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Fairbrother on the cover of business magazine


Fairbrother is on the cover of this month’s Developing Business magazine, published by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Economic Development Unit.

In the article, Fairbrother Victoria General Manager Mick Josey talks about how a robust construction industry benefits the local community and also how continued investment by the private sector is signalling exciting times ahead for the industry.

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Master Builders awards for Fairbrother

Fairbrother brings home a swag of awards from Master Builders Tasmania's annual night.

For the second year in a row, Fairbrother has taken out the top award at the annual Master Builders Tasmania awards.

At the awards night, held recently in Hobart, the following Fairbrother projects won excellence awards:

Lion Cheese Factory (Burnie) – New Construction over $50 million

Mona Turrell Amarna (Hobart) – Unique Achievement in Construction

Fairway Rise Aged Care facility (Rosny Park) – Lifestyle for Seniors Open Value

UTAS Centenary Building (Sandy Bay) – Renovation Fit-Out over $1 million

Brooke Street Pier (Hobart) – New Construction $5-10 million.

As a result of the successes of these projects, Fairbrother was announced as the Tasmania Commercial Builder of the Year.

In addition to the awards in the construction categories, Fairbrother’s James Cullen took home the Hands-On Skills Apprentice of the Year award.

CEO Craig Edmunds said the awards were recognition of the hard work, talent and dedication of Fairbrother’s employees.

“These awards are a testament to the skills and hard work of our employees,” he said.

“I congratulate and thank everyone involved in these projects for producing such excellent outcomes for our clients and for our company.”

Fairbrother wins award for iconic Bendigo project

Another award win for Fairbrother

Fairbrother Pty Ltd has been recognised for its work on an iconic Bendigo building.

At the recent North-West Master Builders Regional Building Awards, Fairbrother Construction took out the gong in the Commercial Buildings Over $6m category for its work on the Bendigo Arts Precinct Gallery Expansion.

The $8.4 million expansion was completed in March 2014, with the additional wing giving the gallery a third more space.

Fairbrother Construction Victoria Divisional Manager Simon Kelly accepted the award on behalf of the company and he said Fairbrother was proud of its work on this project.

“This remarkable building is certainly one that Fairbrother is very proud to have been involved with,” Mr Kelly said.

“This award is a great recognition of the dedication and outstanding work of our team.

 “The gallery is now a world-class facility – capable of hosting some of the most precious artworks in the world – and we’re proud to be part of its history,” Mr Kelly said.

Fairbrother's award was one of just two Bendigo projects lauded at the North-West Master Builders Regional Building Awards.

The Bendigo Arts Precinct Gallery

Spirit of Tasmania contract a major coup for Fairbrother

Fairbrother's Joinery Division will add its touch to TT-Line's two Spirit of Tasmania ships.

Fairbrother’s Joinery Division has been awarded a $2 million contract as part of the refurbishment project on the two Spirit of Tasmania ships.

Under the contract, Fairbrother will manufacture and install counter and bar refurbishments, lean bar, restaurant and shop glazing, banquet seating, slatted timber screening, laminate wall lining and table tops.

Fairbrother Joinery Divisional Manager Kurt Arnold said the contract would keep the company’s joinery workforce busy for around three months.

“The project has arrived at a good time for our business and the North-West Coast, given the low level of commercial construction underway in the region,” Mr Arnold said.

“This is Fairbrother Joinery’s largest individual project undertaken in the North-West.”

The joinery contract is not just good news for Fairbrother, it is also great news for a number of local businesses which have been sub-contracted by Fairbrother - Mersey Sheet Metal, GP Glass, Specialty Veneers, Neville Smith Forest Products, Decorative Doors and Laminex Group.

Above: Fairbrother Joinery Divisional Manager Kurt Arnold fronts the media, with Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade Adam Brooks, at the announcement of the $2 million Spirit of Tasmania joinery contract.


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Brooke Street Pier

Brooke Street Pier floating down the Derwent

Over the years the Fairbrother team have had the opportunity to change the Hobart waterfront, Elizabeth St Pier, Murray St Pier, Hobart Silos, Salamanca terrace apartments, IMAS, and now the Brooke St Pier, we are extremely proud of our people and the companies associated to achieve these results

Seems like we have contributed to quite a stir in Hobart recently! In what has been an 8 month journey to date, the new Brooke St Pier was floated from its construction home on the Incat property to it's new home on the Brooke St Pier where construction will be completed and final fit out works undertaken. In what is a first in the Southern Hemisphere, a new type of construction has taken place with the foresight of the project owners, architect Robert Morris-Nunn, Naval engineers, structural engineer Richard Lawrence of Gandy & Roberts, and the hard work from the Fairbrother crew.


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Fairbrother CEO named MBT State President


It's official, Fairbrother CEO and former Master Builders Tasmania apprentice of the year Craig Edmunds is now the President of the Tasmanian Master Builders Association and industry leader for the next two years.

Craig has been serving on the MBT board for the past several years.

Fairbrother takes out 15 Awards at the 2014 Master Builders Tasmania Awards the year.

Additional to these award Fairbrother has taken out the Commercial Builder of the year again.

In Tasmania, Fairbrother has been recognised with the awards including:

  • Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $6M for the Girton Grammar Science Building, Bendigo
  • Regional Commercial Builder of the Year (North West Victoria).
  • Apprentice of the Year - Luke Young
  • Judges Inspiration Award - Gasp stage 2
  • Specialist Contractor of the Year - Fairbrother Joinery
  • Civil Construction Award - Norske Skog
  • Heritage listed restoration / renovation open value - Launceston LINC
  • Lifestyle housing for seniors - Barossa Park Lodge
  • Renovation under $500,000 - Haywards offices
  • New Construction $2m to $5m - St Patrick's College
  • New Construction $5m to $10m - Target Mowbray
  • New Construction $20m to $50m - JHFJV - IMAS Hobart
  • New Construction $50m to $100m - Medical Sciences 2
  • Best use of brick commercial - St Patrick's College
  • Best use of glass commercial - JHFJV - IMAS
  • Builder of the year - commercial - Fairbrother

Fairbrother wins on National Stage

CEO Craig Edmunds was on hand last night to receive 2 National MBA awards on behalf of Fairbrother.

The National Commercial Industrial Construction award $50m - $100m was awarded to the John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture for the University of Tasmania Medical Science 2 Project, whilst the recently completed St Patricks College Edmund Rice Centre in Launceston was awarded to Fairbrother in the Under $5m National Commercial/Industrial category. Craig was quick to point out the wonderful efforts from all our staff and employees whom were a part of these 2 projects, our respective clients and our Joint Venture partner John Holland.