A "project like no other" takes out supreme award
On Friday evening the Arrow team had an incredible night attending the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards where Arrow won the Supreme Award for the new state-of-the-art building at the base of The Remarkables ski field in Queenstown.
As well as the Supreme Award, the iconic building also took out the ‘PlaceMakers Tourism and Leisure Category Award’, a Gold Award and the Value Award for top property over $15 million.
The evening was a display of outstanding achievements in commercial construction and it was an honour to be among the many exceptional projects highlighted during the award ceremony. A full list of all winners can be viewed here.
It was an immensely proud moment for CEO Mark Hopwood and Regional Manager Southern Nick Hamlin to be up on stage representing Arrow accepting the top award, and a host of others all for a project that encompasses everything Arrow stands for.
“This was a negotiated design and build project with a long term client. Many people said it couldn’t be done within the time-frame but despite the complexities and immense challenges we nailed it” said Nick Hamlin
Judges described the $21million, three-storey, 6000sqm building, designed by Michael Wyatt as a “project like no other”.
The building provides a range of guest services, from rentals, ticketing and downstairs retail, to a third-level three-sided wraparound heated deck which features an open fire, dining area, bar and expansive views across Coronet Peak and the Southern Alps.
Judges praised the “total team effort”, which resulted in the project being delivered one month ahead of an already tight nine-month construction schedule, despite facing extreme climactic conditions, including wind of up to 150kmh and lots of snow.
“Even with these challenges, the Remarkables team was still able to achieve a very high standard of finishes across all trades,” the judging panel said.
“Preplanning across the total project was essential, right down to the special 30mpa mountain concrete mix.”
It was a “complex building” which needed to handle 3500 people a day during the ski season, with restaurants, kitchens, a “sophisticated” mechanical plant, ski collection stations, shops, open dining spaces and large full-height double glass windows.
One thing that made it all work so well, was the cooperation between Arrow’s and NZSki’s teams, said Paul Anderson, CEO of NZSki. “They quickly realised the only way they were going to get there was to work closely together. My team with their knowledge of the environment, the hazards and the infrastructure that surrounds the building and Arrow’s with their expertise in construction…it was a very can-do team.”
Awards spokesman Greg Pritchard said the team behind the building embodied the pinnacle of what the awards represented — the unstinting teamwork and collaboration which went into creating New Zealand’s top commercial buildings.
Congratulations to all involved for a such a well-deserved achievement!
To find out more about the project and it’s challenges take a look at our Case Study
To view a list of the full team involved with the project click here.
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