10 June 2014 — ASB North Wharf, an office development in Auckland’s emerging Wynyard Quarter precinct designed by Australian architects BVN Donovan Hill in association with New Zealand architects Jasmax, has taken out the top honour at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2014.
The project won the “best of the best” Supreme Award, as well as the Hays Commercial Office Property Award, and a merit in the Resene Green Building Property Award.
ASB North Wharf is a major new office development owned by Kiwi Income Property Trust extending over 21,000 square metres of lettable area in Wynyard Quarter, with the building being used as bank ASB’s head office. The development was conceived and completed in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis and has become a sound financial investment for the owner, underpinned by a long-term structured lease to ASB.
The judging panel said the developer and tenant had created “an innovative, healthy and productive workplace environment in a building fabric seamlessly integrated with advanced operational systems”.
Convenor of the judging panel John Dunn said the judges were impressed with the total scope of the project.
“Everything about this building was impressive,” Mr Dunn said. “The attention to detail, the co-operation of all stakeholders, the leading edge engineering features incorporated, the commitment to sustainability and the delivery of a very complex project providing quality office accommodation for the ASB’s head office.”
Evaluation criteria included economic and financial factors, project vision and innovation, design and construction, owner and user satisfaction, and sustainability and efficiency of operation.
Mr Dunn said a noticeable feature of this year’s entries was the increasing awareness of seismic issues and the initiatives being undertaken to achieve the required levels of compliance while recognising the aesthetic and financial requirements of a successful development.