Hurstmere Green wins Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award
7 October 2013
Hurstmere Green wins 2013 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award
Nauhria Precast has won the 2013 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award for the redevelopment of Takapuna’s Hurstmere Green into a contemporary and vibrant public space.
The Award, presented at the annual New Zealand Concrete Conference in Queenstown on Friday evening, celebrated the rejuvenation of what had become an overgrown and under-utilised park into an attractive and accessible community facility that has helped breathe new life into the surrounding Takapuna shopping area, says Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) chief executive Rob Gaimster.
The judging panel applauded the quality of Nauhria Precast’s bespoke precast elements, manufactured using Monarc diamond processing technology, which provide the hard landscaping frame and retaining capability for Hurstmere Green, as well as a range of superbly finished concrete surfaces.
“This project demonstrates a high degree of expertise across all areas. Modern, yet sensitive urban landscape design has been brought to life by astute material selection and outstanding skill during construction. The elegant hard concrete landscaping, and the gentle undulations and organic shapes of the green areas combine with stunning effect to reinvigorate a community facility that proudly embodies the principles of sustainable concrete construction,” judges say.
The manufacturing process for the precast panels paid particular attention to environmentally responsible practices, with all process water recycled along with the slurry from the surface finish refinement process.
Precast, pre-finished elements also allowed for rapid and efficient assembly on-site, while the enhanced durability offered through concrete will ensure longevity and low maintenance throughout an extended service life for this much loved community space.
On its way to the top prize, the Nauhria Precast team was also presented with the Excellence in Concrete for the Community category award.
The Awards are part of the Concrete3 initiative launched in 2007 by CCANZ, and acknowledge projects, products and initiatives which demonstrate excellence in environmental, economic and/or social sustainability for the built environment.
Other category winners
The awards also produced winners in three other categories for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.
Excellence in Concrete Innovation went to Allied Concrete for its “Weather App”, a smart-phone based forecasting program designed to give concrete placers an indication of weather patterns over a 7-day timeframe, and in turn the potential influence they may have on the placing process.
By using the weather app, customers can assess the likelihood of cracking due to potentially adverse weather conditions. Helping to avert a situation where concrete has to be removed and replaced means the weather app saves money and protects the environment.
Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Christchurch-based Sheppard and Rout Architects for a Poynder Avenue house in Fendalton, a spectacular home based around two large cast in-situ concrete spine walls that give clear expression to the client’s brief for a sense of substance and permanence.
The concrete provides a key thermal mass to the house, with the intention to control fluctuations in base temperature, and assisting the efficiency of heating systems such as the heated water that runs through pipes cast in the concrete floor slab. The thick walls conceal the services, as well as helping acoustic insulation to create a quiet, healthy and durable family home.
Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction was won by Cheshire Architects for Q Theatre, a new performing arts facility in Auckland that utilises concrete to help achieve its sustainability goals through the re-use of a concrete framed building on Queen Street. The effect is to unlock the evocative power of the existing heritage structure, carefully manipulate its configuration and ensure its long-term sustainable use.
The designers created a new precast concrete clad auditorium building that extracts the maximum value from this material by utilising its structural capacity for shear walls, its mass for acoustic separation and its free form potential and texture to enliven the façade.
Working on a tight site, with an even tighter budget, the project team used concrete to deliver a commercial building of character and beauty that enriches its social setting, preserves resource through re-use and demonstrates its overall success through a regularly packed auditorium.
For more information about the Awards, go to www.sustainableconcrete.org.nz.
About CCANZ and the cement and concrete industry in
Representing more than 300 corporate and individual members throughout New Zealand, the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) is the recognised centre of excellence for cement and concrete technology.
Those who seek our services include manufacturers and suppliers, as well as architects, designers, engineers and building contractors involved in the construction of housing projects, major commercial and industrial developments, and infrastructure and public works projects including roads and schools.
Founded in 1987, CCANZ advocates for best practice in the use of cement and concrete in the New Zealand marketplace by offering quality training and advice to the industry and its members.
The cement and concrete industry has an annual turnover of more than $1 billion and annually produces 1.12 million tonnes of cement in New Zealand for new residential, non-residential and commercial construction.
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