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National Award for MONA Pharos

Fairbrother's work on MONA Pharos honoured at national construction awards.



This logo is a coveted prize indeed. And a wonderful reward for the hard work of our talented and dedicated people.

Fairbrother is delighted to have won the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award $20m-$50m at the MBA National Awards night.

The judge's comments summed up the project beautifully:

"The ambition, and consequent difficulty, of this project is outrageous, yet Fairbrother Construction has found a way to achieve the desired outcome without compromise."



"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

On Friday, 10th of August, Fairbrother's Victorian division took home two awards at the Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence Awards.

Our work on the Port Fairy Waterfront Restaurant won the award for Excellence in Commercial Construction under $3m, while One77 View Street, Bendigo won Excellence in Commercial Construction $3m-$5m.

Fairbrother wins tender for LGH Children’s Ward 4K redevelopment and expansion

Health Minister announces Fairbrother as builder for vital LGH facility.


Fairbrother has been awarded the $10.2 million contract for the Launceston General Hospital’s Ward 4K redevelopment, Health Minister Michael Ferguson announced today.

The project will deliver a brand new, contemporary 36-bed integrated facility, incorporating both a Paediatric Inpatient Unit and Paediatric Inpatient Mental Health Unit.

Shell works to facilitate a new Women’s and Children’s Precinct will also be undertaken as a variation to the contract.

Fairbrother’s Northern Construction Divisional Manager Nick Freeman said the team is looking forward to delivering this project for the Launceston community.

“This is an important project for Launceston with the new facility to provide vital specialist services. We are proud to be involved in improving health services in Launceston,” Mr Freeman said.

“This project will allow us to retain our highly skilled workforce and it offers potential opportunities for us to increase our workforce here in Launceston.”


Northern Divisional Manager Nick Freeman (right) looks over the plans for the new Ward 4K with Health Minister Michael Ferguson.



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Fairbrother sponsors Olympic cyclist Scott Bowden

Company supports world-class athletes.

Fairbrother Chairman Royce Fairbrother and Fairbrother Foundation Chairwoman Gaye Rutherford with Olympic cyclist Scott Bowden.


Continuing its long history of helping some of Tasmania’s best athletes chase their dreams, Fairbrother is supporting Olympian Scott Bowden’s quest to become a professional cyclist.

The multi-talented cyclist joins fellow Olympian Amy Cure as the current world-class athletes receiving support from the Tasmanian construction company.

Fairbrother Chairman Royce Fairbrother said the company was proud to be in a position to support Tasmanian athletes.

“At Fairbrother we are proud of our long history of supporting Tasmanian youth to pursue their goals,” Mr Fairbrother said.

“We believe Scott has a bright future ahead, and we are delighted to partner with him through to the Tokyo Olympic Games – I’ve told him I’ll be there personally to cheer him over the finish line,” the avid cycling fan said.

The current Under 23 Cross Country Mountain Bike National Champion, Bowden was selected to race at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the Cross Country Mountain Bike event, where he placed 36th.

In recognition of his versatility, he was also asked to also compete in the road race at Rio, supporting fellow Tasmanian Richie Porte for the first 160km.

With a raft of goals set, including success at the Elite Road Nationals in January and one day racing in the Tour De France, Bowden said the support he receives from Fairbrother is vital in this early stage of his career.

"For me partnering with Fairbrother, a Tasmanian company and one that supported me early on as a triathlete, is a great honour and I look forward to representing them,” Bowden said.

“Their support allows me to continue to focus on training and racing at my very best level while chasing my goals to become a professional cyclist."


Applications open for 2018 Apprenticeships

Calling all aspiring apprentices!

Applications are now being accepted for 2018 Apprenticeships.

Fairbrother has a number of vacancies across the state for carpentry and joinery apprentices.

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Apprentice of the Year award for Fairbrother carpenter

Jacob Mead named Apprentice of the Year at Master Builders Association of Tasmania Awards for Excellence.

Apprentice of the Year Jacob Mead with General Manager Kurt Arnold (L) and North West Manager Marcus Perkins (R)


Young Coastal carpenter Jacob Mead has been hailed as the state’s best construction apprentice at Saturday night’s Master Builders Association of Tasmania Awards for Excellence.

The award led a golden night for Fairbrother Pty Ltd, with the company also winning six project awards and the coveted Commercial Builder of the Year award.

Jacob began his career with Fairbrother at the Devonport Homemaker site and over the four years of his apprenticeship he worked on a variety of projects including: the Port Sorell Retail Development, UTAS NRAS apartments in Burnie, Simplot, Nant Distillery and the Royal Hobart Hospital.

He is currently working as a Leading Hand on the Devonport Living City site.

General Manager Kurt Arnold said Jacob was an excellent representative for both Fairbrother and the construction industry as a whole.

“Jacob is an impressive young man who has earned the respect of his peers,” Mr Arnold said.

Fairbrother CEO Craig Edmunds said the award win was well deserved and that the future looks bright for the talented young tradesman.

“Jacob is a highly capable young tradesman and an asset to our company. His dedication and enthusiasm is impressive and stands him in good stead for a long, successful career in the construction industry,” Mr Edmunds said.

Fairbrother’s awards from 2017 Master Builders Association of Tasmania Awards for Excellence:

State Apprentice of the Year: Jacob Mead

Lifestyle for Seniors: Queen Victoria Homes Independent Living Units

New Construction $1 Million - $2 Million: Lauderdale Primary School

New Construction $5 Million - $10 Million: Kings Meadows High School

Renovation / Fitout Over $5 Million - $10 Million: RHH EW8 Building A & J Refurbishment

Renovation / Fitout Over $1 Million - $5 Million: Lady Gowrie Tasmania

Work Health & Safety: Lady Gowrie Tasmania

Commercial Builder of the Year 2017