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Te Raekura Redcliffs School in Christchurch won the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Commercial Project 2021 Awards.

For almost a decade the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards have celebrated teamwork, collaboration, and outstanding buildings in the commercial construction sector.

With entries now open for the 2022 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards all architects, building owners, designers, engineers, and contractors are being called on to enter.

The NZ Commercial Project Awards is the only competition of its type in New Zealand. "The awards are a moment for us to celebrate and acknowledge the project teams and partners behind New Zealand's best commercial buildings," says Master Builder's president, Kerry Archer.

In its 10th year of the competition, the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are proudly owned by Registered Master Builders yet you don't need to be a Master Builder to enter. The competition is open to all New Zealand based commercial construction project partners.

"The awards are designed to shine a light on New Zealand's buildings and the skilled teams behind them," explains Archer. "Commercial buildings play a big part in our lives - from apartments, to schools, offices, hospitals, libraries and entertainment facilities. The way these buildings are designed and built make a difference to every New Zealander. This is reflected in the vast range of New Zealand's buildings and projects that are entered into the 10 different award categories."

"The awards have something for everyone, both big and small. To address the misconception that commercial just means large and high value, this year we have expanded the Value Awards to include smaller value projects which are just as important to our communities," says Archer.

"These changes will allow smaller contractors to showcase their local projects to national clients who operate all around New Zealand, as well as celebrating the very best of our larger builds.

"The awards recognise the project team's collaboration, innovation, quality and how they overcame challenges of the project together. It is not about the size of the project or the size of the budget."

All entries are judged by a small but accomplished panel of judges - a commercial contractor and one other experienced member of the construction industry.

NZ Commercial Project Award judge and architect, Rod Macdiarmid says it was pleasing to see last year's competition entries have a focus on both managing carbon emissions and improving site safety. "Companies are putting in more effort to measure and manage their own emissions across all operations, even vehicle fleets. It is also positive to see waste management becoming a normal practise with a greater focus on waste separation."

The judges were also impressed by the focus of the project teams on on-site safety, crediting much of this down to new technology.

"A key development we noticed was the use of apps to record near-miss incidents. This technology means the record can be anonymised, taking away the fear that can come with reporting incidents. We hope to see these trends continue to grow in this year's entries," says Macdiarmid.

The Awards are made possible through the support of Altus Window Systems, CARTERS, Construction Marketing Services, GIB, and Resene.

Entries are now open.For more information about the competition and to enter visit commercialprojectawards.co.nz.

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