ACE Awards

The ACE Awards celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s best consultants working in the built and natural environment and the exceptional mahi being done for communities here and overseas.  

The awards recognise the consultants who go above and beyond ‘business as usual’ to deliver projects and initiatives.  Our award entrants are often up against really complex challenges, like tight timeframes, small budgets or remote locations, so the results we’ve seen from this year’s entrants are truly remarkable.   

It’s the rigorous judging criteria that makes the ACE Awards stand out. Our judges are consultants at the top of their game, handpicked each year from the industry. As well as outstanding consulting services, they focus on technical expertise, sustainable value and client satisfaction.  

Projects are awarded gold, silver or merit based on the level of achievement, how much the project has exceeded expectations and whether it sets a new industry standard. Judges may also present special awards where there is a unique contribution to the industry or community.  

The 2023 ACE Awards were held on Thursday 21 September at the Dominion Museum Building in Wellington.

2023 ACE Awards winners   

Gold Award winners

Christ Church Cathedral stabilisation
Consultant: Holmes and Naylor Love
Client: Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement

Constellation Brands press building and front end automation
Consultant: Aurecon
Client: Constellation Brands New Zealand

Lime Kiln failure and emergency repair
Consultant: Index Engineering
Client: Oji Fibre Solutions

Northern Corridor improvements - Design services
Consultant: Jacobs and WSP
Client: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency)

St James Theatre and Ballet Building
Consultant: Beca
Client: Wellington City Council

Te Mato Vai
Consultant: GHD
Client: Ministry of Finance and Economics Cook Islands

Silver Award winners

Auckland Harbour Bridge emergency repairs
Consultant: Beca
Client: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Kauri dieback mitigation in Northland's walking tracks
Consultant: Frame Group
Client: Northland Regional Council

Speeding up electrification - The ElectroNet transportable switchroom journey
Consultant: ElectroNet
Client: Transpower New Zealand

Wellington network operational readiness for Transmission Gully opening
Consultant: Aurecon
Client: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Merit Award winners

The Observatory Hotel at Te Pae Te Matatiki Toi Ora, The Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch
Consultant: Holmes
Client: The Arts Centre Trust

Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai - Section 2
Consultant: Stantec
Client: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport

Sustainability Award winner

Kauri Dieback mitigation in Northland's walking tracks
Delivery team: Frame Group, Northland Regional Council, Ministry for Primary Industries and Department of Conservation

Client Award winner

Constellation Brands
Project: Constellation Brands press building and front-end automation
Consultant: Aurecon

Emerging Leader Award winner

Victoria Mills, Beca
Sponsor: Tonkin + Taylor

President's Award winner
Warner Cowin, Height

Read more about the 2023 ACE Awards winners


View and download photos from the 2023 ACE Awards Gala via Flickr.


Read the media release Aotearoa New Zealand’s best consultants revealed at 2023 ACE Awards

Sponsored by Beca    

A big thank you to Beca, the 2023 ACE Awards Gala sponsor. 


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