National Award Brings Fourth Honour for Hedland Tower

Pindan’s work on Port Hedland’s new high-technology shipping control tower has attracted another honour – this time taking out a national award.

At a gala event in Sydney last night, the integrated property and construction group won a 2019 National Professional Excellence in Building Award for its Design & Construct of the Hedland Tower, also known as the Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC).

Run by the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), it is the only awards programme to recognise the professional excellence of individuals within the building and construction process, focusing on how the project was built, rather than what was built.

Pindan Contracting managing director Tony Gerber congratulated operations manager and project manager Derek Hammond and his team on another fabulous win for the project.

The Marine Operations Centre in the Port of Port Hedland – the world's largest bulk export port – features state-of-the-art vessel traffic control systems, equipment and emergency response facilities. It also involved about 70 contractors and sub-contractors, so it was a very big and complex job for the Pilbara Ports Authority that was handled incredibly well by our team
Pindan Contracting Managing Director, Tony Gerber

Mr Gerber said it was already the fourth honour for what was a very important project for Western Australia.

“We picked up two 2019 Master Builders-Bankwest Kimberley-Pilbara Building Excellence Awards earlier this year for Best Regional Project and Best Office Building $20 million - $50 million, as well as picking up the state-based 2019 National Professional Excellence in Building Award given out by the AIB,” he said.

In a statement to mark opening of the Tower, Premier Mark McGowan said: "Congratulations to Pilbara Ports Authority for finishing the build well under budget, and to everyone involved in the design and construction of this award-winning building."

Pindan’s work on the landmark began in August 2016 and was completed in December last year.

It involved several untried or relatively new design elements, a tight timeframe, design changes during the project, material delivery challenges, and even weather challenges.

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