October 8, 2019

Celebrating a double win for Unispace & HEB Construction at the 2019 Best Design Awards

HEB Construction, Auckland headquarters by Unispace (VINCI Group)
Celebrating the ‘best of the best’, the Design Institute of New Zealand has revealed this year’s Best Design Award winners, and Unispace is delighted to see HEB Construction’s (HEB) headquarters recognised among them. 

HEB’s Auckland headquarters received bronze awards in both the Offices & Workplace Environments and Colour Award Spatial categories from one of the country's pre-eminent design insititutes. 

Bringing together its diverse multidisciplinary team into a single, open, agile workplace, HEB have transformed their workplace offering. The design has created a long-term, fit-for-purpose headquarters for the successful firm, which has recently joined the french-owned VINCI Construction Group.

HEB’s leadership team elected for a full agile transition, seeing the workstyle as a new way of working that would help to connect its employees. The workplace strategy informed the mix of worksettings, enclosed and open meeting spaces, focus rooms and breakout areas, while the design - humble, warm and honest - reflects the brand's values. 


Feature shipping container meeting rooms were a playful nod to HEB’s on-site 'portacom villages'. Brightly painted in the brand palette and positioned to create a focal axis point for the workplace, they also physically and acoustically break up the large open volume in the agile workfloor.

John Turnbull, General Manager Group Services, HEB, previously noted, “Our particular project had unique challenges associated with the redevelopment of a series of adjoining structures. These have been woven together to provide a unique and highly functional workspace that we are truly proud of…we have been able to quickly gain value from our investment and to leverage the numerous benefits of the design.”

Unispace would like to congratulate the client, project and subcontractor teams involved in the strategy, design and delivery of this extraordinary workplace. 

Read more about the project here

The 2019 Best Design Awards, run by the Design Institute of New Zealand, is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design. Recognising the quality of design and craftsmanship within the design industry.