Award Winning Vacuum Pump Station Design

  • 22 November, 2021

The Hunua Views Flovac vacuum pump station located south of Auckland in New Zealand has taken out the highly commended award in the 2021 ADNZ Resene Architectual Awards. The design was done by Madushin Amarasekera of Construkt Associated for Classic Homes, a major developer in New Zealand.

Hunua Views residential development south of Auckland

Hunua Views residential development south of Auckland

The Hunua Views residential development , is serviced by a vacuum sewer system. Deep gravity sewers and low pressure pumps were rejected by Watercare, the main utility looking after the Auckland area. Up to 1,000 houses will be connected to the new vacuum pump station.

The comment at the awards

A beautifully bold and intriguingly sculptural project by Madushin Amarasekera of Construkt Associates NZ took out a Commercial/Industrial accolade in the 2021 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. With a need to accommodate very specific engineering functions, Madushin took the opportunity to create not only a functional home to the pump station, but also a building to act as a site marker within its residential context. We love the irregular roof geometry which perfectly accompanies the textured precast concrete panels.

🏆 2021 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Highly Commended for Commercial/Industrial Award

Hunua Views award winning designed vacuum pump station

Watercare are naturally very proud of the new infrastructure and were very involved in the coordination of everyone involved. When designing and creating the structure, specific engineering functions needed to be met and there was a lot of coordination between the architect, civil, structural, services & acoustic engineers, precast fabricator and Flovac, the vacuum system specialist. In fact, it’s so detailed that all the vents were acoustic rated. The control room is positioned on the south side, providing an acoustic buffer for nearby residential dwellings.

The view inside the Flovac Vacuum Pump Station


Flovac is the largest vacuum system supplier in New Zealand and has established a production facility on the north island of NZ to handle the business growth within the country.

Photos by Calvin Hui

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