Context Associate and newly appointed NZIA Auckland Councillor Rachel Venables presented the Civic Award at last week’s 2019 Commercial Projects Awards Gala at Sky City.
The New Zealand Commercial Projects Awards celebrate teamwork and excellence in commercial projects across a range of categories including commercial fit out, retail and residential projects.
“The Civic Award recognises buildings that offer a public service, such as courts, libraries and government facilities. With these prominent projects, there’s often a strong emphasis on placemaking and community-centred design,” explains Rachel.
This year, Rachel presented the National Category Winner award to Tūranga - Christchurch Central Library.
The Context-designed Kerewhenua apartment building – part of the Kerepeti development in Hobsonville Point – also received a Bronze Award in the residential category, entered by construction company Naylor Love.
The five-storey Kerewhenua Apartments brought new thinking to Hobsonville Point, with the first apartments in the precinct. The Context team worked closely with our clients, Ngāi Tahu Property, NZ Super Fund and New Ground Capital, to design a high-quality, higher-density scheme suited to Hobsonville Point.
“At Uku and Kerewhenua, apartment buildings are located in landmark corners of each site, creating a positive presence on busy roads. We were interested in reinforcing that apartment living is a viable and exciting choice, and designed accordingly for a social and vibrant community,” says Associate Anton Fenwick.
Kerewhenua Apartments were commended for excellent collaboration between clients, consultants, project management and subcontractor teams, as well as an exemplary health and safety record.