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Southern Projects Stand out in Industry Awards

Posted By: ABL on Tue, 14 May 2013


Southland Times - 13th May 2013

Southern contractors and builders nailed it at a revamped construction industry awards in Auckland at the weekend.

Projects and building excellence were commended at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards on Saturday.

Rippon Hall by Amalgamated Builders at the eponymous winery in Wanaka won the $2 million-$5m category and a gold award in the tourism and leisure section.

The awards were sponsored by industry names such as PlaceMakers and Allied Concrete and replace the registered master builders awards, changing the format to reflect the whole construction industry and recognise commercial excellence.

Rippon Hall was a family project by the vineyard owners and is used as a tasting room and function hall for weddings and other events.

The walls are made of rammed earth from the vineyard grounds and the vaulted roof was built from larch timber taken from a nearby forest.

Rippon Vineyard and Winery manager Jo Mills said the family was thrilled after years of work on the personal project.

"The whole team from the architects to the builders, everyone was phenomenal. It's amazing."

The judges said the hall, on a knoll with magnificent views, was a building with a timeless quality.

Amalgamated Builders was well represented, winning awards for two projects in Wanaka and Ophir, where Pitches Store won gold in the restoration category.

The judges said the original 1883 building had many commercial uses with a variety of ugly extensions.

The vision of owners Colleen and David Hurd was audacious and the project involved strengthening and redeveloping to provide a bar, restaurant and accommodation.

Almost everything behind the front facade was demolished and an extra storey and extension added.

Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room in Gore won bronze in the restoration category.

Projects were judged by industry experts to win gold, silver or bronze awards, as well as national category wins and the supreme award.