The ACT has once again proved it can punch above its weight at the Master Builders National Awards for Excellence in Building and Construction.
Three of the territory’s projects were winners at the national event in November, with Mayfair Homes, Manteena and Bulk Water Alliance receiving awards in residential, commercial and civil categories respectively.
“We do pretty well considering the size of the area compared to the major building companies in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland,” Master Building Association of the ACT’s David Leitch says.
There were more than 5000 entries in MBA’s regional, state and territory awards. A pool of national finalists were drawn from the state and territory winners to compete for the 41 awards on offer.
An independent committee of judges assessed the quality of construction, degree of difficulty, materials used, environmental and safety protocols, outcomes achieved for the client and the benefit to the community.
Mayfair Homes’ The Curzon in Wright received the award for National Display Home over $500,000. The luxurious residence was developed and designed by the company’s director Steve Kolak.
“We drew ideas and inspiration from five-star hotels and applied them in The Curzon,” Mr Kolak says.
“The aim was to find a way families could live a little bit of luxury at home every day, and I think we’ve achieved that with this stunning home.”
The judges were impressed by the home’s outstanding workmanship, quality inclusions and attention to detail.
“Mayfair shows the type of quality a local residential builder can do,” Mr Leitch says.
Manteena won the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award $20 million to $50 million for the Garangula Gallery.
Manteena’s ACT/NSW operation manager Rod Mitton says the company relished the opportunity to work with locally sourced materials such as natural stone and rammed earth, as well as reclaimed timber from the demolished Hornibrook Bridge in Queensland.
“For me the highlights were really working with the architects and the trades in sourcing the materials and prototyping, developing and incorporating them into the structure,” Mr Mitton says.
He says the team also immensely enjoyed working with indigenous artist Jonathan Jones, who incorporated his work into the design of the building.
The judges loved the way the project worked with its natural surroundings and had a minimal impact on the environment.
The ACT’s final winning project was the Cotter Dam. The Bulk Water Alliance picked up the National Civil/Infrastructure Award over $25 million.
Judges said it was one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Canberra’s history, increasing the city’s water storage capacity by 35 per cent. The project was commended for its environmental management.
“Cotter Dam is one of those unique projects a construction company would kill to be involved in,” Mr Leitch says.
“It will be great for the community for decades to come.”
Mr Mitton says it’s a huge honour for an ACT project to take out a national award.
“We were very pleased to be judged against our peers from across Australia, there were some amazing buildings,” he says.
“We’re in some ways a very small jurisdiction … to have a project from Canberra win against [the larger cities] was a fantastic outcome for us.”