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Northland Events Centre gets festive award nod

It seems the international architect eye has fallen on the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei, with news the centre has been shortlisted for the 2010 World Architecture Festival Awards. 

The Events Centre, designed by Copeland Associates Architects, has been shortlisted in the Festival’s ‘completed buildings – sports’ category along with five entrants from Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. Copeland Associates Architects has been invited to present in Barcelona this November, when a winner will be announced. 

The recently completed Centre was jointly funded by the Northland Regional Council (NRC), whose ratepayers contributed $13 million, and the Whangarei District Council, which contributed $3 million. The Centre also attracted a $2.5 million grant from Central Government.

Copeland Associates Architects Director Barry Copeland is thrilled the Centre has been selected and recognised as a world-class building.

“It was a pleasure to work on a facility that has such a strong community aspect to it, particularly when that will continue for many years to come.” 

Regional Council chief executive Ken Paterson, who was the project director throughout the construction process, says the NRC is thrilled the hard work of all those involved has been recognised; its architects and constructors, a large number of Northland sub-contractors and the local authorities.

Also shortlisted in the ‘civic and community’ section of the awards is Wellington’s new Supreme Court.