St Mary of the Angels wins New Zealand’s Heritage and Restoration award

Heritage and Restoration

The seismic strengthening and upgrade of Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels Church won two awards at the New Zealand Master Builders Commercial Projects Awards.

Entered in the Heritage and Restoration category, the St Mary’s project took out both Gold and Category Winner medals.

The awards were announced on Friday, at Sky City, Auckland.

With five category Gold medals, four Silver and one Bronze awarded, construction company LT McGuinness faced down strong competition.

In making the awards, the judges commented “the outcome was a finished church that looked identical to the original.”

And, “It will stand the test of time.”

Brian McGuinness, Managing Director of LT McGuinness, is thrilled to win the award.

He described the job as a “heart and soul project.”

With considerable budgetary constraints and funding provided by personal and community donations, Mr McGuinness said the project was very different.

The priest who oversaw and fund-raised for the seismic strengthening of the Church, Fr Barry Scannell SM, is excited by the award.

“It’s a fantastic recognition, particularly for LT McGuinness”, says the former Parish Priest, speaking on Sunday after Mass from his new parish of Napier.

Fr Scannell on Wednesday received the MNZM at Government House, Wellington, from Governor General Her Excellency The Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy, for services to the community and heritage preservation.

Eight other church-based projects featured prominently throughout the various award categories.

The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are New Zealand’s prestigious awards programme which set the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand.

The awards are about celebrating the completed construction projects and the team relationships that achieve them.

In 2017, Kerrin Manuel of LT McGuinness won the James Hardie Innovation and Excellence award for finding an innovative solution which materially benefited the St Mary of the Angels project, but which also provides longer term benefits for the construction industry.


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