Yarralumla Project Named ACT House of the Year
A modern, contemporary masterpiece in Yarralumla has been named House of the Year at the 2017 Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards.
Announced Friday night, the annual awards’ most prestigious gong went to builder and architect team, Preferred Builders and DNA Architects for the Oliver Residence which won ACT House of the Year and Custom Built Home more than 350m2.
The house is the ultimate form of sustainability achieving a 6 star energy rating. The spectacular open-plan design features a private upstairs master suite and three large bedrooms, extensive use of stone and timber throughout, an outdoor life size chessboard and feature BBQ, and a super-sized garage to accommodate car hoists.
Kirk Coningham, Executive Director of Master Builders ACT, says the Building Awards encourage, promote and recognise ‘excellence’ in building in the ACT and region.
“The Awards provide an opportunity to recognise impeccable talent and expertise in the building industry, and it is great that after 27 years, the awards continue to be sought-after by our top builders and tradespeople”.
Three other homes competed for the top gong including:
- Hackett Industrial House By Architekt Grune Hauser & TT Architecture
- Schlich Haus, Yarralumla By Monarch Building Solutions, Turco & Associates & The Dept. of Design
- Palmer Residence, Campbell By Pichelmann Custom Building Services & DNA Architects
Willinga Park, the world-class equestrian and reception centre at Bawley Point, won the top Commercial award for Project of the Year.
Willinga Park is set on 41ha and has extensive facilities for the agistment and training of Australian stock horses including a 100m camp drafting arena and judges box; 2 round yards; 2 open dressage arenas; 1 covered arena; a Polocrosse field; 29 stables; and Vet room.
Several local companies were recognised for their work on this world-class building project including Construction Control Australia, Ericole Façade Systems and DZ Landscape and Design. Andrew Sharpe from Construction Control and Granger Atkow took out Project Manager of the Year and On-Site Construction Manager of the Year respectively.
Brenton Wells from Future Building took out the Young Emerging Residential Builder award and Acumen Carpentry received the Youth Participation and Training award for their dedication to the industry’s young builders,“
Shannon and Matthew have been hosting MBA Group Training apprentices since 2012. Their effort and dedication to training and mentoring apprentices has been outstanding. They’ve helped many apprentices achieve their qualification to a really high standard and motivated them to continue on the building industry,” Coningham explains.
Manteena Commercial and Brema Group were also recognised for their work on the Currong Apartments Demolition, one of the most complex Work, Health and Safety projects ever seen in Canberra. It involved the complex removal of asbestos and demolition of the building built in 1959.
The remarkable Constitution Avenue Upgrade by Guideline ACT received the top Civil Roadworks award for delivering part of Walter Burley Griffin’s vision for the iconic Canberra streetscape. Appreciating the importance and potential of Constitution Avenue, the Guideline ACT construction team brought to fruition a design fusing engineering and landscape elements that was able to deliver a project that forms a benchmark for public space in Australia to stand alongside some of the great Avenues of the world.
“The mix of work recognised is an indication of the healthy construction industry at all levels from home building, to commercial and the civil sector. There’s a lot to be proud of when you consider these efforts are transforming our city right before our very eyes,” Coningham said.
Major awards also went to important health and infrastructure projects which have improved the livability of our city and expanded international tourism opportunities including:
- Construction Control Australia - Canberra Airport International Fitout
- Shape Australia - Emergency Department, The Canberra Hospital
- Cockram Constructions - ANU SA5 Student Accommodation
The awards are the ACT’s highest honours for the local building industry, with all winners going on to represent ACT in the Master Builders Australia National Awards in November in Hobart.