Unique building project garners HIA award

GR FORD Constructions continues to add to its award tally with the latest win at the Housing Industry Association’s NSW Housing Awards in the Special Purpose Housing category.

The Tamworth builders have been rewarded for their work on The Peak’s community building which houses a heated infinity lap pool, children’s wading pool, spa, gym area and change rooms.

It is exclusively for the use of residents of the 59-lot subdivision, The Peak, within the Longyard Estate.

Builder Glen Ford said this was his company’s 15th award since 2005, which had been given in various categories by the HIA and the Master Builders Association.

This was his first time working on an indoor pool building in Tamworth.

“The building has got some style to it architecturally and it’s unique to Tamworth and our region as a residential subdivision, which is due to the foresight of John Smyth,” Mr Ford said.

“I think it won for the combination of the type of building, in terms of what it needed to be, and its architectural style, as well as the uniqueness of the building and the quality of design and construction.”

Mr Ford said it was a team effort, being a joint project between his company, the owner John Smyth, archiects DRA and sub-contractors.

He said awards could be good for business, but it was hard to see how much work it added. “Awards get you recognised and I would like to think they stimulated inquiry, but it’s hard to gauge what work it stimulates in the future,” he said.

“I’m sure buildings we’ve done in the past are the results of awards we’ve won.”

His other recent award wins for this building include MBA Excellence in Regional Building Awards Best Commercial Project – Sporting Complex $1 million to  $3 million, and with the work and expertise of local pool company North West Pools, Best Concrete Swimming Pool (Commercial) over $50,000.

The building also won Outdoor Project of the Year at the HIA Northern NSW Housing Awards earlier in the year. 

Mr Ford said he wasn’t working on anything unique, but was busy building commercial properties with a mix of new buildings and alterations.

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