Her­itage site to host awards

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Tom Row­land

One of Hamil­ton’s most sig­nif­i­cant her­itage sites will em­brace its his­tory in Oc­to­ber when it hosts the Hamil­ton Cen­tral Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2018 CBD Cel­e­bra­tion Awards.

En­tries are now open for the CBD Awards which will be held on the first floor of the for­mer Hamil­ton Ho­tel. The 96-year-old her­itage build­ing on Vic­to­ria Street’s south end will be re­pur­posed as part of the wider de­vel­op­ment site for the new Waikato Re­gional The­atre.

The CBD Awards recog­nise and cel­e­brate busi­nesses that con­trib­ute to the vi­brancy of Hamil­ton’s CBD and aim to show­case busi­ness ex­cel­lence.

Gen­eral man­ager Vanessa Wil­liams says hav­ing the 2018 awards in the old Hamil­ton Ho­tel is sig­nif­i­cant.

“The venue is steeped in his­tory and has seen many nights of cel­e­bra­tion and glam­our,” she says.

“With the ho­tel soon be­com­ing part of the new the­atre de­vel­op­ment and the her­itage fea­tures re­newed, we wanted to re­mem­ber it in its orig­i­nal form. I can’t think of a bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the his­tory and fu­ture po­ten­tial of this beau­ti­ful build­ing than by cel­e­brat­ing its neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses, who are all con­tribut­ing to a fan­tas­tic CBD.”

Ms Wil­liams says prepa­ra­tion for the venue is com­ing along well.

“The first floor of the ho­tel, where the awards will be held, has been empty for some time, but is be­ing recre­ated with the ex­cep­tional ef­forts of Fos­ter Main­tain who are work­ing re­ally hard to pro­vide a cel­e­bra­tion space be­fit­ting of the CBD.

“It’s go­ing to be a night to re­mem­ber.”

Ms Wil­liams is en­cour­ag­ing CBD busi­nesses to en­ter the awards as an op­por­tu­nity to share their sto­ries, cel­e­brate achieve­ments and be recog­nised for their suc­cess.

“We have an im­pres­sive num­ber of busi­nesses in the CBD de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent prod­ucts and ser­vices lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” she says.

“It’s also im­por­tant for the wider pub­lic to know that Hamil­ton has these fan­tas­tic busi­nesses and to be proud that there is such a high cal­i­bre group of them in the cen­tral city.”

There are two main awards busi­nesses can en­ter, the CBD Suc­cess Awards or the CBD Bestawards.

Photo / Terry Su

The for­mer Hamil­ton Ho­tel her­itage build­ing in Vic­to­ria Street.

Im­age / Jas­max

A front on view from Vic­to­ria Street of the pro­posed Waikato Re­gional The­atre with a ho­tel on the top level.

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