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Airport team wins urban design award, Farhi takes supreme title

The Auckland Airport property team has won the Property Council’s third annual Auckland property people award for urban design for its work on stage of The Landing business precinct at the airport.

The supreme award went to Chris Farhi (pictured), who leads Colliers’ research & consulting team. He was also named young achiever of the year.

Property Council branch president Michael Holloway said: “The Auckland Airport property team has shared a consistent vision to develop a world-class industrial business park, setting itself apart as a market leader who focuses not only on functionality, but also on driving quality design that will endure over time.

“They have been described as exceptionally professional & results-focused. The team culture is strong, professional yet relaxed, with a high level of respect & appreciation for everyone’s individual expertise.

“The Landing stage 2 delivers world-class architecture & urban design, transport connectivity & amenity, all aimed at enriching the working experience of its tenants & the surrounding community – a vision brought to life by this spectacular group of people.”

Award winners (sponsors in brackets):

Supreme award (Greenstone Group): Chris Farhi, Colliers International
Sheree Cooney memorial young achiever (Buchan): Chris Farhi, Colliers International
Urban design (Ignite): Auckland Airport property team
Best team (Barker & Associates): Wynyard development team
Property professional of the year (JLL): Lloyd Budd, Bayleys Real Estate
Women in property (Resene): Kelly Bunyan, Spark
Outstanding leadership (Rider Levett Bucknall): Colleen Seth, Auckland University
Long service (BSA Law): Waren Warfield, founding director of RCP
Judges’ choice (AMP Capital): Alastair Kent-Johnston, Blue Barn Consulting

Attribution: Council release.

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Property Council award a tribute to Maurice Clark’s reinvigoration skills

The Property Council’s supreme award last night, to the former Dominion Post building on Boulcott St in Wellington, now known as Waikoukou and the headquarters of Transpower NZ Ltd (pictured), is a tribute to Maurice Clark for his determination to salvage tired buildings and light them up for new users.

He also salvages old names. According to a Dominion Post story in 2015, Boulcott St was once a stream running down from bushclad hills, and the place it met Manners & Willis Sts was called Wai-koukou, for the pool where forest birds bathed.

I recall the Evening Post building (in 1969, well before the 2 Wellington newspapers merged) as a chaotic joining of structures, where reporters & sub-editors were separated by a chasm and a back staircase somehow dropped you at the door of the Britannia. And Boulcott St was the first place I drove a company car, a Fiat bubble car, managing to terrorise motorists & pedestrians on all sides before making it to the Holeproof factory at Shannon & back. But back to the awards:

Maurice Clark.

Mr Clark was developer through Cheops Holdings Ltd. [Cheops, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is the oldest of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It’s notable as the only one of those 7 to remain largely intact.]

He bought McKee-Fehl Constructors Ltd in 1987, remains its owner & managing director and has focused its work in recent years on restoration, especially of quake-damaged structures, including Transpower’s former premises (originally Shell House) on The Terrace.

The construction company has a long series of building salvages to its name. Earlier projects include the 1904 Victoria University Hunter Building, the 1876 Law School (Old Government Building) and the 1908 Public Trust Building, now occupied by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.

Mr Clark’s also had his engineering skills tested on the strengthening for the Victoria University Rankine Brown Building, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, and structural testing before redevelopment of the former Defence building at 15 Stout St, now occupied by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

Mr Clark, 74, was made an officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2016 for his services to heritage preservation & the construction industry.

Multiple awards for Waikoukou

On Waikoukou’s way to winning the supreme award at the Property Council-Rider Levett Bucknall industry awards, it was also best in the commercial office category and won a merit award for green building.

The awards judges said the Waikoukou project team had rejuvenated what was a largely vacant & obsolete collection of buildings, refurbishing the existing and adding a new office structure on top. They also added a hospitality courtyard & laneway, Press Hall, linking Boulcott St through to Willis St.

The judges commented: “Not only does the building’s superior structural resilience ensure Transpower uninterrupted operations in the event of an earthquake, the project team have transformed the property into a modern, seismically upgraded office environment.

“A ground-to-roof central atrium with connecting bridges between the north & south buildings and generous internal stairwell creates a unique social environment.

“The judges believe this project successfully integrates multiple challenges, delivering a thoughtful design, quality execution, and anchored with a long-term lease to a recognised tenant, resulting in a high quality investment asset.”

Supreme winner:
Waikoukou, 22 Boulcott St, Wellington, developer Cheops Holdings Ltd, along with project partners McKee-Fehl Constructors Ltd (Maurice Clark is sole director of both Cheops & McKee-Fehl), Architecture + Ltd, Jasmax Ltd, BlackYARD Engineering Ltd, Beca Ltd and tenant, Transpower NZ Ltd

Civic & arts, sponsor Warren & Mahoney:

Excellence & best in category: Ellen Melville Centre & Freyberg Place, Auckland
Excellence: Justice & Emergency Services Precinct, Christchurch; Matuku Takotako, Sumner Centre, Christchurch
Merit: Dunedin law courts, Dunedin; Manukau bus station, Manukau; Objectspace art gallery, Grey Lynn; David O McKay Stake & Cultural Events Centre, Hamilton; Salvation Army Christchurch City, Christchurch

Commercial office, sponsor RCP:

Excellence & best in category:
Waikoukou, 22 Boulcott St, Wellington
12 Madden St, Wynyard Quarter
Genesis Energy, Hamilton
Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland
Pita Te Hori Centre (King Edward Barracks), Christchurch
AA Insurance, Auckland
Alpine Energy office building, Timaru
Maori Television, East Tamaki
QBE Centre, 125 Queen St

Education, sponsor GIB:

Excellence & best in category:
King’s School centennial building, Remuera
Otago Business School, Dunedin
Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity (Cuba Dixon redevelopment), Wellington
Wakatipu High School, Queenstown
Rangiora High School – Rakahuri building, Christchurch Ara Kahukura, Christchurch
Unitec construction, engineering & trades building (Mataaho), Mt Albert
Unitec Hub (Te Puna), Mt Albert
Auckland University Science Centre, Auckland

Green building, sponsor Resene:

Excellence & best in category:
Ara Kahukura, Christchurch
Pita Te Hori/King Edward Barracks, Christchurch
Te Pa Tauira – Otago Polytechnic student village, Dunedin
Waikoukou, 22 Boulcott St, Wellington
Goodman fitout, KPMG Centre, VXV precinct, Wynyard Quarter

Health & medical, sponsor Fagerhult:

Whenua Pupuke – Waitemata Clinical Skills Centre, North Shore Hospital, Takapuna

Heritage & adaptive reuses, sponsor Hawkins:

Excellence & best in category:
Dunedin law courts, Dunedin
Melanesian Mission, Auckland
94-96 Queen St, Auckland
Air NZ airport campus, Auckland Airport
Bishop Selwyn Chapel & St Mary’s Church, Parnell
Christ’s College kitchen tower restoration, Christchurch
Mona Vale homestead, Christchurch
Sign of the Kiwi, Christchurch

Industrial, sponsor Yardi:

Excellence & best in category:
Röhlig Logistics, Mangere
Fonterra Co-operative Group, 109 Fanshawe St, Auckland
Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland
Potter Interior Systems Ltd, The Gate Industry Park, Penrose

Multi-unit residential, sponsor Arrow International:
Excellence & best in category:
Sale Street Apartments, 70 Sale St, Auckland
Hereford Residences, Freemans Bay
North West Quarter, Kensington Park, Orewa
Centro, Sugartree, 27 Union St, Auckland
Millwater Central Terraces, Millwater, Hibiscus Coast
Te Pa Tauira – Otago Polytechnic student village, Dunedin
The Foundries, Freemans

Retail, sponsor RCG:

Excellence & best in category:
The Hub Hornby, Christchurch
Huami Restaurant – SkyCity Auckland Ltd, Auckland

Tourism & leisure, sponsor Holmes Consulting:

Excellence & best in category:
Ramada Albany, Albany
Auckland International Airport pier B extension project, Auckland Airport
Bug Lab, Auckland Zoo, Western Springs

Urban land development, sponsor Natural Habitats:

Excellence & best in category:
Beaches – Coast Papamoa subdivision, Papamoa
Jennings St-Jersey Avenue redevelopment by Housing NZ Corp, Mt Albert
Richmond subdivision (stage 1), Mt Wellington

Transpower, 11 June 2015: Maurice Clark to develop Wellington building for Transpower
McKee Fehl, Press Hall – a new landmark
McKee Fehl projects
Dominion Post, 20 July 2015: Many Maori names for Wellington landmarks lost – 150 years of news

Attribution: Property Council release, McKee Fehl, Dominion Post, Wikipedia.

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Sistema’s industrial building wins top property award

The Property Council’s top award was won on Friday night by a manufacturing & warehouse facility near Auckland Airport.

The Rider Levett Bucknall supreme award went to Sistema Plastics Ltd’s 52,000m² facility opened last year on Oruarangi Rd, Ihumatao, in Nakhle Group’s 21ha Auckland International Business Park in the Mangere Gateway business zone near the airport.

Sistema founder & managing director Brendan Lindsay sold his company to US consumer goods company Newell Brands Inc in December for $NZ660 million and has just retired. He only sold on condition that Newell agree to keep manufacturing in New Zealand for the next 20 years and, in the sale process, Newell signed a long-term lease on the building.

Sistema sells a range of plastic storage containers in over 90 countries and brought its warehousing, manufacturing & distribution operations, and its international headquarters, under one roof. The building has 3500m2 of office space & ancillary rooms on 2 floors and 17,000m2 of yard & parking around it.

Awards chief judge Andy Evans said the building’s design was a standout for the attention given to all aspects of work flow, future flexibility, divisibility & expansion: “The project is world class and demonstrated a high level of consultation & collaboration between the design teams, builder & occupier.

“I am also delighted to see the supreme award go to an industrial development that is pushing the boundaries in design & functionality, delivering the most significant industrial building in New Zealand. This building displays the innovation & attitude that has made Sistema Plastics a world leader.”

The category awards (with sponsor in brackets):

Multi-unit residential (Arrow International):
Best in category: Chambers & Station (Auckland)
Excellence: The Dylan Apartments (Auckland)
Merit: 55 Symonds Street (Auckland), Boulcott Conference Suites & Apartments (Wellington)

Education (GIB):
Best in category: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School – Te Manawa o te Kura (Wellington)
Excellence: AUT Building MH (Auckland), Te Ara o Mauao, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Tauranga)
Merit: Haeata Community Campus (Christchurch), Rolleston College (Christchurch), St Andrews College Centennial Chapel (Christchurch), Tarawera High School (Kawerau)

Tourism & leisure (Holmes Consulting Group):
Best in category: Adina Hotel (Auckland)
Excellence: Vector Wero Whitewater Park (Auckland)

Retail (RCG):
Merit: Whangaparaoa retail centre (Auckland)

Industrial (Yardi):
Best in category: Sistema manufacturing facility (Auckland)
Excellence: Big Chill supersite (Auckland), Coca Cola Amatil (Auckland)
Merit: Emerson’s Brewery & Taproom (Dunedin), Red Stag Timber sawmill (Rotorua), The Warehouse Ltd South Island distribution centre (Christchurch)

Civic & arts (Warren & Mahoney):
Best in category: Len Lye Centre & Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth)
Excellence: ASB Waterfront Theatre (Auckland)
Merit: Manu Tukutuku – Randwick Park Pavilion (Auckland), Redcliffs Library (Christchurch)

Health & medical (Fagerhult NZ):
Best in category: Manaaki by Mercy (Dunedin)
Excellence: Burwood Hospital redevelopment (Christchurch)
Merit: St John Christchurch ambulance hub (Christchurch)

Heritage & adaptive reuses (Hawkins):
Best in category: Australis Nathan Buildings (Auckland)
Excellence: Chambers & Station (Auckland), Mason Bros (Auckland)
Merit: Good Union (Cambridge), St Kevin’s Arcade (Auckland), The Christchurch Club (Christchurch)

Urban land developments (Natural Habitats):
Merit: Daventry Street & Torea Place (Auckland)

Commercial office (RCP):
Best in category: PwC Centre (Christchurch)
Excellence: 133 Molesworth St (Wellington)
Merit: Australis Nathan Buildings (Auckland), Mason Bros (Auckland)

Green building (Resene):
Best in category: ASB Waterfront Theatre (Auckland)
Excellence: New Shoots Children’s Centre & Source Café, Pakuranga (Auckland)
Merit: 133 Molesworth St (Wellington)

Property Council members’ laureate: John Dunn

Attribution: Property Council release, Sistema.

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Maurice Clark named Wellington property laureate

McKee Fehl Constructors Ltd managing director Maurice Clark has won the premier laureate award at the Property Council Wellington branch’s property people awards for leading many successful heritage & seismic upgrades around Wellington and his innovative engineering solutions to repurpose buildings.

Awards judge Bob Hall said: “This award celebrates Mr Clark’s commercial courage, personal vision & success in saving many of Wellington’s old masters. These unique properties of significance, that link Wellington’s past commercial history to the present, required astute development & repositioning. Very few individuals would have tackled or taken this risk on.”

Young achiever of the year Chris Speed is a senior structural engineer at Dunning Thornton and has been pivotal in resolving seismic strengthening issues for Wellington heritage buildings, including the Woolstore in Thorndon and the Old Public Trust building.

Ian Pike, who was chief executive of Wellington Waterfront Ltd for 9 years and has been Wellington City Council’s city shape manager for the last 2 years, was awarded for outstanding leadership. He’s been instrumental in initiating major waterfront projects, including Waitangi Park, the Meridian Building, Wharewaka, Clyde Quay Wharf and the re-use of several heritage buildings.

Mike O’Sullivan won the award for long service for his outstanding performance in property & contributions to the industry. Mr O’Sullivan built the Rolle plant & property valuation company into a national business, was an early entrant into the formation of syndicates through NZ Property Syndications Ltd in the 1990s and co-founded the St Laurence property & investment group, which foundered in the global financial crisis.

Award winners (sponsor in brackets):

Young achiever (Beca): Chris Speed, Dunning Thornton
Urban design & architectural (Archaus): Merit, Tennent Brown Architects for David Jones department store; highly commended, Huw Parslow for Boulcott Suites
Best team for regional project (Colliers): Merit, David Jones department store; highly commended, Walter Nash Centre
Associate (Prendos): Gwendoline Callaghan
Outstanding leadership (Momentum): Ian Pike
Long service (Ortus International): Mike O’Sullivan
Laureate (Greenwood Roche): Maurice Clark

Attribution: Property Council release.

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NZIOB judges can’t separate top young achievers

The NZ Institute of Building’s judges couldn’t split the top 2 young achievers in this year’s GIB-sponsored awards and handed the prize to both finalists, both from Christchurch – Annalise Johns, a project engineer with Fulton Hogan, and Glenn Jowett, AECOM’s BIM practice lead.

The awards recognise the professional excellence of individuals in the construction process, rather than the project or completed structure, and were handed out at a function in Auckland on Friday night.

Supreme performer

The supreme award went to Rodney Verhoeven, a project manager with Hawkins Construction Ltd, for his role in managing the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, Lower Hutt, a sports facility & community hub combining the Walter Nash Stadium, Taita Community Hall & Community Library and Hutt Valley netball courts in a single integrated facility.

The judges said Mr Verhoeven, who holds a national certificate in carpentry, demonstrated exceptional leadership & passion for the project: “He overcame initial hostility towards the project by engaging the community and allowing them the opportunity to design & integrate artwork on precast panels. Rodney also provided view slots so locals could watch the project progress, and installed a platform so a photographer could take progress photos for the client’s website.”

The young achievers

Ms Johns’ most recent construction achievement was her contribution to the delivery of the Christchurch Art Gallery base isolation external works. The judges said her achievements had had a strong positive impact on young women in the company & wider industry, demonstrating the unique skills that women offer in construction & the built environment.

She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with first class honours from Canterbury University, and has also had a secondment to the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), where she worked with the senior management team as innovations co-ordinator and in one of the design teams as a graduate structural engineer.

Mr Jowett, who leads AECOM’s building information modelling (BIM) practice nationally, works with clients to implement improved project & asset information management solutions & processes. He has become one of the leading figures within the New Zealand & Australian BIM communities, was a key contributor to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment-supported NZ BIM Handbook, and regularly writes articles and speaks at seminars in relation to BIM.

He completed an apprenticeship in structural drafting in the UK, supported by 2 years’ part-time study at Leeds College of Building, where he achieved a double award Edexcel level 3 national certificate in civil engineering. Since moving to New Zealand, he’s spoken at various conferences & seminars in Australia & New Zealand in relation to BIM.

Triple winner

Fletcher Construction project manager Dave Corbett won 3 awards for his work on the Bledisloe Lane upgrade and Penrose campus project – in the $2-5-5 million category and for innovation & safety.


Supreme award, GIB: Rodney Verhoeven (Hawkins Construction Ltd project manager)

Young achievers, BCITO (Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation) award: Annalise Johns (Fulton Hogan project engineer, Christchurch) & Glenn Jowett (AECOM’s BIM practice lead, Christchurch)

Under $2.5 million, Resene award: Excellence, Ben Connick, Hawkins interiors & special projects manager, Hamilton, for SkyCity Co-operative hospitality precinct project; highly commended, Nigel Eady, Hawkins Auckland, for Auckland District Health Board hybrid theatre

$2.5-5 million, Steel Construction NZ award: Excellence, Dave Corbett, Fletcher Construction project manager, Auckland, for Bledisloe Lane upgrade; highly commended, John O’Sullivan, Hawkins, Christchurch, for Sumner Surf Life Saving Club; and Lucian Iacob, Aspec Construction Ltd, Auckland, for Transpower Otahuhu office development

$5-10 million, Hays Recruitment award: Excellence, Garyth Jones, Hawkins project manager, Auckland, for Pridelands escarpment at Auckland Zoo

$10-25 million,  Steltech award: Excellence, Rodney Verhoeven, Hawkins project manager, Wellington, for Walter Nash Centre, Taita; and Declan Scanlon, Fletcher Construction, Christchurch, for Te Hapua Halswell Centre, Christchurch; highly commended, Richard Donald, NZ Strong Group Ltd, Auckland, for Otahuhu recreation precinct stage 2

$25-50 million, Holcim award: Excellence, Jimmy Corric, NZ Strong Group Ltd project manager, Auckland, for LynnMall redevelopment; and Bruce Halligan, Arrow International (NZ) Ltd senior construction project manager, Queenstown, for the Remarkables base building, Queenstown

$50-75 million, Hilti award: Excellence, Kevan Bird, Arrow International project manager, Auckland, for Vodafone rural broadband initiative rollout

$75-100 million, Metro Performance Glass award: Excellence, Gerard Anderson, Fletcher Construction project manager, Auckland, for Fonterra head office & VXV3 development, Wynyard Quarter

Over $100 million, Aecom award: Excellence, Peter Lawson, Fletcher Construction project director, Auckland, for NorthWest shopping centre, Westgate

Safety, Site Safe award: Excellence, Jeff Robertson, Aspec Construction Ltd project manager, Auckland, for his work on the King’s School centennial project; highly commended, Dave Corbett, for Penrose campus redevelopment & industrial building demolition

Innovation, James Hardie award: Excellence, Dave Corbett, for the Penrose campus project; highly commended, Professor Robyn Phipps, Massey University, Auckland, for low cost solar heating for schools project.

Attribution: NZIOB.

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Mansons TCLM wins Property Council award for NZME

Mansons TCLM Ltd’s NZME Central development on the corner of Victoria St West & Graham St in Auckland won the Property Council’s Rider Levett Bucknall supreme award handed out on Friday.

The 6 levels of offices in 2 buildings, completed last year, are occupied by news business NZME, law firm Meredith Connell, Maersk Shipping & liquor company Pernod Ricard.

The buildings are linked on 4 levels by suspended bridges within a glazed atrium, and the larger building has a second glazed atrium to provide natural light & architectural interest.

Chief judge John Dunn said: “Not only did it deliver an exceptional financial result for the developer, but high levels of sustainability were incorporated into the design and exemplary tenant usability & satisfaction have been achieved. In addition, innovative structuring created the ability to subdivide the development while ensuring co-ordinated ongoing maintenance & management.”

Award, sponsors & winners:

Education & arts, Coffey: Best in category, Te Oro music & arts centre, Archimedia; excellence, Hutt International Boys’ School, The Building Intelligence Group Ltd & DesignGroup, Stapleton Elliot; Chrysalis childcare centre, CASA (UK) Ltd

Health & medical, Fagerhult NZ: Best in category, NZ Blood Service – South Island Blood Centre, Ngai Tahu Property Ltd & Hawkins Construction; excellence, TRG Imaging Shakespeare Rd, Peddle Thorp

Heritage & adaptive re-uses, Hawkins Construction: Best in category, 85 Fort St, RCP Ltd; excellence, X Gallery, Krukziener Properties Ltd

Industrial, MyTrends: Best in category, Spark data centre Takanini, Urban Partners Ltd; excellence, Glassworks industry park, Goodman Property Trust

Multi-unit residential, Arrow International: Best in category, Hopetoun Residences, Tawera Group

Office, Hays Commercial: Best in category, NZME Central, 2-10 Graham St, Mansons TCLM Ltd; excellence, Fonterra Centre, Goodman Property Trust

Retail, RCG: Best in category, The Brickworks LynnMall, Kiwi Property Group Ltd, NZ Strong, The Buchan Group Ltd

Special purpose, Warren & Mahoney: Best in category, Ruataniwha Kaiapoi civic centre, Warren & Mahoney/Hawkins Construction; excellence, Otahuhu Recreation Centre, NZ Strong & Creative Spaces; Manukau District Court, RDT Pacific; Christchurch North Methodist Church, Arrow International

Tourism & leisure, Holmes Consulting Group: Best in category, the Remarkables base building, Arrow International Ltd; excellence, Otahuhu Recreation Centre, NZ Strong Ltd, Creative Spaces

Urban land developments, Natural Habitats Ltd: Best in category, Wigram Skies, Ngai Tahu Property; excellence, Hobsonville Point Buckley A precinct, Hobsonville Land Co Ltd.

Attribution: Property Council release.

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International search for affordable housing idea launched as FIABCI announces awards

Affordable housing isn’t just a big issue in Auckland or New Zealand, it’s international. FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, launched a global competition – The city we need is affordable – at its annual congress in Panama City this week.

FIABCI also announced its 2016 award winners overnight – among them, the only apartment tower design in Singapore by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, who died on 31 March.

FIABCI world president Danielle Grossenbacher said the affordable housing competition, closing on 30 June, would be focused on identifying & sharing best formulas & practices related to affordable housing: “In the next 35 years, according to United Nations statistics, the world population might increase by up to 2 billion. The number of people living in urban settings will nearly double since such environments offer employment, innovation, public transport & cultural opportunities.

“Up to now, affordable housing initiatives have been mainly undertaken by governments & urban authorities through subsidies, tax incentives, rezoning & allocation of extra air-rights.

“Our objective is to get the private sector involved to significantly expand activities & projects in this field and to substantially increase the supply of moderately priced housing for rent and for sale for people working & living in cities.

“As the leading international organisation representing the global real estate community, and with its special non-government organisation consultative status at the United Nations, FIABCI is uniquely positioned to bring together major urban stakeholders.”

She said the competition aim was to seek:

  • Financing formulasattractive and rewarding for investors
  • Newconstruction methods, materials, design & technological innovations reducing the time & cost of construction without sacrificing quality
  • Smartly plannedsustainable communities, practical for an urban workforce
  • Successful affordable developments with creative new components such as urban farming, work/live environments
  • Effectivepublic/private partnership formulas.

The international organisation wants industry experts to take an active role in the campaign by submitting innovative & successful realisations.

The best solutions will be showcased at FIABCI’s urban campaign event in Quito, Ecuador, on 18 October 18, during the United Nations Habitat III conference. The conference, from 17-20 October, will develop a 20-year urbanisation strategy, called the new urban agenda, seeking urban solutions, initiatives, best practices, social policies, legislation & models.

The FIABCI awards

FIABCI announced its 2016 award winners overnight. The prix d’excellence recognises development projects “that best embody excellence in all real estate disciplines involved in their creation and illustrates the FIABCI ideal of providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs”.

Entries were evaluated on concept, architecture, engineering, profitability, marketing results, environmental impact & benefit to society. Ms Grossenbacher said the entries “set a global standard for premier leadership, innovation, sustainability & long-term planning”.

There were 16 gold & 13 silver awards:

Environmental (rehabilitation/ conservation): Gold, Southern Tainan sub-central district park, Tainan, Taiwan, by Tainan City Government, Taiwan; silver, He Xing Mine & Chiu Pi Stream, Taipei, Taiwan, by Taipei City Government, Taiwan

Heritage (restoration/ conservation): Gold, Giraud Gallery, Moscow, Russia by KR Properties, Russia; silver, Bikini Berlin, Germany, by Bayerische Hausbau GmbH & Co KG, Germany

Hotel: Gold, SEA Towers, aparthotel, St Batumi, Georgia, by ORBI Group, Georgia; silver, WOLO Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by Mammoth Empire Holdings, Malaysia

Industrial: Gold, Central Taiwan Innovation Campus, Nantou City, Taiwan, by Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan; silver, West Park BizCentral, Singapore, by Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd, Singapore

Masterplan: Gold, Ferencvaros, Budapest, Hungary, by Local Government of Ferencvaros, Hungary; silver, Senibong Cove, Johor, Malaysia, by Front Concept, Malaysia

Office: Gold, DBS Bank Tower, Jakarta, Indonesia by PT Ciputra Property Tbk, Indonesia; silver, Menara Shell, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by MRCB, Malaysia

Public infrastructure /amenities: Gold, Kaohsiung Main Public Library, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, by Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan; silver, UWC Dilijan College, Armenia, by RD Group, Russia

Purpose-built: Gold, Ciputra Artpreneur, Jakarta, Indonesia, by PT Ciputra Property TBK, Jakarta, Indonesia; silver, Discovery walk on Orchard, Singapore, by Far East Organisation, Singapore

Residential (highrise): Gold, d’Leedon, Singapore, by CapitaLand Ltd, Singapore, and Silversea, Singapore, by Far East Organisation, Singapore; silver, 28 Mont’ Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by UEM Sunrise Bhd, Malaysia

Residential (midrise): Gold, Dedaun, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by Selangor Dredging Bhd, Malaysia; silver, Waterfront Osterbek, Hamburg, Germany, by Garbers Partner, Germany

Residential (lowrise): Gold, The Mansions, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by Perdana ParkCity Sdn Bhd, Malaysia; silver, Prestige Silver Oak, Bangalore, India, by Prestige Estate Project Ltd, India

Resort: Gold, Batu Batu Resort, Johor, Malaysia, by Batu Batu Resort Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Retail: Gold, Discovery walk on Orchard, Singapore, by Far East Organisation, Singapore; silver, Summarecon Mal Serpong, Tangerang, Indonesia, by KSO Summarecon Serpong, Indonesia

Sustainable development: Gold, Solaris, Singapore by Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd., Singapore, and SP Setia Corporate Headquarters, Selangor, Malaysia by SP Setia Berhad, Malaysia; silver, 100 residence passive house, Budapest, Hungary, by local government of 13th district of Budapest, Hungary.

D’Leedon in Singapore a Hadid design

The winning highrise residential entry, d’Leedon, Singapore, by CapitaLand Ltd, is a tribute to internationally renowned Pritzker architecture prize winner Zaha Hadid, who died in a Miami hospital on 31 March, aged 65, while she was being treated for bronchitis.

D’Leedon was the only condominium she designed in Singapore.

The project’s 7 36-storey towers in district 10 are near the Farrer Road rapid transit station, top schools and popular lifestyle hubs such as Dempsey Hill, Holland Village & Orchard Road. Its recreational facilities include 2 50m lap pools, dipping pools, jacuzzis, a water gym, a children’s wet play pool, eco-pond, reflecting pools, 3 party houses, barbecue areas, tennis courts, 2 clubhouses with reading rooms, games rooms, karaoke rooms, golf simulator rooms & screening rooms, spa pavilions, gymnasium, outdoor event spaces, retail areas & restaurants. The 1703 apartments have been offered on 99-year leasehold tenure.

Links: FIABCI competition
CapitaLand, d’Leedon

Attribution: FIABCI releases, CapitaLand.

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Propbd on Q Th7Apr16 – Nosh franchises, Property Council award nominees, EECA awards

Veritas to franchise Nosh stores
Property Council award nominees posted
EECA awards in May

Veritas to franchise Nosh stores

Veritas Investments Ltd said yesterday it would start a programme soon to franchise the existing Nosh Food Market stores to appropriately qualified operators.

2 of the 8 existing Nosh stores, Mt Maunganui & Constellation Drive on Auckland’s North Shore, are fully franchised.

Veritas chair Tim Cook said: “The franchising of Nosh stores has always been part of our vision since we acquired the business 18 months ago. After a comprehensive review & restructure of operations, we are now well positioned to roll out the franchise model for the existing Nosh stores.”

Property Council award nominees posted

The Property Council has posted the nominees for its annual Rider Levett Bucknall national awards, including a new category for health & medical property.

The winners will be announced at Vector Arena in Auckland on Friday 17 June.

Link: Award nominees

EECA awards in May

The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority will announce the annual EECA awards at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf on Wednesday 18 May.

Link: EECA awards

Attribution: Company & organisation releases.

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Property Council makes southern & Waikato awards

Property Council branches have made a posthumous award to Infinity Investment Group Ltd managing director Bob Robertson in Christchurch and a long service award to barrister Doug Arcus in Hamilton.

The awards have been made in a series of branch events celebrating performance in a range of categories.

Mr Robertson, who died last November after a short illness, was the recipient of the Property Council southern branch’s Prendos property industry associate of the year. He & his wife founded Infinity in 1999, with an emphasis on building communities while creating attractive, profitable & sustainable developments.

Veteran property developer Antony Gough received the Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers award for service for his longstanding commitment to the sector & the region’s wider economy. Mr Gough is the managing director of Hereford Holdings Ltd and best known for creating Christchurch’s famous “The Strip”.

Since the earthquakes of 2010-11, he’s been an enthusiastic supporter of Christchurch’s rebuild. He chairs the Central City Business Association and has been instrumental in establishing the Re:Start container mall in Cashel St.

Mr Gough began a $140 million redevelopment project centred on his former Oxford Terrace precinct in 2013, aiming to transform the site by 2017. It will have retailers, hospitality providers, office space & parking.

Southern awards:

Achiever, Greenwood Roche Young: Camilla Gibbons, Aurecon NZ
Urban design & architectural merit, Buchan Group: Hagley Oval Development – Southbase Construction Ltd (Philip Carter, Ben Gough, Quintin Henderson & John Holland), Athfield Architects Ltd & team
Best project team, WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff: Isaac Theatre Royal – Warren & Mahoney Ltd, RCP Ltd, Naylor Love Ltd & team
Property industry associate (posthumous), Prendos: Bob Robertson, Infinity Investment Group Ltd
Outstanding leadership, Resene: Carl Devereux, Aurecon NZ Ltd
Service, Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers Ltd: Antony Gough
Judges’ choice, Anderson Lloyd: South Island Blood Centre – Ngai Tahu Property Ltd, Hawkins Construction Ltd & team

Arcus honoured after 50 years in law

In Hamilton, new branch president Thomas Gibbons said Doug Arcus was one of the few barristers specialising in environment law: “His work can be summed up by one key word, progress. We are proud to be paying this tribute to him, as he is renowned for his contribution to the Waikato, not just in property but many other areas of work.”

Mr Arcus climbed the ranks at McCaw Lewis Lawyers after starting as a staff solicitor there in 1965, and had been a barrister since 1989, representing developers, regional & district councils. He has chaired the Waikato-Bay of Plenty branch of the Resource Management Law Association and is a local authority hearings commissioner.

He’s played a strong role in the region’s Future proof strategy and has contributed extensively to local organisations including the DV Bryant Trust, Waikato Orchestra & Creative Waikato.

Waikato awards:

Outstanding leadership, Foster Construction Ltd: Mike Pohio, former Tainui Group Holdings Ltd chef executive
Young achiever, Steven Alsemgeest memorial award, Arrow International Ltd: Matt Stark, Stark Property Ltd
Executive long service, Hawkins Construction Ltd: Doug Arcus, barrister specialising in environment law
Consultant, Rider Levett Bucknall: Mike Neale, NAI Harcourts
Urban design & architectural merit, BNZ: Yeoman Property Holdings Ltd, for The Village Quarter, stages 1-3
Best team for a Waikato project, Staples Rodway: APG Architects Ltd & team for Fastlane Fitness
Judges’ choice: Architectural Profiles Ltd team for consistently achieving better outcomes for industrial buildings

Attribution: Property Council releases.

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Property Council honours Didsbury

As New Zealand edged out of a 5-year recession in 1992, Richard Didsbury & Ross Green found a Canadian investor, Toronto goldbug Albert Friedberg, to back them in listing a new property investor, Kiwi Income Property Trust.

The players have changed over the years – Mr Friedberg was bought out of the management company, after a decade Mr Green focused on other investments, Australian management owners Lend Lease Corp and Commonwealth Bank of Australia subsidiary Colonial First State Property Ltd came & went – but Mr Didsbury has remained on the board.

As Kiwi Income was being launched, Mr Didsbury & his wife, Christine, also began 2 very different ventures – Brick Bay Farm Ltd at Snells Beach, which combined vineyard & winery, the first steps of a sculpture trail, and later led to a close involvement in developing nearby Matakana as a “slow town” (the Citta Slow international network still lists Matakana as New Zealand’s only member), with a cinema & weekly market among the innovations.

Mr Didsbury has gone on to a number of governance roles, including national president of the Property Council and chairing the Committee for Auckland, and several corporate directorships. This week the Property Council honoured him as its 2015 member laureate, the fourth to receive this award after 3 were honoured in the first laureate awards last year.

Kiwi Income (now Kiwi Property Group Ltd) developed the Vero Centre on Shortland St, the Sylvia Park shopping centre and the ASB Bank’s new headquarters at North Wharf in the Wynyard Quarter.

Current Property Council national president Peter Mence said he was delighted Mr Didsbury’s commitment to the commercial property sector & the legacy he created had been recognised: “Richard Didsbury is well known within our industry for the leading projects he has produced. This is a chance to show our respect & gratitude for years of dedication in the way of innovation, leadership & top quality work.”

Mr Didsbury graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree but moved towards his Kiwi Income investment & development roles in the 1980s as a director of Citywide Investments Ltd.

He championed formation of the Committee for Auckland in 2002 and chairs it now. He’s been a director of Auckland International Airport Ltd & the Government’s Hobsonville Land Co Ltd since 2007 and SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd since 2012.

Brick Bay is a very different venture – home, business, open-air art gallery combined. In an article in Architecture Now last year, landscape architect & urban designer Garth Falconer, who worked on its creation, wrote: “After 20 years of ‘improvement’ Brick Bay Farm is more than self-sustaining, more than winery & art.”

Architecture Now, March 2014 issue: Brick Bay
Slow Cities international network (Citta Slow)
Brick Bay Farm

Earlier story:
9 November 2014: Property Council recognises 3 laureates

Attribution: Property Council release, Citta Slow, Brick Bay, Architecture Now.

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