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Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards

MBA Awards
In a tribute to the outstanding workmanship displayed within the construction industry the Master Builders Association held its gala Excellence in Building Awards at West’s Leagues Club on 12 September with over 430 guests attending.
Over 141 entries were judged with a combined value of work exceeding $230 million. This presented the experienced judges with the enviable task of selecting the best of the best. The objective of the yearly 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.
The region’s economy has witnessed a solid pick up in residential construction activity in the past 12 months and the Hunter’s building industry continues to make a significant contribution to our region’s employment and wealth. There are over 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. With record low interest rates we are starting to see a substantial increase in residential development approvals and the next few years look very encouraging for local builders and contractors.
The commercial projects, both winners and entrants, were of outstanding calibre. The commercial builder of the year, A W Edwards, were rewarded for their efforts in completing the Tamworth Education Centre. It was certainly a difficult choice for the judges when competing against projects of such a high standard as the Lawler Partners Commercial Office (Core Project Group), Port Macquarie Eye Centre (Lianda Constructions) and Tomago Rod and Conductor Factory (Kingston Building Australia) which were all worthy winners in different commercial categories. Automated Innovation was also recognised as commercial subcontractor of the year for their outstanding work on the National Disability Centre at Charlestown.
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, Craig Marriot Building, dealt with a range of site and design challenges to produce an award winning home of outstanding construction quality in The Junction. To be recognised the best project against other worthy category winners including Beveridge Constructions (celebrating 50 years as a Master Builders Member) and Bakker Homes was a memorable achievement. Matt Sharpe (Mavid Constructions) was judged to be the Master Builder’s Young Builder of the Year and collected a number of awards including Medium Density Buildings and the WorkCover Small Business Housing Builder Award for Work, Health and Safety.
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 2013 Bartlett Homes stunning cottage at Morpeth and Brandon Calder Home’s Port Macquarie Harbourside Project were worthy National Master Builder Award winners
 
WINNERS 
  
HOUSING AWARDS CATEGORY
 
Display Homes Under $450,000: Adenbrook Homes Mid North Coast NSW, The Cebel, Port Macquarie
Custom Built Homes $400,000 - $700,000: Beveridge Constructions Pty Ltd, Arbuckle Residence, Pelican
Custom Built Homes $700,000 - $1 Million: Bakker Homes, Mulubinda Residence, Corlette
Custom Built Homes $1 Million - $2 Million: Craig Marriott Building, The Junction Residence, The Junction
Alterations, Additions, Renovations and Restorations Under $400,000: Evan Graham Master Builder Pty Ltd, Boardman Additions, Lambton
Alterations, Additions, Renovations and Restorations Over $400,000: JMC Building Pty Ltd, Beecham-Gill Residence, Bar Beach Medium Density,
Dual Occupancy: Paul Hickson (Builder) Pty Ltd, Fingal Bay Dual Occupancy, Fingal Bay
Medium Density, 3 – 5 Dwellings: Mavid Construction Pty Ltd, 12 Queen St, Warners Bay
Medium Density, Over 5 Dwellings: Mavid Construction Pty Ltd, 97 Kahibah Rd, Kahibah
Best Use of Timber: Ekert Building, Osterley Residence, Osterley
Best Use of Bricks: Ekert Building, Osterley Residence, Osterley
Best Use of Glass: Craig Marriott Building, The Junction Residence, The Junction
Best Use of Stone: Stibbard Walls, Pokolbin
Best Landscaping Project-Residential: M C Knowles Builder Master Built Homes, Idant St Renovation, Dunbogan
Energy and Water Efficiency: David Bright Homes, Windmill Downs, Tamworth
Apprentice of the Year Housing: Simon Harrison, Newcastle MBA Group Training and Personnel
Women in Building Recognition Award: Linda Knox, Lianda Constructions Pty Ltd
Young Builder of the Year: Matt Sharpe, Mavid Construction Pty Ltd Workcover Excellence in Work Health and Safety Award
– Small Business Housing Builder: Matt Sharpe, Mavid Construction Pty Ltd
 
KITCHEN, BATHROOMS, SWIMMING POOLS AND OUTDOOR CATEGORIES
 
Kitchen of the Year Under $35,000: Nadin West Joinery, Merewether Heights Residence, Merewether Heights
Kitchen of the Year Over $35,000: C & L Joinery Pty Ltd, Saunders, New Lambton
Bathroom Of The Year: Bakker Homes, Mulubinda Residence Ensuite, Corlette
Swimming Pool Of the Year Under $100,000: Bakker Homes, Mulubinda Residence Pool, Corlette
Swimming Pool of the Year Over $100,000: Vision Pools Pty Ltd, Smith,Merewether
 
COMMERCIAL AWARDS CATEGORY
 
Extensions, Renovations and Refurbishments Under $1 Million: Core Project Group Pty Ltd, John Hunter Hospital-PaediatricOutpatients, New Lambton Heights
Extensions, Renovations and Refurbishments $1 Million -$5 Million: Deane Projects Pty Ltd. Kinda Kapers Long Day Care Centre, Tighes Hill
Restoration of a Historic Building: Kingston Building Australia Pty Ltd, Maitland Courthouse Roof Replacement, Maitland
Public Buildings Under $1.5 Million: Mudgecorp and Scape Constructions Pty Ltd, Ettalong Foreshore Reserve, Ettalong
Public Buildings $1.5 - $4.5 Million: Hansen Yuncken, Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club, Anna Bay
Public Buildings over $7 Million: AW Edwards Pty Ltd, Tamworth Education Centre, Tamworth
Aged Care/Medium Density Developments Over $5 Million: AW Edwards Pty Ltd, Garden Village Associated Works, Port Macquarie
Interior and Shop Fitouts Under $600,000: RTC Commercial Pty Ltd, Maxim Accounting Office fitout, Newcastle
Interior and Shop Fitouts Over $600,000: North Construction and Building Pty Ltd, Southern Cross Austereo Central Coast Studios Gosford
Industrial Building Under $5 Million: Drayton Construction Pty Ltd, Jayco Caravan and Service Centre Heatherbrae
Industrial Building Over $5 Million: Kingston Building Australia Pty Ltd, Tomago Rod and Conductor Manufacturing Tomago
Civil Engineering and Infrastructure: Gongues Constructions Pty Ltd, Ausgrid Metford Zone Substation, Metford
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability – Commercial: Core Project Group Pty Ltd, Lawler Partners Commercial Office, Newcastle
Commercial Projects Under $2 Million: Coastal Construction and Building Pty Ltd, Wollemia Urology Centre, North Gosford
Commercial Projects $2 Million - $4 Million: Lianda Construction Pty Ltd, Port Macquarie Eye Centre Stage 1 & 2, Port Macquarie
Commercial Projects Over $4 Million: Core Projects Group Pty Ltd, Lawler Partners Commercial Office, Newcastle
Workcover Excellence in Work Health and Safety Award: Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, Ausgrid Ourimbah Depot Project, Ourimbah
Apprentice of the Year Commercial: Nathan Zietsch, Newcastle MBA Group Training and Personnel
University Graduate of the Year: Benjamin Mullen
  
MAJOR AWARDS
 
Commercial Subcontractor of the Year: Automated Innovation, The Kent-Hamilton, UON Animal Lab Newcastle University, Callaghan, NDIS National Disability Centre Charlestown
Commercial Builder of the Year: AW Edwards Pty Ltd, Tamworth Education Centre, Tamworth
Housing Subcontractor of the Year: Nadin West Joinery, The Junction Residence, Tyrell Towers-Newcastle, Merlo Residence-Cooks Hill
Housing Builder of the Year: Craig Marriott Building, The Junction Residence, The Junction