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The restora­tion of Cap­tain Kelly’s Cottage has brought ac­claim to the builders and ar­chi­tects, writes JAR­RAD BE­VAN

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Bruny Is­land cottage takes out top na­tional gong

AN his­toric home set on the north­ern end of Bruny Is­land has added to its col­lec­tion of accolades. At the week­end Hobart builders Cord­well Lane won a na­tional prize for the year’s best ren­o­va­tion/ad­di­tion project at the HIA-CSR Aus­tralian Hous­ing Awards for the firm’s work on Cap­tain Kelly’s Cottage.

Cord­well Lane di­rec­tor Scott Cord­well said it was al­ways a thrill for the team to take home an award at the pin­na­cle of their in­dus­try.

He said win­ning the award was par­tic­u­larly sweet this year and a fit­ting end to the Cord­well Lane busi­ness, which will close its doors in June af­ter 17 years of op­er­a­tion.

“In that time we trained over 45 ap­pren­tice car­pen­ters, turned over $100 mil­lion dol­lars’ worth of con­struc­tion projects, and we re­ceived over 50 awards,” he said.

“It res­onates well with our own team, our con­trac­tors, sup­ply chain and ex­ist­ing cus­tomer base that we are on the right track,” he said.

This year is the sec­ond time Cord­well Lane has won the HIA’s na­tional ren­o­va­tion of the year award.

Cord­well Lane’s work­man­ship on the 1830s cottage has been de­scribed as “re­mark­able”.

HIA Tas­ma­nia ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rick Sassin said Tasmanian builders al­ways present a high cal­i­bre of work at the na­tional awards and this year was no dif­fer­ent. “This year we saw ex­cep­tion­ally cre­ative and in­no­va­tive projects,” he said.

“I was thrilled for Cord­well Lane, who many peo­ple in the room were cheer­ing for to win the house of the year award, and for Im­pact Kitchens, win­ners of the Aus­tralian Kitchen of the Year cat­e­gory.”

Last week the owner of Cap­tain Kelly’s Cottage, John Wardle of John Wardle Ar­chi­tects, was named one of the 20 win­ners from around the globe at the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects Awards for In­ter­na­tional Ex­cel­lent 2018 for his is­land home.

Of the 20 build­ings just one will be named the over­all RIBA win­ner later this year.

Win­ning the award was par­tic­u­larly sweet and a fit­ting end for the Cord­well Lane busi­ness, which will close its doors in June af­ter 17 years of op­er­a­tion.

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