Vaughan Constructions’ work on Dulux’s new state-of-the-art factory in Mickleham helped it secure two prestigious industry awards at the Master Builders Association Victoria Awards 2018.

The awards showcase craftsmanship and excellence in the commercial building sector. Vaughan secured the Master Builder of the Year Award, as well as the award for Excellence in Construction of Industrial Buildings, for its work on the $165m Dulux Merrifield Coatings Plant. Managing Director Andrew Noble said Vaughan was absolutely thrilled to take out such a prestigious award.

“We are very proud to accept an award, which puts us at the top in our industry in ultimately recognising the years of hard work and commitment from our highly experienced and highly skilled team, our attention to detail, and our superior ECI project methodology which works with the client to achieve the best possible outcome, ” said Noble. “The award also reflects the contribution of our consultants, suppliers and subcontractors for their hard work, dedication and loyalty to Vaughan over the years, which is greatly appreciated in helping us to deliver outstanding results.”

Vaughan was engaged under an ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) agreement to complete the base build of Dulux Merrifield, a task which was expanded as the project’s design and implementation progressed to also take on responsibility for the completion of the production process fitout. Noble explained that ECI, put simply, meant utilising the builder’s expertise as early as possible in the development process to maximise both cost and operational efficiencies in the design and construction of a building.

“There’s no greater disaster for a client than getting the design they want but one they can’t afford or that ultimately doesn’t meet the desired outcome,” said Noble.

According to Noble, many national and international companies now utilised ECI methodology to achieve enormous benefits which could extend to ESD outcomes, OH&S, quality, performance objectives, maintenance, life cycle costing, transaction costs and costs associated with both site choice and acquisition.