Dunedin Heritage Re-use Awards

The winners of Dunedin’s annual Heritage Re-use Awards were announced last night at a ceremony at Wall Street.

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
20 Mar 2013

Dunedin Heritage Re-use Award Winners Announced

The overall winner this year was the NMA building in Water Street, Dunedin, which also won the interiors section for the Psychology Associates Offices.

This is the third year of the awards, which celebrate excellence, innovation and sensitivity in the re-use of heritage buildings in Dunedin and include categories for earthquake strengthening, interiors and overall re-use. A student design competition is also held during the year, which challenges students to develop innovative solutions to the re-use of Dunedin’s older buildings. The awards and competition are an initiative of the Dunedin Heritage Buildings Re-use Steering Group.

The awards are judged by a panel including Dunedin City Councillors, representatives from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the local branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand, and building owners.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull sees the awards “as acknowledging the efforts of those who strive to maintain and enhance the unique heritage character of Dunedin”.

Cr Lee Vandervis, who headed the building judging panel, says both of the two main winners – the NMA Building and Knox College – “showed remarkably imaginative and cost-effective solutions to earthquake strengthening while retaining all practicable heritage features.

“The NMA building has been turned from a unused liability into a delightfully revealed cornerstone of Dunedin history with superb creation of character spaces ideal for its new tenants. Knox College has been a large extraordinary earthquake strengthening project shoe-horned into the tightest of time frames without compromising heritage features and still managing to maintain a very sensitive level of attention to detail.”

Cr Jinty MacTavish says the two winning entries in the student design competition “demonstrated a clear commitment to retaining and showcasing key heritage features, while at the same time addressing the practical needs of well-defined anchor tenants.”

Judges in this category were for a second year running impressed with the work of Peter Rozecki-Lewis, who also took out the top honours in this category in 2012.

Nominations for next year’s awards can be made any time before 20 December. Further details are available at www.dunedin.govt.nz/heritage


Oakwood Properties Earthquake Strengthening Award
Sean O’Neill – Hanlon and Partners for Knox College

Barlow Justice/New Zealand Historic Places Trust Heritage Interiors Award
Psychology Associates Offices, NMA Building

Dunedin Heritage Re-use Award
NMA Building, Water Street

Dunedin Heritage Re-use Design Competition
Individual winner: Peter Rozecki-Lewis
Team winner: Laura Hughes and Campbell McNeill

Highly Commended:
Dunedin Heritage Re-use Award
Otago Settlers Museum

Contact Policy Planner (Heritage) on 477 4000.

DCC Link

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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5 responses to “Dunedin Heritage Re-use Awards

  1. See photos at:

    ### ODT Online Thu, 21 Mar 2013
    Heritage building projects awarded
    The awards, the initiative of the Dunedin heritage buildings reuse steering group, reward excellence, innovation and sensitivity in the reuse of heritage buildings in Dunedin and include categories for earthquake strengthening, interiors and overall reuse.

  2. ### ch9.co.nz March 21, 2013 – 8:57pm
    Earthquake strengthening work wins awards
    Work on two historic Dunedin buildings has won awards for their owners and engineers.

    • ### ch9.co.nz March 22, 2013 – 8:59pm
      Local engineers and contractors beginning to get very busy
      Dunedin’s main street is lined with historic buildings with little protection against earthquakes. With local and national legislation requiring that to be fixed, local engineers and contractors are beginning to get very busy. A visit to one George Street building site shows just what that work involves.

      • ### ch9.co.nz March 21, 2013 – 8:48pm
        Nightly interview: Sean O’Neill
        The future of Dunedin’s Knox College appeared perilous last year, when it was discovered it needed more than 10 million dollars worth of earthquake strengthening. The funding was secured, the work done, and that work has attracted a major award. Sean O’Neill of Hanlon and Partners won the Oakwood Properties Earthquake Strengthening Award, and he is with us tonight.

  3. The Awards panels and the Dunedin Heritage Re-use Design Competition panels may be viewed at Wall Street mall, George St, Dunedin.

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