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