Victorian major projects win Master Builder Awards (MRC/MTC)
Three Victorian major projects have received top honours at the Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards, held in Melbourne over the weekend. Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas said awards for the Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) Theatre project and the Hepburn Springs Bathhouse redevelopment recognised the Brumby Labor Government’s excellent record in delivering major projects. “The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to invest in vital infrastructure that boosts the local economy, creates jobs and delivers world-class facilities for Victoria,” Mr Pallas said. “It is wonderful to see these outstanding and extremely complex Government projects earning such high praise and getting the recognition they deserve.” Mr Pallas presented Bovis Lend Lease with the Master Builder of the Year award for the Recital Centre and MTC Theatre project, which also won the Excellence in Construction award for buildings over $80 million. The Regional Builder of the Year accolade was awarded to A.W. Nicholson for their work on the Hepburn Springs Bathhouse. “Congratulations goes to both Bovis and Nicholson’s on jobs well done,” he said. “The quality of the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre is a tribute to local skills and workmanship. The Recital Centre is a landmark building and one of the most intricate music halls ever built – a masterpiece of design, engineering and construction. “The world-class restored bathhouse is local triumph, employing more than 60 local tradespeople. The construction alone had an economic impact of $30 million, much of it spent with local suppliers.” Master Builders Deputy Executive Director Radley de Silva said the two major award winners were important community projects. “The Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre joins a long list of iconic Victorian projects to win the coveted award,” Mr de Silva said. “This project included pioneering techniques with the extensive use of free-formed glass, reinforced concrete panel and acoustic hoop pine panelling. Its stunning façade is matched by its acoustic performance internally. “In addition, A.W. Nicholson’s outstanding Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa displays the commitment to quality of Victoria’s regional builders.” The Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre now moves into contention for the National Excellence in Construction Awards to be announced on the Gold Coast in November.