Developer and engineer Maurice Clark recognised at Property Council New Zealand awards

Well-known Wellington developer and engineer Maurice Clark won the Greenwood Roche Wellington Laureate Award at this ...
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Well-known Wellington developer and engineer Maurice Clark won the Greenwood Roche Wellington Laureate Award at this year's Property Council New Zealand Wellington Property People Awards.

A leading Wellington developer has won yet another award for his work on heritage buildings.

Maurice Clark, of McKee Fehl has been lauded for his work on one of capital's largest heritage strengthening projects - the $10 million restoration of the Old Public Trust building on Lambton Quay.

On Thursday, Clark received the premiere award at this year's Property Council New Zealand Wellington Property People Awards.

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As well as the Old Public Trust building, Clark was also responsible for the restoration of a string of other high profile heritage buildings including the 1938 former Government Life building, and the 1940 former Defence building on Stout St.

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An engineer by trade, Clark has led many successful heritage and seismic upgrades around Wellington and is known for his innovative engineering solutions to re-purpose existing buildings.

"We tend not to make enough noise about our achievements in Wellington and these awards are the chance to highlight all ...
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"We tend not to make enough noise about our achievements in Wellington and these awards are the chance to highlight all the wonderful work being done," Property Council New Zealand president Mike Cole says.

"This award celebrates Mr Clark's commercial courage, personal vision and success in saving many of Wellingtons old masters," Property Council New Zealand judge Bob Hall said.

"These unique properties of significance, that link Wellingtons past commercial history to the present, required astute development and repositioning.

"Very few individuals would have tackled or taken this risk on."

Clark said he was "very happy" to be contributing to a "wonderful city".

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"This is award is a reflection not only of my construction and development expertise, but also my wonderful team."

The awards recognised seven category winners and two highly commended awards at Te Papa on Thursday night.

Property Council New Zealand Wellington branch president Mike Cole said they were delighted to celebrate the people who were shaping Wellington through innovative building, design, and services to the industry.

"The Wellington branch was impressed with the calibre of nominations this year and we would like to congratulate all of our award winners, the passionate men and women who bring their immense experience and expertise to the industry.

"We tend not to make enough noise about our achievements in Wellington and these awards are the chance to highlight all the wonderful work being done.

"It's an exciting time for Wellington with projects such as the movie museum and convention centre, and Transmission Gully putting us back on the national and international map."

Property veteran Mike O'Sullivan also received a top award for his performance in property and contributions to the industry.

O'Sullivan built a successful business valuing plant and property nationwide and is well known for his support and investment in the property industry over the past 20 years.

Ian Pike, who has held various roles at Wellington City Council, received a leadership award for his work around the city.

Pike has been instrumental in initiating major waterfront projects including Waitangi Park, Meridian Building, Wharewaka, Clyde Quay wharf and the re-use of several heritage buildings.

The young achiever award went to Chris Speed - a Senior Structural Engineer from Dunning Thornton.

Speed has been pivotal in resolving seismic strengthening issues for Wellington heritage buildings including The Woolstore in Thorndon and the Old Public Trust building.

 - Stuff

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