INNOVATION: Hand-carved Wootha red cedar entry doors are a feature of Maleny Community Centre.
INNOVATION: Hand-carved Wootha red cedar entry doors are a feature of Maleny Community Centre. Contributed

Sunshine Coast building designers shine at awards

BUILDING designers on the Sunshine Coast have proven to be a shining light in what started as a year of uncertainty for the industry.

Speaking at the annual regional awards on Friday at Maroochydore, Building Designers Association of Queensland executive director Russell Brandon said judges were knocked out by the number and quality of entries received in what looked like being a tough year.

"I'm not sure where it's coming from," he said.

"But some great designs have been done and they are a great result, right across the Coast.

"We are a shining light because the quality of what we've seen is fantastic.

"This is going to be a ripper year.''

This year's awards were highlighted by the refurbishment of Maleny Community Centre, some striking homes in the affordable housing section, as well as the high end, and stunning interiors of housing and commercial buildings.

Maleny-based Norman Richards Building Design and Interiors enjoyed a successful evening, winning four awards.

They were highlighted by Maleny Community Centre, which won public buildings and special structures, and sustainable building design: commercial buildings.

"It is a win for the whole community,'' Mr Richards said.

"It is an honour to be involved in refurbishing our much-loved community centre.

"It's 100 years old and this upgrade will serve the community well for the next 100 years.

"For me, the stand-out features are the 4m by 4m Wootha red cedar entry doors, hand carved Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild, the new park on the footpath and the public deck overlooking the main street, providing community gathering spaces.''


  • New homes up to 250sq m: Steven Claridge, Peregian house
  • New homes 251-350sq m: Aboda Design, Noosa house
  • New homes 351-450sq m: Chris Clout Design, Airlie Beach house
  • New homes over 450sq m: Aboda Design, Coolum house
  • Affordable housing, new homes less than $1100sq m: Simon Scott Building Design
  • New homes $1101-$1400sq m: Aboda Design, Noosa house
  • Residential alterations/additions, less than $150,000: Reitsma and Associates, Aroona house
  • $150,000-$300,000: Noel Gardner, Maleny house
  • More than $600,000: Reitsma and Associates: Dicky Beach house
  • Multi-residential projects, up to six dwelling units: Norman Richards Building Design, Glasshouse Mountains project
  • Multi-residential projects, over six units and more than two storeys: BRD Group, Maroochydore project
  • Peter Modini Memorial Award for Commercial Buildings: BRD Group, Maroochydore project
  • Industrial buildings, new or altered: Reitsma and Associates, Warana project
  • Public buildings and special structures: Norman Richards Building Design, Maleny project
  • Commercial interiors: BRD Group, Maroochydore project
  • Residential Interiors: Chris Clout Design, Noosa house
  • Sustainable building, commercial: Norman Richards Building Design
  • Best use of Colorbond: BK Designer Drafting, Noosa house
  • Best Use of Engineered Timber: Chris Clout, Airlie Beach house

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