More than four walls

It takes many hands to build a house, and many of those hands received solid high fives at the annual Master Builders Tasmania Awards for Excellence in Launceston on Saturday night.

Judging on all aspects of building, over $160 million worth of commercial buildings and homes built in Tasmaniaover the last 12 months were judged for the awards with many North-West firms taking out top prizes.

Ulverstone building company Heazlewood Homes’ Port Sorell house took out the prize for the Dwelling Construction $200,000 to $350,000 category .

Standing tall: Oliver Kelly Construction won the Dwelling Construction over $1 million category for the Martin Residence in Hawley. Picture: Supplied

In the Dwelling Construction $350,000 to $500,000 category, Sheffield company Davies Construction took out top spot for their Chardonnay Drive project in Hawley,

Also in Hawley, Devonport company Oliver Kelly Construction won theDwelling Construction over $1 million categorywith the two story linearMartin Residence and also took out theResidential Builder of the Year category.

Work to the historicBonadale Homestead at Northdown won JPO Building Contractors top price in the Excellence in Heritage Listed category, while a clean and green 8 star energy rated residence won the Energy Efficiency category for Saward’s Building Services.

In commercial building,Fairbrother Construction and Joinery won the Specialist Contractor of the Year award for the Spirit of Tasmania Project.

The company was applauded for“attention to detail” in a “highly complex and time challenging refurbishment project” with “exceptional attention to detail”.

The construction of the UTAS’new community centre on theMount St Vincent Nursing Home site in Ulverstone won Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd the New Construction under $1 million category, while the a new factory and tasting room for Tas Pickled Onions won Mead Con the New Construction $1 million to $2 million category.

The Vos group also took out top prize in the New Construction over $10 million category with theNorth West Regional Hospital’s Cancer Care Centre, whichincluded a new MRI facility, a refurbished emergency department and the three storey cancer centre.

With a slew of awards from the night already under its belt, Vos group took out the big prize of the night being named the Commercial Builder of the Year.

The group was praised for projects ranging from highly technical, in the case of the North-West Regional Hospital, toenvironmentally considerate with the Retakunna Creek sleeping pavilions on the Tasman Peninsula.

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