With a back to the ‘70s celebration highlighted by iconic rock band, Dragon, the Newcastle Master Builders Association held its gala Excellence in Building Awards at West’s Leagues Club last Saturday night with over 500 guests in attendance.
The objective of the yearly Awards is to encourage, promote and recognise “Best Practice” in building and to establish benchmark projects for contractors to emulate. In a tribute to the outstanding workmanship displayed within the region’s construction industry, over 130 entries were judged representing a combined value of work exceeding $400 million. This presented the experienced panel of judges with the enviable task of selecting the best of the best.
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Newcastle Master Builders outgoing President, Peter Di Prinzio, welcomed Matthew Haines as the new President to start his two year term. Matthew announced a special 25 year membership recognition for AJ Edden, Coastline Plumbing, P&K Bratfield and Geoffrey Beevers.
“The Hunter’s building industry continues to make a significant contribution to our region’s employment and wealth with over 25,000 workers and suppliers deriving an income from local work,” Len Blakeney, Hunter Regional Manager for the Master Builders Association, said. “The projects displayed were a credit to the building skills and business experience of the region’s contractors and builders.”
The commercial builder of the year, North Construction and Building, were rewarded for their challenging efforts in completing the Mariners Centre of Excellence, Opal Residential Aged Care and Wyong Arthouse. Godbee Electrical were again recognized as the commercial subcontractor of the year for their outstanding work on a number of projects including the Newcastle Airport Terminal and Garden Suburb Childcare Centre.
The residential builder of the year, NJ and JB Harvey Building Constructions, delivered quality on a grand scale. The father and son team created a home with numerous remarkable attributes and overcame design challenges to produce an award winning project of outstanding construction quality at Tenambit.
Mark Knapton (Envouge Builds) was judged to be the Master Builder’s Young Builder of the Year and collected an award for an exceptional renovation project at Elrington. SB Glass and Glazing was recognized as the Housing Subcontractor of the year for excellent trade work at Merewether, Black Hill and Belmont North.
Twenty two local winners now progress to the National Master Builders Awards to be held in Canberra in November, where the regions previous winners have claimed significant success. In 2015, Peter Doody Constructions, McDonald Jones Homes, Stevens Constructions and Jarrad Page saluted.