The Team

Design Team

Jasmax X Hugh Broughton Architects - Architectural Services


Jasmax and Hugh Broughton Architects have teamed up to combine one of New Zealand’s most experienced architectural practices with a British company that has exceptional knowledge of design in polar regions.

Jasmax won the competition to design Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand. Under Ivan Mercep’s design leadership, the project cemented the future direction of Jasmax, developing into one of New Zealand’s largest architectural practices. Jasmax spearheads work on the environmental and sustainable development fronts, as evidenced by winning the inaugural EECA Property Council Energy Award.

Hugh Broughton Architects has a reputation for producing carefully crafted contemporary architecture. The London based practice has designed projects for many high-profile clients including the British Council, Institution of Structural Engineers, National Galleries of Scotland, and the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The practice has become a global leader in the design of research facilities for polar regions. It is best known for the design of Britain’s Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, the world’s first relocatable research station. It launched in 2013 and has received 15 international awards to date. The practice has also designed projects for Spain on Livingstone Island and for the US in Greenland.

Leighs Construction Limited - Preferred Main Contractor

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Established in 1995 by Anthony Leighs, Leighs is a national, award-winning commercial construction company with a proven track record of delivering complex projects for the New Zealand Government. Made up of a large group of highly capable people working within a structured framework, Leighs has a level of expertise that enables it to deliver construction projects across a number of sectors, including science, education, health, airport and prison infrastructure, tourism, primary industry and the corporate sectors, both within New Zealand and abroad. Leighs has a proud 15-year history of building buildings and structures in Antarctica.

Rawlinsons - Quantity Surveyor

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Rawlinsons is a leading privately-owned New Zealand national construction cost management and quantity surveying company providing independent, impartial and innovative construction financial administration expertise for over 50 years throughout New Zealand with offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. The Rawlinsons team possess expert knowledge of costs, values, labour, market process, finance, contractual and legal arrangements in the construction industry and has the track record of delivering projects to completion on budget. Rawlinsons provides services to numerous industry sectors including Education, Tourism, Commercial Office, Retail, Health, Leisure, Community, Infrastructure, Residential, Institutional, Governmental with project values ranging from $0.1m - $1bn.

Steensen Varming- Building Services


Steensen Varming is a global engineering practice founded on Danish design principles. Established over 80 years ago in Copenhagen, early collaborators included Arne Jacobsen and renowned Nobel Physics Prize winner, Niels Bohr. They are specialists in environmentally sensitive areas and understand the design priorities of safety, operational simplicity and pragmatism. Steensen Varming is a driver of new research, new styles of collaborating and new ways of solving society’s climate change challenge with the Copenhagen studio providing a global platform for knowledge exchange and experience from years of direct involvement in cold climate design.

The Building Intelligence Group - Design Lead


The Building Intelligence Group is over 30 years strong in independent project management, design management and project advisory. Proudly 100% NZ owned, we are specialists and that means we able to give highly effective project partnership and leadership for our clients. The Building Intelligence Group has a deep capability with 90 project management professionals across nine offices and we’ve delivered iconic projects across New Zealand and internationally. We have developed a consistent reputation as specialist project managers who deliver beyond expectations because we’re passionate about the journey, not just the material building. We’ve worked in many sectors including commercial, government, science, health, education, hotel, apartments, social housing, public spaces, heritage and infrastructure projects, and several of these projects have achieved award-winning accolades for our clients.

WSP - Civil and Structural Engineering

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WSP is one of New Zealand’s oldest engineering professional services consulting firms, with a legacy of over 150 years. Originating from the Public Works Department to the Ministry of Works, Works Consultancy Service, Opus, WSP Opus and now, WSP. Today, WSP is the World’s leading engineering firm – with more than 550+ offices across 40+ countries and a workforce of over 42,000. Their technical experts and strategic advisors include engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors, environmental specialists; as well as other design, program and construction management professionals, who design lasting Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources, Water, Power and Environmental solutions; and provide project delivery and strategic consulting services. WSP works with clients to ‘create what matters for future generations’ – delivering creative, comprehensive, and sustainable engineering solutions for the future where societies can thrive. Keeping pace with emerging trends, their approach is through considered engagement to provide forward-thinking and innovative solutions to meet real-world problems, including drawing on their cold-climate experience in Antarctica and the Arctic.