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Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards

In a tribute to the outstanding workmanship displayed within the region’s construction industry the Master Builders Association held its gala Excellence in Building Awards at West’s Leagues Club on 4 September with over 520 guests in attendance. This year also marked 20 years since the first awards were held in 1995.
 
More than 140 entries were judged with a combined value of work exceeding $300 million. This presented the experienced judges with the enviable task of selecting the best of the best.
The objective of the annual Awards is to encourage, promote and recognise “Best Practice” in building and to establish benchmark projects for others in the industry to emulate. The entrants and winners not only set leadership standards for others to aspire to but promote public confidence in dealing with regional builders, architects and subcontractors.
 
Newcastle Master Builders President, Peter DiPrinzio, recognised a special 50 year membership by local builder, T & J McGlynn Builders, now currently owned and operated by Matt Lynch.
There are numerous long time members of the Master Builders who have contributed to the local economy over past 20 years and pleased to have witnessed a solid pick up in residential construction activity in the past 12 months. The Hunter’s building industry continues to make a significant contribution to our region’s employment and wealth with 20,000 workers deriving an income from the local industry. The projects displayed were a credit to the building skills of local firms and demonstrated the extensive business experience possessed by so many of the region’s contractors and builders.
 
The commercial projects, both winners and entrants, were of outstanding calibre. The commercial builder of the year, A & K MacKay Building, was rewarded for its efforts in completing 104 Brighton Avenue, Toronto which also claimed commercial awards for Interior and Shop Fitouts and best use of Ceramics. It was certainly a difficult choice for the judges when competing against projects of such a high standard as the University of Newcastle Student Accommodation Building (John Holland), Newcastle Private Hospital (North Construction), The Lucky Hotel (Graph Builders), Cordina Chicken Factory (GWH Build), Foghorn Brewhouse (Deane Projects) and Muswellbrook Hospital Emergency Department (Hansen Yuncken) which were all worthy commercial winners.
 
Godbee Electrical was also recognised as commercial subcontractor of the year for its outstanding work on a number of projects including the Ourimbah Ausgrid Depot and the Foghorn Brewhouse.
 
The residential awards continue to produce entries which demonstrate exceptional build quality, exciting new products and better attention to sustainability and energy/water efficiency. The residential builder of the year, Developing Business, dealt with a range of site and design challenges to produce an award winning home of outstanding construction quality at Avoca Beach. To be recognised the best project against other worthy category winners including Peter Doody Constructions, McDonald Jones Homes, Octobrick and Crest Building Services was a memorable achievement.
 
Josh Ferris (Ferris Building) was judged to be the Master Builder’s Young Builder of the Year and collected an award for an exceptional renovation project at Hamilton South. John Hersee Master Painter was recognised as the Housing Subcontractor of the year for excellent work at The Junction, Speers Point and Carrington.
 
Twenty two local award winners will now progress to the National Master Builders Awards to be held on the Gold Coast in November, where the regions previous winners have claimed significant success. In 2014 Hansen Yuncken’s excellent project at Birubi Point Surf Club was a worthy National Master Builder Award winner for Public Buildings.
 
HOUSING CATEGORIES
Display Homes Under $450,000:
McDonald Jones Homes - Seaside Retreat, 16 Stuart Everitt, Fern Bay
Custom Built Homes $300,000 - $650,000:
Peter Doody Constructions Pty Ltd - Hunter Valley Farmhouse,
Fullerton Cove
Custom Built Homes $650,000 - $800,000:
Octobrick Pty Ltd - Johnson/Sawatzky Residence, The Junction
Custom Built Homes $800,000- $1 million:
Developing Business Pty Ltd - North Avoca Beach House, North Avoca
Custom Built Homes Over $2 Million:
Developing Business Pty Ltd - Beach Build, Avoca Beach
Alterations, Additions, Renovations & Restorations Under $400,000:
Ferris Building Pty Ltd - Dumaresq St Project, Hamilton South
Alterations, Additions, Renovations & Restorations $400,000 - $700,000:
Crest Building Services Pty Ltd, Coal Point
Alterations, Additions, Renovations & Restorations $1.5 Million - $2.5 Million:
Bailey and Morris Constructions - Bellarimbah, Palm Grove
Medium Density, Dual Occupancy:
McDowell Homes - 20 Sunset, Soldiers Point
Medium Density, 3 - 5 Dwellings:
Pycon Homes & Constructions Pty Ltd - Harbourside, Port Macquarie
Medium Density, Over 5 Dwellings:
Mavid Construction Pty Ltd - 46-48 Lachlan Road, Cardiff
 
COMMERCIAL AWARDS CATEGORY
Extensions, Renovations & Refurbishments Under $2 Million:
Deane Projects Pty Ltd - Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle
Extensions, Renovations & Refurbishments Over $2 Million:
North Construction & Building Pty Ltd - Newcastle Private Hospital, New Lambton Heights
Public Buildings Under $1.5 Million:
Lianda Constructions Pty Ltd - Capa Building, Port Macquarie
Public Buildings $1.5 - $6 Million:
Hansen Yuncken - Muswellbrook Hospital Emergency Department Redevelopment, Muswellbrook
Public Buildings Over $6 Million:
Stevens Construction (NSW) Pty Ltd - Performing Arts Centre, Erina Heights
Club/Hotel Developments (Refurbishment):
Graph Builders Pty Ltd - The Lucky Hotel, Newcastle
Interior & Shop Fitouts:
Drayton Construction Pty Ltd - Keith Tulloch Wine, Pokolbin
Industrial Building Over $5 Million:
GWH Build Pty Ltd - Cordina Chickens, North Wyong
Civil Engineering & Infrastructure:
6 Waeger Constructions - Newcastle Memorial Walk, The Hill
Apartment Developments:
John Holland Pty Ltd - University of Newcastle Student
Accommodation, Callaghan
 
KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, SWIMMING POOLS AND OUTDOOR CATEGORIES
Kitchen of the Year Under $35,000:
Pycon Homes & Constructions Pty Ltd - Suitor Residence Kitchen, Port Macquarie
Bathroom of the Year:
Claybuild - Neptunes Bedroom Suite, Croudace Bay
Outdoor Landscaping Project of the Year - Residential Dwelling:
North Luxury Residential - The Point, Copacabana
 
Outdoor Landscaping Project of the Year - Medium Density:
Scape Constructions Pty Ltd - Forresters Beach Retirement Village Development, Forresters Beach
Energy Efficiency & Environmental Sustainability:
Altez Building Contractors - "Benbulla" House for Bob and Susan, Wherroul Flat
 
HOUSING AWARDS JUDGES CATEGORIES
Best Use of Timber:
Bailey and Morris Constructions – Bellarimbah, Palm Grove
Best Use of Bricks:
Altez Building Contractors - "Benbulla" House for Bob and Susan, Wherroul Creek
Best Use of Glass:
ltez Building Contractors - "Benbulla" House for Bob and Susan, Wherroul Creek
Efficient use of Water:
Developing Business Pty Ltd - Beach Build, Avoca Beach
Swimming Pool of the Year:
Developing Business Pty Ltd - Beach Build Pool, Avoca Beach
Best Use of Ceramics:
McDonald Jones Homes - Miami 16 Executive, Rutherford
Housing Apprentice of the Year:
Jonathon Lawler
Women in Building Recognition Award:
Gillian Geraghty, APP Corporation & Jennifer Bates, NSW Public Works
Young Builder of the Year:
Josh Ferris, Ferris Building Pty Ltd
Workcover Excellence in Work Health & Safety Award - Small
Business Housing Builder:
Bartlett Homes
 
COMMERCIAL AWARDS CATEGORY
Commercial Projects Under $2 Million:
A & K MacKay Building Co Pty Ltd - 104 Brighton Avenue, Toronto
Commercial Projects Over $5 Million:
Stevens Construction (NSW) Pty Ltd - Performing Arts Centre, Erina Heights
Workcover Excellence in Work Health & Safety Award:
Kingston Building Australia Pty Ltd - Belmont Police Station, Belmont
Commercial Apprentice of the Year:
Jarrad Page, North Construction & Building
University Graduate of the Year:
Lachlan Bell
Best Use of Timber:
Malman Constructions - Sister Marie Hall, Adamstown
Best Use of Glass:
GWH Build Pty Ltd , Williamtown
Restoration of a Historic Building:
Australian Heritage Restorations - Scone Theatre Court House, Scone
Energy Efficiency & Environmental Sustainability - Commercial:
Deane Projects Pty Ltd - Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle
Best Use of Ceramics:
A & K MacKay Building Co Pty Ltd, Toronto
Commercial Subcontractor of the Year:
Godbee Electrical - Ausgrid Depot,Ourimbah, The Alec Rice Centre, Toronto and Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle
Commercial Builder of the Year:
A & K MacKay Building Co Pty Ltd -104 Brighton Avenue, Toronto
Housing Subcontractor of the Year:
John Hersee Master Painter - 2 Ravenshaw St, The Junction, Berkley St, Speers Point and 58 Gipps St, Carrington
Housing Builder of the Year:
Developing Business Pty Ltd - Beach Build, Avoca Beach