Victory forged by fire
MASTER Builders Association celebrated the finesse of WA builders at its annual Excellence in Construction Awards last month.
At a black tie event on July 25, representatives from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Engineers Australia and the Master Builders Association announced winners in the commercial, industrial and civil engineering sector.
Belmont builder Pindan won Best Historic Restoration Over $5 million for the newly refurbished Claremont Council building.
Pindan Construction director Mark Thompson said it was a great win for Pindan.
“Restorations of historic buildings come obviously with their own challenges, and being able to blend the old with the new in a building like this and complete it on time was a huge achievement,” Mr Thompson said.
After a fire destroyed the Claremont Council chambers in 2010, Pindan won the tender to redesign the building, completed in November last year.
Mr Thompson said the project involved restoration of the heritage offices and construction of a three-storey extension.
“The building is striking and its prominent location makes it an important landmark for local residents,” he said.
“The restoration work seamlessly blends the old and new, and we hope will be a great example of an historic restoration for many years to come.”
Claremont Mayor Jock Barker outside the award-winning council building.