Constructing bright future

PROUD: Ross Howard, general manager of Graph Building, addresses the crowd after Graph was named Commercial Builder of the Year at the MBA Awards.
PROUD: Ross Howard, general manager of Graph Building, addresses the crowd after Graph was named Commercial Builder of the Year at the MBA Awards.

Over 600 guests gathered at the Master Builders Association Newcastle Excellecne in Building Awards at NEX Newcastle West last Friday night to recognise the region’s construction industry.

CLASS UNIT: The team from Graph Building pose with their award after taking out one of the major awards of the night at NEX last Friday.

CLASS UNIT: The team from Graph Building pose with their award after taking out one of the major awards of the night at NEX last Friday.

The objective of the yearly Awards is to encourage, promote and recognise “Best Practice” in building design and finishes. One hundred and seventy three entries were judged representing a combined value of work approaching $690 million.

The commercial projects which were entered displayed outstanding workmanship. The Commercial Builder of the Year, Graph Building, was rewarded for their challenging efforts in completing the Maitland Riverlink project and renovation of “The Anchorage” Resort.

It was a difficult choice for the judges when competing against projects of such high standard as Saint Bedes Catholic College (North Construction), Fishermans Wharf (Parkwood Modular Building), Newcastle Private Hospital and UON New Space (Hansen Yuncken), MCCloy Group Offices (Collaborative Building), Kookaburra Educational Centre (Drayton Construction) All were worthy commercial winners. SB Glass and Glazing were recognized as the Commercial Subcontractor of the Year for their outstanding work on a number of local projects.

The housing awards also produced entries of exceptional build quality, exciting new products and improved sustainability and energy/water efficiency.

The housing builder of the year, Central Coast Luxury Homes, delivered a high quality finish to a beautiful home on a challenging site. To be recognized as the best housing builder against other notable category winners including McDonald Jones, Mavid Construction, Mudgecorp, Mojo Homes and Coastline Builders was a memorable achievement. Mark Walsh was judged to be the Master Builder’s Young Builder of the Year and collected the award for his astute business skills, attention to detail and superior client focus. Kenross Kitchens was recognized as the Housing Subcontractor of the year for their excellent trade work and attention to detail.

Apart from the exceptional projects on display, notable highlights for the night were the awards presented to Nelson Florimo, Caleb Gordon and Michael Asser for their outstanding achievements as building apprentices. Mark Palin was recognized as the Construction Management University Graduate of the Year. Corrina Bruen from Brucorp was acknowledged for her exceptional service to the industry through the Women in Building Recognition Award.

Newcastle Master Builders President, Matthew Haines, congratulated all entrants for the quality of their projects and acknowledged the significant contribution the industry and the Master Builders contribute to our region’s employment and wealth with almost 30,000 workers and suppliers deriving an income from construction work. 

There was a special emphasis on the need to provide greater opportunities for apprentices and women within the industry and great appreciation for the contribution made by Mullane’s Plumbing.

As a local business, Mullanes has employed and trained over 300 apprentices during the company’s 35-year membership of Master Builders.

Following on from last Friday night, 23 local award winners now progress to the National Master Builders Awards which will be held in Adelaide in November.

  • Len Blakeney, Hunter Regional Manager for the Master Builders Association
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