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27.10.2016 - waitangi visitors centre reopens
‘New Zealand Herald’.
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21.10.2016 - te kakano (the seed) of whangarei’s hundertwasser art centre is officially open
‘The Northern Advocate’.
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29.09.2016 - waitangi treaty grounds wins tourism award
‘business awards’.
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01.07.2016 - waitangi museum features in “Face Value magazine”
‘Design Treasures’.
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20.06.2016 - museum of waitangi wins merit award
Property Council Awards 2016

20.05.2016 - waitangi wins best museum project
'New Zealand Herald'.
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09.05.2016 - waitangi museum features in “Interior magazine”
‘Interior - issue nineteen’.
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01.05.2016 - waitangi museum features in “Architecture NZ magazine”
‘Te Kongahu / Museum of Waitangi’.
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20.01.2016 - waitangi museum
Building is complete, landscaping and museum fit out is well underway. Due to be opened officially Feb 5th.
– ready for Waitangi day 2016.
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06.12.2015 - northcross church
Northcross Church is now open to the public and held its first service on Sunday the 6th December.

21.11.2015 - quarry gardens cafe
The Whangarei Quarry gardens visitors centre opened on the 7th November and ‘Quail café’ will open on Saturday the 21st November.

04.05.2015 - paramount plaza
Tikipunga Paramount Plaza retail complex is now open to the public.

29.04.2015 - knoll ridge cafe best designed cafe in the world
Knoll Ridge Cafe has been announced as the best designed cafe in the world, as determined by leading London-based design website Design Curial. Well-executed symbiosis between a stunning location and architectural design pushed Knoll Ridge ahead of the other contenders. London-based design website Design Curial considered 4000 cafes from New York to Tokyo before landing on Mount Ruapehu perched The Knoll Ridge Cafe.

28.04.2015 - peninsula golf club
The site works at Peninsula Golf Club are well underway

10.04.2015 - waitangi museum
Milestone week for the Museum of Waitangi construction - steel framework is going up and bringing this project to a vertical reality

13.03.2015 - waitangi museum site excavation nearing completion
675 truck loads of dirt have been removed from Waitangi Museum with site excavation almost complete.

19.02.2015 - northcross church
The auditorium floor will be going down this week at Northcross Community Church.

30.01.2015 - waitangi museum
Site works are progressing at Waitangi Museum, the retaining wall capping beam is almost complete.

22.12.2014 - whangarei quarry gardens visitor centre
Work is progressing well and the building is taking shape with the roof now on.

09.12.2014 - waitangi museum underway
Earthworks are underway at the Waitangi Museum. The new Museum and Education Centre will provide 608sqm of museum display and 107sqm of storage, all temperature and humidity controlled to the national museum standards.

08.11.2014 - whangateau barn
The Whangateau Barn is weather tight and nearing completion. This small building is the first stage of a two-stage development to create an environmentally friendly/self sufficient residence on a one hectare of orchard adjacent to Lews Bay.

07.11.2014 - north cross community church
The North Cross Community Church new auditorium and facilities expansion is expected to be completed mid June/July 2015. Site excavation has begun on the new auditorium which will hold approximately 500 people.The new facilities also include a foyer, additional toilets, small cafe, meeting areas and a library.

13.09.2014 - kotuitui whiti opening ceremony
The opening ceremony for the footbridge and walkway across the Waiarohia Stream was held on Saturday 13th September where it was named Kotuitui Whiti. The new footbridge completes the 4.2km multi use trail loop around the inner harbour and celebrates the completion of the project, which has been on Whangarei District Councils books for about a decade.

07.04.2014 - whangarei quarry gardens visitor centre
Surveyors have marked out the building foot print and construction has officially begun.

31.10.2013 - work on the waiarohia stream footbridge is well underway
Work on the new Waiarohia Stream Footbridge has started with the first of twelve piles driven-in today. The new bridge will become part of a 4.2km Loop walkway extending from the Town Basin to Te Matau ā Pohe and back again. The new footbridge will link the walkway through the heritage and sculpture trail beside the Town Basin across the Waiarohia Stream, and along a riverside path parallel to to Port Road, down to Te Matau ā Pohe. As well as enabling people to cross the river on the walkway, the bridge will draw attention to the Waiarohia, a large stream that is often hidden because it runs underneath so many of the roads in the city.

30.10.2013 - northland port corporation offices official opening
Northland Port Corporation's new offices was official opened this morning.

27.09.2013 - asb sports arena 2013 national finalist adnz | resene architectural design awards
The Northland Athletics & Gymnasium Stadium was once gain recognized at the ADNZ National Design Awards where the project was listed as a ADNZ 2013 National Finalist - Commercial / Industrial Architectural Design Awards

24.07.2013 - asb sports arena highly commended at the adnz | resene architectural design awards
Congratulations to everyone evolved with the success of the Northland Athletics & Gymnastics Stadium at the recent ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards Regional function in Auckland. The new facility was awarded a Highly Commend in the Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Category.

Judges citation below
"Another simple solution to a problem that occurs in all small New Zealand towns. The designers have refrained from over-complicating their solution to this problem and the building presents an engaging tier of seats to the Marists sports field. This is a good formal solution to the problem with the lounge linking the exterior sports field and the gymnasium. A pleasant space to exercise in. Planning is extremely clear. The judges liked the cross section of the building and as we remember, Le Corbusier said that "The planning gives order but the cross section gives beauty".

13.05.2013 - blomfield special school ready for classes
Blomfield Special School's Whangarei based Transition and Reception facility was blessed and dedicated to the memory of former Principal, Bev Topia this morning. Both the teachers and student were highly enthusiastic about the new building and said they couldn't wait to move in.

18.04.2013 - northland port corporation new offices are under construction
Construction has begun on Northland Port Corporation's new offices. Harris Butt Architecture has recently design a new purposed built office facility to house Northland Port Corporation.

26.10.2012 - asb sports arena due to open this weekend
ASB Sports Arena blessing. The new Northland Athletics and Gymnastics Stadium has opened. The construction of this facility has been a vision of the trust for over 10 years. The building was officially blessed this morning by Sport Northland Kaumatua Hohepa Rudolph, and will be in operation from this weekend.

28.05.2012 - harris butt architecture - new zealand architecture medal finalist
The judges of the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ annual awards programme selected Knoll Ridge Café as one of four finalists for the top prize in New Zealand architecture – the New Zealand Architecture Medal. The café was narrowed along with three other finalists from a field of 20 recipients at the New Zealand Architecture Awards dinner at Te Papa, Wellington, on Friday 25th May.

The New Zealand Architecture Awards is the annual official awards programme of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, established to determine the best architectural projects submitted each year. All Award-winners will have been visited by the jury, which comprises architects who each have a strong record of designing accomplished buildings.

04.05.2012 - harris butt architecture recognized in new zealand's top 20
"New Zealand Architecture's Top 20"
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24.04.2012 - article published in the northern advocate - knoll ridge cafe
"How about this spot for apres-ski"
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19.04.2012 - national architecture award announced for knoll ridge cafe
NZIA CITATION
"On Mt Ruapheu, at least one cloud has proved to have a silver lining: a café on Knoll Ridge destroyed by fire has been replaced with a dramatically sited building that rewards, with interest, a two chair-lift ascent. This is audacious architecture, realised in collaboration with an ingenious engineer, intrepid builders, and a client determined to make the most of a breathtaking setting. The exterior is strong and formally poetic; the 400-seat interior, with its large, laminated pine structural members, is just as impressive. All of the building’s elements, from decks to kitchen to handrail details, have received careful treatment. The building is a fine example of architectural grace achieved under logistical pressure, in an extreme alpine environment."

20.02.2012 - knoll ridge cafe published in architecture nz issue 1.2012 p.78-83
"The design is honest and sensitive to the local environment as well as the end-user, which is the right approach."
Justine Harvey - architecture nz

20.12.2011 - construction of the northland athletics and gymnastics trust stadium has begun
The new $5.3 million stadium designed by HB Architecture will provide a grandstand with a 500-person capacity overlooking the existing all-weather athletics track at Kensington Park with the gymnasium backing on to the grandstand.

22.11.2011 - knoll ridge cafe wins national award in the tourism & leisure category in rmb national awards
Stanley Construction took out the tourism and leisure category of the commercial devision in the 2011 Registered Master Builders National Awards held in Auckland. Stanley Construction and the Knoll Ridge Cafe managed to clinch first place in its category against some worthy competition. Congratulations on another great achievement.

7.11.2011 - knoll ridge cafe recognized in nzia local architecture awards
On Friday Grant attended the NZIA 2011 Western Architecture Awards in Palmerston North. The Cafe was recognized in the Commercial Architecture Category. The judges commended the project stating "the result is a stunning building that sits comfortably in the snowscape, mimicking the terrain with its unique yet simple roof form."

The Local Architecture Awards will determine which architects will go forward to the New Zealand Architecture Awards.

The New Zealand Architecture Awards is the official awards programme conducted by the New Zealand Institute of Architects and its eight constituent branches throughout the country. Awards are made in various categories reflecting the scope of work undertaken by New Zealand architects.
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12.10.2011 - nz wood timber design awards 2011
Last night Grant attended the 2011 NZ Wood Timber Design Awards evening in Auckland where the Knoll Ridge Cafe received another Award. This time the Cafe was recognized by NZ Wood for Commercial Architectural Excellence - Highly Commended.
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25.07.2011 - stanley construction / knoll ridge cafe wins 4 awards at the waikato master builders awards
Last Friday Grant attended the 2011 Waikato Registered Master Builders House of the Year & Commercial Awards evening in Hamilton along with Stanley Construction.

RAL Knoll Ridge Cafe was entered in the Commercial Awards in the Tourism and Leisure Category against three other strong contenders.

The Cafe won a GOLD award for its entry. It then went on to win the Category (beating the other Gold award winner which was the Hawkins Construction project, Waitomo Caves Visitors Centre). Knoll Ridge Cafe then went on to win the SUPREME Award for the Waikato RMB 2011 Commercial Project of the year.

Stanley Construction also took out the much sought after Life Member Award which is given out to just one outstanding project each year for "Construction Excellence in workmanship, creativity and innovation".

An extraordinary result totaling four awards on the night. A great testament to everyone involved on the project team.

Many thanks to RAL along with Stanley's who allowed us to be part of the team which delivered this award winning project, that we are all proud of.

We're all looking forward to the National Gala Awards on the 19th of November.
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22.07.2011 - knoll ridge cafe images updated
Thanks to the recent deluge of snow, a belt of fine weather and the efforts of Sharon Mazey, we are able to update our project page to show Knoll Ridge Cafe in all its glory.
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15.07.2011 - hb architecture wins commercial design award
Northland Sports House has won the Commercial - Industrial category in the ADNZ Design awards.
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06.04.2011 - waitangi gateway building features in commercial design trends volume 2704
'Cultural Journey' HB Architecture, working with the Waitangi National Trust, has created an inviting gateway building.
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25.03.2011 - whangarei town basin revamp on front page of the northern advocate
'Basin Revamp Done by August'.
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24.03.2011 - hb architecture in "the whangarei report" draft design strategy aimed at experts
'Draft design strategy aimed at experts' - Grant was one of four industry experts to send a submission in response to the Whangarei District Councils Draft Urban Design Strategy.

All four submissions where in favour of the WDC initiative with the future possibilities for the city looking very exciting. The council said they sort submissions from technical experts who are knowledgeable and well qualified to comment at a strategic level. The strategy is intended to set the framework for other strategic documents, initiatives and projects that the district council hopes to do for different sectors of the community.

18.02.2011 - hb architecture launches new website
Our new website is now up and running with client login and regular project & new updates.

26.10.2010 - hb architecture featured in whangarei leader article
'Firm wins award for treaty loos'

18.10.2010 - waitangi awards featured in new zealand herald article
'Waitangi Awards'

16.10.2010 - hb architecture featured in northern advocate article
'Waitangi toilet journey leads to award'

15.10.2010 - hb architecture wins nzia local architecture award
Harris Butt Architecture has received a NZIA local architecture award in the category of small project architecture at the 2010 New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards. The new toilet block at Waitangi Treaty Grounds was one of only a hand full of projects recognised within the northland region.

30.07.2010 - asb northland sports house opened
About 150 people gathered at the newly completed ASB Northland Sports House to celebrate its opening at Kensington Park.

The new building will act as a sports administrator's "hub", housing other sporting organisations such as Bowls New Zealand, Golf Northland and Squash Northland, as well as the largest occupant and the driving force behind its construction, Sport Northland.

26.07.2010 - opua maritime building opened
Opua Maritime Building was opened by Far North District Council Mayor Wayne Brown. The New Opua Maritime building is located on the Opua Wharf and includes new office and retail space.

21.07.2010 - new knoll ridge cat shed nears completion

26.06.2010 - new knoll ridge cafe facilities open to the public
The toilet facilities in the basement level of the new cafe have been opened to the public today. Access to these much need facilities will be through the lower level entry while work continues on the remainder of the facility which should be open to the public mid August.

25.06.2010 - building today magazine features arcticle on new knoll ridge cafe

13.04.2010 - hb architecture featured in the first issue of business advocate
'Innovators Highlighting the bold and creative - HB Architecture - Ruapehu remote control'

14.03.2010 - new buildings at knoll ridge featured on tvnz one news
'New buildings rise from the ashes after suspected arson'

05.02.2010 - prime minister john key opens new waitangi facility

25.07.2009 - building today magazine features arcticle on new turoa terminal

10.05.2007 - tvnz close up features story on turoa terminal
'New Zealands longest ski lift'

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