Prop­erty Coun­cil Award for Vic­to­ria on the River

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Hamil­ton’s Vic­to­ria on the River park has won the cov­eted Veros Prop­erty Judges’ Choice Award at the prop­erty in­dus­try 2018 We are Waikato Awards, which recog­nise out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the built en­vi­ron­ment.

The award for am­phithe­atrestyle park in cen­tral Hamil­ton over­look­ing the Waikato River, is shared be­tween Hamil­ton City Coun­cil as prop­erty owner and man­ager on be­half of the com­mu­nity, and ar­chi­tec­ture firm Ed­wards White Ar­chi­tects, which de­signed the park.

The award cat­e­gory is not open for sub­mis­sions or nom­i­na­tions but can be pre­sented to a team or in­di­vid­ual.

“The judges felt the Vic­to­ria on the River project de­liv­ered sig­nif­i­cant value to the Waikato com­mu­nity, craft­ing a space for peo­ple to gather and en­joy the river and sur­rounds in the Heart of Hamil­ton City,” Prop­erty Coun­cil Waikato branch pres­i­dent Brian Squair said at the awards.

“It has been a suc­cess­ful project in terms of con­nect­ing the cityscape back to the Waikato River. More than that it rep­re­sents a fresh way of think­ing about ur­ban de­sign in Hamil­ton City,” he said.

The judges said the park is unique in its con­cep­tion and ex­e­cu­tion and the city has an as­set it can be im­mensely proud of.

The award was col­lected by Ed­wards White prin­ci­pal Brian White, who said the project had been very sat­is­fy­ing.

“So of­ten, as ar­chi­tects, you com­plete a project and don’t get to see peo­ple use it or in­ter­act with it. With a project such a this, we have been able to ob­serve peo­ple in­ter­act­ing with it. To see and hear the pub­lic ex­cited and pos­i­tive as they dis­cover it for the first time has been hugely re­ward­ing,” he said.

The Coun­cil’s parks and re­cre­ation man­ager, Maria Bar­rie, said the de­sign and con­struc­tion of Vic­to­ria on the River saw a car park and chal­leng­ing slope trans­formed into a world-class park Hamil­to­ni­ans and visi­tors are en­joy­ing.

“Ed­wards White’s de­sign re­sponded to some very dif­fi­cult ter­rain, and also our de­sire to link the park with our pop­u­lar net­work of river paths,” she said.

“We de­lighted to get recog­ni­tion from the lo­cal prop­erty sec­tor.”

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The judges felt the Vic­to­ria on the River project de­liv­ered sig­nif­i­cant value to the Waikato com­mu­nity.

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The park is de­scribed as rep­re­sent­ing a fresh way of think­ing about ur­ban de­sign in Hamil­ton.

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