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Christchurch’s Tūranga library wins NZ property industry awards

Christchurch’s central library, Tūranga, has won two awards at the 2019 New Zealand Property Industry Awards.

Opened in October last year after six years of development and construction, the NZ$93 million (A$89m) project was awarded both the Supreme Award and the Civic and Arts Property Award.

The library is one of nine ‘anchor projects’ designed to support the regeneration of the city following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. In 2012 the original library was closed after an engineering evaluation concluded it was earthquake-prone.

The judges said: ‘Tūranga is a visually stunning symbol of hope, unity and rebirth that shapes the way the community and visitors experience Christchurch’s city centre.’

The awards recognise outstanding property projects, developments and refurbishments and are judged on investment return, design and construction, sustainability, owner/user satisfaction, vision and innovation. To see the full list of winners, along with judges’ comments, visit the website.


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