Oct 15, 2018

Cairns Aquarium makes a splash at state awards

Cairns Aquarium makes a splash at state awards

The builders behind the new Cairns Aquarium were among the top achievers at this year’s Queensland Housing and Construction Awards.

FK Gardner & Sons took home Project of the Year award after completing Australia’s first new aquarium in 18 years.

Villa Florentine was named House of the Year.

Gold Coast-based company D T L Constructions was also among the major winners, with their Sanctuary Cove home, Villa Florentine, being named House of the Year, as well as Individual Home over $2 million and Best Residential Bathroom.

The team from Swish Homes Queensland, Toowoomba won the President’s Award and Best Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 for Sander House.

Master Builders Queensland chief executive officer Grant Galvin applauded all the winners across the 61 categories.

“This year’s awards theme was ‘Celebrating building communities, celebrating you’,” he said.

“The homes, projects and people who entered certainly delivered the goods.

“From health facilities, schools, shopping centres and libraries, to waterfront mansions, contemporary designs and affordable luxury, this year’s winners have helped shape and grow Queensland towns and communities. They are a true celebration of what our diverse industry is capable of.”

All Queensland winners


  • President’s Award – Swish Design & Construct (trading as Swish Homes Queensland) for Sander House (Kleinton, Toowoomba)
  • Project of the Year – FK Gardner & Sons for Cairns Aquarium (Cairns)
  • House of the Year – D T L Constructions for Villa Florentine (Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast)


  • Apprentice of the Year – Matthew King (Camira, Ipswich) from Corella Construction
  • Rising Star – Robert Gray (Kenmore, Brisbane) from Graya Construction
  • Women in Building – Rachael Turner (Calamvale, Brisbane) from Yowassup A Front Porch Properties
  • Institute of Building Consultants – Andrew Mackie-Smith (Ashgrove, Brisbane) from BuildingPro
  • Diversity – MiHaven (Cairns)
  • People’s Choice – Corella Construction for The Vine House (Bardon, Brisbane)

Trade Contractor/Specialty

  • Best Residential Bathroom – D T L Constructions for Villa Florentine (Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast)
  • Best Residential Kitchen – Platinum Property Group (trading as Platinum Residential Designer Homes) for Home Waters (Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast)
  • Best Residential Swimming Pool – Benjamin Young (trading as Unique Pools) for Bribie Contemporary (Banksia Beach, Brisbane)


  • Health Facilities up to $20 million – Paynter Dixon Queensland for Townsville Hospital Clinical Services Department (Douglas, Townsville)
  • Health Facilities over $20 million – Cockram for Brisbane Private Hospital In-Patient Unit Facility (Spring Hill, Brisbane)
  • Education Facilities up to $10 million – Badge Constructions for Somerville House, Seymour Library (South Brisbane)
  • Education Facilities over $10 million – ADCO Constructions for Southern Cross University, Building C (Bilinga, Gold Coast)
  • Sporting Facilities – Hansen Yuncken for Carrara Sports Precinct Projects (Carrara, Gold Coast)
  • Community Service Facilities – Murchie Constructions for Bundaberg Multiplex, Stage 2 (Bundaberg)
  • Retail Facilities up to $5 million – Leith Mitchell Builder for Northerlies at Freedom Shores (Woodwark, Airlie Beach)
  • Retail Facilities over $5 million – ADCO Constructions for Willows Shopping Centre, Stage North Expansion (Thuringowa Central, Townsville)
  • Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million – Ruby Developments for Living Gems Pacific Paradise – Country Club (Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast)
  • Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million – FK Gardner & Sons for Cairns Aquarium (Cairns)
  • Commercial Building up to $5 million – J Hutchinson (trading as Hutchinson Builders) for Peregian Beach Digital Hub (Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast)
  • Commercial Building $5 million – $50 million – FDC Construction & Fitout  for NEXTDC B2 (Fortitude Valley, Brisbane)
  • Commercial Building over $50 million – Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction for International Terminal Building Northern Concourse Expansion (Brisbane Airport, Brisbane)
  • Industrial Building up to $5 million –  Clarke’s Project Management (trading as Clarke’s Design & Construct) for Tekno Auto Racing – DUX76 (Yatala, Gold Coast)
  • Industrial Building over $5 million – FDC Construction & Fitout for Asahi Beverages Heathwood Logistics Facility (Heathwood, Brisbane)
  • Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million – Stokes Wheeler for Main Beach Apartments (Main Beach, Gold Coast)
  • Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million – Cavcorp for Lucent Gasworks (Newstead, Brisbane)
  • Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes – Cockram for Regis Chelmer Aged Care Facility (Chelmer, Brisbane)
  • Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 – Askonstructions (trading as Hotondo Homes Toowoomba) for Hotondo Homes Toowoomba – Office & Showroom (North Toowoomba)
  • Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 – Lendlease Building for NAB Place (Brisbane)
  • Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management – Jorgensens for Loving Hearts Child Care Centre and Kindergarten (Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast)
  • Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety – Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction  for Toolbox Spotter (Brisbane)
  • Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year – Arden Architectural for Aurizon (Fortitude Valley, Brisbane)


  • Display Home up to $250,000 – Bold Properties (trading as Bold Living) for Calypso 187 (Bells Creek, Sunshine Coast)
  • Display Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Cummins Constructions (trading as GJ Gardner Homes – Gold Coast North) for Gold Coast Beachmere Display (Helensvale, Gold Coast)
  • Display Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Ownit Homes for Hamilton 317 (Upper Kedron, Brisbane)
  • Display Home $451,000 – $550,000 – McLachlan Special Projects for The Mantra (Newport, Moreton Bay region)
  • Display Home over $551,000 – Critter Pty (trading as PS Designer Homes) for Brookwater Home (Brookwater, Ipswich)
  • Individual Home up to $250,000 – Comfort Homes for Poinciana 196 (Innes Park, Bundaberg)
  • Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Swish Design & Construct (trading as Swish Homes Queensland) for Sander House (Kleinton, Toowoomba)
  • Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Blinco Constructions for Kingfisher (Palmview, Sunshine Coast)
  • Individual Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Executive Living Homes for Botanical Abode (Ooralea, Mackay)
  • Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000 – REA Taylah’d Homes for REA Anchorage Home (Cleveland, Redland City)
  • Individual Home $651,000 – $750,000 – Matt Greenwood Constructions for Riverstone (Gordonvale, Cairns)
  • Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000 – D T L Constructions for Augusta on Brookwater (Brookwater, Ipswich)
  • Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million – Clamroc Constructions for Sirena (Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast)
  • Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million – Mancorp Quality Homes for Bribie Contemporary (Banksia Beach, Moreton Bay region)
  • Individual Home over $2 million – D T L Constructions for Villa Florentine (Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast)
  • Best Use of Sloping Sites – Coastal Edge Constructions for Turtle Bay (Airlie Beach)
  • Best Use of Steel Frame Housing – Alpha Steel Building Systems for Views on Clarke (Bargara, Bundaberg)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – KARDA Constructions for Air House (Mount Gravatt East, Brisbane)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 – $575,000 – Urbane Build for Cavell Street (East Toowoomba)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 – $1 million – Graya Construction  for The Russet House (Paddington, Brisbane)
  • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million – Taranaway Building & Landscapes for Verney Project (Graceville, Brisbane)
  • Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings – Dj Buckley Builders (trading as DS&B Joinery) for Curtis Street (East Toowoomba)
  • Medium Density up to 3 storeys – over 5 Dwellings – AMD Quality Constructions for Vuze (Cleveland, Redland City)
  • Lifestyle Housing for High Care Needs, Disabled and Seniors Award – Askonstructions (trading as Hotondo Homes Toowoomba) for Blair Lifestyle Home (East Toowoomba)
  • Excellence in Sustainable Living – MyStyle Homes for MyTenacity (Smithfield, Cairns)
  • Residential Trade Contractor of the Year – Filippo Grasso (trading as Rock Solid Tiling) for View Residence (Paddington, Brisbane)

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