Mapua buildings win architect awards

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Two small structures in the Mapua Waterfront Park have been recognised with an architecture award.

The New Zealand Institute of Architects judging panel gave awards to the toilet block and the services building and shade area at the park as part of the 2015 Nelson-Marlborough Architecture Awards. The buildings were designed by Jeremy Smith of Irving Smith Jack Architects.

Tasman District Council Reserves and Facilities Manager Beryl Wilkes says the architects had gone out of their way to work with the community to achieve a notable result on a challenging project.

“We had a great deal of community interest and discussion on this site and were also faced with changes to the scope and budget for the project,” she says.

“There were also design constraints on the challenging site and the need to accommodate the adjacent wastewater pump station within the same design envelope.”

“Jeremy and his team handled the challenges with complete professionalism and the award rightly recognises their skills.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne acknowledges the partnership between the architect community and Council in the development of the space over the recent years. “Mapua is now one of the District’s prime destinations for locals and visitors alike.  Recognition of the changes to enhance the area’s attractive nature is always welcome.”

“The space is now a tremendous asset for the community and the award caps off the transformation of the once industrial wasteland.”

“I congratulate and thank Jeremy and Irving Smith Jack Architects on their fine contribution.”