THE team behind the restoration of the Old Treasury Building in the Perth CBD has been awarded the most prestigious prize at this year’s Master Builders Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards.
At last night’s gala event at Crown Perth, Built took home the 2016 Bankwest Best Project prize in front of a record crowd of more than 700 industry representatives and guests.
The builder was awarded for the $80 million transformation of the more than 16000sq m Old Treasury Building – one of Perth’s most significant historical and state heritage buildings – into a 48-room, six-star luxury boutique hotel and hospitality space.
The project, which formed part of the Cathedral Square development on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, includes two restaurants, Como The Treasury, the world-renowned Como Shambhala spa as well as retail outlets and bars.
Architect Rod Mollett, who was one of seven judges for the category, congratulated the team from Built on their work.
“The whole team at Built should be very proud of their achievement and the great sensitivity that was applied to the project,” Mr Mollett said.
“The quality of finishes, both new and restored, is of a very high standard and commensurate with the levels required of a six-star hotel.
“The public food and beverage areas are equally well done and provide areas of great historical and visual interest.”
It was a very successful night for Built, which also went home with trophies for best refurbishment or renovation project over $10 million, best historic restoration or refurbishment, best state government building, and the Jim Saunders Memorial Judges’ Innovation Award, all of which were awarded for work on the Old Treasury Building.
Master Builders executive director Michael McLean said the Bankwest Best Project award recognised the quality of workmanship in areas of external and internal finishes such as plastering, cabinet-making, roofing, painting, mechanical and electrical services.
“With a record number of 111 entries covering construction projects across the state valued at $3.1 billion, Built won the top project award in the most competitive field ever,” Mr McLean said.
“The calibre of this year’s entries from builders reflects well on the capacity and capabilities of our industry, which is definitely world class.”
Another big winner on the night was Commercial Tiling Services WA, which took home the prize for 2016 Subcontractor of the Year as well as two other awards for its work on the Old Treasury Building.
The company undertook the installation of stonework and tiling in all of the project’s guestrooms, back and front of house areas, and public hospitality areas.
“The workmanship of Commercial Tiling Services WA was a standout from the moment you walked in the door,” Mr Mollett said.
“The team has achieved great success in competing some of the most challenging and iconic projects the state has seen to the highest standard.”
Other top awards handed out on the night went to BGC Construction, which was named best regional project for its construction of the National ANZAC Interpretive Centre in Albany, Brookfield Multiplex in the best health/aged care building for the St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals, and Focus Building Company for best new builder.
All winners will go on to compete at the Master Builders National Awards in Canberra on November 24.
For the full list of award-winning projects from Saturday’s awards, visit Master Builders Association of WA.