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Re:START rewarded at NZ National Architecture Awards

May 24, 2013

The Christchurch office of The Buchan Group has been recognised at the industry’s night of nights, taking out a New Zealand Architecture Award in the Planning and Urban Design category for the unique Christchurch retail project Re:START on Friday night.

Located in the Cashel Mall, the shopping precinct concept was developed following the devastating earthquake in February 2011 to help re-establish retail trading in the Christchurch CBD. The precinct’s unique design, developed by Christchurch Senior Associate Anton Tritt, is centred on the use of shipping containers, making it a portable, modular system that can be used for single or multi-storeys to create an interesting, vibrant retail precinct.

An excerpt from the judges’ comments:

“A project animated by an enterprising spirit and realised through a burst of collaborative endeavour has generated a social dividend to Christchurch well as a commercial return to the city's inner city retailers.

The Re:START container shopping precinct is an imaginative experiment in urban revitalisation, and by virtue of its human scale and it's courtyards and intimate laneways it offers a demonstrably popular model for the Christchurch rebuild.”

Hilton wins national award

May 18, 2013

The multi-award winning Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences development designed by The Buchan Group has been named the Winner of the Ryan Lawyers Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development in the 2013 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall National Innovation and Excellence Awards.
The Design Director was Todd Crighton and the Project Director was Gerry Holmes

The project has also been named as:

  • Overall Winner of the 2012 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards;
  • Winner, CBUS National High Rise Apartment Building Award, 2012 Master Builder Excellence in Building and Construction Awards;
  • National Commercial Master Builder of the Year  for Brookfield Multiplex, 2012 Master Builder Excellence in Building and Construction Awards;
  • Best New Australian Hotel, 2012 Hotel Management Magazine Awards.

Peter Verwer, CEO of the Property Council, said that the Hilton was well-deserving of national recognition for its innovative design, describing its two towers as striking and architecturally distinctive. “The final product is the first luxury hotel to be built on the Gold Coast in a decade, a unique residential resort, a spectacular contribution to the Surfers Paradise skyline and an economic engine for the local economy,” Mr Verwer said.

The development was completed in late 2011, with strong sales from the first release of apartments.