The Quays make key impression at top architect comp

The Quays in Blenheim are award-winning. Photo: Supplied/New Zealand Institute of Architects’

A bid to brighten central Blenheim has taken out top honours in a prestigious architectural awards competition.

The Quays has scooped first place in the Public Architecture category at this year’s New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards for the Nelson/Marlborough area.

Held recently in Nelson, the local awards honours best new architecture in each of the NZIA’s eight regional branches.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett says the award recognises the work by Studio of Pacific Architecture who made a real effort to understand the community’s requirements for this space.

“The Quays is a space that supports a series of formal and informal functions.

“This landscape-led development re-establishes the river edge’s historical use as a cultural, social, and economic hub, and also provides a key focus for the new library and gallery,” he says.

Winners at the Local Architecture Awards level can also be considered for further honours at a national level.

The Quays was designed by Studio of Pacific Architecture Limited and has helped to re-establish the connection of the Taylor River to Blenheim’s town centre.

Council’s Property and Community Facilities Manager Jamie Lyall says he and his staff were thrilled with the result.

“We are proud of this space and it is great to see the area being used more often by members of our community.

“We look forward to watching the use of The Quays increase and evolve as the new library and art gallery takes shape.”

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