Award recognises tower construction

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph

Port Hedland’s multimillion-dollar high-technology shipping control tower has received another award at a gala held in Sydney recently.

The Australian Institute of Building National awards on September 19 focused on how the project was constructed, rather than what was built.

Pindan construction group took out the National Professional Excellence in Building Award for their design and construction of the Hedland Tower.

The $56.5 million project opened in August and features state-of-the-art traffic control systems with equipment and emergency response facilities to ensure safe and efficient movement of vessels through the harbour for the next 50 years.

Harbour master Myron Fernandes
Camera IconHarbour master Myron Fernandes Credit: Daneka Hill

The award recognised operations manager and project manager Derek Hammond and his team for their work on the project.

Pindan Contracting managing director Tony Gerber said this was the fourth award the project had won.

“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,” he said.

“As well as picking up the State-based 2019 National Professional Excellence in Building Award given out by the AIB.”

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

“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.”

PPA general manager engineering and infrastructure Charles Kretzmann said the tower was built in challenging conditions with excellent outcomes.

Mr Kretzmann said the building process was complicated.

“The building specifications were unusually stringent due to the cyclone zone, and the building footprint was physically constrained due to the port operations, helicopter pilot transfers and neighbouring businesses,” he said.

“Many thousands of hours have gone into the planning, funding, design, construction and commissioning of the facility.”

Mr Kretzmann said the awards were a pleasing result, and many people would take pride in what was achieved.

The awards will be displayed in the Hedland Tower.

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