City of Karratha

Red Earth Arts Precinct takes top honour at prestigious WA building excellence awards

24 Jul 2018

Karratha’s state-of-the-art Red Earth Arts Precinct was crowned Western Australia’s Best Regional Project at the Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards on Saturday July 21.

The awards recognise exceptional craftsmanship, commitment to building excellence and upholding the highest professional standard.

The $56 million arts and cultural hub, built by Doric Contractors, was also a finalist for overall best project only to be beaten by Perth’s Optus Stadium.

City of Karratha Deputy Mayor Grant Cucel said the City was very proud of the recognition for the contemporary new home of Karratha’s thriving arts and culture scene.

“We are delighted this facility has been recognised by the Master Builders Association of WA as the best project in regional Western Australia,” Cr Cucel said.

“Our vision was to create an iconic hub inspired by the surrounding landscape that attracts residents and visitors with an appetite for arts and culture into the heart of Karratha.

“The precinct has well and truly delivered on this vision, and this award is a credit to all involved with the project.”

Judging criteria included form and function, innovation, value for money, project and site management, and customer satisfaction.

The striking building features a façade and cladding that represents the iconic natural rock formation of the Karratha hills.

The world-class facility boasts a box office and foyer, exhibition space, 450-seat theatre with retractable seating, rooftop cinema and terrace, 1700-person capacity outdoor amphitheater, studio rehearsal rooms, and a high-tech library.

Master Builders executive director Michael McLean praised the “amazing project” and said it would significantly enhance Karratha’s cultural amenity.

“The Red Earth Arts Precinct is an eye-catching building and area which Doric delivered to the highest standard,” Mr McLean said.

“There are always lots of challenges to overcome when working on construction projects in the Pilbara, so it is a credit to the Doric team that they were able to overcome these and complete this project in such impressive style.”

The statewide accolade follows the Red Earth Arts Precinct claiming best regional project at the Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Pilbara-Kimberley region in June.

The precinct bagged a swag of other regional awards, including excellence in innovative cladding, excellence in energy efficiency, innovative use of building material and the judges innovation award.

The Red Earth Arts Precinct will now be considered for entry in the Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards, which will be announced on November 24.

Image: The Red Earth Arts Precinct won Best Regional Project in Western Australia at the 2018 Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards. Credit: City of Karratha