Entries open for 2019 Commercial Project Awards


Entries are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, the prestigious awards programme run by the RMBA that sets the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand, and celebrates collaboration and innovation across the sector.

“These awards recognise the contribution of all the professionals who work on our commercial building projects, from architects and engineers to project managers and quantity surveyors,” RMBA chief executive David Kelly says.

“This collaboration is a key part of these awards and a key focus for the sector.

“There has never been a better time to celebrate and reward the great work that is happening in the sector. We have heard a lot lately about the problems, and these awards provide an opportunity to recognise the many successes.

“A common factor in the successful projects in our sector is strong collaboration. This requires building trusted partnerships with clients, and the lead and subcontractors. The awards show what happens when we get this right — we build something great.

“These projects are more than just buildings — they are our homes, public buildings, workplaces and communities. Registered Master Builders are proud to showcase the best of our built environment through these awards.”

Mr Kelly says the awards recognise all types of projects — big or small, and across a range of prices and categories. It is also an industry-wide competition, which means there is something for everyone.

“We know all project teams really value the recognition they gain when entering these awards. There is a huge sense of pride in being recognised amongst peers and the industry, and it definitely makes entering the competition worthwhile.”

Mr Kelly says the competition demonstrates some of the amazing innovations that are taking place to meet the demands of construction growth.

“Last year, 68% of entries talked about using new technologies and approaches, and it was great to hear from some of these at the third “all-of-sector” Constructive Forum recently.

“Building Information Modelling (BIM), prefabrication, 3D printing and modelling, and Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) are transforming the way our industry operates.

“We are looking forward to seeing the different projects which have been using these technologies and approaches on our commercial building sites.”

The Commercial Project Awards are open to all New Zealand commercial construction project partners, including contractors, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and property owners.

“We have seen some incredible projects over the past six years. This year’s Supreme Award winner, Skellerup’s Dairy Rubberware Development and Manufacturing facility in Christchurch, entered by Calder Stewart Construction Ltd, is a world leading Dairy Rubberware Vulcanisation Plant, which manufactures its own rubber on-site,” Mr Kelly says.

In 2019, category awards will include Heritage/Restoration Project, Retail Project, Civic Project, Construction Marketing Services Education Project, Industrial Project, Commercial Project, the PlaceMakers Tourism and Leisure Project, the Altus Health Project, the Winstone Wallboards Residential Project, and the Commercial Fit Out Project.

There are also four value-based awards, with categories ranging from projects under $2 million through to over $15 million. There is the potential for three Special Awards — the new Sustainability and Innovation Awards, and one for any outstanding project worthy of recognition.

The highest accolade of the Awards — the Platinum Award — is given to an entrant who has won five or more national titles, and can only be awarded to an organisation once.

Entries are now open at
www.commercialprojectawards.co.nz, and close on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Winners will be announced at a national gala event in May 2019 at SKYCITY in Auckland.

The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are sponsored by PlaceMakers, Altus, GIB, Allied Concrete, Construction Marketing Services and CARTERS.

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