One of the 3 projects by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects won awards at the Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards. Photo: Supplied.

Nelson’s supreme architecture revealed


Nelson design firm Jerram Tocker Barron scooped the trifecta at the region’s premier architecture awards on Friday.

The 2018 NZIA Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards were held at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, with 12 local projects picking up honours.

Jerram Tocker Barron picked up three awards, including the commercial award for the Plant and Food Research Facility in collaboration with Lab-works Architecture, described by the jury as a “fine new laboratory and research building on Nelson’s port edge”.

They also picked up the interior award for the Port Nelson Offices and a housing award for their Candish House, a carefully composed house sited on Nelson’s Cathedral Hill.

Irving Smith Architects won the public architecture category for The Trafalgar Centre, while Arthouse Architects won the heritage award for the Seafarers’ Chapel. The firm reworked the 154-year-old building without “compromise to heritage values,” the jury said.

Alexander Bowman won the enduring architecture award for the Bowman Building. Seven housing awards, including two for alterations and additions, were also handed out.

Modo Architects, Continuum Architecture, Philip Kennedy Associates Architects and Redbox Architects also scooped awards on the night.

The Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards are part of the peer-reviewed New Zealand Architecture Awards programme run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

The jury said they were impressed by very good examples of public, commercial and heritage architecture and Nelson/Marlborough winners are now eligible for consideration in the New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be announced in November.