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Cantabrian wins top spot at Building Awards

Issued by Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd.

Cantabrian wins top spot New Zealand Institute of Building Awards

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Cantabrian, Graeme Earl, has won the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Awards for Excellence in the Building Professions, and the NZIOB Progressive Building Magazine Young Achiever Award, for his contribution to the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital with Mainzeal Property and Construction and the team that managed the hospital's construction.

The NZIOB Silver Jubilee Awards for Excellence in 2008 are about recognising the great things that are happening in construction sites around the country and the personal excellence displayed by individuals or teams in the industry.

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Earl brought 25 years of experience to the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital project. Using his local network and construction knowledge, he was able to give the project direction, planning and programming, heading towards the ultimatly successful completion. The end result: a 1930s rundown villa transformed into a state-of-the-art day surgery unit.

Earl's attention to detail and hands-on management produced approximately $1 million of savings on the project, construction, and material costs.

Randall Allardyce, Deputy Chair of the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital, comments on Earl's contribution to the project, "The medical-quality standards meant that Graeme had to anticipate unique demands and constraints. It was like building an aircraft, with many related, redundant failsafe systems that added to its complexity."

NZIOB judging convenor, Graeme White comments "Graeme's volunteer hours, dedication to the project and overall management overseeing the surgery being completed on time and on budget shows his personal contribution to a construction project. The NZIOB is honoured to present the Supreme Award to Graeme for his outstanding efforts on the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital."

Mainzeal COO Peter Gomm comments on the success of the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital project, "Mainzeal has over 40 years' experience working in New Zealand construction delivering many different types of buildings and Graeme's winning of the NZIOB Supreme Award is true recognition of his achievement in delivering this project, which has produced such exceptional client value.

"We are proud to have Graeme as a member of the Mainzeal team and delighted that his attention to detail, commitment and skills in working collaboratively with the total project team have achieved such a successful outcome for him personally, the project team, and the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital."

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