Local builder wins Master Builders 2021 Building Excellence Awards

On deck: Kym Clarke with Peter Teakle in front of the cellar door at Peter Teakle Wines. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
On deck: Kym Clarke with Peter Teakle in front of the cellar door at Peter Teakle Wines. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

For Port Lincoln builder Kym Clarke, the construction of the Cellar Door at Peter Teakle Wines has been one of his most unique projects to date, but it was something that involved a complete team effort.

The cellar door project, which included the processing plant, was the winner in the Building Excellence category of projects between $2-5 million at the 2021 Master Builders Excellence Awards.

However, Kym said there was a lot of work behind the scenes that made this project possible, which included the work of foreman Cole Raleigh as well as designers Mark Penna and Neil Grace and winemakers Liz Heidenreich and David O'Leary.

Kym said he and Mark made many trips to Clare to meet with Liz and David in the creation of the processing plant.

"It's nice to be recognised for a lot of the hard work we do, but we don't build these to get recognition, the award is just a bonus," he said.

"This can't happen without teamwork and there was great teamwork between the client and all relevant people."

Kym said working closely with Peter Teakle meant that the cellar door would finish with a high quality result.

"It does help when you build to have a client who wants to do things the right way," he said.

"Peter Teakle has been a great client who has given us rein to work on quality."

Peter was impressed with the final result, and with the constant communication between builders and winery staff throughout the project.

"This was not a vacant block, this is an operating vineyard," he said.

"There is a lot of good liaison between my staff and Kym's on day-to-day activities so we were able to grow grapes and build buildings."

This was the third building Kym Clarke Constructions had built on site, following the construction of the Line and Label restaurant.

It had also won a Master Builders Excellence Award in 2018 in the category of 'Excellence in a Commercial Refurbishment/Redevelopment up to $5 million'.

Peter said it was extraordinary to see a town of this size win an award twice within such a short time frame.

However, Kym reiterated the award belong to the many people involved, including Cole, Mark, Liz, David and the many builders and subcontractors.

The project is also a finalist for the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award - under $5 million category in the 2021 National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards.