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

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

What sets the Commercial Project Awards apart is that it is the only programme to recognise 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 Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly.  

“Collaboration and innovation are important themes for us as an industry right now. The recent all-of-industry Constructive Forum focused on how we can work better together to deliver the quality and scale of building New Zealand needs today and for its 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. 

“These 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.”

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

“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) Limited, 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 Kelly. 
In 2018, category awards will include Heritage/Restoration Project, Retail Project, Civic Project, Construction Marketing Services Education Project, Industrial Project, Commercial Project, the PlaceMakers Tourism and Leisure Project, the Altus Health Project, the Winstone Wallboards Residential Project, and the Commercial Fit Out Project. 

There are also 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. 

The highest accolade of the Awards – the Platinum Award – is given to an entrant who has won five or more national titles and can only be awarded to an organisation once.

Entries are now open at and close Tuesday 24 October 2017. Winners will be announced at a national gala event on 18 May 2018 at SKYCITY in Auckland.

The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are sponsored by PlaceMakers, Altus, GIB, Allied Concrete and Construction Marketing Services.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Brasch
Acumen Republic for Registered Master Builders Association
P: 04 494 5136
M: 027 260 8928