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House of the Year Award Winners


11.00pm Saturday 27 November
WINNERS IN PREMIER NATIONAL BUILDING COMPETITION REVEALED

An exquisite Remuera home, a beautiful home renovation in Wellington and the Deloitte Centre in Auckland have taken out the Supreme Awards in the Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers.

The national winners in the country’s premier building competition were announced tonight at a black tie gala dinner held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. This is the 20th year of the competition.

700 builders and industry leaders celebrated the best of New Zealand’s new homes, renovations, sustainable homes and commercial projects.

House of the Year

The hotly contested title of the PlaceMakers Supreme Award for the House of the Year went to Lindesay Construction Ltd, for its stunning home in Remuera, Auckland, which also won New Homes over $2million, and the Pink® Batts® Ultra® Energy Efficiency Award.

The brief for the single level stunner, constructed from around 15 different species of chemical free timber, was to create a home that would complement the unique site and stand the test of time.

In a year of exceptional craft and workmanship, this property simply blew the judges away.

“This build is craftsmanship on a huge scale with superb detailing and quality, rarely seen and experienced,” says Chairman of the residential judging panel, Graham Anderson.

“With attention to detail in every area of the home, on such a large scale, this new home was quite simply faultless and the deserving winner of the 2010 House of the Year title.”

Renovation of the Year

Pearson Group Ltd’s century old cottage in Kelburn, Wellington, greatly impressed the competition’s judges. The home was awarded the PlaceMakers Supreme Award for the Renovation of the Year and the Renovation under $250,000 category.

The judges said this delightful architecturally designed Gray Young cottage of the early 1900s was executed to perfection.

“Renovation is all about seamless integration. This renovation was faultless – you could not tell what had been altered from the timber boards, to the windows – and it was 100 years old,” they said.

“The original character has been retained and enhanced to meet the owner’s needs, including the retention of a fireplace discovered during demolition.”

“Nothing could have been improved on – a stunning renovation.”

Commercial Project of the Year

Brookfield Multiplex Constructions (NZ) Limited took out the RMB Commercial Project of the Year as well as winning the Retail and Business Project for its development of the landmark Deloitte Centre in Queen Street, Auckland.

Panel Chairman Graham Coe said the thing that stood this project apart from others was, “the clever retention of the old façade structure – the character of the bygone deco era – and integrating this with a new building.”

“It is a truly seamless integration between old and new, this is a magnificent and well-executed high-rise building that is also the first commercial building in New Zealand to achieve the five star green rating,” he said.

“The accuracy of the build of a modern complex commercial building, including the innovative integration of the existing façade and existing structure and character, makes this a very deserving winner of the 2010 Commercial Project of the Year.”

Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn says the competition continues to set the standard for residential and commercial building in New Zealand.

“The 2010 finalists have certainly shown the industry the high standard you can expect from a Master Builder,” Mr Quinn says.

“The high number of entries in this year’s competition shows that our builders still see the unique and valuable advantage this competition gives them through belonging to Registered Master Builders.”

John Beveridge, CE of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, congratulated all the National Gold Reserve and category winners.

“All the finalists are clearly deserving of the accolades they have received, but their real value will be reaped by the generations of homeowners who will enjoy them in the years to come.”

“PlaceMakers is proud to be associated with these awards for the past 20 years and we congratulate the three Supreme winners on their fantastic achievements.”

The finalists – all National Gold Reserve winners – were selected from 530 entries in 19 regional competitions held throughout New Zealand during June, July and August.

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards are made possible through the support of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, and supporting sponsors James Hardie, Gib Living®, Pink® Batts® Ultra® (Tasman Insulation), Nulook, the Department of Building and Housing and Meridian, with event sponsor BRANZ GROUP.



Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year
and RMB Commercial Project Awards
In association with PlaceMakers

NATIONAL WINNERS

PlaceMakers Supreme Award and Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year
- Lindesay Construction Ltd for a home in Remuera, Auckland (also winner of New Homes over $2 million and Gib Living Award)

PlaceMakers Supreme Award and Registered Master Builders 2010 Renovation of the Year
- Pearson Group Ltd for a renovation in Wellington (also winner of the Renovation Award up to $250,000)

RMB 2010 Commercial Project of the Year
- Brookfield Multiplex Constructions (NZ) Ltd for the Deloitte Centre, Auckland (also winner of the Retail and Business Project).

Residential Category Winners
PlaceMakers Renovation Award up to $250,000
- Pearson Group Ltd for a renovation in Wellington

PlaceMakers Renovation Award $250,000 - $500,000
- Ajax Building Contractors Ltd for a renovation in Lumsden

PlaceMakers Renovation Award over $500,000
- John Creighton Builders Ltd for a renovation in Sumner, Christchurch

Department of Building and Housing New Homes under $250,000
- K Fowler Homes Ashburton Ltd for a property in Ashburton

New Homes $250,000 - $350,000
- Benchmark Homes for a property in Delamain, Christchurch

New Homes $350,000 - $450,000
- Allan Wallace Builders Limited for a property in Kumeu

New Homes $450,000 - $600,000
- David Fabish Ltd for a property in Moturoa, New Plymouth

New Homes $600,000 - $1million
- Haimes Building Ltd for a property in Taupo

New Homes $1million - $2million
- Greg McGovern Construction Ltd for a property in Hamilton

New Homes over $2million
- Lindesay Construction Ltd for a property in Remuera, Auckland

Nulook Builder’s Own Home
- M & O Brown Builders Ltd for a property in Brooklands, Christchurch

James Hardie Show Home
- AJ Saville Builder Ltd for a property in Queenstown

Sustainable Homes under $500,000
- Richards Construction Ltd for a property in Marton

Meridian Sustainable Homes $500,000 - $1million
- Lite-House Waiheke Ltd for a property in Surfdale, Waiheke

BRANZ Sustainable Homes over $1million
- Greg McGovern Construction Ltd for a property in Hamilton

PlaceMakers Heart of the Home Kitchen Award
- BJ Carter Limited for a property in Queenstown

PlaceMakers Bathroom Award
- Welch Builders & Construction Limited for a property in Havelock North

Gib Living Award
- Clive Barrington Construction for a property in Scarborough, Christchurch

Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficiency Award
- Lindesay Construction Ltd for a property in Remuera, Auckland

Outdoor Living Award
- Clive Barrington Construction for a property in Scarborough, Christchurch

Commercial Category Winners
Retail and Business Project
- Brookfield Multiplex Constructions (NZ) Limited for the Deloitte Centre in Auckland

Health Project
- TH Barnes & Co Ltd for the Springland’s Lifestyle Village

Education Project
- Hawkins Construction for the NZICT Innovation Institute Christchurch

Industrial and Infrastructure Project
- Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd for the New Zealand Supreme Court Building in Wellington

Tourism and Leisure Project
- Leighs Construction Ltd for Les Mills Christchurch – City Club in Christchurch

Notes to the editor
About the Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers
The competition is structured on two levels – regional and national. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award-winners are determined using a points-based system. These award-winners are announced at 19 regional events held throughout New Zealand during June, July and August.
The top local Gold Award winners become national finalists, announced in mid-August. These national finalists are then re-judged by a different panel of judges who determine the overall national winners. The national winners of this years competition will be announced at a gala dinner on Saturday 27 November at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.
About Registered Master Builders Federation
• The Registered Master Builders Federation represents New Zealand’s premier building companies which pride themselves on delivering the highest quality houses and buildings to their clients
• Our members represent upwards of two-thirds of every dollar spent on construction each year
• We have been in existence for more than 100 years, providing industry leadership, training and services for our members
• Our member companies employ more than 15,000 employees and subcontractors nationwide.
• We have a network of 22 regional Associations throughout New Zealand
• Registered Master Builders are assessed on their building experience, trade or professional qualifications, practical experience, financial viability, client satisfaction and workmanship before membership is approved
• Only a Registered Master Builder can offer their clients a Master Build Guarantee. These products cover loss of deposit, non-completion of the work and/or defective workmanship and materials and structural defects including rot*. (*Conditions apply)


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