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ASB North Wharf “Best of the Best”

9 June 2014

ASB North Wharf “Best of the Best”

ASB North Wharf has been awarded the top honour at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2014.

The project entry received the coveted Supreme Award as ‘the best of the best’ at the prestigious annual commercial property development awards. The cutting edge structure also snapped up the best in category award within the Hays Commercial Office Property Award category, and a merit in the Resene Green Building Property Award.

ASB North Wharf is a major new office development extending to over 21,000 square metres of lettable area in the emergent Wynyard Quarter. Kiwi Income Property Trust in conjunction with ASB successfully created an innovative, healthy and more productive work place environment in a building fabric seamlessly integrated with advanced operational systems.

The development was conceived and completed in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis and has resulted in a sound financial investment for the owner underpinned by a long term structured lease to ASB. It provides an eye catching landmark building for the Auckland waterfront and a major catalyst for future development in the Wynyard Quarter.

Convenor of the judging panel John Dunn said the judges were impressed with the total scope of the project.

“Everything about this building was impressive. The attention to detail, the co-operation of all stakeholders, the leading edge engineering features incorporated, the commitment to sustainability and the delivery of a very complex project providing quality office accommodation for the ASB’s head office.”

Evaluation criteria also included economic and financial factors, project vision and innovation (including degree of difficulty), design and construction, owner and user satisfaction, and sustainability and efficiency of operation.

The evaluation period over three months narrowed the decision – battling against 64 other project finalists, the judging panel deemed ASB North Wharf to stand out above all others.

Recognition was given to 40 projects, geographically spread from Dunedin to Kawakawa.

John Dunn said a noticeable feature of this year’s entries was the increasing awareness of seismic issues and the initiatives being undertaken to achieve the required levels of compliance while recognising the aesthetic and financial requirements of a successful development.

Nine projects received an ‘Excellence’ Award, presented to properties that achieve a high standard across all judging criteria, with a further nine properties deemed to be outstanding and worthy of additional recognition were granted a ‘Best in Category’ Award. Merits were awarded where some aspect of the development is compelling.

New Zealand’s esteemed property industry awards have been running for close to two decades. The awards celebrate positive contributions to the built environment and attract submissions from the country’s finest commercial property developments.

2014 WINNERS: (submitted by)

Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award 2014
ASB North Wharf (Kiwi Income Property Trust and ASB Bank) - Auckland

Arrow International Multi-Unit Residential Property Award

Best in Category
Carlaw Park Student Village (Haydn & Rollett Construction and McDougall Reidy & Co) - Auckland
Garrison Henshaw (Housing NZ Corporation and NZ Strong Group) - Auckland
132 Vincent Street (Tawera Group) - Auckland

Coffey Education and Arts Property Award
Best in Category
Victoria University of Wellington Campus Hub (Victoria University of Wellington) - Wellington
New Zealand Management Academy (Greenstone Group) - Auckland
AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building (AUT University) - Auckland
Paul Keane Gymnasium, St Mary’s College Auckland (RCG) - Auckland
Te Mirumiru – Early Childhood Centre (Collingridge and Smith Architects - UK) - Kawakawa
Wellsford War Memorial Library (Auckland Council with Jasmax) - Auckland

Hawkins Construction Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award
Best in Category
Harbour City Centre (Resource Co-ordination Partnership - RCP) - Wellington
Knox College – Dunedin (Arrow International) - Dunedin
SPCA Wellington (Hawkins Construction) - Wellington

Hays Commercial Office Property Award
Best in Category
ASB North Wharf (Kiwi Income Property Trust and ASB Bank) - Auckland
Grant Thornton House (Willis Bond & Co) - Wellington
GHD Centre (Mansons TCLM) - Auckland
Three35 (Armitage Williams Construction) - Christchurch
The Crossing, Highbrook Business Park (Goodman Property Trust) - Auckland
Te Puni Kōkiri (Argosy Property) - Wellington
Genesis Energy (Goodman Property Trust) - Auckland
2 & 4 Fred Thomas Drive (Smales Farm) - Auckland

Holmes Consulting Group Tourism and Leisure Property Award
Best in Category
Air Force Museum of New Zealand (Warren and Mahoney and RNZAF Museum Trust Board) - Christchurch
Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club (Naylor Love Construction) - Muriwai, West Auckland
Carlton (Oakwood Properties) - Christchurch

Natural Habitats Urban Land Developments Property Award
Best in Category
St Kilda Cambridge (Grantchester Farms) - Cambridge

RCG Retail Property Award
Farro Fresh Retail Development, Grey Lynn (RCG and Advance Properties Group) - Auckland
Countdown Lincoln Road, Henderson (Progressive Enterprises) - Auckland

Resene Green Building Property Award
Best in Category
Te Uru Taumatua (Arrow International, Jasmax and Davis Langdon) - Taneatua, Bay of Plenty
Te Mirumiru – Early Childhood Centre (Collingridge and Smith Architects - UK) - Kawakawa
Wellsford War Memorial Library (Auckland Council with Jasmax) - Auckland
ASB North Wharf (Kiwi Income Property Trust and ASB Bank) - Auckland

Trends Publishing Industrial Property Award
Best in Category
Ceres Organics (Williams Architects) - Auckland
Panasonic Building (Goodman Property Trust) - Auckland
FLEX (Auckland International Airport) - Auckland

Warren and Mahoney Special Purpose Property Award
Best in Category
Te Uru Taumatua (Arrow International, Jasmax and Davis Langdon) - Taneatua, Bay of Plenty
The Clinical Services Building, Middlemore Hospital
(Resource Co-ordination Partnership - RCP) - Auckland
Wiri Electric Train Maintenance and Stabling Facility - Wiri Depot (Auckland Transport) - Auckland
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral (Beca Project Management, Holmes Consulting, Holmes Fire, Warren and Mahoney, Naylor Love and Powell Fenwick) - Christchurch
Kāpiti Coast District Council Civic Administration Building (The Building Intelligence Group) - Wellington
Elective Surgery Centre, Waitemata District Health Board (Resource Co-ordination Partnership - RCP) - Auckland

Thanks to our judging panel:
John Dunn, Principal, John Dunn Property Consultancy
Paul Keane, Executive Chairman, RCG
Sean Molloy, Director, Extensor Advisory
Ron Macdonald, Director Valuation and Advisory, JLL
Richard Anderson, Director, Rider Levett Bucknall
Barry Copeland, Director, Copeland Associates Architects
Adrian Muir, Technical Director, Aurecon
Rob Hutchison, Chief Executive, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa
Alex Cutler, Chief Executive, NZ Green Building Council
David Craven, Director of Rating Tools, NZ Green Building Council
Mark Fraser, Commercial Manager, Hobsonville Land Company
Matthew Lee, Director, Auckland Manager, WSP


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