Press House wins international award

LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012
Press House

OLD AND NEW: The earthquake-damaged historic facade on the new Press House in Gloucester St was accurately recreated in homage to what used to be there.

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The Press newspaper's new central Christchurch building has won an international award, beating a Singapore business park and Dunedin's new rugby stadium.

Press House in Gloucester St won the international category at the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors inaugural Infinite Value Awards announced in Melbourne at the weekend.

The judges said the award recognised the quality of architecture and construction as well as the difficult circumstances under which the building was completed.

Press House won over fellow finalists Changi Business Park in Singapore and the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin.

The eight-storey building was six days away from being completed by developer and construction company Ganellen when the February 2011 earthquake struck. It reopened after nine months of repairs, which at one stage were costing more than $2 million a month and included replicating the ruined historic facade.

The building, designed by Baker Kavanagh in Sydney and Weirwalker Architecture in Christchurch, is now owned by a group of Christchurch investors under the name Cristo Ltd.

Ganellen's New Zealand director, Michael Doig, said the company was "just chuffed" with the news.

"I think it's recognition of what we all went through to complete the project. Before we could hand it over we had to rip it all apart and repair it.

"There were workers and sub-contractors all over the building during the aftershocks and was quite emotionally trying for them."

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