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Four builders do SA proud at national awards

Four South Australian projects have won awards at this year's Master Builders' National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards on the Gold Coast at the weekend.

Lendlease's redevelopment of Adelaide Oval was named the best commercial construction project costing more than $100 million. It also won for its construction of Flinders Univeristy's new Tonsley campus, named as the best commercial or industrial project costing $50 million to $100 million.

The third South Australian award was won by talented Kangaroo Island builder Kauppila for its work on the Little Sahara Interpretive Centre - a commercial project under $1 million - winning the National Environment and Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Award.

It won for valuing environmental and local employment outcomes within an accelerated time frame.

The fourth SA award went to Victor Harbor-based South Coast Constructions, winner of the National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award for its work on the purpose-built detached dwellings for the Chiton Retirement Village.

Master Builders SA chief executive Ian Markos said South Australian businesses were delivering nationally-recognised achievements far beyond their size.

"Put simply, we're punching above our weight," he said.

"South Australian businesses have excelled in the delivery of nationally-recognised sporting and cultural venues, homes for education and innovation, retirement housing and enviromental centres." Mr Markos said it's a clear sign of the depth and expertise residing in SA across the sector.

"Statistics show the industry faces a hard economic enviroment at present," he said.

"It's hard to find opportunities and hard to make it work. but when you have companies that make it work so well, it cuts the risk.

"Congratulations to all winners, but special congratulations to members of Master Builders SA who succeeded on a national stage. We are proud of your achievements."

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