A RESTAURANT and cellar door complex at a Sweetwater Road, Pokolbin, vineyard has earned local builder Stibbard its second consecutive commercial accolade at the Newcastle excellence in building awards.
The awards are sponsored by the Master Builders Association of New South Wales and Master Builders, Newcastle.
Stibbard won the 2012 category for commercial projects valued between $500,000 and $1.5million, for work at Ridgeway Estate.
The building, located in Singleton shire, was valued at $1.49million and was designed by Neil Albert.
“Both the cellar door and restaurant had to incorporate external areas which provided a link with the surrounding vineyard,” Mr Albert said.
“The combination of modern materials, traditional architecture and the extensive use of timber creates the perfect backdrop for our clients to showcase their handcrafted wines and provide customers with a memorable vineyard experience,” Mr Albert said.
The building finishes included polished concrete floors, stone and timber internal claddings as well as detailed timber joinery
Other staff members involved in the project were Samantha Stibbard, Matthew Clarke, Rick Agostino and Sallie Robertson.
Stibbard was established by David Stibbard in 1979 and has won numerous building awards over the years for residential and commercial works.
Last year the company won the commercial award for a building in Cessnock shire at Lambloch Estate on Broke Road Pokolbin.