Building designers recognised with inaugural awards

REGIONAL RECOGNITION: (From left) judge Rob Pickett, winner Brad Merrett from BCM Design Centre and BDA president Brian Rotherham. Behind every great building is the person who helped to design it.
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Before the skyscrapers and modern homes you see adorned our landscapes, hours of thought and planning went into their design.

The people who carry out this process were recently recognised in the first regional Building Designers Association (BDA) awards ceremony.

State awards are held every year but the Riverina branch of the BDA held its own design awards program to give those in the country the chance to compete against each other.

“The BDA always has state awards but it’s been a bit tricky for us to compete against the city,” Riverina BDA vice president, Brad Merrett, said.

“Our branch thought it would be nice to showcase our designs on a more local basis and thought it would be an idea to run something a bit simpler.”

Three winners were picked over seven categories from 18 entrants from Wagga, Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera, Tumut and Cootamundra.

Categories included new residential under 300 square metres, new residential over 300 square metres, residential alterations and additions, multi-unit development, new commercial, commercial alterations and additions and sustainable design.

“We probably didn’t get the entries we were hoping for but it was only our first time, we were treading water,” Mr Merrett said.

“We are definitely looking to progress on that in the future.”

Winners

New Residential under 300 square metres: Rod McMullen of Icono Building Design

New Residential over 300 square metres: Brad Merrett of BCM Design Centre

Residential Alterations and Additions: Glen Sewell of Sewell Design

Multi-unit Development: Glen Sewell

New Commercial: Rod McMullen

Commercial Alternations and Additions: Rod McMullen

Sustainable Design: Brad Merrett

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