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Congratulations to the team of: Danny, Scott, Anthony and Barrie!

Manteena Residential takes out a double at the 2020 HIA ACT/Southern NSW Housing Awards — winning the Heritage Renovation Project of the Year.

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Congratulations to the team of: Danny, Anthony, Adam, Lewis, Liam, Emma, Mark, Chris, Barrie, Matty, Sam, Aiden and Kasper!

Manteena Residential’s Ebden Street Ainslie project has won the 2020 ACT & Southern NSW HIA Housing Award for Renovation/Addition Project of the Year and category winner of Renovation/Addition Project Over $650,000.

The Ainslie residence included the renovation of the existing 1940’s Cottage located on the site, and the addition of a significant pavilion extension and carport. While not formally heritage listed, the client was keen to retain the Cottage which was run down, but charming and with “good bones”.

There was a desire to respect and retain the streetscape character, which attracted the owners to the location, and also completed an addition which is unashamedly modern, and yet sympathetic to the setting in terms of scale, siting, and materiality.

Overall to client took five years from purchase to tender to develop the design and documentation of the project, and then pursued a traditional lump sum contact model to ensure the scope and requirements were clearly documented in detail, to ensure the desired design intent and quality were readily understood and delivered by the builder. Manteena successfully bid for the project by demonstrating an clear understanding of the client’s objectives and willingness to undertake a collaborative working arrangement.

Manteena has won the 2020 MBA ACT Excellence Award in the category: Commercial Building $5million to $20million, for its quality workmanship in building the Lao Embassy in O’Malley.

Manteena partnered with stakeholders to work together, collaboratively and honestly, through an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase to support the production of the Pre-Tender Estimate (PTE) and ultimately provide a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Design & Construct (D&C) Lump Sum Price.
The site consists of approx. 8,200m² of hillside land, overlooking the Woden Town Centre in Canberra upon which the brief called for an embassy complex containing a chancery, ambassador’s residence, staff quarters and a function hall. The masterplan developed responses to a multitude of factors including: a hierarchy of building visibility to the street, security zoning, minimising cut to to fill, maximising solar aspect and view opportunities.
Ideas of cultural embedment were included at design principle level such as: the pavilion style layout, the simple forms and materials, layering of roofs, formalized courtyards to in-between space, and the rice paddy like terracing of the ground plane. The natural contours and vegetation bleeds in from the edges blurring the line of where informal meets formal.
Highlights of the project include the high pitched roof, gold naga (roof status/sculpture at gable ends) and high level timber cladding, which were all chosen to represent traditional Lao architecture. Interesting upon handover to the client, all buildings required one
person to sleep alone on a single solitary bed for three nights in order to bless the buildings with good spirits.
Congratulations to construction team of: Rod, Jack, Ed, Simon, Pierse, Remo, Boz and Khyll.