Raglan sheds win top roofing awards

Wainui Construction’s Two Sheds in Raglan won the Building of the Year category award in the inaugural COLORSTEEL Awards that celebrate roofing and construction excellence nationwide.

Wainui Construction’s Two Sheds in Raglan has won the Building of the Year category award in the inaugural COLORSTEEL Awards, taking home a $25,000 media package prize.

Hosted by New Zealand Steel, the Awards are designed to celebrate roofing and construction excellence across the country.

The Awards consist of three categories — Building of the Year, Roofer of the Year, and Young Roofer of the Year.

Judges included media personality and builder Peter Wolfkamp, architect Ken Crosson, roofing expert Rod Newbold, Roofing Association New Zealand chief executive officer Graham Moor, and New Zealand Steel chief executive Gretta Stephens.

Mr Wolfkamp says the project in Raglan stood out to the panel because of its innovative design.

“It has been built with versatility in mind, so the spaces can be matched to the needs of future tenants,” he says.

“The simple details provide a functional and artistic element that transform a ‘shed’ into an upmarket commercial destination.”

Wainui Construction spokeswoman Hayley Vink says they are delighted to be named in recognition of their work on Two Sheds.

“This was a great project that really pushed the boundaries of the architecture expected in an industrial area,” Ms Vink says.

“For us, it was exciting to see what we could produce thanks to clever detailing and interesting material.”

The COLORSTEEL Young Roofer of the Year went to Vaughan Cook of Cowperthwaite Roofing Ltd, Auckland, who took home $10,000 cash.

Matthew McDougall, of The Roofing Company Canterbury, was announced as the COLORSTEEL Roofer of the Year for his work on the Dagg residence, and won a $25,000 travel voucher.

“I really enjoyed the technicality of this project — it certainly got my brain working. It was a great month and a half of work.

“I’m stoked to be recognised for the hard work required as a roofer in the industry,” Mr McDougall says.

Ms Stephens is thrilled to have gathered industry experts and enthusiastic up-and-comers to celebrate success and excellence.

“Congratulations to our winners and all of our finalists. It was fantastic to bring everyone together and facilitate conversation between industries and individuals in different stages of their careers.

“We hope these Awards can grow and offer roofers the opportunity to really celebrate their work. We want to see the roofing industry recognised for the innovative designs we see from across the country,” Ms Stephens says.

Following COLORSTEEL’s brand identity relaunch last year, NZ Steel created the awards to elevate pride and professionalism in the roofing and construction industry.

All entries were required to showcase exceptional use of COLORSTEEL products with innovative designs and/or outstanding technical work.

For more info, visit www.colorsteel.co.nz/awards.

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