More than 80 of New Zealand’s top commercial properties will vie for national awards at next year’s New Zealand Commercial Project Awards — up 30% on this year’s number of entries.
Heading into the fifth year of the Awards — an evolution of the Registered Master Builders Commercial Project Awards, and open to all New Zealand commercial construction project partners — the competition received 83 entries across nine categories, including Education, Health, Industrial, Civic, Commercial, Heritage and Restoration, Retail, Residential, and Tourism and Leisure.
A Supreme Award, Special Award and value-based awards are also given across four categories — projects valued under $2 million, between $2 million to $5 million, between $5 million and 15 million, and over $15 million.
The Awards aim to recognise not only the building itself but also the team behind it. Organisers say this year has seen a growth in the number of entries from architects, alongside almost double the number of entries for the Health and Education categories on last year.
“What a great way to celebrate five years of the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards,” Awards spokesperson Greg Pritchard says.
“Year on year we’ve grown, and we’re exceptionally pleased with the standard of entries this year. Alongside the latest projects from previous winners, we’re also seeing newcomers to the awards,” he says.
“As the judging process begins, we’re looking forward to another great year celebrating New Zealand’s commercial building excellence.”
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.
And while comparing a school with a state-of-the-art health facility, or a luxury lodge with a historic library may seem impossible, the experienced judging panels for the awards follow a clear set of judging criteria.
These include design aesthetic, functionality, overall performance of the building, materials used, durability, energy efficiency, procurement, health and safety, costs and time frames involved, administration and completion, and overall team relationships, including client satisfaction and how the team worked together.
Construction practices, including the degree of difficulty and complexity, alongside the quality of the build and environment, are looked at, with an assessment of the overall project completing the judging.
Entries for next year’s Commercial Project Awards closed at the end of October. Winners will be announced at a national gala event on May 12, 2017, in Auckland.