NZ Commercial Project Awards: Reconstruction of Ravenscar House museum wins Supreme Award

Ravenscar House in Christchurch has been awarded the High Prize at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2022.

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Ravenscar House in Christchurch has been awarded the High Prize at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2022.

Ravenscar House in Christchurch was awarded the High Prize at the 2022 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards held in Christchurch.

Ravenscar House was built by HRS Construction and its project partners. HRS Construction received the Altus Window Systems Tourism and Entertainment Project Award along with the Commercial Project $10 – 25 million Value Award.

Outstanding winners are tasked with bringing a grand architectural marvel to life, the Ravenscar House.

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Outstanding winners are tasked with bringing a grand architectural marvel to life, the Ravenscar House.

The 2022 awards mark the 10th anniversary of the prestigious New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, owned and managed by Registered Master Builders.

For the first time, the awards were held in Christchurch at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre, and he was awarded the Civic Project Award. Project teams from all over Aotearoa came together to celebrate the best in commercial construction.

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Top winners are tasked with the challenge of bringing Ravenscar House back to life in a new, more central location after irreparable damage during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Ravenscar House was built by HRS Construction and its project partners.

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Ravenscar House was built by HRS Construction and its project partners.

Before the earthquakes, the Wakefield family’s dream was for their grand home to display impressive art collections and the library to be used as a cultural facility for public use – a concept known as a ‘house museum’.

The judges said the resulting structure meant their vision became reality in a new and exciting way befitting modern Christchurch.

The Ravenscar Trust sought to reposition its art collection in Christchurchâ's cultural district.

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The Ravenscar Trust sought to reposition its art collection in Christchurchâ’s cultural district.

“The new Ravenscar House and art collection can now be enjoyed for generations in a statement building that reflects both the brutality and gothic revival styles of central Christchurch,” they said.

“Irreparable damage from earthquakes launched the grand vision of finding a new site and constructing a more permanent public building to house the collection. The resulting facility is itself a work of art.”

The new Ravenscar House includes key designs with its original namesake, such as the four main rooms designed using the same dimensions as the original main rooms.

Constructed of precast concrete made from the crushed bricks of the original house and the rubble from other precious Christchurch buildings, the new Ravenscar House has truly become a part of the rebuilt city.

HRS Construction faced complexity at all levels, including the basement, which required significant tanking, as well as the foundation that insulated the above-ground structure.

The high standards of coordination among all project partners have resulted in an impressive building that offers its owners the opportunity to display their extensive art collections in specially constructed rooms that have been crafted to perfection.

HRS Construction faced complexity at every level.

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HRS Construction faced complexity at every level.

“The judges applaud this elegant facility, built with a fine eye for precision. This is a special project that we are proud to call our Supreme Winner for 2022.”

David Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Registered Master Builders, said the Commercial Project Awards celebrate the best in commercial construction teams and the projects they deliver.

“This year’s attendees were again extremely high quality,” Kelly said.

“These awards recognize the care and effort put into producing the places where Kiwis live their lives. That’s what industry innovation and collaboration really means, and that’s what these awards celebrate.”

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