Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House wins silver

Each year construction companies across the country compete in the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, which includes a category dear to our hearts – the Heritage and Restoration category.

 
Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House with a wide path and roses.
Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House. Photo: HNZPTexpand/collapse

The only competition in New Zealand to recognise and showcase the contribution and innovation of the whole project team and the people, rather than just the building itself, the awards cover a wide range of categories and project types. They aim to celebrate team collaboration, innovation and achievement.

Properties cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga have been featured in these awards previously, with the restoration and strengthening of Old Saint Paul's attaining National Category Winner for the Heritage and Restoration category in 2021, and the Lyttelton Timeball Station winning bronze in 2019.

This year it was the turn of Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House to be nominated, and was fortunate to win silver in the Heritage and Restoration category. The house’s restoration plays its part in helping preserve the legacy and achievements of Kate Sheppard, the celebrated leader of New Zealand’s women’s suffrage movement.

Kate and Walter Sheppard’s kauri villa was built in 1888 and is a Category 1 historic place on the Heritage New Zealand List/Rārangi Korero. The house was purchased by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in 2019 and opened by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that same year.

Kate and Walter Sheppard’s kauri villa was built in 1888 and is a Category 1 historic place.

LOC Construction was engaged to preserve and protect the property’s heritage values. The front four rooms and hallway of the house, which contain the most intact heritage fabric, were converted to a high-quality visitor attraction. These rooms were restored to highlight both the original features, while also being sympathetic to later modification and additions.

The more-modified rooms at the rear of the house were converted to a flexible, multi-use space for public events, meetings, and private functions.

Due to the national and international significance of the house, LOC Construction Limited worked closely with historians, archaeologists, and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff; particularly when it came to the inherent balancing between conservational principles and building code standards. 

Congratulations to LOC Construction Limited, and their project partners - Modello Architecture limited (Architect/Designer), Ruamoko Solutions (Engineer), and The Building Intelligence Group (Contract Management) - for a well-deserved win.

Find out more about Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House at Visit Heritage.