Triumph at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2024

25 May 2024

Not one but two stand-out entrants have been awarded a Supreme Award at the Registered Master Builders New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, a first in the competition’s history. 

A true reflection of the region’s cultural identity and heritage, Canam Commercial, took out the Supreme Award for its Whangārei Civic Centre project in the Over $10 million category. The Unispace team won the Supreme Award for a project Under $10 million for their highly sustainable commercial fit out of the Arup offices.
This year, the Supreme Award was spilt into two categories to recognise projects under and over $10 million to better reflect the market and celebrate top commercial construction across different price brackets.  
Owned by Registered Master Builders, the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards set a benchmark for innovation and collaboration in the sector, celebrating remarkable team achievements across varying areas of commercial construction.
Taking out both the Civic Project category and the Commercial Project Over $25 million Value Award, the Whangārei Civic Centre stands as a pinnacle of commercial construction. The centre is the new headquarters for the Whangārei District Council, located right in the heart of the city.
A stand-out feature of the project was its substantial contribution to local employment. Over 80% of the workforce were residents from the local area, with women representing 20 percent of the onsite staff, and apprentices or trainees accounting for another 20 percent, making a  lasting and positive impact on the local community.
The judges said the extraordinary building is a vibrant central hub for the community. “The architecture of the building extends an open invitation to all through its bold colours and elements. Exceptional collaboration within the team led to the development of this special, joyful, and highly functional facility. It has been built with passion and purpose to provide a great asset and enduring legacy to the Northland community.”
Arup, a beautifully executed office space in Auckland by Unispace stands out as a beacon of holistic design and construction excellence. The project met the stringent demands of the Living Building Challenge, resulting in a pioneering achievement. The judges were blown away by the team’s meticulous attention to detail and sustainable design practices, which seamlessly accentuated the building’s original 1984 lofty timber architecture
“Through their strong partnership, Arup and Unispace overcame numerous obstacles to deliver this extraordinary project, qualifying as Australasia’s first Living Building Challenge fit out. “To meet the requirements for certification, the project had to be designed to encourage sustainable and regenerative building practices. This resulted in 99 percent of construction waste being diverted from landfills.”

In addition to the Supreme Award, Unispace took out the Commercial Fit Out Award, Commercial Project $1 – $3 million Value Award, and Mitre 10 Trade Environmental and Sustainable Award.

Registered Master Builders Chief Executive, Ankit Sharma, says the Commercial Project Awards highlight the incredible quality, collaboration and craftsmanship involved in bringing a commercial project to life. 

“For over ten years, these awards have been recognising team success. The cross-sector collaboration required to bring these projects of all shapes and sizes to life reflects the sector’s dedication and commitment to innovation and to delivering outstanding buildings that make a difference to communities across Aotearoa.. This year’s award-winning teams continue to raise the standards in their respective categories.

“The judges also noted a growing interest in passive housing and innovations which save energy and cut emissions. Sustainable building practices are becoming more common, especially from commercial businesses,” Sharma says.
The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are made possible thanks to the support of Altus Window Systems, CARTERS, SpecAdvisor, GIB, and Mitre 10 Trade.
For more information on the competition and to view the full results and projects, visit

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our 2024 winners – this year’s competition was our strongest ever, and highlights how complex, sustainable and sophisticated commercial construction in New Zealand is. 

Supreme Awards
Whangārei Civic Centre, Canam Commercial
Arup, Unispace

BIM Award

Stuart McCutcheon House, Haydn & Rollett

Special Award
Invercargill Central Development, Amalgamated Builders
Kiwa Pools, Apollo Projects
New Zealand Campus of Innovation and Sport Performance Institute, Holmes Construction

Innovation Award
Greys Ave Complex, ICON NZ

Mitre 10 Environmental and Sustainable Award
Arup, Unispace

Value Awards:
Commercial Project under $1 million
Hihiani Radar Project, Christchurch Airport, Cook Brothers Construction

Commercial Project $1 – $3 million
Arup, Unispace

Commercial Project $3 – $10 million
Kennedy Point Marina Office, Trigg Construction

Commercial Project $10 – $25 million
Marlborough District Library and Art Gallery, Robinson Construction

Commercial Project Over $25 million
Whangārei Civic Centre, Canam Commercial

Altus Window Systems Health Project Category Award Winner:
Royston Day Surgery, Alexander Construction

Tourism and Leisure Project Category Award Winner:
Marlborough District Library and Art Gallery, Robinson Construction

CARTERS Commercial Project Award Category Winner:
The Dunlop Hub, Dunlop Builders

Commercial Fit Out Project Award Category Winner:
Aup, Unispace

SpecAdvisor Education Project Category Award Winner:
Waimarie Building, Leighs Construction

Winstone Wallboards Residential Project Category Award Winner:
Milford 110, Waide Commercial Construction

Civic Project Category Award Winner:
Whangārei Civic Centre, Canam Commercial

Heritage and Restoration Project Category Award Winner:
The Dunedin Railway Station, Naylor Love Dunedin

Industrial Project Category Award Winner:
Christchurch Hospital New Energy Centre, Naylor Love Canterbury

Retail Project Category Award Winner:
Invercargill Central Development, Amalgamated Builders

Check out all the winners on the NZ Commercial Project Awards website.

The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are made possible thanks to the support of Altus Windows Systems, CARTERS, SpecAdvisor, Winstone Wallboards (GIB), and Mitre 10 Trade.