The Australian Steel Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Steel Excellence Awards for Queensland and the Northern Territory. The awards were presented at a gala dinner and ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 10 August.

The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (GCSLC) at the Carrara Sports Precinct won the Buildings (Large Projects) category. The project was entered by BVN, Bligh Tanner and Steel Fabrications Australia. Commissioned for the Commonwealth Games, the golden GCSLC holds a commanding presence within the Carrara sporting precinct, thanks to its shimmering surfaces, a bold material palette and iconic colouring that reflects the young, vibrancy of the Gold Coast, as well as the subtropical climate of the region. The CGSLC required the supply, fabrication, surface preparation and installation of over 1,100 tonnes of structural steel, including fully welded trusses with a 68m clear span and a roof that can support up to 40 tonnes of weight per truss.

The Hilton Food Group Meat Processing Facility entered by Tungsten Structures and the Waltzing Matilda Centre entered by Bligh Tanner both received High Commendations in the Buildings (Large Projects) category.

In the Buildings (Small Projects) category, the beautiful Bellbird Retreat entered by Steendyk took out the accolades. Designed as weekend get-away, the 67m2 property is set in the saddle of a ridge in the middle of a 315 acre bushland reserve. Custom designed and fabricated from weathering steel (HW350 3mm), the corrugation on the roof allowed for the use of a single span with unsupported cantilevered eaves. This provided fire protection by eliminating the need for traditional combustible timber rafters, without sacrificing on aesthetic sensibilities.

The Covered Area at the Cathedral College entered by Tony Madden Architects and the Outdoor Stage at HOTA (Home of the Arts) entered by Arup received High Commendations.

Entered by Tim Stewart Architects, the Yeppoon Town Centre Carpark— part of the $53 million Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project—was victorious in the Steel Clad Structures category. The project concept proposed to open the edges of what was initially considered to be just a straight forward multi‐level carpark with the creation of a new public space in the centre of a large enclosed city block. The design has considered long term interconnectivity through existing lanes. The site is to become the future hub of the main town centre promoting foot traffic and economic growth.

St. Stephens Cathedral entered by Certified Roofing was the recipient of a High Commendation in the Steel Clad Structures category.

In the Engineering Projects category, the Loadquip Low Loader entered by Sun Engineering and Loadquip was the Winner. The Hinge Hitch Low Loader is a rear-loading heavy equipment low loader, with a unique method of pivoting the hitch to permit loading on a fixed, inbuilt ramp at the rear of the machine. The hitch action is particularly simple. When actuated, the hinge hitch arrangement allows the front of the deck to be raised. The deck pivots about the low loader wheels, in turn lowering the rear of the deck to the ground. The hinge hitch is actuated by hydraulic cylinders and is positively located in place by locking pins driven by hydraulic cylinders.

The Tindal Tower Radar entered by idec Solutions took home a High Commendation.

Hayden Wright was the deserving recipient of the Young Designer, Detailer or Trades Person of the Year award. Hayden commenced his career in 2011 as a cadet structural technician at Arup. He soon progressed into a technician role, and then onto his current position as a BIM Coordinator. Hayden has worked across a range of multi-disciplinary projects during his seven years at Arup, including the $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, and the $1.6 billion New Perth Stadium. Most recently, Hayden was the lead structural technician on the Outdoor Stage at HOTA (Home of the Arts) on the Gold Coast. Hayden holds an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering and is currently completing a Bachelor of Structural Engineering.

These winners will go on to vie for national honours in their respective categories, to be announced at the National Awards ceremony in December.