City projects vie for awards

Considering the Cobb . . . Examining design plans for the fit-out of Cobb & Co Dunedin are (from left) New Zealand Commercial Project Awards judges Philip Higham, of Whangarei, and Mike Geale, of Auckland, Cobb & Co Dunedin director Ange Copson, of Dunedin, and Livingstone Building NZ project manager Bevan McKeany and quality surveyor Glen Larson, both of Hamilton, in the restaurant in Dunedin Railway Station on Friday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

No matter the result of an award ceremony, the nearly 100 “hard-working” Dunedin contractors will always be a winning team for a restaurant owner.

Judges for the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards were scrutinising Cobb & Co Dunedin last week.

The eatery in Dunedin Railway Station was one of 12 projects entered in the awards’ “commercial fit-out” category .

Awards judges Philip Higham and Mike Geale examined the fit-out of the restaurant on Friday.

“We look at everything,” Mr Higham said.

Cobb & Co Dunedin director and co-owner Ange Copson said being in contention for the awards was in “recognition and appreciation” of the “hard work” of nearly 100 Dunedin contractors, such as builders and electricians, who worked on the fit-out.

She was “very pleased” with the work and how “everyone worked together” to make it happen, while remaining respectful to the building.

The first meal was served in the restaurant on July 3 last year and more than 60,000 people had been fed since, Mrs Copson said.

Hamilton-based Livingstone Building NZ Ltd entered the award for leading the project.

Livingstone Building NZ quality surveyor Glen Larson and project manager Bevan McKeany travelled to Dunedin for the judging on Friday.

Mr Larsen had been involved with the awards for five years and said, “the standard just keeps getting better and better.”

The other two Dunedin entrants in the awards, run by the Registered Master Builders Association, are Naylor Love Construction entered for its project, Manaaki by Mercy (health category) and Leighs Construction Ltd for its project, Speight’s Brewery Tour (tourism and leisure).

Winners will be announced in Auckland on May 18.