New Zealand Commercial Awards

Posted 28 May 2018

The team at Calder Stewart is both proud and humbled to have received the Supreme Award For Project Viking, Skellerup’s Dairy Rubberware Development facility in Christchurch. The award is amongst five that Calder Stewart picked up at this year’s awards, which is run by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA).

The facility was designed to optimise Skellerup’s production needs integrating their design and product development functions. An incredible 182,000+ man-hours went into this five-stage project, and the massive 18,900m2 building is functional, practical and sustainable, providing room for growth into the future.

Judges said this $25M project required an innovative design approach, particularly in constructing the 1,000 tonne shot tower to an Importance Level 3 seismic design. “We were very impressed with the approach taken by the lead contractor, who worked closely with the client, consultants, sub-contractors, and off-shore plant manufactures to embrace and solve each challenge. This has created one of the world’s leading ‘Dairy Rubberware Vulcanisation Plants’, which manufactures its own rubber on-site.

Adrian Mathieson, Regional Manager at Calder Stewart commented that “The big challenge for the team was the time pressure to get the new greenfield facility operational, so that the manufacturing plant could return to full production following the February 2011 Earthquake. Not having a fully-defined design brief, and constant structural changes through-out the design phase, was a challenge for all involved,” he said.

These awards set the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand and are a reward for the team who worked across the project.

Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says this project embodies the end-to-end teamwork and collaboration that goes into creating New Zealand’s top commercial buildings. “This project is deservedly a ‘Supreme Winner’ – an outstanding and well-coordinated result.”

As well as the Supreme Award, the facility also took out the category win for the Industrial Project Award, and the Value Award for a project over $15 million.

“It really was a team effort and we thank all our project partners as well as Beca and our client Skellerup for their commitment and support in delivering such a great outcome”, Adrian said.