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The aim of these awards was to showcase examples of seismic upgrade projects, to promote a positive and inspirational message to building owners and the public.

The awards were judged by a panel of engineers and architects, and were assessed according to both engineering and architectural standards.

All 31 entries were displayed publicly at the Wellington City Council ‘Wellington Rocks’ Earthquake Building Safety Expo and the NZSEE Conference over the weekend of 26-28th April 2013.


Overall winner & Best Engineering Solution:

The Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington
Architect: Studio Pacific Architecture
Structural Engineer: Dunning Thornton

Best Adaptive Re-use:

Regent Cinema Complex, Wellington
Architect: Archaus
Structural Engineer: Spencer Holmes

Best project under $1m:

The Mayfair, New Plymouth
Architect: Bonnifait + Giesen
Structural Engineer: Tse Taranaki

Heritage Award:

Chevening Apartments, Wellington
Architect: Studio Pacific Architecture
Structural Engineer: Beca

Highly commended – Residential

Central Park Apartments, Wellington
Architect: Novak+Middleton
Structural Engineer:  Dunning Thornton

Highly commended – Commercial

Data Crate – Victoria University, Wellington
Architect: Tennent + Brown Architects
Structural Engineer: Dunning Thornton

Judges commendation – Industrial

Carter Holt Harvey No2 Recovery Boiler, Kawerau
Structural Engineer: Beca


Other entries available to view:

Ilam Homestead, Christchurch

VUW Cotton Building, Wellington

Hope Gibbons Building, Wellington

Newtown Park Apartments, Wellington

Xero House, Wellington

Pitt & Moore Offices, Nelson

Grosvenor Tavern, Christchurch

Thorndon Quay Office Building, Wellington

Wellington Central Fire Station, Wellington

Cosmopolitan Club Office Building, Napier

St Andrews Church, Wellington

Carterton Events Centre, Carterton