A credit to commercial construction

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Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly

What a great night at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards gala recently! The awards are now in their third year and have already established themselves as a much valued and highly regarded recognition of the very best in commercial construction in New Zealand.

The awards focus on how the whole team involved is able to work together to produce a quality result — from owner, through to architect and engineer, to the builder and all the other players in the team.

All of the finalists demonstrated their passion and dedication to producing projects of quality that add real value to New Zealand’s built environment.

It’s always a bit dangerous to single out individuals amongst such a quality field, but I’m going to do so anyway. There are three that I want to highlight.

The first award of the night went to Amalgamated Builders. This was the Platinum Award that recognises continued excellence over time. Brett Squire spoke of their dedication to the industry, and pride at being recognised for their contribution to an industry they are dedicated to.

Equally passionate was Mike Livingstone from Livingstone Building, whose Avantidrome National Cycling Centre won the Industrial Category and a special judges award.

Mike spoke of their commitment and belief in the importance of this project to the Waikato community, and his personal focus on ensuring every dollar spent was going into making the bikes go faster.

The attitude was summed up by his quote: “We actually give a s_ _ _!”

But the highlight had to be Peter McGuiness from L T McGuiness, the Supreme Winner for the Clyde Quay Wharf development in Wellington.

This was a complex project on every level, which included the redevelopment of an iconic building, construction of underwater car parking, welding underwater surrounded by stingrays, and a magnificent end result.

Peter noted that this year marks 50 years that L T McGuiness has been with Registered Master Builders, and his son Sean spoke of the passion they have as a family-owned business to be the very best in the business.

Next year we are planning to streamline the entry process to encourage even more entries, as we continue to showcase the best in New Zealand construction.

My thanks to the judges for a great job, and to all of my team for a great night.