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National War Memorial Scoops Heritage Design Award

The National War Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington won the Heritage category of the New Zealand Architecture Awards announced yesterday evening.

“The Ministry is honored to win in this fitting category and partner with such skilled architects as Studio of Pacific Architecture for their work on the restoration and seismic strengthening of the National War Memorial,” Paul James, Chief Executive, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage said.

“This is a deserving win for a great project which has preserved one of New Zealand’s most treasured heritage buildings,” Paul James said.

“Congratulations to the team Studio of Pacific Architecture, Fletcher Construction, Dunning Thornton and The Building intelligence Group on the impeccable restoration of the Carillion and Hall of Memories.

“Since the restoration in April 2015, the National War Memorial and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, have been visited by nearly 250,000 people. Together the memorial and the park have either won or been finalists in some 13 design awards,” Paul James said.

Also announced at the New Zealand Institute of Architect’s Awards was the winning design for France’s Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The memorial, titled Le Calligramme, was designed by a New Zealand team lead by Auckland architect Andrew Patterson and takes inspiration from the work of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. The French memorial is planned for installation by April 2018.

The National War Memorial was built in 1932, the carillon tower being highly visible from most of inner city Wellington. The Hall of Memories was added in 1964 and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in 2004.

In August 2012 government announced plans for creating Pukeahu National War Memorial Park which included improving the setting of the National War Memorial and creating additional space for significant days of remembrance and for international memorials.

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Updated on 1st December 2016