Property Council awards celebrate Waikato’s built environment


Leafy subdivisions, modernist remodels and childcare centres were celebrated in November as the Waikato property industry gathered to recognise the projects and people building the region’s towns and cities.

Awards were handed out in eight categories recognising outstanding urban design and construction as well as leadership and collaboration.

Property Council Waikato branch president, Thomas Gibbons said the awards recognise those in the property industry who have demonstrated outstanding collaboration, urban development practice and leadership.

“It’s the people that make the region – and the people in property who are building, developing and revitalising our towns and cities.

“It’s their commitment and passion that we’re here to celebrate tonight.”

Industry veteran Ross Hargood of Hawkins Construction was the recipient of the Hawkins Construction Long Service Award for nearly 50 years of involvement in the property industry. Mr Hargood was noted for being a mentor and educator to many Waikato property professionals and his work introducing a customer-centric approach to Hamilton City Council’s consenting process.

Pete McLachlan from Cogswell Surveys was awarded the Property Professional of the Year award for his involvement in Cambridge developments including St Kilda and Norfolk Downs which are really raising the bar. The judging panel viewed Mr McLachlan as always going the extra mile and continuously looking to refine processes to make them more efficient.

Mr Gibbons says while the projects featured in the awards were varied, all winners demonstrated resilience in the face of challenge, an attitude of ongoing improvement and a passion for the Waikato region.

“There’s some very special talent, and the winners tonight are only a small and select part of a prosperous and successful industry. What a great place to be!”

Check out our WBN Facebook page to see photos from the event, click here!

Property Council nz waikato branch 2017 WINNERS

Arrow International Steven Alsemgeest Memorial Young Achiever Award – Jonathan Brown, BCD Group

BNZ Urban Design Award – Stark Property for South Bloc

Staples Rodway Best Team Award – Chedworth Properties and Greenhill Park project team

Rider Levett Bucknall Property Professional of the Year Award – Pete McLachlan, Cogswell Surveys

Beca Women in Property Award – Rebekah Kenny, Yeoman Homes

Foster Construction Outstanding Leadership Award – Blair Currie, BCD Group

Hawkins Construction Long Service Award – Ross Hargood, Hawkins Construction

Property Council Waikato Judges’ Choice Award – Waikato Federated Farmers Charitable Society for Curious Cubs Early Education Centre


About Author

Waikato Business News

Your source for local business news in Waikato