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Voco and Holiday Inn Express Tower in Auckland and Waikato Regional Airport Terminal Resilience Project in Hamilton have been recognised for Merit in the Holmes Consulting Group Tourism & Leisure Property Award.

A partnership between Pro–invest Group and IHG Hotels & Resorts, Voco and Holiday Inn Express Tower in Auckland is the result of a one-of-a-kind, dual-hotel development in Auckland’s city centre.

The 39-storey, 140‐metre‐tall tower includes two independently operated hotel chains ‘stacked’ in a tower format – a unique configuration in the New Zealand market.

With 495 guest rooms and 27,290 square metre GFA, the complex includes conference rooms, recreational facilities and commercial space at ground level.

The 4.5-star Voco occupies the upper half of the tower where New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar can be found, offering views of Auckland’s skyline.

The Holiday Inn Express occupies the lower half of the building and includes an all–day dining trattoria.

Specifically designed and developed to reduce its impact on the environment, the hotel development achieves the highest energy efficiency ratings (Level 4) via IHG’s bespoke ESD rating tool, Green Engage.

Rider Levett Bucknall Director Chris Haines said, “Voco and Holiday Inn Express hotel’s form a special development: two hotels within one tower, and the tallest in the country.”

Hamilton Kirikiriroa Airport is a waharoa, a culturally symbolic and vital gateway to the Waikato region.

As a key regional piece of infrastructure, the airport’s seismic strengthening and refurbishment project was a huge body of work, and an important investment, undertaken during uniquely challenging times.

The project involved structural strengthening of the passenger terminal and a safe, sustainable, and customer-centric space for travellers. The colour scheme reflects the natural colour palette of the Waikato region.

Underpinning the project was a thorough consultative and collaborative process with mana whenua, further strengthening their partnership with the airport.

Reflecting the cultural narrative and history of the region was an integral part of the project.

Rider Levett Bucknall Director Geoff Speck said,

“This seismic upgrade and refurbishment will bring significant value to the local people of Waikato. Commissioned artwork and te reo signage reflect the multi‑stakeholder collaboration that went into the project from the start.

Working proactively with the other consultants to accomplish a positive outcome was crucial and resulted in a fantastic outcome.”

Hosted by Property Council New Zealand with the support of Principal Sponsor Rider Levett Bucknall, the Property Industry Awards is the most prestigious property awards programme in New Zealand, celebrating excellence in design and innovation in the built environment for over 20 years.

Rider Levett Bucknall in Auckland Managing Director Stephen Gracey said, “It has been RLB’s great privilege to play a role honouring the extraordinary achievements of our industry’s true gamechangers. Congratulations to the 2023 winners for being part of a world-class showcase of purpose-driven spaces.”

Whakamihi to all the winners
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