Dunedin heritage project takes top prize at Auckland awards

Re-using old properties in an innovative way has delivered a top gong for the Dunedin court buildings revamp, and Auckland apartment redevelopers were also rewarded at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.

The 1902 Dunedin Law Courts in Stuart St were vacated in 2011 after the Canterbury earthquakes raised seismic safety awareness.

A $20 million project to strengthen and refurbish them was carried out by Dunedin company ABL, with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern officially reopening the courthouse in February this year.

More than 475 cubic metres of concrete and 66 tonnes of reinforcing steel were used. Restoring the 66 leadlight windows alone took a year of painstaking work.