Location: Watt St, Whanganui
BSM Group Architects received a Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Western Branch Architecture Award in the Heritage Category for the seismic strengthening of the Whanganui War Memorial Centre. The citation reads as follows:
The complex structural strengthening of this Heritage Category 1 building ensures its continued survival by applying sophisticated architectural and structural solutions that complement and enhance the existing aesthetic of the building. Careful consideration was given to the War Memorial’s heritage status during structural strengthening and refurbishment which retained the building’s architectural integrity and famous form. The result is exceptional; the work has given the War Memorial Centre a new chapter in its life, not only preserving the building for its community but also retaining an icon of New Zealand architecture.
We would like to thank the Whanganui District Council for providing us the opportunity to work on such a prestigious building as well as all the consultants and contractors who worked alongside us to bring this project to fruition and the success that it is.
In addition, the project received a Master Builders Commercial Project Gold Award.
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