Queensland builders go above and beyond at 2021 Awards

13 November 2021

A TRIO of luxury beachfront residential towers, a sprawling home that could be mistaken for an exclusive resort, and a stunning Scandinavian-style family residence have come up trumps at the 2021 Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards.

The state’s most talented and exciting builders were celebrated at a glittering black-tie event at the Great Hall at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 13 November.

As always, the calibre of entries brought by this year’s field was exceptional, overcoming the ongoing trade and materials shortages and price hikes hampering the industry. The judging panel was delighted with the calibre of entries, their superb finishes, and degree of difficulty in construction.

McLachlan Homes’ exceptional Northbry Lodge project once again triumphed, winning three Awards including the coveted title of House of the Year.

The enviable design of this Bellmere family residence unifies flawless craftsmanship and immaculate fittings, all the while embracing its beautiful natural surrounds. The judges were impressed with the open and liveable flow and well-connected spaces of the home, while the varied use of materials such as timber and large format tiles invoked a sense of warmth, delivering a resort-style home that’s easy – and exciting - to imagine living in. This beautiful modern Queenslander was also named best Individual Home over $2 million, as well as snapping up Best Residential Swimming Pool.

The first absolute beachfront development on the Gold Coast in over three decades, Jewel Residences by Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd was awarded Project of the Year, and best Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million. The three striking towers offer breathtaking views of both the ocean and hinterland, while boasting separate residence and hotel lobbies, five luxury retail tenancies, world-class business amenities, resort-style swimming pools, function facilities, private bars, and casual and fine dining restaurants.

Gordon Bourke Constructions snapped up the prestigious President’s Award and Individual Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 for the beautiful Lagom project, showcasing the builder’s attention to detail and quality finishes.

Also making it a hat-trick on the night was BESIX Watpac, who took out three high-profile awards including best Health Facilities over $20 million for the Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) at Herston, best Education Facilities over $10 million for The Ideas Lab at James Cook University Cairns, and Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety for their work on the Brisbane Domestic Terminal Retail Upgrade Stage 2 – Hanging Scaffold Solution.

Brisbane’s Graya Constructions also won big for their signature style of stunning home makeovers, winning Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million and Best use of Sloping Sites for the beautiful ARCOS at Paddington.

Master Builders CEO Grant Galvin congratulated the winners across all 57 categories.

“This year’s field is one of the most diverse we’ve seen. From stunning renovations and beautiful new homes, to important community, education, healthcare and tourism facilities, and soaring residential and business towers inspiring the imagination — there’s nothing Master Builders can’t accomplish,” Mr Galvin said.

“The efforts of individuals from apprentices, to women leading the way in the industry, and builders showing the promise of a long and exciting future ahead, is also something we are always delighted to celebrate.

“Whether a winner or not, their craftsmanship is a credit to the Master Builders name, and each of them is a part of our family. We pride ourselves on always having their back, whether that means being there in times of need, or celebrating their achievements.

“Despite the unprecedented conditions we are facing, our industry continues to fare better than many others — and it’s our members’ drive, skill and determination to push the boundaries of what’s possible that is helping to ensure our continued success and viability in both the residential and commercial sectors, now and into the future.”

QLD 2021 Major Winners

Major winners

Jewel takes the crown in luxury high-rise living

Winner of the 2021 Queensland Project of the Year – Jewel Residences by Multiplex Constructions Qld Pty Ltd

With an unrivalled level of quality and attention to detail, the Jewel Residences by Multiplex is a showcase project where vision, design, engineering and construction all meet to create something truly remarkable.

Every floor in every tower is a different shape and size, each with intricacies you have to see up close to understand their true complexity.

The Jewel project is unlike anything else on the Gold Coast, with its scale and unique geometric shape setting it apart from its peers.

Judges’ comments:

“This is a truly extraordinary and iconic building project.”

“Bigger does not always mean better. However, in this case the challenges that were overcome were equal to, if not larger, than the size of the buildings themselves.”

“The engineering and subsequent construction challenges that were overcome to build three different, 40+ storey towers, where every floor plate on every level is different, in such close proximity to each other, is mind blowing. It is not until you stand at the bottom of the towers and look up that you start to appreciate the enormity of the challenge faced by the project team.”

“Talking to the project team when we attended the site clearly showed that the team fully lived and breathed the project from day one and showed a passion for the industry that exemplifies all the positive things that we should stand for.”

Scandi style at its absolute best

Winner of the 2021 Queensland President’s Award – Lagom by Gordon Bourke Constructions Pty Ltd

As impressive as it is welcoming, Lagom is a stunning Scandinavian-inspired modern home.

Its exterior features a striking mix of materials, including French pattern travertine tiling and large glass windows within the multiple feature gables, making for enviable street appeal.

Inside, the feature fireplace takes centre stage in the light-filled dining and living room, opposite the gourmet kitchen with hidden butler’s pantry.

The extravagant master suite at the front of the home is pure luxury, with his-and-hers Hollywood-style walk-in robe and lavish ensuite. It’s separated from the three additional bedrooms by a fabulous media room, while a northerly landscaped yard flows off the alfresco, perfect for entertaining in this beautiful family home.

Judges’ comments:

“Lagom showcases the builder’s attention to detail and quality finish.”

“This is a great house with a lot of interesting finishes. The use of different products presents a modern yet warm and inviting residence. An exceptional effort by the builder.”

“The construction is of a very high standard in terms of quality and is extremely good value for money.”

“Designed to suit the corner block with unique and appealing two-street frontage, and north-facing outdoor living areas.”

The resort-style home everyone dreams of living in

Winner of the 2021 Queensland House of the Year – Northbry Lodge by McLachlan Special Projects Pty Ltd T/A McLachlan Homes

The tranquil site for Northbry Lodge proved the perfect inspiration for McLachlan Homes to craft a magnificent plantation-style home. The Grand Porte-cochère offers a sense of arrival, taking advantage of the four-metre raked ceilings, while the covered walkway leading to the rotunda includes water features, fish, turtles, and waterlilies.

Inside, the grand foyer sets the mood for the unique design elements within. Beneath the 4.5-metre-high ceiling sit the living, dining and kitchen, showcasing the external feature elements of stone, brick and timber, including a brick feature wall to ceiling height. The kitchen features a showstopping 5-metre-long stone island bench top, and a hidden martini bar and butler’s pantry.

Expansive stacker doors open to the centrally located alfresco, which can be used as a fully enclosed room or open outdoor space, while a lower level boasts a stunning pool, 20-person spa, swim-up bar, sun deck and fire pit, topped off with views to Moreton Island.

Each of the five bedrooms have their own customised walk-in robe, along with four bathrooms and two powder rooms. The master suite is the definition of luxury, with stunning views from the decked balcony, lavish ensuite, makeup desk, and customised walk-in robe straight out of a Hollywood movie.

A cinema room, smart home system, and many other features too numerous to list make this a truly memorable project designed to achieve a sense of escape from everyday life.

Judges’ comments:

“This home displays resort functionality with that family home feel. A modern Queenslander, lovely inside and out, perfect for the family.”

“The indoor-to-outdoor functionality is beautiful. It’s a ‘big family function’ type of home…different spaces for different uses – it’s a very useable home.”

“The design is quite innovative in terms of the main kitchen flowing to the entertaining/outdoor kitchen, then on to the outdoor swim-up bar. It’s well-designed so the spaces are all well connected, and you can continue to be a part of the party.”

All Queensland winners

Construction

  • Health Facilities up to $20 million – Built QLD Pty Ltd for John Flynn Private Hospital POWER Project (Tugun)
  • Health Facilities over $20 million – Watpac Construction Pty Ltd T/A BESIX Watpac for Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) (Herston)
  • Education Facilities up to $10 million – Buildcorp Group Pty Limited for QUT College, Kelvin Grove Campus Brisbane (Kelvin Grove)
  • ]Education Facilities over $10 million – Watpac Construction Pty Ltd T/A BESIX Watpac for The Ideas Lab, James Cook University Cairns (Smithfield)
  • Sporting Facilities – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Cowboys Community Training and High Performance Centre (Railway Estate)
  • Community Service Facilities – FK Gardner and Sons Pty Ltd for Bob Atkinson Operational Capabilities Centre (Wacol)
  • Retail Facilities up to $5 million – Evans Built Pty Ltd for Market Bistro (Maroochydore)
  • Retail Facilities over $5 million – Kane Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for DFO Jindalee Refurbishment Stage 2A (Jindalee)
  • Tourism & Leisure Facilities up to $10 million – Paynters Pty Ltd for Bargara Beach Hotel (Bargara)
  • Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million – Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd for HOTA Gallery (Surfers Paradise)
  • Commercial Building up to $5 million – Martin Locke Homes Pty Ltd for Flinders Lane (Townsville)
  • Commercial Building from $5 million up to $50 million – Vis Constructions Pty Ltd for Art Work Spaces (Cairns)
  • Industrial Building up to $5 million – Lory Group Pty Ltd T/A Lory Construction for '8 Byte St Yatala' (Yatala)
  • Industrial Building over $5 million – McNab NQ Pty Ltd T/A McNab for TRC Principal Works Depot (Charlton)
  • Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million – 5Point Projects Pty Ltd for OBSIDIAN (Teneriffe)
  • Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd for Jewel Residences (Surfers Paradise)
  • Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes – Woollam Constructions for Ozcare Mackay (West Mackay)
  • Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Nettleton Tribe Architects Office (Spring Hill)
  • Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 –  Buildcorp Group Pty Limited for Transurban Head Office Brisbane (Brisbane)
  • Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management – Evans Built Pty Ltd for Foundation Place Sun Central (Maroochydore)
  • Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety – Watpac Construction Pty Ltd T/A BESIX Watpac for Brisbane Domestic Terminal Retail Upgrade Stage 2 - Hanging Scaffold Solution (Brisbane Airport)

Housing

  • Display Home up to $250,000 – Australian Building Company for Lloyd (Narangba)
  • Display Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 – McDonald Jones Homes Pty Ltd T/A Brighton Homes Queensland for Juniper 27 (Palmview)
  • Display Home from $350,000 up to $450,000 – Homecorp Constructions Pty Ltd T/A Homecorp Constructions for Hamilton Display Home (Palmview)
  • Display Home from $450,000 up to $550,000 – Platinum Property Group Pty Ltd T/A Platinum Residential Designer Homes for Arlington 35 (Pelican Waters)
  • Display Home over $550,000 – Metricon Homes for Fontaine (Tallai)
  • Individual Home up to $250,000 – Tidal Constructions Pty Ltd for Mini Casa (Reedy Creek)
  • Individual Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 – Gordon Bourke Constructions Pty Ltd for Lagom (Middle Ridge)
  • Individual Home from $350,000 up to $450,000 – TyStyle Pty Ltd for Mill Residence (Buderim)
  • Individual Home from $450,000 up to $550,000 – Heritage Homesteads for Riemore Custom II (Tamborine)
  • Individual Home from $550,000 up to $650,000 – Ambrose Homes Pty Ltd for Miss Hamptons (Wavell Heights)
  • Individual Home from $650,000 up to $750,000 – BBC Qld Pty Ltd for The Atrium (Blue Mountain Heights)
  • Individual Home from $750,000 up to $950,000 – Urbane Build Pty Ltd for Trafalgar House (Middle Ridge)
  • Individual Home from $950,000 up to $1.25 million – Tidal Constructions Pty Ltd for Back to Front House (Southport)
  • Individual Home from $1.25 million up to $2 million – JG BUILDING PROJECTS for The Palms (Burleigh Heads)
  • Individual Home over $2 million – McLachlan Special Projects Pty Ltd T/A McLachlan Homes for Northbry Lodge (Bellmere)
  • Best Use of Sloping Sites – Graya Construction Pty Ltd for ARCOS (Paddington)
  • Best Use of Steel Frame Housing – DTL Constructions Pty Ltd for Grand Canal (Hope Island)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – J S G Constructions PTY LTD for ‘Florence’ (East Toowoomba)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project from $275,000 up to $575,000 – Top Plate Building for That Beach Reno (Golden Beach)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project from $575,000 up to $1 million – Ramirez Velasquez, Ricardo Andres T/A Projects and Designs Engineers for Norseman (Surfers Paradise)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million – Graya Construction Pty Ltd for ARCOS (Paddington)
  • Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings – David A Becker T/A Becker Constructions for Duplex - Alexandra Headland (Alexandra Headland)
  • Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – over 5 Dwellings – Azure Build Pty Ltd T/A Azure Development for Cornelia Edition (Minnippi)
  • Excellence in Sustainable Living – ARP Building Group Pty Ltd T/A Solaire Built for VANQUISH – Certified Passive House (Auchenflower)

People's Choice Award

  • Grant McDonald Homes Pty Ltd for Pacific House (Buddina)

Specialty

  • Best Residential Bathroom – Greg Beh Constructions Pty Ltd for Sanctuary Cove - Grand Master Ensuite (Sanctuary Cove)
  • Best Residential Kitchen – Mosaic Property Group Pty Ltd for Avalon - Azure 1701 (Maroochydore)
  • Best Residential Swimming Pool – McLachlan Special Projects Pty Ltd T/A McLachlan Homes for Northbry Lodge (Bellmere)
  • Residential Trade Contractor of the Year – Brett A Dallinger T/A Concept Kitchens & Detail Joinery for Range Home Project (Rangeville)
  • Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year – Touchstone Tiling Services (NQ) Pty Ltd for Art Work Spaces (Cairns)

Individual

  • Apprentice of the Year – Liam Carey from Kai Konstruct Pty Ltd (Kingsholme)
  • Rising Star – Christopher Symons from Symcorp Building Services (Burleigh Heads)
  • Women in Building – Andy King from King Builders Pty Ltd (Holland Park West)

Major

  • President's Award – Gordon Bourke Constructions Pty Ltd for Lagom (Middle Ridge)
  • House of the Year – McLachlan Special Projects Pty Ltd T/A McLachlan Homes for Northbry Lodge (Bellmere)
  • Project of the Year – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd for Jewel Residences (Surfers Paradise)

ENDS

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