Mackay & Whitsunday award winners shine

19 August 2019

IDYLLIC mansions reflecting exotic lifestyles, world class athletic facilities and stunning but affordable homes were all on show at this year’s Mackay & Whitsunday Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards ceremony held at the Mackay Convention Centre on Saturday, August 17.

The judges were amazed by the quality of this year’s entries and agreed they reflect what’s great about living in this amazing part of Queensland.

Paynters took home the prestigious Project of the Year with an outstanding world class Olympic standard aquatic centre and athletic facility that the whole community can be proud to call their own. The Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Centre includes three swimming pools and associated structures, while the athletics area boasts a clubhouse to cater for events.

The enormity of this project was not lost on the judges and they were impressed by the collaboration involved and the ability of the contractor to meet the many challenges that impacted on the project. Inclement weather, significant bulk earthworks, even water table issues were managed with innovation and professional aptitude over two North Queensland wet seasons. This is a significant community project by the Mackay Regional Council that will see generations of sportspeople put to good use this significant regional asset. These are Olympic classed sporting facilities that will be recognized and utilised by the Australian sporting community.

Paynters also won Sporting Facilities over $10 Million and the Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes categories.

Airlie Beach-based Coastal Edge Constructions were the big winners on the night with four substantial wins including Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million, Individual Home over $2 million, Best Residential Swimming Pool and the coveted House of the Year.

Papillon II is a simply stunning timber home facing due north and cut into iconic Mount Whitsunday, all the while overlooking the picturesque waters of the Whitsundays. The judges loved the positioning of the house and the use of locally sourced resources to create such a high standard of craftsmanship. The close professional relationship between the builder and the owners was evident in the fit and finish, and quality fixtures and fittings throughout this top quality construction.

Master Builders’ Mackay & Whitsunday Regional Manager, Malcolm Hull, congratulated all the winners across the 43 categories.

“The quality and diversity of homes, projects and individuals entered in this year’s Awards program was extremely impressive,” Mr Hull said.

“We saw some really unique entries this year – a testament to what our local builders and tradies are capable of. This is also something all entrants and all those involved in can be extremely proud of.”

“Our Master Builders Awards ceremony showcases what living in the Mackay & Whitsunday region is all about and highlights the amazing natural surrounds we have in our region.”

To see all the 2019 Mackay & Whitsunday Housing & Construction Award winners visit our winners page.

Major winners

World class centre

Winner of the 2019 Mackay & Whitsunday Project of the Year – Paynters Pty Ltd for Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Mackay now has an outstanding Olympic standard aquatic and recreation facility that provides world class competition opportunities and is the envy of every other regional town.

The quality of workmanship in the centre is demonstrated by the high level of finish achieved and the extremely fine building tolerances that are required to meet Olympic standard classification.

By implementing stakeholder engagement during the redesign period Paynters were able to ensure the client’s needs were met on completion of the project.

Judges’ comments:

  • “It is great to see this fantastic project has been completed with such precision and quality workmanship,” the judges said.
  • “The quality ensures that the endorsement for this project gains international accreditation.”

Simply Stunning

Winner of the 2019 Mackay & Whitsunday House of the Year – Coastal Edge Constructions Pty Ltd for Papillon II

From the magnificent swimming pool to the exceptional fit and finish in every facet of this dream home, it’s been built with position and lifestyle top of mind.

Taking full advantage of the incredible uninterrupted views, all rooms and the outdoor entertainment area have been given consideration of the owners’ every need.

Papillon II is a stunning home that creates the unique lifestyle that is what Whitsunday Island living is all about.

Judges’ comments:

  • “It's good to see yet another stunning house built highlighting the location and making best use of accessibility,” the judges said.
  • “It’s always impressive when products used are made locally and give that specific regional flair to the build.
  • “There is a very high standard of finish that is a credit to all those involved.”
Stylish and practicable

Winner of the 2019 Mackay & Whitsunday President’s Award – Brad Kirkpatrick Builder Pty Ltd for Ashford  

Light, white and airy, this Hamptons style Richmond Hills home by Brad Kirkpatrick Builders offers excellent value for money. The fixtures, cabinetry, outdoor living areas and small individual touches are unique to this home design and add a touch of character.

The stunning features strategically utilises space and is designed to be a family’s forever home.

Judges’ comments:

  • “This home is giving people the opportunity to afford a stylish and practical house at a reasonable cost,” the judges said.
  • “Ashford is beautifully finished for its catered market.
  • “I'm sure it will give the owners many years of enjoyment.”

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