2 September 2011: QBuild's excellence in restoring the heritage-listed Wolston Park Cricket Pavilion has been recognised with a win at the 2011 National Trust of Queensland Awards.
Government Services, Building Industry and ICT Minister Simon Finn said the QBuild team won the Heritage Council Award for their consistent commitment and attention to detail.
Restoration using traditional methods
Mr Finn said the award was an example of QBuild's ability to deliver projects with complex heritage requirements.
"QBuild tradies and apprentices delivered this work by using traditional methods, which meant no air-powered tools on site - just good old-fashioned hand tools and trade skills," he said.
"The attention to detail in the restoration work is impressive, from the profile matching and date stamping of timber, to the recreation of turned verandah posts and sourcing of period door and window fixtures.
Special projects delivering unique skills
"During the project apprentices received a rare opportunity to learn traditional techniques such as hand nailing, fixing and joining as part of the project.
"These kinds of projects are highly specialised in nature and exposure to this type of work is a unique and valuable experience for apprentices that's often hard to find with other employers."
Wolston Park Cricket Club Pavilion
The Wolston Park Cricket Club Pavilion is located on the site of the former Wolston Park Hospital complex, which was acquired by the Queensland Police Service several years ago for its new Police Academy.
The Department of Public Works' Project Services business unit was approached to undertake the restoration project on the cricket pavilion, working in conjunction with QBuild to deliver an outstanding result.
"The restoration project not only provided a fascinating insight into the history of the site, but has ensured the historic integrity of the Pavilion is maintained, for many generations to come," Mr Finn said.
The National Trust Heritage Awards recognise achievements in identifying, conserving and promoting our cultural heritage.