"Our Vic" honoured at industry awards

Fairbrother's longest serving staff member wins Master Builders' Women in Construction award.

Fairbrother has further cemented its position as Tasmania’s leading construction company with a highly successful evening at Saturday night’s Master Builders Tasmania Awards for Excellence gala.

The State’s largest construction company won nine project excellence awards – including multiple awards for the iconic MONA Pharos building and UTAS’s NRAS Melville Street building – and also celebrated the honouring of its longest-serving staff member, Victoria Pendrey, in the Women in Construction award.

Ms Pendrey, had celebrated her 41st anniversary with the company the day before taking to the stage to accept the award which honours the talents and skills of women in the construction industry.

Over the span of her career, Ms Pendrey has fulfilled every single administration role in the company – starting as a receptionist/secretary and progressing through the ranks to her current role of Board and Executive Secretary and Personal Assistant to Chairman Royce Fairbrother.

Chairman Royce Fairbrother paid tribute to Ms Pendrey, saying her service at Fairbrother is highly valued.

“I can’t claim credit for employing Victoria, she was Thea’s choice and it was an outstanding one. Vic’s values and her personal and professional ethics are a perfect fit with our own. She has been, and remains, an outstanding contributor to our success,” Mr Fairbrother said.

Also on Saturday night, Fairbrother won nine project awards.Three of these awards for its work on MONA’s Pharos building – Soil and Water Management, Entertainment and Recreation Facility and New Construction $20 million to $50 million.

The $30 million Pharos wing projects more than 20 metres out over the River Derwent, as well as tunnelling back into the Jurassic sandstone peninsula more than 30 metres. The building houses custom-built spaces for large scale immersive artworks by James Turrell, Randy Polumbo, Richard Wilson and Charles Ross, as well as the already acclaimed restaurant and over water bar Faros.

While the $70 million UTAS NRAS Melville Street building won two awards – Work Health and Safety and New Construction $50m to $100m. The four towers of the building house 442 units and form part of the National Rental Affordability Scheme which provides low-cost housing to university students.

“We are really pleased to be recognised for our work on these projects, receiving nine awards reflects on the quality of our people and their willingness to strive for excellence,” General Manager Kurt Arnold said.

“We are particularly pleased that our two marquee projects, MONA Pharo and NRAS Melville Street won their respective categories.Both of these projects display both scale and complexity, these awards confirm our capacity to deliver on both fronts,” he said.

“The awards for WHS and Environmental management carry a great deal of significance to Fairbrother as the management of WHS and the Environment on our projects is a vital part of our premier status in the industry,” Mr Arnold said.

Fairbrother’s awards:

  • Women in Construction: Victoria Pendrey
  • Soil & Water Management: MONA Pharos
  • Work Health & Safety: NRAS Melville Street
  • Residential Heritage-Listed or Period Home Restoration/Renovation: 688 Sandy Bay Road
  • Commercial Heritage-Listed or Period Restoration/Renovation: Vaucluse Hotel
  • Entertainment & Recreation Facility: MONA Pharos
  • Education Facility: Austin’s Ferry Primary School
  • New Construction $2m to $5m: Riverside Olympic Football Clubrooms
  • New Construction $20m to $50m: MONA Pharos
  • New Construction $50m to $100m: NRAS Melville Street