The Magic 8: Our winning projects from the Property Industry Awards

28 June 2023

On Friday 23rd June, 1500 property professionals gathered at Spark Arena for the annual Property Industry Awards. Of the multiple award wins, Natural Habitats Landscapes is proud to have been the landscaping partner for eight projects which won 12 awards.

On being the landscaper of choice for these award winners, Natural Habitats CEO Jordan Greville said “our clients put a great deal of trust in us to deliver landscapes of the highest quality and it’s extremely rewarding to see their visions and hard work acknowledged with these awards.” 

From public buildings to commercial sites, schools to heritage properties, the multiple award wins once again confirm Natural Habitats’ position as New Zealand’s most awarded landscaper across the spectrum.  

“We take great pride in our diverse expertise, which enables us to create and maintain unique landscapes across the public and private sectors. These award wins are not only a thrill for the business, but also for our hardworking, committed team who bring these landscapes to life.”  

1 Albert Street: Excellence and Best in Category for the RCP Commercial Property award, Excellence in the Heritage and Adaptive Uses property award.  

Formerly known as West Plaza, completed in 1972, 1 Albert is situated at the intersection of Albert Street and Customs Street West.

In 2018, Quattro Asset Management approached a specialist team to redevelop the podium and lower levels of the building together with the office floors. The vision was to meet contemporary workplace requirements and attract aspirational SME’s to the downtown district. The team stripped back the layers added in the 1980s and 1990s, creating a design solution that adds value whilst celebrating the building’s true simplicity. 

Whangarei Boys Highschool: Excellence and Best in Category for the Colliers Greenstone Education property award.  

Whangārei Boys’ High School was developed by the Ministry of Education for the re-development of the Educational facility, on a land that was gifted by Iwi around 150 years ago. 

ASC Architects was engaged as the lead designer for master planning and building design for this redevelopment. The project scope included a state-of-the-art School campus, replacing the existing school. A bridge allowing easy access to the site was also built, directly from State Highway 1. 

South East Jungle Trail, Auckland Zoo: Excellence for the Holmes Goup Tourism & Leisure property award. 

Auckland Zoo’s South East Asia Jungle Track is a world-leading, wildlife visitor experience unlike anything ever offered in Aotearoa. It offers visitors an immersive journey through four distinctly landscaped experiences – the High Canopy, the Lake and Wetlands, the Swamp Forest and the Lowlands as well as the award-winning Te Puna Café. 
Voco and Holiday Inn Express Tower: Merit for the Holmes Group Tourism & Leisure property award 
Hamilton Airport: Merit for the Holmes Group Tourism & Leisure property award. 

Hamilton Airport is the waharoa (gateway) to the central North Island, boasting the fourth longest commercial runway in the country for a catchment of around 497,000 people. 

With development plans in place, the client wanted to enhance the vehicle approach to the airport by adding strategic planting that would thrive and complement existing planting. 
Auckland City Library Green Roof: Merit for the Warren & Mahoney Civic Health and Arts property award

Partnering with Auckland City Council and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Natural Habitats was appointed to bring the Auckland Central Library roof to life.

With the library building dating back to the 1970s, it was time for repair work to be carried out on the roof. Auckland Council saw the opportunity to install plants as an alternative top layer to the usual stone ballast.   

As the largest example on a council-owned building, the council engaged Natural Habitats to work with local iwi to design, eco-source native plants and install a green roof. The green roof was required to reflect the ecology of the area, pre-development and thrive in the extremes of the seasons.   
NZ Windows, Hamilton: Merit in the CBRE Industrial Property Award 

Sir Howard Morrison Centre, Rotorua: Merit in the Warren & Mahoney Civic Heath & Arts property award and Merit in the Naylor Love Heritage & Adaptive Reuses property award

Read the full Property Industry Awards release here. 

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