What will be New Zealand’s next top commercial building?


The search is on for the country’s next top commercial building, with entries now open for the 2014 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

Entering its second year, the Awards are an evolution of the RMB Commercial Project Awards, and are open to all New Zealand commercial construction project partners, including contractors, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and the property owners.

The Awards aim to recognise not only the building itself, but also the team behind it.
Earlier this year, the inaugural awards showcased outstanding commercial projects across all categories, with Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium taking out the Supreme Award,” Awards spokesperson Greg Pritchard says.

“We’re looking forward to another year of quality projects, as we celebrate and encourage excellence in building and design practices across the sector.”
Sponsored by industry heavyweights PlaceMakers, James Hardie, NALCO, GIB and Allied Concrete, entrants in the Awards vie for gold, silver and bronze awards, as well as national category wins and the coveted Supreme Award.

Categories include awards for the best restoration, retail, commercial and civic, industrial, tourism and leisure, education, health and residential projects.
There are also four value-based awards, with categories ranging from projects under $2 million through to over $15 million, and a special award for an “outstanding project or element of a project worthy of recognition”.

Buildings that were completed after November 3, 2011, and have a certificate of practical completion by November 3, 2013, are eligible to enter the awards.

Entries are open online now at www.commercialprojectawards.co.nz and close on Sunday, November 3, 2013, with winners announced at a national gala event in May 2014.

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