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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Building industry ‘no signs of slowing down’

The Master Builders ACT (MBA) Building Excellence Awards were held last month, recognising the best of local builders, trades and design, with the Canberra building industry showing no signs of slowing down.

“We’ve had a significant increase in the number of finalists in the awards, across both residential and commercial, so this year is shaping up to be one of our most competitive yet,” said MBA CEO Michael Hopkins.

“Finalists are up from last year’s 151 projects to 193 this year, resulting in large raises across the board. The Custom Built Home category is up 136%, with homes built over $1 million experiencing the most growth in finalists. Kitchen Projects are up 89% and the Home Renovation/Extension category has risen 242%.”

A custom-built home in Holt by Classic Construction and TT Architecture took out House of the Year, as well as the ‘Custom Built/Project Home more than $2 million’ category. The luxury home was designed and built with a multi-layered pavilion-style floor plan, with the in-ground pool as the centre, with a focus on entertaining and outdoor living.

Project of the Year was awarded to Cockram Constructions for the ACU Signadou Campus, Veritas Building.

Environmentally conscious projects were recognised, too, with a project in Turner by Gen 5 Constructions and Paul Barnett Design Group taking out the ‘Sustainable Construction – Residential’ category. The Kambri project (the redevelopment of ANU’s Union Court) by Lendlease was recognised in the ‘Sustainable Construction – Commercial’ category.

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