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Trendsetters and Construction Stars at the Master Builders Australia National Awards

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Leading-edge sustainable design, digital engineering, PPP partnership and consortium approaches to project delivery, were among some of the key trends highlighted at this year’s Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Building and Construction awards. 

The top award, National Commercial Builder of the Year went to Multiplex for Optus Stadium and Parklands in Perth. It wasn’t the only award the project won, either. It also received the National Commercial/Industrial Construction over $100M Award and the National Entertainment/Recreation Facility Award.

“Multiplex had to beat fierce competition from other outstanding construction contractors and projects from the around the country to be recognised with this prestigious Award,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. “The project was a mammoth undertaking and the result has exceeded the clients’ expectations.”

The 60,000-seat multi-purpose venue is a landmark for the city, with the project scope also including 41 hectares of hard and soft landscaping featuring the new Chevron Parkland and BHP Boardwalk and Amphitheatre to activate the area.

The $1.6 billion project took 36 months to complete and was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule.

“Designed with a fans-first philosophy, it offers year-round community facilities including parklands, nature play areas, restaurants, an amphitheatre as well as a pedestrian and cyclist network,” Executive Director of Master Builders Western Australia, John Gelavis, said. 

The $1.6 billion project took 36 months to complete and was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule. Over 14,000 tonnes of structural steel and 51,000 cubic metres of concrete were used. The finished stadium also incorporates state-of-the-art technology including two giant 340sqm video screens, more than 1,000 televisions throughout the building, and LED lighting in the roof to show home team colours at night.

Multiplex awarded contracts worth more than $470 million to WA companies and managed a project workforce of more than 7,500 people.

Laing O’Rourke Wins National Civil Infrastructure Award

The Stadium Station complex delivered concurrently with the Optus Stadium scored the National Civil Infrastructure Award (over $25 million) for contractor, Laing O’Rourke.

The station complex was part of a $358 million integrated transport solution for the stadium, with Laing O’Rourke teaming up with AECOM as the PRISM Alliance to deliver the high-tech public transport hub. In addition to the design and construct delivery of the six-platform Perth Stadium Station, the works package included upgrades to the existing East Perth railway station and associated railway works to serve the stadium precinct.

Digital engineering and augmented reality were used to help stakeholders and the community visualise the project.

In its case study on the project, Laing O’Rourke said the technology was also utilised to help workers better understand the building even before stepping onto the site. Work crew scopes were delivered as digital work packs, with digital tools providing a detailed illustration of the methods, components, and elements involved in a specific area of construction on site.

“The platform also promotes positive communication and engagement with subcontractors and suppliers, creating a well-informed workforce.”

John Holland Receives Major Award

Another of the night’s major awards, the National President’s Award, was won by John Holland for the Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Victoria.

John Holland delivered the design and construction element for the Public-Private Partnership project as part of the GEO Consortium, which also included GEO Group Australia, Honeywell and Capella Capital.

The three-year construction effort comprised 41 buildings. These included accommodation for 1,300 medium security male prisoners, a 75-bed forensic mental health unit, transitional accommodation, education and training facilities, civil infrastructure and extensive landscaping—all within a secure perimeter.

The $650 million project is one of the largest correctional facilities in Australia and the first PPP prison to be delivered on time.

University of Newcastle Project Recognised

The winner of the Liberty National Education Facility Award, Hansen Yuncken, delivered new directions in purpose-driven design with the $95 million NeW Space at the University of Newcastle.

On the exterior, spectacular cantilevers that dominate the street presence of the 10-level building showcase the company’s ability to turn challenging engineering visions into a reality. On the other hand, on the inside, tech-enabled, flexible spaces demonstrate an impeccable attention to quality and detail.

“Hansen Yuncken must be congratulated for providing an ideal built environment for this cutting-edge, world-class education hub that’s also proven to be a catalyst for the renaissance of the Newcastle CBD,” Denita Wawn said. 

The building also demonstrates leading-edge passive green design with a dual-directional sun shading system that wraps around the building form. Aside from the structural challenges and requirements of the Five Star Green Star building’s design, NeW space’s façade system also incorporates over 24 finish types, involving procurement and fabrication worldwide. 

Hindmarsh Construction Awarded

Another winner with outstanding green credentials was the CBUS National Medium Density – over 5 Dwellings Award, which went to Hindmarsh Construction Australia (SA) for the Altira BlueSky Student Accommodation project in Adelaide.

The 16-level building comprises 397 purpose-built student accommodation rooms, reception, office and multiple breakout areas. These included communal dining, living and study areas, games rooms, a theatre and café. 

“The team at Hindmarsh pride themselves on producing a very high standard of quality on all projects, and the BlueSky Student Accommodation project was no exception. It is at the forefront of student accommodation facilities around the world, including an array of facilities for its tenants,” Ms Wawn said. 

“Hindmarsh Construction carried out difficult precast work and the internal finishes as well as the builder’s involvement in a lengthy and detailed Value Management process.”

The project attracted $32 million of debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for its joint venture investment partners, developer Blue Sky Private Real Estate and global funds manager Goldman Sachs.

In announcing its support for the project, CEFC Property Sector Lead Chris Wade said student accommodation developers had so far kept a limited focus on energy efficiency, Instead, they tend to build to minimum standards under the National Construction Code, which is typically the lowest cost option.

“We are looking to increase those standards by demonstrating the clear economic and environmental benefits of incorporating clean energy technology in the planning and construction phase,” he said.

Luxury Homes Award Goes to DTL Constructions

The national awards also highlight some of the spectacular homes being delivered at the upper end of the property market. The example of this is Villa Florentine, which won DTL Constructions the coveted National Residential Master Builder of the Year award and the National Luxury Project Home over $5 million award.

“DTL Constructions embodied the qualities of a Master Builder providing an excellent quality outcome for its clients and brought to life a master architectural design that spans three elevated blocks,” Denita Wawn said. “Columns, marble and stone, as well as arched windows and entries, are just a few of the breathtaking features of this grand home in Sanctuary Cove. It represents the epitome of European style and artful elegance.”

In addition, DTL won the National Project Home $500k to $1M Award for their Brookwater home. 

Downer EDI Works Wins Safety Award

Best practice safety was also recognised at the awards, with Downer EDI Works taking home the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) National Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Award for its WHS achievements while upgrading sections of the Tuggeranong Parkway in the Australian Capital Territory.

“The project was a massive undertaking with over 130 pages of traffic control plans applied, utilising over 250 traffic control signs and 20 variable message boards,” Ms Wawn said. “With 70 personnel on site, the project was successfully and safely delivered ahead of schedule, had no WHS or environmental incidents and had minimal disruption to the ”

See the full showcase of all MBA National Award winners and finalists in the Building Australia 2018 ebook here.


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