On Friday evening the 2012 Rider Levett Bucknell Property Council of New Zealand Awards were held in a black tie gala awards ceremony in front of 980 guests at the Hawkins built Viaduct Events Centre; which was wholly appropriate as Hawkins projects came to dominate the evening’s prizes.
The Property Council Awards are New Zealand’s most prestigious property industry awards and have been running for more than 15 years.
The awards attract submissions from the country’s top commercial property developments with entries going through a rigorous three month judging process, that included detailed review of the developments and site visits by the judging panel.
A record 82 properties were evaluated as finalists in this year’s awards, but it was the Hawkins built Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki that took out the Supreme Award for 2012.
The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki project secured Excellence awards for each of the two categories it was entered into: the “Hawkins Heritage & Adaptive Re-Use” category, and the “Coffey Projects Education & Arts” category.
By virtue of these awards the project went onto win the Supreme Award with the judge’s impressed with:
“the total scope of the project, attention to detail, the tireless commitment and co-operation of all stakeholders in the delivery of a unique project incorporating stunning architectural and engineering features and delivering a world class, future proofed facility that will provide tangible benefits to New Zealanders for generations.”
Besides the Supreme Award, Hawkins projects secured 11 out of the 16 excellence awards presented, and an additional five merit awards across projects in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Included in this group deserving of a special mention is the Te Hononga - Christchurch Civic Building project that was presented with three excellence awards, a remarkable achievement for one project.
Only properties selected as the best of the “Excellence” winners in each category were eligible to be considered for the Supreme Award – a change in process to provide better acknowledgement for the most outstanding property among those awarded excellence in each category. With one exception Hawkins projects were awarded the “Best in Category” in each of the categories we had projects entered.
In determining the winning properties, the judges consider the economic viability of the property, design and construction, efficiency of operation, owner and user satisfaction, contribution to the community, potential cultural and social benefits, degree of difficulty associated with the development and environmentally sustainable features incorporated into the project.
Congratulations also to our clients and project partners who we share this great success with. These projects are examples of team collaboration at its best, and we salute their investment, vision and energy in bringing these projects to the market and giving us the opportunity to demonstrate our skills.