Vic­tory forged by fire

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d429352

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker out­side the award-win­ning coun­cil build­ing.

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