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Project: 279 Hardy Street Apartments

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Scott Construction

Project Partners

Redbox Architects (Architect/Designer), Scott Construction (Project Manager)

A testament to innovative urban redevelopment, these repurposed law offices in the Nelson CBD have been transformed into residential and commercial spaces. The complexities of building in a busy CBD with active tenancies were navigated with precision, to minimise public risk. Careful consideration was given to loading bays, traffic management, demolition, and scaffolding. A key stand out was the strengthening of the existing building with structural steel, along with the development of the upper-level terraces and the angles of the building to ensure maximum daylight for all bedrooms. The project had sustainability at top of mind, this came through the retention of the building's existing top-level floors and walls, significantly reducing demolition emissions and landfill waste. This astounding project highlights the potential of repurposing existing commercial tenancies.

Project: 3-5 Walter Merton Road, Modular Homes

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Accent Construction Interiors

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Accent Construction (Construction Company), TLC Modular (Architect/Designer)

This highly successful project involved the development of three homes that were prefabricated as modular components in Vietnam and then transported for completion in Hobsonville, Auckland. This project demonstrates how modular homes can be a highly efficient and cost-effective construction method providing quality and spacious homes filled with natural light, great indoor/outdoor flow, and ample storage. Given the logistical implications of the site being within a densely populated residential area and the only location for crane placement being on the road, there were many critical safety considerations involved with this project, including the lifting of the 25-tonne modules over occupied homes. The entire project successfully navigated unique challenges such as unforeseen quality issues and significant timeline overruns while refining the modular construction process for future developments. The team worked collaboratively to address setbacks and swiftly overcame issues with a positive approach.

Project: Bader Ventura Passive House

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Peddlethorp

Project Partners

2PIR Consulting (Engineer), Kirk Roberts Consulting (Engineer), Oculus Architectural Engineering (Engineer), Peddlethorp (Architect/Designer), Precision Construction (Construction Company)

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Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities

Bader Ventura is Kainga Ora’s inaugural Passive House project and New Zealand’s first Homestar v5 certified build. It sets an example of how to deliver homes with a reduced carbon footprint and ultra-low power bills. As the first central government-funded public housing project in Australasia to receive Passive House Certification, there was a clear commitment to sustainability and innovation. This is evident in the team’s ability to exceed performance requirements, including a substantial reduction in operational carbon footprint, all achieved within budget. The success of Bader Ventura lies not only in its environmental achievements but also in the team’s capacity to provide comfortable, affordable, and high-quality housing.

Project: Greys Ave Complex

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ICON NZ

Project Partners

ICON NZ (Construction Company), MODE Design (Architect/Designer)

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ICON CO PTY NZ LTD

This Te Matawai complex is the first large-scale, single site housing redevelopment in New Zealand. It includes 276 homes built to a Homestar 7 standard (New Zealand’s leading holistic sustainability certification for new home design and construction). The complex also consists of shared spaces for activities, recreation, and social connection. Many apartments have additional accessibility features such as side opening ovens and lower shelving, to facilitate independent living for those in wheelchairs. The project achieved significant milestones, including supplier diversity, with a significant portion of the spend directed toward Maori and Pasifika-owned businesses, social enterprises, and female-owned businesses. It also incorporates local iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei cultural design elements within the architecture, interior, and landscape design.

Project: Milford 110

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Waide Commercial Construction

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Bluewater Project Management (Project Manager), Brave Architects (Architect/Designer), Waide Commercial Construction (Construction Company)

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Milford 110 Limited

Milford 110 is a residential development located on Auckland’s North Shore. It features 20 high-end apartments and a commercial space, all embodying contemporary architecture and luxury finishes. Standout elements include frameless plastered-in door jambs, bespoke joinery, and a penthouse with nearly 360-degree views of Auckland City. With full-height glazing, wood-grain precast panels, and smart layout designs, Milford 110 is a testament to modern elegance and architectural innovation. The project was undertaken in a complex urban environment, requiring innovative construction methodologies and detailed planning to overcome various challenges. These included the precise alignment of technical facade elements and the integration of structural steel which was fabricated offsite.

Project: SELO Development

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Chancellor Construction

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BDG Architects (Architect/Designer), Chancellor Construction (Construction Company), Kingston Partners Limited (Quantity Surveyor), Kingstons Project Management (Project Manager)

The SELO Development project, a large-scale residential development of 236 units, blends community heritage with modern living spaces and significantly adds to West Auckland's landscape. The development was completed ahead of schedule, showcasing efficient project management and strategic planning. The project adopted environmentally conscious waste management practices, with joint initiatives with Green Gorilla, showcasing the team’s commitment to sustainability. The build is a testament to Chancellor Construction's commitment to excellence and innovation in construction.

Project: Soho Apartment Remediation

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Hawkins

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Campbell Pope Architecture (Architect/Designer), Hawkins (Construction Company), Urban Outcomes Limited (Project Manager)

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Soho Apartments Body Corporate

The Soho Apartment Remediation in Wellington navigated unique challenges in maintaining project momentum while ensuring safety and minimal disruption to the daily lives of over 1,000 residents within the fully occupied complex. Technical and logistical hurdles included coordinating structures with a constrained space; this challenge was adeptly managed through innovative solutions. The project's community engagement efforts, such as neighbourhood clean-up initiatives and an 'Ikea Assembly Factory' to assist residents, showcased Hawkins' commitment to maintaining harmony and minimising inconvenience. The project revitalised the Soho Apartments and reinforced the importance of a collaboration when working in a live environment, setting a benchmark for future urban remediation projects.

Project: Stuart McCutcheon House

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Haydn & Rollett

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Ashton Mitchell Architects (Architect/Designer), Haydn & Rollett (Construction Company/Project Manager), Mott MacDonald (Engineer), Reidy & Co (Project Manager)

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Ergon Properties

The Stuart McCutcheon House project, initiated to accommodate University of Auckland students, stands out for its focus on student-centric design, incorporating features like cinema rooms, gaming areas, communal kitchens, and study spaces. The building's acoustic design creates a serene environment for residents, while the inclusion of communal areas fosters a sense of community among students. The architectural approach and prefabrication techniques contributed to efficient construction and early project completion. Despite the logistical challenges posed by COVID-19, the project team's innovative solutions and strategic planning ensured its successful and timely completion. Offering 907 bedrooms, Stuart McCutcheon House represents a significant addition to student living in Auckland.

Project: Summerset on the Landing - Kenepuru, Wellington

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Summerset Group Holdings

Project Partners

Summerset Design (Architect/Designer)

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Summerset Group Holdings

Summerset on the Landing in Kenepuru, located in the greater Wellington region, offers modern retirement living. Totalling 103 residences, it contains a mix of villas, cottages and townhouses, and a large central building. The main building includes independent apartments, serviced apartments, and a memory care centre specifically designed to support those with dementia. An indoor swimming pool, spa, hair salon and gym were carefully designed to support a vibrant and active senior community. One standout feature of this project was its emphasis on teamwork and collective achievement, encapsulated in the mantra 'One Team, One Dream'. This ethos fostered a cohesive work environment that aimed to construct a world-class facility and prioritised safety and inclusivity for all personnel involved. At its peak, the site hosted over 250 workers, managed by a dedicated team of 11 Summerset staff, highlighting the project's scale and the collaborative effort required to bring it to fruition.

Project: Te Rangihīroa

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Southbase Construction

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Jasmax (Architect/Designer), Southbase Construction (Project Manager)

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University of Otago

Te Rangihiroa, situated close to the University of Otago's main campus, offers modern accommodation for 450 students, including accessible rooms, staff accommodation, and various amenities like a dining area, kitchen facilities, music, and cinema room. The design, influenced by a Ngati Mutunga whakatauki (proverb), integrates protective chevron-shaped aluminium panels, embodying the concept of a nurturing and protective environment for students. Whanau rooms and common areas were key design elements to foster community and connection among the residents. The entrance symbolises the link between iwi, incorporating cultural motifs and artworks that celebrate the legacy of Te Rangihiroa, Sir Peter Buck. Sustainability was a cornerstone of the project. The goal was to achieve a 5-Star Green Star accreditation, reflecting a commitment to environmental responsibility and creating a healthy living space for students.

Project: The Foundation Parnell

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Kalmar Construction

Project Partners

BGT Structures (Engineer), Colliers (Project Manager), Peddlethorp (Architect/Designer), WT Partners (Quantity Surveyor)

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The Foundation Village Partnership

The Foundation Parnell project by Kalmar Construction consists of 46 luxury retirement apartments and commercial spaces which boast privacy and sophistication. Located on the historic grounds of Blind Low Vision NZ in Parnell, the site is characterised by the iconic heritage-listed Jubilee Building. Foundation Parnell's standout feature is its luxurious Jura limestone facade, featuring over 15,500 individually cut and fitted pieces of stone processed in Germany and finished on site. This, along with the project's high-end finishes, such as marble fireplaces and oak veneer interior doors, sets a new benchmark for senior living spaces.

Project: The Glade - Stage 1

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Reco Construction Limited

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Barnes Beagley Doherr (Quantity Surveyor), Maven Associates (Engineer), OZAC Architects (Architect/Designer), Reco Construction (Construction Company), Unispot Richmond Development Limited (Project Manager)

Located near Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in Auckland, The Glade integrates 145 architecturally designed townhouses, along with upgraded public roads and utilities, to showcase Reco Construction's dedication to delivering high-quality, sustainable urban living spaces. Each block of townhouses within The Glade features distinct characteristics, reflecting a commitment to diversity. The development's architectural design focuses on creating a pedestrian-friendly environment, with strategically placed car parks to ensure privacy and sunlight for the residential blocks. Sustainability was a guiding principle, from the planning stage to the execution, ensuring the development not only meets immediate housing needs but also contributes to the long-term wellbeing of the community. The project overcame numerous challenges through innovative approaches and collaboration. Constructed on an old quarry site, the project team faced the complexity of working with a landscape filled with boulders and volcanic rocks, necessitating extensive geotechnical and structural consultations for the foundations of more than 90 units.

Project: Vantage

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Foster Construction Group

Project Partners

BCD Group (Engineer), Edwards White (Architect/Designer), Foster Construction (Project Manager/Quantity Surveyor)

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Black + Orange Property Limited

Foster Construction Group's Vantage project in Tauranga is a mixed-use development that exemplifies urban intensification done right. Vantage is celebrated for its stunning attention to detail and high-end finishes, offering commercial spaces and luxurious apartments with astonishing views over the harbour, Matakana Island and Mount Maunganui. The development enhances Tauranga's city life, providing a vibrant living and working space that addresses the housing shortage while adding to the city's architectural landscape.