By PHILIP CHANDLER
There’s probably not been a local Christmas work do like it.
As Arrowtown builder Triple Star Management held its party at Gibbston’s Waitiri Creek last Friday, Registered Master Builders (RMB) was holding its national ‘virtual’ House of the Year Awards.
Having picked up the southern region ‘house of the year’ and three category awards — which also won national category awards — for a $10 million new-build at Queenstown’s Closeburn, the company was in the finals.
But owner Pete Campbell had ‘‘written off’’ its chances.
Office manager Anna Hockey monitored proceedings on a tiny laptop as the WiFi connection cut in and out.
But at the very end came the news they’d won ‘supreme house of the year’.
Cue RMB southern region manager Jenny Pascoe and service manager Leon Williams, who’d been hiding behind the stage.
Pascoe says as soon as they heard ‘‘this almighty roar and wolf whistles and all sorts of things’’, they popped out to present Campbell and his crew with a trophy, certificates and flowers.
Campbell, who understands this is the first time a local builder’s won the big award, says it’s very special given the year we’ve had.
‘‘The great thing is what it means for the guys, particularly this year when everyone’s been a bit concerned.
“It really boosts their confidence for next year, which ends up boosting our confidence.
‘‘It’s good for Queenstown, too — I know there’s a lot of people struggling in Queenstown, but we’ll get through it.
‘‘Hopefully it’s the first of a number [of supreme awards] local builders can win because there’s a lot of good builders in Queenstown.’’
Taking out the top kitchen and bathroom awards is also a testament to “not just the building side of it”, Campbell says.
What the judges say
Judges say Triple Star Management’s supreme award-winning Closeburn home (above) – built over 18 months for an Aussie couple – is “an outstanding example of the builder’s attention to detail”.
With the dramatic use of steeply-pitched roofs, sculptured shapes and five interconnecting pavilions, “the geometry stirs the imagination”.
“The flawless implementation of these details proves this build was no easy feat.”