Queensland builders win big at 2019 National Awards

27 November 2019

THE BEST of Queensland building and construction dominated at the 2019 Master Builders National Excellence in Building & Construction Awards in Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru on the weekend.

A total of 10 gongs were nabbed by builders from the Wide Bay Burnett, Downs & Western, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and Brisbane regions.

Master Builders CEO Grant Galvin congratulated the Queensland builders for showcasing what the Sunshine State is all about.

“Their strengths as luxury lifestyle builders and innovative problem solvers were deservedly rewarded at a national level,” Mr Galvin said.

“Lendlease took out the National Fit-out Award for their Sunshine Plaza Redevelopment. This was not an easy project, with a number of constraints including existing buildings as well as the need to ensure work didn’t impede on the shopping centres’ tenants and customers trading.

“The judges said the degree of planning, the challenges faced, and the coordination required, along with the skill to carry it through, were a credit to all involved”.

The National President’s Award recipient, J Hutchinson Builders, was tasked with transforming the historic Howard Smith Wharves site on the Brisbane River into a world-class riverside mixed-use precinct.

“The new entertainment destination features open public space, restaurants and a hotel all blending into the cliff backdrop,” Mr Galvin said.

“The challenges included council approval for heritage aspects, flood damage and unexpected asbestos removal.

“Hutchies used innovative solutions to overcome these obstacles and the result is a fantastic venue for Brisbane”.

Clever use of space, an architectural narrative and the process of rectification of an existing house saw Zephyr Industries awarded the National Alterations/Additions Award – over $1 million for the luxurious Belvedere in Ascot, Brisbane.

Using a young couple’s wish list and keeping a tight budget in mind, Viviere Homes from the Wide Bay Burnett region created the Contemporary Oasis to take home the National Project Home – under $350,000. This modern contemporary home in Urangan has an alfresco appeal with loads of big glass panels and generous room sizing.

The Allan Residence, on the Sunshine Coast at Yandina Creek, built by Grant McDonald Homes earned the National Project Home - $500,000 to $750,000, a stunning build with immense livability, just right for our Queensland lifestyle.

A timeless homestead, full of luxury entertainment areas and extensive windows that take in every aspect, the Hampton Park at Hampton, Downs & Western region, by Bryant Brothers Building Group deserved their National Project Home - $750,000 to $1 million win.

Rascal Views features a distinctly Australian take on the Hampton’s style, however the sloping site and highly reactive soil type typical of Mount Rascal in the Downs & Western region, posed a significant problem for constructing a slab-on-ground home. Nick Ruhle Homes creatively overcame these challenges to create a forever home and win National Project Home - $1 million to $2 million.

Creating a Hampton’s themed exterior but two unique individual interiors required Ryan Designers Homes to think outside of the box, the result is the Hampton Residences in Mooloolaba and nabbed them the National Medium Density – 2 to 5 Dwellings award.

Shea Residences is a premium collection of 28 duplex residences, located in the riverside suburb of St Lucia, Brisbane. Sunland Homes wanted future-proof homes that were adaptable to all lifestyles and it’s that very innovation that caught the eye of the judges to receive the National Medium Density – over 5 Dwellings.

Ronald Neil Walkley from the Gold Coast faced many challenges in the Bellara extension and renovation including the only access for machinery was by the river on a barge. The quality craftsmanship of the extensive tiling and stone work ensured they received the National Specialist Contractor of the Year – Residential.

“The Housing & Construction Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the talent of the Queensland Builders,” Mr Galvin said.

“Again we congratulate all that were involved at our region, state and national level.

“Our industry is the biggest winner of all”.

All National winners

  • National Alterations/Additions Award – over $1 million - Zephyr Industries Pty Ltd for Belvedere (Brisbane)
  • National Project Home – under $350,000 - Gerardus M F Gorissen T/A Vivere for Homes Contemporary Oasis (Wide Bay Burnett)
  • National Project Home – $500,000 to $750,000 - Grant McDonald Homes Pty Ltd for Allan Residence (Sunshine Coast)
  • National Project Home – $750,000 to $1 million - Bryant Brothers Building Group Pty Ltd for Hampton Park (Downs & Western)
  • National Project Home – $1 million to $2 million - Nick Ruhle Homes Pty Ltd for Rascal Views (Downs & Western)
  • National Medium Density – 2 to 5 Dwellings - Ryan Designer Homes (Qld) Pty Ltd for The Hampton Residences (Sunshine Coast)
  • National Medium Density – over 5 Dwellings - Sunland Homes Pty Ltd for Shea Residences (Brisbane)
  • National Specialist Contractor of the Year – Residential - Ronald Neil Walkley for Bellara Renovation (Gold Coast)
  • National Fit-out Award - Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd for Sunshine Plaza Redevelopment (Sunshine Coast)
  • National President’s Award ­- J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Howard Smith Wharves (Brisbane)

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