Coast housing and construction talents go on show

From impressive educational facilities and well-known company headquarters, to canal-facing mansions and eclectic homes, this year’s Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing and Construction Award winners have showcased exactly what’s great about living in the region.

Garland Waddington (GW) was proud to sponsor the Project of the Year Award, which was awarded to Hutchinson Builders for their handiwork on the new Youi headquarters.

GW Partner Brendan Bathersby, who attended and presented at the recent Master Builders Queensland (MBQ) Housing and Construction Awards, said the winning project was a credit to Hutchinson Builders and its client, Youi Insurance.

“The Youi headquarters is a landmark building that embraces the vision of the education and innovation hub at Sippy Downs,” Mr Bathersby said. “It’s one of the catalyst projects within the emerging business and technology district.”

Developed on 4.88ha, the Youi headquarters abuts the University of the Sunshine Coast sporting precinct, primary school and retail centre. The development required a building to accommodate 1,700 staff within 11,000sqm of nett lettable area.

“The level of quality and workmanship was a collaboration between all stakeholders involved in the designing and building. This needed considerable input from civil engineers with the creation of new roads and on-grade parking, landscape architect contribution for public plaza and treatment of extensive parking areas,” Mr Bathersby said.

“With a designated project team and upwards of 160 on site overall, a good working relationship throughout was essential.

“The project was handed over to the client ahead of original practical completion date, on budget and to Youi Insurance’s expectations. Quality, sustainability and longevity we’re all elements that drove the project.

“Remaining on-line to the world 24/7 was so crucial to the client that two separate fibre optic systems were installed, as well as back-up generators to transformers and battery systems to maintain power. Chilled water has been used as part of a high-performance air-conditioning system, along with heat banks and water harvesting.

“Youi took the opportunity to connect with the public by including Youiversity on the ground floor as an educational space for the multi-purpose room for functions/ceremonies that is open to community groups the company works with.”

To find out more about this project or other Housing and Construction industry award winners, contact Brendan Bathersby on (07) 5443 4866, email or go to Master Builders Queensland website:



                                                                                                             Erle Levey of Sunshine Coast Daily, David Hungerford and Michael Michell of Hutchinson Builders

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