Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards 2009
The Master Builders Association of Victoria's Excellence in Construction Awards showcase the outstanding craftsmanship and professional standards of Association members and demonstrates the commitment to building excellence in the commercial/industrial sectors throughout Victoria.

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Master Builder of the Year

Excellence in Construction of

Commercial Buildings Over $80M

Winner - Bovis Lend Lease Pty Ltd
Project: Melbourne Recital Centre & Melbourne Theatre Company, Southbank

This theatre is one of the most unique cultural icons in modern Melbourne. It combines an
extensive use of innovative construction techniques and building materials to respond to its
individualist architecture. The building’s form demanded the development of many non-typical
construction techniques to maintain both aesthetic and performance aspirations. Through
intensive collaboration with project partners including specialist subcontractors, many project
elements can be considered pioneering, as traditional methodologies were not considered
suitable. There is an extensive use of free-formed glass, reinforced concrete panels and
acoustic hoop pine paneling. The landmark building is a masterpiece of design, engineering and  
construction and a showcase of local workmanship.

Regional Builder of the Year

Winner - A W Nicholson Pty Ltd t/a Nicholson Construction
Project: Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Hepburn Springs

The spectacular renovations to the Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse has resulted in a
world-class bathhouse and spa which allows visitors to continue the historic Hepburn tradition
of “taking the waters” in twenty-first century luxury. The project involved the construction of
a modern new building to house the famous mineral water bathing pools as well as sensitively
renovating and integrating the original 1895 building into the new complex while retaining its
heritage features such as the Edwardian brickwork, round windows and magnificent vaulted
ceiling. The impressive new building incorporates a mineral water bathing pool, a salt pool, two
interconnected spas, a relaxation deck and a unisex change room.

Excellence in Health & Safety

Winner - Bovis Lend Lease Pty Ltd
Project: ANZ, Victoria Harbour

Bovis Lend Lease created the slogan “Safe, Responsible and Sustainable” as the foundation for its
Health and Safety culture at ANZ Docklands. Safety started at the design stage with a thorough
risk review using the Risk and Opportunity at Design process and continues throughout the
project with an ongoing commitment to safety training through the Lend Lease Safety Passport,
and continual safety review by a number of safety committees. This, together with an excellent
personal protective equipment policy, has contributed to a lost time injury frequency rate below
the industry standard. In the design of this project Bovis Lend Lease adopted a number of
initiatives to help with safe access to internal building maintenance and cleaning. The project also
required innovation in the scaffolding system supporting the construction works to the atrium
and glazed roof areas.

Excellence in Stonemasonry

Winner - Baron Forge Contractors (Vic)
Project: Cnr Bourke & Williams Streets, Melbourne

Built on a huge 7000m2 site in Melbourne CBD, this innovative project comprises two state-ofthe-
art office towers 26 storeys and 19 storeys high. A significant feature of the buildings is the
40 stately stone clad columns. They range in height from 15 to 26m and are clad in stunning
Belgium White Marble. A façade 25m high and stretching 20m long is also clad in Belgium White
Marble with stainless steel inserts. Beautiful honed bluestone is featured on the lobby floors and
walls of the William Street tower, and the Bourke Street tower lobby features terrazzo. The many
challenges of measuring, manufacturing, moving and installing heavy stone in such quantities and
at such heights was met with great results.

Excellence in Shop & Office Fitout

Winner - FDC Construction and Fitout Pty Ltd
Project: Austereo - Studio & Office Fitout, South Melbourne

This fitout has altered and supplemented the existing base building services to meet the specific
needs of a modern digital broadcast facility. The suites of studios are designed for radio stations,
Fox FM and Triple M, as well as other production studios including digital radio facilities. These
modern operating studios are acoustically isolated from their surroundings with various floor and
wall construction materials and methods, including 25mm thick glass that allows the spaces to
be visually linked to the exterior and adjoining office areas. The result is a vibrant and stimulating
contemporary workplace environment.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings Under $5M

Winner - Buildcorp Commercial
Project: Sackville Street Offices, Collingwood

The highest standards of workmanship are evident throughout this new studio office, particularly
in the attention to detail and level of finish. The front façade is a glazed curtain wall system with
shadowbox spandrels. The main courtyard wall surrounded by a frameless operable wall with its
track concealed by an Alucobond wrap is an external feature. Major internal features include a
combination of ply and Imperite wall panels, frameless glazed screens and painted feature walls.
The choice of coatings and materials successfully create a seamless effect between internal and
external spaces.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $5M - $10M

Winner - Ireland Brown Constructions
Project: 13 Level Refurbishment, Department of Infrastructure, Melbourne

This refurbishment project required the difficult removal of the original glass façade from ten floors before installing mechanical louvers that were colour matched to the existing aluminum powdercoating. The services formed a significant component of this project and they included electrical, security, audio visual, mechanical, hydraulics and fire. Many of the existing partition walls, glazing, floor finishes, sections of ceiling, joinery and fittings were effectively combined and reconfigured with the new building materials. Stringent timeframes were in place throughout the works and productively enabled the timely delivery of this project.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $10M - $20M

Winner - Probuild
Project: Stage 2, Melbourne Underwater World , Melbourne

This development has doubled the footprint of the Melbourne Aquarium to approximately
6,000m2. The main exhibition space and supporting facilities sit on a heavily designed concrete
reinforced slab above almost 400 galvanised screw piles to provide flexible exhibition space.
Extensive co-ordination was required between the Life Support System, refrigeration, electrical
lighting, power, air-conditioning and hydraulic sub-contractors for all services. A replica of the
‘Nella Dan’ gives scale to the exhibit and is accommodated by fracturing of the plasterboard
ceiling through the main exhibition space.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $10M - $20M

Special Commendation - Maben Group Pty Ltd
Project: Sussan & Sportsgirl Head Office

Extensive demolition was needed to commence this project and care and accuracy was required
to prevent damage to the elements of the structure that were to be retained. Coordination of
propping and support sequences was essential to ensure that the retained elements remained
structurally sound. The main façade feature is a translucent mint green Linit Glass that forms
a skin across the front of the building. This toughened glass material is approximately 8mm
thick and it formed into a “U” section plank that provides lateral support and enabled large
unsupported vertical spans of approximately six metres. A number of insitu art installations
throughout the building have been skillfully incorporated as part of the construction works.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $20M - $30M

Winner - Watpac Construction (Vic) Pty Ltd
Project: Caroline Springs Library & Sports Stadium, Caroline Springs

This project involved two discreet structures on adjacent sites. The library structure is
predominately load-bearing pre-cast walls with steel walls with steel roof frame. The sports
stadium comprises a structural steel frame. On both buildings very thin waffle pod slabs were
used. The sports stadium utilises large louvered walls to minimise unsightly ductwork protruding
through walls and roofs. The courts ventilation is lined with ply panelling for acoustics. Random
tesselated precast wall panels and feature hexagonal aluminium window frames are unique
architectural features that created a high degree of complexity.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30M - $80M

Winner - Hooker Cockram Projects Limited
Project: Monash University STRIP 2, Clayton

This project included two four-storey buildings linked by a central core building to be used
for medical research. The facility required a high degree of engineering relating to general
laboratories, special use and research laboratories. The building structure was constructed with
exposed ‘Brightonlite’ polished precast concrete panels. Floors are bondeck slabs supported on
steel beams. The exposed beams and lining to the roof area are laminated Victorian Ash timber.
The high standards required for the facility were met very successfully.

Excellence in Construction of Industrial Buildings

Winner - Qanstruct (Aust) Pty Ltd
Project: Swire Cold Storage, Laverton North

On this warehouse project, Qanstruct effectively adopted a number of design solutions that they
developed through their extensive experience in Coldstore construction. One of the innovative
approaches in the construction of the final wearing slab was the careful coordination of the
smaller pour sequence required to control shrinkage. As the slabs were all tied together, adjacent
pours could not be undertaken any later than two days apart in order to control the shrinkage
rate. The solution promoted movement at the perimeter of the slab rather than at construction
joints, therefore minimising potential wear from forklift traffic across forklift joints.

Best Sustainable Energy Project

Winner - Bovis Lend Lease Pty Ltd
Project: The Gauge, Victoria Harbour

The Gauge design incorporates a range of ecologically sustainable initiatives including a black
water recycling plant with the capacity to treat up to 10,000 litres of office strength waste-water
per day. A gas-fired ‘co-generation’ system enables The Gauge to provide its own base building
electricity with reduced greenhouse emissions when compared to coal-fired power generation.
Waste heat generated by the ‘co-generation’ system will be used for heating, pre-heating air
supply in winter months and domestic hot water. The building also includes passive chilled beam
air cooling and stormwater is redirected to irrigate local landscaped areas.


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