ABL Wins Prestigious Awards for Invercargill CBD

The Invercargill Central Development is a landmark project, marking New Zealand’s first entire-block redevelopment. This transformative project has revitalised Invercargill's city centre, blending heritage and modernity in a way that sets a new standard for urban redevelopment. By salvaging and incorporating artefacts and heritage facades into the construction, including the iconic Southland Times building, and reusing approximately 29,000 bricks from the demolition, the project represents a real focus on sustainability and historic preservation.

The judges commended the project for its unique and future-focused approach to revitalising the CBD retail experience. Covering an entire block, the redevelopment required the demolition of 43 buildings, with three buildings and façades retained, and the simultaneous operation of three large cranes. The complexity of the project, managed during challenging times, showcased the exceptional skills of the designers, contractors, and project managers involved.

Amalgamated Builders Southland General Manager Brad Harper believes this recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team, subcontractors, and suppliers.

“The Invercargill Central Development is the largest project in ABL’s 50-year history, and receiving three industry awards on one night is a special achievement.

“The transformation of our city centre into a vibrant community hub with a beautiful indoor shopping complex is a source of immense pride. We are grateful to the O’Donnell Family Geoff Thomson, MBIE, and Invercargill City Holdings for their vision and support,” he said.

The redevelopment is poised to deliver significant economic benefits, including job creation and renewed vibrancy in Invercargill. ABL’s collaborative approach and effective project management have been pivotal to the project's success, exemplifying the company’s commitment to excellence and community-focused development.

“On behalf of Amalgamated Builders Ltd, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this monumental project. The recognition received at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards is a celebration of our collective achievements and dedication to creating lasting positive impacts on our community,” Harper said.

Invercargill Central Project Director Geoff Cotton added that the impact of the development for Invercargill and Southland will be felt for many years to come, and the efforts put into getting this project started by the sponsors should be applauded. 

“The immense effort of the consultants to secure consents and produce high quality construction documents allowed ABL to construct the project and complete it on the original due date. This was during significant uncertainty in the industry and confirms that the right team carried out this very large and complex project,” he said.

Harper also highlighted the outstanding performance of the team involved.

“The consultants, ABL, and our supply chain have once again constructed to a level that rivals any other contractor in New Zealand.

“This project is our sixth national title winner, which is an outstanding achievement in this very difficult construction industry,” he said.