National judges ‘blown away’ by workmanship and design diversity


National judging panels chairman Graham Coe said the judges were “blown away” by the standard of the workmanship and design diversity of the buildings entered in this year’s awards.


“Some of the properties we viewed not only exhibited commonsense basics but were just faultless,” Mr Coe said.


He noted the days of design standardisation are truly over, and that nowadays clients desire more individual designs that make the most of their property’s view, sun and other attractive attributes.


“The quality and superb design of the properties in this year’s competition refl ected the strength of the relationships between the client, architect and builder.


“This competition, which has been embraced by a huge number of builders from all over New Zealand, really raises the bar and sets the benchmark for quality building.


“I believe the New Zealand construction industry is in extremely fine condition indeed,” Mr Coe said.


He said the competition demonstrated the huge range of options consumers had when it came to building, and it was very encouraging to see the regional spread of winning properties.