School building recognised
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.