AWCI ANZ Awards of Excellence 2016

The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (AWCI ANZ) Awards of Excellence 2016 celebrated some of the most outstanding work entered into the awards program. The judging panel commented on the extremely high calibre of all projects and that every entrant should be applauded for their workmanship and leadership in the industry.

Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ, congratulated all entrants and gave special praise to the winning projects. Nominated projects into the AWCI ANZ Awards were winners and best projects identified in each State and New Zealand award programs through the year with the best project for Australia and New Zealand in each category announced at the AWCI ANZ Gala Dinner.

Category winners for 2016 are as follows:


Decorative winner

Contractor: CMG Plaster Pty Ltd

Project: Newport Residence, Queensland

Trophy accepted by Chris Galbraith, CMG Plaster Pty Ltd, from Tony Charnock, USG Boral, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

This outstanding work of art included French inspired ornamental plaster throughout, domes, cornices, archways, ceiling roses and rails. Custom made abacuses, columns and handmade cornices feature throughout complementing the curved walls with barreled and vaulted ceilings. Much of this design was created on site between the owner, builder and plasterer. It was a challenging job, which took Chris and his team over 18 months to complete. This is a true testament to the ability of the plastering contractors on site, as this home was not just supply, fix and set plasterboard but to imagine, design, create and make the owners thoughts materialise into the masterpiece that you see.


Facade Winner

Contractor: Superior Walls and Ceilings

Project: Gold Coast Private Hospital, Queensland

Trophy accepted by Brett Evans and Bruce Campbell, Superior Walls and Ceilings, from Allan Smith, James Hardie, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

The Gold Coast Private Hospital was a $230 million Healthscope-operated hospital, which has become the new facility for Allamanda Private Hospital. The hospital is co-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University, forming a major part of the health and knowledge Precinct. The Gold Coast Private Hospital was a significantly large project, requiring 3500m2  pre-finished CFC panels. A huge amount of forward planning was required with many different sheet sizes over 3 levels on 26 elevations. With over 600 Brackets for sunscreens penetrating through the Pre-Finished Facade, water penetration was a very large consideration in the design and installation process of the brackets and flashings. The workmanship in the construction of the façade and the detail around the penetrations has been exceptional. Upon multiple inspections, junctions to all building elements have been performed to an exceptionally high standard.


Specialist Linings winner

Contractor: North Australian Contracting Pty Ltd

Project: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland

Trophy accepted by Tamara McCann, North Australian Contracting Pty Ltd, from Greg Thomas, Rondo, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

Timber paneling really adds a great looking finish to the plastering in the dedicated areas at Pacific Fair. Danny Simpson, Managing Director, commented that the raked and curved central ceiling feature was among the hardest challenges they have encountered in 30 years of contracting. “This lining was pre-finished off site and was installed to curved and raking voids, skylights, ceilings and walls. All paneling was secret fixed to enhance the overall finish. NAC management workshopped many of these areas with Westfield’s Construction and Creative teams to identify the architectural look they were trying to achieve whilst taking into account design parameters to ultimately jointly design and construct these areas,” said Danny Simpson.


Non-Residential up to $500,000 winner

Contractor: Blue Star Plastering Pty Ltd

Project: Riverside Vertical Village, Queensland

Trophy accepted by Paul Audus on behalf of Blue Star Plastering Pty Ltd from Andrea Pidcock, CSR, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

As Brisbane’s distinctive landmark within the city’s prestigious ‘Golden Triangle’ Blue Star Plastering did the refurbishment of what was the original Brisbane stock exchange, now The Riverside Vertical Village. On levels 5, 6 and 7, the perforated ceiling, curved bulkheads and precast columns showcase Blue Star’s expertise which is further enhanced by the high finish architectural spiral staircase spanning three floors.


Non-Residential over $500,000 winner

Contractor: NewStruct

Project: Jemena Melbourne Office, Victoria

Trophy accepted by Jill & Greg Newman, Jesse & Jack McKercher, NewStruct, from Tony Charnock, USG Boral, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

NewStruct was appointed by FDC Construction and Fitout (VIC) Pty Ltd to undertake the partitions and ceilings fitout works for the new Jemena Melbourne Office. The 15,000m2 fitout project over seven floors was noted as one of the largest leasing transactions in Melbourne in 2015, resulting in a transformative, sustainable work environment for Jemena and their current and future workforce. A range of complex ceiling and wall and partition finishes were interlinked by a number of design features, including the extensive use of external curved corners encompassing all ceilings and partitions. The hero of the seven floors was the interconnecting staircase, featuring curved lines at every bend, with a two–tier bulkhead incorporating curved corners that framed the void edges of each floor. The underside of the bulkhead and stair soffit incorporated one uninterrupted LED strip light following the curves from Level 11 to Level 17.


Residential up to $100,000 winner

Contractor: Plaster Evolution

Project: Rose Avenue Residence, Victoria

Trophy accepted by Andrew Val, Plaster Evolution, from Allan Smith, James Hardie, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

The plastering project Rose Avenue for Eashara Homes was a challenging project for us as this was the builders display home. This meant that attention to detail had to be very high, and finishes had to be perfect. The team at Plaster Evolution had to constantly adapt to the changing requirements of the client. For example, the amount of strapping initially ordered was 150 lengths, and by the end of the project this grew to over 300 as the builder kept adding more on, and the inside of the skylight dome required 140 lengths alone. Another challenge to overcome was designing the entry room because the room was not symmetrical, and we had to work around the fireplace which was off centre. One of the most difficult aspects of the project was installing the curved cornice, as the walls we were installing to weren’t curved smoothly. Given the level of difficulty involved, Plaster Evolution and the team displayed great workmanship and professionalism throughout the project and managed to achieve an outstanding finish with consistent attention to detail and quality in every aspect of the work.

Residential over $100,000 winner

Contractor: Premier Ceilings (WA) Pty Ltd

Project: Dalkeith Residence, Western Australia

Trophy accepted by Geoff Collicott, Premier Ceilings (WA) Pty Ltd, from Greg Thomas, Rondo, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

Premier Ceilings were approached by Seacrest Homes to quote and then install the ceilings. The project started in late 2013 and whilst work on the project never stopped, the home was not completed until middle of 2015 due to the owner’s unrivalled attention to detail and high expectations on finish. Top floor ceilings were installed to the Builder’s timber substrates except for the bulkheads that were framed with Rondo metal. A feature of upstairs is the 3m plasterglass two piece dome with rim and light trough over the void along with 200mm plasterglass Victorian cornices throughout. Another feature was the panel light trough ceiling. Drywall lining using 6.5mm flexi plasterboard and 10mm plasterboard was installed on the curve walls and in around stair void walls on two levels of the house. Ground floor ceilings frame work was Rondo lightweight steel frame system, 10mm Gyprock plasterboard and associated products that were used in all of the ceiling lining applications with the 200mm plasterglass cornices. The bulkheads were framed with Rondo metal, lined with 10mm Gyprock and P01 bead. The curve bulkheads and cornices were custom handmade plasterglass sections.

People's Choice Award

Contractor: NewStruct

Project: Jemena Melbourne Office, Victoria

Trophy accepted by Jill & Greg Newman, NewStruct, from Andrea Pidcock, CSR, and Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ.

NewStruct achieved consistent attention to detail and quality across this 15,000m2 project, a huge challenge given the scale of the job relevant to the time frame available to complete the work. This was a tribute to the onsite NewStruct management team and the highly skilled, qualified tradesmen who were proud to be part of this project.


Congratulations on all the award winners in 2016. For any enquiries on the AWCI ANZ awards program or above winners please contact K Leung, Marketing Manager AWCI ANZ at

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