Landmark PwC Tower reigns supreme at the Property Industry Awards

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Precinct Properties’ landmark PwC Tower, part of the 97,500 sqm mixed-use Commercial Bay development, has taken home the Supreme Award at the 2021 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.

RLB Managing Director, Steve Gracey, who led the team providing quantity surveying said the building could stand even more proudly on the Auckland skyline today as the winner of the Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award and Best in Category for the RCP Commercial Office Property Award.

The judges described the property as a premium development occupying a gateway position on Auckland’s waterfront, saying “Commercial Bay not only provides an iconic focal point, but it also seamlessly connects multiple public access points along the evolving waterfront.”  

“At the heart of this mixed-use development is the striking 39 level PwC Tower. This complex mega project extends to 97,500 sqm of built form, with construction involving extensive demolition of the former Downtown Shopping Centre, deep excavation below sea level and the construction of City Rail Link tunnels, alongside construction of the tower and retail and hospitality in three distinct buildings.”

Property Council chief executive Leonie Freeman described it as “a brave and challenging development, with clear economic and social benefits to the city and its community.”

Meanwhile, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, submitted by Warren & Mahoney, scooped up the CBRE Industrial Property Award with entrants ranging from warehouses, factories and storage facilities where the predominant use is industrial.

RLB Director, Hamish Dackers, said the building is an investment that will enable Fisher & Paykel to continue to develop and deliver world-leading healthcare solutions.

Middlemore Hospital’s Tiaho Mai Acute Mental Health Unit won Best in Category in the Warren and Mahoney Civic, Health and Arts section, with judges remarking, the new acute adult mental health inpatient unit harnesses the benefits of light, fresh air and connection to nature, to create a stress-reducing, healing environment. It places service users’ dignity and choice at its heart, while maintaining safety and connectedness to culture and the communities of Counties Manukau Health.”

RLB Director, Richard Anderson, said the new facility demonstrates what can be achieved when extensive community engagement and co-design inspires innovative architectural solutions.

Recognised for innovation and the demonstration of green building principles, Foodstuffs North Island won the Resene Green Building Property Award.

RLB Director, Chris Haines, said the project creates an environment that fosters learning with the design of communal space influenced by pedagogy, workplace and hospitality design.

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About the Awards

Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has partnered with the Property Council New Zealand to deliver the prestigious Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards since 1997.

We are proud to support the acknowledgement of the outstanding property projects, developments and substantive refurbishments across New Zealand that are shaping cities where communities thrive.

The Awards are highly regarded for their focus on efficient use of capital. Projects are awarded for meeting a wide range of criteria to provide an outstanding return and/or delivery of service potential on investment of funds and maximum community benefit for public buildings.