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Property People awards to McKee Fehl’s Press Hall and Kevin Lavery

Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand
The Property Council Wellington Property People Awards have been announced tonight – with seven category winners and two highly commended awards.

Head Judge Patricia Green says “Property Council is delighted to celebrate the people who are shaping Wellington through innovative building, design, and services to the industry. We tend not to make enough noise about our achievements in Wellington and these awards are the chance to highlight all the wonderful work being done.”

The evening’s premiere award the Greenwood Roche Supreme Award went to Press Hall, 80 Willis Street/22 Boulcott Street, and its developers McKee Fehl.

“What stood out for the judges was the ability of McKee Fehl to repurpose and modernise the site – the end result is an iconic development that adds vibrancy to Wellington but also respects the heritage of the original building,” says Ms Green.

The Momentum Outstanding Leadership Award went to the CEO of Wellington City Council, Kevin Lavery.

“Complaining about the local council is commonplace in New Zealand and particularly in the development community,” says Ms Green. “While it is no different here in Wellington City, Kevin Lavery is a CE who listens, patiently explains the position the Council is in and looks to do what he can within the political parameters he has to operate under.

“Under Kevin’s leadership, the Council is improving its processes and producing plans with the growth of Wellington in mind. What appeals to me is his positive attitude. While in a political role, he comes across as an ordinary person with a passion for Wellington and its future.”


BECA Young Achiever Award: The Building Intelligence Group – Matt Cowen
Archaus Urban Design Award: McKee Fehl – Press Hall
Colliers Best Team Award: Hawkins 2017 Limited – Te Papa Art Gallery Team – Matt Dorn, Chetan Jeram
Momentum Outstanding Leadership Award: Kevin Lavery – CEO Wellington City Council
Judges Choice Award: Ian Cassels – The Wellington Company
Ortus Long Service Award: the McGuinness family.
Greenwood Roche Supreme Award: McKee Fehl – Press Hall

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  1. Keith Flinders, 16. October 2018, 17:34

    Maurice Clark and his McKee Fehl team deserve the recognition for their diligence in repurposing older buildings, and bringing them up to current standards. They take on the financial risks themselves.

  2. aom, 16. October 2018, 20:04

    It seems that Maurice Clark has not taken on many risks at all because of his competence. He has done very well with his building assessments. Why did the WCC CEO get an award and isn’t it questionable that he has an involvement with something that is obviously a lobby group? Also, it is apparent that the WCC executive and one of the questionable enterprises the council is responsible for (Build Wellington) have done more than a little to burnish the credentials of one of the other award winners (LT McGuinness). That is the one that, along with the familial connection (Willis Bond), was interwoven with the deals that were involved with Peter Jackson’s about turn on the massive cost-incurring boondoogle of the Conference Centre.

  3. Nora, 17. October 2018, 9:37

    Thanks ‘aom” you have said it all…10 out of 10 for Maurice Clark but zero for the WCC CEO.

  4. Tony Jansen, 17. October 2018, 10:25

    I have always wondered about WCC and Willis Bond. I too am dubious about the award given to the WCC CEO. Aren’t these awards just good old boys congratulating each other as well as themselves?