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The Remarkables Base Building at Queenstown’s Remarkables skifield won the supreme award at the 2017 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards

The search is on for the best commercial builds in New Zealand

Entries are now open for the 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. Run by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), this prestigious programme sets the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand and celebrates collaboration and innovation across the sector.


The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards programme is the only one that recognises the contribution and innovation of the whole project team, rather than just the building itself. The past five years have seen projects across the country from Dunedin to Whangarei crowned as the New Zealand Commercial Project of the Year. Winners of this pre-eminent award have come from a range of categories, reflecting the diversity of the commercial building work being done across the country.

“The awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of the professionals that work on commercial building projects – big and small – from architects and engineers to project managers and quantity surveyors. The whole project team is vital when it comes to building the quality environments where we all live, work, and play,” says RMBA chief executive David Kelly.

Delivering quality and scale

Collaboration and innovation are important themes for the industry right now, says Mr Kelly, and the recent all-of-industry Constructive forum focused on how the industry can work better together to deliver the quality and scale of building New Zealand needs today and for the future.

“We are not alone – these are international issues. Globally, we are seeing mass urbanisation, with 200,000 people moving to the world’s cities every day. This is driving the need for large-scale, quality construction and infrastructure, and we are seeing these trends here – the Auckland Unitary plan calls for 400,000 new homes by 2030,” he adds. 

“The Commercial Project Awards focus on the innovation and collaborative work practices required for this kind of construction growth. The entrants to these awards are the examples we can look to as an industry.”

Collaboration and teamwork

The Commercial Project Awards are open to all New Zealand commercial construction project partners, including contractors, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and property owners.

“We have seen some fantastic projects over the past five years that the competition has been running. Last year’s supreme award winner, The Remarkables Base Building in Queenstown, entered by Arrow International (NZ), was a project like no other. It was the collaboration and teamwork across the entire project team that made the high standard of workmanship in such extreme climatic conditions, from high winds to snow, possible. The end result was incredible,” says Mr Kelly.

In 2018, category awards will include heritage/restoration, retail, civic, education, industrial, commercial, tourism and leisure, health, residential and commercial fitout. There will also be four value-based awards, with categories ranging from projects under $2 million through to over $15 million – and the potential for a ‘special award’ for any outstanding project worthy of recognition. 

Entries close on Tuesday 24 October 2017. The winners will be announced at a national gala event on 18 May 2018 at SKYCITY in Auckland.


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