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Wellington development takes top property award

Wellington residential development takes out top national property award

Wellington’s Clyde Quay Wharf development has won accolades in the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.

The Willis Bond & Co development received the Supreme Award at a black tie gala dinner last night at Vector Arena in Auckland, attended by 1,350 people from around New Zealand.

It is the first Wellington property to win the Supreme Award in at least five years.

Built on an existing wharf that had operated since 1907, originally as a working wharf and later as the overseas passenger terminal for Wellington, Clyde Quay Wharf is a premium residential development in the heart of Wellington’s waterfront.

It incorporates 76 high-specification apartments with associated retail and office accommodation achieving a striking balance between premium quality, private residential accommodation and inclusive open space.

Chief judge John Dunn said judges were impressed by the scope of the project, the attention to detail, and the cooperation of all stakeholders.

“The development has incorporated leading edge architectural and engineering features, which benefits both occupants and users.”

In determining the winner of the Supreme Award, the judges are required to evaluate all excellence and award category winners on a wide range of criteria, including an analysis of all factors that have influenced the individual projects.

This includes economic factors, 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 any environmentally sustainable features and seismic measures incorporated into the project.

After due analysis and very careful consideration, the judges determined Clyde Quay Wharf “the best of the best” and a worthy recipient of the Supreme Award for 2015.

Property Council chief executive Connal Townsend said the Awards were becoming increasingly difficult to judge as the bar is raised every year.

“This year, we had 92 nominations and 1,350 people at Vector Arena for our awards night – the biggest number since before the Global Financial Crisis.

“Since then, considerations like environmental sustainability and seismicity have become increasingly important, all within a financially prudent and development environment focused on efficiency but also, quality.

“We’re very proud to celebrate industry excellence and help set the benchmark for high quality contributions to our cities.”

Winner list attached.

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