Some of the Bay of Plenty's most innovative commercial construction projects have been accepted into this year's Commercial Property Awards.

These include the ACG Tauranga Sports Complex, Tauranga Crossing Shopping Centre and Te Ara o Mauao Facility at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

The 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards received a record number of entries this year and was run by the Registered Master Builders Association.

The Tauranga Crossing Shopping Centre built by Hawkins Construction was one of the largest retail developments in the area.

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Tauranga Crossing chief executive Steve Lewis said it was great for Hawkins to be recognised and acknowledged for their construction skills on stage one of the development.

"Their strong construction capability is one of the reasons we have appointed Hawkins to continue stage two at Tauranga Crossing. We look forward to Hawkins' continued success."

Master Builders chief executive David Kelly said the awards were an opportunity to recognise teams involved in these projects and to celebrate and share the innovation happening across the sector.

"As an industry, we need to discuss and share our learnings and innovations more. That is a key focus for the Commercial Project Awards.

"Globally and here in New Zealand, the construction industry is seen as being slow to innovate and embrace new technologies, but these awards show there are many projects which are bucking this trend and looking for new ways to collaborate and innovate."

Kelly said the "extremely high calibre" of entries received this year reflect the scale and diversity of commercial building work being done across the country.

Winners would be chosen from 10 categories and there were also four value-based awards, with categories ranging from projects under $2 million through to over $15m, and the potential for a Special Award for any outstanding project worthy of recognition.

The highest accolade of the awards – the Platinum Award – would be given to an entrant who had won five or more national titles.

Commercial Property Awards

• The 2018 categories include heritage/restoration project, retail project, civic project, construction marketing services education project, industrial project, commercial project, the PlaceMakers tourism and leisure project, the Altus Health project, the Winstone Wallboards residential project, and the commercial fit out project.

• The 2018 winners will be announced at a national gala event on May 18 at Skycity in Auckland.