Success at the 2019 NZILA Awards

Success at the 2019 NZILA Awards Success at the 2019 NZILA Awards Success at the 2019 NZILA Awards Success at the 2019 NZILA Awards

Boffa Miskell was the most-awarded consultancy at the 2019 NZILA Awards, as our work was recognised with five Awards of Excellence, five category wins and the overall supreme award.

Te Papa Ōtākaro ARP (Avon River Precinct) — a joint entry with LandLab, WSP-Opus, Rough & Milne, Matapopore and Ōtākaro — was the category winner for Urban Spaces and the winner of the George Malcolm Supreme Award.

The judges said, “Te Papa Ōtākaro is not only the largest public realm project undertaken in Aotearoa New Zealand, it has also involved many landscape architecture practices and other collaborators, working within the complex context of the re-building of Christchurch…

“Despite all of the challenges, Te Papa Ōtākaro has emerged as a significant and transformative urban landscape, maximising the opportunity provided by the earthquakes, to develop an exemplary interweaving of urban edge and river. Enhancing the cultural landscape of the city, as well as the ecological and social values, has provided Christchurch with a central core that holds the city together, and re-presents it with a new vision.”

Te Auaunga won the Sustainability category, and received an Award of Excellence in both Te Karanga o te Tui and the Park categories.

The judges said, “Te Auaunga Oakley Creek is a superb example of a design-led & holistic approach to landscape architecture. The project combines landscape, ecology, cultural, engineering and community considerations to create a beautiful recreational asset for local residents while also providing a functional and resilient drainage infrastructure solution.

“The project is applauded for its use of the space as an opportunity to deliver manaakitanga, a place for welcome. There is a sense of community belonging and of a welcoming to visitors. The addition of an outdoor classroom space and community fale further add to the heart of the space. The outcome at Te Auaunga Oakley Creek is one that “walks the talk” achieving comprehensive restoration of the landscape and being a best practice example of sustainable land management, and a worthy winner of the Sustainability Award.”

The category winner for Karanga o te Tui was Ātea a Rangi – a joint entry between Wayfinder Landscape and Planning, and Boffa Miskell.

The judges said, “Ātea a Rangi Star Compass and wetland restoration is a triumphant cultural landscape and environmental project giving rise to the knowledge and understanding of Māori sky lore. The location at Waitangi Regional Park and the wider coastal shores of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa provide a poignant setting to discover and practice traditional Māori celestial navigation techniques. It also provides a place for people of all cultures to reconnect with the natural processes of the surrounding world in the Aotearoa context.”

Waterview won the Infrastructure category. “Described as the Volcanic highway, the project reflects the rich layers of natural processes and lava fields and unifies these layers through a restorative landscape. Materiality and planting recognise the rocky nature of the volcanic substrate and the concrete environment of a roading corridor, while providing an energised start to a long-term green corridor,” said the judges.

Waikeria Prison was the category winner for Project-based Landscape Planning. The judges said the project was ” …a solid example of how the landscape architectural experts have utilised all of the tools in their tool box to achieve a successful overall landscape change, benefitting long term both the environment and the people that live within it.”

Mara Hupara took an Award of Excellence in the Playground category, with the judges noting, “This project challenges the traditional model of playground design by looking at the landscape as an interactive canvas where subtle but conscious interventions have created an integrated and highly valued space.”

An Award of Excellence in the Residential Multi-Unit catergory was awarded to Long Bay. “Landscape amenity has been designed to be at the heart of the neighbourhood, and the combination of the adjacent natural environment together with the open spaces and Garden Streets create a compelling sense of place for residents. Intelligent use of hard landscape materiality and the generous native planting within the streetscape promote the aspiration of streets as public spaces,” said the judges.

Marine Parade in Napier was the second Boffa Miskell project to receive an Award of Excellence in the Parks category. The judges said, “This well-crafted entry exemplifies excellence in integrated design, bringing together people and place. There is a visible weaving together of dynamic coastal processes with an indigenous narrative that resonates with the beauty of the whenua, and the people of the region, both tupuna (ancestors) and today.”

For further information please contact Michael Hawes

13 November 2019