Professional Excellence in Building Awards Recognise Lendlease, Hutchinson


The Australian Institute of Building hosted its annual Professional Excellence in Building Awards for Victoria and Tasmania last Friday, 19th of July.

The awards recognise the professional excellence of individuals within organisations, and provide the opportunity to showcase their role in the management of construction projects across a range of build types.

Winners included professionals who’ve worked on a range of projects, including residential refits and large-scale urban renewal projects.

Edward Roydhouse – Building Professional of the Year, Commercial Construction $50 million+

Edward Roydhouse of Lendlease took out both awards for One Melbourne Quarter in Docklands.

Roydhouse, who has been with Lendlease for over 15 years, was instrumental in the completion of the first phase of the Melbourne Quarter development, working as Construction Director for the $2 billion project.

One Melbourne Quarter is a mixed-use 13-storey building, housing Lendlease’s Victorian HQ, AMP, 7 retailers and Sky Park, a 2,000 sqm, Wifi-enabled green space elevated above Collins Street.

Nathan Launech – Commercial Construction $1-25 million

DEVCO’s Nathan Launech was awarded for the Chirnside Park Pavilion Redevelopment.

The redevelopment included comprehensive sporting amenities, television broadcast facilities, function rooms and tiered seating for 350 spectators.

Sam Taylor – Residential Construction $1-25 million

Sam Taylor of Leone Constructions won the Residential Construction category for Arc Side, an art deco redesign of an existing house, by Jolson Architecture.

The three-level bayside property was fitted with a spiral staircase and rounded walls.

Darcy Gumley – Residential Construction $25-50 million

Darcy Gumley of L.U. Simon Builders was awarded for his work as Project Manager on Knoxia Luxury Apartments in Wantirna South. The build comprised 94 residences and common outdoor spaces.

Stuart Connell – Interior Construction

Stuart Connell of Johnstaff Projects was awarded for managing the St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital refurbishment.

Ben McArthur – Infrastructure

Hutchinson Builders’ Ben McArthur’s management of the Melbourne Jet Base development was recognised on Friday night.

The $71 million project was completed in 93 weeks and is Australia’s premier private jet facility.

Natalie McDonald & Ben Rowe – Project Management

The repurposing of the former Carlton Hotel in Geelong to house the national NDIS headquarters was recognised in the Project Management category. Natalie McDonald and Ben Rowe were both awarded for their contributions.

High commendations were given to nominees from Kane Constructions; Marco Bonadio and Jason Malmur for Thomas Embling Hospital and Melbourne University projects, respectively.

Also commended were Dafydd Williams of Intrec Management for Aldi Refresh Rollout and David Bourne of Lendlease for managing Viva Energy’s National Brand Alignment Program.

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