Construction awards success for Amalgamated Builders

South Island-owned and operated construction business Amalgamated Builders Ltd (ABL) notched up five accolades at the annual New Zealand Commercial Project Awards – the ‘new look’ Master Builder awards – in Auckland this weekend (11 May 2013).

ABL took home three awards for the stunning Rippon Hall at Rippon Vineyard in Wanaka, a purpose-built wine tasting and events facility. It won Gold and the overall national category for the Placemakers Tourism and Leisure Project of 2013, as well as the Gold for the overarching NALCO Commercial Project of the Year in the $2 million to $5 million category.

The construction company also won Gold for the restoration of Pitches Lodge in Ophir, plus a Silver award in the education category for the new relocated Wanaka Primary School.

ABL director and Queenstown branch manager Karsten Pedersen, who attended the ceremony with a number of colleagues, was thrilled with the results.

“We are of course incredibly proud of these awards and of the ABL team,” he said.

“It speaks for the quality of our workmanship and our 40 years’ experience in the building business.

“It’s also a credit to our key sub-contractors, and reflects the fantastic work being done in Otago and the South Island overall.”

Mr Pedersen said the recognition was also a triumph for the company’s valued clients.

“We are very pleased for our clients and design consultants that their projects have been nationally recognised.”

As a major subcontractor for Forsyth Bar Stadium, the company was also celebrating Hawkins construction’s receipt of the Supreme Award for Commercial Project of the Year for the stadium project.

The inaugural annual competition recognises commercial excellence in construction.

There are Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as National Category wins and the Supreme Award. The categories are for Restoration, Retail, Commercial and Civic, Industrial, Tourism and Leisure, Education, Health and Residential. There are also four value-based categories ranging from projects under $2 million through to over $15 million.

Awards spokesperson Greg Pritchard said the 2013 awards had attracted an impressive lineup of entries that reflected the growth and excellence in the industry.

ABL competed against forty-two commercial projects from around the country and won an award in every category it entered. The greatest number of entries overall were in the tourism and leisure category, where ABL received the top three awards.