Steel awards showcase strength of local industry


June 4, 2022, Auckland – After an earlier postponement due to COVID-19 restrictions, Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) is delighted to finally announce the results of the SCNZ Excellence in Steel Awards 2021. The winners were announced on June 3 at the Hilton Auckland, where nearly 270 structural steel industry leaders and experts gathered to celebrate the best of the best at an event that showcases the sector’s commitment to innovation, best practices and collaboration.

The judges narrowed down 34 entries to 15 finalists, demonstrating the exceptional design and craftsmanship possible when steel is used as the primary construction material.

SCNZ Chairman Frank Van Schaijik said: “The high level of projects presented at the 2021 awards reflects the experience, skills and commitment of our people. This is what sets our local structural steel industry apart from the rest of the world, which is essential in a COVID-affected environment when local expertise is in high demand.

The 2021 winners are:

  • Overall Winner and $1.5-3 Million Category Winner: Eastbridge and Beca for Widening SH2 Wairoa River Bridge Bike Path

The existing 177m long bridge was too narrow for cyclists or pedestrians to cross safely. Neither its deck nor the columns of the pier offered sufficient spare capacity to upgrade a bicycle path at deck level. Lightweight modular steel construction was the solution to adding a cycle lane to the existing bridge in a safe and innovative way.

  • Under $500,000 Category: D&H Steel Construction for Waiouru Point Development

The project comprises two adjoining warehouses that overlook the Tamaki River and its striking design was inspired by the birdlife of the local estuary. The project demonstrates the versatility of steel as an architectural feature, particularly the intricate ‘Y-frames’, which provide an impeccable finish.

  • $500,000 to $1.5M: VIP structural steel for the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral

Before reintegration of the iconic Christ Church Cathedral could begin, it needed to be stabilized, so a prominent steel frame was designed and fabricated to restore the main structural load paths at the west end of the building. Impressively, it was lowered into position and secured to the building in the space of a single day.

  • Over $3 Million: D&H Steel Construction for Sylvia Park Galleria

The expansion of the $277 million, 20,000 sq ft Sylvia Park South Mall involved the renovation of a new upper floor of the mall. Steel provided practical solutions to intricate details related to geometry, connections and accessibility. Its light weight also meant that the project was commercially viable.

  • Self-contained residential: all steel services for Gawor Beach House, Coromandel

The stunning house has a completely exposed steel structure, cruciform columns and a massive eight-meter cantilevered second living room. Matte black cruciform columns support three portals at the top that line up to frame breathtaking views of the Coromandel Ranges and Matarangi Harbour.

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