High-end awards for Triple Star

National best, gold and value: Blanket Bay Villa project

Imagine building a new villa for one of the country’s top luxury lodges and also apartments for a renowned architect and a leading interior designer – all at the same time.

Those were tasks facing Queenstown project management and construction firm Triple Star Management Ltd in 2017.

On Friday, at a gala dinner in Auckland, the 50-strong team won a raft of New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, a competition run by the Registered Master Builders Association, for the projects.

Chief among them was being named as national winner in the Tourism & Leisure category, for the $6.5 million Blanket Bay Villa project, off the Glenorchy – Queenstown Road.

Triple Star’s won the same award in 2016, for the Aro Ha Health Retreat, off the same road.

Blanket Bay’s 650sqm villa, with its traditional gable design, hardwood beams, cedar-lined ceilings and liberal local schist, also won a ‘gold’ and the ‘value’ award in the $5-$15m category.

“That’s something we’re pretty proud of,” Triple Star director Pete Campbell says.

Architect firm Mason Wales completed the resource consent drawings but the building consent was done by Triple Star, using an external draughtsman.

“It was a fast-track project, where the design was still being undertaken as we were constructing the build, so the design only really ever got completed towards the end – a proper fast-track process.”

Judges praised the choice of materials, the quality of the end result, use of preconstructed elements including the precast chimneys, and the success of the project on an exposed location with challenging access.

Triple Star also won gold for its $14.5m (construction budget) project to build Lake Haze – a three-apartment building on the shores of Lake Hayes.

The 2000sqm building, designed by Auckland’s Patterson Architects, includes apartments owned by New Zealand architect, Simon Carnachan, and top interior designer Virginia Fisher, making the internal fit-outs detailed and high quality.

“We were building both Blanket Bay and Lake Haze at the same time so they certainly utilised all of our office resources and our site-focused resources.

“Blanket Bay is quite remote and we were building [the villa] while ensuring the lodge was able to maintain operations, so that had its challenges.

“It was through the winter as well. We put a big tent over the Lake Haze building to mitigate some of the weather issues.”

Campbell says working for such high-end clients is both satisfying and a little stressful: “You get to work with very nice products and end up with a very good result but it’s challenging because the expectations are set very high.

“So it’s a bit of a big tick for the team on both those projects because they achieved the high standards that were required.”

Hawkins and ASC Architects took home a silver in ‘Education Projects’ for the new Wakatipu High School.

And the rebuild of Jack’s Point Clubhouse after the 2016 fire won a silver in ‘Heritage & Restoration’ for Naylor Love Central Otago Ltd, Peak Projects International Ltd and Warnock Architecture Ltd.