Multiplex tops at 2018 Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards for Optus Stadium and park

Optus Stadium.
Optus Stadium.

MULTIPLEX has added to its swag of accolades at this year’s Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards, taking home four WA honours for the $1.6 billion Optus Stadium and Stadium Park.

The company won the prestigious 2018 Bankwest Best Project award in front of more than 750 industry representatives and guests, who set an attendance record for the event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight.

It marked the 10th time in the awards’ 29-year history Multiplex has triumphed in the category recognising a project which has achieved excellence in quality of construction, project management, value for money, innovation and site management.

Multiplex also topped the Construction on a Challenging Site, Best Government Building over $100 million and Best Public Use Building over $100 million categories for delivery of the 60,000-seat world-class Burswood venue and surrounding park with nature play areas, restaurants, amphitheatre and pedestrian and cyclist network.

It follows the company’s recent win of the Australian Constructors Association’s Australian Construction Achievement award for the stadium.

Awards judge Rod Mollett described the Stadium as “an outstanding, indeed iconic, example of such multi-use arenas and provides Perth with a state-of-the-art facility and the opportunity to attract major sporting and cultural events long into the future.”

Master Builders WA executive director Michael McLean said Multiplex deserved all of the accolades bestowed on its team for a truly outstanding construction project.

“Optus Stadium was a remarkably challenging project which required the builder to be on the ball from the excavation and piling stage right through to the sports arena lighting and installing the largest super-screens in the southern hemisphere,” he said.

“The Multiplex team of construction managers, consultants, specialist contractors, building workers and apprentices all excelled in delivering a first-class project which they should be extremely proud of.”

Multiplex also won Best Building Fit-Out $50-100 million award for the Telethon Kids Institute fit-out.

Other major winners on the night included Doric Contractors for the Best Regional Project for the $48.5 million Red Earth Arts Precinct in Karratha, which features an outstanding facade and cladding representing the natural rock formations found in the region.

The $48.5 million Red Earth Arts Precinct built in Karratha by Doric Contractors was named Best Regional Project.
The building’s outstanding facade and cladding was designed to represent the natural rock formations that can be found around Karratha and the Pilbara region.

It comprises a 450-seat performing arts centre and community hub, with an outdoor event space, library, rooftop terrace with cinema functionality and car park.

Other facilities include two purpose-built studio rehearsal rooms with performance infrastructure, office administration, change rooms, foyer/gallery, box office, and external LED wall display.

Master Builders executive director Michael McLean said Doric Contractors built an amazing project which would significantly enhance the cultural amenity in Karratha.

Judging criteria included form and function, innovation, value for money, project management, site management and customer satisfaction.

Chief regional judge Charlie Baggetta described the centre as a striking project, well designed, well constructed and a display of excellence in workmanship.

DENMAC was named Subcontractor of the Year for work on the Bannister Downs Dairy Creamery in Northcliffe.

The company was contracted to complete the cladding including roofing and curtain wall for the complex by Perkins Builders.

DENMAC was named Subcontractor of the Year for work on the Bannister Downs Dairy Creamery in Northcliffe.
“Industrial projects of this nature require incredible technical expertise, unrelenting perseverance and an unwavering commitment to construction excellence which DENMAC obviously demonstrated to our judging panel,” Master Builders executive director Michael McLean said. “It is a credit to the DENMAC team that they were able to deliver such a first-class project which satisfied all the functional needs of the client.”

Judges based their decision on quality of construction, attention to detail, relationship with the builder and other trades, degree of difficulty, innovative construction methods, safety, site and environmental management.

Award judge Kevin Sale attributed the high level of workmanship to the complexity of the job, involving individually shaped aluminium panels, which were laser cut, anodized and transported from the eastern states, then fitted to the curved framework including flashings to ensure a weatherproof job.

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