal mountain views. However, budgeting was a significant challenge due to fluctuating international shipping costs and delays. To mitigate these issues, the team followed an early procurement process and contacted suppliers early which provided budget assurance and reduced any potential disruption to the supply-chain. Wai O Rua - Stratford Aquatic Centre is an impressive facility designed to enhance mana and increase well-being, now and well into the future, benefiting the community for years to come.

 

Project: Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre

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Apollo Projects

Project Partners

Apollo Projects (Construction Company), GHD (Engineer), Halcyon Project Management (Project Manager), Natare Corporation (Pool Supplier), Powell Fenwick (pool services) (Engineer), Sharp Consulting Ltd (Quantity Surveyor), Warren & Mahoney (Architect/Designer)

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Hawke's Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust

The new Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre adds to what is already a significant community asset. The new facilities are of world-class standard, with the new 50-metre pool capable of holding national and international swimming events. This is supplemented by seating that can hold up to 888 spectators, with temporary seating in reserve for 1,662. There is also a Learn to Swim pool and a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy treatment pool, which stands to benefit both athletes and hospital patients alike. Aquatic centres typically expend a lot more energy than most commercial buildings. To overcome this, the project adopted the mantra of ‘efficiency being the largest contributor to sustainability.’ This is evident in the use of renewable aggregate, LED lighting, and the application of stainless-steel over concrete for the pools.

 

Project: Holy Trinity Church - Avonside

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RPC Construction

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BBD (Quantity Surveyor), RPC Construction Ltd (Construction Company), Tennent Brown Architects (Architect/Designer)

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Church Property Trustees

The first Holy Trinity Church was built in 1857 and is the final resting place of some of Canterbury’s founding citizens. Unfortunately, the Category 1 Historic Building had to be demolished in 2011 after suffering earthquake damage. The project team worked at pace to ensure the new Church’s opening coincided with the original consecration day. This was achieved, and the church was opened on the 24th February 2022, 165 years since the first church on the site was consecrated in 1857. The building’s original features are reflected in the new Church’s footprint, connecting the past to the present. Salvaged heritage materials from the original church, such as timber, stained glass, and reredos panels are present throughout. The major challenge was building in a historical gravesite - one known to have many unmarked graves. This saw an archaeologist on-site whenever new ground was disturbed. Erecting the Church’s panels was also a delicate endeavour as the crane and outriggers had to be carefully positioned between graves.

 

Project: Driftaway Queenstown

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Ferguson Builders

Project Partners

Engco (Engineer), Ferguson Builders (Construction Company), Immersion Architecture (Architect/Designer), Rubix (Project Manager)

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BRG Queenstown T/A Driftaway Queenstown

The new utilities building forms part of a wider redevelopment of a previously dilapidated campsite. The owners and project team have made efforts to ensure the building is sustainable, comfortable, and innovative. The building includes various amenities, such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry facilities, male and female bathrooms, a lounge room, ski storage, and a rock-climbing wall. Sustainability was a key consideration, with the incorporation of solar panels and water and dryer heat recovery systems into the construction. Completing the build in a timely manner posed a challenge, as it had to be finished quickly before the summer season began. Overall, this utilities building represents a valuable addition to Driftaway Queenstown.

 

Project: Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre

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Naylor Love Canterbury

Project Partners

Athfield Architects (Architect/Designer), Constructure (Engineer), Naylor Love Canterbury (Construction Company), Powell Fenwick (Engineer)

Owned By

Canterbury Cricket Trust

The project involved demolishing the former Horticultural Hall and constructing a new building on the same footprint to create an indoor cricket training space. It is designed for community use, but also includes changing room facilities for the wider South Hagley sports fields, and an upper floor workspace. The biggest challenge for this project was the tight programme due to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup deadline. This wasn’t helped by the Covid-disrupted market, which meant the Naylor Love team had to work cohesively with the client, architect, and consultants to review and identify alternative materials. One of the special aspects of this project was the collaborative nature in which the build was delivered. The vision came from some very passionate members of the Canterbury Cricket Trust wanting to enhance the community's sporting opportunities, especially cricket, and resulted in a premium international sporting facility.

 

Project: Holiday Inn Remarkables Park

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Naylor Love Central Otago

Project Partners

Naylor Love Central Otago (Construction Company), Plus Architecture (Architect/Designer)

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MPM Projects (James Bowdler)

Holiday Inn Remarkables Park is the first, full service, 4-star hotel to be built in the stunning Remarkable’s hub. The site is 9500 metres squared in size, contains 182 rooms over four levels with gym facilities, conference rooms, a café, and a restaurant. The hotel is ideally nestled in an area surrounded by beautiful mountain views, retail, and leisure centres, and is a short drive to the ski fields. The hotel boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that give guests an amazing view of the surrounding landscape. Amid supply delays and Covid lockdowns, constraints were mitigated through changes in construction methodology. This saw temporary façade screens installed with the final façade panels installed from the exterior of the building. This allowed corridors and the heavily serviced risers, guest bathrooms, and the front half of the room to be constructed ahead of the façade. A building management system controls the full services at the Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, allowing for reduced operational costs when the hotel is not fully occupied.

 

Project: St Paul's Presbyterian Church Kaikōura - New Restaurant & Hall

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Contract Construction

Project Partners

BIMformation (Project Manager), Contract Construction (Construction Company), Enstruct (Engineer), Tim Stephenson Design (Architect/Designer)

Owned By

St Paul's Presbyterian Church

The St Paul’s Restaurant & Hall project was a rebuild to replace two previous buildings that were demolished following the Kaikoura earthquake. The Designer Tim Stephenson was commissioned to create a building sympathetic to the local environment and one that could be built on the unusually shaped site. The ground floor is leased out as a restaurant and bar, while upstairs is utilised as a community centre for Church activities and can be hired out. The lease of both spaces provides an income to maintain the heritage Church building on the site. One of the more technical challenges of the build was the 13-metre footbridge, which runs from the new building up to the existing Church. This was complex in terms of the length of the bridge, getting the angles right, and the health and safety requirements due to the elevation. This project brings together multiple factors resulting in an outstanding build including the location and views, an exceptional design, and excellent workmanship.

 

Project: Christchurch City Hotel

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Cook Brothers Construction

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Architecture Studio Limited (Architect/Designer), Beca (Consulting Partner), Cook Brothers Construction (Construction Company), Kensway Consultants (Project Manager)

Located in the heart of a revitalised and vibrant city centre, the Christchurch City Hotel has been built to the highest quality safety standards. Featuring 46 rooms ranging from studios to suites, prime ground-floor retail space, and a skyline rooftop bar with city views, this architecturally designed structure is a highlight for Colombo Street. The challenging build features Steltech columns, Traydec floors, Thermosash Curtain Walls, a striking façade, black full-height precast concrete boundary walls, a slanted steel roof and alternate round and square windows. It reflects the bold vision of a new Christchurch. Working at height was a key health and safety risk which the project team effectively managed. Carefully coordinated deliveries in the early mornings via crane minimised the risk to the public, and the emphasis on health and wellbeing continued with a proactive approach to discussing mental health on-site.

 

Project: LDS Kirkbride Stake Centre

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Shield Group

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Shield Group Ltd (Construction Company), Stephenson & Turner (Architect/Designer)

This project saw the creation of a new religious campus. It includes a chapel to fit 277 people, a cultural hall that can house 552, offices, Sunday school classrooms, kitchen facilities, and a board room. There is a wealth of detail in the buildings, with multiple materials used inside and outside. The outside cladding is two colours of brick with protruding plaster at every three-meter grid. The inside detailing is dominated by the solid oak doors, trim, and feature joinery. Each building had different roof pitches which bought challenges to forming a common fascia height, valleys, gutters, and roofing. The project team also had to work through various uncoordinated designs, and it was strong collaboration that made the build work.