School build­ing recog­nised

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

One of the Mur­ray and Goul­burn Val­ley’s lead­ing builders won a pres­ti­gious award at the Vic­to­rian North East Master Builders Awards Al­bury/Wodonga on Fri­day, June 12.

Di­verse Builders won the Ex­cel­lence in Con­struc­tion of a Com­mer­cial Build­ing val­ued un­der $1 mil­lion for the new se­nior learn­ing area at Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary School Tatura.

The cri­te­ria used by the judges in­cluded: qual­ity of con­struc­tion; pro­ject man­age­ment; value for money, in­no­va­tion and site man­age­ment.

Prin­ci­pal Tr­ish Miller, who was thrilled with the award, told the Guardian it was fan­tas­tic news.

Mrs Miller spoke of the de­sign as both in­spir­ing and in­tri­cate with a high level of at­ten­tion to de­tail.

‘‘This, along with the ex­tremely short length of time be­tween ini­tial dis­cus­sions and the fin­ished prod­uct, cre­ated chal­lenges in the pro­ject that the Di­verse Team man­aged bril­liantly,’’ she said.

‘‘The qual­ity of con­struc­tion is a true in­di­ca­tion of Di­verse Builders abil­ity. With a mix­ture of brick­work, Color­bond cladding and marine-grade ply — the ar­ray of dif­fer­ent trades re­quired to be co-or­di­nated to cre­ate an im­pres­sive look­ing and func­tional build­ing is tes­ta­ment to both con­struc­tion and de­sign.

‘‘While we could say what is old is new again, the re­turn to a tim­ber-in­tense pro­ject may have been nor­mal over 30 years ago, it is in­no­va­tive in to­day’s con­struc­tion tech­niques.’’

Ar­chi­tect Peter Byrne de­signed the in­te­ri­ors in ply­wood to cre­ate ro­bust sur­faces with the warmth and char­ac­ter of tim­ber grain. The chal­leng­ing ge­om­e­try with few right an­gles was met with pre­cise crafts­man­ship.

‘‘Work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with the skilled staff at Di­verse Builders and a won­der­ful prin­ci­pal has given stu­dents an award win­ning learn­ing space. Now it’s up to them to en­joy it and ex­cel,’’ he said.

Fit for pur­pose: There is no short­age of space for quiet mo­ments in the learn­ing area.

In­no­va­tive: Sa­cred Heart School’s se­nior learn­ing area has re­ceived a ma­jor award.

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