Queensland punches above its weight with outstanding homes and projects

23 October 2020

QUEENSLAND’S tallest building, a coastal mansion nestled in the sand dunes and a Brisbane home that pushes the boundaries of affordability have taken out the top gongs at this year’s Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards.

Our state’s finest builders were recognised via a broadcast Awards ceremony on Friday, 23 October, with 58 honours announced for builders, projects and individuals across the state.

Hutchinson Builders were undeniably the biggest winners on the night, walking away with two out of three major awards, including Project of the Year for Brisbane Skytower and House of the Year for their Seaview Terrace home in Sunshine Beach.

Taking out both the top commercial and residential awards is a feat never before accomplished in the Awards’ history.

The iconic Queensland building business also cleaned up across a number of construction categories, snaring best Education Facilities up to $10 million for their work on CHSHS Performing Arts Centre in Toowoomba, best Community Service Facilities for the Roma Saleyards, Retail Facilities up to $5 million for Baringa Tavern, Retail Facilities over $5 million for Baringa Retail Centre, Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million for The Fantauzzo – Art Series Hotel in Brisbane, Commercial Building up to $5 million for Atherton Disaster Co-ordination Centre, as well as Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million for Brisbane Skytower.

The competition for Project of the Year was extremely fierce, with the judges struggling to make their decision based on the brilliance and wide variation of the entries. From a world class sporting stadium, through to shopping centres, school facilities and towering skyscrapers, the breadth and scope of projects raised the bar even higher this year.

Brighton Homes also came up trumps, winning the President’s Award and best Display Home $251,000 – $350,000 for their Kenzie 26 design. The Loganholme-based builders are no strangers to the award, which requires the builder to provide a functional and stylish home that the everyday Queenslander can afford, having also taken out the title in 2019 and 2016. They rounded the night out with a hat trick, also bagging best Display Home $351,000 – $450,000 for their Grayson 30 build.

The individual categories provided recognition across the state, with Central Queensland young gun, Bailey Price from Darrin Price Constructions awarded Apprentice of the Year, Alyssa Pepper from MATIRA Developments Pty Ltd on the Sunshine Coast recognised for the Women in Building category, and Sebastian Toscano from Toscano Constructions in Brisbane hailed the 2020 Rising Star.

Meanwhile, Burleigh beach house, Bajo El Sol by PJH Constructions Australia was a clear favourite with the crowds this year, voted as the 2020 People’s Choice recipient.

Master Builders CEO, Grant Galvin, commended the winners across all 58 categories.

“Even though this year’s COVID restrictions meant we couldn’t celebrate in true Queensland Awards-style, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and it was fantastic to see members hosting their own at-home parties,” Mr Galvin said.

“Our Queensland builders really stepped it up with the calibre of their entries this year and this shows in the quality and complexity of the work of our winners.

“From exquisite hotels, extensive shopping centres and epic skyscrapers, to cliff edge mansions, secluded river homes and sustainable masterpieces, this year’s winners have shown just how remarkable the Queensland building and construction industry is – particularly when times get tough.

“It’s humbling that even after 30-plus years, the Housing & Construction Awards continue to be the peak of success sought-after by the state’s top builders and tradespeople, spanning their entire careers.”

Queensland winners

Major winners

Skytower soars to the top

Winner of the 2020 Queensland Project of the Year – Brisbane Skytower by Hutchinson Builders

Setting a benchmark for innovative construction and luxurious high-end living, Skytower is a symbol of Brisbane’s future.

This iconic $1 billion development, located at 222 Margaret Street in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, boasts 1,138 residential apartments across 90 awe-inspiring storeys.

Housed under Queensland’s highest roof, it is the largest residential building in Australia, with its combination of high-quality architectural treatments, opulent finishes and exquisite attention to detail giving it the feel of a five-star resort.

A thriving 'vertical village' in a CBD location, Skytower has quickly become a symbol of our capital’s growing international reputation as a contemporary new-world metropolis, offering residents world-class amenities in a bustling city destination.

Judges’ comments:

“What makes this one of the best buildings in Brisbane is its size and position…its footprint isn’t necessarily that big, but there were so many factors impacting this build. The day-to-day city life that went on around it was phenomenal. Pedestrians, vehicular movements, getting the machinery in there, getting the material and trades in, every day, in the Brisbane CBD; that’s a tough ask.”

“The quality of workmanship in this high-rise far exceeded the other contenders in this category. If you’re going to buy one of these apartments, you’d be looking at every tile and every fitting to the millimetre. Your tolerances have to be tight – there’s no room for error.”

“We’re likely to see a lot more of these types of buildings – there’s a progression to high-rise where governments are trying to get people to live in them. It just mirrors what’s happening around the world.”

“This building adds to its surrounds – I think most people would look at it and say it’s got the ‘wow’ factor.”

“There are always high-rises being constructed around the city at one point or another – but I would say this is probably the most unique and substantial high-rise we’ve had in Brisbane’s history.”

“This is not just a high-rise – it deserves the tag of an iconic building.”

A curve above the rest

Winner of the 2020 Queensland House of the Year – Seaview Terrace by Hutchinson Builders

A four-year journey has culminated in a completed home of excellence – an impressive, modern beach house in a stunning coastal setting.

Scaling the dunes, this masterpiece has truly transformed its dramatic location in Sunshine Beach, appearing to blend into the landscape when viewed from the shoreline and national park.

It is a truly unique structure that melds into the dunes and vegetation and belies the luxury beneath the asymmetrical and organic-shaped arches, leaving its inhabitants wanting for nothing.

The house boasts 6 bedrooms all with ensuites and robes, steam rooms, saunas, the essential ice bath, recreation room, bar and theatre, along with an open plan kitchen and dining area with a fully serviced butler’s kitchen, including cold rooms and dry stores, multiple garages, workshops and live-in staff facilities.

A once in a lifetime project where owner, architect, builder and trades worked with a cohesion that has delivered an exemplary building of quality and sophistication.

Judges’ comments:

”The exterior draws you in – it’s so unique.”

“The way it’s set into the hill is so unusual – it’s well-constructed and the architect has chosen the design extremely well for the landscape.”

“The way it has been constructed is a key point to the project’s win – they’ve tried to marry it up to the environment, and this has been done exceptionally well.”

“The internal finishes only add to the element of surprise – it’s definitely not the norm. The arches, curves and different materials used only add to the intrigue.”

“The energy-efficiency was a factor during judging. Being set into the landscape, as well as the roof garden, the hempcrete wall insulation and the battery storage room were the perfect choices.”

“With 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, this is viewed as not just a family home – it’s a lifestyle property – and there’s sure to be plenty of people lining up to visit.”

“The three levels of the home take distinct advantage of the topography of its surrounds in Sunshine Beach – as well as the views – particularly as each bedroom has access to the ocean.”

“The home blends in beautifully with the sloping nature of its environment.”

“The quality and workmanship throughout this home is of the highest-possible standard. In this kind of home, you could truly live off the grid.”

Get the wow factor for less

Winner of the 2020 Queensland President’s Award – Kenzie 26 by Brighton Homes

Contemporary meets country in this beautiful home by Brighton Homes.

Perfect for those wanting to start a family or for downsizers, it’s ideally suited to those who love to entertain.

Dark charcoal timbers have been teamed with warm, rustic tones, with the raked ceiling and stunning concrete kitchen giving a sense of luxury.

This super stylish, single storey home offers a lot for the very affordable price tag and is something the everyday Australian can aspire to.

Judges’ comments:

“The award comes down to value for money, design and liveability. Brighton Homes have been able to incorporate added design features, like voids into the ceiling for natural light and a butler’s pantry, which put them well ahead of their competition for this category.”

“Brighton Homes are addressing needs of today’s market that are looking for indoor-outdoor living. So, you’ve got the big open spaces, a central place for the family around the kitchen, and internal and external entertainment areas, plus a butler’s pantry and laundry and powder room. You’re getting all those wow factors in a very affordable home, that you wouldn’t normally expect at that price point.”

“Brighton Homes have again delivered an exceptional result. Value for money with high standards of finish at affordable levels. Aspects of the home exude personality, design prowess and individuality, creating a masterpiece of family living, catering for all that reside herein. Jam-packed with features at every turn, this design and project is a credit to the whole team and a win for the new house builders. They really have ‘let life in’ on this project.”

All Queensland winners


  • Health Facilities up to $20 million – WK Projects Pty Ltd for IWC Stage 2 (Walkervale – Wide Bay Burnett)
  • Health Facilities over $20 million – ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd for Jacaranda Place, Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre (Chermside – Brisbane)
  • Education Facilities up to $10 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for CHSHS Performing Arts Centre (Toowoomba – Downs & Western)
  • Education Facilities over $10 million – Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd for University of Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay Foundation Building (Petrie – Brisbane)
  • Sporting Facilities – Watpac Construction Pty Ltd for Queensland Country Bank Stadium (Railway Estate – North Queensland)
  • Community Service Facilities – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Roma Saleyards (Roma – Downs & Western)
  • Retail Facilities up to $5 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Baringa Tavern (Baringa – Sunshine Coast)
  • Retail Facilities over $5 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Baringa Retail Centre (Baringa – Sunshine Coast)
  • Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million – Evans Built Pty Ltd for Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club Redevelopment (Sunshine Beach – Sunshine Coast)
  • Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for The Fantauzzo – Art Series Hotel (Brisbane City – Brisbane)
  • Commercial Building up to $5 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Atherton Disaster Co-ordination Centre (Atherton – Far North Queensland)
  • Commercial Building $5 million – $50 million – Broad Construction Pty Ltd for 12 Creek St – The Annex (Brisbane)
  • Commercial Building over $50 million – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd for 300 George Street (Brisbane)
  • Industrial Building up to $5 million – B A Murphy Constructions Pty Ltd for King Truss Industrial Shed (Bells Creek –Sunshine Coast)
  • Industrial Building over $5 million – BADGE Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for HYNE Timber Processing Plant (Maryborough – Wide Bay Burnett)
  • Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million – Rawcorp Pty Ltd for Stanhill (Chevron Island – Gold Coast)
  • Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Brisbane Skytower (Brisbane City)
  • Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes – TF Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions for Alondra Residences (Nundah – Brisbane)
  • Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 – JRP Building Services Pty Ltd for HDR Workshop Solutions (Torrington – Downs & Western)
  • Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 – FDC Construction & Fitout (QLD) Pty Ltd for Westpac Brisbane (Brisbane)
  • Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd for 300 George Street (Brisbane)
  • Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management – Newlands Commercial Construction Pty Ltd for Amaroo Environmental Education Centre Eco Classroom (Klienton – Downs & Western)


  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – BBC Qld Pty Ltd for The Contrary (Mt Lofty – Downs & Western)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 – $575,000 – Blankhart Pty Ltd T/A Wolf Constructions for Cinderella House (Rockhampton – Central Queensland)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 – $1 million – Ingenious Homes Pty Ltd for Broadbeach Waters Residence (Broadbeach Waters – Gold Coast)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million – GTO Building Pty Ltd for Noa By The Beach (Noosa Heads – Sunshine Coast)
  • Display Home up to $250,000 – Keibuild Homes for Ellis 219 Heritage (Ripley – Brisbane)
  • Display Home $251,000 – $350,000 – McDonald Jones Homes T/A Brighton Homes for Kenzie 26 (Rochedale – Brisbane)
  • Display Home $351,000 – $450,000 – McDonald Jones Homes T/A Brighton Homes for Grayson 30 (Rochedale – Brisbane)
  • Display Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Metricon Homes Qld Pty Ltd for Merricks 42 (Baringa – Sunshine Coast)
  • Display Home over $551,000 – Sanctuary 28 Projects (QLD) Pty Ltd for The Corner House (Broadbeach – Gold Coast)
  • Individual Home up to $250,000 – SAAROQ Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Wildflower Hampton (Bargara – Wide Bay Burnett)
  • Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Executive Living Homes Pty Ltd for Parkedge Abode (Richmond – Mackay & Whitsunday)
  • Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Urbane Build Pty Ltd for Keira House (Blue Mountain Heights – Downs & Western)
  • Individual Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Ambrose Homes Pty Ltd for Armstrong (Cannon Hill – Brisbane)
  • Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000 – Brendan Schmidt Construction Pty Ltd for Palmview Forest (Palmview – Sunshine Coast)
  • Individual Home $651,000 – $750,000 – Platinum Property Group Pty Ltd T/A Platinum Residential Designer Homes for North Point 48 (Pelican Waters – Sunshine Coast)
  • Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000 – Swebworthy Constructions Pty Ltd for Corrigan Springs (Nankin – Central Queensland)
  • Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million – Tabrizi Home Builders Pty Ltd for River Park (Fig Tree Pocket – Brisbane)
  • Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million – Enterprise Constructions Pty Ltd for Clear Island Waters Residence (Clear Island Waters – Gold Coast)
  • Individual Home over $2 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Seaview Terrace (Sunshine Beach – Sunshine Coast)
  • Best Use of Steel Frame Housing – DTL Constructions Pty Ltd for Edgecliff Cove (Hope Island – Gold Coast)
  • Best Use of Sloping Sites – Janke Constructions Pty Ltd ATF Janke Family Trust for Verve Home (Prince Henry Heights – Downs & Western)
  • Medium Density up to 3 storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings – Qld Built Pty Ltd for The Mooloolaba Duplex (Mooloolaba – Sunshine Coast)
  • Medium Density up to 3 storeys – over 5 Dwellings – Azure Build Pty Ltd for The Emerson Edition (Cannon Hill – Brisbane)
  • Excellence in Sustainable Living – Overland Design and Construct Pty Ltd for Black Mountain Straw Bale House (Black Mountain – Sunshine Coast)


  • Best Residential Bathroom – Askonstructions Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Toowoomba for Darling Heights Parents Retreat (Darling Heights – Downs & Western)
  • Best Residential Kitchen – Downs Designer Homes Pty Ltd for Darlana House (Highfields – Downs & Western)
  • Best Residential Swimming Pool – JB Pool Construction Pty Ltd for Bayview Walk (Sanctuary Cove – Gold Coast)


  • People's Choice Award – PJH Constructions Australia for Bajo El Sol (Burleigh Heads – Gold Coast)
  • Apprentice of the Year – Bailey Price from Darrin Price Constructions (Gladstone – Central Queensland)
  • Women in Building – Alyssa Pepper from MATIRA Developments Pty Ltd (Caloundra – Sunshine Coast)
  • Rising Star – Sebastian Toscano from Toscano Constructions (Coorparoo – Brisbane)
  • Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year – Peter Johnston Tiling Pty Ltd for Chester & Ella (Newstead – Brisbane)
  • Residential Trade Contractor of the Year – C2 Projects Pty Ltd for Seaview (Sunshine Beach – Sunshine Coast)


  • President's Award – McDonald Jones Homes T/A Brighton Homes for Kenzie 26 (Rochedale – Brisbane)
  • Project of the Year – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Brisbane Skytower (Brisbane City)
  • House of the Year – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Seaview Terrace (Sunshine Beach – Sunshine Coast)


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