Customkit Buildings Limited has won two silver medals in a competition that has been described as the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand.
 
Lining up against over 80 companies and projects, success came for two Customkit buildings in two different categories at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2017 on Friday 12 May. 
The Matakana Botanicals building in the retail sector was up against a number of high profile entries and complexes in both the North and South Islands, while the Meet The Locals, He Tuku Aroha building at Wellington Zoo achieved silver in the Tourism and Leisure category.

 “Sustainability is at the core of Matakana Botanicals, a five-acre property on which three Customkit barns provide space for an office, factory, café, store, still and honey house. The buildings are 90% energy efficient and the objective was to incorporate sustainability into as many elements as possible—everything from the exterior paint to the toilet,” the judges stated.
The Judges observed that

the Meet The Locals, He Tuku Aroha building ‘is an ode to Aotearoa New Zealand, providing an immersive experience in a range of landscapes from coast to farm and native bush.’

“Visitors can meet little blue penguins and jump in puddles while kunekune pigs wallow in mud next door.”
According to Customkit Managing Director Michael Anselmi the recognition that comes from competing on the national stage is one thing. Actually achieving success on the company’s first attempt is even more gratifying.
“To be in the company of New Zealand’s major construction companies, and projects, is humbling. You only improve as an organisation when you stretch your limits and strive to achieve. Winning silver for our two entries is a true thrill. In the end, the real motivation is about celebrating the completed construction project and the team relationships that achieve them,” says Michael Anselmi.
“We’re blessed to have some outstanding building partners and also clients who are truly part of a wider Customkit ‘family’. Each has celebrated in our success and takes pleasure from having their particular buildings achieve honours on the national stage.”
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The Matakana Botanicals Customkit building has taken out a silver award in the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2017.