Te Raekura Redcliffs School Wins Supreme Prize
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Te Raekura Redcliffs School in Christchurch took home the top prize at the New Zealand Commercial Project 2021 Awards.
Te Raekura Redcliffs School, built by Naylor Love Canterbury and their project partners, received the Top Prize at the New Zealand Commercial Project 2021 Awards.
The school won the most coveted award as well as the Education Category Award of Construction Marketing Services and the Commercial Project Award worth over $ 15 million.
The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, owned and managed by registered master builders, set the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand and recognize the collaboration and innovation of the teams that bring these projects to life.
The winning team of the Naylor Love project was given the challenge of building a new school on top of a significant archaeological site. The area was home to one of the largest Maori settlements on the South Island.
The judges were impressed with the innovative design solution and the superb finish of the construction and particularly noted the challenges that the Naylor Love team had overcome: “This project addresses the many challenges of the site, including residential neighbors, difficult ground conditions, proximity to the coast and archaeological significance. “
The $ 18.5 million campus opened in June 2020, nearly nine years after the Christchurch earthquake forced the school to relocate. It includes thirteen teaching spaces, several administration rooms, a library and a multipurpose room.
“The school community has shown incredible tenacity, never losing sight of the end goal by camping in alternate premises for nearly a decade.
“It’s a fantastic new community resource, which benefits both school children and the community at large.”
The other winners, each receiving special prizes, were Jacobson Projects for Tuvalu Christian Church in Henderson and Brosnan Construction for Shore Junction Youth Space in Takapuna.
Jacobson Projects faced significant design coordination issues with the Christian Church in Tuvalu due to an intricate curved timber roof and extensive carpentry work.
“Completing this project despite the complex design requirements is a massive achievement. Jacobson Projects supported their clients and delivered the long-awaited Church to members of the congregation.
Brosnan Construction involved young people from all over the North Shore to create an innovative youth center that meets the needs of the community. Converted from a former RSA building, it has recording studios, presentation rooms, creative spaces and study spaces.
“It’s a safe place for the young people of the Côte-Nord. The building, organization and service they provide are already making a difference in helping young people set and achieve their goals. “
Master Builders Registered Managing Director David Kelly said the Commercial Project Awards celebrate the best in commercial construction teams and the projects they have delivered.
“These awards show how important this industry is to New Zealand. These projects are more than just buildings, they are the places where we live our lives, ”said Kelly.
“The teams that collaborate and innovate to construct these buildings are making a real difference in the lives of all New Zealanders.”