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Aurecon recognised by Property Council New Zealand

Property - Knox Church

Knox Church, NZ

29 June 2015 - Aurecon won four excellence, two merit, plus a best in category award at the recent Property Council New Zealand, Rider Levett Bucknall Awards. 

A number of other winning projects also featured work completed by Aurecon, including the Clyde Quay Wharf in Wellington, which took out the Supreme Award. 

• Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington

Built on a wharf that has been operating since 1907, the Clyde Quay Wharf is a premium residential development in the heart of Wellington’s waterfront. The extensive 292 metre-long development includes 76 luxury apartments, a business centre, boutique fitness centre and a 16-seat movie theatre, as well as Australasia’s first of its kind under wharf basement carpark.

Matthew Paget, Aurecon’s Senior Facade Engineer said, “The project features many environmentally sustainable design features, including an efficient building envelope with high levels of thermal insulation and high performance double glazed window and door systems. The challenge of environmental exposure of the various facade elements was addressed through specific material durability and compatibility studies to ensure the selected materials were fit for purpose.”

Aurecon provided facade engineering services to the project, including facade material studies, facade system selection and specification, facade detailing and construction monitoring.

• 15 Stout Street, Wellington 

Winning awards in three categories, 15 Stout Street was a standout on the awards night. The project won Best in Category for the Green Building Property Award category, Excellence in the Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award category, and Excellence in the Commercial Office Property Award category.

Originally built in 1939, 15 Stout Street is one of New Zealand’s first welded steel framed buildings and one of Wellington’s most iconic buildings. Aurecon’s commission was to assess the building’s seismic capacity; however, the heritage status of the building and minimising disruption to the useable space, limited practical solutions of seismic strengthening schemes. 

Aurecon, in conjunction with McKee Fehl, performed a series of full scale load tests where selected beams were isolated and then jacked cyclically using hydraulic rams in order to determine the joints’ true moment/rotation characteristics. This understanding led to considerable time and cost savings when compared to previously considered retrofitting options.

Tony Holden, Aurecon’s Lead Structural Engineer for this project, is delighted with the win and said, “This is the first time such testing has been attempted outside specifically dedicated labs in New Zealand. The success of this project offers building owners new options regarding seismic assessments and strengthening.”

• Knox Church, Christchurch

Knox Church was awarded Excellence in the Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award category. 

The historic building suffered severe damage to its brick exterior in the 2011 February earthquake, leaving the timber roof structure in a precarious state but still standing. 

Working with Wilkie + Bruce Architects, Aurecon promoted a resilient building design for the rebuild. This took the form of rocking pre-stressed concrete buttress columns to replace the old brick buttresses. The rocking columns incorporate replaceable energy dissipaters to absorb seismic energy during an earthquake. 

• Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Christchurch

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School was awarded Excellence for stage one of its major campus redevelopment post-earthquake which consisted of a new Science Centre, Gibson Centre (library) and General Academic Block named Mana Wahine. Aurecon’s Christchurch Building Services team worked collaboratively with the architect, client and builder to incorporate, wherever possible, passive design solutions to the buildings with the common goal of creating buildings that can live and breathe. The school is thrilled with the result.

Commenting on the outcome of the awards, Simon Taylor, Christchurch Buildings Manager, said, “The evening was a great turnout for Aurecon with the overall success rate of our building projects showing that we are continuously achieving our goal of producing high calibre and innovative work for our clients.”

Full listing of Aurecon project wins:

  • Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award 
    Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington - Facades

  • Resene Green Building Property Award
    15 Stout Street, Wellington (Best in Category) 
    Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua - Devonport Library, Auckland (Merit) - Facades

  • Arrow International Multi-Unit Residential Property Award 
    Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington (Best in Category) - Facades
    The Wigan, Wellington (Merit) 

  • Hawkins Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award 
    Knox Church, Christchurch (Excellence) 
    15 Stout Street, Wellington (Excellence) 

  • Coffey Education and Arts Property Award 
    Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua - Devonport Library, Auckland (Excellence) - Facades
    Rangi Ruru Girls' School, Christchurch – Project Blue Sky Stage One (Excellence) 

  • Hays Commercial Office Property Award 
    151 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch (Merit) 
    15 Stout Street, Wellington (Excellence) 

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