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More Than The Truth – Hutchies’ Hundred Years

More Than The Truth Hutchies’ Hundred Years


Ian H. Ward &

Suzy E. Richter

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Published by: Hutchinson Builders 584 Milton Road, Toowong Qld 4066 Locked Bag 3002, Toowong DC Qld 4066 Website: Email: Tel: (07) 3335 5000

Copyright © Hutchinson Builders This work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without the permission of Hutchinson Builders.

This online digital version published 2019.

ISBN: 978-0-6483655-1-8

Written by: Ian H. Ward & Suzy E. Richter Designed & typeset by: Garry J. Royle Cover design: Georgia Richter-Ward

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CONTENTS PREFACE – More Than The Truth Scott Hutchinson



FOREWORD … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 7 Dame Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of Australia INTRODUCTION … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 9 Jack Hutchinson CHAPTER 1



A FORMIDABLE TEAM – THE FIRST DECADE (1912 – 1921) HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1912 – December 1921) … … … … … … … … …



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THE HALCYON DAYS – THE THIRD DECADE (1932 – 1941) HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1932 – December 1941) … … … … … … … … …



49 73

WAR ON THE DOORSTEP – THE FOURTH DECADE (1942 – 1951) HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1942 – December 1951) … … … … … … … … …



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THE BITTERSWEET YEARS – THE FIFTH DECADE (1952 – 1961) HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1952 – December 1961) … … … … … … … … …





REBIRTH OF J. HUTCHINSON – THE SIXTH DECADE 1962 – 1971 HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1962 – December 1971) … … … … … … … …



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REBUILDING A REPUTATION – THE SEVENTH DECADE 1972 – 1981 HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1972 – December 1981) … … … … … … … …



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A NEW WAY – THE EIGHTH DECADE 1982 -1991 HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1982 – December 1991) … … … … … … … …



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THE NEXT GENERATION – THE NINTH DECADE 1992 – 2001 HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 1992 – December 2001) … … … … … … … …


CHAPTER 10 … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 343 THE FINEST HOUR – THE TENTH DECADE 2002 – 2011 HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 2002 – December 2011) … … … … … … … …


EPILOGUE… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 713 A YEAR TO REMEMBER – 2012 HUTCHIES’ TRUTH (January 2012 – December 2012) … … … … … … … …



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Acknowledgement and grateful thanks for unfettered access to personal research by Scott Hutchinson, particularly his 1985 paper entitled, A Business History: J. Hutchinson & Sons/J. Hutchinson Pty Ltd, and to Jack and June Hutchinson and other members of the Hutchinson family and key Hutchinson Builders people for their contributions by way of written memoirs, oral interviews and for access to personal photographs. The publisher thanks those clients and others who allowed access to archival material for the purpose of research and valuable photographic image content and particularly acknowledges Conrad and Gargett Architects; Master Builders Queensland; National Library of Australia; State Library of Queensland; John Oxley Library; Brisbane City Council; and Queensland Newspapers. The publisher also acknowledges the industry and diligence of both Marie Holland, in her primary research of the early years of J. Hutchinson Builder, as well as June Adsett-Blades, in the research and compilation of the Hutchinson family history.

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More Than The Truth W

ITH a whiff of Monty Python: Almost the Truth, More Than The Truth

is an extension of our quarterly publication which made its first appearance in 1993.

Scott Hutchinson

Hutchies’ Truth was named after and followed the style of the tabloid newspapers of an era that presented the news of the day in a colourful and entertaining way. It was my father, Jack, who suggested we adopt the Truth tabloid recipe and it was my journalist sister, Lindy, who wrote and edited the early editions of the Hutchies’ Truth which established the format for the years ahead. The Truth newspapers were tremendously popular with the masses and we wanted our publication to be read with the same enthusiasm. But, at the same time, we also wanted to distribute a serious message about the quality of our work and the importance of our people. So we delivered the message in the fun and easily understood manner of the tabloids. As a result, we have adopted a similar style for More Than The Truth – a larger volume that looks at Hutchies’ history over its first 100 years. Truth also has a deeper significance for Hutchies because truth is the cornerstone of our culture. We believe in truth in thoughts and actions for those with whom we come in contact – our own people, clients, subbies, contractors, consultants, suppliers, unions, politicians, bureaucrats and the community at large. And we have my father, Jack, to thank for that. From the time he took control of Hutchies in crisis in the 1960s, it has been the combination of his determination, integrity and good humour that has led the way to the success we enjoy today. Put simply, our corporate culture is a reflection of Jack’s own personality. I am grateful to him for that and for the encouragement, guidance and friendship he has shown to me along the way. Looking backwards through the telescope of time can be difficult, but we have researched our history as best we can to present More Than The Truth for your entertainment with the best intentions. I apologise for any omissions or errors that may have occurred, but we don’t apologise for telling the ‘truth’. I hope you enjoy the trip as you travel with us back to 1912 and the beginning of Hutchinson Builders. ~ Scott Hutchinson Chairman

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S an Australian and, more particularly as a Queenslander, I am delighted

tto introduce the story of the Hutchinson family’s involvement in the national building industry for more than 100 years.

Dame Quentin Bryce

Almost since Federation of Australia in 1901, Hutchies – as it is widely known – has been constructing a broad range of building types including factories, shops, warehouses, offices, housing and tourist developments. The company workbook stands as a chronicle of national development, with each building a snapshot of a moment in our nation’s history. This work also has involved thousands of families – dependants of the men and women who earned their livelihoods on these projects. As such, as well as building national infrastructure, the Hutchinson family also has made a major contribution to the nation’s social fabric. With five generations in the building industry, obviously family is important to the Hutchinsons. Through their belief in the value of family, they have created an extended family by encouraging sons, daughters, nephews and nieces to join the company ranks, working with their fathers, mothers, uncles and aunts. Ironically, the five generational father-to-son succession at Hutchies has involved five “Jack” Hutchinsons over the past 100 years. These generations have spanned an era from horse and buggy days to the jet age and survived flood, bushfire, drought, two world wars, the Great Depression and, more recently, the Global Financial Crisis. During the GFC, when many organisations were forced to downsize, Hutchies continued with its national expansion, by finding new work in new places – many distant and desolate – to give its people job security. This is an amazing achievement for any organisation and an outstanding one for a family-run business in the building industry. Family values that the original Jack Hutchinson brought with him from England in 1911 have now become part of the company culture at Hutchies. Hutchies’ story is one of courage, determination and dedication. The pioneering spirit that founded the company in 1912 has been passed along from generation to generation and is alive and well today in its second century. Michael and I offer our warmest congratulations to the Hutchinson family. We take great pride in your achievements across a century and offer you every best wish for the future with admiration and affectionate greetings. ~ The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO Former Governor General of Australia

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T is a great privilege for me to be the link between the Hutchies of yesterday

and that of tomorrow. I remember the men who toiled with my grandfather as hard workers and

Jack Hutchinson

hard players. They were genuine, easy going characters with a sense of humour who enjoyed their work. They had great physical strength to use the tools of the day which included the wheelbarrow, pick, shovel, handsaw and claw hammer. Hutchies of today includes men and women, who are more highly trained, using modern technology, equipment and materials – all of which have changed the way many things are done in the building game. But, one constant at Hutchies for the past 100 years has been the pride and enjoyment our people have in their work. When my grandfather came to Australia in 1911, his quality craftsmanship helped him find employment, provide for his young migrant family and establish his own building company within 12 months of his arrival. My father and uncle inherited grandfather’s quest for quality and carried on with it. Concern for a quality build is something I have cherished and passed on to my son, Scott, as a family tradition. For me, pride in the job is more than just doing good work on the tools. It also includes the conduct of the business – telling the truth, being honest in business dealings, acting with integrity, helping out mates who are down on their luck and getting and giving a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. In the post-war era of the 50s and 60s, when Hutchies failed to move with the times, my father and uncle went into serious financial decline. Even then, there was no question of the quality of their work – the difficulty was with the jobs not being completed on schedule because they failed to embrace the new technology. Hutchies’ standing suffered at that time, but we got back on our feet and our good reputation once again is one of our most prized assets. I still believe a person is as good as his or her word and a deal can be done on a handshake. It is difficult to imagine what the next century will bring and what the Hutchies of tomorrow will be like. But, regardless of the structure of the business and how the work will be done, I would like to think that, at its core, the company will continue to be the epitome of those Australian qualities which Hutchies has always regarded as important – quality, honesty, integrity, mateship, fairness and truth. ~ Jack Hutchinson

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1912 - 1921


A FORMIDABLE TEAM The First Decade (1912 – 1921) THE Queensland Government Gazette of March 14, 1912, heralded the news that J. Hutchinson had won a contract valued at 73 pounds 10 shillings to construct a new kitchen and improvements to the Non-Commissioned Officers’ quarters at Fort Lytton. This three-line announcement declared, not only that J. Hutchinson had submitted the lowest tender for work at this strategic Commonwealth defence installation at the mouth of the Brisbane River, but also signalled that a new identity had emerged in the Queensland construction industry. An unknown newcomer to the local building scene, John Hutchinson signed the State Government’s drawings for the work at Fort Lytton on January 29, 1912, representing the first recorded activity of J. Hutchinson, Builder and Contractor, of Manly. •••


OHN Hutchinson’s story began almost 38 years earlier in England and it would prove to have far-reaching implications for the fledgling state of Queensland in the newly formed Federation of Australia. Born in the market town of Bury, Lancashire, England on August 11, 1874, John (Jack) Hutchinson was the son of a local farmer and, as a young man, left the family home to train as a carpenter and joiner. After he learned his trade, Jack entered a partnership – proudly called Hutchinson and Holt – with fellow young local master joiner-carpenter, Richard Holt. Together, the two built houses and flats in the Bury district and, in time, Hutchinson and Holt grew into a successful business. Jack amassed a sizeable personal property portfolio. This included a block of terrace houses in Elizabeth Street, Bury, which still stands today. On February 2, 1898, Jack married Ellen Walker. They had two sons – John (Jack II), born August 11, 1898, and Eric, born February 24, 1901, both of whom, once old enough, helped to collect rents for their father from properties in the town.

Jack Hutchinson was a well known local businessman when, in 1910, his business partnership soured. The circumstances of the split are unknown, however, the two former friends apparently did not part on good terms. This unhappy experience left a lasting mark on Jack, making him ever wary of partnerships and ever cautious with money. As a result, later on, he strongly resisted for many years his adult sons entering into a full commercial partnership with him. Jack, at 36 years of age, sold the family’s house and properties to settle their affairs and decided to leave England and start afresh in either Canada or Australia. Wife Ellen’s frail health had deteriorated, made worse by the long, damp English winters, so Australia – offering a good climate and an expanding economy – was the logical destination. At the same time, the Queensland government was actively enticing immigrants to help populate and develop the young state. On February 15, 1911, as all of England was in More Than The Truth – Hutchies’ Hundred Years 11

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the icy grip of one of its coldest winters on record,

Hutchinson tradition of family involvement in the

the family, buoyed with hopes and dreams of a new life, left aboard the 1898-built steamer, ‘Rippingham

building industry. The two concentrated on work in the nearby area,


winning State Government contracts for repairs and

After an eventful voyage via the Suez Canal that

additions in Moreton Bay suburbs and islands.

encountered rough seas, sandstorms and searing heat, they arrived in Brisbane on April 13 the same year, with enough money to rent a modest house in the bayside suburb of Manly/Lota and some meagre savings on which to live. Jack’s skills and experience quickly found him work with a local builder and his boys enrolled at the nearby Manly State School which had opened less than a year earlier. Nevertheless, it was a tough few months for the family as they settled into life in their new country, especially when the bulletins arrived mid-year that England was enjoying record glorious summer weather and the promise of a new life ‘by the seaside’

The works included repairs and painting at Ormiston State School, additions to the Manly State School, a new bakehouse at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum, new attendants’ quarters for the asylum when it moved to Eventide at Sandgate and new classroom and plumbing at the Bulimba State School. In those first couple of years, the tenacious contractor also tendered for, but failed to win, many other jobs in and around the bayside district, including work at the Wynnum North State School, pumping engineer’s quarters at Dunwich, court house at Wynnum and drainage and water supply works at the Lytton Quarantine Station.

was proving far different from what they had ever imagined. For the young family, the familiar cobbled streets, pavements and brick and stone architecture of

The scope of this early work – both sought and won – demonstrates that Jack Hutchinson was still relatively unknown in the eyes of the architects of Brisbane.

Bury and the lush green pastures of the Lancashire countryside must have seemed a world away ... replaced by unfamiliar timber cottages, dusty tracks, mud flats and mangroves in the outer ‘weekendpicnic’ suburbs of Wynnum, Manly and Lota. Far from the trendy, picturesque bayside suburbs that exist today, this outlying ‘seaside’ area was, quite literally, the end of the line for the railway which carried the slow, rumbling steam trains to and from Brisbane town. Only a single, limited-use track extended further to Cleveland. Determined to turn the family’s fortunes around, Jack established the firm, J. Hutchinson, Builder and Contractor, and early in 1912 successfully bid for his first government contract at nearby Fort Lytton. Jack II left school in that same year and started as an apprentice with his father, while studying estimating at the Central Technical College in Brisbane. With father and son working side-by-side, it was the beginning of what was to become a long

Instead, the newcomer was surviving on Government work, based on keen pricing and quality, rather than reputation. However, all this was poised to change when, in August 1914, Jack won a significant contract to construct his first central business district building – a substantial new brick warehouse for R. Jackson, general carrier and customs forwarding agent, near the corner of Elizabeth, Creek and Eagle Streets, designed by high profile architect, Richard Gailey, Jnr. The spectre of world war loomed that same year – only to find Jack too old and his sons too young for active military service – leaving the builder free to pursue a raft of available construction work. In 1915, Jack’s second son, Eric, turned 14 and left school to be apprenticed to his father, strengthening the family work ethic. By now, Jack Hutchinson had well and truly arrived uptown, and, although his work still included State Government schools, there was an influx of Commonwealth Government projects and commercial and domestic assignments from many of

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the leading architects of the day, including F.R. Hall,

including building and roads, parks, finance,

Chambers and Powell, M.T. Stanley, W.C. Voller, G.C. Wilson and E. Myers.

health, wharves, lighting, works and cross river bridges.

The Commonwealth Government work focussed

This city father was fond of horse racing and was a

mainly on Lytton, which had become a major

founding member of the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club

quarantine station at the start of what would become known as the Great War. This work also included a reinforced concrete pontoon at the Anzac Hostel in Kangaroo Point and a post and telegraph office and quarters in far flung Mitchell in central Queensland. This building would later be included on the Australian Heritage Commission’s Register of the National Estate. Substantial projects in and around the city for the architectural profession included new premises for the Brisbane Waterside Employees’ Association (The Waterside Workers) in Boundary Street; a new brick building for the MacTaggart Brothers, stock

and Doomben Race Course. Jack grew to share Alderman Oxlade’s passion for horse racing and spent much of his recreational time at the track. From as early as anyone can remember, the English-born builder, J. Hutchinson, was referred to simply as ‘Hutchie’, in that great Australian tradition of referring to mates with affectionate informality. In 1921, with Hutchies busy with a profusion of quality work in Brisbane’s CBD and the firm forging an enviable reputation, Jack Snr bought property across the river from the city heart at 36-38 Montague Road, South Brisbane, where he established offices, a storage yard for materials and

and station agents, in Adelaide Street; offices for the Repatriation Commission in Mary Street; a new brick building for the City Electric Light company in Edward Street; brick alterations for the early Bank

a service area for equipment.

of Queensland Limited (later to become the National Bank) on the corner of George and Herschel Streets; and extensions to brick livery stables for the Story and Ramsay Horse Bazaar at North Quay. As the Hutchinson building company was expanding its reach, Jack also used his business acumen to become active in local government political circles by being elected to the Wynnum Town Council in 1918. In July 1920, a significant and prestigious assignment was landed when Jack undertook additions to the home of Alderman Allen Oxlade in Elystan Street, New Farm. Former first class rugby player, Alderman Oxlade was one of the Oxlade brothers, prominent painting contractors, but, more importantly, a long-serving elected representative of the Brisbane City Council and an influential member of council committees

developed a firm grasp of the local building industry, established his own construction firm and started to tender for contracts. By the end of the first decade of J. Hutchinson, Builder and Contractor, 47-year-old Jack Snr was an experienced and successful builder and astute businessman who was mixing freely with Brisbane’s foremost architects, commercial leaders and politicians. Both his sons were in their twenties – young, strong and enthusiastic – and in their prime as qualified builders. Together – as Hutchies – they made a formidable team ... a team that had taken less than 10 years to display the drive and dedication which would ultimately result in the emergence of Australia’s largest privately owned building company, Hutchinson Builders.

Within just 12 months of arriving in his adopted country, Jack had settled his family, found work,

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Hopes for health and wealth Bury builder plans to build business BUILDER, John (Jack) Hutchinson, formerly of Bury, Lancashire, is looking forward to his new life in Australia. Mr Hutchinson was one of the 300 passengers to arrive on the steamer Rippingham Grange that docked recently in Brisbane from England via the Suez Canal and Eric Hutchinson (seated) celebrated his eighth birthday during the family’s ocean voyage. His father, Jack Hutchinson, the Torres Strait. (front right) joined in the festivities. He was accompanied by his wife, Ellen, and their two boys, Jack II and man and builder, said he believed Australia looks to be a land of opportunity for a man Eric on an eventful voyage which encoun- had a great future following its Federation who’s prepared to give it a real go,” said Mr tered rough seas, sandstorms and searing in 1901. Hutchinson. heat before arriving in the gentler climes of “The new Commonwealth Government “There is sure to be a big demand for the southern hemisphere. is setting up national infrastructure to qualified builders and I am hoping my Mr Hutchinson, a successful business- unite the states into a strong country and it lads will follow me into the trade and take advantage of the opportunities in our new country.” Mr Hutchinson said he and his wife chose Australia as their new home because of its tropical climate. “Our Ellen has been poorly and she can no longer tolerate the bitterly cold and long wet English winters,” he said. “We had considered Canada as an alternative future home, but its winters can also be quite severe. “I think Queensland’s tropical sunshine will be good for her. “We have arranged to rent a cottage by the sea at Lota and the fresh sea breeze blowing in off Moreton Bay should prove to be a healthy lifestyle for us all.” Mr Hutchinson said the long sunny days also should be good for the building trade with a minimum amount of time lost to inclement weather which had been his experience in England. The Hutchinsons voyaged aboard the Rippingham Grange.

This document, signed by John (Jack) Hutchinson, on January 29, 1912, is the first recorded contract to be undertaken by the Manly builder.

Side elevation of the new additions to the Married NCO quarters at Fort Lytton.

Builder’s contribution to national defence build-up ~ Fort the key to defending the Empire ~ THE Queensland Defence Force, established in 1860, and Fort Lytton, built in 1880 at the mouth of the Brisbane River, both will make a major contribution to the Australian effort to defend the British Empire if war threatening in Europe should ever break out. As part of the Australian military build-up, Fort Lytton is being expanded with construction of new Non-Commissioned Officers’ quarters. Newly established local builder, John (Jack) Hutchinson, has won the State Government contract of £73/10s for additions to the quarters. This is the first major contract to be won by Mr Hutchinson who arrived by boat from England with his family last year to start a new life in Australia. He lives locally at Manly and his performance at Fort Lytton is eagerly anticipated as a potential major contributor to the building industry in Queensland. Fort Lytton is the birthplace

Military personnel at the Training Camp at Fort Lytton.

of Queensland’s military history, with the State relying heavily on the facility as a fixed defence position for its capital and wealthiest port, Brisbane. When Fort Lytton was first established in 1880, Brisbane had a population of less than 100,000 people but an impres-

The Queensland Government Gazette March 14, 1912 announces the contract for improvements at Fort Lytton has been won by J. Hutchinson, Builder and Contractor – a newcomer to the state’s construction industry.

sive annual trade of four million pounds. Today, Brisbane is considered more vulnerable to naval attack than Sydney or Melbourne, as it is only three days’ sail from the French naval garrison at Noumea. The Fort itself is a typical nineteenth century garrison – a pentagonal fortress concealed behind grassy embankments – surrounded for greater protection by a water-filled moat. It is armed with guns and river mines to counter any effort by enemy ships to attack the city. By 1901, Fort Lytton had six gun pits and two machine-gun posts. The arsenal included two 6-inch BL 5-ton Armstrong guns, which could be raised to fire over the fort’s ramparts and lowered just 20 seconds later; two 6-pounder QF Hotchkiss guns; one 4-barrel 1-inch Nordenfeldt machine gun; one 10-barrel 0.45-inch Norden-

feldt machine gun; and two 64-pounder RML guns. The controlled minefield, supported by the guns, is operated from a concealed tunnel under the Fort. From statehood in 1859 until Australian Federation in 1901, Queensland relied for protection on its volunteer Queensland Defence Force which was founded in 1860. Fort Lytton has always been the main training ground for the Queensland Defence Force and the first annual encampment was held there in 1881. Today, the annual camps are run by permanent defence staff and provide regular training for the volunteers. The camps are a highlight in Queensland’s political and social calendar and, each year, Brisbane’s citizens travel by train or boat to Lytton to watch the spectacular military manoeuvres and ceremonial displays.

Schools expand to teach the three Rs Education spending gets full marks

JOHN (Jack) Hutchinson, of Manly, is helping Brisbane children with their three Rs (reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic) by expanding and improving facilities in the city’s bay and riverside schools. The contracts for education facilities at Ormiston, Manly and Bulimba state schools are part of a large consignment of State Government work carried out by J. Hutchinson, Builder and Contractor, in recent years. In 1912, at Ormiston State School, he was engaged to carry out improvements, repairs and painting at a cost of £95. The next lowest tender was for £101/10s. The 10-week contract provided for fences (general repairs to fences and rails); residence (lining to three sides of the front room, replacement of a pane of glass, repairs to fencing and gate, front steps, flooring and tops of door jambs); schoolhouse (lining and ceiling, repairs to spouting and downpipe, repairs to flooring, supply of cords to windows and fanlights); and tank (repairs to manhole door on underground tank). In 1913, Mr Hutchinson’s work at the Manly State School involved an entire new building to the school complex. Six months were allowed for completion of the building and the contract amount was for £915. The next lowest tender was for £987. The following year, in 1914, Mr Hutchinson provided a new classroom, improvements, repairs and plumbing at the Bulimba State School at a price of £1,201. The contract allowed five months for completion of the work. The school building at Bulimba is a wooden structure measuring 66ft x 25ft with 9ft wide verandahs and a teachers’ room.

Additions to the Manly State School 1913.

A glazed removable partition divides the school into two well-ventilated and well-lit classrooms, equipped with dual desks. Under the contract, lavatories were built, the area under the school was asphalted and the new building was connected to an existing facility. Mr Hutchinson is a prolific bidder for State Government work and, although he has won many contracts, his unsuccessful bids between 1912 and 1914 include lining and painting at Wynnum North State School, living quarters for pumping engineer at Dunwich, Wynnum Court House, drill hall and officers quarters at Albion, open air annex at Wynnum North State School, drainage system, water supply, laundry and meat store at Lytton Quarantine Station, improvements at Harristown State School, repairs at Redland Bay State School, additions at Thornlands State School and new school at Bowen Bridge.

ABOVE: Hutchinson’s winning tender for improvement, repairs and painting to the Ormiston State School in the Redland Shire in 1912.

LEFT: New class room, improvements, repairs and plumbing at the Bulimba State School in 1914.

The house (and office) that Jack built Hutchies’ home office

LOCAL builder and contractor, John (Jack) Hutchinson, has set up a home/office at the family residence in Brisbane Road, Manly. Mr Hutchinson arrived in Queensland from England in April 1911 with his family and settled in the bayside area. He is an experienced and accomplished contractor with an intelligent approach to building who has tendered for and won many State Government works since 1912, particularly in Brisbane’s bayside suburbs and Moreton Bay islands. Since his arrival, his son, Jack ll, has left school and started with his father as an apprentice while studying estimating at Brisbane’s Central Technical College at night. His other son, Eric, will turn 14 next year and is expected to join his father and brother in the family business as an apprentice in 1915. As well as being a builder’s

Hutchinson’s family residence in Brisbane Road, Manly, has become a home/office and meeting place for building industry identities to talk business and play billiards.

office, the family home is a meeting place where Jack Hutchinson’s customers, suppliers and tradesmen play billiards and talk about building, sport and politics. The family has become wellknown and respected in the local community. Australians give people and

places they admire a favoured nickname and members of the Hutchinson building team have

become known as Hutchies – a name they wear with great pride.

New company letterhead features the family home-office address in Brisbane Road, Manly.

Australia joins Britain to fight the Germans Volunteers rally to the cause AUSTRALIA is at war with Germany. Hostilities began in August 1914 when Britain and Germany declared war on each other and the Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher pledged our full support for Britain. Australia has been quick to respond with the country rallying behind the ‘mother country’ and calling for volunteers within days of the declaration of war. Australian men, who think of themselves as at least partly British, also responded quickly – forming the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). Australia’s early involvement in what is being called the ‘Great War’ includes the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force taking possession of German New Guinea and the neighbouring islands of the Bismarck Archipelago in October 1914. In November 1914 the Royal Australian Navy made a further significant contribution when HMAS Sydney destroyed the German raider SMS Emden.

Crowds farewell a brave batch of enlisted as they leave Brisbane aboard a troopship headed to Europe to fight for King and country.

Brick building in Brisbane a big breakthrough for bayside builder

New modern warehouse for city heart carrier A NEW modern warehouse for general carrier and customs forwarding agent, R. Jackson, on the corner of Elizabeth, Creek and Eagle Streets, Brisbane, is a major milestone for builder and contractor, John (Jack) Hutchinson. The warehouse, designed by architect Richard Gailey, Jnr, in 1914, is Hutchinson’s first major brick project, his first significant Central Business District undertaking and his

first substantial venture for a prominent architect and client. Hutchinson’s previous work in Brisbane has been in Government contracts based on keen pricing. Since his reputation has grown for producing quality buildings at competitive prices for the Government, he has captured the attention of the city’s architects. Although his portfolio con-

A new modern warehouse to be built near the intersection of Eagle, Creek and Elizabeth Streets in the city for general carrier and customs forwarding agent, R. Jackson, is a significant breakthrough for builder and contractor, John Hutchinson.

tinues to include a mix of State and Commonwealth Government work, there is a growing volume of work for private clients through professional architects, including F.R. Hall, Chambers and Powell, M.T.

Stanley, W.C. Voller, G.C. Wilson and E. Myers. Hutchinson is now a major player in the local building scene with a flow of work based on reputation, as well as his quality and pricing.

Armistice signed: End of War Kaiser flees to Holland

Thousands crowd into Brisbane city streets to celebrate the end of the Great War.

ARMISTICE was declared on November 11, 1918, bringing an end to the Great War... a ‘War to End All Wars’. The armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Rethondes, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. While this date marked the cease fire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire. The Armistice was agreed at 5am on November 11, to come into effect at 11am Paris time. The Armistice amounted to complete German demilitarisation. The Germans registered their formal protest at the harshness of Allied terms but they were in no position to refuse to sign. On Sunday November 10, they were shown newspapers from Paris, that Kaiser Wilhelm II had abdicated. Hindenburg ordered the delegation to sign at any price as an armistice was absolutely necessary. Those all important signatures were made between 5:12 am and 5:20 am, Paris time on November 11, 1918.

Australia’s urgent need for repatriation at end to war Helping the post war recovery FOLLOWING cessation of hostilities in the Great War of 1914-18, Australia has urgent need for facilities to help repatriate its men and women who gave brave military service. The country’s involvement cost the lives of more than 60,000 Australians and many others have been left unable to work as a result of their injuries. On October 29, 1919, the Commonwealth Government entered into a contract with J. Hutchinson, of Brisbane Road, Manly, for alterations and additions to premises in Mary Street, Brisbane, for repatriation offices. Mr L.E. Groom, Minister for Works and Railways, has announced the contract amount is £3,075 with the date for completion December 29,1919. The original Deed of Grant for this site was given to Mr James Mooney on February 13, 1855 and remained in the possession of the Mooney family until 1891. A significant building was erected in 1883 for Mr William Mooney, a well-known and influential merchant. The Brisbane Courier newspaper of April 24,1883, reported that: “Two warehouses for Mr Mooney in Mary Street ... current work of F.D.G. Stanley ... will be a stone building 66’ by 190’, consisting of two storeys and a basement, the height of the structure being 35’ above the pavement. The building, the contractor of which is Mr J. S. Martin, is all but finished and will cost over £3,000.” Since that time, the warehouse has been tenanted by various firms including Hoff-

Mooney’s Building, Mary Street, Brisbane, home of the newly created Department of Repatriation in 1919.

nung and Co., merchants; Taylor and Colledge, manufacturing chemists; and John M. Mooney, glassware merchant, who has

now closed his business. The Commonwealth Government has paid £6,500 for the building and it will be occupied

by the newly created Department of Repatriation after J. Hutchinson’s renovations and improvements.

Backyard blitz for city father New Farm house gets a fancy facelift IN July 1920, J. Hutchinson undertook a significant and prestigious assignment with additions to the home of Alderman Allen Oxlade in Elystan Street, New Farm. Former first class rugby player, Alderman Oxlade, is one of the Oxlade brothers, prominent painting contractors, but, more importantly, a long serving elected representative of the Brisbane City Council and an influential member of council committees including Building and Roads, Parks, Finance, Health, Wharves, Lighting, Works and Cross River Bridges. He is an influential member of the city’s political and

social network and is proving an important contact for Jack Hutchinson. This sports loving city father is fond of horse racing and is a founding member of the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club and Doomben Racecourse. Previously, in the mid-1880s, Albion Park was established as a racecourse and became known as ‘The Creek’ because it was developed from a swampy marsh, which had a creek running through it. The Creek was bought as a going concern by a consortium, the leaders of which included Alderman Allen Oxlade, G.M. Dash and E. (Barney) Joyce. The influential Brisbane

Former first class rugby player, Alderman Oxlade is now an influential city father.

Amateur Turf Club was formed from this group. Since then, the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club has taken over a recreational area in the suburb of Doomben, establishing the Doomben Racecourse. With its natural beauty, Doomben Racecourse is fast becoming known as the Garden Racecourse.

Home for the privileged few now houses the underprivileged many SHAFSTON House, a sprawling Brisbane riverine estate mansion, once owned by some of the city’s most privileged and influential citizens, is now home to some of Australia’s most needy. Shafston House, first built by Darling Downs pastoralist and politician, Henry Russell, and named after his wife’s birthplace in Jamaica, has been taken over by the Commonwealth Government and renamed Anzac Hostel for the care and treatment of our totally and permanently incapacitated ex-servicemen. As well as taking the life of more than 60,000 Australians, the ‘War to End All Wars’ left countless others physically and psychologically scarred and maimed. The property on 44 acres in Kangaroo Point, purchased by the Department of Repatriation in 1919, now houses those courageous Australians injured in the Great War of 1914-18. Renovations and alterations took place before newly-named Anzac Hostel was ready to receive its first patients on July 19, 1920. A major addition was the large, open-sided hospital ward, highset on stumps, which demonstrates the Government’s public health theory on the importance of fresh air in maintaining good health.

Ex-servicemen get the Shafston

Shafston House, a sprawling riverine estate mansion at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, was purchased by the Commonwealth Government in 1919.

Duke, Duchess drop in for a day This theory has been put into practice in the range of designs of other Government hospitals and schools throughout the state. Because of the facility’s riverfront aspect, access to and from the river on all tides has been deemed desirable. On April 4, 1921, the Commonwealth Government let a contract to J. Hutchinson for the erection of a reinforced concrete pontoon at Anzac Hostel in the amount of £239 with a completion date of May 10.

The Duke and Duchess of York disembarking from yacht Juanita onto the J. Hutchinson-constructed pontoon during a goodwill visit to Anzac Hostel.

Shafston was renamed Anzac Hostel for the care and treatment of totally and permanently incapacitated ex-servicemen injured in the Great War.

A bird’s eye view of the bustling South Brisbane precinct into which Hutchies has moved its headquarters.

Company moves to larger storage yard and offices in South Brisbane New heart of town home for Hutchies

The company’s new letterhead records Hutchies’ previous address of Brisbane Road, Manly, is now officially Montague Street, South Brisbane.

WITH a steady increase in the amount of public and private building contracts in Queensland, John (Jack) Hutchinson has acquired a property at 36-38 Montague Street, South Brisbane, to establish an office and storage/service yard for materials and equipment close to Brisbane’s Central Business District. Mr Hutchinson said the large storage and service facility, in the heart of the city, would provide better service for his customers. Map showing the location of Hutchies’ new city office and yard.

City builder makes special delivery to outback town

Major milestone for Mitchell’s mail BRISBANE-based J. Hutchinson, Builder and Contractor, has gone well outside the city limits to make a special delivery to the town of Mitchell, 350 miles west of the capital. Special delivery was the new modern Post and Telegraph Office and staff quarters for the outback town completed in May 1921. The Commonwealth Government architect-designed building, known as a type T17, consists of a twin porch, gable and lantern. Although the building has adjoining office and quarters, the areas are distinctly separated from one another through the arrangement of the rooms. The office features a central gable above the public space, with a porch either side, and

Mitchell Post and Telegraph Office has a pleasing style which resolves the climatic considerations of the outback.

roof which is an extension of the main one. A lantern marks the top and centre of the roof and provides ventilation to the rooms via channel vents. This is a common type of post office design and is noted for the quality of its

detail and construction, resolution of climatic considerations in the outback as well as the visual appeal of its form and facade. Similar examples of this style of Government building can be found at Cloncurry, Miles, Aramac and Herberton.

Commonwealth to enforce tough federal quarantine laws at Lytton Fort lies as first line of defence against VD THE Commonwealth Gazette of July 7, 1921, has announced that J. Hutchinson, Builder and Contractor, has won major contracts for expansion of the Lytton Quarantine Station at the mouth of the Brisbane River. It is not the first time the builder has worked at the Lytton site. The latest contracts, totalling £2,750, provide for two new attendants’ quarters, a mortuary and laboratory, an extension to the main store and various alterations to existing buildings. This most recent expansion of facilities indicates the growing importance of the Lytton Quarantine Station which was first established in 1913-14 to accommodate newly arrived immigrants and people considered to be at risk of

causing infection to the general population. Since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, quarantine has become a Federal responsibility, taking over from the State which operated similar centres at Dunwich on Stradbroke Island, Peel Island and Lytton. The establishment of a dedicated human quarantine station at Lytton was made necessary following the widening and deepening of the channel through the bar at the mouth of the Brisbane River which was completed in 1911. For the first time, this permitted deep-draught, ocean-going vessels to enter the Brisbane River. Substantial construction of the quarantine facility was carried out in June 1913 with an administration building,

Hutchies has won contracts for the expansion of the Lytton Quarantine Station at the mouth of the Brisbane River.

isolation hospital, observation block, attendants’ quarters, domestic quarters and stores. A laundry, meat store, incineration shed, footpath and tramway/trolley lines followed in 1914. Today, vessels are met at the river mouth by the health authorities who board each ship and inspect all goods and personnel on board. Suspect people and goods are landed at Lytton for fumigation and isolation. Jetty facilities permit passengers to disembark on foot and a crane is provided for conveying

sick passengers, luggage and stores to shore. A tram line runs from the jetty to the reception house. After arrival, patients are admitted to the quarantine hospital wards where they are segregated with first, second and third class facilities, similar to arrangements aboard ship. The establishment of the Lytton Quarantine station has also proved timely, serving as a venereal disease isolation and treatment centre for our troops returning from the Great War after 1918.

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THE RISE OF J. HUTCHINSON The Second Decade (1922 – 1931) THE Roaring Twenties was a time of optimism and affluence following the Great War. World wide, the era was distinguished by medical discoveries, technological advances, unprecedented industrial growth and accelerated consumer demand. In the USA, the Roaring Twenties delivered jazz, flappers, Art Deco, gin baths and model T Fords. While in Australia, subsidised immigration from the United Kingdom, known as assisted passage, caused Australian cities to mushroom and many infrastructure projects, delayed or abandoned by the Great War, kick-started in the 1920s, including the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. To feed the growing population, new dams and grain elevators were built, the rural railway network expanded and irrigation schemes, such as the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, started in earnest. •••


OR Hutchies, the post-War era was one of prosperity and rapid expansion, with more than 88 major projects on the worksheets. Building was brisk in booming Brisbane during the 1920s. The commercial and retail buildings which appeared on the CBD skyline and domestic construction that emerged in the suburbs, along with roads, bridges and parks, confirmed a general building boom. The 1920s was a time of massive residential construction with growth in the infrastructure which manufactured and supplied household goods and services. The list of architects regularly referring work to J. Hutchinson had swelled and included many new names such as C.B. Da Costa; Powell and Hutton; Hall and Prentice; Conrad and Gargett; Atkinson and Conrad; Lange Powell; C. Humphreys; Andrew Irving; T.B.M. Wightman; E.P. Trewern; Richard Gailey, Jnr; Atkinson Powell and Conrad; R.A. Shaw; and R. Coutts and Sons.

Despite a smaller proportion of government work, Hutchies was enjoying an increased reputation as well as the fruits of stronger and more valuable contacts among the city’s architects. The 1920s began well with two prestigious contracts – expansion of the Queen Street General Post Office for the Commonwealth Government and construction of the Ernest Baynes Grandstand at Royal National Association Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, with seating for 7000. By this time, Jack Hutchinson and his sons were a significant force in the Queensland building industry and their impressive client list reflected the affluence of the era. It included household names like Rothwells; Howard Motor Company; National Bank of Australia; Royal National Association; Cadbury-Fry and Pascall; Queensland Masonic Club; National Insurance Company of New Zealand; St Luke’s Mission; F. Tritton; YWCA; McNiven Brothers; Corporation of Synod of Diocese of Brisbane; F.T. Morris; Union Trustees; Commercial

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Bank of Australia; Burns Philip and Co; and Greater

after office hours, and Eric was projects supervisor

Brisbane Motion Pictures.

and kept in close contact with the firm’s suppliers.

Also on the burgeoning list in the workbook was J. Hutchinson at 36-38 Montague Road, South

As a reflection of these buoyant times, in 1928, Jack Snr bought a house in a prime position on the

Brisbane, where, in March 1928, as a result of a

Brisbane River, at Highgate Hill, in addition to the

continued healthy flow of work, the builder found time to expand his own offices. While Hutchies built many architect-designed homes for professionals and business people in and around the city, the bulk of the work was on factories, warehouses, shops, jewellers, musical outlets, wine distributors, department stores, offices, medical suites, automobile garages, schools, motion picture theatres, hotels and banks – some as far afield as Roma. The volume and variety of work reflected the prosperity of this exciting post-War era. By the early 1920s, in regard to the firm of J. Hutchinson, the roles of father and sons were clearly defined. Jack Snr was the sole proprietor of

family home at Manly. No-one could have guessed that the following year, 1929, would prove to be such an extraordinary one for the Hutchinsons and the world over. In 1929, Eric, aged 28, married Grace Price and moved into the newly acquired Highgate Hill home where his son, John, would be born on October 7 the following year. However, far overshadowing the family’s happy affairs, the reverberations from the Wall Street stockmarket fall – the Crash of ’29 – were felt worldwide and ushered in the Great Depression. Indeed, 1929 would prove to be a watershed year for the world’s economies and one which triggered

Hutchies. Although, he no longer spent any significant hands-on time at the job sites, he concentrated on the control of all the financial aspects of the

some of the greatest financial challenges the modern industrial nations had ever encountered. It would be almost 80 years before the world faced another global financial crisis of such proportions.

business. Jack Snr was the company’s formidable figurehead who personally opened the mail, dealt with the accounts, paid wages and met regularly – both on a professional basis and a social basis – with architects, clients, politicians and government officials. Meanwhile, Jack II and Eric worked in the office and out on the job sites … and Jack Snr had taught his sons well. The two younger men knew the construction business inside and out, and, because they spent much of their time working onsite, Hutchies’ building gangs were motivated and efficient. Jack II prepared all the estimates, usually at home

Just months earlier, Hutchies had started work on The Plaza, a motion picture theatre on the corner of Latrobe Terrace and Collingwood Street, Paddington, in Brisbane, designed by architect Richard Gailey, Jnr. When the economic crash came, the owners could not pay the £8,000 construction costs and J. Hutchinson, as the appointed receiver, assumed possession of the property. This bold move in such straitened times highlighted the financial strength of Hutchies – a firm in the enviable position of being able to absorb an £8,000 loss of budgeted income without severe financial implications to day-to-day operations.

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Characteristically, Jack Snr took an eager interest

bags and burst them at a critical time during the

in the motion picture industry and quickly learned


everything he could in order to assume hands-on management of the newly acquired Paddington

This was the beginning of a regimen that existed for many years – Jack Snr maintaining the dual role


of builder and theatre owner/manager.

Every night of the week and each Saturday afternoon matinee, the builder was there in person to grapple with the projection technology (involving two sticks of carbon burning point-to-point against each other to provide a light source – the carbon-arc lamp) and to collect tickets at the door. At intermission, Jack Snr would issue pass-outs for patrons to buy refreshments at the theatre’s inhouse canteen and, as they re-entered for the main feature film, he would be there again to collect the pass-outs. Another task he took on was to put a small tear in the bottom of every bag of potato chips taken into the theatre by patrons to ensure the rowdy element

Jack Snr’s time also was shared by the Bardon Bowls Club, where he would eventually become a life member, and Queensland Master Builders Association, where he served as vice-president during 1929, when the building industry, understandably, went into serious decline during the Great Depression. Jack Snr was a popular and able leader and, after serving a term as vice-president, he took the presidential chair in March 1930 and held it for three years. Jack Hutchinson Snr had answered the call during what would ultimately prove to be one of the most punishing periods of the Queensland building

in the audience was unable to blow up the empty

industry in the first half of the twentieth century.


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Governor lays first foundation stone

The new Ernest Baynes grandstand at the Exhibition Grounds in Brisbane.

Grand view of state’s productivity from RNA’s grand stand New structure to accommodate 7000 people

The cross section of the grandstand that can accommodate up to 7000 people.

HUTCHIES has begun construction of an impressive new grandstand – to be known as the Ernest Baynes Stand – at the Royal National and Industrial Association ground, Bowen Park, Brisbane. The building, designed by architect Richard Gailey, Jnr, is being built by Hutchies at a cost of £25,200 and with a final completion date of June 1923. The grandstand will have a northeasterly aspect with two tiers of seats providing a seating capacity of 5000 and a total capacity of 7000. With a frontage of 150ft and depth of 60ft, the grandstand is being constructed of steel faced with brick and includes

a dining hall on the ground floor with accommodation for 600 people. A complete septic system will be installed and the cooking appliances will be of the most up-to-date character. A row of 10 shops will face the roadway at the rear. To make room for this new structure, the old smokers’ stand will be demolished and re-erected in another part of the ground. The Governor of Queensland, Sir Matthew Nathan, laid the first foundation stone, followed by Mr C.E. McDougall (RNA President) and Mr E. Baynes (RNA Chairman) who laid the consecutive foundation stones.

Getting the stamp of approval for Post Office contract Mail service is lifeblood of a growing nation Brisbane is to be the first in the southern hemisphere to use mechanical equipment FOLLOWING the Federation of all Australian states on January 1, 1901, many colonial public service departments were transferred to Commonwealth control, including Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones, known now as the Postmaster General’s Department. As a result, the General Post

Office, centrally situated in Queen Street, Brisbane, is one of the most impressive Commonwealth Government buildings in Queensland. It also is an important building, with Queensland’s Federal Members of Parliament and Senators previously having their offices on the first floor.

Facing-up tables and letter sorting frames in Brisbane GPO Mail Branch 1925.

Registration Section of Brisbane GPO Mail Branch 1925.

As well, the GPO Board Room has been used frequently for deputations and meetings by visiting Ministers of the Crown, including Prime Ministers, W.M. Hughes and J.A. Lyons. Because of its central location and imposing nature, the GPO is a popular saluting base for processions, marches and royal visits. As Queensland grows in political importance and postal traffic increases, a new GPO wing has been pushed through to Elizabeth Street where an existing building, Paterson, Lang and Bruce, has been purchased. In 1922, the new building was remodelled and the Parcels Post office relocated to make way for expansion of the Mail Branch. Hutchies won the contract for £1,325 for this important work

which started on May 19 and finished on July 14. The Mail Room activities now include 50 letter carriers who hand deliver letters from the GPO to all suburbs in Brisbane – hoped to be the foundation for a system of suburban postal depots in the future. After expansion of the Mail Room and other internal changes to Parcel Post and Private Mail boxes, experiments are to be carried out on the mechanical handling of mail. A machine using handoperated levers and electrically driven belts will be built in the GPO workshops and will be operated from 1925 – making Brisbane the first Mail Exchange in the Southern Hemisphere to use such equipment.

Governor lauds Queensland as a wonderful state THE Governor of Queensland Sir Matthew Nathan said annual exhibition show week in August was the most important time of the year for the whole state. He said it was a time when visitors from the south discovered that Queensland was a wonderful place. Sir Matthew made his comments at the laying of the foundation stones for the newest grandstand at the Royal National and Industrial Association’s grounds in Brisbane. “In August, they recognise the climate of Brisbane as perfect,” Sir Matthew said. “They learn from hearsay or from subsequent visits that there

No Bolshies or violent crime here, says Sir Matthew is no part of the year in southern Queensland, and no considerable part in the north or west, where the climate is unhealthy, or even seriously trying. “They discover to their surprise that, far from being a Bolshevik state, Queensland is populated by a law-abiding people with a fair sprinkling of nice, old-fashioned Tories, and that Brisbane is a well-behaved, smartly policed city, inclined to plume itself on the absence of violent crime relatively to other cities of the continent. “They cannot but be impressed by the natural wealth of our coun-

try and the richness of our land by what they see at the National Society’s exhibition – sheep and wool, dairy cattle and dairy produce as good as theirs and beef cattle probably better; cotton already established and promising a production which no other state would be able to approach; sugar for the whole of Australia; and the prospective power, only waiting for development by population, to supply all the tropical produce that Australia might want, as well as some semi-tropical fruits fit for the most fastidious of European markets.”

Making an impression with engravers HUTCHIES has completed construction of an impressive new ornate multi-storey premises for process engravers, S.A. Best Ltd. The premises in Gipps Street, Fortitude Valley are constructed of fireproof material throughout. All walls, columns and girders are reinforced concrete and the building boasts fireproof doors and steel window frames. The premises consist of four floors and basement. The upper floors are to be used for the photographic and lithographic departments while parts of the first and second floors will be for office accommodation. The building was designed by Richard Gailey. RIGHT: Hutchies recently completed new premises for S.A. Best Ltd.

New state branch for National Bank POST-WAR growth has seen expansion of commerce in Queensland and a fine new building for banking chambers and offices for the National Bank of Australia has been completed by Hutchies to the design of architects, Lange Powell, on the corner of Wickham and Gipps Streets, Fortitude Valley. NBA Board minutes of May 12, 1924, gave approval for the plans and specifications at a cost of ÂŁ6,815. On September 4, 1924, approval was given for an additional floor at a cost of ÂŁ2,550. The project was handed over by Hutchies in December 1925.

Modern medicos salute sacrificing Scots surgeon

Original Ballow Chambers before Hutchies’ latest two-storey addition.

Building higher on ‘Harley Street’ HUTCHIES-built Ballow Chambers has climbed a further two storeys. Situated on the eastern end of Wickham Terrace – Brisbane’s own ‘Harley Street’ – stage one of the building was built in 1924 at a cost of £17,000 on the site of the 1870s Bunya Bunya Cottage.

Less than two years later, Hutchies was awarded the contract to build a further two storeys onto the prestigious and popular medical specialists’ building. Built for Ballow Chambers Ltd, a group of medical practitioners headed by Charles Thelander, Ballow Chambers was designed by Lange Powell. It is one of the first of a few new purpose-built modern specialist medical buildings being commissioned in Brisbane. The street facade, with five bays, has restrained Georgian details with a central, rendered, triple-arched entry with balcony above; stucco quoins and strings; and a cornice and parapet with balustrading. Rectangular multi-paned casement windows with fanlights and metal glazing bars define each storey and windows along the northern wall are shaded by awnings. Internally the building is divided into smart suites of medical offices, accessed via a hallway on each level. The ground floor corridor displays a sequence of arches, plastered walls, timber skirting boards and dado railing. A central staircase of darkThe plaque which pays tribute to Dr David Ballow. stained, silky oak treads and hand-

rail, with wrought iron balustrading and dado tiles, services all floors, as does the adjacent elevator. A casement window and arched fanlight with multi-paned leadlights is a prominent feature of the ground floor stairwell. The Georgian-style building is named after colonial surgeon and the first doctor to establish a private practice in Brisbane, Scottish-born David Ballow, who died of typhus fever while treating immigrants quarantined at Dunwich in 1850. A plaque commemorating Dr Ballow is to be fixed to the front wall of the building. It reads...

To the memory of DAVID KEITH BALLOW late Colonial Assistant Surgeon Coroner of the district and a magistrate of the territory who on the arrival in this port of the ship ‘Emigrant’ having malignant typhus fever on board and with which the Medical Officer of the vessel was seized and subsequently died nobly undertook the duties of Surgeon Superintendent of the Quarantine station at Dunwich and fell himself a victim. Born at Montrose Scotland 27th October 1804. Died 29th September 1850.

Eagers’ modern assembly line.

Eager by name and eager by nature Father, son establish a motoring empire After sales service and repairs – the keys that drive success E.G. EAGER and Son was established by Edgar Eager and his son, Frederick, in 1913 as the local distributor of Overland cars. Their car rooms at Newstead soon became the distribution centre for Chevrolet, Oakland, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Buick, La Salle and Vauxhall cars and Chevrolet trucks. By 1922 they were operating Queensland’s first motor assembly line for Overland cars and Whippets. As part of Eagers’ constant expansion to deal with the growing number of brands in their distribution network, Hutchies built a new timber and steel industrial building to accommodate expanding workshops in Evelyn Street, Newstead, in 1924. The key to Edgar Eager’s success is his realisation of the importance of his ability to service and repair the cars he sells. According to Eagers, once a customer has decided on the type of car he wants and the

price he can afford, the next most important question is how to get maximum use and satisfaction from his purchase. As well as servicing the various makes and models of cars sold by Eagers, the firm also undertakes repairs on all other makes of cars and trucks with up-to-date facilities and expert mechanics who can guarantee

Finished cars waiting for customers.

quicker and better service on every job entrusted to them. Every car has its own appointed position in the repair line and each mechanic has his own section of work bench space so there is no danger of

anything going astray. The workshops have an array of modern drills, presses, grinders and testing machines that guarantee absolute accuracy and speed in executing any repair.

New expanded workshops for E.G. Eager & Son, Newstead.

Globe rolls out of the road of progress THE Globe Hotel, in Adelaide Street, Brisbane designed by Richard Gailey, Jnr, and built by Hutchies, has survived a plan by the Brisbane City Council to resume land to widen Adelaide Street for its entire length. Council set a precedent when it purchased the Hotel Daniel for £54,000 and resold the property for £50,000, with the purchaser agreeing to give the Council 14 feet of land along Adelaide Street. Council bought the Globe Hotel for £25,000 and resold it for £22,000 after rearranging the street frontage. The Globe was built in 1924 with the resumption deal finalised in 1927.

Church offers shelter for strangers in a strange land New city site for seamen Flying Angel keeps sailor seamen safe from doubtful kinds of amusement THANKS to the Church of England, seamen visiting the Port of Brisbane will have a home away from home at the new Institute of the Missions to Seamen established on the corner of Adelaide, Macrossan and Diddams Streets, in Petrie Bight. The mission, built by Hutchies to the design and under the supervision of architects, H.W. Atkinson and A.H. Conrad, was officially opened on May 26, 1926. Construction cost was £11,809. At the opening, a Flying

Angel, the badge of the Missions to Seamen, was unveiled on the front door. Chairman of the Missions to Seamen, Bishop Le Fanu, said the Mission made no secret of its Christian character in offering hospitality. ”The best hospitality is that which is given to those, who for some reason or other, are unable to return it,” said Bishop Le Fanu. “It is such hospitality that Missions to Seamen around the world strive to supply and I am

Artist’s sketch of the new Seamen’s Institute.

Sunday tea in the concert room.

sure there are sailors all over the seas who are grateful for the welcome they receive from the society at a hundred ports of call.” The Institute strives to keep sailors away from “doubtful kinds of amusement” by hosting men who find themselves alone in different parts of the world and offering them a safe and attractive means of using their leisure time with sincere Christian hospitality. Chairman of the Building Fund, Mr D.J. Mackay-Sim, said that, even if the shipping of Brisbane should ever move to Pinkenba, the new building with its central location would always be valuable. “Everyone must realise we owe a tremendous debt to the

men who sail ships and the Institute is a fitting acknowledgement of that debt,” he said. “It will be particularly appreciated by young boys who find themselves here as strangers in a strange land.” The site is in the centre of the city and commands a fine view of the river. The corner entrance has a high octagonal turret roof covered in shingle tiles and capped by a model of a wrought iron mediaeval sailing vessel – an emblem expressive of the purpose of the building. It has a vestibule, refreshment buffet, recreation/concert hall, billiard room, kitchen, chapel, storage, dressing room, lavatory and space for rent as a warehouse.

Trittons expands its reputation of having the biggest and best No fear of the future, claims furniture firm Floor stock includes everything from clocks, curtains to ice-chests F. TRITTON of George Street, Brisbane, has the reputation of having Queensland’s largest showroom of locally manufactured and imported furniture and furnishings. In September 1927, Hutchies enhanced that reputation by adding an entire additional floor level running from George Street through to North Quay, to the design by architect, R.A. Shaw. Many of Trittons’ products start their lives in the factory near the Melbourne Street railway station where rough timber arrives by train from Queensland, interstate and overseas. After passing through the electric powered factory under the expert eye of a master cabinetmaker, highly polished furniture finally finds its way into the showroom in George Street. At any given time, the ground floor holds 150 bedroom suites in a variety of timbers – mainly maple and silky oak. The ground floor includes a fine collection of grandfather Westminster chime clocks made in the Tritton’s factory

and fitted with imported movements. This area also has a large selection of ice boxes and ice chests. The first floor houses the Carpet and Linoleum Department where hundreds of rolls enjoy space and light, essential for proper viewing when choosing colour and design.

In the Soft Goods Department, experts are on hand to consult on colour schemes and designs for curtains and other soft furnishings. On the next floor reserve stocks are held, suites are upholstered, window blinds manufactured, lampshades made, curtains cut to size and furniture touched up and lightly polished before delivery. Next door to the showroom is the Despatch Department

which opens onto North Quay where a fleet of delivery vans takes padded furniture and soft furnishings to their final destinations. Mr F. Tritton, managing director, said he had no fear about the future of Queensland. “This is a fine country and we have a good straight-forward class of people. “I intend to push on and continue to progress in the years ahead,” he said.

Delivery vehicles line up outside the busy premises of furnishers F. Tritton Ltd.

Outstanding new landmark for Kedron THE new Kedron War Memorial School of Arts is now available for use by the local community. Hutchies started work on the project in May and has completed the task at a cost of £2,701.

Despite the phasing in of modern ‘horse power’, many of Bryce’s regular deliveries are still made using real horse power.

Helping horses to step aside for ‘horsepower’ New delivery for parcel carriers

BRISBANE-based Bryce Limited, trading as City and Suburban Parcel Delivery, is banking on modern ‘horsepower’ taking off in the future with the phasing in of a new fleet of Model T Ford trucks. In preparation for the transition from horses to

Bryces boast they’re backing a winner ‘horsepower’, the company’s stables, workshops and storage yard on the corner of Buchanan and Musgrave Streets, West End, are being expanded with Hutchies being awarded the

Sweet deal with confectionery contract HUTCHIES has constructed a new industrial building at 53-57 James Street, Fortitude Valley. The building, designed by R. Coutts and Sons, is for clients, McNiven Brothers, confectioners.

contract for construction of timber and iron garages. Head office remains in Adelaide Street, the city, with the main parcel delivery section on the corner of Albert and

Alice Streets. Originally, Bryces had just one truck in its fleet which did the outlying Sandgate and Redcliffe runs with everything from parcels to large items of furniture. As more of the new Ford trucks are phased in over the next few years, it is anticipated that they will be used on the longer suburban runs.

Bank alterations on the money

HUTCHIES has completed alterations to the newest branch of the National Bank on the corner of George and Roma Streets, the city. Formerly held by Bank of Queensland, the banking premises, shops and offices underwent alterations to the value of £1,400. Work was carried out during 1928 for architects Atkinson, Powell and Conrad.

Building industry tops unemployment woes IT’S official … the building and construction industry is now the hardest hit with the nation’s growing unemployment problems. Since the onset of the current severe recession, experts have calculated unemployment numbers in the country’s workforce to be somewhere between 25 percent if not as high as 29 per cent in some sectors. Although farmers and graziers have been hit hard with the severe downturn in export markets, it is the local building industry which has suffered the most. Hard hit families queue for food hand-outs in Fortitude Valley.

Church’s down to earth business deal with an ecclesiastical outlook

Modern elevator lifts standard of finish

ETON Private Hotel, the new Hutchies-built business premises for the Diocese Council of the Church of England, at the corner of Wharf and Adelaide Streets, Brisbane, is now complete. The buildings consist of shops and motor garages on the ground floor with residential and club rooms above. The work was done at a cost of £50,000 from designs by Messrs. Atkinson, Powell & Conrad, architects. Although Hutchies’ quote was not the lowest, the architect recommended its acceptance, suggesting that the lowest price tender was “very risky.” The buildings were designed to harmonise with the nearby ecclesiastical buildings of St John’s Cathedral and St Martin’s Hospital.

Artist’s impression of Eton Private Hotel – designed to harmonise with the nearby buildings of St John’s Cathedral and St Martin’s Hospital.

Boasts of building being practically fireproof Shops face Adelaide Street while the main entrance to the residential section and Moreton Club is in Wharf Street. On the left of the main entrance is a spacious dining room with lounge, kitchen and office. The large garage in Adelaide Street has a reinforced concrete roof supported by nine heavily reinforced concrete pillars.

First floor consists of 36 bedrooms to be occupied as residential, as well as a common room and laundry for St Martin’s Hospital, together with nurses’ quarters with balconies. This portion of the building is independent of the rest of the building with the only access being from the hospital side. The second floor consists of

18 residential bedrooms and 18 nurses’ quarters. The third floor is devoted entirely to the Ladies’ Moreton Club, with dining room, card rooms and comfortable lounges. A modern elevator is installed and the building is practically fireproof, with the floors and main staircase throughout being of concrete.

Stepping out with a new shoe factory CONSTRUCTION of a new modern factory for boot and shoe manufacturer, F.T. Morris, has been completed on the corner of Hale and Caxton Streets, Paddington. The project was designed by architect, W.C. Voller, and constructed by Hutchies at a cost of £7,500. The project contract was signed in November 1929.

Wedding bells for brothers

HUTCHIES’ own Eric Hutchinson, aged 28, has married his sweetheart, Grace Price. Among those well-wishers pictured with the happy couple is the groom’s best man, his brother, Jack II (far right).

Hutchies kick the goals for local sporting club THIS year the Hutchies boys have continued their heavy involvement in the local community and local sporting clubs. Pictured with the Wynnum Soccer Club team for 1929 are Jack Snr (president), Jack II and Eric (captain).


Top marks for school addition EXTENSIVE additions to the Coorparoo State School have been designed to blend sympathetically with its surrounds. Hutchies won the contract for £2,087 to build the new two-storey block which has provision for two classrooms, two cloakrooms and a teachers’ room on each floor and seating for 100 pupils. The building consists of cavity brick walls over concrete floors. The roof over the addition has been carried up as a central feature. Elevations harmonise with the existing building with brickwork above the cement band course at first floor level being roughcast and the face bricks below finished with white struck joints.

At the YWCA ALTERATIONS to the Young Women’s Christian Association building in Adelaide Street have been carried out by Hutchies. The changes were designed by architects Atkinson, Powell and Conrad and completed with a building cost of £4000.


Cash-strapped company caught in crash

Patrons at the gala opening night of the Plaza Theatre in Paddington were enthralled by the theatre itself as much as the featured film.

Paddo’ picture theatre out of this world

HUTCHIES-built Paddington Plaza Theatre, in Paddington, Brisbane, is an outstanding example of an unusual style of theatre design known as ‘atmospheric’ – complete with twinkling ‘stars’ in a faux night sky

Faux night sky draws stars of silver screen to compete with the stars of the silver screen. Architect Richard Gailey, Jnr, designed the unusual theatre

for Queensland Talkies Picture Limited and, in June 1929, Hutchies entered a contract for the build at an original cost of more than £8,000. Since then, Queensland Talkie Pictures – caught up in the worldwide financial crash – went into voluntary liquidation and the Plaza Theatre property was secured to Jack Hutchinson. The final amount due to Hutchies was £14,191/14s/9p. Attempts to dispose of the property were unsuccessful, so the property was subsequently transferred to Jack Hutchinson in satisfaction of the debt due. The Paddington Plaza Theatre, on the corner of Latrobe Terrace and Collingwood Street, is an imposing timber building with rendered brickwork at either end, a gabled, corrugated iron roof and a raked floor.

The trusses are curved oregon and a parapet runs across the facade with a semi-circular feature displaying the theatre’s name. This is flanked by two decorative urns on either side above the entrance doors. Internally, the main area is a large rectangular space with a vaulted plaster ceiling painted a vibrant blue. Against this background, twinkling ‘stars’, backlit ‘clouds’ and a shining ‘moon’ appear to move across the ‘sky’ on mechanical tracks. As well as the faux night sky, the interior features ornate plasterwork including columns and balustrades with imitation trees, vines and flowers. The Plaza Theatre was officially opened by Mr E.M. Hanlon, MLA, at a gala screening on August 28, 1930.

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THE HALCYON DAYS The Third Decade (1932 – 1941) IN its third decade, J. Hutchinson prospered, despite having to endure the Great Depression and the onset of World War II. The early years under Jack Hutchinson Snr had been characterised by the construction of government projects, warehouses, offices and retail buildings. However, during the 1930s, there was an influx of private schools, churches, hospitals and institutional work and, in that period, Hutchies dealt with an estimated 120 major projects – an impressive 50 per cent increase on the previous decade. During this halcyon period, J. Hutchinson became the largest privately owned construction company in Queensland, employing more than 400 men. •••


ince 1912, the firm had managed to forge an excellent reputation for reliability and efficiency and, despite the fluctuating economic climate and the vagaries of the local building scene, it was never without work. This enviable reputation, which had been established over 20 years, ensured J. Hutchinson was on the tender list for any major work proposed in Queensland. A growing number of architects now regularly referred work to the builder and appeared in the job sheets including H.W. Atkinson and A.H. Conrad; L.L. Powell and George Rae; Hall and Phillips; R. Gailey, Jnr; A.K. Hendersen; D.K. Payne; R.A. Shaw; R.T. McWilliam; Hennessy and Hennessy; E.P. Trewern; E.M. Hocking and L.T. Palmer; J.P. Donoghue and C.W.T. Fulton; Shaw and Carlyle; Crick and Furse; J.N. Arundel; Powell, Dodds and Thorpe; Conrad and Gargett; A.W. Bligh; P.A. Edwards; and Plant and Ford. The firm also received many ‘cost plus’ projects,

which ensured the builder made money, with all construction costs tallied at the completion of the job and an agreed percentage added for fair profit. This particular style of business arrangement was a clear indication of the strong and reputable standing of Hutchies in the industry at the time. For a client to agree to this type of contract, there had to be complete trust in the builder. In addition, Jack II’s estimating ability had become both widely known and well respected by architects and engineers. He demonstrated a remarkable understanding of how efficiently the different foremen and tradesmen could complete various projects and he had an uncanny and keen appreciation for what prices their competitors would submit. If Hutchies wanted or needed a particular project, the tender would be the lowest by a small margin and the job would be completed under that price. A vital element in J. Hutchinson’s success in those years was that Jack Snr, Jack II and Eric worked long

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hours to keep the office overheads to a minimum –

Bridge near Jimboomba; concrete bridge at Oxley

by comparison with their competitors, who, despite

on the Brisbane to Toowoomba road; control tower

similar turnovers, invariably had much larger office staff numbers.

at Archerfield Aerodrome; and a skating rink in Fortitude Valley.

By now, Jack II and Eric no longer worked

The two jobs at the Brisbane General Hospital

physically on the job sites, but spent considerably more time meeting with clients – previously the domain of Jack Snr. Each day, Jack and his sons would have lunch or afternoon tea with clients, architects, engineers, politicians and industry leaders at Webster’s tea house in the city, or combine business with pleasure during rounds of golf at the Brisbane Golf Club at Yeronga. Major clients included Edwards and Lamb; T & G Mutual Life Assurance; Burns Philp; Tristrams; Church of England Grammar School; Royal Automobile Club of Queensland; W.D. & H.O. Wills; Somerville House; Union Trustees; Brisbane

precinct – a new hospital wing and an eight-storey nurses’ quarters, valued at more than £90,000 – were Hutchies’ largest contracts at the time. These were significant achievements after having tendered unsuccessfully for other prize Brisbane contracts, including the Grey Street Bridge, the State Government Offices in Anzac Square and the AMP Building (later known as MacArthur Chambers). During this busy decade, Hutchies also carried out its own private development work for the family members, which included a six-bedroom beach house at Surfers Paradise, a house at Coorparoo and a three-storey block of shops and flats on Musgrave

Permanent Building and Banking; Queensland National Bank; Adelaide Steamship Company; Radio 4BK; Royal Queensland Yacht Club; National Bank of Australia; Woolworths; Carricks; and Hoey

Road, Red Hill. Jack Snr also bought two investment properties on the Brisbane River at Highgate Hill. On December 17, 1932, Jack II, at the age of 34,

Fry. The wide variety of the projects, within Brisbane and beyond, included a new dining room at the ’Gabba cricket ground; upgrades to the iconic Bellevue Hotel; a new wing and new nurses quarters at Royal Brisbane Hospital; a new hospital at Murwillumbah; factory improvements for North Australia Rubber Mills (NARM); St James Theatre; a new building for the Queensland Meat Industry Board at Brisbane Abattoirs; Tattersall’s Club; cold stores at Port Curtis Dairy Co-op; Rockhampton Town Hall; Mitchell Hospital; The Ritz Picture Theatre in Ipswich; Banyo Seminary; Maclean

married Lily May Collins, a 23-year-old tailoress from Tannymorel, then a coal mining town near the New South Wales border 125 kms south-west of Brisbane, who was living in inner-city Windsor. He had built a high quality, cement-rendered, cavity brick home at Coorparoo for his new wife and later added a sewing room, billiard room and laundry. He did all of the new additions himself, including removing the hard shale with a jackhammer, pick and shovel. Working on the extensions before and after work meant starting early in the morning and finishing late into the night.

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Jack II and his family lived there until 1970 and,

needed – from golf clubs to new cars – through the

although an even larger extension has been added to


the original, the house still stands today (Lade, now Dale Street).

Effectively, this meant Jack Snr legally owned all their personal possessions.

In 1934, Jack II’s son, John Collins Hutchinson






(Jack III) was born on October 17. Sadly, the excitement of a new addition to the family was eclipsed by the death of Jack Snr’s wife, Ellen, who died two days later on October 19. In the following year, Eric’s son, Eric II, was born on September 9. As 1937 drew to a close, Hutchies won two separate sizeable contracts over the border at Murwillumbah – a substantial new Tweed District Hospital to replace the old timber ‘Cottage Hospital’ and corresponding modern nurses’ quarters. During Jack Snr’s many site visits his professional admiration for the hospital’s matron, Winifred Connell, grew personal.

logic dictated business arrangements should be formalised. No doubt, the memory of his earlier failed business partnership of Hutchinson and Holt back in England weighed heavily on his deliberations, but, eventually he reluctantly agreed to part with 50 per cent, officially forming the new father and sons partnership of J. Hutchinson & Sons in 1938. The timing appeared excellent for expansion of the building industry, with The Architectural & Building Journal of Queensland (May, 1939) highlighting the growing number of factories being built in Australia and the need for more to be built in Queensland. “Queensland needs some factories and the

In 1939 – five years after losing his first wife and the same year the prestigious northern New South Wales project was officially opened – he married Win.

continual building of factories, besides creating employment, gives a lead to the investor generally, stabilises industry and encourages the circulation of money. There is no reason why Queensland

All through this time, Jack Snr still owned 100 per cent of J. Hutchinson and, although he was still active in the firm, he was busy on a number of other fronts, including a new family life, lawn bowls, golf and the Paddington Plaza Picture Theatre which he had been operating for almost 10 years. Jack II and Eric, who effectively had been comanaging the firm for 15 years, approached their father to make them partners in Hutchies with a 25 per cent share each. Ever since the business had started, Jack Snr, Jack II and Eric each had drawn weekly carpenters’ wages, but all three also had bought everything they

should lag behind the other states in the erection of up-to-date factories and any increase in this direction should be encouraged particularly by financial institutions. The building industry is still the ‘test barometer’ showing the progress of the state, as it follows that when money is invested in real estate it gives the lead to the smaller investor and, consequently, keeps money revolving.” As the decade drew to a close and with the father and sons partnership battle over, another was about to unfold that would have far reaching implications for the trio ... and the world as a whole. On September 3, 1939, Prime Minister Robert

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Menzies announced Australia’s involvement in the

towers in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.

Second World War. This conflict committed


The buildings were to be the responsibility of the Commonwealth’s Department of Civil Aviation and

Australians, both men and women, to fight in

house Bureau of Meteorology and the departments

campaigns against Germany and Italy in Europe,

of the Post Master General and Customs.

the Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as against Japan in south-east Asia and other parts of the Pacific. Although the Hutchinsons were too old for active service, the family’s extensive building experience allowed them the opportunity to contribute to the war effort at home in Australia. However, many of their employees did enlist, including William (Bill) Pratt Smith who served with the Royal Australian Air Force. Bill, who was destined to have close family ties with the Hutchinson family almost two decades later, had joined Hutchies in 1935 and, after the war, would continue as a foreman labourer with the company until 1956. On the home front, the initial declaration had no immediate impact other than to create a shortage of manpower and a diversion of materials. However, it

As well as weather, postal and customs services, the Brisbane tower would have facilities to accommodate passengers, airline companies, flight checking and airport control. Passenger facilities would include restaurant, toilets, lounges, roof garden and reception hall. During 1941, the Department of the Interior strengthened the building’s design with steel and brickwork – controversially without advising the Director-General of the Department of Civil Aviation. The Department of the Interior also let contracts for a further 49 buildings at Archerfield. Suddenly, in 1942, the United States Army assumed control of the building when Australia was identified as a vital strategic base from which General Douglas MacArthur would command the USA’s operations in the Pacific – effectively making

triggered a stream of new building work for the war effort. One major project, in particular, undertaken by J. Hutchinson & Sons in December 1940, showed clearly that the Australian Government was gearing up its military effort on home shores. The project started innocently enough with a Hutchies’ tender for £14,858 accepted for construction of a new control tower at Archerfield Aerodrome at Rocklea in Brisbane. Air travel by this time was proving both popular and fashionable and plans had been drawn up in Canberra in 1936 for construction of three identical

Brisbane the Allied Command headquarters in the South West Pacific Area. Another occupant to move in during 1942 was Department of Aircraft Production, a branch of the Prime Minister’s Department. Its two offices were part of the nerve centre for scientific research and technical development of aircraft in the brick testing cells which had been established in the Rocklea and Archerfield area. The war effort was well and truly underway in Queensland. In 1941, to coincide with the Golden Jubilee of St Joseph’s College, advertisements appeared extolling



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the virtues of ‘J. Hutchinson & Sons, Builders &

and Tattersall’s Club; Control Building, Archerfield

Contractors, of Montague Road, South Brisbane’.

Aerodrome; Oxley Bridge; Q.N. Bank, Innisfail;

As well as confirming J. Hutchinson had officially changed its name to J. Hutchinson & Sons, this

Rockhampton Administration Buildings; National

notice highlighted the prestigious projects which

Theatre; Cold Stores at Gladstone and Hamilton; Flats,

had made the company one of the most respected building firms of the era. The advertisement declared: “Church, College and School Work a Specialty.”

Offices; Swifts Meatworks, Gladstone; Port Curtis

Coronation Drive; Flats and shops, Red Hill”. Hutchies was by far now the largest privately owned construction company in Queensland. With world war declared and unsettled days ahead, Jack Snr, once again, took on the role of president of the Queensland Master Builders Association, a position he held for three years until 1943. The decade of 1940s would prove to be difficult and challenging years for the world, for the

Butter Factory; Charleville Hospital; Mitchell Hospital;

Queensland building industry and for its president.

It also listed J. Hutchinson & Sons as: “Builders of The Pius XII Seminary; St Joseph’s new Church, Kangaroo Point; R.C. Hall, Redbank; Abattoirs, Cannon Hill; Tweed Hospital; Rockhampton Municipal

Bank of Australia, Edward Street; Charleville Picture

Union Trustees, Queen Street; Old Town Hall Arcade


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Public bowls a bouncer at The Gabba Calls of facilities falling foul

CRICKET continues to be a popular pastime for Queenslanders – both players and spectators alike. But, Brisbane’s home of cricket, the Brisbane Cricket Ground, is accused of not having enough facilities to keep up with public needs. In the face of such mounting criticism, Hutchies has been engaged to expand dining room and bar facilities and Syd Noyes, builder, has been engaged to lay concrete paving for public conveniences. The Brisbane Cricket Ground – better known as ‘The Gabba’, a name taken from the suburb of Woolloongabba in which the ground is situated – dates back to 1895, when the land was designated as the site for a cricket ground. Although The Gabba has long been established as a

“How’s that!” says current Aussie batting sensation, Donald Bradman.

New grandstand at The Gabba.

Contract to build bigger bars and dining room cricket ground, Sheffield Shield and Test cricket continued to be played at the Exhibition Grounds until as recently as 1931. The first Sheffield Shield match scheduled for The Gabba was January 31 to February 4, 1931, but it was washed out by torrential summer rains with the captains not even bothering to toss. The first Test match played at The Gabba was against South Africa later that year from November 27 to December 3. This was a far more successful event, with the star Aussie batsman, Don Bradman, making 226 in the first innings, a score which is the highest individual score in a Test played in Brisbane.

But, the switch of venue from the Exhibition Ground to The Gabba has not been an entirely popular one because facilities at The Gabba are inadequate for the large numbers of spectators at Test matches. The A&B Journal of Queensland (January 10, 1933) records the public’s growing discontent. “It is expected that thousands of visitors will be present in the city during the test match and it is regrettable that it will not be held at the Exhibition, which would, no doubt, be found even too small to accommodate the vast crowd expected. “There is no comparison between the sites as

Cricket is a popular pastime for players and spectators.

far as comfort is concerned, the lavatory accommodation at the former [The Gabba] being most inadequate when one considers the numbers likely to be present. No doubt cricket authorities are spending money to the best of their ability, yet the fact remains that there will be many complaints, and not only from the men – at both the inadequacy and inconvenience of the accommodation provided.”

Edwards and Lamb doubles size and staff numbers Store celebrates half a century of service

EDWARDS and Lamb celebrated 50 years of successful trading in Queensland in November 1932, with the official opening of the expansion to its popular Queen Street store in Brisbane. Two buildings on the George Street side of the existing shop were purchased with the intention of doubling Edwards and Lamb’s accommodation in the CBD. The remodelling has been carried out by Hutchies to the plans of architects, H.W. Atkinson and A.H. Conrad. The new section comprises a basement and two floors, with new fronts installed to conform with those of the existing premises. The total frontage to Queen Street is now 77 feet – twice that of the previous shop. The work included general renovations to the old building, embracing modernisation of the footpath awning, renovating the main frontage to Queen Street, providing new ceilings and plastering the interior walls in a manner that will lend

Edwards and Lamb’s prominent shopfront in Queen Street was decorated for the 1927 visit to Queensland by the Duke and Duchess of York. Now it is set for expansion to mark 1932 as a celebration of 50 years’ service to the people of Brisbane.

Light and ventilation for shopping comfort a pleasing and dignified effect throughout. Because the size of each department has doubled, so, too, will the number of staff to provide service. The showroom and underclothing sections occupy the whole of the new top floor and has the advantage of excellent

natural light and airflow. The popular millinery, dress and silk departments have been expanded. Half of the ground floor is for men’s clothing and the remainder is devoted to boots and hosiery. Additional space has been provided for the popular gro-

Alterations to city landmark HUTCHIES has been selected to carry out extensive alterations to a prominent Brisbane landmark, the T&G Mutual Life Assurance building, on the corner of Queen and Albert Streets in the city. Architect is A.K. Henderson, of Sydney. LEFT: Artist’s impression of the iconic T&G Building. RIGHT: Today’s T&G Building overlooking the busy corner of Queen and Albert Streets.

cery section which opened four years ago. So impressive has the progress been in this section that the space has been greatly enlarged with special features for their sale and display. A commodious basement contains storage and despatch departments. The improvements include electric light and fan installations to ensure the best possible lighting and ventilation at all times.

Jack II takes a bride

YOUNG Jack Hutchinson (Jack II) married Lilian May Collins on Saturday, December 17, 1932. Lilian is the daughter of Mr W. J. Collins of Silkstone and was living in Windsor working as a tailoress when the couple met. The bride was gowned in ivory satin and Chantilly lace, fashioned with a long train lined with pink georgette complete with handmade pink roses. Lily’s veil was of Limerick lace and tulle and her attendants wore pink. A reception for family friends was held at the Jenolan Cafe. Jack and Lily left by car for a honeymoon in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Facelift for factory HUTCHIES has carried out a major facelift for a factory in South Brisbane for aerated drinks and beverage maker Tristrams after sections of the 1928 building were resumed for road widening. Architects were H.W Atkinson and A.H. Conrad.

Tobacco building lights up naturally The W.D. and H.O. Wills building.

ADDITIONS have been carried out by Hutchies on the W.D. and H.O. Wills building, on the corner of Ann and Bowen Streets, in Brisbane’s CBD. The attractive building is a purpose-built warehouse for tobacco products with a fire

proof construction and a rear tower with a sprinkler tank 123 feet above ground level. The building has streets on three sides allowing plenty of natural light into the interior. Architects were H.W Atkinson and A.H. Conrad.

Back to school for Governor of Queensland

Sir Leslie opens new library for learning lads THE Governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Wilson, officially opened the John Darnell Memorial Library at the Church of England Grammar School in East Brisbane, on May 30, 1934. His Excellency had laid the foundation stone only six months earlier and Hutchies

The front entrance of the Darnell Memorial Library.

wasted no time in bringing the building to fruition. The library is the latest addition to the school which started construction in 1918. During the official proceedings Sir Leslie declared a “whole school holiday” which was met with loud cheers from all the boys. The history of the school dates back to 1912 when Canon W. Morris opened St Magnus Hall Collegiate School in a hall in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong. In 1914, the school was taken over by the Church of England as a school for boys, soon to be called the Church of England Grammar School (now known affectionately as Churchie) which then moved to East Brisbane in 1917. Each stage of the school was designed by the same group of architects, Atkinson and Conrad, to provide consistency in architectural style.

The Darnell Memorial Library at the Church of England Grammar School. (side view).

The architects are well known for their hospital, ecclesiastical, industrial and department store achievements. During construction of the memorial library, valued at £4,159, Hutchies also won a tender for construction of a new junior boarding house, Gerald House, designed by the same architects and valued at

£2,500. Hutchies won the work as the lowest of 10 tenderers, coming in at almost £1000 less than the most expensive bids of £3,350 from the Marberete Company and H. Sanham. Gerald House was also officially opened during the Governor’s visit to Churchie.

General carrier delivers more shops MORE facilities are being created in central Brisbane by Hutchies currently working on a project to convert an Adelaide Street warehouse into shops and more offices. The premises, owned by general carrier, Bryce Limited, are being refurbished and expanded. Architects are T.R. Hall and L.D. Phillips.

Refurbishment and expansion of premises owned by general carriers, Bryce Limited, (pictured right of photo) will feature fine brickwork on the facade – a trademark speciality of Hutchies.

The Bellevue Hotel, on the corner of George and Alice Streets, is home to one of Australia’s most modern ballrooms, designed by architect L.L. Powell and built by Hutchies.

Dancing the night away at the Bellevue Hotel VISITORS to the fashionable Bellevue Hotel, on the corner of George and Alice Streets, Brisbane, can dance the night away in comfort – thanks to the handiwork of Hutchies. The renovated ballroom at the Bellevue, designed by architect Lange L. Powell, is considered unique in Australian dance venues, with a floor made of Queensland hardwood and the installation of a refrigerated air plant. Specially sourced hardwood puts a new spring in the dancers’ steps, making the Bellevue ballroom one of the most popular venues in the city. The refrigerated air plant controls the temperature of the ballroom so dancing can be enjoyed even during the hottest days and nights of summer. The room also is insulated to prevent excessive noise reaching the street or the hotel’s adjoined accommodation rooms. Apart from these modern touches, the ballroom main-

Cool new ballroom is now city’s hot spot

tains a traditional atmosphere of quiet restfulness and elegance with its wall panelling of Queensland maple and cut crystal lighting fixtures. With an orchestral pit and cloak and rest rooms, the ball-

room can accommodate 500 dancers. Bellevue proprietress, Mrs M. Maguire, said dancing at fashionable hotels had become a feature of the nightlife in Brisbane and, in accordance with

this modern trend, she decided to replace the existing dance floor with an enlarged ballroom suitable for exclusive popular dancing. The Bellevue’s ballroom was officially opened by the Governor Sir Leslie Wilson in May 1934. In the previous year, Hutchies also won a tender at £500 for additions to outbuildings at the Bellevue designed by the same architect, L.L. Powell.

Mixed emotions for entire Hutchinson family THE year 1934 is proving a time of mixed emotions for the entire Hutchinson family. Earlier this week on October 17, Jack II and his young wife, Lily May, welcomed their first child, John Collins Hutchinson (Jack III), into the world.

Sadly, Mrs Ellen Hutchinson – matriarch of the family, wife of Jack Hutchinson Snr and mother to Jack II and Eric Hutchinson – passed away two days later on October 19. Mrs Hutchinson had suffered from ill health for some time.

Cars accelerate the need for HQ for RACQ Club’s

new hub built on old Cobb site THE popularity of modern motoring has resulted in new headquarters for the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland at Petrie Bight, in Queen Street, Brisbane. As a symbolic sign of the times, the new automobile premises have been built on land previously owned by Cobb and Co, which provided horse-drawn transport in early Queensland. Hutchies has built the club premises and shops designed by architects R. Gailey, Jnr and D.K. Payne at a cost of £14,195.

New headquarters for the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland at Petrie Bight in Brisbane.

Membership drive for the road ahead This first stage consists of three storeys in steel, concrete and brick. The ground floor has three shops, with an entrance to the clubrooms above and a garage at the rear. RACQ’s business offices will be maintained on the first floor while the top floor will be used for social purposes. The building has been designed so that it can be extended to six levels at some time in the future. Old iron and timber buildings on the site – the former premises

The club’s monthly publication, RACQ Journal, featured the new premises.

A modern office now greets visitors at the RACQ.

of Cobb and Co – were sold for removal to make way for the new construction. An old anvil that belonged to Cobb and Co was kept by the RACQ as an interesting display relic of transportation before the modern automobile. The RACQ selected the site for its convenience to both Fortitude Valley and the city and, if ever the proposed Kangaroo Point bridge is built, it will be central also for motorists from the southern and eastern suburbs.

4BK on air at Oakey A NEW technologically advanced transmitting station and residence has been built by Hutchies at Oakey for Brisbane Broadcasting, known to radio listeners as 4BK. The value of the contract was £1,767 and took 11 weeks to complete.

Sectional elevations and plans of Somerville House’s Commemorative Library building.

Somerville House turns page for new chapter Library to honour girls’ school co-head Building the historic Harker legacy THE year 1931 was a significant one for school, staff and students at Somerville House in Vulture Street, South Brisbane, operated by The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association, when Miss Constance Harker announced her retirement as principal, a position she had shared for 21 years with Miss Marjorie Jarrett. The announcement closed a long chapter in the prestigious school’s history and signalled a change in the school’s administration. To mark the close of her long term of office as co-principal, the Old Girls’ Association decided that Miss Harker would be more pleased with a gift to the school in her name, rather than a personal one. Long recognised and admired for her scholarship and teaching ability, it was agreed a new library would be an appropriate mark of appreciation of Miss Harker’s work. Fundraising between 1927 and 1931 raised £2,100 of the estimated £3,000 required – a great achievement given the impact of the worldwide Depression on Australia’s trade and commerce. Plans for a reference and lending library, prepared by Mr T.B.F. Gargett, for Atkinson and Conrad, architects, were approved and construction by Hutchies started in 1934.

Hutchies’ team members put the finishing touches to Somerville House’s new library.

On May 23 that year the foundation stone was laid by Miss Harker. Before it was lowered into position, Miss Jarrett placed in the foundations a casket containing copies of The Courier-Mail, The Telegraph and The Standard newspapers, the school magazine, school badges from 1899 to 1934 and current coins of the realm. Using an ivory and silver trowel, Miss Harker then declared the foundation stone “well and truly laid”. The library, which was officially opened

on October 17, 1934, is designed in the style of late fourteenth century Gothic architecture and features stained glass windows. The window opposite the entrance door depicts the School Badge and a bronze commemorative tablet reads: “This Library Building is a gift of the Old Girls and is a mark of their love and loyalty to the School, and an affectionate tribute to the work of Miss C.E. Harker, B.A., and Miss M.K. Jarrett, B.A., Co-Principals for twenty-two years.”

New triple storey a treat for Trittons • Trittons’ extensions add to the vibrant George Street streetscape.

Boost for Brisbane’s building boom

Hutchies’ site office and sign during construction of additions to F. Tritton in George Street, Brisbane.

MORE evidence of progress in Brisbane has emerged with construction by Hutchies of a three-storey addition to the shops and warehouse of F. Tritton Pty Ltd in George Street. The new building of steel, concrete and brick is on the Queen Street side of the existing premises and provides an extra 7500 square feet of floor area. An attractive feature of the finished construction will be the large show windows which will extend back 41 feet from the George Street frontage and connect with the existing windows. Architect, R. Ashley Shaw, accepted a tender from H. Sanham for demolition of an existing two-storey building which occupied the site and for excavation of the site for the foundations. Hutchies won the tender to erect the new building.

Hutchies’ workers during construction earlier this year.

Growing the business of banking Banks branch out throughout state AS part of what appears to be an expansion of the business of banking throughout the state, Hutchies has completed construction of smart new premises on the corner of Eagle and Swan Streets, in Longreach for the Queensland National Bank. Value of the contract was £7,790. The banking chamber is built on the latest modern lines with ample floor space and excellent natural lighting and ventilation. Steps from the footpath lead up to the vestibule paved with black and white marble tiles. The entrance proper is

guarded by twin swing doors, ornamented with large bronze fittings and ‘QN Bank’ in gold lettering. A noticeable feature is the space that has been devoted to the public and the staff and the high-class fittings of bronze and silky oak which tone in with the decorative ceilings and walls. The strongroom is embedded in the rear wall of the banking chamber. It has 12-inch reinforced concrete walls, with the reinforcement being carried out with two layers of three-quarter inch steel at nine-inch centres both ways.

Brisbane Permanent Building and Banking Company Limited’s newly remodelled premises.

HUTCHIES has also completed major alterations and refurbishment to a prominent commercial premises in Queen Street, Brisbane. Extensive external and internal work on behalf of the Brisbane Permanent Premises for the Queensland National Bank in Longreach are now complete.

Building and Banking Company Limited to the tune of more than £4,745 was carried out on the building known as the Federal Deposit Bank Chambers for architects W.H. Atkinson and A.H. Conrad.

Major projects for the General

Hospital gets a right royal expansion Brisbane General Hospital with the new Hutchies-built nurses’ wing shown in the background.

HUTCHIES won two major tenders in 1935 valued at more than £90,000 to carry out work at the Brisbane General Hospital precinct at Herston for the Brisbane and South Coast Hospitals Board. The work involved a new wing to the nurses’ quarters valued at £31,345 and a new hospital ward (Block 4) valued at £59,195.

More beds for patients ... and nurses

Both projects were designed by Atkinson and Conrad and L.L. Powell as joint architects. Hutchies won the tender for erection of Block No 4 against stiff competition.

Twelve builders tendered, with Hutchies’ price of £59,195 being £15,000 below the highest of £74,448 submitted by Walter Taylor.

Brisbane General Hospital with the new Hutchies-built hospital ward at right in the foreground.

Wunderlich’s wonder material Asbestos cement headed for homes

BUILDERS just can’t seem to get their hands on enough asbestos-cement products as local demand for this popular construction material grows. Hutchies has won a prize contract valued at £14,000 to build Wunderlich’s latest factory at Gaythorne which will enable increased local production of the new wonder material for the construction industry – asbestos-cement sheeting. Asbestos-cement was first introduced to the Queensland building industry from England in 1909 with imported flat sheets under the trade name of Fibro-cement, or ‘Fibro’ as it became widely known. Although popular, this product was available in only two sheet sizes. In 1916, the Great War cut off supplies from England, so manufacturing began in New South Wales. Production techniques were expanded the following year with the welcome addition of corrugated sheets and other products to augment the flat sheet market.

Wunderlich’s new factory at Gaythorne designed and built to produce the modern wonder material – asbestos-cement.

A growing local demand for asbestos-cement building products prompted the first Queensland factory to be established in 1936. Wunderlich’s latest new factory plans to produce a full range of the new wonder prod-

uct from variously sized flat asbestos-cement sheeting for the lining of walls and ceilings, corrugated asbestos-cement sheets for roofs and other building accessories such as gutters, downpipes, ridge capping, skylights and ventilators.

Today there are few modern constructions, including homes, schools, factories, industrial facilities and farm buildings, which do not incorporate this new wonder material that is considered attractive, durable and cost effective.

HUTCHIES has carried out the construction and fit-out of handsome new showrooms for Overland Limited in Fortitude Valley. The £4000 contract was through Atkinson and Conrad.

Builder goes back to Churchie

Doors open at Donaldson House Donaldson House.

HUTCHIES has undertaken more work for the Church of England with construction of a new school building, Donaldson House, at the Church of England Grammar School in Oakland Parade, East Brisbane. Value of the work, designed by Atkinson and Conrad, architects, was £3,790. Donaldson House was officially opened in June 1937.

It’s action ... at the Astor Theatre Curtain comes down for renovation THE Astor Theatre in Brunswick Street, New Farm, will get a facelift with major renovations to be carried out by Hutchies. Architect George Rae has designed the work for the owner, Merthyr Theatres. Cost of the renovation will be £7,000. James Cagney’s film Devil Dogs of the Air, a stirring blockbuster about the US Marine Flying Corps and released in 1935, was the last movie shown before the final curtain came down and the cinema closed for renovations.

Last days of the Astor Theatre before major work.

Curtain goes up at St James Theatre Sun sets on the Empire

ST James Theatre, previously known as The Empire, was re-opened in Albert Street, Brisbane, on April 1, 1938, after extensive alterations and renovations by Hutchies. The theatre has been almost totally rebuilt to conform with the latest motion picture architecture. Internally it contains modern equipment for the comfort of patrons including air-conditioning and regulated temperatures. The original building dates back to 1911 and, in a long history of entertaining audiences in Brisbane, it has hosted international vaudeville acts, dancers, songsters and, more recently, moving pictures. The theatre has been altered to the design of architect, George Rae. LEFT: Modern new face for St James Theatre in Albert Street, Brisbane.

Winning formula for science project New lab to memorialise modern medico ONCE again, Hutchies has continued its long association with the Church of England Grammar School by construction of

Plaque which recognises Dr Ernest Sandford Jackson.

Newly opened Jackson Science Hall at Churchie.

its new modern science block and laboratory. The company has handled many projects at the school in Oakland Parade, East Brisbane, throughout this decade, in conjunction with architects, Atkinson and Conrad. Officially opened on August 31, 1938 by Governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Wilson, the building has been named the Jackson Science Hall in honour of the late Ernest Sandford Jackson, who died two months earlier just short of his 78th birthday. As well as serving on the school’s Council since 1914, Dr Jackson founded Queensland’s first training school for nurses in

1886, bought St Helen’s private hospital in 1900 and campaigned for the establishment of the Queensland Cancer Trust. He was a foundation member of the Queensland branch of the British Medical Association, a founding father of the medical school at the University of Queensland, a vice-president of the Brisbane Ambulance Committee, a member of the Royal Commission into public hospitals of 1930, a member of inquiries into lead poisoning and the repatriation of soldiers, and founder of the (Royal) Australasian College of Surgeons in Queensland. Dr Jackson also served in Egypt as a major with the Australian Imperial Force.

Making the cut

QMIB’s abattoir at Cannon Hill – site of the new Hutchies-built chilling and freezer plant.

Beefing up meat exports

HUTCHIES won the cut with a prime contract valued at £40,000 to build a new state-of-the-art chiller and freezer building at the Queensland Meat Industry Board’s abattoirs at Cannon Hill. With the latest chilling and freezing technology available to the local meat marketers, Queensland beef is making its mark on the export trade. Since its establishment in 1931, the QMIB has worked with the CSIRO in developing a processing technique which would enable the

chilled beef export trade. The first successful shipment of chilled beef from Brisbane to the United Kingdom was made in 1934. As a result, in the two or so years following, many alterations have been made to meatworks with this advanced technology and the market has grown accordingly. Exports of chilled beef to England are set to double in the next year due to the advances in refrigeration and freezing.

Members now dine in fine style at Tattersall’s Local products used in world class club

Architect’s impression of the new Tattersall’s Club wing which faces Queen Street.

EXTENSIVE additions have been made to Tattersall’s Club by Hutchies with a new threestorey, steel-framed building containing shops on the ground floor and an elegant dining room above. Hutchies received the contract in July 1938. The original Tattersall’s, built in 1924, had the main entrance in Edward Street and an arcade running through to Queen Street. The new wing with a Queen Street frontage was built at a cost of £28,000 with an additional £12,000 for furnishings. Dimensions of the new dining hall are approximately 65 feet by 40 feet, with 40 feet high walls. The room has a seating capacity for 150 diners with an additional 40 in a mezzanine dining room. Construction has made extensive use of Queensland build-

ing materials, including grey and white marble from near Rockhampton, silky oak and maple from North Queensland, cement from Darra and murals by Queensland artists. Plaques bearing horse heads, which are part of the plaster wall surfaces, are reminders of the sport which is closely linked to Tattersall’s. Footfalls are muted by Axminster carpet with half-inch pile. Off the main dining room is a state-of-the-art modern kitchen with gas ranges, grillers, steamers and three commercial refrigerators. The mezzanine will be available to members and lady guests on Fridays between 6pm and 8 pm. The original Tattersall’s building was designed by architects Hall and Prentice, with the new building designed by Hall and Phillips.

Work on new Charleville Base Hospital flying along

Charleville’s new hospital is nearing completion.

State Government grant aids lift off

HUTCHIES’ construction of the new Charleville Base Hospital is proceeding well. Work started after the Minister for Health, Mr Hanlon, announced acceptance of a tender for £47,665 in September 1938. A grant of £23,750, including £8,000 for a maternity section,

was contributed by the State Government with the remainder to be borrowed by the hospital board. It is proposed that ambulance drivers will shuttle patients from the old hospital to the new facility when it is completed, with the transition causing minimal impact on patients and staff.

LEFT: Brisbane’s old Town Hall and Queen Street pictured in the 1870s.

Old Hall hauled to Red Hill Recycling the way of the future

FOLLOWING Hutchies’ work on the almost complete demolition of Brisbane’s old Town Hall in Queen Street the company has taken up recycling in a big way. The demolition is to make way for a major remodelling and expansion of Woolworths, as well as the creation of a new shopping arcade in the heart of the CBD, to the design of architect, Lange L. Powell. Hutchies will also undertake the second stage of the reconstruction works on this prominent site. A valuable cache of sizeable hardwoods, steel and good quality bricks proved to be superfluous to the remodelling aspect of the two-stage project, so Hutchies intends to use much of the materials to build an investment property atop nearby Red Hill. Jack Hutchinson Snr drew up the plans for the property, which will include 14 shops and flats over two storeys, in just one evening. Hutchies’ workers, under the watchful eye of foreman Bill Smith, are recycling much of the old Town Hall materials – cleaning off mortar from old bricks, sorting timbers and straightening reinforcing steel. As a result, the Red Hill development, on the crest of Musgrave Road at the corner of Confederate Street, should shape up to be a handsome investment.

ABOVE and TOP RIGHT: Brisbane’s old Town Hall comes down at the hands of Hutchies.

31st Convention hosted by Brisbane

John (Jack Snr) Hutchinson (back row, 2nd from left) was among officers and delegates at the 1937 Convention of the Master Builders’ Federation of Australia. It was the 31st national convention of the Federation and this year it was held in Brisbane.

Locals dig deep to fund district project WORK is drawing to a close on construction by Hutchies of the new state-of-the-art Tweed District Hospital at Murwillumbah which can boast having the only passenger lift in the region. The hospital, which will be the only public hospital between Lismore and Southport, can trace its beginnings to 1936 when local identity and politician, H.L. Anthony, proposed to take advantage of a State Government grant of £15,000 on offer to build a new medical facility at Murwillumbah.

Nearing completion of the new Tweed District Hospital due to be opened August 27, 1939.

New hospital for heart of the Tweed It took two weeks to raise £5000 from the people of the Tweed district which enabled them to claim the government grant. Hutchies won the contract to build the imposing brick hospital in November 1937 which was constructed around the original 1904 timber medical facility, known as The Cottage Hospital.

Hutchies’ team in flashback to early 1938 when construction first started on the new hospital.

Cost of the hospital is £60,000, with almost a quarter of the money now coming from local donations. Jack Hutchinson Snr took a strong personal interest in the project and visited the site as often as possible to check on progress and liaise with the hospital’s matron, Winifred Connell.

Building bridges over Logan River

HUTCHIES is building a new steel and concrete bridge over the Logan River about four miles north of Jimboomba at a cost of £21,000. Due for completion late 1939, the new 415 feet structure is to replace the old Maclean Bridge – part of the Brisbane-Mt Lindsay section of the Bruce Highway.

Jack wins Win’s hand JACK Hutchinson Snr has announced plans to marry the matron of the Tweed District Hospital, Winifred Connell, who is pictured (right) with his daughterin-law, Mrs Lily May Hutchinson. The couple met during Hutchies’ two-year construction of the new hospital and adjacent nurses’ quarters. Jack was widowed five years ago when his wife Ellen passed away. It will be the first marriage for Miss Connell.

Customers can’t get enough Queensland butter Supplies needed as word spreads our butter’s best

Building a better butter bulkstore THE worldwide popularity of exported Queensland butter has resulted in a major contract for Hutchies near Gladstone. The Port Curtis Dairy Co-operative Association issued a £12,434 contract to Hutchies on March 23, 1939, to build a butter storage facility. The need to store butter for export taxed the Association’s facilities in 1934 and the Board obtained shareholders’ consent to spend £7000 for provision of additional storage on land leased from the Railway Department adjacent to the Gladstone factory. The new building went into operation in 1935 but was unable to keep up with the growing world demand for Australian export butter. On March 16, 1939, the Association decided to proceed with the erection of further buildings to hold another 40,000 boxes of butter. Tenders were called and a contract was awarded to Hutchies a week later on March 23.

Export butter storage facility for the Port Curtis Co-operative Dairy Association.

Father and sons now head up Hutchies FOUNDER and head of Hutchies, John (Jack) Hutchinson, has taken his two sons, Jack ll and Eric, into his business as partners. bu Now the firm will be known N as J. Hutchinson & Sons. Jack Hutchinson Snr estabJ lished the building company lis in 1912 and both of his sons joined him as apprentices jo when they left school in 1912 w and a 1915 respectively. In the past two and a half decades, J. Hutchinson, or Hutchies, as it is affectionately known in the industry, has become one of Queensland’s best known and well respected build1938 w ne ’ es ing companies with work hi tc r Hu Registration fo am. Certificate of te t throughout the state. en em manag

Hutchies’ firm is now officially a family affair. From left, Eric Hutchinson Snr, his baby Eric II and his son, John, as well as Jack III, son of John Hutchinson Jnr (Jack II) who is holding baby daughter, Margaret.

The new company letterhead of J. Hutchinson & Sons.

PM declares Australia at war We join Brits to fight the Hun

AT 9.15 pm on September 3, 1939, Prime Minister Robert Menzies told the people of Australia in a live radio broadcast that, once more, we were at war with Germany. “Fellow Australians, it is my melancholy duty to inform you officially that in consequence of a persistence by Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war upon her and that, as a result, Australia is also at war. “No harder task can fall to the lot of a democratic leader than to make such an announcement. “Great Britain and France with the cooperation of the British Dominions have struggled to avoid this tragedy. They have, as I firmly believe, been patient. They have kept the door of negotiation open. They have given no cause for aggression. “But in the result their efforts have failed and we are therefore, as a great family of nations, involved in a struggle which we must at all costs win and which we believe in our hearts we will win.” He concluded by saying: “What may be before us we do not know, nor how long the journey... “Our staying power, and particularly the staying power of the mother country, will be best assisted by keeping our production going; by continuing our avocations and our business as fully as we can; by maintaining employment and with it our strength. “May God in his mercy and compassion grant that the world may soon be delivered from this agony.”

Coupon’s new showrooms just the ticket Furnishings spread to sprawling southern suburbs Local dealer draws laughs with talk of bridges COUPON Furniture in Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, has expanded its premises to keep pace with demand for furniture, furnishings and household appliances as Brisbane suburbs spread to the south. Hutchies has remodelled its shopfronts to a design prepared by architects, Shaw and Carlyle. Originally, Woolloongabba grew up around a junction of major roads, known as The Fiveways, which gave access to the South Coast, Ipswich, Darling Downs and New South Wales. A traversing railway line, connecting Brisbane and Kyogle, added to the area’s growing commercial importance and Coupon Furniture was among the first of the shops, banks and businesses that flourished there.

Artist’s impression of Coupon Furniture’s new showrooms in Stanley Street, Woolloongabba.

Well-known car dealer Murray Simpson was also an early supporter of the district. He said people thought that it was strange when he told them he was buying up land in the area. “But, I have great faith in the ’Gabba,” he said.

“People forget it’s only a mile from here to Queen Street in the city centre and, I reckon, one day there will be a bridge from here to there at Kangaroo Point.” Mr Simpson admits many people laugh at his notion of such a bridge linking the south to the CBD.

Banyo selected as learning centre for student priests

The official opening of the Pius Xll Seminary in 1941 was cause for great celebration among the Roman Catholics of Australia.

Company gets architect’s blessing IN a major event for the world’s Roman Catholics, Cardinal Eugene Pacelli, was elected Pope and took the name Pius Xll on March 2, 1939. Closer to home on the same day, Bishops of Queensland decided to establish a seminary in Queensland for the education of students for the priesthood. The Bishops cabled the new Pope requesting his permission to name the proposed seminary after his Holiness. Their request read: “The Bishops of Queensland assembled these days under the presidency of Apostolic Delegate have decided to establish a regional seminary in Brisbane. The election of Your Holiness as Supreme Pontiff has given unbounded joy to ourselves, our clergy and our people. We pray

Seminary named after new Pope Pius Xll God your Pontificate be long blessed and fruitful. With filial homage we implore the Apostolic blessing upon the new seminary and humbly beg the privilege of naming the institution the Pius Xll Regional Seminary for Queensland.” The Pope’s reply, agreeing to their request, was just as effusive. The Cardinal Secretary wrote: “The Holy Father cannot forget that the news of the establishment found him bowed beneath the weight of the tremendous responsibility to which, in the providence of God, he had been summoned on the preceding day. Your

Construction of the seminary buildings got underway in mid 1939.

The Pius Xll Seminary is a simple yet imposing building on a hilltop of 127 acres of land at Banyo, a northern suburb of Brisbane, with a fine view of Moreton Bay.

announcement was a tangible assurance in a trying hour, that he would be sustained in carrying the heavy burden of his high office by the devotion of the Bishops, priests, religious and faithful throughout the world. His shoulders felt as lightened and a sweet solace entered his soul.” Once it was decided to build the Pius Xll Regional Seminary for Queensland, the decision was quickly transformed into reality. The architects were Hennessy and Hennessy and the successful building tenderer was Hutchies at a cost of £53,765. Within two years, the faith and generosity of the Catholics

of Queensland and the skills of the architects and builders built a college at Banyo that stands as a landmark for miles around. The foundation stone was blessed and placed on November 19, 1939 in the presence of the Archbishop and Bishops of the Province of Queensland and a representative gathering of clergy, teaching orders and laity. The Pope Pius Xll Seminary was officially opened by the Apostolic Delegate to Australia, Dr Panico, on April 27, 1941. An earlier attempt to establish a seminary in Queensland had been abandoned and the land used instead for construction of the Mater Hospital.

St Joseph’s Church opens at Kangaroo Point

Tower and cross a new city landmark SUNDAY April 17, 1940, was a day of double celebration – Palm Sunday and the blessing by Archbishop James Duhig of the foundation stone of the new St Joseph’s Church in Leopard Street, Kangaroo Point, built by Hutchies. The new church replaces the previous St Joseph’s Church built in stone in 1886. Church leaders originally had chosen to build in stone because of the doubtful quality of bricks produced in the early colony of Queensland. Unfortunately, the stone selected was immature and over time crumbled away to dust. The recent decision to build in brick was based on the new quality controls of modern brick production. This decision was supported by the architects, J.P. Donoghue and C.W.T. Fulton, as well as Hutchies. In its early years, St Joseph’s was on the outskirts of fledgling Brisbane, but, with land subdivision at The Fiveways, it is now central to seven parishes. The old church, built in a high Gothic style, has been an imposing city landmark on the cliffs at Kangaroo Point and church leaders decreed the new structure should play a similar role. It has been designed in Italian Romanesque style with a 65 feet high tower surmounted by an

imposing wrought iron cross. Archbishop Duhig blessed and opened the church on Sunday, September 29, 1940. Its nave is capable of accommodating a congregation of 500. The floor of the sanctuary is three feet above the nave and is covered in marble, as is the high altar and pulpit. The main entrance in Leopard Street is flanked by a baptistry and belfry. A feature of the front elevation is a large rose window, eight feet in diameter, depicting the four evangelists – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Contract price was £7,883 and, with furnishings, the final cost was £10,000.

The newly opened Italian Romanesque-style St Joseph’s Church in Kangaroo Point.

Churches stand as solid monuments to the spirit of fine Catholic people Archbishop tells of spread of faith AT the official opening of St Joseph’s Church, Archbishop Duhig revealed that 46 Roman Catholic churches had been opened in Brisbane in the past 28 years at a cost of £250,000. He said a further £250,000

had been spent on alterations to other churches and almost £2 million spent on Catholic schools, colleges and other institutions. “Of the 46 churches I have opened, half are of solid lasting materials which stand as

monuments to the fine spirit of Catholic people,” he said. Parishioners who attended the opening of St Joseph’s gifted £1,500 toward the cost of the church – a great achievement given that St Joseph’s is a parish of working people.

Make-over for western cinema

HUTCHIES has completed work on Charleville’s municipal theatre’s modern cinema makeover. The theatre now boasts a modern facade, extensive alterations internally and new air-conditioning plant. Design work was by well known theatre and cinema architect, George Rae.

Charleville’s new modern cinema movie theatre.

New stars on Ipswich skyline

Gala opening for Ritz THE new Ritz Picture Theatre in Bell Street, Ipswich, built by Hutchies was officially opened by Premier William Forgan Smith on April 26, 1940. The gala event, attended by dignitaries and socialites, featured

films with two of the most popular Hollywood stars of today, Gracie Fields and Gene Autry. The Ritz was designed by Conrad and Gargett, in association with Crick and Furse, of Sydney, and built at a cost of £14,358.

Family builds atop Red Hill

Stylish flats, shops on city site HUTCHIES has completed a family development project, on the corner of Musgrave Road and Confederate Street, in the inner Brisbane suburb of Red Hill. The three-storey commercial and residential complex, designed by John (Jack) Hutchinson Snr, is reminiscent of a similar development he completed in Bury, Lancashire, in the United Kingdom, before he migrated to Australia in 1911. With shop space on the ground level and flats above,

the development is situated high on a hill for breezes and views. As well, it is perfectly positioned with the convenience of the western suburbs commuter tramline running past the front door. Hutchies recycled demolition timber, steel and bricks for much of the project – most of it from the city’s old Town Hall which Hutchies demolished during construction of the new Town Hall Arcade and adjacent Woolworths store.

Hutchies’ own development project in Red Hill.

Rocky’s decision a knock-out win for the local team Council rejects fashionable firms from southern cities ROCKHAMPTON architects, E.M. Hocking and L.T. Palmer, swam against the tide when they were commissioned by the Rockhampton Council in 1937 to design the new council chambers and administration centre for the city. At the time, the Architecture and Building Journal, spearheaded an industry campaign objecting to local architects losing valuable commissions to Sydney and Melbourne. The Journal complained: “There is a type of insufferable snobbishness which finds expression in the depreciation of anything local and in architecture is typified by the placing of fat commissions in the hands of fashionable firms in southern cities.”

Rockhampton Town Hall built by Hutchies is significant as a government building designed by local architects, Hockings and Palmer.

So, a June 1 announcement by the Rockhampton Council gave the local lads reason to cheer. The Council decided to construct administrative offices, including a central hall and foyer, which could be used as an assembly hall, and to appoint local architects, Messrs. Hockings and Palmer, of Rockhampton, as architects for the building. The architectural firm of Hockings and Palmer – prominent in the Rockhampton district for more than 20 years – is

renowned for producing excellent workmanship and attention to detail. Hutchies won the contract to build the project and the foundation stone was laid on March 25, 1939. Two years later, the building was officially opened by State Premier William Forgan Smith on May 24, 1941. Council’s decision to employ local architects was vindicated at the completion of the project which was described as built in an architectural style elegantly

Our bowling Jack...

From the official program for the 1941 Golden Jubilee celebrations of Nudgee College.

combining elements of InterWar Stripped Classical and Art Deco. The Rockhampton Town Hall is similar in style, scale and landscaping as the Rockhampton District Court and Court House precinct. These buildings are prominent in the townscape and make a major contribution to the aesthetics of the bustling city centre. The building is destined to become one of the architects’ most important works.

AS a passionate proponent and extremely adept participant of the sport of lawn bowls, Jack Hutchinson Snr is president of the Yeronga Bowls Club. He is pictured (at far left) with his executive for 1939-40.

Inferno threatens yard HUTCHIES narrowly avoided losing thousands of pounds worth of valuable timber, building materials, oil and kerosene supplies when a fire broke out on the vacant lot adjacent to its Montague Road premises in December 1940. Only the prompt response by the South Brisbane Fire Brigade stopped the blazing inferno, which is believed to have started in a pile of

rubbish, from spreading beyond the fence line and enveloping Hutchies’ office, equipment and building supplies. Considering the intensity of the blaze which attracted dozens of onlookers, including press photographers and reporters, Hutchies’ property sustained only slight damage before the fire was brought under control.

LEFT: This fierce fire threatened materials in Hutchies’ yard (on right of photo).

Aviation inquiry grounds aerodrome plans

Planes popular for people and post A CONTROL tower and an administration building, proposed at Archerfield Aerodrome to improve passenger and postal air transport in Australia, was delayed by an enquiry called by the Department of Civil Aviation into the anomaly of builders’ tenders. Plans for the building had been drawn up by the Commonwealth Government architect in Canberra, with the intention bett, questioned why the lowest of establishing similar build- tender in Brisbane was 50 per ings in Adelaide, Sydney and cent higher than the cost of the Brisbane. successful tenderers for similar The Adelaide project was let buildings in Sydney and Adefor £12,640, Sydney for £12,242, laide. but all Brisbane tenders were Investigations indicated that, rejected when the prices came although the same plans had in at between £19,000 and been provided in the three £21,997. states, no specifications had The Director General of been supplied in Queensland. Civil Aviation, Mr A.H. CorWhen the Brisbane tenders

Hutchies’ construction at Archerfield underway during 1941.

Tender lands high-flying airport job were called again, Hutchies’ bid of £14,858 was accepted in December 1940. Hutchies wasted no time hooking up a telephone line to the site and had foundations down early in the New Year. The construction provided employment for 50 men with a completion date of July 1941. The two-storey brick building, with a glassed in control

New Archerfield Aerodrome Control Tower and Administration Building switched to a military purpose early in 1942.

tower, was intended for use by Departments of Civil Aviation, Post Master General and Customs, as well as the Bureau of Meteorology. Accommodation was planned for airline companies and their passengers and staff including a restaurant, restrooms, lounges, roof garden and reception hall. Before completion and with the World War on Brisbane’s doorstep, the Department of the Interior overrode the Department of Civil Aviation and called for alterations to the specifications, which included stronger concrete roof beams and additional brick partitioning. These were finished by Hutchies in August 1941. The domestic role intended for the Archerfield Control Tower and Administration Centre suddenly switched to a military purpose early in 1942, when the United States Army occupied the building as part of the all-important Allied defence of Australia.

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72 More Than The Truth – Hutchies’ Hundred Years

1942 - 1951


WAR ON THE DOORSTEP The Fourth Decade (1942 – 1951) ON February 19, 1942, on a bright, clear summer’s day, war came to Australian shores when Japanese aircraft bombed Darwin. Two attacks, planned and led by the commander responsible for the infamous attack on Pearl Harbour just 10 weeks earlier, killed at least 243 people and wounded more than 400. Despite being a supply base and transit camp for troops, aircraft and ships, Darwin’s defences for the town and harbour were minimal. When the first attacks came, the anti-aircraft artillery were too few in number to prevent massive damage and key public buildings, such as the post office, were destroyed, and the airport was heavily damaged. Plans to defend Australia from an anticipated Japanese invasion and to use Queensland as a support base for the conduct of the war in the Pacific were immediately fast-tracked. •••


S Brisbane was the capital of Queensland and the most northerly major population centre in Australia, military planning headquarters were set up there, as were a number of important maintenance, communication and supply facilities. General Douglas MacArthur, Commander-inChief of the Allied Forces, Southwest Pacific, was based in the AMP building at the corner of Queen Street and Edward Street in the city, and General Sir Thomas Blamey, Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Forces, used the University of Queensland at St Lucia as his headquarters. Brisbane was an obvious strategic target for Japanese bombing and rapid action had to be taken to protect the population in the event of air raids. The Brisbane City Council was given responsibility for air raid precaution activities, including establishment of an air raid warden system, firefighting systems and the construction of air raid shelters. Just weeks earlier, on Christmas Eve 1941, each Australian state’s Emergency Committee had issued instructions for government, private employers

and private households to start building air raid shelters. The Darwin raids galvanised Brisbane into immediate action. The original regulations required business owners and landlords to provide air raid shelters on properties where there were 30 or more people. Now, updated regulations required shelters on properties where there were more than 15 people – increasing overnight the number of Brisbane property owners affected from 1,000 to 11,300. By April 1942, the Brisbane City Council had approved 420 plans for the erection of air raid shelters on business premises and increased its number of building inspectors to deal with the extra workload. Meanwhile, the proposed public air raid shelters were the work of the Brisbane City Council architect’s office and the Brisbane City architect, F. G. Costello (1941–1952), adopted an optimistic design for the structures. His clever and innovative design for the wartime public shelters meant that, in peace time, the brick More Than The Truth – Hutchies’ Hundred Years 73

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blast walls around them could be removed, leaving

dishwashing sheds and boiler houses, for execution

simple, cantilevered roof concrete structures ideal

on a cost plus fixed fee basis.

for use as bus shelters or general shade. Many of these still exist today in Brisbane.

A budget of 38,000 pounds was allocated for the job. Minutes of the meeting indicate, although the

In less than 12 months, Hutchies built 14 major air

Allied Works Council had money for the war effort,

raid shelters in Queen, Elizabeth, George, Edward and Adelaide Streets, Wickham Terrace and Yeerongpilly. The Australian and American military personnel, who poured into Queensland, also urgently required a wide range of new buildings and facilities. The Queensland Master Builders Association and its president, Jack Hutchinson Snr, liaised with the Allied Works Council to coordinate the building industry for the war effort. The main task was to construct camps to house the one million American troops stationed in Queensland in defence of the South Pacific Region and to build top priority roads, bridges, airports and shipping facilities.

it was stringent with its spending. Those minutes of Hutchinsons’ meeting with the Allied Works Council recorded: “The costs of labour, materials, transport of materials, messing of men etc., should be included in the works cost. The fixed fee must not include any costs not directly connected with the work. An arrangement could be reached as to what proportion of office expenses would be directly concerned with the job.; e.g. employees who would actually be located on the job if the work were further from Brisbane, might in this instance be working in connection with the job in the office. The relevant proportion of their wages could be

Hutchies won at least nine of these significant wartime contracts, including construction of Camp Cable (originally known as Camp Tamborine), near Logan Village in 1942, which demonstrated the

debited to the job cost. Mr Hutchinson then gave the following particulars of his office staff who would be doing work connected with this particular job.

ability of Brisbane builders to act in concert with one another in an emergency. A massive camp, capable of housing 20,000 troops, was built by a handful of contractors in just six weeks, with the total cost in excess of 400,000 pounds. D. K. Payne, a local architect, supervised construction of the camp using 510 workers. In July 1942, Jack Snr and Jack II were called to a critical meeting with representatives of the Allied Works Council to discuss Hutchies’ allotment of work at Camp Cable. It was proposed J. Hutchinson & Sons should submit a detailed estimate of the cost to build 20 messes and kitchens (40ft x 84ft) and two stockade messes and kitchens (20ft x 100ft), all with

1. Mr J. Hutchinson Jnr. who makes estimates, orders materials, checks quantities, etc. 2. Mr Eric Hutchinson – his work was not specified 3. Three females clerks – Miss Cox, Miss Gardener and Miss Roughen, each of whom receive three to three pound ten shillings per week. Mr Hutchinson suggested that on a £25,000 to £30,000 job, £10 per week should be allowed as a works cost to cover the salaries of these officers. This amount was accepted as reasonable. It was agreed that travelling expenses connected with the job would be allowed on a basis of three or four pence per mile – the actual rate to be fixed later.” The Allied Works Council soon realised the local

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builder also could drive a hard bargain, when Jack

military leaders were delighted with the results of

Snr argued convincingly that “having in mind the

the building effort at Camp Cable.

type of road, four pence would be a fair rate for travelling from Brisbane to Tamborine”.

The camp was of particular interest at the time because it was the first major project in Queensland

During examination of the plans it was noted that

for which the Allied Works Council had exclusively

4x2 studs and 5x1½ rafters had been provided for the bath houses, which would have four-inch concrete floors. The Allied Works Council decided that 3x2 studs, 4x1½ rafters and three-inch concrete floors would be sufficient and would be cheaper both in materials and time. A letter written by a J. Hutchinson & Sons’ employee, Thomas Blunden, to J. R. Kemp, Deputy Deputy Director General of Allied Works in 1942, indicated the tight fiscal control on military work also caused concerns on a personal level among the ranks of this ‘joint offensive’. He wrote: “Dear Sir, I would be very much obliged

used Civil Construction Corps forces, under the direction of five major contractors. A glowing report on the building industry’s effort at Camp Cable was produced in February 1943. The report read: “A notable feature of the site layout was the considered and extensive use of existing flora for the concealment of the buildings and other works constructed at the site and the full extent of the undertaking is not discernible to a casual visitor passing through the camp area – an area covering approximately 20 square miles and serviced with almost 40 miles of roadways. The construction of Camp Cable provided the

if you would explain the various differences in the Allied Works Camps here, one is the conditions of management of the huts. For instance, we Hutchinsons’ employees pay at

initial test of what can be accomplished with a large force of Civil Constructional Corps labour and also assisted in firmly establishing in this State, the efficient administration and constructional

the rate of 25 shillings per week mess and seven shillings rent for the use of the huts, whereas Stewart Bros employees pay 25 shillings for mess and free hut accommodation which shows an advantage of seven shillings for the latter men, then again we are compelled to take Saturday and Sunday off on alternative weekends which means for one week we receive just on £5 and I think you will agree is not enough for the war effort we came here to give the Allied Council in the way of doing our best to help in a speedy Allied victory (sic). Thanking you in participation, Yours Faithfully, Thomas Blunden.” Despite mutterings in the ranks, the Allied

functions of the then new organisation. Roadworks, general camp structures, warehouses, electrical and water supply facilities and complete hospital and medical units have been provided. Difficulties of materials supply and transport were evident, but being inevitable under existing conditions, these troubles are unworthy of detailed enumeration; however it is estimated that 3,000,000 super feet of timber and 30 miles of water and drain pipes were obtained and carried, mainly by motor transport, over a 40 mile haul to the site. A feature of the project which added greatly to the general efficiency of the works was the manner

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in which the large body of workers adapted themselves to new conditions and surroundings. The bulk of these men were brought from





those earmarked as war effort projects, produced

southern cities and in the majority of cases were

extremely low profit margins, while, at the same time, opportunities in the private sector had all but

unused to general construction camp conditions.”

dried up completely.

The report concluded that work started on July 27, 1943 and was scheduled to be 90 per cent complete by September 30, when the bulk of the workforce would be transferred to other urgent works. In fact, on the September 30 deadline, Camp Cable was five per cent ahead of schedule. During the war years, Hutchies carried out other projects for the Allied Works Council, including construction of 12 buildings at Downlands College, Toowoomba; sinking of a new well at Cowan Cowan; a meat store at Pentland; a hospital and convalescent home at Warwick; buildings at Talmoi; provision of prefabricated huts; new buildings at Hughenden; dormitories at Rocklea; accommodation and huts

On top of a gross shortage of construction materials and a lack of investor confidence, there was a shortage of labour as men – and women – joined up to fight in the war. However, on the positive side, the war years did boost Queensland’s population and introduced heavy manufacturing industries to the state. As well, to help overcome the scarcity of skilled labour and the shortage of materials – proving the adage ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ –

at the Naval Depot in Alice Street, Brisbane; an Australian Broadcasting Commission facility in Brisbane; and a drum factory at Bulimba. The War ended in Europe in May 1945 when

Queensland (February, 1943) recorded the impact of war on the local building industry: “The Civil Constructional Corps of the Allied Works Council is engaged on a record building

Germany surrendered to the Allies, however, it would be almost another four months before peace was declared in Australia with the capitulation of Japan. Almost one million Australians served in World War II – at home and abroad. Approximately 40,000 Australians lost their lives and many thousands more were wounded or injured in the course of their military service. Despite the availability of military defence work, overall, the War had a devastating impact on the building industry at home. The demand and drain on materials, services and labour was enormous and military projects took precedence over all private work.

programme in various parts of Queensland. Many thousands of men are working at top pressure, but vital defence works in this state will require many hundreds more. Work being done includes the building of camps, hospitals, stores, roads, wharves and aerodromes. Every available tradesman in Queensland has been called up for the work, and other states are being drawn on for men. So urgent is the programme that it was officially stated that more than 1000 carpenters as well as allied tradesmen were still needed. The war’s effect on building has been enormous. With the exception of essential work, there is practically no private building.

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prefabricated buildings emerged as an alternative and popular construction method and standard designs for many structures evolved. The Architecture and Building Journal of

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In Brisbane very few Architects remain in private

founded with Sir Manual Hornibrook a driving force to instil professionalism in the local building

practice, and the same applies to builders.” The article continued prophetically:


“The leeway after the war to be made up will be gigantic. What effect this will have on the public

Jack II and Eric became Foundation Fellows, with Jack being Foundation Secretary for the Queensland

remains to be seen. For example, domestic work will take years to return to normal, and prices will soar compared to pre-war figures. Labour will be expensive and the same applies to materials.” J. Hutchinson & Sons did manage to survive the war years and, as the manufacturing sector took off in post-war Queensland, its earlier focus on warehouse, office, retail, private school, church and hospital buildings expanded to incorporate industrial buildings. Initially, the company prospered and Hutchies entered the new decade as a well recognised, highly respected and significant player in the local

Chapter. That same year, Jack II’s son, 17-year-old Jack III, attended his first J. Hutchinson & Sons’ Christmas party at the Baroona Hall in Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, in inner Brisbane. It was there on that summer day – amid the family picnic atmosphere [which is now a longheld Hutchies’ tradition] the lanky, sandy-haired schoolboy first caught sight of pretty June Smith, daughter of William (Bill) Pratt Smith, Hutchies’ valued company foreman labourer. Jack recalled, “She was just 14 and tanned with a mop of curly hair.” Both the challenges and the opportunities thrown up during the war years had been embraced by J. Hutchinson & Sons. Yet, as the building industry

industry. By now, Jack II had moved to the family holiday home at Surfers Paradise and Eric’s son, John, had started work at J. Hutchinson & Sons. In 1951, the Australian Institute of Builders was

was poised to enter a new and exciting phase – what would become known as the post-war boom – noone imagined Hutchies was ultimately about to face some of its hardest tests ever during the unfolding of the next decade.


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Yanks’ mini-city mushrooms in the bush The massive camp is able to accommodate 35,000 US troops at any time.

Builders join forces for the war effort RESIDENTS of Logan Village, near Mount Tamborine, woke recently to find they had been invaded – but it was a friendly invasion by three companies of the US Army’s 32nd Division. Troops arrived by train and set up a mini-city consisting of hundreds of tents along Tamborine Road. The Americans’ arrival is part of a massive Allied forces buildup in the area to defend Australia and to attack the enemy in the Pacific. They are camped at Jimboomba, Tamborine and

One of the 92 mess kitchens at Camp Cable feeding the soldiers.

Road to victory starts at Tamborine Beaudesert, while the Australians are camped at Maclean, Jimboomba, Tamborine and Canungra. Americans changed the name of nearby Camp Tamborine to Camp Cable and have built Camp Cable Road to link with Jimboomba. All roads have been sealed and culverts and bridges built creating a main supply route between the camp and the port of Brisbane. Although the road has been upgraded, it continues to twist and turn through the trees, providing convoys of men and materials with natural cover from possible enemy air attack. A special railway spur line also has been built from Logan Village, through Camp Cable and on to Canungra, providing an alternative supply line. Now the temporary tent city has given way to a more permanent base consisting of 122 latrines, 92 mess kitchens, 96 bath houses, 156 tankstands, 24 storage sheds as well as a

hospital and infirmaries. Water is being pumped from the Albert River providing 12,000 gallons an hour. Hutchies – along with several other civilian building firms – was a major player in the construction of the massive purpose-built camp. A theatre has been built to entertain the troops and VIPs who have made appearances

include General MacArthur and Eleanor Roosevelt. More than one million American soldiers are expected to pass through Brisbane on their way to the war zones and Camp Cable will make a major contribution to the effort being able to accommodate 35,000 troops at any time. Camp Cable has had a big impact on the local economy and has provided business opportunities for many Queensland companies, including Hutchies.

Several civilian construction companies worked in concert to bring Camp Cable to fruition.

Jap sub sinks US ship in Aussie seas

Purpose-built camp dedicated to dead GI ON April 22, 1942 the United States of America’s 32nd Infantry Division, The Red Arrows, arrived in Australia and trained at Camp Adelaide. In July that year, the 129th and the 120th Field Artillery units of the 32nd left Adelaide for a new camp called Camp Tamborine near Logan Village south of Brisbane. Most of the personnel were sent overland by train, but others were sent by sea. While the convoy was off the

New South Wales coast, one of the ships was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and Sergeant Gerald Cable, Service Company, 126th Infantry, from Michigan, was killed. When the 32nd moved into their new camp at Tamborine they called it Camp Cable in memory of the first of their Division to die in the Australian campaign. Hutchies was a major contractor in the construction of the massive purpose-built camp.

Declaration of war on Japan Sergeant Gerald O. Cable.

PRIME Minister John Curtin gave the following address to the nation on ABC Radio on December 8, 1941, advising that Australia was at war with Japan. “Men and women of Australia, we are at war with Japan. “That has happened because, in the first instance, Japanese naval and air forces launched an unprovoked attack on British and United States territory; because our vital interests are imperilled and because the rights of free people in the whole Pacific are assailed. “As a result, the Australian Government this afternoon took the necessary steps which will mean that a state of war exists between Australia and Japan. “Tomorrow, in common with the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the Netherlands East Indies governments, the Australian Government will formally and solemnly declare the state of war it has striven so sincerely and strenuously to avoid. “Throughout the whole affair, and despite discouragement, the Australian Govern-

Prime Minister John Curtin in deep discussion with General Douglas MacArthur, Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces, Southwest Pacific, who is based in the AMP building at the corner of Queen Street and Edward Street, Brisbane.

ment and its representatives abroad struggled hard to prevent a breakdown of discussions. “Australia encouraged the United States to retain the diplomatic initiative on behalf of the democratic powers.

“We did not want war in the Pacific. “The Australian Government has repeatedly made it clear – as have the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands East Indies – that

if war came to the Pacific it would be of Japan’s making.” More recently, on March 26, 1942, Mr Curtin met with General Douglas MacArthur to discuss the Allied forces’ war effort and national defence strategies.

City scrambles to build air-raid shelters Darwin raid a dire warning of what’s to come FOLLOWING the shock bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942, which killed at least 243 people and wounded more than 400, plans to build air-raid shelters throughout the city of Brisbane are being fast-tracked. Although England and its Commonwealth countries have been at war with Germany since September 1939, the hostilities suddenly became global after the horrific bombing on December 7, 1941 of the American fleet at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii by Japanese carrier-borne aircraft. With the USA now at war and based on our shores and Australia already a target, more attacks are imminent. Each Australian state’s Emergency Committee had already issued instructions for government, private employers and private households to immediately start building air-raid shelters. In the Protection of Persons and Property Order No. 1, gazetted 23 December 1941, Premier William Forgan Smith, with powers conferred by Regulation 35a, National Security (General) Regulations, ordered the Brisbane City Council to construct 200 public surface shelters in the city area. While the government is responsible for public shelters, employers and property owners are responsible for private shelters. Hutchies is contributing to this effort and, in less than 12 months, has built 14 major air raid shelters throughout Brisbane. Government efforts to protect the population in the event of air raids have included heavy anti-aircraft batteries in a ring around the city and coastal artillery batteries on Bribie and Moreton Islands. Above ground salt water pipes accessing

Air raid shelters line Ann Street.

Firefighting pumps and pipes tapping into the nearby river run the length of Brisbane’s Elizabeth Street past public air raid shelters.

the river have been laid along city streets to aid in any necessary firefighting. Almost two miles of covered trenches have been constructed in 13 public parks, including 1,000 feet of concrete-pipe covered trench in the Botanic Gardens, and 500 feet of the same in Victoria Park. It is calculated that one person could be accommodated by each foot of trench. The air raid shelters built by the Brisbane City Council can hold 70 people and are designed and built to withstand the blast of a 500-pound bomb bursting 50 feet away. Where possible, they are sited under fig trees to help with camouflage. The public air raid shelters, the work of the City Architect’s Office, are the design of the Brisbane City Council architect, F.G. Costello. In a recent address delivered to the Constitutional Club in Brisbane on February 1942, Costello gave a public assurance that “without sacrificing the primary requirements of shelter from air attack, I have endeavoured in our Council buildings to so plan the shelters that they will fit into schemes of improvement which we hope will proceed immediately after the war”. He has designed the shelters so they can be recycled, after the threat of war ends, as part of the city parkland infrastructure and used as bus stops, sun and rain shelters and public toilets in peace time. The first of Costello’s reusable designs is the pillbox with

double-cantilevered roof slab. They have four central piers supporting the roof slab, which allow for the removal of all four blast walls. The roof slab is intended to have at least four inches of concrete. The second design is the pillbox with single-cantilevered roof slab. These are designed so that three brick blast walls can be removed, leaving a concrete back wall and five brick piers at the front. The third design is built with a stone rear wall, instead of concrete. When the three brick blast walls are removed they can be replaced by six stone piers at the front providing a shelter with a rear stone wall and six matching stone colonnades at the front. When the war ends, modification of the military installations into useful and attractive public use structures for peace time, could provide ongoing work for many years for Brisbane builders, including Hutchies.

Expansion to produce more industrial gas Industry puts blowtorch to enemy’s belly TO keep pace with the demand of manufacturers in the war effort, Commonwealth Industrial Gases has been involved in a major expansion program in Queensland since the outbreak of hostilities – and Hutchies is doing its bit to help. Since 1940, the industrial use of oxygen has grown at double the rate of electricity consumption in Australia, with a substantial proportion of the oxygen being produced used in the metal working fields for oxy-acetylene welding and cutting. The latest expansion during 1942 consists of additions to the CIG factory at Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead, designed by architects, Shaw and Robinson, and built by Hutchies. Production of industrial gas in Queensland first started in 1922 when Queensland Oxygen established a small works in Newstead Terrace, Newstead, on the banks of the Brisbane River. Use of the new technology was slow in the beginning, but demand grew and, in 1935, Queensland Oxygen joined the CIG group. In 1936, new premises were erected and the works moved to Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead. Industrial oxygen and nitrogen are manufactured by the liquefaction process where atmospheric air is cooled until it becomes a liquid at minus 312.7° F, when the major components, oxygen and nitrogen, are separated.

Battle of Brisbane Fighting broke out at several American troop canteens around Brisbane but the ground floor of the American PX, on the corner of Creek and Adelaide Streets in the city, was completely destroyed when it bore the brunt of the violence.

Aussie killed as our boys slug it out with the Yanks THE rivalry between Australian and American troops reached flashpoint this week in November 1942 with an outbreak of alcohol-fuelled violence in the city streets – killing one soldier and wounding many more. This disgraceful escalation of rivalry and violence, which resulted in one young Australian being shot dead, has been dubbed the ‘Battle of Brisbane’. There have been a number of clashes between Australian and American troops before, but nothing to rival what transpired this week when literally hundreds of troops fought viciously in city streets over two days. Some estimates have the total number involved in the fighting up to 2000. No-one can deny the presence of thousands of American troops in Australian cities and towns is causing changes to our way of life. Already, many hotels, theatres, clubs and restaurants have extended opening hours to Saturday and Sunday – traditionally a time when many are shut for business. And certainly many new tastes and fashions

are being introduced by our American visitors who are generally friendly and well-liked by most Australians. But the American troops are much better paid than our Aussie boys, they have much smarter styled uniforms and they have access to many popular consumer items such as cigarettes, alcohol, chocolates and silk stockings in their PX (a shopping store set up only for American defence personnel). As a result, the American troops are popular with many local ladies whom they are able to wine and dine and win over with their gifts. Many of our Aussie boys have also been embarrassed and shocked by the way the US troops so openly show their affection for our ladies in public. Unfortunately, this fraternising is one of the main causes of the escalating rivalry and jealousy. Newspaper reports have summed up the Australian troops’ opinion of the American boys as being “over paid, over sexed and over here”.

Lovely flavours from beautiful factory

Tropical thirst for ice cream HUTCHIES carried out additions to the factory of Peter’s Arctic Delicacy, in Boundary Street, South Brisbane, during 1943. The factory, which already manufactures ice cream with state-ofthe-art equipment, now is planning a beautifully landscaped setting – in the hope it will become known as the ‘garden factory’. A series of 1000 gallon stain-

Artist’s impression of the planned tropical setting for the South Brisbane ice cream factory.

less steel holding vats are used to mix milk, cream, cane sugar and flavouring before being passed to a bank of continuous automatic ice cream freezers each of which churn and freeze the mix into ice cream at the rate of 400 gallons per hour. A fleet of trucks then deliver the ice cream to shopkeepers and their eager customers.

The latest technology produces the simple pleasure of flavoured ice cream from the Peter’s Arctic Delicacy factory.

Production keeps in step with demand Queensland shoes sold interstate

It takes many skilled hands at Thomas Dixon’s to take care of Australian feet with production of quality shoes.

WELL established Queensland shoe manufacturer, Thomas Dixon, of Montague Road, West End, has started a domestic export drive to sell shoes in all other Australian states. To cater for increased manufacture, Hutchies has been engaged to expand the factory. Thomas Dixon first arrived from England in 1873 and established a tannery in Brisbane. As leather found a ready market in the

growing township, Dixon progressed to the manufacture of footwear in 1878 to supply the needs of the local population. In 1910 he built a brick factory at West End and made shoes which are sold the length and breadth of Australia. Branch offices now carry a comprehensive range of stock in all capital cities, but the shoes continue to be manufactured in Queensland. While the manufacture of shoes retains

many of its traditional craft skills, there are more than 200 single operations to produce a pair of quality shoes. As a result, new techniques and many automatic and semi-automatic specialised machines are being introduced to the production line at the newly expanded factory to ensure that peak efficiency is maintained. Thomas Dixon is planning one of the most modern shoe manufacturing plants in Australia.

Boring company makes exciting discovery WITH Australia being one of the driest nations on earth, the Intercolonial Boring Company (IBC) has played a major role in development of the nation’s primary industry since the 1880s. A policy of continuous development and expansion has enabled the company to become one of the largest manufactur-

Driller’s interest in oil turns to water ers and retailers of water raising equipment in Australia. Expansion has needed more staff, so Hutchies recently completed construction of new amenities at the company’s

HUTCHIES is carrying out additional work on the Biloela Hospital for architects, Donoghue and Fulton. The hospital was built 13 years ago in 1931.

Brick extensions completed HUTCHIES finished brick extensions to the Darling Downs Bacon Cooperative Association’s factory at Lytton Road, Doboy in 1944.

headquarters at Yeerongpilly, in Brisbane. The Intercolonial Boring Company’s story in Queensland started in 1888, when a Canadian company, known as Intercolonial Deep Well Boring and Manufacturing Company, considered there was oil to be found in Queensland and commenced drilling operations. Of course, they did not find oil, but they did find water – and lots of it in the artesian and sub-artesian basins – forging a strong pioneering link with Australia’s farmers and pastoralists. In 1908, the name of the company changed to Intercolonial

Boring Company to carry on the business of boring and drilling wells and to manufacture, buy and sell drilling plants, artesian drilling tools, merchandise and machinery. In 1915, the company bought land at Yeerongpilly to expand further. Since then, the company has become one of the largest manufacturers of water raising equipment in Australia.

Allies reign supreme with victory in Europe ON May 8, 1945, peace was declared in Europe after the Allied forces formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. This happy day has been declared Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day. On April 30, after Adolf Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin, the President of Germany, Karl Dönitz, sought a conditional surrender with the western Allied forces. But, after a week of unsuc-

US troops read the good news of Germany’s surrender.

Huns defeated but Japs defiant cessful negotiations, Donitz finally agreed to an unconditional surrender. The act of military surrender was signed early on the morning of May 7, at Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Rheims, France, and on May 8 in Berlin, Germany. Under the terms of the

surrender, all German military operations ceased at 11:01pm on May 8. More than a million people celebrated in the streets to mark the end of war in the European theatre. In London, jubilant crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and outside the gates of Bucking-

ham Palace, where King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony before the cheering throng. The young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret wandered anonymously among the ordinary people and took part in the euphoric celebrations.

Acting Premier Hanlon endorses growth South bank is industrial hub for Brisbane SOUTH Brisbane is becoming a major industrial and manufacturing centre in Brisbane, with easy access to the river and good proximity to the city centre, as well as its road and rail links to Queensland and other states. Along with Hutchies, companies which have established themselves there include Evans Deakin, Queensland Glass and Brisbane Gas. Growth in the area was endorsed by the Acting Premier, Mr Hanlon, who said recently: “Queensland’s main problem is not to secure dispersal of existing industries, which might add to our disabilities as an outlying state, but to ensure that new industries are established here in the best locations.”

The Paulsen and Leaver building, Montague Road, South Brisbane, built by Hutchies is attracting praise.

With Montague Road being the main focus in the growing industrial area, two new buildings on the opposite corners at the Grey Street end of Montague Road, have created a fine entrance to the precinct. Architecture, Building, Structural Engineering, of September 1945, reported: “Both are brick structures and their designs form a pleasant contrast in appearance, the building of Paulsen and Leaver,

built by Mr J. Hutchinson, relying on straight lines to achieve a look of modernity, while the new premises of Pauls Ice Cream, now nearing completion, features some fine architectural lines and a most modern approach to the entrance. “Mr T. Dennis is the builder of this twostorey, well-lighted building which affects a large cantilever awning on the Montague Road frontage.”

Peace in the Pacific Japan surrenders

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Ben Chifley has announced the end of the war against Japan. In a radio broadcast he said: “Fellow citizens, the war is over. The Japanese Government has accepted the terms of surrender imposed by the Allied Nations and hostilities will now cease. The reply by the Japanese Government to the note sent by Britain, the United States, the USSR and China, has been received and accepted by the Allied Nations. At this moment let us offer thanks to God. Let us remember those whose lives were given that we may enjoy this glorious moment and may look forward to a peace which they have won for us.” By the beginning of 1945, Australians had been at war for more than five years. In Europe, the Germans surrendered on May 7, just a week after the suicide of Adolf Hitler. Three months later, on August 6 and 9, American bombers dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On the following day, the Japanese government announced its willingness to accept peace terms but, as negotiations failed, bombing resumed. On August 14, during an air raid against Japan, President Truman announced Japan’s unconditional surrender. The Japanese ceased fighting on August 15, 1945, and on September 2, 1945, formally surrendered to the Allies in a ceremony on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Other Japanese surrenders took place in the field across Asia and the Pacific. Almost one million Australians served in what has become known as World War II. Approximately 40,000 died and many thousands more were wounded or injured in the course of their military service.

Prime Minister Chifley announces the news all Australians have been waiting to hear.

Sheltering from weather not bombs

Converted pillbox style public air raid shelters in the city now protect commuters from the elements.

PUBLIC air raid shelters, built to protect Brisbane people from bombs during the war, are now sheltering those same people from the vagaries of the weather. As designed by the Brisbane City Council architect, F.G. Costello, the purpose-built bomb shelters are being converted into attractive public sun and rain shelters in parks, at bus stops, tram stops and as public toilet blocks. Mr Costello deliberately designed the shelters so they could be recycled in peace time. One of his most popular designs was the pillbox style shelter with double-cantilevered roof slab of at least four inches of concrete. They had four central piers supporting the roof slab, which allowed for the removal of all four blast walls.

US hospital brought back to life at Banyo Seminary dormitory for student priests IN October, 1946, thanks to Hutchies, 34 new students rooms were opened at the Roman Catholic Pius XII Seminary at Banyo, in a building which had served a previous life as a United States Army Hospital many miles away. The original plan for the Hutchies-built Seminary had allowed for building of an additional wing to provide more accommodation for student priests. However, when the need arose in 1945, it was impossible to proceed because of the wartime shortage of labour and materials. By good fortune, a two-storey building of timber and fibro-cement, which had been used as an American hospital during the war, came on the market at Stuartholme Convent in Toowong. The building was secured for the Seminary by their Lordships the Bishops of the Province, demolished and transported to

The new accommodation wing for student priests at Banyo’s Pius XII Seminary was painted cream and green to blend in with the existing buildings.

Banyo to be rebuilt as before. The material began arriving in July 1945. Hutchies began reconstruction in August and, despite a continuing shortage of extra materials, the building was ready for occupation in October 1946. The brown exterior was painted cream and the red-cross roof painted green to match the Seminary’s cream brick walls and green tile roof. Running water was provided in each

Building tailored for clothing manufacture BUILDING is proceeding on the first of four main blocks which will comprise the large clothing factory being erected for Stirling Henry Ltd at Whinstanes in Brisbane. The factory was designed by associate architects Kenwood and Hoile, Sydney, and the first section is being built by Hutchies, under the supervision of Bligh and Jessup, architects, of Brisbane. The block is 264 feet in length and has a floor area of about 16,000 square feet. Construction is in brick and structural steel, with an asbestos roof.

room and a well-equipped bathroom block provided on both levels. Although the addition is not up to the standard of the existing building, it is attractive in its own right and, at a time of acute housing shortage, it is a boon to the Seminary and the student priests who dwell in it. The architect was Hennessy and Hennessy and Hutchies’ contract price was £2,720.

Flag falls for start of new cab depot

Blue and White Cabs new headquarters under construction by Hutchies. LEFT: New clothing factory under construction at Whinstanes features large glass windows for natural light.

A NEW service station and depot for Blue and White Cabs is currently under construction at the corner of Quay Street and Eagle Terrace in Brisbane city.

It is being built in brick and steel by Hutchies to the design of architects Bligh and Jessup. Contract price is £23,191 with completion due in mid 1950.

Building first in structural steel since the war

General Rubber’s new premises will be a monument to 35 years’ steady progress.

General Rubber rebounds after the war GENERAL Rubber’s new premises under construction in the city by Hutchies are of historic significance to Brisbane. Not only will it offer the latest in tyre and rubber technology, but it signals the welcome return to steel structural construction in the city. The new building in Perry Street, Brisbane, is of brick and steel and is the first of its kind to be built since the war. The steel girders are from Drysdale and Ridgeway and the engineer is H.V. Browne,

of Alexander and Browne, Queen Street, Brisbane. The building is being erected by Hutchies for Brisbane architects, Bligh and Jessup. On completion, the building will represent the culmination of 35 years of steady progress and will stand as a monument to the capable and efficient service for which the name General Rubber has been outstanding for so long. With its completion, a plan will come into

operation to provide motorists, transport businesses, industries and all types of agricultural plant, tractors, graders and earth moving equipment with a total tyre and rubber service that will bring new standards of efficiency and economy. While the supply of new tyres, tubes, recaps, retreads and batteries always will be the main object of General Rubber, several new subsidiary services such as car washing, polishing and greasing will be provided.

Security Shoes slip into Annerley Shortages slow progress A NEW factory for Security Shoes and Slipper Company at St Kilda Place, Annerley, is nearing completion by Hutchies’ after three years of effort to overcome shortages of materials and hold-ups caused by building control regulations. Comprising 16,000 square feet, the factory was occupied finally in June 1948 but more work is being carried out. Architect is E.F. Trewern, Brisbane.

Security Shoe and Slipper Company’s new factory at Annerley.

St Margaret’s new assembly hall and classrooms.

St Margaret’s builds for the future DURING the current decade, Hutchies has undertaken a series of major projects at St Margaret’s School, Albion, under the supervision of architects, Lange L. Powell Dods and Thorpe. The work has included new brick and tile classrooms, dormitory, assembly hall, music room, commercial room and staff rooms. A fund was started as early as 1939 to build an assembly hall large enough to accommodate the whole school but the war intervened. Plans were restarted after the war and Hutchies began the first major expansion project of classrooms, dormitories and assembly hall which were completed in 1949. LEFT: Hutchies has completed extensions to the Darnell Music Block at St Margaret’s.

Dedication draws a full house to new church Honour to district’s war dead

The Coorparoo Presbyterian Memorial Church.

THE new brick Coorparoo Presbyterian Memorial Church, built by Hutchies, was officially opened and dedicated on Sunday, November 11, 1951. So large was the congregation at the ceremony that the service was relayed to the church hall. The offering on the day reflected the large turnout with a collection of £250. Memorial gifts dedicated included stained-glass windows, communion table and elders’

chairs, pulpit and furnishing, Bible, honour board, electric clock, carillon, congregational seats, hymn boards, porch light, jardinieres, plants, bookcase, hymn books, seats for Sunday school and lectern for fellowship use. The foundation stone for the new brick church was laid on May 20, 1950. Architect was T. H. Cross and Hutchies’ contract price was £9,282 with £2,750 for the purchase of a manse.

Local Wunderlich tilery the world’s most modern

Terracotta tiles are produced at this Wunderlich factory at Northgate using the latest scientific production methods in the world.

HUTCHIES has continued its long and successful relationship with tile manufacturer, Wunderlich, with construction of a tilery at Blitzinger Road, Northgate, valued at £76,682. Hutchies’ had ongoing work for Wunderlich at a factory built at Ferny Grove in 1928 and built a new large factory at Gaythorne in 1936. More recently, work started at Northgate in 1949 and included factory, kilns, drying chambers, stack, pump house, wash and toilet blocks, cottage, house, store, fences, drains and garages. Work also included the pit, well test sinking, road and power line. Wunderlich imported the popular Mar-

Tiles laying foundation for hemisphere’s largest seilles pattern terracotta tiles from France until the beginning of the first World War. When importation ceased due to hostilities, Wunderlich established tileries at Rosehill in Sydney and at Brunswick in Melbourne and started production in 1916. Wunderlich had produced metal ceilings and architectural work in Brisbane since the early 1900s but clay tiles were not manufactured locally until the company set up a factory at Ferny Grove in 1928. Since the easing of restrictions for the building industry after the recent Second World War, there has been great demand

for terracotta tiles from the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors. Although the Ferny Grove tilery has been extended and modernised over its lifespan, it is unable to cope with the demand. As a result, work began on the Northgate tilery and on completion, it will be one of the most modern in the world, with production based on the latest scientific methods. Wunderlich has plans to establish factories in South Australia and Tasmania with the goal to become the largest manufacturer of terracotta tiles in the Southern Hemisphere.

Large church for tiny town Rural ‘cathedral’ to seat 1000

Construction of Hatton Vale’s eye-catching new ‘cathedral’ is underway.

THE impressive new Apostolic Church at Hatton Vale, via Laidley, being built by Hutchies will seat a congregation of 1000 people. Construction is of brick with concrete foundations and floor and an arched ceiling. The building is so large that it is already being commonly referred to as a cathedral. Architect is J.P. Donaghue, Cusick and Edwards. Following the start of construction of the imposing church, Hutchies has also been contracted to build shops and offices in Laidley at a cost of £7,208. Hutchies’ team is camping at the Laidley Showgrounds during construction.

Supplier helps drive Australia’s automotive industry PAYEN, Byrne and Blackford – a Brisbane-based company that makes and supplies gaskets and washers to Australia’s automotive industry – is a success story that started in 1940 on borrowed money in a tin shed, owned by one of the partner’s parents. Ten years on, Hutchies has won a £16,808 contract for industrial construction for the expanding company. The business started as a partnership between C.B. Byrne and E.C. Blackford on borrowed capital of £600. The partnership, trading as Byrne and Blackford, produced gaskets and washers in a tin shed owned by Byrne’s parents in High Street, Lutwyche in Brisbane’s north. The main piece of equipment was a press purchased for £20. Within six months, the partnership had a staff of three and it was necessary to extend the shed. In 1942, demand meant a move to larger premises in Barry Parade, Brisbane. Soon after, the office and

Hutchies entered into an industrial contract at Eagle Farm with Payen, Byrne and Blackford, as part of the gasket company’s continued growth.

Deal sealed for gasket company’s HQ stock section moved to the corner of Wharf and Adelaide Street to allow expansion of the production section. By 1944, the staff had grown to 30 and another move was made to New Farm. With development of interstate trading and production of copper and asbestos gaskets, the business continued to grow and, in 1947, a new site was acquired at Eagle Farm. Continuous expansion had

stretched the young company’s financial resources and, in 1948, an association with UKbased Engineering Components was arranged. and the title of the company became Payen, Byrne and Blackford. Hutchies’ won the £16,808 contract for industrial construction for the new entity of Payen, Byrne and Blackford Pty Ltd. Repco Limited, Australia’s largest producer of automotive

parts, has flagged an interest in entering into a partnership agreement with Engineering Components to continue the expansion of the success story of Payen, Byrne and Blackford. Currently, the company plays a vital role in production and maintenance of motor transport in Australia as well as supplying a wide and varied market in production and replacement of washers and gaskets in industrial and domestic applications.

New beginning at the end of the line

Church at tram terminus

New Methodist Church at West Ashgrove is under construction by Hutchies.

WHILE the tram terminus at West Ashgrove may be the end of the line for some people, a church being built nearby will offer a new beginning for many. The new Methodist Church, designed by architects H. M. Cook and W. J. Kerrison, is being built by Hutchies. Foundation stone for the

new church was laid on July 22, 1951. The church is in a prominent position on a triangular site with streets on two sides. The impressive building is constructed of brick, with buttressed outer walls, cream copings and a terracotta tiled roof.

Hutchies’ Christmas – a real ‘family’ affair

Pictured at the wheel is Jack II’s son, John Collins Hutchinson (Jack III) who has been working in his holidays at Hutchies’. The 17-year-old school boy will be at his first Hutchies’ Christmas party this year.

IT’S that time of year again when the entire Hutchinson & Sons’ ‘family’ comes together for our traditional Christmas break-up party. This year it is being held at the Baroona Hall in Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, in inner Brisbane. These much enjoyed family picnic style parties are fast becoming a Hutchies’ tradition.

Merry Christmas to all of Hutchies’ “family”

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THE BITTERSWEET YEARS The Fifth Decade (1952 – 1961) THE 1950s would prove to be bittersweet years for J. Hutchinson & Sons and for its individual family members. In 1952, Jack III left school and started at Hutchies as an apprentice carpenter while studying quantity surveying at the Queensland Institute of Technology at night. Later that same year, as a young apprentice, Jack III went to the annual company picnic at Maclean Bridge, near Jimboomba.



N those days, it was the tradition that employees attending the picnics were picked up by bus from their suburbs and afterwards dropped safely back home. Also a tradition at the annual picnics was a company ute with a keg of cold beer on the back. Inevitably, late in the afternoon, singing would break out and it was there young Jack first heard ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’ in a unique rendition by Irish labourer, Pat Scully – a firm favourite ever after. He had fond memories of the Maclean Bridge location as one of the many building sites throughout Queensland he had visited with his father and, at the time, he had been in awe of the deep sea diver, fitted with a steel hard-hat and hand compressor, working underwater on the bridge pylons. Jack III’s fondness for Maclean Bridge was enhanced each subsequent year when he saw young June Smith at the annual picnics. In 1954, Jack, as usual, was hanging around the Smith family’s picnic basket and Mrs Smith thought he was after some of her apple pie.

But it was her pretty young daughter, June, he was far more interested in and, eventually, he plucked up the courage to ask her to partner him in the threelegged race. Despite a faltering start, when June took off with the wrong leg, their relationship did get off on the right foot and Jack later wrote to the 17-year-old trainee nurse asking her out to the pictures. Four years on, after June graduated from nursing, they married on December 6, 1958. They moved into the shell of their new home with bare concrete floors, a bed base on four bricks, some borrowed furniture, concrete tubs and an electric copper. June Hutchinson recalled they paid the house off on a weekly wage of 25 pounds. “This left little money for outings,” she said. “But it’s amazing what young love can cope with.” First-born child, John Scott Hutchinson (Jack IV – but known as Scott), arrived on August 13, 1959, followed later by siblings Lindy, Wendy and Kenneth. In the early 1950s, Hutchies was very much a More Than The Truth – Hutchies’ Hundred Years 93

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family firm – Eric’s son, John, worked as a site

War success in Australia during the early 1950s.

foreman and his brother, Eric II, had started his carpentry apprenticeship, as had Jack III.

Initially, it did a swathe of work for well known clients such as Associated Tobacco; Presbyterian

But, by 1955, Jack III had left to complete the

Church; James Hardy; Nestle Foods; General Rubber;

work experience section of his Quantity Surveying

Methodist Church; Congregational Church Union of

Diploma at the State Department of Works; John had a sizeable win with the state’s Golden Casket and decided to leave and travel; and Eric II had quit the building industry to open a used car business. Several months later, Jack II – now 57 years – contracted tuberculosis and required hospitalisation and a long convalescence, during which time he continued to manage the business from his sick bed. By the following year, in 1957, Jack III, now finished his Diploma in Quantity Surveying, was estimating part-time for Hutchies, while holding down a full-time job with the State Department of Works.

Australia; Shell; National Bank; Wunderlich; Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane; Brisbane Abattoirs; Bookmakers Club; Greek Orthodox Church; Ricketts and Coleman; and Church of England. As well, the work was widespread throughout the state including South Coast, Esk, Ipswich, Murgon, Gympie, Kingaroy, Nambour, Goondiwindi, Bundaberg, Clermont, Blackall, Winton, Barcaldine, Hughenden, Miles and Camooweal. However, the company’s eventual financial difficulties, which only became apparent late in this decade, had their beginnings in those post-War years’ time of plenty. Significantly for Hutchies, World War II had

Jack II realised all was not well with the family business and he strongly urged his only son to continue with his secure position in the Works Department, rather than face an uncertain future

brought many changes to the construction industry in Queensland with the Americans introducing new ideas and modern machinery. American management techniques involved much

back with the faltering J. Hutchinson & Sons. In hindsight, the reason for his well-founded concern could be traced back to the war years. World War II had sparked a period of maintained economic expansion that continued until the 1970s and which featured a large increase in the Australian population and a strong economy. The War had given a significant boost to the manufacturing sector which included motor vehicles, metal processing, textiles, clothing, footwear and chemicals. Development of mining to exploit Australia’s natural resources was attracting foreign investment – underpinning the economic expansion. Hutchies, like many others, rode this wave of post-

more office back-up to foremen on the sites and they introduced machines unknown in Australia at the time to replace traditional hand tools. After the War, when men and materials gradually became more freely available, and the post-War boom began, new builders were operating in Queensland, using surplus American equipment. Many founders of the new companies had learned their trade at J. Hutchinson & Sons as members of the construction gangs who had served them so well during the 1930s and 1940s. After exposure to American techniques, machinery and building products, construction sites witnessed a quantum shift in technology, work methods and efficiencies.

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have frequently failed to complete work within

advantages of reputation, experience and contacts, it had chosen not to invest heavily in machinery nor

their contract time, and from experience we feel

had it adjusted its operations to take into account

as ‘Time’ is concerned, notwithstanding that a Time Limit with Penalty for non-completion will

the inevitable rising cost of labour. Initially, the firm could not fail to enjoy some of the good times of the post-War boom, but the landscape of the building industry had shifted forever … and, this time around, Hutchies demonstrated an ill-fated slowness and reluctance to adapt to change. Jack Snr, Jack II and Eric had always worked hard and enjoyed the fruits of their labour, playing golf, lunching with clients and other contacts and spending time at the racetrack and, each year, the three partners had imported the latest American cars to drive. But, by the mid 1950s, despite J. Hutchinson & Sons still being considered one of Queensland’s premier construction businesses, some of its projects carried out were not being completed until well after their contracted finishing dates. Construction techniques at Hutchies had progressed little from those used in the 1940s; its workforce was more expensive and its production proving increasingly less efficient. The firm continued to win large contracts but, despite the good turnover, it delivered poor results for the partners and was losing money. As more and more construction schedules were not met, the company’s good reputation – forged over more than four decades and once its major strength – began to tarnish. A prominent architect’s warning to a client was typical of industry opinion of the builder’s performance at the time. The architect wrote: “The lowest tenderers (J. Hutchinson and Sons) are well known to us and do satisfactory work; however, in the past they

that they can not be completely relied upon as far

be included in the Contract. Notwithstanding the above, we do not consider that preference to any of the other tenderers is warranted and we recommend that the contract be awarded to J. Hutchinson & Sons.” Hutchies’ performance on another major project in the mid-1950s further highlighted the builder’s predicament. In November 1954, the project architect for a new warehouse in Brisbane valued at £68,068 recommended J. Hutchinson & Sons for the job, but warned of a possible delay because of the builder’s known unreliability to finish on time. Contracts were exchanged in December 1954 and work started on site on May 1955, with a completion date of May 21, 1956. The completion date came and went and renegotiated deadlines still were not met. It was not until March 29, 1957, that the client was able to even occupy the building with an official opening by the Premier V.C. Gair on May 22, 1957 – exactly one year behind the client’s desired schedule. A long and protracted legal argument then developed over payment. During arguments over the late completion and payments due, the architect wrote to the client pleading Hutchies’ case and explaining the matter had been made worse by Jack II contracting tuberculosis, being hospitalised for a serious operation and having a lengthy recuperation. He said the matter was so serious that Jack Snr,

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aged 81, had come out of retirement to help his sons

Hutchinson & Sons our thanks … Although we

in the business, but had “broken down” under the strain during a meeting in the architect’s office to

were considerably inconvenienced by the delay

discuss building schedules.

that the workmanship shown was of a very good standard.”

Despite the architect’s explanation and pleas for understanding, the client replied he was “most unhappy” with the situation and would not accept sickness as an excuse. He wrote: “I feel, however, that we cannot permit Mr Hutchinson’s sickness to interfere very much with our actions … He has foremen and apparently quite a large business, and should be able to continue a small job like ours without any great delays.” It wasn’t until January 1958 that all parties finally agreed to a settlement. The client wrote: “I have discussed with the Secretary the payment by Messrs Hutchinson & Sons of the Penalty which we claim, and I sincerely hope that they will be reasonable in this matter … I also hope that in future other persons who may be building in Brisbane will be able to arrange a completely water-tight contract which will make it unnecessary to go to the courts to have a matter of this kind settled … this is a very unfortunate position which I feel sure could be remedied if the architects and the builders got together and made a formula. Unless something of the kind is done, great loss is likely to be experienced by property builders, and I would like to say it does not encourage building in Brisbane … I hope you had a very happy Christmas, and that the new year is going to be a good one for you and your Company.” Surprisingly, when the client did forward the final payment to the architect in February 1958, he felt compelled to write: “Will you also convey to Messrs

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in the completion of the building, we consider

By the late 1950s, the writing was well and truly on the wall for the company. Jack Snr, Jack II and Eric were often in bad health and they were clearly losing touch with the work on sites. Jack II was still convalescing from tuberculosis and knew the business was in poor shape. However, he continued to maintain that, after a couple of good jobs, they would be able to settle their bills, sell the company and all retire. Although Jack II appreciated his son’s help to do estimates on weekends and after hours, he insisted that Jack III, with a young family to feed, remain within the safety and security of his government job. Events would soon take a turn, however, ultimately taking that decision out of his hands. In 1961, Hutchies built ‘Camden’ residential units in Hillview Crescent, Hamilton, valued at £206,174, for speculative developers who intended on-selling the units quickly to cover construction costs. However, all did not go to plan. Construction costs on the high specification project blew out due to constant variations and the units, pioneers in strata titling in Brisbane, were painfully slow to sell. In the inevitable fallout, J. Hutchinson & Sons was left with a large debt that spelled disaster, considering its already weakened financial position. Some 50 years later, Jack Hutchinson III would vividly recall that fateful project which brought Hutchies to the financial brink. “They were short of cash even before that job, but

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‘Camden’ put them in a lot more danger as they were

extended credit far in excess of what would

not getting paid. Dad was in a real state and it was the only time I had ever seen him like that,” Jack III

have been considered prudent under ordinary circumstances.


But, as a sign of the times, many other suppliers

“To make matters worse, he could barely work

insisted on being paid cash up front for all

because of tuberculosis and, to this day, I don’t know how he got through it. “I’m not one to get upset, but I certainly was at that time. I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know what – nor was I given any encouragement, because Dad didn’t want me in there.” Despite mirroring the situation of the Paddington Plaza theatre project 32 years earlier, this time the difference was clear; while the builder was strong enough to survive a financial hit in 1929, it was brought to its knees in this latest round. To cover the position, Jack II negotiated a hefty overdraft of £40,000 with the Bank of New South Wales to keep Hutchies afloat in its sea of debt.

purchases. “The Bank of New South Wales gave them a loan which got them off the hook temporarily,” Jack III reflected. “But, by then, industry gossip persisted because of the completion times on Hutchies’ jobs. “It seemed everything was always late.” Jack II’s answer to Hutchies’ financial problems and straitened circumstances was to slash expenses by stopping the purchase of all new machinery and to reduce maintenance on existing plant and equipment. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned but ill-fated conservative policy exacerbated J. Hutchinson &

At this time of crisis, the firm’s reputation helped considerably and some of its old time suppliers

Sons’ problems of inefficiency and threatened even further the firm’s fragile financial position.


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Gympie marked for £1 million milk factory Nestles fosters farming for free A NEW condensery being built at Gympie by Hutchies at a cost of £70,000 will add to the importance of the Nestles Company to the business and community life of the district. The condensery is part of a £1 million factory being built by Nestles to service 500 dairy farms in the Gympie district. Production will begin in 1953. Project architects are F.P. Woolacott, of Sydney, and J.P. Donoghue, Cusick and Edwards, of Brisbane. As well as turning milk into dairy products, Nestles is helping locals to improve their farming methods and increase production. These services are supplied free or at cost and include pas-

ture advice, farm machinery maintenance, milking machine service and repair, supply of irrigation equipment, animal husbandry and farm management advisory services. With such a large investment in the area, Nestles is keen for its suppliers to succeed. This spirit of co-operation has grown steadily since 1940, when Nestles commissioned a comprehensive study to identify the best milk producing areas of Queensland. The survey was undertaken to determine the best location to establish a new factory and two factors dominated the choice of Gympie. First, the district had the best potential for producing a large quantity of milk and, secondly,

Hutchies is building a condensery at the Nestles’ factory at Gympie which will grow with the demand of the market and the Gympie district’s ability to increase milk production.

the city had all the resources needed to operate a large factory such as water, electricity and labour. From the study, Nestles also realised that farm production would have to increase. The Gympie district is not immune to the dry spells which affect many parts of Queensland, but Nestles is confident

‘Gundy’ gets new school

WORK has begun on the new Goondiwindi Roman Catholic School which is being built alongside the town’s 15-year-old St Mary’s Church. Hutchies originally won the contract, worth more than £44,000, at the end of 1951, but, due to the difficulty of getting materials, construction has only just started on site after the laying of the foundation stone on December 7, 1952.

that, with the services and practices it has established, its farmers will continue to prosper without fear of drought. As concrete evidence of Nestles’ confidence in the future, detailed plans have been made for future development and, in some cases, buildings have already been constructed for future use.

College to house university students Cromwell a first for Congregational Church CROMWELL College is the first residential college to be built to accommodate students on the new University of Queensland campus at St Lucia, Brisbane. It is also the first college built in Australia by the Congregational Church Union. Hutchies won the contract in October 1953, valued at £105,712, for the construction of an administration section, staff quarters, dining hall, two student blocks, college chapel and principal’s residence. The College is on three acres of land within a quarter of a mile of the university and with frontages to four streets. Buildings are connected by covered walkways and a library and lecture room are situated between the two dormitory buildings. Construction is of brick and reinforced concrete with timber floors covered by rubber tiles in the corridors. The roof is topped with

Hutchies was the major contractor on the construction of Cromwell College – the first college to be built to accommodate students at the new University of Queensland.

Wunderlich terracotta tiles. Students are housed in singlebed studies with accommodation for 72 students and nine staff. It is planned to eventually provide accommodation for 151 students. The contractors and subcontractors were: architects, Conrad and Gargett; contractor, J. Hutchinson and Sons; plumbing and hot water, J. Hutchinson and Sons; electrical, Kennedy and Middleton;

New home for James Hardie THIS new modern office and warehouse complex for James Hardie Trading has been built in Commercial Road, Fortitude Valley, by Hutchies at a cost of £33,194. The building is of brick and concrete construction, providing office and warehouse on the upper and ground floors, with storage and goods handling facilities in the basement. Vehicular access to the basement for receiving and despatch is at the rear via the side street. Architect is Bligh, Jessup and Partners.

solid plastering, J. Hutchinson and Sons; fibrous plastering, Healy Brothers; roof tiling, Wunderlich Limited; joinery, James Campbell and Sons.

Cremorne Theatre extensions WITH the popularity of motion pictures, Hutchies was engaged to build new offices at the Cremorne Theatre, South Brisbane, in June 1952. The cost of the work was £32,000. Here workmen put the finishing touches to the new work.

Building supplier boosts premises WARTIME shortages of building materials are at an end and Hutchies is reaping the benefits of pent-up demand. One of the difficulties experienced by all sectors of the community during World War II was the difficulty in obtaining building materials. It was not always the case that materials were unavailable, but rather they, like able-bodied workers, were earmarked for the war effort. This impacted on shops, offices, factories, homes, churches and schools, so that normal maintenance was difficult enough and new building, other than for the war effort, was virtually unheard of. Even after peace was declared, shortages have continued

Thanks to Hutchies, building supplies deliveries from Barker and Co are now in top gear.

for some years. Now, Barker and Co has expanded its facilities to help keep up with the community’s pent-up demand for building supplies. Hutchies has been engaged to install more storage racks, at a cost of £1,279, and to undertake alterations, valued at £2,296, to expand the suppliers’ premises.

Theatrette for Shell House HQ THE Shell Company has added a theatrette to its headquarters in Brisbane for the entertainment of staff members and Hutchies carried out the work at a cost of £1,304.

Headquarters for John Lysaght – Man of Steel A 50-YEAR-OLD building in Ann Street, near Petrie Bight, Brisbane, is being remodelled by Hutchies to provide modern, air-conditioned warehouse, store and offices as the headquarters of John Lysaght (Aust) in Queensland. Downstairs there is a 10,400 sq ft area with car parking and vehicular entrances to Ann Street as well as access to Perry Lane at the rear. Upstairs has 2,400 sq ft of

Strong market for sheet metal office space with hooded front windows to provide sun glare control. In addition to the new headquarters in Queensland, the company’s Port Kembla steelworks also have expanded to keep pace with the demand for sheet steel from the construction industry as well as the requirements of automobile

and household appliance manufacturers, the drum and container industries, the shelving and locker trade and the many other users of sheet steel. Hutchies put in the lowest of five tenders for the work at £33,900 with Baxter and Hargreaves the highest at £41,223. Architects are A.H. Conrad and T.B.F. Gargett.

An old building in Ann Street has a new lease on life as the modern state headquarters for John Lysaght.

Camera Craft develops old site PHOTOGRAPHIC company, Camera Craft, has developed an old residence in Ivory Street, Brisbane, into commercial use. The building work by Hutchies incorporates a converted residence, raised and moved to the rear of the site, joined to a new two-storey brick building at the front of the land. The converted residence is used for photographic developing and printing as well as staff amenities. The new construction, with 1,500 sq ft on both levels, accommodates a photographic studio, 16mm film production department, offices and a tenant, J.T. Publicity, advertising agency. Architects for the conversion and the new building works were J.P. Donoghue, Cusick and Edwards. The building contract of £11,063 was let in May 1955.

Jack II rushed to hospital HUTCHIES’ Jack II has been rushed to hospital suffering from tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is highly infectious and, despite a nationwide immunisation program brought in during 1950 to 1952, remains one of the deadliest diseases in Australia. It is expected that Jack, 57, will remain in hospital for several weeks and will require a lengthy recuperation time at home. Wife, Lily May, and son, Jack III, and daughter, Margaret, have been keeping a vigil at the hospital. All at Hutchies wish Jack II a full and speedy recovery.

Grand old lady to get a face lift

WITH its landmark waterfront setting at Labrador, on the South Coast, the iconic Grand Hotel commands magnificent views over the Broadwater to South Stradbroke Island and the Nerang Bar. Later in 1955, Hutchies is due to begin major alterations and upgrades worth in excess of £30,000 to this popular watering hole.

HUTCHIES has won a contract for £14,391 to undertake alterations and renovations to the Story Bridge Hotel at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.

NBA branches out at Nundah HUTCHIES has completed a new branch for the National Bank of Australasia at Nundah on Brisbane’s northside. Cost of the building was £9,882.

Jack III marries a sister

Newly weds Jack III and June with proud parents, Jack II and Lily May Hutchinson (left) and Irene and Bill Smith.

YOUNG John Collins Hutchinson (Jack III), 24, has married a sister – June Smith who graduated recently as a registered nurse. June is the daughter of valued long-time Hutchies employee, Bill Smith. The couple, who first met at a Hutchies’ Christmas party, were wed in the Hutchiesbuilt Coorparoo Presbyterian Memorial Church on December 6, 1958.

Pavilion up in the air for The ’Gabba THIS is the architect’s impression of a new pavilion proposed by Conrad and Gargett for the Brisbane Cricket Ground at The Gabba. Hutchies is hopeful of working on the project, having completed previous work for the Cricket Club in the 1930s and 1950s. The final design will be in the hands of the trustees of the club.

Three generations love the building game … and share a common name A BRISBANE newspaper recently recorded the involvement of Hutchies in the development of the Piccadilly Arcade. The Courier-Mail (March 11, 1958) reported: Australian industrial records show it is unusual for a father, sons and grandsons to work in the same company. But it is stretching coincidence far when the father, one son and two grandsons do so and have the same name – J. Hutchinson. This record has been achieved in J. Hutchinson and Sons, one of Brisbane’s

most prominent building organisations. The company was given the job of building Piccadilly Arcade because of its extensive general building construction experience spread over 47 years. Founder of the company, J. Hutchinson (Senior), now 83 years, was building in Lancashire before coming to Queensland to start in 1911. Despite his age, he continues to visit the office daily. Also in the company are two sons, Jack and Eric Hutchinson, and three grand-

sons, Jack, John and Eric. Buildings in all parts of the state have been built by the company. They include some major ones at the Brisbane General Hospital and the Abattoir, Eton Hotel, Cromwell University College and Fauldings in Barry Parade. Others now under way include the £200,000 Hughenden and the £100,000 Clermont Hospitals. And among the 200 employees are at least 20 who have been with the company for 30 or 40 years.

Byzantium building in Brisbane TRADITIONS of Byzantium were observed for construction of the new Greek Orthodox Church on the corner of Edmondstone and Besant Streets, South Brisbane. The octagonal brick and reinforced concrete Church of St George costing £45,000 has been built by Hutchies in the traditional cruciform manner with the holy altar at the eastern end. There is room for 500 worshippers in the main body of the church, with space for another 200 in an upper gallery. A feature of the church, designed by architects R. Martin Wilson and Son, is an octagonal dome covered externally with terracotta tiles and treated internally with acoustic plaster. The atrium is outside the main church entrance where church-

A new Greek Orthodox Church in South Brisbane is nearing completion.

Ancient theme for new Greek Church

goers gather before and after the service and this leads to the narthex, or foyer, which is just inside the main doors. From here worshippers go into the main body of the church or upstairs. The terrazzo forecourt features a traditional ecclesiastical decoration of a double-headed eagle. Three steps at the rear of the forecourt lead to a carved oak screen that shelters the sanctuary. Italian glass mosaic tiles have been used in the church windows.

Sporty school splashes out with pool

HUTCHIES has won an £8,550 contract for the construction of a swimming pool at The Southport School on the South Coast. Affectionately known as TSS, the school is the oldest Anglican boys’ boarding school in Queensland. Set among sprawling grounds

on the Nerang River and catering for both day pupils as well as boarders, TSS is fiercely proud of its growing prowess in all fields of sport. Headmaster, Mr Cecil Pearce, said the pool would be a welcome addition to the school’s facilities for all the boys, particularly in the summer months.

Work starts on Nave at St John’s Cathedral ST JOHN’S Cathedral in Brisbane soars skyward as a workman digs down to create the foundations for the Cathedral’s Nave which will be a memorial to the many fallen in the two World Wars. The Governor General Sir William Slim turned the first sod in August 1955 and Hutchies started excavation for the foundations after having won a tender valued at £6,758 to do the work. The Cathedral’s entire extension is expected to cost £670,000.

Company puts its stamp on post office Chic new design suits resort city

Surfers Paradise Post Office in busy Cavill Avenue.

HUTCHIES has completed a new brick post office at Surfers Paradise for the Commonwealth Department of Post and Telegraph. Work started when foreman Dave Skuse (see The Daily News article June 19, 1958, pictured below, left) took levels on site. The modern chic design by the Commonwealth Government architect blends with the casual holiday atmosphere of the resort city. Contract price of the new post office was in excess of ÂŁ25,000.

Slick interior of the Surfers Paradise Post Office.

Wool Court Warehouse for Blackall

HUTCHIES has built a warehouse for W.H. Hart and Co in Blackall, known as Wool Court. The contract for construction was won in February, 1958 at a cost of ÂŁ5,136.

Piccadilly Arcade a shopping trend BRISBANE’S Piccadilly Arcade, which took its name from London’s famous Piccadilly Circus, is the city’s newest shopping precinct, built by Hutchies at a cost of £250,000. It is also Brisbane’s first air-conditioned arcade. The shops, as well as the arcade itself, are fully air-conditioned, creating

Air-conditioned ‘street’ a city first

an air-conditioned ‘street’ which is unique in the city. Running from Queen to Adelaide Streets, between Creek and Wharf Streets, fashionable new Piccadilly Arcade has been planned to provide shop-

Trendy Piccadilly Arcade is a landmark for bustling Brisbane city.

ping facilities to one of the most densely populated business areas in the city. Piccadilly Arcade showcases 47 shops on three levels that provide a complete range of household, personal, food and dress requirements. A feature of the arcade is that the main walkways are always open to the public day and night and 9,500 sq ft of glass have been used for maximum product display. Construction of air curtains at each entrance of the arcade will protect the interior from dust and waste from the busy streets outside. Mr D. McKenzie, principal of the Inverdoone Investment Company, researched overseas shopping trends and was impressed by the types of facilities which provided services to communities in other parts of the world. In conjunction with architects Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners, premises were secured

to establish a shopping centre to service the city’s downtown business and commercial hub. With the new arcade, people working at the Petrie Bight end of Queen Street will no longer have to waste valuable time

going to the top of Queen Street for their purchases. Hutchies won the contract to build Piccadilly Arcade in March 1957. During construction, Wunderlich carried out Queensland’s largest aluminium shop front installation using six miles of aluminium sections in the fabrication of the Piccadilly Arcade shop fronts.

Advertisement Ad d ti t from f Piccadilly Pi dilll Arcade A d ffeature t iin The Courier-Mail March 11, 1958.

Four Jacks make a full house IT’S a full house now for Jack III and wife June since the birth of their first child, John Scott Hutchinson (Jack IV), born August 13, 1959. Jack III, who was an apprentice carpenter with Hutchies before completing studies to become a Quantity Surveyor, is now employed full-time with the State Government’s Department of Works. However, he still finds time to help out Hutchies with parttime estimating after hours and on weekends.

Proud parents, June and Jack Hutchinson, with baby, Scott.

Buildings bloom in the Outback Memorial Hall is part of the new Miles civic centre.

Firm wins work in the west

HUTCHIES has strengthened its links with Outback Queensland after winning major contracts in Winton, Miles, Clermont and Barcaldine. This latest work in the west follows Hutchies’ earlier contracts in 1955 for the Hughenden hospital (£181,636) and the Clermont hospital (£99,257). Hutchies won the £48,903 contract to build a new courthouse and public offices in Winton three years later in June 1958. Historic Winton was originally known as Pelican Waterhole but, after flooding in 1876, the settlement was shifted to higher ground and renamed Winton. It was there, in 1895, that A. B. (Banjo) Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda, with the first performance of the ballad given at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel on April 6, the same year. Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (QANTAS) – Australia’s national airline – was formed in Winton in November 1920 and its first board meeting was

Miles civic centre precinct is bounded by three streets.

held in the Winton Club three months later. Meanwhile, in Miles, Hutchies won a £86,613 contract for a new modern civic centre precinct, consisting of a memorial hall, council chambers and shops, bounded by three streets. Later in 1958, Hutchies also secured a £82,647 contract to build the Clermont council chambers and hall, an £11,736 contract for the Clermont fire station, followed by a £8,879 contract for a new library in Barcaldine.

Winton Court House

Exclusive units to lift level of luxury living

River and mountain views from each room FOLLOWING a successful foray into Brisbane property development with the innovative Piccadilly Arcade in 1956, grazier Donald McKenzie has become a pioneer of multi-storey residential development with ‘Camden’ apartments in Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton. Architects Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners were originally commissioned by McKenzie and solicitor Leon Trout in 1957 to design the apartments for a site overlooking the Brisbane River previously occupied by a bungalow known as ‘Camden’. The house was demolished in 1959 and Hutchies won the contract in June 1960 to construct the exclusive home units. The architect’s bold vision was for luxury home units “in a pattern with the living standard seen in the progressive cities of the world”. The eight-storey building has three units on each floor, a penthouse and a roof garden. ‘Camden’ is positioned to benefit from the prevailing breezes and for each unit to have river and mountain views. Lounge/dining rooms are set up for televisions, radiograms and cocktail

While ‘Camden’ units at Hamilton offer a level of luxury living seen in the most progressive cities of the world, the local market has been slow to respond.

cabinets and kitchens have the latest gadgets, including refuse disposal chutes to basement incinerators. Unfortunately, the original construction cost of £151,468 blew out to £217,395 after extensive variations.

The units went on the market priced at between £8,800 and £10,000 each and were described by The Courier-Mail as one of Queensland’s “greatest advancements in accommodation”. Although ‘Camden’ has been built at a time when living in units is viewed as an alternative to a house and land, it also has coincided with the credit squeeze of 1960. Unfortunately, as a result, the units have been slow to sell. McKenzie has plans for Stage Two which would be a 12-storey development, ‘Toorak’, connected to ‘Camden’ by walkways and gardens. However, neighbours have threatened to block the proposal and take their action all the way to the High Court if neces‘Camden’ – the gateway to luxury living, overlooking the Hamilton and Bulimba reaches of the Brisbane River. sary.

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REBIRTH OF J. HUTCHINSON The Sixth Decade (1962 – 1971) J. Hutchinson & Sons entered its sixth decade heavily burdened with debt and harbouring a grim outlook for the future. Its considerable bank overdraft was at maximum and the firm owed a large amount of money to the handful of suppliers who were still willing to extend credit. Most leading architectural firms even declined to put J. Hutchinson & Sons on their tender lists, because of the builder’s poor performance in meeting completion schedules. Any work Hutchies did secure was derived from government tenders and, despite the company having a large amount of government work in country areas, these projects were often poorly managed and usually produced little, if any, return.


ADLY, Jack Snr did not live to see the revival of the company he founded. John


By the early 1960s, only one architectural firm – Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners –

Hutchinson died on April 27, 1964 – four months short of his 90th birthday. His funeral notices carried tributes from the Bardon Bowling Club (Foundation and Life Member) and Queensland Master Builders Association (Former President and Trustee). On their father’s death, Jack II and Eric inherited jointly the Plaza Theatre and the Red Hill flats and shops.

continued to refer regular work to Hutchies. Rife industry gossip and his own intimate knowledge of the company brought Jack III to the disturbing conclusion that, if this trend was allowed to continue much longer, both his father and uncle would face personal financial ruin. Meanwhile, Jack II – adamant his son remain within the security of his government job –

Jack II sold his house in Coorparoo to supply more funds to the struggling business and managed the firm from the family home on the Gold Coast. From his position in the State Works Department, Jack III keenly observed the activities of J. Hutchinson & Sons and realised the company was performing well below the level of its competitors.

continued to insist the company could trade its way out of financial difficulty. Nonetheless, in 1966, John Collins Hutchinson (Jack III) quietly resigned from the Department of Works, bought a second-hand utility from his personal savings and, only then, calmly informed his father of his actions. Jack III became a full-time employee of J. Hutchinson & Sons on a carpenter’s wage More Than The Truth – Hutchies’ Hundred Years 111

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which was barely half of his former government salary. He had realised, although he had been assisting in the business since 1960, nothing would change until there was far better control. “So I quit the government,” Jack III recalled. “Strangely, Dad never said anything and it was business as usual as far as he was concerned. I believe he secretly welcomed having me in the business full-time, although he probably doubted I could do the job.” Meanwhile, Hutchies had just won large contracts at the University of Queensland’s new agricultural campus at Gatton. On his first visit to the job site, Jack III discovered poor construction methods and technology. He found the company’s techniques were outdated, with minimal machinery in use, no subcontractors on site and major excavations still being carried out with pick and shovel. In the 1960s, critical path analyses (CPAs) were new to the building industry, but Jack III intended to run one on the Gatton College project and returned every Saturday to monitor

give credit for building supplies and materials, although other suppliers did what they could to help.” After frank discussions with his father and uncle, Jack III initiated a major staff shakeup with a raft of promotions, demotions and sackings, such as dismissing the company mechanic and truck driver, as these positions had become obsolete in the construction industry. With some strategic personnel changes and appointments, efficiency rose dramatically and, remarkably, the Gatton project finished in profit. Jack III became the company’s construction manager in a supervisory role by day and was its estimator after hours. He took responsibility for all tendering and costing, while Jack II handled the accounts. With Jack III’s guidance, the company introduced a renewed focus on equipment, programming, schedules and quality control. Hutchies went on to win several other large contracts at the Gatton Agricultural College which also returned decent profits for the

progress. “The program showed we were performing

builder. The Gatton projects easily could have

well short of the level we needed to be and we were going nowhere,” he recalled. “Every week we were another half an activity leg behind. It was terrible. Despite having plenty of men up there, the project was slipping further and further behind. “Bretts (Hardware) closed on us, refusing to

sounded the death knell for Hutchies, as all the work had strict timetabling with critical finishing times tied to the needs of the college’s academic year. However, Hutchies delivered on time on these watershed projects – paving the way for more work and a return to financial viability.

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The firm posted another profit with a large contract with the Wheat Research Board in Toowoomba and its work in Brisbane began to show steady improvement. Meanwhile, another daunting task facing Jack III was to meet with suppliers and creditors to explain the company’s renewed situation and convince them to extend credit for supplies and materials. With Hutchies’ tenuous cashflow uppermost in his mind, he also met with key contractors with the goal of being able to procure supplies and have work completed before payments fell due. He then visited city architectural offices to revive and rekindle the confidence this influential profession previously had in Hutchies. To offset his lack of construction experience during those tumultuous times, Jack III relied heavily on the advice of an old friend, Gordon Wiley. Wiley headed a then highly successful construction company which, earlier, had been in a similar situation to Hutchies. “The difference in style between the two

wasn’t a big builder, he was making good money and I thought, if we could do that, it would have to be worth a go. Gordon always made me feel welcome to drop in or call him for advice whenever I needed help.” As well as being a friend, Wiley became Jack’s mentor, with the older man often describing as ‘uncanny’ the way his young protégé could rattle through a bill of quantities without referring to any subcontractors for prices. It was hard work, but every contract completed from 1966 had shown a profit and, by 1968, J. Hutchinson & Sons had eliminated its hefty overdraft, held a good credit rating and, once again, had clients and architects approaching it to tender on projects. For many years, Jack II and Eric had spoken about retiring once J. Hutchinson & Sons had traded its way out of financial trouble. In 1968, when Jack II was aged 70 and Eric aged 67, the company was debt free and profitable once again. Jack III suggested to his father and uncle that the time for their retirement had arrived. Initially, Jack II was reluctant to relinquish

companies was enormous – poles apart,” Jack III recalled.

the reins and, instead, suggested a three-way partnership.

“Gordon estimated his labour and materials, so he knew what he had to buy on a job and what he had to spend on labour, and, right through the job, he monitored performance against his budget exactly as we do today. “He showed me his books and, although he

However, his son was determined to make a clean break and, after many lengthy family discussions and delicate negotiations, Jack II and brother Eric agreed to retire to the Gold Coast. They took their share of profits and real estate assets out of the company and Jack III officially took full control.

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By that time, Jack III already had been driving the business successfully so, when the change came, it was simply under a new management structure. To raise funds to plough into the business, Jack III and wife, June, mortgaged their newly built family home at Fig Tree Pocket – raising $17,500. Interestingly, while Jack had received only lukewarm responses when he approached three major banks, a chance recommendation to the Brisbane Permanent (later Bank of Queensland) would prove fortuitous. Despite having just one branch in Queen Street, Brisbane, the lender was prepared to extend the builder 30 per cent more than its big bank rivals. This early show of confidence and support would continue as an important component in the long-standing and lasting partnership between Hutchies and Bank of Queensland. Hutchies, with an injection of cash and now set up as a limited liability company, reverted to its original name of J. Hutchinson. At just 34 – a similar age to that of his

be just the start of the company’s ultimate climb back to prosperity and prominence. During those critical years, key Brisbane personnel were kept on, but the company was in no position to continue with large, unwieldy country projects and most of the employees in Toowoomba and Gatton were let go. In 1968, the office and yard of Hutchies moved from Montague Road, South Brisbane, to the Plaza Theatre at Paddington. Jack III was certainly familiar with the location. As a young boy, he had often taken his mates to the pictures for free and given them tours of the theatre’s projection box; other times he had sold tickets at the door for his grandfather. Once television entered Brisbane homes from August 1959, all picture theatres suffered a decline, with only the Elvis Presley films sure of attracting a full house. The sloping floor of the theatre was levelled in 1964 and Paddington Plaza briefly became the headquarters of Basketball Queensland. Players enjoyed the spring in the tongue and

grandfather when he arrived to start a new life in Australia 57 years earlier – Jack III was now

groove timber floor, but nearby neighbours disliked the noise and a court case soon put an

master of his own destiny. After almost three years under Jack III’s management, annual turnover was $1 million – an encouraging sign – although still a fraction of what J. Hutchinson & Sons had enjoyed in its prime. The firm’s reversal of fortunes would prove to

end to the sporting venue. The Paddington Plaza was owned by Jack II and had lain empty for several years before J. Hutchinson set up its office in the foyer and used the former basketball court in the rear as a storage area. Jack III and May Hendry, a secretary who had

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been with the company since 1940, staffed the office. May was untrained and typed on her personal portable manual typewriter with one missing letter. She was a whiz with typing, addition and multiplication, and managed a tremendous load of paperwork at a time when today’s computers and copying machines were unheard of. Jack II had always claimed it would take three people to replace May and Jack III found his father’s prophecy to be true. Because Jack II owned the premises, the company paid no rent, which kept overheads to a minimum. The only luxury they eventually allowed themselves was a single-room air-conditioner. In the stifling heat of summer, it was impossible to close the front doors and, when trams and, later, buses to and from the city lumbered past, it was difficult to talk or hear on the telephone. The new air-conditioner meant the doors could be closed against heat and road noise – improving office efficiency. When Hutchies moved its offices to

of nesting pigeons, but Jack III bought himself a second-hand air rifle and soon put an end to the pigeon problem. Initially, Hutchies developed a niche market in unpopular and difficult repair and renovation projects – a facet of building in which many other contractors showed little interest. The profit margin for that type of work was high and the company developed a good reputation in its chosen field. It had also ceased to tender on large government projects, such as hospitals and schools, which had been a major component of the old firm’s business in the past. Instead, Hutchies provided a service to selected architects and clients, who invited a small number of builders to price their projects, or, preferably, negotiated contracts exclusively with the builder. By the close of 1971, the name J. Hutchinson had been reintroduced to the Queensland construction industry. In a few short years, Hutchies had managed to reverse its fortunes and, once more, revel in the respect and esteem of the business and building

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Church a labour of love for architect Window in memory of Lord Mayor

The soaring double column bell tower of the Christ Church War Memorial Church of England at St Lucia is a local landmark.

DESIGN of the new Hutchies-built Christ Church War Memorial Church of England at St Lucia in Brisbane was a labour of love for the architect and parishioner, Ronald Voller, of the firm Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners. The £40,000 structure features an 80 feet high twin column bell tower, topped with an illuminated cross, and a £2,500 stained glass window over the church entrance, in memory of former Lord Mayor Sir John Chandler. The only indication the impressive panel window is associated with Sir John – a leading orchid enthusiast and specialist – is two orchids in the corner of one panel. Main feature of the window is Christ the King in Ascension, with highlights of Christ’s life, as well as official badges of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The new cross-shaped building of brick and steel replaces an existing small wooden structure on the corner of Central and Ninth Avenues.

It has an exterior treatment of buff and cream face brick and the building’s side walls have a zigzag style which provides good cross-ventilation and natural lighting. The church contains a Warriors’ Chapel where memorial services will be held. Serving 500 families and university students living in the district, the church seats 300 people. Its foundation stone was set and blessed on March 4, 1962. Later that same year on September 29, the Bishop of North Queensland, the Right Reverend Ian Shevill, opened and dedicated the building. He consecrated the high altar and celebrated the Eucharist the following Sunday morning. The church also has an international flavour with a Thai silk curtain, Italian marble high altar and Scottish carpet. Its pulpit is carved in the shape of a Middle Eastern fishing vessel and a lectern resembles the double rolls of Jewish religious scrolls.

Doctor stitches up a record deal AN outstanding residence in Riverview Terrace, Hamilton, Brisbane, designed and built for a prominent local medico, Dr Alexander Murphy, has been purchased by the British Government as the new home for the British Trade Commissioner in Brisbane. The house, built by Hutchies for £6,200 back in 1927, was sold in 1962 for £25,000. The Commissioner, Mr N. Pinch, said he planned to move his family into the home next year after it had been refurbished and decorated. Boasting more than 40 rooms, the house has set a new sale price record for a home in the Ascot/Hamilton area.

Built by Hutchies in 1927, this impressive house is destined to be the new home of the British Trade Commissioner.

Artist’s impression of the proposed new Department of Main Roads building in Spring Hill for which Hutchies has carried out major site preparation works.

Main Roads built on solid foundation HUTCHIES has carried out major works on a site bounded by Boundary, Fortescue and Wedd Streets, in Spring Hill, inner Brisbane, prior to construction of new headquarters for the Main Roads Department. Hutchies’ work, consisting of foundations and retaining wall, was valued at £31,266. Plans for the building were prepared by Dr Karl Langer with structural design by Rankine and Hill, consulting engineers, and quantity surveying by Rider Hunt and Partners. Before calling of building tenders, the site was excavated to a depth of 30 feet and reinforced concrete retaining walls built on three sides. About 1,000 cubic yards of concrete were used in the retaining walls which are up to 30 feet in height. More than 20,000 cubic yards of spoil, much of it rock, resulted from the excavation. It was necessary to provide pile foundations over a small soft area of the site, but, in general, the reinforced concrete columns are based on concrete pad footings set in solid rock.

Blocksidge & Ferguson going up in the world Realtors say that’s another storey BLOCKSIDGE and Ferguson, auctioneers and real estate agents, in Adelaide Street, Brisbane, plan to extend their current premises (pictured) by adding an additional storey to the existing building. Hutchies won the contract in January 1962 to carry out the work at a cost of £14,787.

Computers a big help for small companies HUTCHIES started work on a new computer centre for the National Cash Register Company in Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, in August 1964. The NCR Computer Centre, designed by Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners, will give small businesses the benefit of modern computers similar to larger companies which can afford their own processing equipment. Business transactions will be able to be recorded on NCR business machines, such as cash registers, accounting machines and adding machines, with the Artist’s impression of the new NCR Computer Centre under construction at Spring Hill. data being gathered as an automatic by-product. These machines will communicate with the computers by means of punched tapes and cards or stylised print which SUNG to the tune of the name of the new unit of cur“In come the dollars, in can be read by optical famous Australian ballad rency, has not been an easy come the cents, scanning machines. ‘Click Go the Shears’, this choice. The information is jingle heralds the introducOther serious contenders To replace the pounds and then processed autotion of decimal currency in were the ‘austral’ and ‘merino’ shillings and the pence. matically by the NCR Australia. and Prime Minister Sir Robert computers to generate In 1963 the decision to Menzies even proposed the Be prepared for changes reports, summaries or when the coins begin to mix, introduce decimal currency ‘royal’. analyses for the smaller was approved by the AustraMore than 1000 submissions On the 14th of February, companies to assist with lian Government. regarding the name of the new 1966.” better business manageHowever, the ‘dollar’, as the currency unit were received ment.

In Come the Dollars, In Come the Cents Out goes pounds, shillings and pence

Science centre for high school

THE State Government has awarded a contract for $94,679 to Hutchies for the construction of a new state-of-art senior science block at Camp Hill State High School in Brisbane.

Council Chambers for Murgon WORK by Hutchies is well underway on new Council Chambers in Murgon. Construction started in July 1962 and is estimated to cost £28,411.

Sad day as company mourns its founder HU HUTCHIES’ UT founder d patriarch of the and Hu ut Hutchinson family, John ( acc Hutchinson Snr, (J (Jack) diie on April 27, 1964 died f fo – four months short of his 90th birthday. his H funeral notices His in nc included tributes from th h Bardon Bowling the C Cl Club, where he was a Fo Fo Foundation and Life M Member, and Queensla land Master Builders A Association, where h was Former Presihe d dent and Trustee. All at Hutchies extend their condolences to the family – especially to Jack II and Eric who are bravely continuing to work through company business during this sad time.

JOHN HUTCHINSON Senior 1874 – 1964

Test cricketer bowls his maiden over YOUNG cricket fans scrambled for a grandstand view of their hero, Ron Archer, when he married Margaret Hutchinson, daughter of Hutchies’ Jack II. The Australian Test cricketer, born in Highgate Hill, Brisbane, played in 19 Tests from 1953 to 1956. He is the younger brother of Ken Archer, who also played Test cricket for Australia. Ron Archer is a versatile athlete who made his A grade club debut in Brisbane at 15 and played for Queensland shortly after doing his final school exam. He was a stylish middle order batsman and robust opening bowler who was called up for his first cap when spearheads, Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller, were both injured. The all-rounder was only 19 in his debut match and had the distinction of scoring a century in his first game on English soil when he made 108 against Worcestershire.

Ron went on to play 19 Tests before his career was cruelly cut

short by a serious knee injury in the one-off Test against Paki-

stan in Karachi in 1956 when he was just 23.

Locals proud of their council office Something to write home about RESIDENTS of Boonah are so proud of their new Shire Council office that it is featured on tourist postcards of the area. Hutchies won the contract in September 1965 to build the premises to a design by the council’s architect, F.A. Scorer. The new shire office had its beginning in July 1962 when a public meeting was held to discuss what form the new building should take and what public facilities should be provided. Discussions involved the cost of the new building and the inability of rural ratepayers to afford it in a worsening economic climate. The meeting decided that the new shire chamber be left in abeyance. In due course, plans and specifications for the building were prepared and, when tenders

The Boonah Civic Centre is a tourist attraction for the district.

were finally called, Hutchies won the contract. Construction throughout is reinforced concrete and cavity brick, with a floor area of 985

square metres, excluding the portico and covered walkway. In addition to the administration facilities, public toilets and a community centre are

included in the building. The Premier, the Hon. G.F.R. Nicklin, MLA, officially opened the Boonah Civic Centre on April 1,1967.

Not-so new face joins the company HUTCHIES’ own young Jack Hutchinson – son of Jack II – has given up his full-time job with the State Department of Works this year to work for Hutchies permanently. He’s no stranger to the company as he

began his career as an apprentice carpenter with Hutchies 14 years ago in 1952 while he was studying at night to become a quantity surveyor. With a Diploma in Quantity Surveying, young Jack III already has been helping

Jack III’s new mode of transport now that he is back on the Hutchies’ payroll full-time.

out part-time at Hutchies in the estimating department for the past six years while holding down his full-time job with the Department of Works. Jack III has bought a second-hand Holden ute and has been working on the Gatton jobs which Hutchies is undertaking. Jack III and his wife, June, have four young children – John (Jack IV), Lindy, Wendy and Kenneth.

Jack Hutchinson III has joined the company as a full-time employee.

Feed the world cry heard at Gatton FOLLOWING the Great Depression and World War II, the League of Nations was conscious of the need for the world to produce a reasonable food supply for all people and turned its mind to “the problems involved in the attainment of the freedom from hunger.” With the world’s population outstripping its ability to produce enough food, the League adopted a report for agricultural advancement to be based on research and the application of science and technology to food production with the cooperation of the farmer. As part of the Australian response, in April 1964, the Queensland Government approved a rebuilding program for the Gatton Agricultural College as a matter of urgency with the Co-ordinator General of Public Works as construction authority. The Co-ordinator General appointed Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners as project

Helping the hunger cause

Teaching Block Number One under construction during 1965.

architects for the rebuilding program. With the aid of a Commonwealth grant towards technical education requirements in Queensland, approval was given for preparation of plans for the first of the new teaching units – Teaching Block One (Management Studies Building). It was envisaged the building would consist of two science laboratories (physics and

chemistry); balance, store and preparation rooms; a tiered science demonstration room to accommodate 60 students; five seminar rooms; and an auditorium with tiered seating to accommodate 200. There would be provision also for associated staff rooms and amenities. Preliminary sketch plans were prepared and approved and detailed working plans were put out to tender with the

hope that construction would begin in 1965, with the building available during the 1966 academic year. Hutchies won the tender for $312,167 in April 1965. By the end of that year, the college reported progress in the construction of the new teaching unit had been “most satisfactory”. With this “advanced stage of construction”, it was confident the block would be ready for use as planned. The new facilities were occupied in August/September 1966. In July 1966, a revised site development plan was developed by the project architects covering the whole of the main college building area. After consultations involving all interested authorities, including the Department of Works, the plan was adopted as a basis for forward planning and progressive future development.

Gatton Agricultural College’s Teaching Block Number One was opened in 1966.

Plant Industries Block blossoms

The new Plant Industries building has sprouted from the ground at Gatton Agricultural College in time for the 1968 academic year.

IN April 1966, Hutchies won a contract for the third major new teaching unit at Gatton Agricultural College – the Plant Industries Block – for $309,934. Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners designed the building to provide a tiered lecture theatre and two seminar rooms, together with teaching and research laboratories for botany, agronomy, soil science, agricultural chemistry, genetics and plant breeding. The building includes staff offices, preparation rooms, store rooms and specified units, as well as a herbarium and Drosophila (fruit fly) room. Construction finished in 1967 and, during the summer vacation of 1967-68, officers of the Department of Plant Industries shifted new and existing equipment into the building in readiness for the new academic year.

New manager ... old moniker HUTCHIES has a new manager at the helm and an old name over the door ... but it’s business as usual. The company was officially taken over by Jack Hutchinson III (the grandson of Hutchies’ founder, Jack Snr) and his wife, June. As well, J. Hutchinson & Sons has also had a slight name change by reverting to its original name of J. Hutchinson. Both the previous managers of J. Hutchinson & Sons, Jack II (aged 70) and Eric (aged 67), have retired from Hutchies. Their father, Jack Snr, started J. Hutchinson in 1912 after migrating from England the previous year. Jack II left school in 1912 and

Hutchies has reverted to its original name.

started as an apprentice carpenter and Eric did the same in 1915. In 1938, the three formed J. Hutchinson & Sons, which grew to become the largest and one of the most successful building companies in Queensland. In 1952, Jack III joined his grandfather, father and uncle in Hutchies as an apprentice carpenter, while studying Quantity Surveying at the Queensland

Institute of Technology at night. Despite joining the State Government Department of Works after qualifying, Jack III continued estimating part-time for Hutchies. Jack Snr died in 1964 and Jack III rejoined the family business full-time in 1966. Since then he has played a major role in the day-to-day management and restructuring of the company.

Jack III has officially taken over the reins at Hutchies.

Hutchies has endured mixed fortunes and suffered some financial difficulties in recent years, but now has returned to profitability with a bright future with young Jack III at the helm.

Old movie theatre to star as new company headquarters AFTER 47 years of being based in Montague Road, South Brisbane, Hutchies has moved its headquarters to the Plaza Theatre in Paddington. Jack III and his staff have set up shop in the front foyer of the disused theatre and are using its cavenous interior as an allweather storage area. The Plaza was built by Hutchies in the late 1920s and was won in a settlement with

the owners in 1930 when they defaulted on its completion. Jack Hutchinson Snr successfully ran the theatre for about 30 years before television, introduced to Queensland in 1959, killed off many popular suburban motion picture theatres. Jack Snr once remarked that after televisions came on the scene only the latest Elvis Presley movie could be guaranteed to fill the house.

In 1964 the theatre’s sloping floor was cleared of audience seating and levelled and for a brief time the Plaza became the headquarters of Basketball Queensland. The basketballers enjoyed the bounce of the timber floor, however, noise complaints led to a court ruling which put an end to the theatre’s role as a sporting venue.

Fine facilities for flora and fauna research A NUMBER of ancillary buildings have been built by Hutchies recently to support the Animal and Plant Industries blocks at the Gatton Agricultural College. An Animal House includes a digestibility trial room to house 40 sheep and cattle, small animal rooms, feed store, feed preparation room, and feed mixing and sampling rooms. The Plant Industries block provides for plant and implement storage, the processing, preparation and sampling of farm produce and seeds handling facility. The ancillary buildings were built by Hutchies at a cost of $30,000. A new glass-house also was constructed at a cost of $12,766.

A number of ancillary buildings have been built to support the Animal and Plant Industries blocks at the College including glass-houses.

Cleaning solution in laundry A NEW laundry building, constructed by Hutchies at a cost of $144,127, was completed and placed into commission at the Gatton Agricultural College in November 1968. The new facility provides a large, well-equipped laundry work room together with separate areas for receiving and distribution of laundry items, a boiler room and amenities for the laundry staff.

Gatton Agricultural College now has a large well equipped laundry.

A seamstresses’ room is also provided in the laundry building.

The unit was built and equipped at a total cost of $160,000.

Western woolstore A WOOLSTORE has been completed by Hutchies for Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Co (AML&F) at St George, western Queensland. The contract for construction of the $65,887 warehouse was signed in March 1968.

Student digs for Ag College RIDDELL Hall – the third residential student block to be built at Gatton Agricultural College – started construction in October 1967 and was handed over in November 1968, ready for the new academic year. Hutchies built the student block for a cost of $400,000. Riddell Hall closely resembles the design of two previously built accommodation complexes, with double-storey wings connected by covered passageways to a common room, providing 128 individual bedrooms/studies and a resident master’s flat. Riddell Hall was named after Robert McLean Riddell, Chief Inspector of the Department of Public Instruction, who was closely linked to the College’s progress for 15 years and a member of the committee which recommended the College’s mode of administration. LEFT: Riddell Hall at Gatton Agricultural College welcomed its first students in 1969.

Trams scrapped to allow for more cars in the city BRISBANE’S Lord Mayor, Clem Jones, turned off the last tram on Saturday, April 12, 1969 – ending that form of transport’s long history in the city. Just last year, the Lord Mayor, pushing for Brisbane to adopt a more modern and American-styled dream of working people commuting daily in their own cars, announced the city’s tram service would be scrapped. Many people, including council insiders, have been vehemently against abandoning this popular form of transport. Nonetheless, the Lord Mayor rode the last service to the council’s Milton depot on Saturday night and personally turned off the tram’s control switch in

front of members of the media and other onlookers. The immediate move to buses occurred the next day – Sunday – with the idea that the weekend change-over would minimise any disruption on the city’s roads. It did not go completely to plan, with commuter traffic thrown into chaos the first few days and council pleading with people to be patient. Trams have enjoyed a long history in Brisbane – firstly in 1885 as privately owned horse-drawn affairs, followed by the early electric trams in 1897. Council has controlled the tram service since 1925.

In the peak year of 1944-45, during World War II when women served as conductors, the tram service carried more than 160 million people. A fire at the Paddington depot as recently as September 1962, which destroyed 65 trams, was also a factor in council’s decision. Interestingly, ‘phoenix’ decals were attached to the last eight trams built between 1963 and 1964, from materials salvaged from those destroyed in the Paddington fire. Special eye-catching phoenix emblems were affixed under the driver’s windows and these final eight trams became known as “phoenix cars”.

You won’t see this again! Pictured in 1952, cars and trams cross the Victoria Bridge bound for New Farm and Fortitude Valley. Today, in 1969, sharing the roads with trams is all a thing of the past for Brisbane’s modern commuting motorists.

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REBUILDING A REPUTATION The Seventh Decade (1972 – 1981) IN November 1972, Brisbane architect, Arthur Bligh (of Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners), wrote to the Builders’ Registration Board of Queensland in praise of Jack Hutchinson – highlighting integrity as one of his main qualities. His warm sentiments reflected the industry’s newly rekindled appreciation of Hutchies under Jack III’s guidance. Arthur Bligh wrote: “The firm of J. Hutchinson & Sons, while first directed by Mr Jack Hutchinson (the applicant’s Grandfather) and later, while directed by Mr Jack Hutchinson (his father), carried out major works for myself and Partners, through a period of 30 years, earning our esteem and commendation. “Then, in the period 1966-68, Jack Hutchinson (the applicant and grandson of the founder...) carried on direction of the original firm ... Mr Hutchinson, in our opinion, demonstrates technical and administrative skill and does have a special characteristic in a high level of integrity. “There are other splendid examples of Builder organisations through several generations and it is our opinion that Mr John Collins Hutchinson will add honour to his predecessors, who it should be remarked, have permanent monuments to their skill through major public, industrial, commercial and civil works in the State of Queensland.” •••


Y the early 1970s, company turnover had grown considerably and Jack made moves to reduce his workload from a gruelling 18 hours a day – an effort which had been crucial in the early years of salvaging and rebuilding the business. The past six years had witnessed a dramatic turnaround for the builder, but it had not been easy. Four decades on, June Hutchinson remembered those early days of the new management structure as sheer hard work for the husband and wife team. She recalled their discussions when Jack first mooted his plans to leave the State Government and join the family business when it was in trouble. “I always felt confident Jack was up for the challenge and could do the job, because he had done part of his apprenticeship in carpentry and was trained and qualified as a quantity surveyor,” June said.

“He was also finding the public service a bit frustrating. Jack’s father was very worried because, while Jack had a good job, he felt the building industry was simply too risky. “Since Jack has always been a fairly laid-back bloke, I believe his father also doubted he had the cut-throat nature to survive in the construction industry. “But, although Jack is easy-going, he is also determined and obsessive with anything once he sets his mind to it.” To add to the couple’s workload at the time, Jack and June had four children under the age of 10 – John Scott, 9; Lindy, 7; Wendy, 5; and Kenneth, 3. Scott had an appendectomy when he was seven years old with peritonitis, followed by a gut obstruction and was hospitalised for three weeks. June recalled those stressful times. More Than The Truth – Hutchies’ Hundred Years 127

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“Raising four young children, caring for a seriously

A new federal Labor government, under Prime

sick child and trying to re-establish the business was

Minister Gough Whitlam, came to power in 1972

a huge strain on both of us but, in those days, the husband was the breadwinner and the wife’s job was

with the now-famous slogan, ‘It’s time’. It increased public works exponentially with

to look after the home and children,” she said.

its ambitious plans for national reform – putting a

“Jack worked all day then was up most of the night working on quotes and tenders. It was difficult and I’ll admit, sometimes during that period, I had wished Jack was back at the State Government working nine-to-five. “Despite all his father’s misgivings, I believe Jack’s easy-going nature made him the ideal ambassador to win back the confidence of architects, suppliers, clients and subbies. “Time has shown Jack was the right man, in the right spot, at the right time to rescue the company.” Apart from restructuring Hutchies, Jack rebuilt the confidence that people, such as architects, suppliers, customers and, particularly, subcontractors,

strain on the country’s labour and building materials resources. Inflation was running high and many of the contracts Hutchies had accepted were for a fixed price. Good tradesmen became increasingly hard to find and then demanded to be paid a premium, while materials were delivered late, if at all. As a result, many contracts started to run behind. Ironically, during the subsequent recession of the 1970s, Hutchies thrived while many other building companies, which had grown large during the busy years, now faced bankruptcy. Architects who were wary of the problem associated with contracting risky builders gave

previously had in the company. He had realised that a key measure of success would depend on getting good subbies on the jobs and finishing on time.

contracts to Hutchies on a cost-plus percentage basis. On the back of the changing landscape of the construction industry, the company continued to

“My goal was to pay subbies on time every 30 days – and that’s what we did,” he recalled. “The architects realised before too long that, because the subbies were being paid on time, jobs were running on schedule and so we were soon back on the tender lists of major architects.” Despite the hardships, Jack described that critical transition period as “a marvellous time”. “We turned it around in about six months,” he said. “Firstly, we got rid of all the debt and, for the next 18 months, we were making a modest profit. We were not that big, but we had no trouble paying everybody on time.” Unfortunately, the ensuing new decade of the 1970s would also prove to be challenging years ... this time for the building industry as a whole nation-wide. The long boom which had started after World War II came to an abrupt end.

expand with some key personnel coming on board. By 1976, the company had grown too large for the Paddington Plaza office and, in November that year, Hutchies moved to new premises at Seventeen Mile Rocks, an outer western suburb of Brisbane. The new office was designed and built to the company’s needs and included a large amount of outdoor storage for equipment and materials. Hutchies had bought the land in 1973 just prior to the Brisbane floods of January 1974. Before construction of the new office began, a dumpy level shot indicated – much to everyone’s relief – the new floor would be more than two and a half metres above the recorded flood peak. Despite the continuing recession in the building industry, Hutchies bucked the trend and posted a record profit in 1977. Towards the end of the 1970s, a localised property boom began in north Queensland’s Whitsundays

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with the area attracting astute entrepreneurs like

fervent quest to rebuild Hutchies – had specialised

Keith Williams and Bob Porter.

in work that other builders generally avoided.

Accordingly, Hutchies’ sights were set north to the tropics and the company soon had a strong share

While the competition subcontracted most trades and looked for uncomplicated jobs where the builder

of the area’s construction activity which included

simply played a management role, Jack sought out

accommodation units, nursing home, swimming pool, mini-golf course, laundry, shops, alterations at Wanderers Paradise, Ansett Centre, skating rink, hotels, teaching block, and commercial and industrial buildings. Personnel supervised the Airlie Beach activities from a local home/office with all estimating, invoicing, accounting and correspondence carried out from Brisbane. The branch prospered for two years until a downturn in the Airlie Beach property market convinced Jack to close the office and temporarily shelve his ambitions for a permanent North Queensland branch.

difficult jobs that required in-house building skills and expertise. Hutchies forged a reputation for complex and difficult refurbishments where its own employees carried out the plumbing and carpentry trades. This self reliance, based on a ready supply of in-house skilled tradesmen, also led to a reputation for work in remote and isolated areas, such as Archer Point, Mornington Island and St George. This type of work served up healthier profit margins, despite usually being far more difficult to carry out. It was during this period of reconstruction that Hutchies also learned the value of repeat business

Eric Hutchinson died in 1979 – a year which also marked the start of a volatile development boom period that ran through until 1982. During this era, the company – apart from its

and demonstrated it was prepared to do whatever a client required – regardless of how big or small the job. Hutchies showed it was ready and willing to clean

foray into the Whitsundays – remained astutely conservative in its approach to any new ventures that involved expansion or development. In 1981, Jack II offered to sell to his son the family house on a quarter acre in the heart of Surfers Paradise on which to build high-rise units. Although eager developers with lucrative offers were constantly approaching his father, Jack III politely – and fortuitously – refused his offer. Later that year, Jack II finally sold the site to a speculative developer but, before the high-rise project reached completion, the Gold Coast property market suddenly collapsed, leaving the developer in financial difficulties. Since taking the reins in 1968, Jack III – in his

windows, change locks, or replace a set of steps – if that was what was needed. This philosophy of exemplary service led to valuable and enduring relationships with a long list of prestigious clients including Channel 0, Hoffnungs, Brambles, Somerville House, Wallace Bishop, St Johns College, Churchie, Tickles, APM, TAA, Pancake Manor and Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre. The new focus became the client, rather than the size or type or work. This complete preparedness to go anywhere and do anything – while carrying out the job to the highest of standards – remains a vital cornerstone of Hutchies’ philosophy today.

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Our Jack has his say JACK Hutchinson hopes the building industry does not have another year like 1974. That was a great building year. Paradoxically, it was the worst year he experienced as a builder. “We had plenty of work but couldn’t get jobs finished because of a lack of materials and skilled labour,” he said. “As soon as you had people working for you, they’d leave for more money elsewhere.” Mr Hutchinson, Queensland Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Building, is trying to stop a recurrence of ‘1974’. The AIB promotes the ‘science and practice of the building industry’. “The Institute had a lot to do with starting tertiary level building courses,” he said. Mr Hutchinson believes much preparation is necessary for another Queensland building boom which he feels is imminent. “Resources of the building industry already are being stretched and with the obvious growth in numbers of home units, mining and tourism, a building ‘boom’ is close,” he said. “The industry cannot hope to cope with that demand without the resources and manpower to cover it.” Mr Hutchinson said that to see the problem, one had only to look at the areas of great growth. “The Gold and Sunshine Coasts are still going ahead, of course, but there’s also great potential in tourist resorts like the Whitsundays area. “Cairns has gone building mad, Mackay is building new coal loading facilities and Bundaberg has a lot of development.

“In fact, building in Queensland looks like going berserk,” he said. “The problem is that not enough people can get apprenticeships and, if they can’t get them now, there won’t be enough skilled labour in the future,” he said. “It is heartening to see that in the January period this year, Queensland industry took on a record number of apprentices. “The government has helped by their offer of $1000 for every extra apprentice employers took on, but these schemes take time before the benefits are felt.” The industry also has assisted by provid-

Industry leader says builders need more apprentices ing more security for apprentices. “Apprentices have to be taken on for four years, but builders cannot afford to pay them when they don’t have enough work,” he said. “The system now is that, if one builder does not have enough work for his apprentice, he can arrange to have him transferred to another builder. “Previously, they were dismissed. In this way apprentices are virtually guaranteed of finishing their apprenticeship.” Mr Hutchinson said that the building industry of the future would need more graduates to work off the sites and to plan the jobs. That was where the AIB could help. “The Institute was formed in 1951 by

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builders who were concerned by the need for professional education in building, which is why it helped instigate the degree courses which exist in all states,” he said. But builders, legally, do not require professional qualifications. All that was necessary was that they satisfied the registration board that they were competent and had sufficient financial backing to guarantee their work. Mr Hutchinson said that that might have been why the builders’ image in the past has not been very good. However, he believes the image of builders has been improved by increased professionalism. “And the Institute has had a lot to do with this changing image,” he said. “There is an assessment committee which travels to the various institutions to check standards and to see whether graduates can become worthy members.” In Queensland the course for builders is run by the Queensland Institute of Technology as either a four-year full-time degree course, or as a six-year part-time course. Among the subjects taught at the QIT are quantity surveying, engineering design and building business management. “It’s a very comprehensive course,” Mr Hutchinson said. But Mr Hutchinson would like to see more practical training in the building courses. Mr Hutchinson’s family has been in the building industry nearly 100 years. His grandfather was a builder in England late last century until he emigrated to Australia and started the construction firm, J. Hutchinson. Jack joined the firm in 1966. • COURTESY: Queensland Newspapers

IN February 1973 the voting age throughout Australia was dropped from 21 years to 18 years. Now, a year later, Queensland has moved into line with other states and dropped the legal drinking age from 21 to 18.

Company mourns the passing of former partner ERIC Hutchinson, son of Hutchies’ founder Jack Snr and uncle of the present managing director of the company, has died aged 76. Eric joined the company in 1915 at the age of

14 as an apprentice to his father alongside his older brother, Jack II. The brothers officially became partners in their father’s business in 1938 when the three formed J. Hutchinson and Sons.

On their father’s death in 1964, Jack II and Eric took full control of Hutchies before their retirement in 1968. Since then, Jack III has been at the helm of Hutchies.

Eric Hutchinson – as many of the longer serving company members would remember him.

Heartbreak for Brisbane as floodwaters overtake the city THE Brisbane River – normally a languid stream that snakes its way through outer suburbs to the CBD and beyond to Moreton Bay – has wreaked havoc on the city and claimed 14 lives. A devastating combination of an exceptionally wet spring, torrential downpours from a monsoonal trough caused by Cyclone Wanda and super high tides caused the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers to break their banks and swallow entire suburbs in both Brisbane and Ipswich.

The CBDs of both cities were not spared with the muddy brown waters flowing up inner streets with damage in Brisbane’s commercial and retail heart estimated to be in excess of $200 million. Although flood peaks were not as high as those of the 1893 flood, the damage to property is estimated to be considerably higher due to the region’s significantly higher population and suburban growth. Many of Hutchies’ company members

were affected by the floods with some numbered among those who lost everything when their homes were completely inundated. In total, 6,700 homes in Brisbane and 1,800 in Ipswich fell victim to the floodwaters. Brisbane’s Rocklea was the suburb hardest hit. The huge clean-up has begun and Hutchies will be working alongside countless others to help Brisbane and Ipswich get back on their feet.

Company moves to its fourth HQ HUTCHIES has relocated to a new purpose-built yard and modern offices at Seventeen Mile Rocks, in Brisbane’s western suburbs – its fourth HQ in its long history. The new premises, which have plenty of room for expansion of personnel and storage of materials and equipment, thankfully, are also 2.6 metres (eight feet) above the record flood levels of the 1974 Brisbane flood two years ago. Hutchies’ first office was at the family home at Manly, from 1912 until 1921, when it moved to larger inner city premises at Montague Road, South Brisbane. The South Brisbane office and materials yard was expanded in 1938. In 1968, Hutchies moved to the disused Plaza Theatre in Paddington, which served as office and storage yard until 1976, before its move to Seventeen Miles Rocks.

Then ... Hutchies’ first home-office at the family’s house in Manly.

Now ... brand new modern offices and ample storage yard at Hutchies’ latest HQ at Seventeen Mile Rocks.

City landmark is reduced to rubble NO doubt 1979 will be remembered as the year Brisbane lost one of its most iconic landmarks – the Bellevue Hotel. Despite the National Trust campaigning to preserve the building and amid public protests and outrage, State Cabinet decided that it was more cost effective to demolish the hotel than restore it. Three days later it was gone. Presumably, to minimise confrontation with the protesters, the contracted demolition company, the Deen Brothers, moved in to raze the building in the early hours of the morning. By daylight on April 20, there was precious little left to see of the once gracious three-storey building. The grand old lady, with its lacework balustrading and wrap around verandahs, was built to the design of early architect, F.F. Holmes, and had stood on the corner of George and Alice Streets since 1886. Once one of the premier accommodation hotels in Brisbane, over the years it had hosted everyone from wealthy graziers, out-of-towner politicians, visiting English cricket teams to the stars of stage and screen. Hutchies carried out several projects during the hotel’s long history, most notably

Brisbane’s iconic Bellevue Hotel (circa 1900) has disappeared from the city’s streetscape.

its sumptuous ballroom which was designed by leading architect, Lange L. Powell, and officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Wilson, in 1934. The ballroom, with its Queensland hardwood flooring, maple wood panelling and

cut crystal chandeliers, could accommodate more than 500 dancers. Hutchies’ extensive brief included the installation of a state-of-the-art ‘refrigerated air plant’ – the forerunner to today’s modern air-conditioning systems.

Old friends meet up

Skateway way ahead JACK Hutchinson, managing director of Hutchies, was attending an industry function when he caught up with old friend and mentor, fellow builder, Gordon Wiley. Jack credits Mr Wiley for helping and guiding him in the early years following his move to Hutchies full-time in 1966. “Gordon always made me feel welcome to drop in or call him for advice whenever I needed it,” Jack explained.

HUTCHIES has completed construction of Skateway – a new concept in roller skating facilities in Mount Gravatt on Brisbane’s southside. As well as an excellent skating surface, the new venue includes a small restaurant and cafe bar with seating.

The huge indoor skating arena boasts a large disco ball, lights above the ceiling and a full set-up for music and a DJ. Skateway, designed by architects, Bligh, Jessup, Bretnall and Partners, is destined to be a popular venue for both young and old.


Jack Hutchinson

ANYONE else in Jack Hutchinson’s shoes would have every reason to feel proud of his company – for, as the head of this building organisation, he would be in the enviable position of running a firm that can boast of having maintained healthy operations for a period of 64 years. But, for Jack Hutchinson, this accomplishment is accepted as nothing really that unusual. When his grandfather, the late John Hutchinson*, first founded the company in 1912, he did so with a policy of “satisfied clients are more important than excessive profits to survive for a long period”. That basic principle proved its worth in the following years – with past clients coming back with further work. In essence, it established a kind of business “tradition” that was passed on and exercised by the second generation management for the company (this was Jack’s father, also called John**, together with his brother, Eric), and once again by the third generation or present management which is Jack. The formula of the tradition In explaining the rationale behind the company’s traditional policy Jack says, “There is a lot to be gained through understanding clients’ needs and always giving them what they want. We have always abided by such an ideal and, because of this, we assure ourselves of future business.” On the surface, this honest approach to business affairs makes sound sense. In the case of Hutchinsons, 64 years of healthy existence invariably shows what potential it brings. A slight change in the name Up until 1968 the company was officially titled J. Hutchinson and Sons. However, at this point in time, Jack’s father and his brother retired from the business and Jack formed the present company of J. Hutchinson Pty Ltd. Two years prior to this, in 1966, Jack actually entered the firm to take over the management side in preparation for his father’s retirement. Career background Coming into the company on a managerial basis was a relatively easy conversion for Jack. After all, he had virtually “lived and breathed” the company’s affairs and operations all of his life. Apart from this he spent two years after leaving school learning the carpentry trade and, with a yearning for more knowledge and experience in the building industry, had commenced a course in quantity surveying. To complete his diploma in quantity surveying, Jack began working for the

State Works Department and for several years worked for them in that capacity. In essence, he was very well qualified in many facets of the business and the industry at the time of joining his father’s firm. Aside from his own business affairs, Jack is an active member of the Q.M.B.A. and represents the Association on the Building Advisory Committee of the Q.I.T. He is also involved in sports – for instance, he is an official at Queensland and Australian Rowing Regattas and enjoys golf, tennis and swimming. Survival for the fittest For Jack Hutchinson, the world “recession” has a different meaning to the one you would find in any dictionary. Referring to the past few years and comparing them to periods during the last half century when his father and grandfather were faced with similar adversities, he uses the term “survival for the fittest” as a way of reiterating how the company’s policies and beliefs carried it through the hard times. “Survival during those times,” says Jack, “is for those who work efficiently and those who work hard. It is a case of applying yourself to the job, and making the best of the situation whatever the restrictions may be. “Furthermore, enthusiasm has to be instilled into the staff – this has a tremendous effect on their efficiency and morale, which in turn helps the company succeed.” Jack believes his office and site staff are “second to none”, and has the utmost faith in them. Confidence must be shown in the future Jack believes that, as a builder, one of his obligations to himself, his employees and

Reproduced from: The Queensland Master Builder (February 1977)

the industry is to show a sense of confidence in the future. “That confidence,” he adds, “can help determine the future. There will always be a need for builders who can adapt to the changing times.” For this reason he does not have any preconceived regrets about bringing his son (also named John – but to avoid a little confusion he is mostly referred to by his second christian name, Scott) into the business with him. Scope of operations When Jack’s grandfather first arrived in Queensland from England ... it was almost immediately that he started his building company. He commenced working in the Brisbane area on public works and other commercial projects and that type of operation has virtually been the entire basis of business up to the present. Jack describes current work as being in the fields of “commercial and industrial building, civil engineering and major alterations”. Examples of this kind of work in Brisbane include the Police Youth Club and two separate child care centres at Inala, and the Skating Rink recently completed at Mt Gravatt. Much further afield, the company has recently undertaken projects on Mornington Island and at the Doomadgee Mission Station in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and a school at the mining town of Greenvale in North Queensland. * THE late John Hutchinson was Q.M.B.A. President for the 1930-31 terms, and again from 1940-43. He died in 1964 at the age of 90. **JACK’S father, John, is now retired. He was an active member of the Queensland Master Builders’ Association and, as well, was a Foundation Member and Secretary of the A.I.B. (Queensland Chapter).

JOBS UPDATE HUTCHIES has completed a design and construction project for Arnotts Snack Foods in outer Brisbane.

GYMPIE residents will have no difficulty in finding the town’s latest fast food outlet. Hutchies has put the finishing touches to the eye-catching new Big Rooster store. The project was carried out for architects, William Job and Associates.

HUTCHIES has been back to church – literally – when recent alterations were carried out on St Joseph’s Church at Kangaroo Point in inner Brisbane. St Joseph’s was built by Hutchies in 1940. Hennessey and Hennessey were the architects with the recent work undertaken.

A SUCCESSFUL joint venture between Hutchies and architects, Briggs, Peterson and Burnett, has resulted in the completion of an inner city commercial office building in Brisbane.

A PROMINENT Brisbane CBD building, known as Primac House, has been the latest site for Hutchies’ teams. Work has involved an extensive refurbishment of Primac Association’s commercial premises on the corner of Creek and Adelaide Streets, Brisbane. Consultants on the agribusiness’s premises were Basil Veal and James Crawshaw.

ONE of Hutchies’ latest projects has been an extensive, one-stop-shop building centre on Brisbane’s southside. The new Wilco Building Centre in Mt Gravatt was constructed with consultants, Edwin Codd and Partners.

APM’s clarifier tank constructed by Hutchies.

APM keeping pace

Hutchies constructed APM’s new boiler house.

Modern church for Latter Day Saints

HUTCHIES has just completed a new church building for the Church of the Latter Day Saints – or Mormons – at Eight Mile Plains, on the southside of Brisbane. The $1 million sprawling modern building was completed in 26 weeks under the supervision of Conrad, Esler and Simpson Architects.

Regular faces of Channel O HUTCHIES’ team members have become regulars at TVQ’s Channel 0 Mt Coot-tha television studios. Over the last few years, Hutchies has carried out countless jobs for the Sir Reg Ansett-owned TV station with some of this work done for architects, Lange Powell, Dods and Thorp.

ONE of Hutchies’ repeat clients over the past few years who has kept teams busy is Australian Paper Manufacturers (APM) based at Petrie on Brisbane’s northside. Projects have included a clarifier tank and a boiler house – both with McWilliam and Partners architects – as well as other minor works projects. In 1946, APM instructed an engineer with local knowledge and military service contacts to source a suitable location for a paper mill in Brisbane. Working under the code name ‘Operation Moo Cow’, he purchased two dairy farms (246 acres in total) on the banks of the North Pine River at Petrie on which to establish the mill. Prime Minister Robert Menzies officially opened the facility on December 6, 1957. Since then, the APM mill has kept up with technology and production. A state-of-the-art press installation in 1961 doubled its capacity to 48,000 tonnes. It is believed that it was only the second mill in the world to have this latest equipment installed. Modern computer controls followed in 1973 and installation of a new press section a year later expanded capacity to 90,000 tonnes. The mill has a promising future as it continues to build on its strong foundation of quality and service ... and Hutchies is proud to help.

Construction going ‘troppo’ in the tropics WORK has been going gang-busters in the tropical north with Hutchies undertaking a raft of projects. Airlie Beach is destined to be the state’s latest holiday hot spot as a building boom seems set to last some time yet. In Airlie Beach alone, Hutchies has already undertaken several beachside apartment buildings and shops, local swimming pool, mini-golf attraction, laundromat, Ansett Centre, 104-unit ‘Wanderers’ Paradise’, ‘Coconut Grove’, skating rink, hotel and bottle shop, CBA building and other commercial centres. Adjacent Cannonvale has not been left out with work including a nursing home, hotel and school teaching block. Airlie Beach and nearby Shute Harbour are the gateways to the Whitsunday Islands. As well as the prestigious resort of Hayman Island and the landmark new Hamilton Island resort development underway, the area is also popular with boating enthusiasts.

Airlie Beach in the tropical north is experiencing a building boom ... and Hutchies is right among the action.

New homes for Aussie Diggers

Hutchies has built stage one of a new RSL complex in Brisbane’s Kenmore.

THE finishing touches are being put on the first of eight accommodation blocks at the new Returned Servicemen’s League of Australia hostel at Kenmore in Brisbane. The new hostel will relieve pressure on the RSL home at Caboolture which has a one-year waiting list for its 110-bed section. Hutchies’ started work on the 123-bed Kenmore hostel in July 1979 and expects to be finished completely by December 1980. The $2.5 million complex will offer first-rate accommodation to elderly and invalid ex-servicemen and women and their spouses with all cooking and laundry done for them. The complex will include a recreation area, dining room, administration section and manager’s residence. A nursing sister will be on site 12 hours a day for those in need of medical attention. Primary consultant was Conrad, Esler and Simpson Architects. The RSL has just launched its first Art Union with a fully furnished $132,000 Gold Coast home at Miami Keys as first prize. Another popular RSL fundraiser is the Girl in a Million Quest which has been going since 1959.

Archer Point lights the way HUTCHIES is helping to keep the coastal waters of far north Queensland safe with the construction of a new, modern, fully automated lighthouse at Archer Point near Cooktown. Built in 1883, the original Archer Point Lighthouse was a simple timber-framed tower clad in rolled galvanised iron sheeting. The new six-metre tower will be constructed from concrete blocks at an elevation of 65m. The light source, powered by

240 volt mains with a diesel standby, will be a 120-volt, 1000 watt, 3000 hour tungsten halogen with a range of 17 nautical miles. Queensland has more than 5000 kilometres of coastline, much of it within the Great Barrier Reef – the most extensive coral reef system in the world. Over the years more than 1800 ships have been wrecked on this coastline. Without lighthouses, this number would have been much higher.

THE decade of the 1970s has proved to be challenging for the building industry as a whole, according to Hutchies’ managing director, Jack Hutchinson. Despite a good turnover of work trending steadily upwards (see graph), Hutchies’ own profit margins in most years showed modest pickings. “It’s been a tough few years but things appear to be on the rise as we move into the new decade,” Jack said. “The 1980s look promising although I’m sure there will be challenges along the way.”

With the end of the post war boom and with the Gough Whitlam-led Labor federal government’s ambitious spending program (1972-75), times were certainly tough for builders. Inflation ran high and the enormous increase in public works spending put a strain on the country’s resources – in both labour and materials. Good tradesmen, as well as a reliable source of materials, came at a premium cost to construction companies. Fixed priced contracts often proved to be the undoing of

Despite the steady and impressive growth of Hutchies’ annual turnover, the decade of the 70s has proved challenging years in which to turn a profit.

even the most conservative builder. Despite this continued recession in the building

No job too tough ... or too remote HUTCHIES continues to specialise in work that other builders generally avoid. While the competition subcontracts most trades and looks for uncomplicated jobs where the builder plays a management role, Hutchies often seeks out difficult jobs that require in-house building skills and expertise. Managing director, Jack Hutchinson, said Hutchies had become well known for complex refurbishments, on which its own employees carried out the plumbing and carpentry trades. “We fought our way back by accepting difficult or complicated repairs and renovations projects other construction companies were not interested in,” said Jack. “Consequently the company has achieved a reputation for this type of work and we have been involved in projects such as the Rotary Gateway Fountain in Fortitude Valley, the RSL War Veterans’ Home at Kenmore and TV0’s studios at Mt Coot-tha.” This self-reliance, with a ready supply of in-house skilled tradesmen, has also led to a reputation for work in remote and isolated areas, such as Archer Point, Mornington Island and St George. “This type of work often serves up healthier profit margins for us, even though it is usually much more difficult to carry out,” said Jack.

TURNOVER – Decade of 1970’s

$ Millions

Tough times but profit margins on the rise

Hutchies constructed the eye-catching Rotary Gateway Fountain in Fortitude Valley.

industry, Hutchies managed to post decent annual profits – particularly in the second half of this decade.

Sharper client focus a key to future success DURING the last few years of its reconstruction, Hutchies has learned the value of repeat business with a renewed and sharper focus on the client. Time and time again, Hutchies has demonstrated it was prepared to do whatever was required – regardless of how big or small the job. Jack Hutchinson said that Hutchies’ new focus had become the client, rather than the size or type of work. “Being prepared to go anywhere and do anything that is required – while carrying out the jobs to the highest of standards – is a vital cornerstone of Hutchies’ philosophy,” he said. “This attitude will be one of the keys to our success going into the next decade,” Jack said.

Hooray to holiday home in volatile market THE Hutchinson family’s highset fibro holiday home in the heart of popular Surfers Paradise has been knocked down to make way for highrise units. Built by Hutchies in 1939, the beachside house has been the home of Jack Hutchinson II for many years. Set on a prime site on the corner of Markwell Avenue and Northcliffe Terrace, Jack II has lost count of how many keen estate agents and developers have door-knocked with enquiries to purchase. Earlier this year (1981), present Hutchies’ managing director, Jack III, turned down an offer from his father to sell him the property so that Hutchies

could develop a highrise on the quarter-acre site. Jack III said he was not convinced the property market was stable enough to gamble on such a large speculative project.

Word around the industry is that the property developer who did take up the offer now faces some serious financial difficulties as the volatile market continues to plunge.

Only happy memories remain of the Hutchinson’s holiday home in Markwell Avenue, Surfers Paradise.

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A NEW WAY The Eighth Decade (1982 – 1991) IN the early 1980s, Jack’s eldest son, John Scott Hutchinson (Scott), graduated from the University of Queensland with a degree in civil engineering. From an early age, Scott, as he is known, had regularly visited construction sites throughout Queensland with his father and knew he wanted to follow in the family business. For 10 years, Scott had worked at Hutchies every school holiday – labouring and helping with the plant and equipment. After a careers night at Brisbane Boys’ College in 1974, Jack directed his son to consider studying engineering. During his university years, Scott had a cadetship with Hutchies and, even while on vacation, he worked in the office, drove the truck while the regular driver was on holiday and laboured on building sites. Following graduation, Scott was employed at McWilliam and Partners Consulting Engineers and his time in the design office enabled him to become a registered practising engineer in Queensland and qualified to issue structural certificates and certify drawings. In 1983, he began part-time study for a Masters of Business Administration, again at the University of Queensland, while working full-time as an engineer. Sadly, his grandfather, Jack II, died that same year. •••


HE prospect of an overseas adventure beckoned and the following year Scott set off on the obligatory Aussie odyssey of the era – a working holiday in England and travelling with two mates in a VW Kombi van through Europe and North Africa. He returned to Australia in March 1985, lived at home and settled down to full-time studies to complete his MBA with a thesis entitled, “Training and Development of Foremen in the Construction Industry”. Scott’s MBA research revealed that his great-

grandfather’s building company, J. Hutchinson, had won its first construction contract in January 1912. A year later, in February 1986, Scott started working full-time with the family business. At the time the company’s annual turnover was around $7 million. One of his first tasks was to put on his salesman’s hat and knock on doors looking for business – a role his father, Jack III, had taken on so successfully in the 1960s and 1970s. Scott recalled that it was only then he realised

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what an exceptional reputation his father and

legal name was J. Hutchinson Pty Ltd.

Hutchies enjoyed. “Even when cold calling, I was always shown

These stickers were mass produced and saturated completed buildings to generate ongoing

into boardrooms and introduced to the most senior

maintenance work.

people in architects’ and clients’ offices. Everyone

Scott agreed that ‘Hutchinson Builders’ was a

seemed to have time for us,” Scott said. “Also, I was being included in the company’s financial decisions and I was surprised at how well capitalised we were and how previous conservative management had put us in such a sound position.” In April 1986, Hutchies won the contract for the refurbishment and fit-out of an old retail building into a Japanese restaurant, Yamagen, and Scott was to work on site with the project doing administration and learning the ropes. It was there that Scott first met Peter Smith, of Lambert and Smith Architects, marking the beginning of a long personal friendship as well as an enduring business association.

simple and effective word-tool, because it explained, “who we were and what we did”. For the 1987 anniversary celebrations, however, Hutchies commissioned a new logo with a 75-year badge. “We decided on a simple process blue, because it represented quality and was easy for printers to duplicate, and we chose bold letters because it gave a solid impression, symbolic of strong buildings and a strong company,” Scott said. “Even back then we saw our longevity as our major point of difference in the building industry, so we included ‘Established 1912’ in the logo for the first time.”

At the time, both turnover and profit were increasing steadily and Scott found Hutchies a thoroughly exciting place to work. Aside from marking the 75th anniversary of the

With a freshly branded logo and hundreds of new corflute signs produced, Hutchies set about getting its employees to take signage seriously – a policy still encouraged strongly today.

beginning of J. Hutchinson, Builder & Contractor, 1987 was a significant year for Hutchies. It marked the emergence of the brand name, ‘Hutchinson Builders’. Previously, Jack had produced a simple, but eye-catching, yellow sticker which read: ‘Hutchinson’, with the word ‘Builders’ in bold but in a much smaller typeface above the company’s address and telephone, even though the company’s

“All of a sudden, we looked like we owned the city,” Scott added. “The new signage caught people’s eye and stuck in their minds.” The signage campaign was followed by the 75th anniversary function held at Tattersall’s Club on July 20, 1987. ‘Tatts’ was chosen as the venue for celebrations because Hutchies had built the club’s dining room 50 years earlier in 1937.

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The guest list included politicians, community

of the St Stephen’s Cathedral and, when Hutchies

leaders, business people, clients and subcontractors, as well as all company members and their partners.

was awarded the project, it was by far the biggest project the company had ever won in its 75-year

Being the prestigious Tattersall’s Club, suits and


ties were compulsory attire. So that no-one was

Similar to the way things are done today, Hutchies’

excluded, the company hired suits for all employees who did not own one. The official invitation for the event was printed on copies of pages taken from a newspaper of January 1912, a tradition Hutchies has continued with its anniversary celebrations, and old building tools borrowed from the Queensland Museum added to a historic display in the club’s dining room. “Unfortunately, Dad was sick with the flu, but the doctor gave him a powerful injection to get him out of bed and through the night,” Scott recalled. “Dad still managed to speak brilliantly, Brisbane Lord Mayor, Sallyanne Atkinson, was fantastic and architect, Robin Dodds, who had worked with all

projects were organised around the most competent foremen – or what would later become known as ‘team leaders’ – and, despite all these people wielding considerable authority and commensurate responsibility, they were still on wages of varying rates. When one of its own was headhunted by another company in 1987, with the lure of an attractive salaried package, Hutchies decided it was time to ‘up the ante’ and move to salaried senior people. Scott explained that Hutchies made this crucial move, not only to enable the company to hold existing staff, but also to allow it to attract good people capable of larger projects.

four Hutchinson generations, was at his best. “The evening went off really well.” Although primarily planned as a celebration, the event worked like a giant advertisement which,

Jack agreed and has maintained that breaking the ‘small builder’ mentality proved a major step forward for Hutchies. Also, amid its 75th year, long-time company

along with the new signage, proved an enormous boost to company member interest ... and ultimately Hutchies’ business turnover. Behind the scenes, work went on as usual and some of Hutchies’ senior personnel slipped away unnoticed from the function around 10pm and worked through the night to meet a deadline for an important tender due the next day. That project was the $10 million refurbishment

members, Len White and Barry Butterworth, approached Hutchies with a desire to form a ‘social club’ that would finance social events, including an annual four-day fishing trip to Moreton Island. Hutchies went a step further and agreed to match the new Social Club’s fundraising dollar-for-dollar. A quarter of a century on, the Social Club remains a vital and active part of Hutchies and it is credited with being an important element in bonding

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with being an important element in bonding

developed properties and then on-sold them to

company members – from the office to the building


sites – into a true team of workmates. World Expo 1988 came to Brisbane and, earlier

The attitude of these two types of clients proved to be significantly different.

that year, the Lennons Hotel refurbishment in Queen

Traditionally, the client bought the land and then

Street, ostensibly in time for the international event, proved to be instrumental in Hutchies’ progression and growth. The job, won in a Conrad and Gargett tender, was about twice the size of the company’s usual large projects and it came with a tight timeframe with significant liquidated damages attached. Lennons was completed during a construction boom in the heart of the CBD – adding to the difficulty of access. The Myer Centre – a landmark project built on a huge amalgamated site across the street – was under construction at the same time. “Our project was completed under these atrocious

employed an architect who delivered a building through the tendering process. Because the client had a long-term interest in the project, a small overrun in completion or budget was not often a major concern. However, the new style of developer tended to employ a project manager who, in turn, employed all the consultants. The developer and project manager were focused heavily on programming and pricing, because the building was often earmarked to be sold within a strict timetable and budget. This change produced a tougher, more litigious atmosphere within the industry that Hutchies –

conditions and on time,” Scott said. “Cleverly balanced decisions were made in scheduling and in letting contracts and, even when a major subcontractor went broke near the end of the

known always as a ‘gentleman builder’ – was slow to appreciate. By the end of the decade, two projects, Sunnybank Plaza on Brisbane’s southside and Kingfisher

project, the job was kept on track. “Successful completion of this major project gave us the confidence to move to another level as a building contractor.” A quantum shift in the industry during the 1980s was a move away from the traditional construction clients (institutions, private owners and companies) to speculative developer clients, who bought and

Bay Resort on Fraser Island, would expose the company’s contractual vulnerability and prove to be steep learning curves in the new order in property development. Both projects resulted in protracted legal arguments and, although resolved in Hutchies’ favour, the experience was bitterly painful – financially and personally.

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Hutchies had always preferred to seal a deal with

problems at Sunnybank Plaza and Kingfisher Bay

a handshake, but the company had learned the hard

Resort, so the painful decision was made to close

way how to handle the new contractual nature of the industry.

down J. Scott Builders. However, the Fleming Street office in Townsville

In 1988, Jim Scott – a Brisbane-based builder with

was kept open and rebranded as Hutchinson

a strong presence in North Queensland – offered to sell his construction company to Hutchies. Acquisition of J. Scott Builders, which carried out mainly government work, promised to give Hutchies a government arm and a Townsville office. J. Scott Builders made a profit for the first two years, but it incurred losses in subsequent years. The losses coincided with Hutchies’ cash flow

Builders, while other properties were leased out and staff reluctantly laid off. The 1980s had proved to be testing and tumultuous times in Hutchies’ history, however, the next decade would get underway on a much brighter and happier note with the marriage in September 1991 of Scott to Mary-Jeanne Peabody, daughter of Terry and Mary Peabody.


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Winking ’roo kicks off the ’82 Games A WINKING 13-metre high mechanical kangaroo (which became known as Matilda) took centre stage at the opening of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. The opening ceremony was held at the new QEII Stadium in Nathan on Brisbane’s southside – named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. While athletic and archery events were held in the stadium, other venues included the Sleeman Sports Complex, Festival

Hall (boxing), Brisbane City Hall (wrestling) with cycling road events run on the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane. Forty-five nations of the Commonwealth took part with 1,583 athletes and 571 officials. Australia won 39 gold, 39 silver and 29 bronze – narrowly edging out England for the top medal tally. The Games were opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on September 30 and closed by the Queen on October 9. Matilda “the winking kangaroo” did a lap of honour at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Mazda still amazing THE Hutchies-built Mazda Distribution Centre administration building in bayside Wynnum is a multi-award winner. Designed by Edwin Codd and Partners, the building has already won a Citation for Meritorious Architecture in the 1983 Architecture Awards, as well as a BOMA Special Merit Certificate. The project came on the heels of the successful completion of the BMW Distribution Centre project in Springwood on Brisbane’s southside, also designed by Edwin Codd and Partners.

LEFT: Awardwinning Mazda Distribution Centre administration building in bayside Wynnum.

Newspaper House in Queen Street, Brisbane.

Facelift for historic house NEWSPAPER House in Brisbane’s Queen Street, which underwent a $3 million facelift – both inside and out – thanks to Hutchies, continues to draw praise. Robin Gibson, of Robin Gibson and Partners Architects, worked alongside Hutchies on this 32-week project which involved the comprehensive renovation and extensive upgrade to this historic building in the heart of the city.

RIGHT: BMW Distribution Centre in Springwood on Brisbane’s southside.

In the thick of it in the tropics HUTCHIES continues to be right in the thick of the development boom in the Airlie Beach and Cannonvale areas. Well on the way to completion, the Montipora complex on Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, is expected to be finished by mid-April 1984. Hutchies is building this $1.5 million project for Babhula Pty Ltd. The project is five strata-titled units and six shops – including a coffee shop, boat hire, sports and diving shop, pharmacy and haberdashery.

Aimed at the luxury market, the units will be fully air-conditioned and feature marble bathrooms. “The title Montipora relates to a natural species of very pale, pink coral,” said Babhula’s managing director, Ian Pilcher. “We’ve tried to make it in keeping with the Whitsunday area.” There is no shortage of money being invested in other projects in the booming tourist pocket, including a $4.5 million motel and restaurant complex and a $4 million hotel-motel.

Montipora in Airlie Beach consists of five luxury units with shops below.

Company remembers Jack II OLD time company members joined with the family to mourn the passing of Jack Hutchinson II – father of the present Jack and a former partner in the business. At the age of 14, Jack II joined his father, Jack Snr, in Hutchies as an apprentice, followed by his brother, Eric, in 1915. The brothers officially became partners in the business in 1938 when the three formed J. Hutchinson & Sons. Following Jack Snr’s death in 1964, Jack II and Eric took full control of Hutchies, before their retirement in 1968. Since then Jack III has headed up Hutchies. Jack II, who had suffered ill-health from time to time over the years, retired to the Gold Coast.

Yamagen’s award-winning interiors.

Turning their hand to Japanese Scott gets cold reception in Europe

Hutchies mourns the passing of Jack II.

SCOTT Hutchinson, who is no stranger to company members, has sent home this latest snap of himself on his overseas working holiday. He and two mates, Peter Bolton-Hall and Peter McLeod, took off in a Kombi to take in some of the sights of Europe and North Africa.

When he eventually gets back to the UK, Scott is hoping to land a job labouring on a London building site ... just to see how it’s done over there. Scott is due back in Australia in March 1985. No doubt the Queensland sunshine will be a welcome relief when he returns home.

Scott gets the cold shoulder in Europe.

HUTCHIES’ team members turned their hand to Japanese in putting the finishing touches to the new Yamagen Japanese restaurant. The project, for Daikyo Australia, involved the extensive refurbishment of a Brisbane inner city retail building into an upmarket traditional Japanese restaurant. The $2 million, 24-week job by Hutchies was undertaken with Peter Smith from Lambert and Smith Architects. Lambert and Smith recently won ‘Best Interiors Award’ in the 1987 Queensland Architecture Awards for Yamagen.

Market orientation and our company

Refurbishments to the value of $1.3 million were carried out by Hutchies at the Demora Nursing Home in Brisbane for clients, Mr and Mrs Gordon. Architect on the 24-week project was Gary Garmett and Associates.

Social Club kicks off IT’S official ... Hutchies’ company members now have a Social Club. With Hutchies celebrating its 75th year, company members, Len White and Barry Butterworth, hatched a plan to launch a Social Club that would finance social events, including an annual fishing trip to Moreton Island for the boys. Jack and Scott agreed it was a great idea and have offered to match the new Social Club’s staff contributions dollarfor-dollar. The Social Club’s first function was held on Saturday, September 26, at Henry Africa’s Theatre Restaurant in Browning Street, West End. The entire dinner, floor show, beer, wine and soft drinks were covered by Social Club contributions. The next Social Club function will be the Christmas family picnic in New Farm Park in December.

HUTCHIES generally has a mixed clientele who require many different services. Different clients expect different things from the organisation and we change to suit the client. For example: ~ Reliability ~ Low price ~ Experience ~ Presentation However, one aspect which we have found to be most important and unique is our flexibility. Recently we were asked by a client at 5.30pm to make major changes to his office by 7am the following day before the carpet was to be laid. We could confidently say that that would be no problem without even thinking of who we could get to start at 4am the next morning. The client was impressed and I believe we will be commis-

Message from Managing Director Jack Hutchinson

sioned for their next project. Incidentally the carpet layer was late for no reason. ••• AT another site we were forced at 9pm on a Saturday night to look for starters for 6am that Sunday. We couldn’t get any of the sub-contractors we rang to even consider it, yet the first company members we approached said ‘yes’. ••• IT is wrong for the company to overuse this willingness and no-one should expect prior commitments, especially family commitments, to be broken for work. However, it is useful and unique that we have this flexibility throughout the company which allows us to meet different client’s needs and secure more work.

Scott has been working full-time at Hutchies since February 1986.

Back on track by degrees

AUSTHOTEL was the client for the Brisbane Hotel’s extensive refurbishment and modernisation on the corner of Wharf Street, Brisbane. Hutchies worked for six months on the $2 million project with Carter Merolli Architects.

SCOTT Hutchinson, who has been working full-time at Hutchies since February 1986, is putting the finishing touches to his thesis for a Master of Business Administration degree. He already has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland. After graduating in 1981, Scott worked with engineering consultants, McWilliam and Partners, for almost three years, before heading overseas in March 1984 on a 12-month working holiday. He began studying part-time for his MBA in 1983 while he was still working by day as an engineer. Scott became particularly inspired by the human resources subjects offered in the course and studied all he could in that area. Appropriately, his MBA thesis will be entitled ‘Training and

Development of Foremen in the Construction Industry’. “At the moment they (foremen) are just thrown into it and either sink or swim,” Scott said. “If they do well, they get another job, possibly bigger. If they don’t, they rarely get another chance. “But a lot of their work is human relations – getting people to perform and handling conflicts of personality. “I am interested in ways of developing foremen earlier so they reach their peak at 30, not 50,” he said. The building business – and Hutchies in particular – has been a consuming interest for Scott since an early age. He started going around building sites with his father, Jack, when he was seven and began working with the company in the holidays when barely a teenager.

Company members pose for the “class of 1987� photograph.

The official party (L-R) Jack Hutchinson, Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson, June Hutchinson, Robin Dodds and Scott Hutchinson.

Well-known veteran arc Dodds, entertained the c guest speaker ad

Company members well suited to 75th celebrations COMPANY members and their partners were among the 400 throng of politicians, community leaders, business people, clients and subcontractors who gathered at Tattersall’s Club on Monday, July 20, to mark Hutchies’ 75th birthday. Dress code at the prestigious Tatts required nothing less than a lounge suit for men, so Hutchies came to the rescue for many of its employees who did not own their own ‘bag of fruit’. The evening turned out to be a gala occasion and everyone agreed the rented threads were just the ticket.






Lord Mayor officiates

Company members, well-suited for the occasion, mingled freely with other VIPs at the gala evening held in Tatt’s dining room that Hutchies built in 1939.

1912 ‡ 1987


chitect, Robin crowd with his ddress.


• Hutchies’ old logo (shown at left) will be phased out immediately to make way for the new Hutchies’ logo (shown above) which has undergone a major facelift in time for the company’s 75th birthday.

Jack gets a shot in the arm

BY the way Jack Hutchinson took to the podium to address the crowd so enthusiastically during the official part of Hutchies’ 75th celebrations at Tattersall’s Club, no-one would have guessed he had left his difference in the building industry, sick bed to Hutchies has included ‘Established attend. 1912’ in the new logo for the first During his time. speech, Jack praised company staff memHundreds of new corflute signs are bers for helping Hutchies to get where it is being produced and Hutchies will be today. asking all company members to take “The company will continue to be active signage seriously from now on. in a range of commercial and industrial Hutchies is hoping the eye-catching construction, as well as its renovation projnew signage will be seen everywhere ects ... and to strive for another 75 years of around the city very soon. quality construction,” he said. A 75th anniversary badge has also Jack has been battling a severe bout of the been produced with the company’s flu, but luckily his physician gave him a ‘shot new branding. in the arm’ to help him get through the night.

Sign of the times JUST in time for Hutchies’ 75th celebrations, the company has commissioned a brand new logo design and new corporate colours. Previously, the company has produced a simple, but eye-catching, yellow sticker that reads: ‘Hutchinson’, even though the company’s legal name is J. Hutchinson Pty Ltd. The name, ‘Hutchinson Builders’, stays, but Hutchies’ logo now sports a new blue colour and bolder typeface. To recognise the company’s longevity as a major point of

BRISBANE’S Lord Mayor, Cr Sallyanne Atkinson, was special guest of honour at Hutchies’ 75th celebrations at Tattersall’s Club.

New levels of luxury at Lennons

Brisbane’s Lennons Hotel has undergone a $4.8 million upgrade in time for Expo ’88.

LENNONS Hotel, once a name synonymous with the height of luxury dining and accommodation in the city, has undergone a $4.8 million upgrade in time for the Brisbane Expo. Hutchies undertook the 30-week project that included refurbishment of the lower ground floor, restaurant, kitchen, reception area and auditorium, plus a new swimming pool built on the seventh floor. As well, direct access from Lennons to the new bus terminal under Queen Street was made to coincide with the Queen Street Mall extensions. The client was Interwest and main consultants were architects, Conrad and Gargett, and engineers, Norman Disney and Young.

Brisbane showcased to the world with Expo ’88

BRISBANE was showcased to the world with the recent sixmonth long World Fair known as Expo ’88. With a mascot of a platypus named ‘Expo Oz’ and a theme of ‘Leisure in the Age of Technology’, the huge event was one of the highlights of the country’s bicentennial celebrations. Expo ’88 attracted more than 15.76 million visitors with ticket sales alone bringing in $175 million. Spread over 40 hectares, the international fun fair was created where many derelict industrial buildings stood on the unfashionable South Brisbane stretch of the Brisbane River directly opposite the CBD. Hutchies’ own former South Brisbane office and yard (1921-

Expo ’88 was held on a 40-hectare site along the south bank of the Brisbane River across from the CBD.

1968) in Montague Road is just a stone’s throw from the Expo site. It is hoped that, once many

of the international pavilions are removed, the riverfront site will be retained for a public

space with its next door neighbour, the Queensland Cultural Centre.

Quality work on display PROUD of its long history and reputation for quality builds, Hutchies has taken a stand at the 1989 Building Trades Expo in June. A feature of the display is a model of St Stephen’s Cathedral, which is nearing completion, and photographs of other projects – all with the 75th anniversary badging as a backdrop. The company will be asking for volunteers to man Hutchies’ stand during the five-day event.

Work on St Stephen’s gets a blessing ... or two THE completion and restoration of Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral was the largest job ever undertaken by Hutchies in its 75-year history. It was formally dedicated with a ceremony on December 4, 1989, and followed up by winning an Australian Institute of Building Excellence Award. Working closely with Robin Gibson, from Robin Gibson and Associates, and Father John Lennon, from St Stephen’s, the $10 million project, which started in September 1987, took 18 months to complete. The client was the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. Work involved a full interior restoration including new sanctuary, baptistry, organ relocation, extension of aisles to accommodate a new Blessed Sacrament Chapel and an extension to the top of the Cathedral. Improvements to the natural light entering the Cathedral was also carried out as well as stone paving and new furniture and interior fittings. Externally, considerable work was done to allow for full-width steps access to the Cathedral, along with extensive landscaping, cloistered walkways and construction of a spire with an illuminated cross. Old St Stephen’s Cathedral was restored and the old St Stephen’s School was refurbished for administration offices. A two-level underground carpark was also constructed.

Modern techniques used in painstaking restoration THE massive completion and restoration of St Stephen’s Cathedral threw up some interesting challenges for Hutchies’ crew. “From the start this job was always going to be different,” said Hutchies’ on-site foreman, Bill Winterbottom. “It was a chance for all of us to be part of something special.” Hutchies’ team members faced enormous challenges in carrying out the work, from protecting irreplaceable windows and old stone

Locals benefit from Cathedral work LOCAL tradesmen and suppliers were the winners with the successful $10 million Hutchies’ completion and restoration of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. At times, more than 100 people worked on the site, with a further 50 plus employed off-site fabricating materials for the job. As well as the enormous amounts of cement, sand and gravel, more than 1,000 tonnes of stone, sourced from Queensland quarries, was used on the job and in excess of 300 tonnes of steel was supplied by local fabricators. For the final fit-out of the Cathedral, local artists and artisans supplied stained glass, shrines and other pieces.

walls during heavy excavation for the new underground carpark, trying to accommodate the 100mm off-square deviation of the Cathedral with the extensions, to making every effort to preserve original joinery and marrying old stonework to new. Attention to detail proved the key to the job’s successful completion. Bill reckons it takes an expert eye to spot the old from the new and “that’s the way it should be”.

Builder sponsors architects IN an unprecedented move, Hutchies has sponsored the Queensland Architectural Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, as well as the Architectural Week display held at the Riverside Centre. It is the first time ever that a builder has been so closely associated with the Awards. Jack Hutchinson said Hutchies was proud to be approached by the organisers to sponsor the events. “When there are so many rumours around of construction companies going to the wall, it was a timely opportunity for us to show our long term commitment to the industry,” said Jack.

Shell in the Outback is best in Australia EIGHTEEN months of planning and an investment of $1.3 million has culminated in the Northern Territory having the most up-to-date Shell distribution depot in Australia. In line with the Shell Company’s policy of ensuring that the installation was of the highest quality, Hutchies was chosen as the prime contractor for construction with local sub-contractors utilised under Hutchies’ supervision. Hutchies has completed many projects for Shell over the years and, after completing a major Shell roadhouse in Mount Isa, the company moved over the border and into the Northern Territory for another big project at Katherine. Hutchies now has many fine buildings to its credit in all parts of Queensland, including the remote areas of Mornington Island in the Gulf, Fitzroy Island off the coast near Cairns and Doomadgee Mission in Cape York.

These jobs have ranged from millions of dollars each to small alteration work. In Katherine, it became obvious several years ago that the existing Shell facilities would have to be moved due to encroachment of residential dwellings on the depot. It took six months of planning before work could begin and the difficulties did not end there. The new site was solid rock which had to be drilled and blasted as part of the construction process. Rather than having triple roadtrains turning in the yard, the complex design allows free flow of traffic. It is possible to have a Shell tanker unloading its three trailers, while three roadtrains fuel up at the bowsers, with another two loading from the overhead gantry and another loading or unloading package products. Private vehicles can be serviced at the same time. As well, environmental issues are as

much a priority as the economic issues, with huge concrete dishes and other safety devices ensuring any spillages are captured and treated to protect the environment. Apart from the technical aspects of the development, thousands of dollars have been spent on landscaping, including lawn and tree planting. Large rocks, which were blasted from the ground during construction, have been recycled as part of the landscaping.

Lightning Ridge local pens an ode to team

Hot work deserves a cool dip

ONE of the locals at Lightning Ridge has penned a poem in honour of Hutchies’ team members working on the outback project.

Hutchies’ Crew They come from out of Queensland, And they make a lot of noise. They’re in and out up down, And we just call them the boys. They joined a couple of our lads, To see how it was done, A pub crawl up the Grawin, and a card night was good fun.

IT’S no denying it gets hot in the outback – particularly in the middle of summer. Here (from left) Barry Butterworth, Eric Gordon and Scott Hutchinson find time to take a cooling dip from the sweltering conditions on

Reputation for doing tough jobs continues

the job at Lightning Ridge – in far north-western New South Wales, close to the Queensland border. Hutchies is undertaking extensions to the Lightning Ridge Motel and Hotel.

HUTCHIES’ raft of difficult refurbishments is proof the company is cementing its reputation for tackling tough jobs. These include the renovation of historic St Stephen’s Cathedral, refurbishment of the first seven levels of Brisbane’s Lennons Hotel, Yamagen Japanese restaurant and the remodelling of the Brisbane Hotel in Wharf Street the city. “We seem to have developed a reputation for doing difficult renovations where there needs to be a fair

A bar-b-que quite often, For meat trays they don’t go far, But if they win more meat trays, We’ll bar them from the bar. But meanwhile let’s be nice to them, Let’s show them we’re alright, Because they’re working hard to give, The drunks more room to fight.

amount of trust between builder and client,” said Scott Hutchinson. “It is impossible to tell what you will find in an old building until you start pulling it apart. “In this kind of situation, an unscrupulous builder can take a client to the cleaners quite easily, so reputation is really important. “We have a number of clients we have looked after for years, such as the RSL Queensland branch, whose headquarters we built in Anzac Square.”

Hunt for work goes statewide HUTCHIES has carried out work all over Queensland – even in remote areas including Mornington Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria; Fitzroy Island, in the Great Barrier Reef; Cooktown, in Cape York; and Doomadgee, in the far north western Outback. According to Hutchies’ managing director, Jack Hutchinson, the company has a long tradition of excellence in both workmanship and service to its clients in the industrial, commercial and civil engineering field. This is generated through tendering, design build and project management. A full maintenance service also is offered. The company has an excellent record in ‘cost plus’ contracts and jealously guards its reputation for honesty and value for money with this type of enterprise. Commercial work of any value is welcomed. Nowadays, the company has the personnel and the financial capacity to carry out major contracts, but is of a size to always ensure personal attention. Many employees have been with the company for most of their working lives. Jack said management ensured that a balance of experience and youthful energy was maintained and that no better staff existed in any building company.

Dead drunk poets’ society HUTCHIES’ members are a talented bunch. Here one turns his hand to poetry to describe – in eloquent rhyming verse – the latest Moreton Bay Fishing Trip.

“The Hutchies’ Social Club” It was somewhere west of Brisbane near the river, rocks and mud That they formed an institution called the Hutchies’ Social Club. They were hard and wiry Aussies from the rugged building game. There was not a keg or flagon that Hutchies’ couldn’t tame. But their style of socialising was irregular and rash, They had very little science, but a bloody lot of dash. And they used to practise Fridays, drinking middies in the pub, They were demons were these members of the Hutchies’ Social Club. It was somewhere up the highway near the truckies’ smoke and steam, That a social mob existed, called the “J. Scott Drinking Team”. As a social institution t’was a marvellous success, For their members were all noted for exclusiveness of dress. They had natty little t-shirts that were never stained with beer, For their cultivated owners only wore them once a year. So they set off out to Moreton in search of sport and fame, For they meant to show those Hutchies’ the fine art of the drinking game.

Now you jokers can imagine how the contest ebbed and flowed, When the Hutchies’ boys get going it’s time to clear the road. And the pace was so terrific that ere half the day was gone A spectator’s elbow was broken – just from merely looking on. For they shouted one another ’til the beach was strewn with dead, While the score was kept so even that they neither got ahead. And J. Scott’s leader “Stretch man” when he tumbled down to die The last surviving drinker – so they called the binge a tie. Then Hutchies’ fearless “Jacko” raised him slowly from the ground, Though his liver wounds were mortal, yet he gazed him slowly round; There was no-one to oppose him – all the rest were in a trance, So he staggered to his feet for his last expiring chance, For he had to make an effort to get victory for his side; So he drank another tinny and tumbled down and died. By the old Moreton campsite, where the breezes shake the grass, There’s a little row of headstones that the locals never pass, For they bear a rude inscription repeated again and again and again, Go on “Piss off Bill” let’s get on with the bloody game. And on misty moonlit evenings, when the fishermen stagger around You can hear those phantom drinkers on that phantom camping ground. You can hear from Captain Nemo as the yellow sub goes down, And the strident cry from Lenny, of, let the long bastard drown. ‘Til the terrified spectator runs like blazes to the pub... Haunted by the spectres of the Hutchies’ Social Club.


Inn on the Park Motel, Toowong.

165-171 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City

SURFERS Paradise Hotel Beer Garden refurbishment in the heart of the bustling tourist hub of Surfers Paradise was a $1 million project for Carlton United Breweries. Lambert and Smith Architects was involved with Hutchies in this 20-week project to upgrade this popular watering hole. • • • HUTCHIES has constructed another modern retirement village complex for RSL war veterans in Brisbane. Working with Martin Conrad, from Conrad Ester and Simpson Architects, the $2.5 million project was completed in 30 weeks. • • • INN on the Park Motel, bounded by Coronation Drive and parkland adjacent to The Wesley Hospital, in Toowong, has been a $1.8 million proj-

ect for client, Ed Power. The new building was designed and built to reflect the earlier old Queensland style of architecture, with graceful lines, wide verandahs, balustrading and detailed joinery. Work on the 20-week construction of the new motel development, including upmarket restaurant, bar and function room, was overseen by Peter Young, of Peter Young and Associates Architects. • • • DESPITE an extensive $2.2 million refurbishment and internal modernisation, including the installation of lifts, the original facade of a classic-styled building at 165171 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, has been retained. The work on this historic building was painstakingly carried out

Australian Developments building, Palm Beach, Gold Coast

by Hutchies over six months working with Tony Fitzgerald, of AM Fitzgerald Architects, and Eugene Esmond for the client, Adelaide Investments. • • • PALM Beach on the Gold Coast was the site of an eyecatching, new CES building for private developer client, Australian Developments, and constructed by Hutchies at a value of $800,000. Despite encountering difficult foundation conditions on the coastal project, it was completed within the estimated 20 weeks. • • • KIPPA-RING Shopping Centre, on Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe,

Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre, Redcliffe.

has undergone six-month long, $7 million extensions and alterations. Hutchies undertook the work, which included the installation of a Coles supermarket, for Cooper Lybrand, as receivers, and Andrew Schultz, of Andrew Schultz and Associates Architects. • • • TILT-UP construction was used by Hutchies on Heritage Properties’ $2.5 million development in Morayfield, near Caboolture, north of Brisbane. The 3500m2 commercial development will house a Bi-Lo supermarket and 20 specialty shops. Primary consultant on the six-month job was Robertson Project Management.

Northgate Mail Centre is delivered on time A NEW state-of-the-art mail collection sorting and distribution centre for Australia Post has been delivered on time by Hutchies. The $10 million Northgate Mail Centre on Brisbane’s northside took 40 weeks to complete.

Back to Tatts

HUTCHIES has been back to Tattersall’s Club – this time for a $5 million facelift. Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane, has undergone a three-stage upgrade. The client’s brief was that club operations were not to be affected by construction operations. Working closely with Robin Gibson, of Robin Gibson and Partners Architects, and Roger Bylett, of Resource Coordination Partnership, the alterations, additions and refurbishments were completed over 40 weeks. The scope of works comprised the operational Tattersall’s Club and Arcade including tenancy shops, lift, foyer area and special club rooms.

HUTCHIES ran the above advertisement in support of its clients on the recently completed $250,000 renovation of Waterford’s Club Hotel. As well as interior refurbishments, the project included some external revamping of the hotel to take advantage of its views of the Logan River.

MJ & Scott tie the knot

SCOTT Hutchinson has tied the knot in spectacular fashion by marrying the lovely Mary-Jeanne Peabody in a glamorous ceremony held in Brisbane in September 1991. Mary-Jeanne is the daughter of Terry and Mary Peabody.

MAYBE Scott’s trip down the aisle was prompted by this witty ditty which was mysteriously posted on Hutchies’ noticeboard this time last year. Oh Scotty – what can we do To show that marriage is for you You’re so busy flitting here and there And now you’re secretary for another year. What does it mean when a boy won’t wed Are you frightened or just plain scared. Whatever the reason it’s a real damn shame There is still no heir for the family name. ~ by A. Nonimus

CBD building shines again

New centre gets stamp of approval HUTCHIES has completed another new $10 million mail collection, sorting and distribution centre for Australia Post – this time in Underwood on the southside of Brisbane. The 40-week project involved construction of a large mail sorting complex covering 11,000m 2, a transport building to house Australia Post vehicles and a separate building to service vehicles.

HUTCHIES has completed a $10 million refurbishment of a 22-year-old building in the heart of the financial and legal precinct of Brisbane’s CBD. Work on the 20-storey office building at 344 Queen Street in the city, formerly known as Network House, ran for more than 40 weeks with final completion in November 1991. The refurbishment project, which included replacement and upgrade of all major services, was undertaken for client, Uxwood, via tender from Nettleton Tribe Partnership. Once the bulky air-conditioning and plant rooms were modernised during the refurbishment, two extra floors were able to be opened up for sale. Each floor has its own compact and individually controlled plant room, making the building more energy efficient. Some of the biggest changes were made to the ground and first floors with the creation of a new lobby and escalators. The ground floor is now a combination of retail and financial tenancies with the first

floor converted to retail and restaurant space. The entire Queen Street facade was demolished and reconstructed. Interestingly, the thirteenth floor has been ‘omitted’ completely, due to superstitious reasons.

Hutchies has finished a $10 million refurbishment of 344 Queen Street in Brisbane’s CBD.

FRASER Island was the backdrop for the stunning and eco-friendly $7.2 million Kingfisher Bay Resort built by Hutchies over eight months. Although the perfect location for a holiday, work at the remote site was not without its challenges. Client was CQ Projects with consultants, Mark French, of Guymer Bailey Architects, and Ken Brownjohn, of Rider Hunt, as project manager.

Tertiary projects a primary focus OVER the past two years, Hutchies has undertaken two major projects for the tertiary education sector. The $6.4 million Health and Nursing Building (stage one), at the Queensland Institute of Technology’s Kelvin Grove Campus in Brisbane, comprises a major campus building including laboratories, lecture theatres, offices and teaching facilities. Work was completed over 28 weeks for John Simpson and Associates. Nearing completion is the further $6.4 million project for James Cook University in Townsville – known as University Building Two – which is a three-storey block construction designed to house a new general purpose academic wing and lecture theatre. Consultant on this project is Ralph Power and Associates.

Queensland Institute of Technology’s new Health and Nursing Building.

A new Jack on the block

Townsville’s James Cook University’s new Building Two.

THERE’S a new Jack on the block with the birth of Scott and Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson’s first child on July 15, 1992. Christened John Elmore Hutchinson, he too will be known as Jack. It’s anyone’s guess if Jack V will follow family tradition and play a major role in Hutchies when he grows up.






Birthday celebratio HUTCHIES’ 80th birthday celebrations which coincided with Guy Fawkes’ Night on November 5, 1992 went off with a bang. Queensland Premier, Wayne Goss, was the special guest on the gala night that was held at Tattersall’s

Club in the city. During his speech, Scott Hutchinson implored the Premier to reinstate the now banned but once popular ‘Cracker Night’ to mark the annual Guy Fawkes’ Night. Unfortunately, the Premier politely – but firmly – threw cold water over Scott’s suggestion. Hutchies has a long tradition at Tatts over the years – dating back to 1939 and more recently with its $5 million facelift.

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THE NEXT GENERATION The Ninth Decade (1992 – 2001) THE period following 1991 was one of consolidation and prosperity ... and a time of reflection for Hutchinson Builders on the future direction of the family business and matters of succession. Jack had served as managing director from 1966 to 1992 and, during this time, had forged a strong reputation working on projects of all types, including schools, hospitals, tourist attractions, churches, and isolated and remote area projects. Most of the work during the 1970s and 1980s was based on relationships built by Jack with a large group of elite architects. By the beginning of the new decade, Jack had established a solid branch office network throughout Queensland – a structure on which Hutchies would base its financial growth and its future. •••


CONSULTANT was brought in to review and make future recommendations on the current corporate structure. After deliberation, it was proposed that Jack would become chairman of the board; general manager, Ian Holst, would be elevated to director, along with June Hutchinson; and Scott would take over as managing director. The arrangement formalised the way things were being done already and it reflected no major or obvious changes. Ian Holst had joined Hutchies in 1974 and would continue in his new role until his retirement in 1994. When Scott took over as managing director in 1992, he was the fourth generation Hutchinson to have hands-on control of the 80-year-old family business.

This move ushered in a decade of change for Hutchies. With a style similar to Jack, Scott established a valuable business network of friends but, this time, it was with a new, young breed of property developers. Instead of straying into development, which was the usual path for an expanding building company, Hutchies loaned money to clients – allowing both parties to do more work. The developers looked on Hutchies more as a partner in the process rather than a commodity and Hutchies quickly became the preferred builder for many prominent developers. In turn, this taught Hutchies what was vital to a developer – namely an absolute fixed price and fixed program. Annual revenue during this era grew from around $20 million in 1992 to $150 million in 2000.

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As a result, the company headquarters and storage

designed by the company’s in-house training council,

yard at Seventeen Mile Rocks underwent a number of

following an extensive skills audit involving office

expansions and additions to cope with the growth. Another major milestone was marked when

and on-site personnel. Hutchies had held a reputation for retaining its



company members for many years and it was believed

November 5, 1992, at Tattersall’s Club, with 400 guests and Queensland Premier, Wayne Goss, as guest of honour. Traditionally, November 5 was Guy Fawkes Night, an obsolete ritual in Australia that celebrated an attempt in 1605 by Catholic conspirators to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. Scott seized the moment to implore Premier Goss to reinstate Guy Fawkes Night (or ‘Cracker Night’ as it was known colloquially in Queensland), but his pleas fell on deaf ears. From 1991 to 1993, the question of succession was considered, with the plan being for assets to be built up over the next decade enabling Jack and





that ongoing training and education would make its workforce even more valuable to the building effort. In 1994, as part of a desire to expand, Jack and Scott purchased a share in Hansen and Yuncken Pty Ltd. Hansen and Yuncken was a family company established in Melbourne in 1902, with branches in Melbourne, Shepparton, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart, and with an annual turnover of about $200 million. At the same time, Hutchies’ annual turnover was $80 million, so it was hoped the alliance would enable the company to take on larger contracts. The plan was for Hutchies to buy an initial 15 per

June Hutchinson to extract their property from the company and extinguish their personal guarantees which supported the company’s financial facility. Another sign of the passing era occurred when Bill

cent share, then later increase to a 33 per cent share, after which time Hutchies would merge with the group that would be owned and operated by three families.

Smith, father of June Hutchinson, died January 27, 1994, aged 86. Bill had worked continuously at Hutchies from 1935 until 1956, except for his war service years in the Royal Australian Air Force. He had been a well-respected foreman labourer who always led from the front, taking the heaviest, dirtiest and toughest jobs for himself. Whenever a crane was erected, Bill rode the hook as dogman – a dangerous practice that has since been banned from Australian work sites. As a further indication of its growing maturity, in May 1994, Hutchies held its first training day for all foremen, leading hands and apprentices. The new training development program was

This 15 per cent share gave Hutchies a seat on the board – a position that was shared between Jack and Scott. However, it soon became apparent that the two corporate entities had extremely different cultures and procedures and, when two initial joint-venture projects failed to produce satisfactory financial results, Jack and Scott were sceptical about progressing the merger to the proposed 33 per cent level. They decided to return their shares in Hansen and Yuncken a year later. The early 1990s were productive years for Hutchies with many prestigious projects, including the $7.5 million Broncos’ headquarters at Red Hill and the Brisbane Tattersall’s Club extensions with

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three floors of retail space and six levels of facilities,

It also was a case of ‘all hands to the pumps’ as

accommodation, gym, pool, dining and function

some of its most valued company members took

rooms. This was a continuation of a long tradition of work done by Hutchies at Tattersall’s.

on enormous workloads just to help Hutchies through.

At the same time, the Treasury Casino in Brisbane

“It looked like there was no way we could survive

was under construction and Hutchies won a contract for specialised demolition and timberwork on the historic building site. Hutchies’ reputation for working on heritagelisted buildings also resulted in major contracts at Brisbane Boys’ College and the Brisbane Arcade. As well, the introduction of poker machines in Queensland in 1992 had delivered a spate of club refurbishments for Hutchies in conjunction with Project Leaders, including Roma Bowls Club, Bowen RSL, Cairns Golf Club, Mackay Brothers Leagues Club and Ayr Anzac Memorial Club. In the midst of this flurry of activity and rapid expansion in 1995, Hutchies imploded – creating a

the cashflow battering those jobs were going to inflict,” Scott said. “But we just had to get up every morning and do what we could. The projects were all so underpriced and so badly organised that many simply could not be turned around and many resulted in defects, litigation and liquidated damages.” Reflecting some years later, Scott admitted those days represented the second most perilous time Hutchies had ever experienced and, in the end, just two factors could be credited with saving the company in its darkest hour. Firstly, in a show of confidence by its thencommercial banking manager, Terry Bedford, Bank

critical situation that would prove to be its second closest brush with complete financial ruin in 83 years. During those busy years of the early 1990s, many new people had been taken on to deal with the

of Queensland agreed to extend Hutchies’ credit facility and, secondly, the dedication and sheer hard work displayed by some key company members were pivotal to Hutchies’ survival.

policy of expansion and had been given positions of authority and responsibility on some substantial projects. This rapid expansion with largely untried and untested new people would cost Hutchies dearly. The first warnings of impending disaster flashed up when a major Gold Coast project started showing a huge negative cashflow. Jack investigated the jobs book further and was horrified by what he discovered. Eight jobs, valued at $40 million and representing half the company’s annual turnover, had been badly priced and would deliver losses. ‘Sheer hell’ was the only way to describe the next 12 months, according to Scott.

After narrowly surviving the 1995 crisis, Hutchies found itself working even more closely alongside the new breed of developers responsible for the majority of the available building projects. The company began with Consolidated Properties in learning how to deal with this modern trend. “We loaned seed capital and mezzanine money to generate more work,” Scott explained. “I learned to understand how helping a developer financially opened up many more building opportunities and we then started working with Kevin Miller of Property Solutions and Ross Nielson Properties in this manner. “We also offered single payment contracts to some developers.”

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In 1996, Hutchies appointed a new financial

The company celebrated its 85th anniversary in

controller, Steve Norton.

1997, once again at Tattersall’s, but with National

Steve arrived from the State Government Works Department, where he controlled finances for

Party Premier, Rob Borbidge, as guest of honour. That same year, Jack and June Hutchinson were

Q-Build, and had previously worked for several

finally able to retrieve their personal guarantees

builders as an accountant. He would later become a valuable member of Hutchies’ board of directors. From 1996 to 1999, Hutchies enjoyed a series of successful projects. Winning the refurbishment of Toowoomba’s historic Empire Theatre in 1997 proved to be a significant and fortuitous move by Hutchies. The theatre had been built in 1911, gutted by fire in 1933 and had lain derelict since it closed its doors in 1971. Following the high profile and successful refurbishment of the Empire Theatre, Hutchies opened a local office and, in 1999, won a University

and extract their properties without affecting the company’s ability to operate. Meanwhile, Hutchies set about the unconventional approach of converting its estimators into collaborative cost planners – a concept that some had difficulty in grasping. In 2000, Hutchies completed 544 projects, with 483 of these valued under $500,000. Its ability to specialise in heritage-listed property helped Hutchies win the high profile restoration of Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts in Tenterfield – the planned centrepiece for Australia’s Centenary of Federation celebrations in 2001. It was at the School of Arts where New South

of Southern Queensland project – coinciding with an unprecedented construction boom in Toowoomba. During the next few years, Hutchies firmly cemented itself in the region.

Wales Premier, Sir Henry Parkes (later dubbed the ‘Father of Federation’), argued that the colonies needed ‘one great government for all of Australia’. The result, of course, was the Federation of Australia

Meanwhile, a growing portfolio of work in North Queensland, including the Marine Fossil Museum in Richmond, the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton and the Min Min Light at Boulia, helped establish new offices in Rendle Street, Aitkenvale – after having worked in the city for 40 years. Hutchies also demonstrated its ability to carry out major projects on the international scene by building the Craggy Range winery and vineyard in New Zealand, an $8 million Canadian factory for Orion Buses as well as the costing and planning for a $60 million design and construct national headquarters for Western Star Trucks in Kelowna, Canada, all at the request of Terry Peabody, Scott’s father-in-law.

on January 1, 1901. By the end of 2000, Hutchies had begun work on two of the largest projects in its history – $48 million civil works for Casuarina Beach, the $650 million master-planned township in northern New South Wales, and the $40 million 175 Eagle Street project in Brisbane’s CBD. During 1997 and 1998, Jack Hutchinson had served as President of Queensland Master Builders Association (the same position held by his grandfather in 1930-33 and 1940-43) and as President of Master Builders Australia in 1999 and 2000. In the course of his stint as President at QMBA,

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Jack had been impressed with the performance of

“But, frankly, after the financial hidings we had

the organisation’s executive director, Greg Quinn,

received on the four-year cycles of 1991, 1995 and

a former rugby league player who had played for Queensland.

1999, I was more than happy to share the load with Greg.

After serving an apprenticeship and working as a

“He picked up our unusual culture quickly which

builder, Greg Quinn had joined the Master Builders Association. He spent 17 years with the QMBA – six of those years as executive director – achieving remarkable results. Jack proposed a plan for Scott to take over as chairman of the board and for Greg Quinn to be approached to fill the vacancy of managing director. Scott was enthusiastic and excited about the proposal. “For years Dad had been telling me about ‘the bloke at the Master Builders who was good enough to run BHP’,” Scott explained.

confirmed we had made the right choice. Any other industry figure probably would have struggled with the situation. “Greg made decisions with no ‘dwell time’ and anything he could do the night before was done. He started each day fresh and ready to tackle any unforeseen problems quickly and with confidence.” After many years at Master Builders, Greg Quinn’s political, union and industry contacts were impeccable. The guest list at his farewell drinks read like a ‘who’s who’ of the industry and included four government cabinet ministers.

In October 2001, Greg Quinn was appointed Hutchies’ managing director – thereby becoming the first non-family member to hold this key position in the company’s almost 90-year history.

It was an impressive send off and indicative of the high esteem people at all levels held for him. He arrived when Hutchies had 150 company members, an annual turnover heading towards

Scott recalled that late 2001 was the perfect time for him to hand over the reins under the proposed new structure. “We had enjoyed a record year with a strong turnover and a record profit, we were cashed up and things were looking good,” he explained.

$150 million, a balance sheet of $22 million and an additional $8 million in property holdings. Scott Hutchinson and Greg Quinn, both in their early forties, represented the critical and all-important generational shift that would steer Hutchinson Builders into its next decade.


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Annual fishing trip celebrates a decade of fun

Hutchies recently held its 10th annual fishing trip to Moreton Island and the largest expedition ever – 65 participants – celebrated a decade of fishing frivolity. Apart from good fun, it’s a great way to get head office and site staff together to consolidate the team effort. Picture show the Hutchies’ fishing party prior to departure – and it’s downhill all the way from here! Turn to Page six and seven for an informal, cloase-up look at our fishing experts’ technique.








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A TASTE OF THE TROPICS HUTCHIES has demonstrated confidence in North Queensland by expanding its representation and opening new offices in Townsville. The new premises are at 25 Rendle Street, Aitkenvale – a property that the company has owned for many years. The company has established a strong team in Townsville, headed up by Robert Weymouth, assisted by Dave Christoffensen, who has been with Hutchies in Townsville for the past 10 years. Hutchies have had a presence in Townsville for 40 years. Chairman, Jack Hutchinson, said the company decided to step up its activity in Townsville after identifying North Queensland as one of the areas of great opportunity and growth in Australia. Winning the tender for the NORQEB extensions proved that, when it comes to winning work, quality is as important as price to a client . Hutchies was the third highest of the five tenders – but we still won the job. The Townsville Bulletin noted that Hutchies’ price was $76,000 higher than the lowest. NORQEB business communications manager, Mr John Fowler, was reported in

Our keen to help and obliging staff outside Hutchies’ new Townsville office at 25 Rendle Street, Aitkenvale. They are, from left, Paul De Jong, Robert Weymouth, Dave Christoffensen and Tony Doyle.

the Townsville Bulletin, saying price was not the only issue. “Experience has shown people throw in the lowest possible price to get the business and once the project has commenced, then the costs escalate significantly.” Mr Fowler said Hutchinson Builders had more relevant experience in the type of project tendered for. It had clearly demonstrated its capability in the refurbishment of the existing building and its extension, had excellent financial and professional references and had supplied a detailed CV of the project team members. Robert Weymouth is keen and ready to be of service with no obligation building

advice and quotations. He can be contacted by telephone (07) 4775 2624. Projects secured include: Extensions to NORQEB building in Garbutt ($4.6million) Client contact: Les Olsen. Major consultants: Connell Wagner (Brian Davies and Scott Hahne). Estimator: Keith Boucaut. Foreman: Paul De Jong

Extensions to Townsville RSL ($2.5million) Principal consultant: Project Leaders (Craig Cornish). Estimator: Wayne Cullen. Job administrator: Dave Christoffensen. Foreman: Jim Patten.

Alterations and additions to Atherton International Club ($291,000) Consultant: Project Leaders (Bob Hornby). Estimator: Paul Hart. Foreman: Noel O’Brien.

THINGS ARE UP ON THE DOWNS OUR recently opened Toowoomba office is going well and the decision to have a permanent office on the Darling Downs has proven to be the right one, with several good jobs underway and others in the pipeline. The $10.6 million General Purposes Building at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, is steaming along after having had the first sod Chancellor Don Stevens (centre), Hutchies’ Western Division Project Manager, Grant White (left) and Contracts Manager, Randal Younger, turn the first sod.

turned late last year. Consultant on this five level project is Bernard Ryan & Associates; estimator, Michael Crossin; supervisor, Grant White; administrator, Randal Younger; foreman, Rob Thompson. A new $1.9 showroom/warehouse for Harvey Norman has lifted our activities in the Toowoomba region. Consultant, Leffler Simes Architect; estimator, Paul Hart; supervisor, Grant White; administrator, Randal Younger; foreman, David Darby.




The Retro Blasters team from left, Rick Walker, Jack Whip, Peter Smith, Bruno Thomas and Lawrie Cranley.

WATCH out for the Hutchinson sponsored cycling team – The Retro Blasters – while they are out clocking up 1000 km in training each week. The team races regularly in and around


Project Manager, Paul De Jong, is shown here recreating in the bush after completion of the Emerald Market Plaza project.

THE official opening of Emerald Market Plaza in October signified the end of involvement for Hutchies and Project Manager, Paul De Jong, in this magnificent new shopping complex. The opening was conducted by Mayor Paul Bell and attended by Governor, Major General Peter Arnison, representatives of the owner, Prime Retail Group, and hundreds of local residents. Hutchies’ track record was praised with Mayor Bell commenting that the centre had been opened before its anticipated completion date. The Emerald Market Plaza will create 200 permanent jobs for local people.


south east Queensland in the Masters’ Class. They recently competed in Brisbane’s biggest criterium (short course racing – 80 kms) at Davies Park with Australia’s five Tour de France riders.

WHITE CHRISTMAS IN LONDON HARRY White sent a dispatch from London to update Hutchies on his five month backpacking holiday around Europe. He visited 123 destinations in 150 days and loved every minute of it. Highlights included lazing on Greek Islands, sailing the Turkish coast, checking out architecture in Venice, Florence and Rome, attending beaches, bars and bullfights in Spain and taking part in an Irish Hurling competition (whatever that is). Harry did go to Amsterdam, but he can’t remember what happened there! Most importantly, after all his research, he reports that a stein of beer in Munich costs $A12. He is now working in London as a Planning Coordinator for Costain Constructions on a two eight-storey tower residential project. Apart from providing excellent experience, it should also give him the means to buy a ticket back home, sometime in the future, but first priority is a skiing trip to France.

ELL, 1997 was a record year for Hutchies. We had a turnover of $85 million and a healthy and fair profit. The start of 1998 is the start of new opportunities. The only way forward is to grasp those opportunities with energy, enthusiasm and common sense. We are in a tough industry and I thank you for our success in ’97. Let’s all continue to make those small improvements to keep us number one. Company members, never underestimate your role in achieving this goal. — Jack Hutchinson

BIRTHS Two future Hutchies boys came into the world recently with the arrival of Robert Gary Pettis to parents, Glen and Tonya, on September 20, and Tyler Ryan Grant Campbell to parents, Mandy and Grant, on December 22.

QUOTES The 10 most powerful two-letter words: If it is to be, it is up to me. ★ ★ ★ ★

My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they’re right. — Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. ★ ★ ★ ★

Success is 99 per cent failure. — Soichiro Honda, Founder Honda Motor Corporation ★ ★ ★ ★

Those who can’t laugh at themselves leave the job to others. ★ ★ ★ ★

Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not — Aristotle. easy.



Hutchie’s team caught with their pants down at the Winton Dunny Derby.

THOSE on the job at the Matilda Centre in Winton recently had a change of pace during the Winton Festival. A full week of activities kept everyone busy – especially the Hutchies’ entry in the Sorbent Dunny Derby. After building their dunny to racing specifications and then a float depicting

Len White, Michael De Jong and Sheryl Lowe enjoy a quiet drink and a beautiful Outback sunset at the Winton Festival.

the Matilda Centre roof (with apologies to architect, Robin Retchford) they still had enough in reserve to run Second in their heat and a mighty Fourth (out of 15 dunnies) in the very prestigious Constipation Stakes. Hutchies also collected First Prize for the town’s Most Animated Swaggy – a

popular sight on the windmill outside the Matilda Centre. Unfortunately Hutchies’ entry in the Australian Crayfish Championships was unsuccessful. Congratulations to Mick and his team and a big thank you to the people of Winton who rallied with loads of support.

MAKE WAY WILBURYS – HERE COME THE TRAVELLING UNDIES GEOFF Colless, of Design Network Australia (architects, planners and development managers), is the inaugural winner of the Hutchies’ Travelling Undies Award. Not only is Geoff a deserving winner, but also originator of the idea. Geoff wrote recently saying how delighted he was with the pair of Hutchies’ undies he received at last year’s 85th Anniversary celebrations. He also marvelled at how the female staff were able to guess his exact size. Geoff revealed that for years he has used the PTU type undies as PJs, and found the Hutchies undies so comfortable, that he takes them with him wherever he travels. These Hutchies daks have now slept in some exotic, and some not so exotic, places

including the Melbourne Club, the Australian Club, the Australasian Pioneers Club, the Naval and Military Club, the Sheraton Hotel, Timika in Irian Jaya, the Holiday Inn in Denpasar, and the Century Hotel Hong Kong. The list goes on and on! Geoff suggested that Hutchies should have a competition for the most widely travelled undies and entrants would have to submit a photo of themselves in circumstances where the location could be identified. “For instance, I was working in Kuta, Bali, and awoke early and wandered out of my beachside ground floor unit and onto the beachside retaining wall, when a voice said: ‘I didn’t know Hutchies were erecting in Bali.’


MRS Lily May Hutchinson, wife of the late Jack Hutchinson and mother of Chairman Jack Hutchinson, passed away peacefully on October 29 last year. She was a grand lady, aged 88 years, who shared so much of Hutchies’ history. She will be sorely missed. Photo shows the late Lily Hutchinson with Terrence, Jack and Scott Hutchinson.

“Then I realised I was standing there in my Hutchies undies,” Geoff said. Although we haven’t seen the photo, Geoff takes a prize, and a new pair of Hutchies’ undies and a Hutchies’ polo shirt are on their way to him. Anyone who thinks they can out do Geoff should get their entry and a photo of their undies in to the The Editor and take part in the Hutchies’ Travelling Undies Award. Hutchies staff at Winton (see above story) are hot contenders for a prize.


HUTCHIES’ refurbishment of the Railway Hotel at Goondiwindi helped the owners, A & G Hotels, win the Best Developed Hotel in Queensland Award from the Queensland Hotels Association. The $395,000 project involved refurbishment of the existing premises including new bar, kitchen, external awning and coffee lounge. Primary consultant on the 16 week project was Nicholas Mandikos and Associates. Hutchies’ team included administrator Mario Medrano; supervisor Len White; and foreman Michal Baldwin.



Members of the Hutchie family in party


THE 1997 Christmas Party was an opportunity to celebrate a good year and recognise some of the people who contributed to the success.

A more serious part of the family rivetted by Christmas speeches.


The major prize went to Matt Hutton who was named Constructor of the Year winning the Kinco of Little Rock Award. Other trophies and winners included: Watch Award: Rod Leach for achieving Quality Accreditation for the company.


Scott received a wig to round-out his new surfie image.


Terrence Hutchinson shows his serious side when accepting gifts from the Man in Red.

HUTCHIES’ annual Childre Christmas Party was held at Warrego Water Park wh Santa braved the very wa weather to appear and deli the children and adults alike. A big thank you goes to McCaffery for helping Sa make his appearance. The giant stocking was w by Mary-Jean Hutchinson.


y mood at the Christmas get-together.


Best Suggestions — 1st:- Arthur Harris for figures to prove a new photocopier would not only save time but money. 2nd:- (tie) Keith Boucaut for popular suggestion for the installation of a soft drink machine in the office; and Randall Younger for his many ideas to improve the company. Estimator of the Year: Trevor Bruiners for winning the contract for downpipe relocation at Komatsu with value of $610. Five Years’ Continuous Service: (personal-

ised rod and reel) Ken Green. Ten Years’ Continuous Service: (Hutchies leather jacket): Ray Balladone, Matt Hutton, Rex Bird, Dave Christoffensen, Ian Gibb, Vivien Gibb. Firing Squad Award: (special polo shirt) Cannon maker Peter Byrne . Lucky Door Christmas Stocking: Searle Balladone.


Constructor of the Year, Matthew Hutton

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won Tayla Doring accepts her gift from Santa with great delight.

Santa greets some of the children.



THE following is a round-up of current jobs completed or being undertaken by Hutchies.

New Place of Worship

A new two-storey community dwelling and place of worship valued at $850,000. Team includes: Nettleton Tribe Architects (contact Glen Mallett); estimator Keith Boucaut; supervisor Neil Bladen; administrator Dan Gallagher, Richard Graham; and foreman Mal Ashford.

John Deere Extension

Office extensions and renovation of existing offices at John Deere to the value of $700,000. Team includes: Woods Bagot Architect (contact Kon Pavlov); estimator Trevor Bruiners; supervisor Neil Bladen; administrator Richard Graham; and foreman Mal Ashford.

Nissan Display Centre

Extensions to existing car display area valued at $500,000. Team includes: Wilson Architects (contact Mark Craig); estimator Wayne Cullen; supervisor/administrator Paul David; and foreman Michael Baldwin.

Powerhouse Apartments

Construction of 47 apartments, three shops, three offices, restaurants, gym and undercover parking to the value of $4 million. Team includes: Optimum Projects (contact Ian McNaughton); estimator Paul Hart; supervisor Len White; administrator Alex Seydel; and site manager John Baldwin.

Retravision Retail Centre

Construction of a new retail showroom in Clayfield to the value of $600,000. Team includes: Group 4 Architects (contact Gianni De Clara); estimator Keith Boucaut; supervisor Neil Bladen; administrator Richard Graham; and foreman Peter McIntyre.

Woy Woy Services Club

Refurbishment of poker machine lounge, bar and kitchen of the Woy Woy Services Club valued at $1.2 million. Team includes: Project Leaders (contact



with Barry Butterworth Darren Dickfos); estimator Wayne Cullen; supervisor Len White; adminstrator Robert Gallagher; and foreman Syd Britton.

Carnarvon Gorge Amenities

Construction of new toilet blocks at Carnarvon Gorge valued at $240,000. Team includes: Project Services (contact Mal Telford); estimator/supervisor Barry Butterworth; administrator Andrew Kerr; and foreman Michael De Jong.

Sunnybank Service Station

Construction of a new service station at Sunnybank valued at $500,000. Team includes: John Cunningham Developments (contact John Cunningham); estimator Trevor Bruiners; supervisor Neil Bladen; adminstrator Richard Graham; and foreman Doug Schmidt.

Westpac, Noosa

New Westpac Bank and five units in Hastings Street, Noosa valued at $1.5 million. Team includes: Robinson Project Management (contact Mark Fowler); estimator Wayne Cullen; supervisor/administrator Paul David; and foreman Glen Houghton.

Super A Mart, Noosa

Some 21 high quality apartments in Hastings Street, Noosa valued at $3.6 million. Team includes: Dimitriou Architects (contact Blades Project Services, Vince Corry); estimator Wayne Cullen; supervisor/ administrator Paul David; foreman Glen Houghton.

Mt Gravatt Workers’ Club

Extensions to poker machine lounge valued at $2.4 million. Team includes: Project Leaders (contact Bob Hornby); estimator Wayne Cullen; supervisor Len White; administrator Robert Gallagher; foreman Paul Clements.

BBC Warehouse, Oxley

New tilt-up retail showroom valued at $5 million. Team includes: Roger James Architects (contact Roger James); estimator Michael Crossin; supervisor/administrator Rod Leach; foreman Darryl Gersekowski.

Gold Coast International

Restaurant refurbishment valued at $450,000. Team includes: Project Leaders (contact Darren Dickfos); estimator Wayne Cullen; supervisor Len White; administrator Robert Gallagher; and foreman TBA.

Offices, Lavarack Avenue

Twelve new professional office suites valued at $140,000. Team includes: Lambert & Smith Architects (contact Peter Smith); estimator Wayne Cullen; supervisor Ray Balladone; adminstraor Kevin Brown; and foreman Ken Tyres.

Units, Merivale

Construction of 12 units at Toowong valued at $1.5 million. Team includes: Macksey, Rush & Lindsay Architects (contact Tony Macksey); supervisor/administrator Richard Ohlrich; foreman Rob Jones.

DSS Office, Ipswich

New commercial office building with undercover carparking valued at $1.3 million. Team includes: Turnbull Architects (contact mark Stephens); estimator Keith Boucaut; supervisor Neil Bladen; adminstrator Richard Graham; and foreman Doug Schmidt.

Alex Gow Funeral Home

Extensions to existing funeral home including new offices and administration areas and associated facilities valued at $520,000. Team includes: Powell Dods & Thorpe (contact Joe Biondi); estimator/supervisor/ administrator Paul David; and foreman TBA.




Lyn and Michael Tickner enjoyed the Social Club’s night out at the Tivoli Also at the Tivoli (from left) Julie McMillan, Cabaret and at the same time celeBrian McMillan, Jeff Lacoste and Karen brated their 25th wedding anniversary. Wiseman.

IN THE FASHION OF THE MELBOURNE CUP FAR from the track, but not to be outdone in the fashion stakes, Hutchies’ office staff turned out for the big race. Like the rest of the nation, the office stopped to celebrate the famous race, and then it was back on the job to earn enough to cover the bets.


HUTCHIES’ name turns up in some funny places, like on undies in Bali, but one recent class act was on the blanket of Queensland Ode, the 1997 Junior Preliminary Champion, sponsored by Hutchies, at the Fig Tree Pocket Gymkhana.


IN our 85th year we followed the lead of our sister company, Kinco, showing our appreciation for the effort and support of our sub-contractors. As a start, we sent Hutchies underpants and polo shirts to those subbies who have worked hard with us and who have given great service. We are in a tough game and negotiation will always be tough, but we will always strive to be fair and will continue to show appreciation to our subbies in a number of ways. Sincere thanks for your efforts. If any subbie, who should have received the garments, missed the mail-out, please feel free to contact us.

THE Urban Renewal Task Force headed by Lord Mayor, Cr Jim Soorley, and its Chairman, Trevor Reddacliff, has been awarded the Occasional Special Award for the success of the programme in the Royal Australian Planning Institute’s National Award for Planning Excellence. The achievements are reflected in the programme’s performance since 1991 with $700 million commitment of 260 residential, mixed-use and commercial projects, and a further investment of $600 million under negotiation. This work has been focussed on the Fortitude Valley/New Farm area and Hutchinson Builders are pleased and proud to have played a large part in the building of this work. Projects completed or under construction by Hutchies include Teneriffe Apartments for Dr Jim Yates ($8.1m), Powerhouse Apartments for Craig Lagerroth ($4.1m), redevelopment of the Coca Cola site for Neville Miller ($5.2m), and St Vincent’s Nursing Home. We congratulate members of the Task Force executive and all involved for a job well done.

Lord Mayor Jim Soorley (centre) with venture partners Jim Yates (left) and Doug Merritt on site at Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley/New Farm urban renewal precinct.


Hutchies are always keen to learn something new and they were all eyes and ears when Rick McLeod, of Zappaway, showed up to demonstrate the latest in industrial cleaning techniques. Unfortunately, when the free beer disappeared, so did the audience!




MISSING TEETH MAKE GOOD IMPRESSION ALL those who know Paul Hart will understand what fun he has with a pair of toy dentures with rabbit-like teeth. When he recently married veterinarian, Jerah Hoban (although, with his fascination for teeth, an orthodontist may have been a better choice), his friends put the bite on. Imagine Paul’s surprise when he looked out on a sea of smiling faces and saw his friends, making a good impression for the wedding photo album, wearing copies of his trademark teeth. Paul’s wedding photo is proof that he does sometimes appear without his famous teeth.

Another company member who recently tied the knot (October 25) was Steven Low pictured here with his lovely wife, Narelle Rosevear.

Some of the guests wearing copies of Paul’s trademark teeth. From left, Trevor Bruiners, Keith Boucaut, Len White and Wayne Cullen.

31 STAPLE STREET SEVENTEEN MILE ROCKS, QLD 4073 Telephone: (07) 3376 4044 Facsimile: (07) 3376 2454

Paul (minus his dentures) and Jerah at their wedding.


JUNE 1998

BBC Hardware, Coopers Tools and Hutchies present...


HOSE readers who wait with anticipation for each edition of Hutchies Truth to appear have been rewarded with yet another reason to read these pages – Scratch My Back! Scratch My Back is a brand new competition named after the time honoured symbol of team spirit – and it offers great prizes to be won. Scratch My Back has been designed as another way Hutchies can show its appreciation for the help and co-operation it receives from all those people who, together, create the building industry, in which we work. It’s also devised to stop Hutchies Truth going straight in your bin. The old saying “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” seems a pretty good way of everybody helping each other achieve a common goal. So with the theme of Scratch My Back, the rules are simple: Scratch the square on the picture to reveal your number. To find out if you have a winning number, turn to

Page 7 and check it against the list. If your scratch number matches up with the list of prize winners numbers, cut out your winning number photo and send it with your name and address to Hutchinson Builders, PO Box 3075, Darra Qld 4076. Your prize will be sent to you. The official announcement of Scratch My Back coincides with the completion of the new BBC Hardware store at Oxley. This $5 million building, built by Hutchies, will cater for the biggest contractor to the home handyman. To celebrate the buildings’ completion and the simultaneous arrival of Scratch My Back, BBC Hardware and Coopers Tools have donated 20 Plumb brand hammers.


Plumb brand hammers rated by many tradesme , n as the world’s best, valued at $72.20 ea. There are also 10 Hutch ies Boxer Shorts and 10 Hu tchies T-shir ts ... a total of 40 prizes! Scratch My Back, then turn to Page 7 to see if you are a winner.



Mr Pete Lennon, of Coca Cola Amatil, presents Haedyn Cunningham, of Townsville RSL Services Club with the Best Club North Queensland Trophy.

ORK began late January on a $3.3 million expansion of the Townsville RSL Club. The extension, one of the largest of its kind in north Queensland, is due for completion in July. The new complex will offer a much wider range of facilities and amenities for members and guests including a larger carpark. The renovated building will include a new buffet dining area, a fine dining restaurant, bistro and coffee lounge and Townsville’s largest sportsmen’s bar incorporating Read Rating Race Packs as well as TAB and Keno. Architects on the job are Project Leaders and Hutchies’ team includes Robert Weymouth as Project Manager and Jim Paddon as Foreman. Two clubs Hutchies have been associated with have won awards in the recent 1998 Registered & Licensed Clubs Association of

Queensland Achievement Awards. The Townsville RSL Services Club was named “Best Club – North Queensland” and Tattersall’s Club won “Best Club Redevelopment or Alteration”.

• Also in Townsville, David Christoffersen, receives his 10 years’ service leather jacket from Scott Hutchinson. David is now hoping for a transfer to Toowoomba so he can get some use out of it!



Len White (centre) and members of the Youth Enterprise Trust discuss future plans for the Tamborine Village property.

HELP NEEDED TO BUILD A HOME FOR STREET KIDS HUTCHIES has decided to give full support to the Youth Enterprise Trust, which is a small dedicated group which help young adults who have lost their way, especially homeless street kids. The Youth Enterprise Trust, headed by Lloyd Hancock and Ross Neilson, is selffunded and receives no government funding. Its headquarters are on a large property at Tamborine Village called “Woodstock” which boasts a dilapidated shed. Our aim is to return this shed to its original glory, make some office space out of an

old carport and create a large BBQ area, which we will christen. With donations of time, materials and anything else that is of any use, we can really help this group. The shed will be used to set up a plant nursery which will help the group become self supporting. Approximately three weekends over the next few months are required to get the work done, so your time (even a couple of hours) would be greatly appreciated. If you can help out in any way on this worthwhile project, contact Len White.

A BIG TURNOUT FOR OUTBACK THE outback town of Winton really turned CELEBRATIONS on the entertainment for the unveiling of its newly completed Waltzing Matilda Centre, which was officially opened on Easter Saturday by the Premier, Rob Borbidge. Sharing the limelight were Deputy Prime

LETTERS As managing director of Bill Browne Properties Pty Ltd, I would like to formally record my thanks to your foreman Peter Singleton for his unstinting effort, attention to detail and cheerful good nature while building our apartment complex in Port Douglas. Best wishes, — Mac Boulton


Minister, Tim Fisher; State Government Ministers, Bruce Davidson and Vaughan Johnson; and Mayor of Winton, Cr Bruce Collins. Representing Hutchies were Len and Karen White, Mick De Jong and Sheryl Lowe, who had a great week in the outback. Architect Robin Retchford and his wife, Judith, joined our proud team on opening day. It was full on entertainment the entire Easter break. To top off a great weekend in Winton, Hutchies crew won first prize for the Best Visitors’ Float in the street procession that followed the official proceedings. The winning pennant can be viewed in Hutchies’ front office.


HE recent waterfront dispute has highlighted how our historical attitudes have left us in some bad situations. It requires one organisation to load ships – not two warring ones (one called management and one called labour). I believe a hint of the historical cause of the problem could be found in a comment by one of the managers reported in The Courier-Mail very early in the dispute and is as follows: “All we want to do is be able to run our business without worrying about the people who we employ.” If you run your business without worrying about your people, your people will form hostile organisations that do worry about them. This is not a paragraph of sympathy with the MUA. Monopolies are indefensible. However, it is sad to hear old management attitudes that caused this industrial relations nightmare still being spoken of today. Whether you push a broom or sit at a boardroom table, you are a worker. If you try hard for your organisation, the organisation should, in turn, try hard for you. — Scott Hutchinson


Every minute starts an hour and every minute is a new opportunity. Each time the clock ticks you have a chance to start over, to say, do, think, or feel something in such a way that you and the world are better for it. ★ ★ ★ The wisdom of life is to endure what we must and to change what we can. ★ ★ ★ The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. — George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright ★ ★ ★ God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it in the nest.



FOLLOWING Geoff Colless’s letter (published in our last Hutchies Truth) photos have been received from London. Jack Hutchinson’s niece, Jacky Archer, is shown in London’s famous Portobello Road. Also featured is Jacky’s business part-

ner, Paul Shields. It must be because of the chilly English weather that Jacky chose to wear her undies Superman style! For daring to appear in fashionable Portobello Road in their undies, Jacky and Paul are this edition’s winners of the Travelling Undies Award.

Richard Ohlrich, Nicky Thomas, Ann Everding, Judith and Robin Retchford celebrating at the AIB Awards night.

Remember, if you can supply us with a photograph of Hutchies Undies in some exotic, romantic and easily identified location in the world, you too could be a winner. Send us your photographs for publication.

Pictured at the QMBA Awards are (L-R) Ray Balladone, Mike Tickner, Barry Butterworth, Len White and Jason Williams.

EIGHT BUILDING AWARD WINS AT recent Building Awards nights Hutchies picked up five trophies for work well done. At the Australian Institute of Building Awards, a Commendation went to Len White, Paul Hart and Mick De Jong for the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton in the category Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Projects ($2m-$5 million). Judges made reference to the difficult nature of the Waltzing Matilda Centre in relation to quality construction in remote areas. The Award for Refurbishment of Fitout Projects (Over $5 million) went to Robert Weymouth and Mike Tickner for Tattersall’s Club Project. Judges noted the difficult site conditions associated with Tattersall’s Club, particularly the restricted access and the underpinning of existing heritage buildings.

The Architect for the Waltzing Matilda Centre was Robin Retchford. Finn Rasmussen, of Robin Gibson & Partners was responsible for Tattersall’s. ★ ★ ★ ALSO, at the Queensland Master Builders Association Annual Dinner, Hutchies were awarded three State Construction Awards for 1997. The awards were presented in the following categories: Health facilities $1m-$5m (St Vincents Retirement Village, Noosa) Sporting facilities $1m-$5m (Noosa Bowls Club) Community services over $5m (Australian Federal Police Northern Headquarters). Congratulations to everyone involved in these projects.

Mike Tickner, June Hutchinson and Len White with Australian Institute of Building Awards.



Fishermen line up for the official start.

Good news and bad news on Moreton Island fishing trip The team starts arriving.

HEN Hutchies’ 11th Moreton Island Fishing Expedition was announced for May, there was some good news … and some bad news.


But the social highlight was bow-tie night! Winners of bottles of Scotch for best bow-tie was Rex Bird and best dressed was Grisley Duncan.

The good news was that a four day break had been organised.

Rex really caught the judges’ eye by incorporating a dead fish in his bow-tie with accompanying pegs on his nose.

The bad news was that participants would be required to wear bow-ties.

Checking the


Veterans from previous trips doubted this cultural upswing would suit the Moreton Island atmosphere and newcomers wondered what sort of a building company they had joined. But there was relief all round when it was revealed the bow-ties would be necessary for one night only, as a competition with excellent drinkable prizes to be won.

Grisley impressed the judges with his best dressed outfit, by wearing a shirt, a presentation which had never been seen before. For those interested in fashion the shirt was long-sleeved, pale blue and quite clean. Special thanks to the cooks, Stan and Roy, and to the organisers Ron Niven, Len White and Barry Butterworth.

The advance party of Hutchies’ retirees Rex Bird, Charlie Wilson and Ray De Jong set up the camp on Thursday ready for the arrival of the main force on Friday.

Waiting for high tide


This year a lot more fish than usual were caught, due mainly to the enthusiasm of Trevor Atchison and Jeff and Paul Clements, rather than any change in weather conditions.

Bow tie night.


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Jack Hutchinson and Len White present the Bow Tie contest winners with their prizes. Rex’s creation featured dead fish and nose pegs. Grisley wore a shirt!

Some competitors in the Bow Tie contest. Breakfast time?

Party’s over.



Village Square, Hope Island


This art and craft market comprising 31 buildings was designed by architects, Burling Brown and Partners. Team includes project manager Gary Landers of Bovis, structural engineers Weathered & Howe, foreman Darrell Gersekowski, Hutchies’ project manager Ray Balladone and administrator Jason Williams.


Barry Butterworth

Surgi-Centre, Toowoomba

Valued at $1.7m and designed by architects, Thomson Adsett, this new day hospital is being built for Australian Surgi-Centres. Team includes structural engineer Chris Myers of Kehoe Myers, hydraulic engineers Cushway Blackford & Associates, foreman Michael Buckley, project manager Grant White and administrator Randal Younger.

Telstra OAS Centre, Toowoomba

Architect, Richard Patenaude of Powell Dods and Thorpe, has designed the $930,000 refurbishment and fit-out of the Telstra Centre. Team includes structural engineer Thomas Jepsen of Sinclair Knight Merz, quantity surveyor Andrew Davis of Rider Hunt, electrical and mechanical engineers Jeff Scott and Gary Weadon of D. Middleton & Associates, foreman Ken Tyres and Randal Younger as project manager and administrator.

K Mart, Townsville

Another refurbishment and extensions project from architects, Powell Dods and Thorpe, is valued at $460,000. Team includes structural engineers Saunders & Associates, project manager Robert Weymouth and foreman Mick De Jong.

N.O.R.Q.E.B., Townsville

Renovations and extensions to the existing NORQEB building were designed by engi-

University of Qld, Ipswich

Renovations and refurbishment of the U of Q’s Ipswich Campus Challenor Centre are valued at $11.5m. Architects are DEM Architect, Ruth Woods. Team includes structural engineers Keith Downs and Drew Gordon of McWilliams, quantity surveyor Steve Wicks of Rawlinsons, mechanical and electrical engineers Multitech Solutions, hydraulic engineers Gutteridge Haskins & Davies, foremen Peter McIntyre, Neil McLeod, Mal Ashford, project manager Neil Bladen and administrators Richard Graham and Romi Drake.

Hopetoun Aged Persons Complex

A toilet block emerges from the landscape at Carnarvon Gorge for Project Services. Foreman Michael De Jong.

neer, Mark Wilkinson, of Sinclair Knight Merz. Team includes foreman Paul De Jong and project manager Robert Weymouth.

Latter Day Saints, Bellbird Park

Robin Gibson & Partners Michael Ray designed these alterations and refurbishment valued at $660,000. Team includes structural engineer Drew Gordon and hydraulic engineer Geoff Curtis for McWilliams, mechanical and electrical engineers Norman Disney & Young, foreman Peter Haidley, project manager Neil Bladen and administrators Richard Graham and Romi Drake.

Coles Supermarket, Wynnum

Alterations to the existing store designed by Powell Dods and Thorpe are estimated at $968,000. Team includes foreman Paul Clements, project manager Len White and administrator Dan Gallagher.

This $2.8m project, designed by architects Fulton Gilmour Trotter Moss, and being carried out for the Department of Social Mission, encompasses construction of two new buildings, link ramps, alterations to existing buildings and a new car park. Team includes structural engineers Alexander, Browne, Cambridge & Partners, foreman Barry Sheahan and Mario Medrano as project manager and administrator.

The Manors, Taringa

The construction of these 12 units, valued at $1.5m, is being undertaken by Barry Smith Project Management for Leyshon Developments through architects, Cottee Parker. Team includes structural engineers Robert Bird & Partners, foreman Phillip Duncan, project manager Mike Tickner and administrator Mario Medrano.

Hellmans Warehouse, Banyo

Construction of a 2,500 square metre warehouse and office complex for Hellman International Forwarders Pty Ltd is being handled by Robertson Management with architects, Cottee Parker, and structural engineer Whybird Farr. Hutchies’ team includes foreman Louis Levinson, project manager Mike Tickner and administrator Mario Medrano.

Cominya Meatworks

A large gathering of students, past and present, parents and friends turned out at Ipswich Girls Grammar School recently for the official opening of the Old Girls Commemorative Performing Arts Centre.The opening was conducted by the Deputy Director of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Associate Professor Janet Delpratt.


Construction of new floor slabs and installation of new trade waste and plumbing services are being undertaken for the client, A.F.C. Abattoirs. The works, valued at $83,000, are being handled by architects, ProAnd & Associates. Team includes foreman Bob Wilkinson, project manager Len White and administrator Dan Gallagher.

Lord Mayor Jim Soorley opens the new Brisbane City Council library on the old Coca-Cola building site in Fortitude Valley.



HUTCHIES are moving with the times. For the first time, Hutchies recently used a helicopter in a project. It was on the Blocksidge & Ferguson project in Brisbane City where an old lift motor was hoisted from the building to street level in a fast economical shift.

LEFT: Ready ... Set .. GO!!! RIGHT: Aerial operation went off without a hitch.

KINCO REPORTS A RECORD YEAR JACK Kinnaman, with his wife Phyllis and daughter Ann, arrived recently for a two week visit. As usual the two Jacks were kept busy with plenty of fishing and country and western music. Jack Kinnaman addressed company

members and a BBQ was held afterwards. Kinco Inc is having another record year with the Arkansas and American market buoyant. Jack made a comment that he was impressed to come to the office at 5.30pm and see the car park and office full.


THE recent Graduation Ceremony for 1997 QUT Graduates included two of Hutchie’s family – Dan Gallagher, who received his Degree in Construction Management, and Renee Dunn (Barry Butterworth’s daughter) of Powell Dods and Thorpe Architects who received her Degree in Architecture.


UTCHIES name went up in lights at the official opening of Queensland’s Entertainment Service’s new showroom at Newmarket, where the latest technology available for the club circuit is on display. Congratulations to Q.E.S./Management and Project Leaders for their splendid effort to bring this project to a succcessful completion.



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CHURCH of England Grammar School (Churchie) old boy, Jack Hutchinson, put his money on a winner when Hutchies decided to sponsor the Churchie First Eight – just in time for their historic win at the 1998 Head of the River. “The sponsorship was designed to take this talented young crew, the majority of whom will be returning next year, through to the Head of the River next year,” Jack explained. “The win this year was always hoped for, but not expected. It will be great to see the boys develop even further (seven of the eight will be back) maybe another great result next year?” Jack has had a passion for rowing since his days at Churchie in the 50s. At one time he was vicecaptain of rowing. He went on to be a leading oarsman and progressed to coaching with success at both national and international levels.

Sponsor, Jack Hutchinson, with the Churchie First Eight and Director of Rowing and coach, Peter Shakespear, and Headmaster David Scott.



Site manager Alan Matthews and wife Tracey celebrated their wedding on Hamilton Island.


Renee Butterworth, architect and eldest daughter of Barry and Patrice Butterworth, is keeping the building industry alive in the family after marrying civil engineer, Lloyd Dunn. The ceremony was held in the chapel of All Hallows Girls School.

HUTCHIES’ recently completed project, The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba, has won another accolade – a commendation in the Darling Downs Architectural Awards. The Empire and architects, Hassell Pty Ltd, won the judges’ vote for the “conservation and re-use of a heritage-listed building”. Other projects commended were:• The Sullivan House, Turnbull Street, South Toowoomba by Davidson Architects. • Highfields Cultural Centre, by Ehrlich Architects and Thomson Adsett Architects. • St Ursula’s College art unit refurbishment by Brammer Architects.


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VICKY’S CHEERFUL WELCOME RECEIVES A WATCH AWARD THE first voice you will hear over the telephone and the first face you will see at Hutchies very likely belongs to Vicky Warne – the latest recipient of our Outstanding Achievement by a company member Award. Vicky does an admirable job working the telephone switchboard as well as performing secretarial duties and greeting visitors at the reception area. She handles all her duties with minimum of delay or inconvenience to callers and still manages to be cheerful and welcoming … a fact that has drawn comments from many of our visitors. Well done, Vicky.




Staff and subbies chip in to help youth build new lives

TEAM of Hutchies’ people and some of their loyal subcontractors recently chipped in to build new facilities for the Youth Enterprise Trust at Woodstock, a 121 hectares farm near Beenleigh. The Youth Enterprise Trust helps disadvantaged young people into careers through a wilderness course and practical follow-up program. The volunteers donated their labour and materials free of charge at Woodstock, resulting in a new workshop shed, an area for young people to have smoko and an extension to the office. A Director of Youth Enterprise Trust, Ross Neilson, of Ross Neilson Properties, organised the work. We wish to acknowledge the work carried out free of charge by the following subcontractors:B & M Painters (Bruce 3265 7034) – painting the shed Bob Cats Galore (Shane 07 5499 2838) – slab excavation

Metro Hire (3275 1395) – plant and scaffolding BHP Reinforcement (Graham Morgan 3845 5655) – reinforcement Q Electrical (Greg Hutley 3391 0688) – electrical work.

Ross Neilson tries his hand at painting. A & A Painters (Eddie 3398 2553) – paint supply Hi Mix Concrete (07 5591 3000) – concrete supply QR Concreting (3857 5261) – concrete placement Apex Contracting (Hammo 3274 4472) – plumbing

Thankyou also to the following Hutchies members who gave their time to the project: Len White, Scott Hutchinson, Karen White, Steve Low, Richard Ohlrich, Keith Melksham, Brian McMillan, Sam Cassidy, Rathlin Trohear, Matthew L’Estrange, Jeff Clements, Paul Clements, Peter Haidley and Ray De Jong. And the hard work by volunteers is paying dividends ... The third wilderness course for the year was recently held with 22 young people selected to face the challenge. Field Director, Anthony Breach, said: “It’s not hard to see that the bush still works wonders on these young people.”

Heritage buildings create futuristic Uni village


ONSTRUCTION has begun on the $16 million stage one of the University of Queensland’s Ipswich campus, to open in February 1999 with an intake of 580 students. Hutchies was awarded the $11.5 million tender to adapt six existing buildings at the former Challinor Centre site, and create landscaped gardens and walkways between buildings. The 215-hectare campus, 1.4 kms from the Ipswich city centre, has a history dating from 1878 with 17 buildings heritage listed. Completion of stage one construction is expected by late November. The first buildings to be refurbished for modern use are predominantly World War I and pre-World War II buildings constructed by the Department of Works. These include the former Ellen and Francis House (1955), the Staff Training Centre (1979), Dagmar House (1933), Byron House (1917), Clair House (1917) and the Sewing Room (1913). Courtyards will be developed to the east of the northernmost buildings, protected

from the westerly winds. The development of each stage will exploit the hilltop site’s superb views to the surrounding countryside and mountains, and strengthen vistas between “oasis landscapes” near clusters of buildings. Pedestrian malls and piazzas will link the buildings to create a people-friendly site. Planning has commenced for stage two, due for completion in February 2000. Looking very pleased with progress on the UQ This will develop buildings in Ipswich campus are (from left, rear) Neil Bladen, the campus centre and create a Hutchies; Christian Sluo, DEM Architects; Jack “village” to serve as the social Salmon, UQ; and (from left, front) Scott Hutchinand administrative heart of the son; Peter Sampson, UQ; and Ruth Woods, DEM Architects. campus, expected to accommodate 2500 students by 2001. cultural and education resource for Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) ProfesQueensland. sor Trevor Grigg said the commencement UQ Ipswich will be linked to other parts of construction was a milestone in the of the University by a broad-band microwave development of the UQ Ipswich campus. network, enabling staff and students to share Professor Grigg said the campus was knowledge through new technologies. expected to become an important social,


Big news from the QMBA HUTCHIES has scooped the pool with three QMBA Awards, two of which were for the Tattersalls’ Club project. The Tatts’ Club project won the 1998 QMBA Regional Project of the Year as well as the Refurbishment/Renovation over $5m. The Centro-on-James St redevelopment won in the category of Retail Facilities over $5m. The QMBA acknowledged that the Tatts’ Club project was not only extremely complex, but completed to a very high degree of excellence. It involved extensions to the building and additional storeys to the original structure, while ensuring premises within the building remained operational. The project comprised construction of a 10 storey high building involving major demolition of an adjacent building and sections of the Tattersalls building, underpinning the existing club areas and a major tunnelling and excavation under the Healy building that remained occupied during the alterations. The project had unique structural engineering challenges with construction work taking place under; beside and above the existing club while the club continued to operate. The facilities in the new club include two levels of commercial tenancies, two levels of restaurants and a function room, two levels of accommodation for club members and visitors, a gymnasium, a bistro and one level containing a 25 metre swimming pool built to FINA world standards. STOP PRESS... STOP PRESS... STOP PRESS... HUTCHIES have also received recognition at the QMBA, Central Queensland, Awards. The Emerald Plaza shopping centre won in the category of Retail Facilities over $5 m. Hutchies also won the award for the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton for Commercial Development.



Scott Hutchinson receives the Telstra Refurbishment/Renovation Award from Telstra’s State Association Manager, Rae Askew, at the QMBA Housing and Construction Awards (Brisbane) night.

The Optimists’ Creed

ESTIMATOR, Trevor Bruiners discovered the following piece of writing and thought it was good enough to live by. We thought it was good enough to pass on to others who would like to adopt it.

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.


EOPLE ask me what do Hutchies do so right to be here after 85 years, to get our fair share of work, and to pay our accounts in 30 days. Well, my answer is we don’t do much right. To qualify that, we don’t do anything so right that we can’t do it better, much better. Our survival depends on our ability to do things more right every year. If we stop, our days are numbered. A quote in Hutchies’ Truth about a year ago read “everything being done today will soon be done differently, it will be done better and if you don’t do it, your competition will”. Another quote I read recently said, “when someone is no longer anxious to do better, that person is done for”. I would ask all of our people never to be complacent, never to think that we know it all, and never to be satisfied with what we do. — Jack Hutchinson


I spent a fortune On a trampoline, A stationary bike And a rowing machine Complete with gadgets To read my pulse, And gadgets to provide My progress results, And others to show The miles I’ve charted – But they left off the gadget To get me started! ★ ★ ★

Sometimes it’s better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. ★ ★ ★

Life is like a grindstone – whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of!


Remembering the way we were...


Harry Bergstrom (left) and Sid Kitchener.

ORMER Hutchies’ staff member, Joe Sweeney, recently sent us photos of his father-in-law, Harry Bergstrom, and foreman/plumber, Sid Kitchener, which has enabled us to reminisce about times gone by. Harry Bergstrom emigrated from Sweden and joined Hutchies in 1945. Harry was a very respected foreman-labourer and became a close friend and something of a mentor to Jack. One night in 1947, Harry and his wife went to the pictures at the Plaza Theatre at Latrobe Terrace, Paddington – now an antique centre – which was owned at the time by the Hutchinson family. Jack Hutchinson Snr (Jack’s grandfather) managed the theatre and was always on the door collecting tickets and generally keeping an eye on things. Harry spoke to Jack about his son-in-law, Joe, who had come Joe Sweeney back from the war and was on the trainer carpenters course. As a result, Joe ended up with a job and was a foreman with Hutchies until 1962. The other fellow in the photo is Sid Kitchener, who worked with Hutchies from 1935 until his retirement in 1959. Sid was head plumber and one of the real characters of the building industry, which has undergone great changes. Sid is remembered as a real tradesman from a great era. Joe, who lives at Kenmore with his wife Stella, has always kept in touch. We wish to thank Joe for making the effort to keep in contact and for these photographs.

Coalminer’s daughter digs up the past MRS Vi Dux is Jack Hutchinson’s cousin and to celebrate her 80th birthday the family recently printed a small book which contains stories and poems written by Vi over many years. Jack’s mother, Lily, who recently passed away, was a coalminer’s daughter and the youngest of 10 children. Vi is the daughter of the oldest girl, and as she was not many years apart from Lily, she became Jack’s Aunty Vi. She grew up in the coal mining town of Tannymorel, near Killarney, south of Warwick. Following the recent death of Lily, we thought it would be appropriate and of interest to share a glimpse of what life was like for a young girl in a small bush town during the early part of this century. In this piece Vi recalls her father ... a

gentle, hard-working man.

“My Dad was a coal miner and was the gentlest man I have ever known. I can still see vividly, the miners coming down the hill at the end of the day, all of them covered in black coal dust and all bent almost double. They worked in shocking conditions in the early 1920’s. At one stage they had to lie down to pick the coal. The height they worked in was down to eighteen inches. My Dad was a piece worker and sometimes when he decided to go down the mine at night on his own to dig another ‘skipful’, he would take me with him. He’d pop me in the empty skip at the mine entrance and push me down to the bottom where he dug himself a hole (to lie in) which immediately filled with water. I sat beside him on the rough coal surface, huddled up. When he had dug enough, he shovelled it into the skip and then pushed it, with me lying flat on the coal so as not to get my back scraped on

Lily (right) and Vi enjoying tea together. the ‘roof ’, up to the mine entrance. Then we walked home together hand in hand in pitch darkness. My Dad was a great Union man and he gave me and my brothers a piece of advice: “Always stand up for your rights and give your boss a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.” We always followed that advice. I still have his Union Badge which he proudly wore on his watch chain when dressed to go out.”

Mike has built his career on high quality MIKE Tickner joined Hutchies in 1974, having arrived in Melbourne from Rochester, Kent, in England, five years previously. After a short time in Melbourne, Mike and his wife, Lynn, moved to Sydney and made a trip around Australia, finally deciding that Brisbane was the place for their permanent home. Mike was employed as a carpenter on the Iona Retire-

ment Village at Kenmore. Before long it was obvious that Mike had an ability to supervise and direct work and to maintain a high quality standard. He soon became a foreman/ project manager and has made a name for bringing in large work on time, on budget and with the highest quality. His jobs include Lennons Hotel in Queen Street, Tattersall’s Club, both the arcade and

the latest seven-storey structure, and the Bronco’s headquarters at Fulcher Road. An inspection of Tattersall’s building shows the quality workmanship of which he is capable and, in this case, it was produced under most difficult conditions. Mike and Lynn have two girls, Claire and Amanda, and the family lives at The Gap. His interests include camping with the family.



Toowoomba SurgiCentre

Work is continuing on the Toowoomba SurgiCentre (day surgery centre) project, worth more than $1.7m and being run by the Toowoomba office. Team includes Paul Brammer from Thomson Adsett Architects; Chris Myers from Kehoe Myers as structural engineer; Alex Semple of Cushway Blackford & Associates as hydraulic engineer; and Hutchies’ team of foreman Mike Buckley, administrator Dennis Bury and project manager Paul Hart (Toowoomba manager).

Red Cross Blood Bank, Toowoomba

Another project being handled ably by the Toowoomba office is a complex consisting of three separate buildings housing the new Blood Bank and six emergency units for the Red Cross in Toowoomba. Team includes Nicholas Bron from Thomson Adsett Architects; Brett Arthur from Total Engineering Solutions on structurals; Lincolne Scott as mechanical and electrical engineers; Konging McGuffie and Associates as hydraulic engineers; and Hutchies’ team of foreman Rod Pelgrave, administrator Dennis Bury, and project manager Paul Hart.

Stanthorpe RSL

Refurbishment and upgrade of the interior of the Stanthorpe RSL Club is valued at $508,000. Team includes Project Leaders as architects; Osborn Leave as structural engineers; mechanical and electricals by Race Airconditioning and City View Electrical; and Hutchies’ team out of Toowoomba of foreman Neil Basnett, administrator Dennis Bury and project manager Paul Hart.

Galleria Shopping Mall, Surfers Paradise

The Galleria Shopping Mall precinct refur-



Barry Butterworth bishment in the heart of Surfers Paradise is being managed by Gerald McKeever and Wayne Thompson from Kumagai Gumi. Team includes Inarc Design Group as architects; Kavanaugh McAnany as structural engineers; Norman Disney & Young as mechanical and electrical engineers; the LHO Group as hydraulic engineers; and Hutchies’ own team of foreman Mark Douglas, administrator Jason Williams and project manager Ray Balladone.

BBC Tweed Heads

Construction of the $2.7m BBC Hardware House at Tweed Heads has commenced. Team includes Stephen Evans from Leffler Simes Architects; Rod Larkin from Larkin Teys Engineers handling structurals and hydraulics; Robert Orr from John R. Brogan & Associates as mechanical and electrical engineers; and Hutchies’ team of foreman Jamie Sylvester, administrator Jason Williams and project manager Ray Balladone.

QUT, Gardens Point – V Block

Hard and soft landscaping works to the Gardens Point campus is included in this $2.5m refurbishment of QUT’s V Block. Team includes Dennis Eiszele from Tract Consultants; Rob Fischer from Roche; Tom Moore, capital works manager, QUT; and Grahame Wright, senior project manager, QUT. Hutchies’ team includes project manager Mike Tickner, supervisor Neil Bladen and administrator Paul David.

Blocksidge and Ferguson recently signed with Hutchies for work on their building in Brisbane’s CBD. Attending the signing were (from left) architect,Tim McCrossin, Jonathan Blocksidge, Scott Hutchinson and Bruce Blocksidge.


Tarragindi Retail Development

Retail shops and carparking comprise this $1.1m project. Team includes Justin Morgan of Nettleton Tribe Architects; Warren Brown of Warren Brown & Associates for structurals; and Hutchies’ team of foreman John Trevethan, supervisor Neil Bladen, administrator Dan Gallagher, and project manager Ray Balladone.

Pondering the future of the Rex Inn are (fro Annette Carter, Scott Hutc

The Rex Inn, Townsville

Brendan and Annette Carter are the owner/ clients of this restaurant and accommodation project valued at $1.36m. Team includes Craig Cornish of Project Leaders; Bornhorst & Ward as structural and civil engineers; Gutteridge, Haskins & Davey as mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineers; and Hutchies’ team of foreman Jim Paddon, administrator David Christoffersen and project manager Robert Weymouth.

Rocklea Hotel

Alterations and refurbishment to the Rocklea Hotel, valued at $345,000, has been designed by Hassell Architects and Bonacci Winward Engineers. Hutchies’ team includes foreman Paul Clements and administrator Dan Gallagher.

Basketball Stadium, Auchenflower

Two new basketball courts are included in the refurbishment of this complex at Auchenflower, valued at $1.8m. Team includes Allan Young of Woodhead International Architects; Gutteridge, Haskins & Davey as engineers; and Hutchies’ team of foreman Syd Britton, supervisor Ray Balladone and administrator Paul David.

Ballera Field Auxiliary

Santos Limited is the client for this project which involves construction of a field auxiliary room, tilt up panels, tilt roof panels and adjoining structural steelwork. Hutchies’ team includes foremen Kevin Lee and Grisley Adams, supervisor Barry Butterworth and administrator Mario Medrano.



om left) Robert Weymouth, Brendan Carter, chinson and Craig Cornish.

Wilson Residence

The team for this project includes Peter O’Gorman from Anderson O’Gorman Architects; John Batterham from John Batterham & Associates as engineers; and Hutchies’ team of foreman Mark Speechley, supervisor Neil Bladen and administrator Paul David.

Cathedral School, Townsville

This $459,000 project involves extension of the science block including addition of a lift and stairs and fitting off the second floor. Team includes Roy Jorgensen of Macks & Robinson Architects; engineers Gutteridge, Haskins & Davey; and Hutchies’ team of foreman Noel McPherson, administrator James Stay and project manager Robert Weymouth.

N.O.R.Q.E.B. Powerstation

GOLD Coast International Hotel is a five star hotel containing various restaurants, food and beverage outlets, conference/ballroom facilities and 297 guest rooms. Hutchinson Builders recently completed a complicated refurbishment of a 280 sq m restaurant area, including extensions, involving structural and all building services. The new Patio Restaurant is part of the five star hotel food and beverage operations. Hutchinson Builders completed the works and achieved the following: – completed works within budget – works completed as scheduled. Areas of works involving noises to adjacent occupied hotel areas were timed to minimise any disruption. Any extremely noisy works did not occur during peak restaurant hours. This assisted the hotel to maintain revenue at adjacent food and beverage outlets and the above guest rooms. Building personnel, on site meetings, interaction with hotel staff, consultants and local authorities were of a very high professional standard. Problem solving assisted the works to be completed within budget. Final Council Building Approvals were achieved quickly. Very good building quality control. Hutchinson Builders’ performance was excellent and I recommend their building services for any similar works. Yours faithfully, Mark Graham, Chief Engineer


MAX McEwen David was born April 2. Congratulations to parents, Paul and Cathy. ★★★★ CONGRATULATIONS also to Geoff and Karen Wilson on the arrival of new baby, Ryan. ★★★★ ROD Leach married fiance, Fiona McMillan on July 25. Congratulations and best wishes to both of them.


Foreman, Mal Ashford, is shown here in his younger days, helping a young apprentice clean out a 44 gallon drum full of water. Mal has been enlightened a bit since joining Hutchies and realises we don’t do things like that anymore.

Architects acknowledge contribution

Townsville is the site of this $339,000 project which was designed by N.O.R.Q.E.B. Hutchies’ team is foreman Mick De Jong, administrator James Stay and project manager Robert Weymouth.

Southbank Function Centre, Townsville

John Van Grinsven of Pierre Properties is the developer of this $1.76m design and construct project comprising a function centre, “Cactus Jacks” restaurant and coffee shop. Team includes architects Steve Malcolm Design; Kavanaugh & McAnany Engineers; Peter Eustace & Associates as mechanical and electrical engineers; Cochrane Hydraulic Constructions for hydraulics; and Hutchies’ team of administrator James Stay and project manager Robert Weymouth.

From left, Robert Riddel, Jack Hutchinson, Ed Haysom (RAIA President) and Ken Clark (BHP Colorbond) at the presentation luncheon.

HUTCHIES has sponsored the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Award for the past nine years. To acknowledge the company’s involvement, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects recently presented Jack Hutchinson with a Certificate of Appreciation.

The presentation luncheon was held at the RAIA’s Queensland headquarters in Merivale Street, South Brisbane. Certificates of Appreciation were also awarded to co-sponsors, BHP Colorbond, and architect, Robert Riddel, the Chairman of Juries.




THIS month’s Travelling Undies Award is a dead heat between the Outback and Europe. Karen White appeared in her Hutchies’ undies outside the pub at Daly Waters, which is the Northern Territory’s oldest watering hole.

Not to be outdone, Jack appeared in his undies (with a matching Hutchies’ shirt, which earned him extra points) in Seville, Spain. Jack didn’t catch the bus in his undies, which cost him a few points, and put him on a level score with

EMPIRE STRIKES YET AGAIN EMPIRE Theatre had two prestigious wins at the QMBA Housing and Construction Awards in Toowoomba, with Best Project and Project of the Year. The refurbishment of this heritage theatre, which cost the Toowoomba City Council a total of $16 million, has resulted in a number of building and architectural awards. Accepting the latest awards, Grant White (Project Manager) and Randal Younger (Administrator) praised the client, consultants, subcontractors and Hutchies’ own people. Architects on the project were Hassell Architects, the Quantity Surveyors were Project Services and McVeigh Larkin Teys were the Structural Engineers. The Empire project reached international status by being published in World Architecture which described it as “one of the country’s art deco gems”.


Randal Younger (left) and Grant White (centre) at the award evening with Toowoomba Mayor Tony Bourke.

CRAFTY IDEA TAKES SHAPE GOLD Coast Mayor, Gary Baildon, turned the first sod to signal the beginning of work by Hutchies on Australia’s first purpose built art and craft market at Hope Island on the Gold Coast. The $20m Village Square will feature more than 300 art and craft shops, restaurants and bars, a food court, street entertainment, coffee and icecream shops, demonstration areas and onsite art and craft tuition. The project is being undertaken by Lancet Pty Ltd – headed by Gold Coast developer, Wayne Price and Olholm Developments.

Karen for her daring appearance at the front door of the Daly Waters Pub. Remember, if you can supply us with a picture of yourself or a friend wearing Hutchies’ undies in an easily identified location you could be a winner!


HUTCHIES Townsville recently had their first official Social Club function and by all accounts everyone had an excellent time. The group ventured overseas to Magnetic Island for the weekend to Sails on Horseshoe Bay Resort, for three days of eating, drinking, swimming, fishing, jet skiing, relaxing and a trip to the wildlife sanctuary. They also had some sort of a presentation. The venue has been booked again for the same time next year so it must have been good to line up for a return visit. The next Social Club outing will be something different – a formal theme dinner at the Metropole Hotel.

Some sort of a presentation ceremony took place on Magnetic Island.


Inaugural Lou Sorrensen Memorial Golf Day


EN Wallabies played in the inaugural Lou Sorrensen Memorial Golf Day which raised $44,000. Lou Sorrensen, who was well known in Rugby circles, died of cancer at the age of 37, leaving his wife, Kerrie, and four children. David Roberts, of Heritage Properties, organised the day at Indooroopilly to help towards the education of the Sorrensen children.

SCRATCH MY BACK AND WIN WE hope you enjoyed our first “Scratch My Back” competition. The following prizes were claimed: Hammers:- Kellie Harrie, Norm Norman, Keith Melksham, Bill Holmes, Alison Sciberras, Ron Burgess, Keith Victorsen, Glenn Toms. Boxer Shorts:- Trevor Reddacliff. T-Shirts:- Glen Goodwin, Paul Bankier, Rachel Shah. We hope you like the new system with the inserted “Scratch-It” card. The 30 best looking company members were chosen to pose in groups of five to have their backs scratched. All did it very willingly. Prizes this time are:-

• Three 8m measuring tapes by Supercraft from Finlayson Timber and Hardware, 135 Wellington Road, East Brisbane and Upton Street, Bundall, Gold Coast. • Four T-shirts from Morgan & Wacker (the oldest Harley dealer outside the USA), Ross Street, Newstead. • A voucher for new car battery from Century Batteries (tel 132 287). • Five quality Australian made queen-size bath towels donated by Decina Bathroomware (tel 3279 2944). • Five Hutchies’ T-shirts from Brisbane’s best builder. • Five Hutchies’ boxer shorts from Brisbane’s best builder.

Winning numbers are:-

Hutchies’ Boxer Shorts:- 7, 11, 784, 941, 1165. Hutchies’ T-shirts:- 219, 349, 476, 514, 668. Harley T-shirts:- 125, 392, 421, 992. Measuring Tapes:- 98, 744, 1045. Queen-size towels:- 74, 456, 641, 888, 1107. Century Battery:- 278. Please cut out your scratched winning number and send it to:- Hutchinson Builders, PO Box 3075, Darra, Q 4076. (If you have won a T-shirt or boxer shorts, please include preferred size). Thanks again to B.B.C. Hardware for the hammers.

The Ambrose was won by the team from Armstrong Bros at Rocklea Markets. Hutchies’ team of Craig Lagerroth, Eric Hebron, Nev Cottrell and Jack Hutchinson was proud to support the day. Jason ‘Rupert’ McCall, poet and good friend of Lou Sorrensen, wrote and recited a poem at the presentation, which held the audience spellbound. With his kind permission, we reproduce it here:

~ LOUIE ~ As the photos fade and night gets late... the memories consolidate...

A kid who came with something special resting in his sights when he landed in Inala which he renamed “Durack Heights” Nothing in his path was gonna bring him to a stop especially in rugby league, where as a fearsome prop he represented Brisbane and quickly caught the eye of Cullory, the teacher, who would lure him to State High The socks were up, the tie was on, he acted good and proper a quiet unassuming lad – but then he met with “Whopper” together they were sure they’d have the females in a trance when they donned the purple trousers at a certain Grade Nine dance But with bright white belts, the lads were lookin’ just a bit too cool so they hid them in the bushes then prepared to make ’em drool still the girls were full of sidesteps for the trendy purple rockers and their belts were flogged as well, so you could say they both had shockers

The purple strides were turfed and Lou remained a

decent bloke he made the Firsts’ in rowing and displayed the perfect stroke He was voted State High Deputy, a scholar strong and keen he kept Wally in the centres in the State High First Fifteen From school he joined the Magpies where he played for Colts and State and it didn’t take him long to drink as everybody’s mate it didn’t really matter if you played for Souths or not Lou was always there to laugh a laugh and share a pot He then enrolled at Griffith for Environmental Studies where he met another bunch of pure angelic buddies “Jock Strap”, “Pipe” and “Big John” well you couldn’t get much cuter and for reasons undisclosed, the boys would christen Louie “Hooter”


nvironmental expertise – the boy would soon acquire and it must have come in handy in the job he got at Myer and speaking there of “Handy” and the Buddah’s schooner sucks him and Lou were sucking plenty on the night of Magnate’s bucks Skull for skull they traded, they were two of drinking’s best

by Jason ‘Rupert’ McCall

but Hooter put his nose in front by lighting up his chest! A devastating spectacle but clearly not as awesome as the hunting expeditions of a famous Brisbane foursome “Whopper”, “Ghost” and “Hooter” and a jug of beer makes four at the Embassy, Criterion, the Underground and more But their nights would often end by switching off the female scanner as they cuddled up to pancakes in a lovely Pancake Manor Then “Whopper”, “Pipe” and “Hooter” thought it relatively rational to polish up their drinking shoes and take them international Making butter for the pommies, putting tents up for the frogs a nervous stint in bouncing, playing rugby, drinking grogs

But the boys, as far as drinking goes, were getting sick

of beer the future was in milk and so they made their way back here and somewhere on that milkrun well it must have dawned on Lou that his future was with Kerrie – yes his love for her was true a love that she returned to him – she saw it in his smile and then one day she saw it – she was walking down the aisle A smile forever full of life, a smile forever warm and never was it prouder than when tiny feet were born It was shining when a mate called out to help him through some hell It was beaming in the clubhouse, in the coffee shop as well as a friend who stood beside you on the field and in the sheds as a manager triumphant with the mighty Queensland Reds His love of life was special and he passed it onto others to his wife and to his children, to his sisters and his brothers his undenying spirit will be part of every picture and every life he reached to touch will always be the richer


s the photos fade and the nights get late we’ll drink a toast to you old mate And then the smile that you once smiled will surely find our face it will be as if the Hooter’s spirit never left the place it will be as if that last farewell – you never ever bid but then again my old mate Lou – you never ever did.



A SIDECAR NAMED DESIRE… THIS tropical transport caught Scott Hutchinson’s eye in Far North Queensland, but he decided against it. Scott figured to fit in this rig, he would have to swap the malibu for a short board, but his surfing ability demands the big mal stay!


A KNOCKOUT! HUTCHIES now sponsor boxing at Gleason’s Gym – a steal of the name of where Mohammed Ali learned to box. Ken Hayward, MLA for Kallangur, is the driving force behind the bouts as amateur boxing is his passion and hobby. Hutchies’ first sponsored clash was between Queensland Heavyweight Champion, Danny Buzza, and Justin Clements, the Great Britain Heavyweight. The second was the middleweight contest for the Asia Pacific Title between Rick Thornberry (Australia) and Lionel Okulu (Solomon Islands). Bouts will be held the first Thursday of every month and we can provide a limited number of free tickets. Please telephone Nicole at Hutchies for details.


31 STAPLE STREET SEVENTEEN MILE ROCKS, QLD 4073 Telephone: (07) 3376 4044 Facsimile: (07) 3376 2454

JACK recently acquired a Bon Trike which has a 1600cc Volkswagen motor, is designed and built in Germany and assembled in Sydney. Better known as a Harley man, Jack says: “It’s very practical and I can’t drop it like I do the Harley....but my Harley is staying.” Jack wryly observed that, trike or bike... the result is the same if you run under a truck! June Hutchinson’s last word on the subject: “It’s proof senile decay is now in an advanced stage”.



An artist’s impression of how the Marine Fossil Museum complex will look upon completion.

Hutchies continue on tourist track with a H marine musuem in the Outback

UTCHISON Builders is playing its part in the creation of another Outback tourist attraction for Queensland. After building the prize-winning Waltz- theatrette and a preparation room where ing Matilda Centre at Winton, we have visitors will be able to observe scientists moved on to Richmond where construction working with local fossils. Hutchies’ team includes Robert Weyis underway on the expansion of a Marine mouth as Supervisor and Noel O’Brien as Fossil Museum, which is set to become a Foreman. Other team members include major attraction for the western town. The $400,000 Stage One of the expan- architect, Robin Retchford, and structural sion for our client, the Richmond Shire engineer, Ted Harvey. Council, includes an information centre, souvenir shop, cafe, outdoor eating area and toilet block. Due for completion in May, the Stage One expansion will allow for more space for fossil displays within the existing museum building. Highlight of the Museum complex will be Kronosaurus Corner, a landscaped area with a model of the giant underwater predator, Richmond Shire Council economic development officer Kronosaurus, mounted in a Barry Neck, museum manager Rob Levers and large pool. Hutchinson Builder’s project manager Noel O’Brien Stage Two will include a inspect the Marine Fossil Museum’s plans.



UTCHIES picked up two wins at the QMBA Central Queensland Awards presentation night. The Emerald Market Plaza won Best Retail Project above $5m award and the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton won the QMBA’s major award of Best Commercial Project of the Year. Paul De Jong travelled from Townsville to represent Hutchies at the evening in Rockhampton.



One of Fairholme College’s original classrooms gets a helping hand from Hutchies and Transtate House Removals for a whole new lease on life as the top storey of the College’s new Performing Arts complex.

OUR Toowoomba office recently took part in a unique project, which is believed to include a record one-piece structural move. Fairholme College’s historic music block was lifted from its foundations by Transtate House Removers and shifted to an adjacent site and relocated on top of posts, to allow another building to be constructed below. The result was a new, two storey Performing Arts complex. The unusual ‘topping’ by the timber colonial poised some interesting challenges for the Toowoomba team, led by general site foreman, Rod Pelgrave, but the buildings were completed in time for start

Historic building alive to the sound of music

of the current school year. Built 80 years ago as one of the original classrooms, the 625 square metre colonial had been Fairholme College’s music centre for the past 20 years. “We could have built a new building, but we wanted to maintain a piece of Fairholme history and keep in with the feel of the College,” said Fairholme business manager, Mr Graham Woolacott. The $800,000 project also included a landscaped open area at the building’s former site.



ECENTLY I attended the opening of the Powerhouse Apartments in New Farm. Lord Mayor Jim Soorley opened the building for the owner, Craig Lagerroth, and made a brilliant and most suitable speech. Quantity Surveyor, Dennis Fulcher, remarked what a friendly job it had been and that Craig was good to work for. Then he said, “You know you need friends in this industry, not enemies”. How true! I take this opportunity at the start of the New Year to reinforce this to all at Hutchies. In your everyday interaction with clients, subcontractors, consultants and fellow workmen, make friends by doing the right thing by others. We are in a tough game, we can’t be easy but we can be fair. Co-operation is the only way to get this complex industry working efficiently, and the best way to get that co-operation is through friendship. — Jack Hutchinson


The only way to live happily with people is to overlook their faults and admire their virtues. ★ ★ ★

The more workers feel needed on the job, the more likely they are to be there, and on time.

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IT is with deep regret and genuine sadness that we announce the death of Phyllis Kinnaman, Director of Kinco Inc and wife of Jack Kinnaman, Kinco’s President. Kinco, of course, is our sister company in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jack, Phyllis, and their daughter Ann, visited Downunder in April last year and, on returning to the USA, Phyllis was diagnosed with cancer. Phyllis was a great friend and a very talented woman. She was President of her own company, PK Interiors, and she served on many public and charity committees in her home town of Little Rock. All of her friends in Australia extend their deepest sympathy to Jack and his family.


It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; Through sickness we recognise the value of health; Through evil, the value of good; Through hunger, the value of food; Through exertion, the value of rest. (Greek Saying)

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The Secret of Selling He asked if she ever could love him, She answered him, “No,” on the spot. ABOVE: Kinco’s Jack and Phyllis Kinnaman outside the White House in Washington DC where she was acknowledged for her public and charity committee work.

He asked if she ever could love him. She assured him again she could not.

TOP LEFT: Phyllis Kinnaman (left) with June Hutchinson.

He asked if she ever could love him And by George, she admitted she did.

He asked if she ever could love him. She laughed ’til his blushes he hid.


Panel Crew celebrate their ‘lift and pour’ technique

The Panel Crew (from left) Mick, Tommy and Pete do a bit of “lifting and pouring” at the Christmas Party.

CHERYL DELIGHTED TO GET THE BOOT CHERYL Stark, of Toowoomba office, was delighted when she got the boot while celebrating her birthday recently. Showered with flowers, she received the old boot for a vase – a romantic gesture in the building game – which, as our pictures shows, obviously did the trick, while the birthday cake was shared around.

LIONS’ ROAR OF APPROVAL HUTCHIES recently received a letter of appreciation from the Golden Valley Keperra Lions Club in recognition of our sponsoring special needs children to the Lions Club “World Festival of Magic”. Proceeds from the show will benefit Lions community projects including Queensland’s Cord Blood Bank. Project Co-ordinator, Darryl Robson, said Hutchies’ support was greatly appreciated. “Thanks to the business community, special needs children have the opportunity to attend such an exciting event. More importantly each year local needy organisations benefit from the funds raised,” Darryl said. “Thanks again for your support and helping make this a successful and worthwhile community project,” he said.

A COMMON site on modern building sites is tilt-up slabs and Hutchies is getting its share of this interesting work thanks to our own Panel Crew who have successfully completed tilt-up work on eight projects with a total value of more than $42m. The crew have formed, poured and erected tilt-up slabs for our own contracts, which have included Centro on James Street; Centro on James Street II; BBC Oxley; BBC Tweed Heads; AAMI BunNEW ARRIVAL dall; Montpelier Road Scott and Mary-Jeanne Warehouse; Yamanto Hutchinson’s third child, Shopping Centre and Kenneth Miller Royal Pacific Resort. Hutchinson Congratulations to arrived on 25th Jan, 1999. the Crew of Mick BurKenneth is brother to ton, Tommy Hahn and Jack Jnr and Terrence. Pete Morgan for jobs All are well. well done.

Poet’s Corner WE spotted the following poem in The Courier-Mail and thought it was so good that it should be reproduced in Hutchies Truth – we hope the poet doesn’t mind this forum. Young apprentices who learn this one off by heart should do well in life!

THE BUILDER’S PROPOSAL I often get quite tongue-tied. It’s difficult to express, the way I feel about you. I’d just like to impress. The words they don’t come easy. It’s not in my manner. So as a builder let me tell you, I love you like a hammer. It would be too simple, to tell you that you’re nice. I just want to hold you, like dowelling in a vice. So let me rave about you and hope our love prevails. Your eyes they are so lovely, shine like a box of nails. Those features are so delicate, just like a one mil drill bit. I know we’ll stay together; like finger-joints we will fit. You have a unique freshness, like timber in the raw. Your love it cuts right through me. You are my panel saw. You give us strength and unity, just like a batten holder. You smell as lovely as the oregon I used for my pergola. Before you there was emptiness, but as our love unfolds, You fill my life my sweetheart, like putty in the holes. I used to have rough edges; I was a knock-about profaner, But you smoothed and dressed me, like timber with a planer. When the wooing’s over, you know I have a hunch, You’ll know how to grip me, soft and gently like a punch. So I want you to marry me. Please darling say you will. I need you like a chuck, for my electric hammer-drill. — Glenn Valentine




The family portrait ... the Hutchies ‘family’ traditional drinks to celebrate Christmas in

Pictured with Jack (left) and sporting leather jackets for 10 years’ service are (L-R) Peter McIntyre, Trevor Bruiners, Trevor Atchison and Neil (Howdy) McLeod. Absent from the photo is another recipient, Townsville Manager, Robert Weymouth, who has some serious doubts about his jacket’s usefulness in the tropics – but that’s not why he didn’t turn up!

The girls in the office have formed a bond of cooperation which sets an example of teamwork for the entire company to follow. Pictured partying together are (from left) Shelley, Jackie, Vicki, Karen and Sarah, with Nicole in the saddle. Missing from the picture are Margaret and Jodie. Jodie, who has a motor bike licence, also took the trike for a spin during the afternoon … and brought it back safely!

Personalised fishing rods and reels for five years’ service were received by Rob Jones (pictured) Stephen Low, Al Gundy, Tony Doyle and Rebman Robinson.


The coveted Constructor of the Year went to Mal Ashford, who received his Jimmy Lyle Custom and Personalised handmade knife, the award from Kinco Inc. To be eligible for this prestigious award, the recipient must have been with the company for at least one year and all who have been on the payroll for more than one year are entitled to vote. He who receives the most votes, wins! Congratulations, Mal.

RIGHT:- Jack’s trike came in for more than its share of attention at the 1998 Christmas party. Sarah Kanhalikham, due to have her second child soon, tried it out for size. Jack has kindly offered it to her to drive herself to the hospital when the time comes.


8 ... Outback!

’ gathered out back in the backyard at Seventeen Mile Rocks for the n Australia for 1998.

Karen White is the one to thank for the bottling and safe delivery of our Hutchies Port and Christmas cakes, and for organising the Christmas break-up party. She is also the force behind the Scratchit competition. Thanks Karen, well done!

All those who attended Christmas ’98 Hutchies’ break-up received a scratch-it, similar to those in Hutchies Truth. There were 100 prizes including bottles of port, T-shirts and caps. A & A Painters had earlier sent a gallon (4.5l) Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky to the office. It was decided that, as it would not be such a good idea to serve it up at morning tea, it would more suitably serve as the major prize for the Scratch-its. Nathan Ehrlich with the number 87 was the lucky winner who suddenly found himself with many more friends than he ever would have guessed.

Watch Awards for ’98 went to Rod Pelgrave, Mango (pictured) and Al Gundy.

Harry White receives a bottle of Glenfiddich for the best suggestion for 1998.



Griffith University, Mt Gravatt

The $1.5m refurbishment and extensions to the Information Services Centre at the Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus are being managed by Andrew Richmond from the University’s Facilities Management area. Other team members include John Croser from architects PDT; Les Miethken from McWilliams on structurals; Keith Davis and Peter Dart from A.H.W. as mechanical and electrical engineers; and Stewart Dowie from Rider Hunt as quantity surveyor. Hutchies’ team includes Harry White administrator; Len White project manager and Mark Douglas foreman.



Barry Butterworth

Double Celebration – Hutchies recently completed renovations for McWilliams Consulting Engineers and a ‘roof wetting’ was held to celebrate. Hutchies and McWilliams also took advantage of the celebrations to toast more than 50 years of the two companies working together. Scott Hutchinson, for Hutchies, and Mike Gould, for McWilliams, toasted the companies past and future together. About 60 people from both companies attended the riotous evening.

University of Qld, Ipswich

Work has begun on a $870,000 refurbishment of ‘Building 10’ to allow for a new sports and recreation facility on the Ipswich campus of the University of Queensland. Team includes Peter Dowling from architects Devine Erby Mazlin; Les Miethke and Drew Gordon from engineers McWilliams; Tony Samorowski from GHD for hydraulics; Ivor Davies from Rawlinsons as quantity surveyor; and Multitech Solutions handling mechanical and electricals. Hutchies’ team includes Romi Drake administrator; Neil Bladen supervisor; and Peter McIntyre and Alan Deuchars, foremen.

Cylinder Cove, Stradbroke Island

Fourteen luxury holiday apartments overlooking Cylinder Beach on Stradbroke Island are being built under the management of Steve Pink from Consolidated Properties. Other team members on this $3.1m project are Darby Munroe from Munroe Architects; Jim Ward from J.H. Ward Engineers; and Mark Kane from Thomson Kane on hydraulics. Hutchies’ team includes Ray Balladone project manager; Harry White administrator; Jason Williams supervisor; and Matt Hutton foreman.


AAMI Insurance, Gold Coast

Village Square Arts and Craft Market

The erection of the statue at the entrance marked the official opening of Village Square Arts and Craft Market at Hope Island on the Gold Coast. The development is now a landmark on the Gold Coast.

Insurance giant, AAMI, has moved into a $2.9 million purpose-built development at Bundall on the Gold Coast, as part of a plan to consolidate its presence in the region. AAMI will lease the building as its head office and customer service centre. The development includes a 600 sq metre vehicle accessing area, 250 sq metres of ground floor, 450 sq metres of first floor office space and 46 car parking spaces.

Hellmann International, Banyo

Freight forwarder, Hellmann International, has invested around $3 million in a warehousing and distribution centre at Banyo to cater for an import and export demand which has outstripped its existing site. The new 2,500 sq metre facility has the capability to expand another 1,000 sq metres, if necessary. The warehouse features 57 sq metres of freezer storage, 477 sq metres of cool storage and 500 sq metres of temperature controlled loading bay. The company handles all types of cargo including fruit, seafood, fabric, cosmetics and computer parts.

Griffith University, Logan

A services building on the Logan



Premier Self Storage – Lord Mayor Jim Soorley did the honours at the opening of the Premier Self Storage complex at Montpelier Road, Bowen Hills.

campus of Griffith University originally constructed by Hutchies and completed only last year is currently undergoing extensions. Team includes Mark Craig, from Wilson Architects; Drew Gordon and Craig Jones, of McWilliams Consulting Engineers on both structurals and hydraulics; Peter Dart, from AHW (Qld) on mechanical and electricals; Peter Bailey, from Cost Management Services as quantity surveyor; and David Low, campus Facilities Manager. Hutchies’ team is Dave Smythe administrator; Len White supervisor; and Gavin Roberts foreman.

function with only minimum disruption during construction of the new gaming room and lounge.

Cottesloe Crest, Toowoomba

The $5.3m Stage Two of the Powerhouse Terraces project is underway with the team of Ian McNaughton from Optimum Project Consultants as architects; Alex Milanovic from Alex Milanovic & Associates as structural engineers; Bruce Williamson of BRW Enterprises handling hydraulics; and Ralph Engineering Concepts on mechanicals and electricals. Hutchies’ team includes Len White project manager; Alex Seydel administrator; and John Baldwin foreman.

A $6.7m high rise block of units in Toowoomba is under construction with the team of Voight Holgar from architects, Holgar Stevens and Wiltshire; and engineer, Enzo Bartilomo. Hutchies’ team includes Len White project manager, Rod Leach administrator and Doug Schmidt foreman.

Mt Gravatt Sporting and Workers’ Club

Membership to the Mt Gravatt Sporting and Workers’ Club is even more valuable now with completion of the club’s $2.4 million extensions. The club continued to

BBC Hardware, Toowoomba

Another project being handled by the Toowoomba office is construction of the new $3.6m BBC Hardware store in Ruthven Street. Roger James is the architect with engineers Larkin Teys. Hutchies’ team includes Len White project manager; administrator Paul Hart; and Bill Henley foreman.

A board full of Scratchies was the raffle prize at the Social Club’s outing to Silks Restaurant for dinner and the trots.


THE annual Children’s Christmas Party was held on the SS Cat-O-NineTails to Moreton Island. The rough passage sorted out the landlubbers from the sailors, with many preferring the tranquillity of the island. LEFT: Santa Claus was popular aboard the boat with the children who didn’t seem to mind the rough weather journey.

Powerhouse Terraces, Stage Two

The adults didn’t take long to find their land legs on the island after the rough crossing.


Scott Hutchinson hosted the office Christmas party at his home in Graceville on Friday, December 11. A great time was had by all, but many found Saturday morning tough going.




HUTCHIES sponsored the Churchie 1st Eight for 1998 and 1999. The underdog crew had not a won a race when Hutchies took on the sponsorship, but two weeks later were the Secondary School Champions, winning the Head of the River. To show their thanks, the boys and coach, Peter Shakespeare, presented Jack with a Churchie 1st Eight/Hutchies T-shirt signed by the whole crew.

SCRATCH MY BACK WINNERS HUTCHIES Truth readers, check your Scratch-it numbers. Only two prizes were claimed from the last issue’s Scratch-its. Kevin Miller, of Property Solutions, won a Harley T-shirt and Sam Ragusa, of Griffith University, won a measuring tape. All other prizes are still up for grabs. This month we are offering 35 prizes and the winning numbers are:308 – Boxer shorts 327 – Boxer shorts 399 – Measuring tape 419 – Hammer 459 – Towels 512 – Hammer 529 – Hutchies shirt 574 – Hammer 578 – Car battery voucher 621 – Harley T-shirt

650 – Hutchies shirt 690 – Port 751 – Towels 799 – Hammer 820 – Hammer 887 – Hammer 935 – Port 940 – Towels 1024 – Harley T-shirt 1084 – Boxer shorts 1188 – Towels

1191 – Port 1213 – Hammer 1290 – Harley T-shirt 1317 – Port 1352 – Port 1407 – Towels 1480 – Boxer shorts 1511 – Hutchies T-shirt 1569 – Hammer 1687 – Hammer 1766 – Hammer


31 STAPLE STREET SEVENTEEN MILE ROCKS, QLD 4073 Telephone: (07) 3376 4044 Facsimile: (07) 3376 2454


THE Under 30’s Christmas function kicked off in the salubrious surrounds of the Queensland Club but went rapidly downhill from there when the party moved on to kick up their heels among the night life of Fortitude Valley.


JUNE 1999


Heritage Properties, Proposed West End Markets Development


UTCHIES is working in Brisbane’s West End precinct with a start on the Heritage Properties Commonwealth Bank project in Boundary Street. Brian Griffin is heading the team putting this exciting project together. Ray Balladone and Harry White are helping cost planner Michael Crossin and other team members include architects, Toohey Elliot, Sandra Browne and Matthew Casell from Cottee Parker; Ian Walker and Bruce Cousner from Property Technologies; Gerald Croucher from McWilliam and Partners; Steve Paul from Steve Paul and Partners; Graham Nunn from Queensland Building Services; and John Meredith from King Planning. Planned redevelopment of the old West End Markets site by Heritage Properties Commercial will enhance the cosmopolitan appeal of Brisbane’s southside. Two residential towers will be

incorporated into the project which is due to start as soon as all current leases expire in October. The original factory building will be refurbished to retain the Spanish Mission style architecture and the front of the building will be extended for open terraced-style restaurant areas. The retail component of the project will incorporate a 2,000sqm Coles supermarket and 1800sqm of specialty shops. Parking will be provided for 50 vehicles at the front of the building and two basement levels will provide for a further 240 vehicles. Fronting Mollison Street, the residential towers will include 20 three-bedroom units, 40 two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units and a recreational area with gymnasium, sauna, pool, spa and barbecues. The new development is planned for completion in November 2000.

Tattersall’s redevelopment


UR dispute with Tattersall’s Club was given attention in the Club’s Annual Report and recently in The Courier-Mail, so it’s probably time for me to make some comments. The project went over the original programmed time and the Club is holding considerable money for this. The project underwent increased scope and constant change and the dispute is about the cost and impact of these changes. At tender time, 242 drawings were issued and by the end of the project we had been issued a total of 1,233 drawings. Readers in the industry will understand the difficulty in working on a project like this. I attended the Annual General Meeting of Tatts and said that I wanted to assure members that we are committed to resolving the matter amicably and that we abhor litigation. There has been a long time stalemate. We both wish to mediate but Hutchies have always asked that our programming experts confer in detail beforehand. The Club has constantly rejected this. On Monday, May 31, the Court rejected the Club’s application to have immediate mediation and found in favour of our argument that the programming experts meet prior to mediation. We are hopeful that this will assist in leading to an early settlement. — Jack Hutchinson, Chairman.


Putting the bite on The Croc



Hutchies’ Townsville Manager, Robert Weymouth, with his good mate, The Croc. UTCHIES recently put the bite on crowds of 5,500 at the Entertainment Townsville identity, The Croc, to be Centre. their man in North Queensland. Hutchies put the bite on Croc to be Hutchies North Queensland has spontheir ambassador and during the games sored home games for the Townsville The Croc wears a Hutchies’ shirt and “Crocodiles” basketball team for the last parades around the court. two years. “The Croc has won Mascot of the Year Formerly the Townsville “Suns”, the a number of times in the NBL,” said Crocodiles are Townsville’s team in the Townsville Manager, Robert Weymouth. National Basketball League. “We are good mates with The Croc.” The Croc, as he is affectionately known, A request to include Hutchies undies in is the mascot for the team and is the cenhis ambassadorial uniform would test tre of attention for the usual sell out how good a mate The Croc is!



ACK and I are often asked, “Where are you going to take Hutchies?” There even seems to be an assumption that once we establish a certain turnover and profile then going public or selling to a European company is the way to go. At present we have permanent offices in Townsville, Toowoomba and Brisbane with a presence at the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. Lately, Hutchies has more work outside Brisbane than within Brisbane. We employ about 160 people and last year’s turnover was $120 million. There is nothing special about turnover and, if these numbers changed up or down over the next five years, it would not be disturbing. In real terms, the organisation was probably larger in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. However, it is important for Queensland to have at least one medium/large builder that is 100 percent Queensland owned. Personally speaking, I don’t want to get that large that I don’t know our company members and most of the people with whom we work. Hutchies’ focus will always be improving what we do, developing our people and value adding for our clients, rather than meeting ego driven turnover targets or grand corporate strategies. We Are Builders! — Scott Hutchinson, Managing Director.

Big news from Little Rock


On a recent hunting trip to “Cooma” near Moree, NSW, these three pigs were taken just on dusk and on the run from the back of the Hutchies 4WD. Pictured (from left) are David Nadin (Rawlinson), Richard Ohlrich (Hutchies) and Richard Williams (“Cooma”).


UR sister company in Little Rock, Kinco, has just successfully negotiated the indoor track facility with the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas and a new US$10 million postal distribution centre, similar to those completed by Hutchies at Underwood and Northgate. Jack Kinnaman sent a newspaper clipping of a recent competition held during Little Rock’s “cultural and arts” festivals – the annual Foam Fest ’99 – a microbrewery festival. More than 3,000 people turned up to taste some of the 75 beers and listen to local bands, with all proceeds going to the Arthritis Foundation. But one of the highlights of the day was the “belching competition”. Obviously there are many advantages to the exchange of information between Hutchies and Kinco.


Double header in QMBA awards HUTCHIES took out two wins in the State Grand Finals in the 1998 QMBA Construction Awards. The Certificates of Excellence were awarded for the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba (Refurbishment/ Renovation of an Historical Building over $5m), and Tattersall’s Club Redevelopment (Refurbishment/ Renovation over $5m).

New home for old fossils

M Jack Hutchinson receives the Award for work on Tattersall’s Club Redevelopment from Mr Peter Dalay, of Suncorp Metway, and Megan Young, of QMBA.

Old and new blends in on Ipswich M

ORE than 500 students recently arrived at the new $17 million Ipswich campus of the University of Queensland (Stage One), which is emerging as one of the most innovative and modern learning centres in the country. The 215 ha campus, 1.5 kms from the Ipswich city centre, has a history dating back to 1878 and contains 17 heritage listed buildings. Hutchies was awarded the $11.5 million tender to adapt six existing buildings for modern use and create landscaped gardens and walkways between the buildings. The students are enjoying the non-traditional learning environment – without a lecture theatre in sight. Vice Chancellor, Professor Trevor Grigg, described the new Ipswich campus as “a state-of-the-art flexible delivery centre using the very latest technology”. “Small groups will interact, using learning methods including face-to-face teaching, the Internet, interactive videos and telephone tutorials,” he said.

INISTER for Mines and Energy, Tony McGrady, last month officially opened the recently completed Stage One extensions to the Richmond Marine Fossil Museum. The opening coincided with Richmond’s annual five-day Fossil Festival and the new Museum was the focus for the hundreds of visitors to the town. Stage One included an information centre, souvenir shop, cafe, outdoor eating area and toilet block, and these extensions have allowed for more space for fossil displays within the existing museum building. Stage Two will include a theatrette and a preparation room. The project was contracted by Richmond Shire Council. Hutchies’ team includes Robert Weymouth as supervisor and Noel O’Brien as foreman. Other team members include architect, Robin Retchford, and structural engineer, Ted Harvey.



Congratulations to Sarah and Sam Kanhalikham on the safe arrival of Andy Keota on February 4.

With Winter around the corner, there will be no excuses for sickies after Hutchies people received flu injections en masse. Here, George Bellas bravely receives his medicine from the travelling doctor.




George Bellas made history by catching a decent fish.

The excitement and tension was obvious as Hutchies’ fishermen neared Moreton Island.

Hutchies’ Moreton Island expedition.

A delighted Howdy McLeod receives the Gold Medal for his Black and White outfit.

Brian McMillan takes the Silver Medal.


Howdy thanks Barry Butterworth for his vote in the competition.

It didn’t take long for t


Black & White night on Moreton Island

The fishermen on location.


UTCHIES’ annual Moreton Island fishing trip will go down in history, with one of the participants actually catching a decent fish. This honour went to George Bellas who worked extremely conscientiously to land himself a good-sized cod. But the highlight of the eventful outing was the Black and White Evening, which saw many creations competing for first prize. The Gold Medal went to Howdy McLeod, who wore a beautiful white skirt with matching sneakers and fetching black top with matching handbag. The Silver Medal went to Brian McMillan in a debonaire black and white suit. Howdy became so attached to his outfit, he wore it to work the next week and applied for a typing job in the office. Howdy’s ruse was discovered when he became confused and was unable to answer the “male” or “female” question.

The morning after.


the fishermen to get down to business.

HOME ALONE GIRLS DO IT IN STYLE... WITH the traditional Moreton Island fishing weekend a “boys only” affair, this year the girls decided it was time for some equality. On the day the fishing expedition left Brisbane, a stretch limo arrived for the girls and whisked them away to Alexandra

Headland for their own “lost weekend”. A good deal of secrecy surrounds what the girls got up to and this is the only photograph that they have allowed to be shown ... let alone be published! Travelling in style were (from left) Karen, Vicki, Margaret, Jackie and Shelley.



Southbank Function Centre, Townsville The Southbank Function Centre, a magnificent building recently completed by Hutchies, hosted the North Queensland Tourism Awards recently with special guest Tourism Minister, Bob Gibbs. It was a big night for North Queensland and more than 350 guests were suitably impressed with Hutchies’ standard of workmanship.

Magnetic Island, North Queensland Picturesque Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island off Townsville is the site for a $2 million three-storey beachfront budget accommodation development which is well underway. The project, which includes 35 rooms, restaurant, bar, pool and entertainment area, is being managed by Vince Corry, of Blades Services. Other team members include Tony Macksey from Macksey Rush Architects; Bruce Lemcke on structurals; Ashburner Francis on mechanical and electricals; Fred Haines from Cochrane Hydraulics; and Nev Cottrell from Grey, Robinson Cottrell as quantity surveyors. Hutchies’ team includes Robert Weymouth project manager, Dave Christofferson administrator and Rob Jones foreman.



Barry Butterworth

Commonwealth Bank, West End A new single level bank building with underground carpark is under construction for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Team includes architects Cottee Parker; Jim Whybird from Whybird & Farr Consulting Engineers; Steve James from James Design on mechanicals and electricals; and Whybird & Farr and Steve Paul from Steve Paul & Partners on hydraulics. Hutchies’ team includes Ray Balladone project manager, Searle Balladone administrator and Ian Hutton foreman.

BCC Regional Centre, Indooroopilly The Brisbane City Council is the client on this $2.2 million, three-storey regional office building under construction in suburban Indooroopilly for Martin Spinks and Michael Harrison. Mark Fowler from Robertson Project Management is managing the project with architects Scott Medland and Justin Morgan from Nettle-

ton Tribe Partnership. Other team members include James Thomas from Morgan Fox for structurals; Steve James from James Design for mechanical and electricals; and Mark Kane from Thomson Kane for hydraulics. Hutchies’ team includes Neil Bladen project manager, Richard Graham administrator and Peter Haidley foreman.

Commercial Development, Carindale Another suburban Brisbane City Council Regional Centre will be housed in a $5 million mixed commercial development on Brisbane’s southside for Ross Neilson Properties, along with the National Australia Bank and specialty stores. Managing the project is Frank Hogan from Group 22. Other team members include Mark Stephens from Turnbull Architects; John Peach from Connell Wagner on structurals; Steve James from James Design on mechanical and electricals; and Mark Kane from Thompson Kane on hydraulics. Hutchies’ team is Neil Bladen project manager, Richard Ohlrich administrator and Allan Matthews foreman.

Inala Plaza, Inala A new Bi-Lo store and full air conditioning to malls is

included in this $7.9 million refurbishment and extensions to the existing Inala Plaza complex. Team includes Mark Fowler from Robertson Project Management; Chris Chetham from The Buchan Group of architects; Gordon Wright from Bornhorst and Ward Consulting Engineers; Steve James from James Design on mechanical and electricals; Gordon Wright from Bornhorst and Ward and Mark Kane from Thompson Kane on hydraulics; and Eddie De Wit from Napier & Blakely as quantity surveyor. Hutchies’ team includes Ray Balladone project manager, Searle Balladone administrator and Darryl Gersekowski foreman.

Port Village Shopping Centre, Port Douglas This $7.5 million project is being managed by Bob Hogan from Vantage Management with architect, Gary Hunt from Gary Hunt & Partners. Other team members include Bob Colefax from Colefax Clayton Smith on structurals; John MacQuire from Bassett Consulting on mechanical and electricals; Sid Cochrane from Cochrane hydraulics and Simon Hanau from Rider Hunt as quantity surveyor. Hutchies’ team is Paul de Jong foreman and Richard Field administrator.

UNDIES IN THE TORRES STRAIT BILL Winterbottom, one of Hutchies’ top foremen, moved on and took a job with the Catholic Church, as Manager of Project Services in North Queensland. But Bill, who has continued to keep in touch, was obviously thinking of us when he recently joined in the Travelling Undies quest and wore his Hutchies undies out on Thursday Island. Not to be outdone, Brother Thomas, from the Monastery, joined in the fun which wins them both a prize!

STONE THE CROWS NEWEST office staffers who are not afraid to front up in their Hutchies’ undies are the crows that help Jodie in reception, after being dropped off by a very smooth talking travelling salesman. The modest crows’ had their undies tailor-made by Vicki’s mother. Thanks, Mrs Warne.



PAUL’S AIM IS QUALITY, HEALTH AND SAFETY PAUL Adams has been employed to manage and drive Hutchies’ Quality Assurance and Workplace Health and Safety. Paul, who managed his own business for 21 years, was a licensed builder for 10 years and a licensed plumber, drainer and gasfitter for 28 years. He holds a Building Industry Specialists Contractors Certificate and Workplace Health and Safety Officers Certificate. Practical Quality Assurance is his passion and he is a firm advocate of communication and consultation in building successful relationships.

New Design & Construct manager TREVOR Giles recently joined J. Hutchinson Pty Ltd as Design and Construct Manager. Prior to joining Hutchies, Trevor was with Civil & Civic for 15 years where he had project specific design and construction management roles on the Brisbane International Airport, Queensland Police Headquarters in Brisbane and the National headquarters for the Department of Social Security in Canberra, before taking up a management role overseeing all projects.

Searching for the secret of a D & C igloo

ABOVE: Igloo dining in the Antarctic. One of Hutchies’ more unusual building sites.


NE of the most unusual buildings ever to wear a Hutchies’ sign recently rose out of the wasteland of Antarctica – and enjoyed a brief but spectacular life. An igloo – built of 300mm ice blocks – was the creation of Hutchies’ foreman, Kevin Lee, who is spending his second winter as a member of the Australian Antarctic Division. As part of field training, expedition members participate in a three day survival course, which includes building

a snow shelter. The shelter took three hours to build before Kevin was able to claim it as a Hutchies’ job by hanging up his sign. Shortly after construction was completed, two low pressure weather systems joined to create an intense front which generated winds of 190mph. During the night the igloo was blown apart and Kevin and his two companions escaped, stumbling through the blinding blizzard to the shelter of a nearby van.

The trio were frozen and badly shaken, because men have been lost in similar weather conditions. After the blow, they returned to the igloo to retrieve lost possessions and found it demolished and covered by a metre of snow. A radio call to Casey Antarctic Base brought the snow vehicles to the rescue and the slow trip back to base gave Kevin and his companions time to think about how the Eskimos design and construct indestructible igloos.



WINNING UP NORTH HUTCHIES is contributing to North Queensland sporting history by winning the Port Douglas Outrigger Championship. The team battled its way through two heats and then took out the grand final. They are (from left) Kerry Smith, Paul de Jong, Richard Field, Robert McConkey and Will Cotter. The team also won the award for best dressed.

WINNING SCRATCH-IT NUMBERS 1801 - Boxer shorts 1817 - Hammer (BBC Hardware) 1845 - Crow 1869 - Boxer shorts 1888 - Measuring tape (Finlaysons) 1926 - Harley T-shirt (Morgan & Wacker) 1962 - Port 1977 - Hammer (BBC Hardware) 1999 - Hutchies’ T-shirt 2003 - Boxer shorts 3458 - Crow

3489 - Century Car Battery Voucher 3511 - Port 3567 - Crow 3599 - Hutchies’ T-shirt 3641 - Hammer (BBC Hardware) 3693 - Harley T-shirt (Morgan & Wacker) 3724 - Port 3750 - Boxer shorts 3804 - Hammer (BBC Hardware) 3846 - Hutchies’ T-shirt

3869 - Hammer (BBC Hardware) 4081 - Measuring tape (Finlaysons) 4133 - Hammer (BBC Hardware) 4207 - Port 4265 - Crow 4312 - Hammer (BBC Hardware) 4363 - Crow 4401 - Harley T-shirt (Morgan & Wacker) 4453 - Port


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This postcard from Chief Estimator, Keith Boucaut, is an indication of his cultural pursuits during his overseas holiday. He says he’s having a great time and was about to leave for Europe when he wrote.



TOP: Super Cheap Auto headquarters and distribution centre at Lawnton, Brisbane, carries the distinctive “look” that characterises the company’s 40 – and soon to be more – stores throughout Australia. LEFT: At the helm of Super Cheap Auto is Managing Director, Bob Thorn, shown here at the wheel of the company’s entry in the Shell Championship Series V8 SuperCars.

Hutchies help Super Cheap expand chain super quick S

UPER Cheap Auto – which started off 20 years ago as a car parts and mail order business run from the home of its founder, Reg Rowe – recently opened its 40th store in Australia, with plans to move into prime retail locations in Canberra, Victoria and New South Wales. Super Cheap Auto, which operates from its headquarters at Lawnton, in Brisbane, is now one of Australia’s largest privately owned auto parts, tools and accessory chains. An estimated 100,000 customers each week visit Super Cheap Auto stores,

which are hallmarked by sites with excellent visibility, ease of entry and exit and generous parking for 25 to 30 cars. The aftermarket retail chain has been building its success by finding the right sites and creating the right store “look” to accommodate its 12,000 line product range. And Hutchies have been doing their bit to help Super Cheap Auto to expand by working on four of the latest stores to be built – Nerang, Port Macquarie, Newcastle and Coffs Harbour. Those involved in the projects are Vince Corry from Blades Project Services as

project manager, Geoff Moule from architects The Buchan Group, Bruce Lemcke from Bruce Lemcke Engineering, Alan Kapitze and Tony Scarlett from mechanical and electrical engineers Ashburner Francis, Andrew Fisher from Rocol (Qld) for hydraulics, Craig Hamilton from civil engineers Concept Engineering and Julia Mace from Evolution Landscape Design. Hutchies’ team is supervisor Len White, foremen Syd Britton, Terry Wilson and Ken Tyres, administrator Dave Smythe and project manager Len White. • See Hutchies very own super cheap auto on Page 7.



Room for a view...


Enjoying the traditional barbecue to celebrate completion of the rooftop at Cottesloe Crest apartments on the Range near Toowoomba were (from left) Hutchies’ Jimmy King and Alex Seydel, local real estate agent, Ian Cumming, and clients, Terri and Voight Holgar.


T was all smiles at the wetting of the roof of Cottesloe Crest on the Toowoomba Range with the project well on target. The roof top will be accessible to residents for entertaining or to enjoy the view from the top of the 10 storey apartment complex.

“A lot of local people have remarked just how quickly it has shot up,” project manager, Alex Seydel said. Developer, Voight Holgar, paid tribute to Hutchies during the roof wetting. “It’s a credit to Hutchinsons that the project is on target,” he said. Project completion date is November.

WEDDING BELLS WITH A FAMILIAR RING Karen and Jeff Lacoste were married recently in the Coorparoo Presbyterian Church which was built by Hutchies in 1951. Jack and June Hutchinson were married in the same church in 1958.

IT’S A GIRL! Congratulations to Narelle and Paul De Jong on the recent arrival of a 7.5lb baby girl. Currently in Port Douglas, the couple has named their daughter Tahlia Marlise. Brothers Jacob and Cameron are delighted.



T was a wedding Magnetic Island style for employees, Sheryl Low and Michael De Jong, who tied the knot in July. The bride arrived for her beach wedding via the couple’s 40ft catamaran and the entire bridal party went barefoot for the ceremony. A honeymoon on Hinchinbrook Island followed with the 20 guests in tow!


OR the first time in 87 years, we are conducting a Strategic Planning Seminar. This will be held at Clear Mountain Resort and the facilitator will be Peter Watson from Business Thinking Systems. I would have liked every company member to be present, as I am sure all have a lot to offer. However, this is obviously unworkable, with 20 being the maximum that Peter Watson will condone. Who to invite was a most difficult decision. We hope to plan the future of the company and also to have some time to look at improvements to the day to day operations. I am very optimistic about achieving excellent results that will make Hutchies a stronger and better company. Tattersall’s Dispute... It is with pleasure that I wish to inform our readers that our dispute with Tattersall’s Club has been resolved. — Jack Hutchinson Chairman

Fitting it all in The following explanation by ABW Tools Pty Ltd of what they do is worthy of note. What impact GST has on their job description remains to be seen. • WE PAY... Import duty, Payroll Tax, Company Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax, Sales Tax, Fuel and Excise Taxes, Luxury Car Tax, Stamp Duty, Training Guarantee Levy, Workers Compensation, Capital Gains Tax, Superannuation Levy and Bank Debits Tax. • WE KEEP... Training Guarantee Records, Sales Tax Records, Quality Assurance Manuals, Entertainment Expense Records, Vehicle Log Books, General Expense Records, Superannuation Accounts, Fringe Benefits Records, Payroll Tax Records and Ground Tax Records. • WE COLLECT... Sales Tax, Group Tax.

With any remaining enthusiasm, time and money ... we Export, Import and Distribute tools! Sheryl Low and Michael De Jong (centre) with bridesmaid, Pinky Johnson, and best man, Len White, at the “altar”.

— ABW Tools Pty Ltd.



Richard Ohlrich with the QMBA Award for refurbishment and renovation at The Salisbury Hotel.

HE awards just keep rolling in for Hutchies in this year’s QMBA Housing and Construction Awards. Fairholme College Performing Arts Building won in the category of Education Facilities up to $3m and the Toowoomba Surgicentre won Health Facility up to $3m. Both projects posed some difficulties and were a credit to the team of architect P.F. Brammer, structural engineers Kehoe Meyers and services engineers Cushway Blackford & Associates. The Salisbury Hotel refurbishment won Hutchies the category of Refurbishment/Renovation up to $2m. The North Queensland team won a hat-trick with the $6m NORQEB Administration Building extensions and renovations, the $2.5m Southbank Function Centre in South Townsville and the $3.3m extension to the Townsville R.S.L.

Hutchies’ Paul Hart with Smorgon ARC’s Doug Runge at the QMBA Housing and Construction Awards.


ON a business trip to Boulia, Construction Manager, Barry Butterworth, recently made a nostalgic trip back to Camooweal, far north western Queensland, and visited the local hospital. In 1963, soon after commencing his apprenticeship with Hutchies, Barry was sent to Camooweal under foreman, Ray Brayley, and worked on the Camooweal Hospital. On his recent return, Barry found the building in perfect original condition, with not a sign of any structural problems!

TOP: Camooweal’s main street – the Barkly Highway. RIGHT: The hospital.

HUTCHIES’ AMAZING OUTBACK ADVENTURES TO CONTINUE AFTER completing the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton and the Fossil Museum at Richmond, Hutchies are now working on the Min Min Lights

Centre at Boulia. This project is fast taking shape and will become another popular destination on the outback tourist route.

After Hutchies’ long involvement with Outback tourism projects, this could be Barry Butterworth testing a new fleet vehicle for the bush. But no, Barry was trying out for Boulia’s annual Desert Sands 2000, a gruelling two kilometre camel race – the feature event of two days of celebration in the Land of the Min Min Light which includes a ball, concert, entertainment, fireworks and generally fooling around.



Scott turns big 40 and rages with the bulls


COTT Hutchinson turned 40 in August and had an early celebration at the famous annual Festival of St Fermin’s Running of the Bulls at Pamplona, Spain.

Helping Scott celebrate with gusto were Kevin Miller and Ric Bird of Property Solutions, Don O’Rorke and Mike Dodd of Consolidated Properties, Brian White from Ray White Real Estate. Running of the Bulls is played out daily in the Spanish town for a week with non-stop partying in between. Every morning, bulls are released into the streets and, with a minute’s headstart, brave locals and foolhardy tourists run ahead of them for a distance of about 900 metres into the packed Plaza del Toro bull ring. It is not without its risks and Scott nearly didn’t make his fortieth!

Scott risking all at Pamplona to celebrate turning 40 … and winning the Travelling Undies Award. The rolled up newspaper is what the runners use to prod the bulls.

Scott’s travelling companions for the Running of the Bulls – (from left) Don O’Rorke of Consolidated Properties, Ric Bird and Kevin Miller both of Property Solutions also win Travelling Undies Awards.



Lining up for work CHIEF Estimator, Keith Boucaut, recently turned 50 and friends dug into their archives for some memorabilia to remind him of the passing of the years. Picture shows 14-year-old Keith (5th from right) among an intake of apprentices who got to meet their new boss, Mr K.D. Morris, of K.D. Morris and Sons Pty Ltd, of South Brisbane, during December 1963.

Well and truly stumped... TOOWOOMBA Manager, Paul Hart, had Chief Estimator, Keith Boucaut stumped for a minute with a request for help to price a job north west of Oakey. Paul wrote: “I think I may need some help pricing the Rangemore State School refurbishment. Photo may help. I will send down plans and then we can discuss which trades you can price. Probably need help with paint and handrails. Regards, Paul”.

COOL COMPETITOR IN HOT CONTEST A COOL competitor in the hotly contested Travelling Undies was Conon Beale, who braved temperatures of three degrees outside the Jade Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, to win a prize. Conon’s true grit and determination win him a prize along with the boys in Spain.

WINNING SCRATCH-IT NUMBERS 4975 4999 5062 5112 5178 5226 5291 5324 5388 5424

Crow Measuring tape Hutchies’ T-shirt Port Hammer Crow Boxer shorts Port Hutchies’ T-shirt Hammer

5489 5546 5593 5649 5692 5761 5777 5829 5862 5946

Crow Harley shirt Port Boxer shorts Hutchies’ T-shirt Measuring tape Hammer Crow Hutchies’ T-shirt Boxer shorts

5998 6016 6082 6135 6177 6244 6286 6312 6383 6474

Harley shirt Hammer Port Crow Hammer Boxer shorts Port Hutchies’ T-shirt Hammer Port



West End Markets Redevelopment The $19m redevelopment of the West End Markets, incorporating basement carparking, Coles shopping centre, specialty shops and 62 residential units, is underway. Team includes Brian Griffin from Heritage Pacific as client, Russel McCart from Meridian Developments, Toohey Elliot, Mathew Caswell and Sandra Browne from Cottee Parker Architects, Gerald Croucher from structural engineers McWilliams, Ian Walker from mechanical and electrical engineers Property Technologies and Steve Paul from Steve Paul and Partners for hydraulics. Hutchies’ team is supervisor Ray Balladone, foremen Matt Hutton and Michael Byrne, and administrator Harry White.

Parkleigh Apartments, New Farm Stage Two of the Parkleigh Apartments complex valued at $1.7m comprises 14 units. Team includes architects Paul Lindsay and Associates, Whybird Farr Engineers and Chris Bristow and Associates on hydraulics. Hutchies’



Barry Butterworth team is foreman Mike Tickner, administrator Conon Beale and project manager Len White.

Sunnymeade Nursing Home A nursing home constructed by Hutchies 16 years ago is undergoing $1.6m worth of extensions. Team includes Andrew Dawson from architects Lambert and Smith, engineer John Batterham, Miro Bradicich from Bradicich and Associates for mechanical and electricals, and Richard Ralph from Ralph Engineering Concepts for hydraulics. Hutchies’ team is foreman Mal Ashford, administrator Conon Beale and project manager Len White.

Wilsonton Hotel, Toowoomba Extensive refurbishment to this hotel valued at $1.17m is

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus Pictured at the roof wetting of the extensions to the Information Services Centre of the Griffith University’s Mt Gravatt campus are (from left) Mal Ashford, Veronica Lampkin and Len White. being undertaken for the A.L.H. Group. Hutchies’ team is foreman Bill Henley, administrator Alex Seydel and project manager Paul Hart.

Irish Club, Mount Isa The Isa’s Irish Club – a well known club with members worldwide – is undergoing $8 million alterations and extension with completion

expected in June 2000. Team includes Craig Cornish of Project Leaders as project manager, Ian Garton of architects Ian Garton & Associates, Anthony Vose of engineers Bornhorst & Ward, Greg Hamilton from Hamilton Design Group for hydraulics, Think Tank on electrical and mechanicals and Tony Doyle of APD as quantity surveyor. Hutchies’ team is site manager Adam O’Mara and contract administrator Lionel Bolton.

Officeworks, Townsville

University of Queensland, Ipswich Campus THE new $17 million Ipswich campus of the University of Queensland which officially opened recently is emerging as one of the most innovative and modern learning centres in the country. The 215 ha campus, 1.5 kms from the Ipswich city


centre, has a history dating back to 1878 and contains 17 heritage listed buildings. Hutchies was awarded the $11.5 million tender to adapt six existing buildings for modern use and create landscaped gardens and walkways between the buildings.

North Queensland’s first Officeworks store is under construction in Hermit Park, Townsville. This $2.3 million project will soon be followed by a second store in Cairns. Our client, Peter Scott of CAMS Pty Ltd, is developing both sites. Team includes Nick Laforest of Laforest Management Group as project manager, Edgard Vatcky of Bird de la Coeur as architect, John Bergman of Sinclair Knight Merz on hydraulics, RST Airconditioning on mechanicals, Stowe Australia on electricals and Premier Fire. Hutchies’ team is site manager Noel O’Brien and contract administrator Pierre Kessler.


Hutchies’ very own ‘super cheap’ auto T

HE wackiest car in the Hutchies’ fleet was recently decommissioned after loyal, but inexpensive, service on Stradbroke Island. The old auto was purchased by the Hutchies’ gang for a super cheap $850, with nine months rego – just enough to complete the job. The Green Rocket used four litres of oil and 20 litres of water a week – and all she asked for to get her going in the morning was a push start down the hill. At the end of the job, she was sold off for $100 – just enough for four cartons of beer. Useful to the end!

Hutchies’ crew on board The Green Rocket at Stradbroke Island.


Paul De Jong (right) with Port Village owner, Steve Dowling.

Mrs Dowling ready to mount her ride.

HE recent roof wetting party at the Port Village shopping centre at Port Douglas was something to be remembered for a long time, with Jack’s wife, June, and daughter, Lindy, making the trip North to join in the festivity. The celebrations included a Harley Davidson motorcycle ride for the owner, Mrs Dowling, and extensive variety of presentations to staff which included the awards listed below. All money raised at the party was donated to charity.

Paul presents winner of the Lairy Shirt Day, Workplace Health and Safety Officer, Will Cotter, with his award.

Tree Stump Award Rod, Sally & Babe (Seafood House) Set Out Award John (Northern Formwork) Mike Tyson Award Kerry (Hutchinson Builders) The Noise Award Patrick and Vivien (Macrossan House) The Plug Award Lawrie (Babinda Electrical) The Hard Hats On Award Roofing Division (Hedley Plumbing) Learning to Drive Award Maurie (Murrell Crames) Give It A Go Award Wes (Oakdare Holdings)

Bare Foot Award I Gary (Gary Hunt & Partners) Bare Foot Award II Bob (Colefax Clayton Smith) The Truss Award Rob (Hutchinson Builders) Top Gun Award Gordon (Vantage Management) The 4 O’Clock Knock Off Award Mick (Hutchinson Sailors) The Shirtless Award Ben (Hutchinson Builders) Lairy Shirt Award Will (Hutchinson Builders)



Hutchies are proud supporters of the Cowgirls, cheer leaders for the Townsville Cowboys.


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E-mail helps Irish Club come on line H

UTCHIES are working with the Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO on a revolutionary construction management system being trialed on the refurbishment of the Irish Club in Mount Isa. The scheme involves site development information, such as architectural and structural drawings, being transmitted via e-mail between Brisbane and Mount Isa, rather than conventional methods, such as express delivery and fax. The Mount Isa Irish Club, Queensland’s largest club, is undergoing a three-stage $8 million extension and renovation. Dr Stephen Kajewski from the QUT School of Construction Management and Property said cutting edge technology developed by the University and the CSIRO was being used in the Irish Club project which will be used as a benchmark for future Australian web-based management trials. “This technology speeds up communication between head office in Brisbane and the people on the ground in Mount Isa because it eliminates several steps in data transfer,” Dr Kajewski said. “Architectural drawings, structural drawings and information requests are transmitted between head office and the site in a flash which will speed up the project time frame considerably.” Dr Kajewski said similar trials were taking place overseas and up to 10 Australian refurbishment and civil construction trials were planned in the next two years. “The construction industry has traditionally been very wary of taking on new technology but fortunately this project has some very progressive project managers and architects who were keen to get on board with the initial trial,” he said. Team includes Mt Isa Irish Club presi-

Hutchies are having a barrel of fun with the $8 million extension and refurbishment of the Mount Isa Irish Club, particularly relocating the keg-shaped bottleshop. dent, John Hetherton, and manager, Ben Gillic; Project Leaders with Bob Hornby as contract administrator, Craig Cornish as project manager and Ian Garton as project architect; APD Partnership as quantity surveyors with Tony Doyle and Kevin Quaite; Think Tank Pty Ltd with Peter Rosenzweig on mechanical and

electricals; Hamilton Design Group with Greg Hamilton on hydraulics; Bornhorst and Ward with Anthony Vose on structurals; and Curtin Qld with George Polichronis as kitchen consultant. Hutchies’ team is Adam O’Mara as site manager and Lionel Bolton as contracts administrator.

Mike does 20 years

Mike Tickner on the job.

MIKE Tickner has reached a milestone, having been with Hutchinson Builders for 20 years. Mike is one of Hutchies’ most respected site managers and is credited with completing projects to a high standard of finish. Many of his clients demand Mike for their next project. He immigrated from the UK in 1977, settled in Melbourne, then saw the light and came to Brisbane. Mike joined Hutchies as a carpenter and soon progressed to leading hand, foreman then construction supervisor. His latest jobs have included Tattersall’s Club redevelopment and Broncos Leagues Club. Thanks Mike for 20 years of great service.


Men at work...


Loyalty is a two-way street


Men at work in Mollison Street, West End.


OME people are opposed to progress and development, but Janet and Norman Richard, of Mollison Street, West End, don’t mind it. As a result life goes on as usual for them, while the $19 million redevelopment of the West End Markets, incorporating basement carparking, Coles shopping centre, specialty shops and 62 residential units, goes on around them. Rather than leave the only home they’ve known, the Richards decided to stay put as builders work on the project. During early discussions with the developers, Heritage Properties, in which a deal was mooted, the Richards made it clear they would not move and Heritage were told not to bother making an offer

— Photograph by David Kelly, the Sunday Mail.

for the house. The couple also declined a proposal to relocate them until work was completed. Hutchies’ Ray Balladone said he was amazed by the couple’s decision. For up to eight hours a day, the Richards shut the windows of their high set Queenslander to block out the sound of jackhammers, trucks and earth movers. Mrs Richards says it’s “one of the best things to happen in West End” and thinks the developers are “actually quite nice” – often entertaining them with cups of tea. “We’ve always had to put up with noise from the traffic, but to me, that’s the sound of men working,” Mrs Richards said.

New apprentices come on board HUTCHIES has always been a supporter of training in the building industry, particularly apprentice training. Our first apprentices for the new millennium are shown being signed on by Stephen Taffe from the Apprenticeship Centre. They are Mathew Lacoste, Stewart Tucknell and Ben Howard. Jeff Clements was the first this century to receive his letter (January 6) from the Department informing him that he had success-


HEAR a lot of talk from employers that company loyalty is rare nowadays, especially among the young. However, a special report in the Financial Review, October 1999, found many CEO’s now asking “How do we get high levels of loyalty from our employees when the organisation isn’t giving high levels of loyalty in return?” This is particularly relevant in our industry where hiring is usually on a project to project basis and few companies take on apprentices. The special report also acknowledged a strong relationship between employee loyalty, organisational loyalty and customer satisfaction. We believe that, at Hutchies, this relationship is strong and we are proud that many of our people are now five, 10 and 20 year company members. In the year 2000, Hutchies will employ 15 apprentices and I hope some of these people will be with us until retirement. — Scott Hutchinson, Managing Director


Passion Passion Passion Passion Passion Passion Passion

demands demands demands demands demands demands demands ★ ★ ★

Passion. Obsession. Enthusiasm. Fixation. People. Truth Loud. — Tom Peters

We’re here to live life loud. ★ ★ ★

— Emile Zola

If things seem under control – you’re not going fast enough. — Mario Andretti ★ ★ ★ fully completed his apprenticeship. Our other apprentices are: Dane Farmer, Keith Melksham, Nathan Ehr-

lich, Con Dunstan, Craig Brown, Jason Wilson, Carl Perri, David Hicks, Bill Leneham and Damien Berkett.

Systems are far more important than ever before. We are routinely accomplishing large projects working with hundreds of people ... many we have never met. — Tom Peters


Jack Hutchinson awarded Distinguished Constructor JACK Hutchinson has received the Queensland University of Technology’s Distinguished Constructor Award. This prestigious award, presented to Jack in December, was established by QUT to formally recognise significant achievements made by individuals to the Queensland construction industry. It is awarded to those who have left their mark on the industry and community through consistent service and achievement. Jack now joins Sir Leslie Thiess, Sir Manuel Hornibrook

and Mr Ian Barclay, CBE, in the Construction Hall of Fame at the University. Part of Jack’s citation read: “Jack Hutchinson has built his career on the qualities of integrity, honesty and fairness, gaining the respect of both his colleagues and employees. “Jack’s contribution to the industry has set him apart as one of Queensland’s most distinguished constructors. “His leadership style and integrity have made him one of the most respected figures in Queensland’s construction industry.”

June and Scott check out Jack’s addition to the Construction Hall of Fame at QUT.

Office hello and goodbye

Jack with Sir Leslie’s son, Geoff Thiess (left) and Ian Barclay (right) at the Distinguished Constructor of the Year Awards.

FLEUR Potter is the new Accounts Clerk and Tracey Ricketts is Scott Hutchinson’s new Personal Assistant. Tracey replaces Nicole Green who has returned to her home in Perth. Nicole had four years as Scott’s Personal Assistant, which should have earned her a medal! However, she settled for our best wishes and a party where she took the opportunity to show off her tattoo.

Fleur Potter and Tracey Ricketts.

Enter the dragons

Nice to see the back of you Nic! THIS month’s Bravery Award goes to Searle Balladone for his part in relocating water dragons at Inala Shopping Plaza where Hutchies are carrying out extensions. The water dragons are a feature of the watergardens, but had to be relocated during construction work. So ... enter Searle and exit the

dragons! While attempting to relocate the dragons, Searle was attacked and showed great speed to out-run them. The relocation was completed by David Harris from the University of Queensland. Searle and the dragons are happy the project has been completed.

Scott presents Nicole with her farewell gift.

Building appreciation ‘thank you’

THE following letter was received by Hutchies from Tim Bennetton, School of Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design, QUT: “Thank you very much for building products you supplied to the QUT School of Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design last semester. They were used for the subject ‘Science, Technology and Art’, where the architecture students got to realise their visions of potential ‘bridge’ systems in our workshop. There were a number of particularly attractive sculptures/structures made as part of the subject. Thanks again for your generous support.”



The party’s over for the 20th century

Jack with Constructor of the Year, Peter Haidley.

THE Hutchies’ family gathered at Seventeen Mile Rocks for the last annual Christmas Break-up Party and presentations for the 20th century. Those making history were: • Peter Haidley, Constructor of the Year 1999. • Sam Cassidy, Brian McMillan and Norm Norman chalked up five years’ service while Terry Wilson made his 10th year of service. • Best Suggestion Award went to Paul David and David Stark.

Long service achievers (from left) Sam Cassidy, Terry Wilson, Brian McMillan, Jack Hutchinson and Norm Norman.


Melbourne Cup Day at Hutchies was dominated by the ladies, pictured (from left) Karen, Shelley, Margaret, and Sarah.



Santa welcome at Children’s Christmas Party SANTA made a welcome apperance again at the Kids’ annual Christmas Party.

Everyone enjoyed an historic Christmas Party.

RIGHT: Tayla Doring was dwarfed by her present from Santa.

Santa with Sally Byrne and Mum.

Nicholas Stone reckons you are never too big to sit on Santa’s knee.

LEFT: Shelley Stone hoping for a nice Christmas present.

Beau Berkett meets Father Christmas.



Holy Trinity Rectory, Fortitude Valley These additions and alterations valued at $250,000 represent the third project undertaken for the Church since November 1999 with John Clarke from Parish Clarke Architects. Team is supervisor Glen Pettis, foreman Jim O’Sullivan and administrator/project manager Bernie Read.

Coles Supermarket, Caloundra Undergoing a $2.2m refurbishment, this Coles store has the third largest turnover in Australia. Team includes architect Tim O’Donnell of Powell Dodds Thorp, structural engineers Saunders & Partners, Steve Paul & Partners on hydraulics and D. Middleton & Associates on mechanical and electricals. Hutchies’ team is supervisor Neil Bladen, foreman Peter Haidley, administrator Tim Ferguson and project manager Richard Graham.

Westpac Bank, Southport Construction of this $1m drive-in bank is being project



Barry Butterworth managed by Steve Pink of Consolidated Properties. Other team members include George Fatseas of architects Nettleton Tribe, John Stone of Burchill Partners on structurals, Steve James of James Design on mechanical, electrical and hydraulics. Hutchies’ team is foreman Syd Britton, administrator Dave Smyth and project manager Len White.

Crushers Leagues Club, The Grange This two storey extension to the existing club premises is valued at more than $211,000. Team includes David Cox of David Cox Architects, N.P. Krogh Structural Engineers and Haden Engineering on mechanical and electricals. Hutchies’ team is supervisor Bernie Read, foreman Glen Pettis, administrator Richard Ohlrich and project manager Barry Butterworth.

Thornton on St Crispins, Port Douglas

Franklins Shopping Centre, Port Douglas

Our North Queensland branch is building this $2m block of 13 units designed by architects, Gary Hunt & Partners. Other team members include Bob Colefax on structurals, Lincolne Scott on mechanical and electricals and Parker Hydraulics Cons. Group. Hutchies’ team is supervisor Ron Colefax, foreman Kym Walton, administrator Tony Doulis and project manager Robert Weymouth.

Tilt panel construction is being used in this $2.28m shopping centre which includes supermarket, specialty shops, carpark and landscaping. Team includes Doug Robertson of Robertson Project Management, Matthew Caswell of Cottee Parker Architects, Jim Whybird of structural engineers Whybird Farr, Lionel Ferris on electricals and Steve James on mechanicals from James Design, Mark Kane from Thomas Kane on hydraulics and Bill Wilkes from Rider Hunt as quantity surveyor. Hutchies’ team is foreman Noel McPherson, administrator Pierre Kessler and project manager Robert Weymouth.

GSM Building Extension, Griffith University The existing Graduate School of Management at Griffith University is undergoing a $161,000 extension which is being project managed by Jack Tattis from the University. Other team members include Phillips Smith Conwell as architects and Bob Cambridge from structural engineers Alexander Browne Cambridge & Partners. Hutchies’ team is supervisor Bernie Read, foreman Glen Pettis, administrator Richard Ohlrich and project manager Barry Butterworth.

Officeworks, Cairns North Queensland’s second Officeworks store is underway in Cairns at a cost of $2.5m. Team includes Laforest Management Group, Edgard Vatcky of Bird de la Coeur as architect, John Bergman of Sinclair Knight Merz on structurals, Mick Pawelko of Stowe Australia on electricals, Pat Flanagan from Flanagans Consulting Group on hydraulics and Napier Blakley Pty Ltd as quantity surveyors. Hutchies’ team is foreman Noel O’Brian, administrator David Christoffersen and project manager Robert Weymouth.

Beach Houses, Cape Tribulation, NQ

Sunnymeade Park Nursing Home ADDITION of the $1.6m Seahaven Wing to the Sunnymeade Nursing Home has been completed for clients, Margaret and Les Walker, pictured with architect, Peter Smith (right) of Lambert & Smith Architects.


Tourist cabins in the style of beach houses are being built in this once remote area at a cost of $1.2m. The project is being managed by Vince Corry of the Blades Project Group with Tony Marksey from Macksey Rush Architects and Bruce Lemke as structural engineer. Hutchies’ team is foreman Mick De Jong, administrator David Christoffersen and project manager Robert Weymouth.


• Mick McKendry of Templetons Insurance (left) and Noel Tidmarsh of Decina Bathroomware took their undies to Padang, Indonesia. This did nothing to improve diplomatic relations between the two countries and caused some civil unrest.

• John Mason, of John Mason Project Management in Melbourne, took his undies to the Antarctica. His analysis proves that the undies are excellent for the tropics but not totally satisfactory in a blizzard. John is pictured on Gourdin Island just off the Antarctic Peninsula.

• Richard Graham was caught with his pants down by Constable Ian Carroll, who is to be commended for quickly diffusing a potentially dangerous situation of indecent exposure.

Travelling Undies exposed FANS of Hutchies’ Undies will be ecstatic to learn that a new run of undies, in an even more exciting design, is underway. The undies continue to travel and some excellent contributions have been received. Remember, send in your pictures, and the more unusual or exotic the location, the higher you score. Pictured above are this edition’s winners.

Social Club celebrates A Country and Western night was held at Toowong Rowing Club with entertainment by Toby Tyler and The Country Boys. The “Scarecrow for Hire” had a remarkable resemblance to Jack, and was recommended for a number of uses, including scaring away birds (young and old) and lovers of classical music.

Pictured at the Strategic Planning weekend were (from left to right) Jason Williams, Alex Seydel, Paul Hart, George Bellas, Keith Boucaut and Harry White.

Planning for the future

HUTCHIES’ inaugural Strategic Planning weekend held at Clear Mountain Resort went extremely well. All of those who attended had something to contribute and it gave us a chance to share ideas without the interruptions of the working day. Having examined Strategic Planning, we intend to have an Operational Planning weekend later this year, which will explore in detail ways of improving the day to day operations of the company.

Kinco Constructor of the Year

George is a winner... twice over DOUBLE celebrations for our Trainee Design Manager, George Bellas. As well as receiving a QMBA Award for the AAMI building on the Gold Coast in the category of Office Accommodation over $1 million, he has announced his engagement to Penny Meltzinitis.

Jose Aldebot

WINNER of Kinco Constructor of the Year and recipient of a pair of R.M. Williams’ boots is estimator/project coordinator, Jose Aldebot. Jose, 28, studied Construction Engineering Technology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and three years of architecture in the Dominican Republic. He joined Kinco in 1994 and is currently working on the Little Rock National Airport project.



HEAD OF Far out Scratch-it winners BRISBANE REGATTA WE wish to thank the following subcontractors and business friends for their support in sponsoring the Castaway Head of the Brisbane Regatta on February 5. The Regatta raises funds to support Toowong Rowing Club. Jack Hutchinson, President of the Club, is very appreciative of their assistance and asks Hutchies’ company members to support them whenever possible. The sponsors were: RACE SPONSORS BANK OF QUEENSLAND BHP REINFORCING PRODUCTS HUTCHINSON BUILDERS TALBOT PRESS PTY LTD TOOWONG MITSUBISHI GENERAL SPONSORS A & A PAINTERS A APPROVED AIR PTY LTD ADVANCE RENTALS PTY LTD APEX CONTRACTORS – PLUMBING & DRAINAGE AUSTRALIAN TEMPORARY FENCING JOHN BARNES & CO (Q) PTY LTD

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CONSTRUCTION of the West End Markets at South Brisbane is proceeding well and running almost 10 weeks ahead of schedule. The relationship with the neighbours continues to be harmonious. Norman and Janet Richards, who

live in the house surrounded by the project, are happy with the progress and Janet often provides coffee or tea for the boys on the job. One of the Hutchies team, Ian Hutton, also received an engagement present from the couple.

Paul De Jong (far right) with Peter Singleton, Richard Field and Robert Weymouth in front of Officeworks Cairns prior to attending the Architects Awards night.

Northern exposure

PAUL de Jong has taken up residency in Cairns, giving Hutchies a permanent presence there. Hutchies have had an office in Townsville for more than 20 years, but because the company has been working in Cairns and Port Douglas continuously for the past five years, it is appropriate that a permanent office be established further north. Paul is a positive thinker and a real “doer” and his ability to motivate his men and move a job is second to none.

Far North Queensland crew including Richard Field, Paul De Jong, Ron Colefax and Noel McPherson in front of Hutchies’ Float in the Port Douglas Carnival Parade. Check out the boxers!


Jeff aims for the stars

Jeff Lacoste on the job in television land.

HUTCHIES’ carpenter, Jeff Lacoste, could be changing careers soon. Jeff made his debut as a television star recently on Channel Ten, when he appeared on a show to explain what a carpenter’s job was all about. Jeff reckons a television star’s life has a lot of appeal ... acting classes, new wardrobe, make-up and a new hairdo and he could be on his way ... then again, it might be easier to front up on site as a chippie and strap on the tools.

Hutchies takes the driving seat in $60m truck project PAUL Gourley has swapped his short sleeve shirts and slacks for thermal underwear as he heads for his new assignment in Kelowna, Canada, where the weather forecast later this year is -10°C. Paul departs in July to manage the $60 m design and construction of the national headquarters for Western Star Trucks in Kelowna. Hutchies continues its foray into international projects to maintain the close association with Western Star Trucks after completing various other projects for them in Canada and Australia. Paul is experienced in large scale design and construct projects, including the $200m Laguna Quay Resort on the Whitsunday Coast with resort, township, 18-hole golf course, five star golf lodge, marina, with condominiums and units. The project is being developed on an area of approx 60 acres and will include a 40,000 sq.m plant for manufacturing 40 trucks per day with 1000 people on the production line. The project also will include offices for 500 people, support buildings, test track, apron slabs, car parking for 1500 cars, landscaping and infrastructure to the site, an arterial road and a future sub-division.

Paul dressed for the weather in Kelowna, with beanie, computer, and a scale model of a Western Star truck to remind him of the task ahead. Hutchies’ role is to manage the design and construct of the project using local subcontractors and suppliers, with a continuing role in the development of the future sub-division.


IT was with regret that we were told recently that Jack McLaney had passed away. Jack was with Hutchies from 1930 to 1970, having started as a labourer before moving quickly to Leading Foreman. Jack’s jobs included the NCR Building in Leichhardt Street and Camden home units in Hamilton. His projects had a reputation of outstanding quality. He will be sadly missed.

LEFT: In his younger days, on top of a television tower at Channel 2, Mount Coot-tha. INSET: A recent photo of Jack.


FROM THE CHAIRMAN HUTCHIES’ Truth has been accused (occasion- Jack Hutchinson ally) of political incorrectness. We don’t set out to offend and apologise if this has happened. We regularly receive email from our sister company in Arkansas and that recently included the following reproduced points from a Bill Gates’ speech to high school graduates in which he hit out at some forms of political correctness. Rule 1. Life is not fair, get used to it. Rule 2. The world won’t care about your self esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Rule 3. You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both. Rule 4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure. Rule 5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity. Rule 6. If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them. Rule 7. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try ‘delousing’ the closet in your own room. Rule 8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. Rule 9. Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time. Rule 10. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. Rule 11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Social page hit HUTCHIES’ Richard Ohlrich and Argentinian Dancer, Cindy Minsoni, made a stunning couple when they were photographed at one of Brisbane’s nightspots and featured in the Sunday Mail social pages.


Social Club in jail; it had to happen! THE Social Club’s latest outing was long overdue, with all guests ending up in jail. The outing landed our crowd on St Helena Island, site of an early Queensland prison. Guests boarded the Lady Brisbane at Bretts Wharf for a leisurely trip to Moreton Bay. The crew kept the members under control by telling them that if they didn’t behave, they would be left behind in chains. The prison had an eerie feel about it at night, with the lights of Brisbane in the background. A good time was had by all and, happily, nobody was left behind.

Hutchies’ crew was under threat of being left behind if they didn’t behave.

Members of the Social Club head for jail in style.

RIGHT: The female contingent of the Hutchies’ Social Club chose to spend their weekend away visiting the Stanthorpe wineries. They may not have returned as wine connoisseurs but they are certainly consumers and know how to have a good time. Pictured (from left) Shelley, Jackie and Margaret enjoying the wine tours while Tracey is off stomping grapes.

Paul David in suave mode.

Licensed to thrill

PAUL David recently proved that, not only does he have James Bond good looks and style, but he also has 007’s daring, when he disturbed a tall athletic chap going through the petty cash tin in Hutchies’ reception area on a Sunday morning. Paul challenged the thief, who took off. Paul went in hot pursuit, but after a thrilling car chase, the thief managed to slip away. It’s not likely that he will be back, realising something that we all know - that it is hard and dangerous work trying to get money out of Hutchies!

Mary-Jeanne christens the HUTCHIES strengthened their relationship with Brisbane Boys’ College recently, when Scott Hutchinson’s wife, Mary-Jeanne, christened the new Under 16 First Eight rowing shell – the Scott Hutchinson. The boat went on to come second in the Head of the River.

Scott Hutchinson at BBC. The christening was held at Brisbane Boys’ College, Toowong. Hutchies have done many projects at the school including Library Resource Centre, Boarding House, Dining Room, Junior School and Tuckshop. Scott is a BBC Old Boy and has always kept in contact with the school.



Moreton Island revisited ONCE again the now famous Moreton Island fishing trip was a great success, even though the weather was less then perfect. This year we changed the date to June, as it is a better time of year for the fish to bite. This would seem to be a bit of a myth if you go by the record catch of one – caught

by our fulltime fisherman Rex. The unluckiest fish in the ocean was a 150mm Dart. Saturday night’s Mad Hatters’ Ball managed to bring some weirdos out of the cupboard and none greater than Paul Adams’ hat, which consisted of a loaf of bread, that Paul Hart proceeded to eat before final judging.

The judges (Scott Hutchinson and Stan the chef) awarded First Prize to Matthew Mooney for his masterpiece that was a mock up of Hutchies’ camp, with four-wheel drives included. Second Prize went to Mal Johnson for flowers growing out of his head. A special award went to

Paul Hart and Paul Adams, for their effort in devouring the hat before judging was complete. The Best and Fairest Award at the Beer Swilling Table was awarded to Brian McMillian for the mammoth effort. Congratulations and our admiration to Brian who has become a legend.

Jose ‘given the boot’ JACK Hutchinson recently attended Kinco’s 13th Annual Industry Celebration Awards Banquet at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas, as a guest presenter for one of the key awards. Jack presented the “Constructor of the Year Award” to Jose Aldebot, who was also given a

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Jack Hutchinson presents the “Constructor of the Yea Award” to Kinco’s Jose Aldebot.



PIDGEON HEADQUARTERS HUTCHIES recently completed construction of the head office for F.A. Pidgeon at Davies Corporate Park, Brisbane, which will accommodate offices for John and Valmae Pidgeon. The developer was Cornerstone Developments and Hutchies’ team on the job were very pleased with the results.

▲ Only kidding! This is a ring-in photo from a fishing trip by Hutchies’ associated company, Kinco, in the USA. This haul came from a trip to the Gulf of Mexico. Seems the next Hutchies’ fishing trip should be to USA or the Kinco team needs to come to Moreton to show how it’s done.

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ABOVE: Head office of F.A. Pidgeon. INSET: Hutchies’ boys on the job Alan Mathews, Ross Durey and Mango.

Wayne learns to throw a few down RIGHT: Wayne throws one down the green at Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club.

Wayne throws a few down at the bar with (from left) John O’Brien, Senior Vice President; Des Wilson, President; and Wayne Moffatt, Secretary/Manager.

HUTCHIES’ Wayne Cullen received some good tips from experts on throwing a few down, when he attended the recent President’s Day at the Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club. Wayne was one of the guests invited after Hutchies and Project Leaders Australia completed a successful TAB refurbishment at the Club. Hutchies and Project Leaders have since been commissioned to undertake Master Plan drawings for the future development of the Bowls Club.



Dockside – Stage 7, Myora Apartments As one of the final stages of Dockside, the $7.5 million works comprise a six-storey building containing 52 apartments with two levels of basement car parking. Proprietor, Stencraft, nominated Stewart Payne Architects as the head superintendent. Other team members include Robert Bird and Partners on structurals, Hasthill Consultants on mechanical and electricals, Beavis and Cochrane on hydraulics and quantity surveyors, Napier Blakeley. Hutchies’ team is Gerry Reid as foreman, Richard Graham as both administrator and project manager and Neil Bladen as supervisor.

Roma Street Parklands Package 32 – Activity Centre This $1.4 million Activity Centre and Police Station comprise the structure only and is subcontracted from the AbiGroup working with George Graham. Architect is Grant Spork from PARC with Sinclair Knight Merz on structurals, Frank Carlow from Basset Consulting Engineers, Mark Kane from Thomson Kane on hydraulics and quantity surveyors, Gray Robinson Cottrell. Hutchies’ team is Tim Fergu-



Barry Butterworth son administrator, Richard Graham project manager, Neil Bladen supervisor and Alan Matthews foreman.

Shrine of Our Blessed Mother The job comprises construction of a Sanctuary Platform which includes altar, memorial wall, choir tiered platform and stairs to the Chapel level. The stairs are dedicated to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Upper level has a timber framed Praying Deck adjacent to the statue of the Blessed Mother which is on a structural steel support decorated with leaves of C-RFC and polished panels. A concrete ramp connects this area to the existing Chapel. Project manager for this $160,000 job is Robert Hornsby of Ove Arup. Hutchies’ team is Barry Butterworth project manager, Richard Ohlrich administrator, Russell Duncan foreman and Glen Pettis supervisor.

Western Star Trucks World Headquarters Kelowna, B.C. Canada SITUATED on approximately 60 acres, this $60m project consists of the following buildings: 11,900 m2 office; 39,750 m2 plant; 14,910 m2 kitting; 4,250 m2 cobco; and 550 m2 dyno building. The team includes: Western Star Trucks, Trudy Houghton, project manager; architect Chris Bozyk of Christopher Bozyk Architects; Matt Cameron of Reid Crowther and Partners as engineers. Paul Gourley joined Hutchies to handle the design and construction of this project and work will be managed in conjunction with Barry Butterworth. The project is due for completion July 2002. (See story on Page 1).

Faith Lutheran College, Plainlands The first stage construction of this new school includes some infrastructure works and the administration building. The $1.1m project has been fully designed and project managed by Project Services. Hutchies’ team includes Bill Henley foreman, Alex Seydel project manager and Paul Hart area manager.

Qld Government criteria registration MANY people have asked recently about our allowable annual turnover and project value, under the Queensland Government’s Pre-Qualification Criteria Registration. As at June 30, 1999, the allowable annual turnover in the government sector was $157,963,537 and maximum government building project value based on allowable annual turnover in government sector was $52,654,512. We believe no other 100 per cent Queensland owned company has higher allowances. Hutchies has a proud history on government projects and looks forward to working with the Queensland Government in the future.


Graham Centre Downlands College, Toowoomba Construction has started on the $700,000 extension to the performing arts complex. The new centre will provide state of the area facilities for Downlands students. The design and project management team is Tabletop Architects Planner and engineers are headed by Denis Brown. Hutchies’ team is Noel Smith foreman, Alex Seydel project manager and Paul Hart area manager

Supercheap, Maryborough Maryborough is the site of the newest Supercheap store being project managed by Blades Services with Buccan Architects, Bruce Lemcke on structurals, Ashburner Francis on mechanical and electricals and Rocol on hydraulics. Hutchies’ team is Dave Smyth administrator, Terry Wilson foreman and Len White supervisor.

Car Showrooms, Cleveland Two new car showrooms valued at $1.5m are under construction for Earle Taylor. Team includes Blades Services as project managers, Cottee Parker Architects, Bruce Lemcke on structurals, Ashburner Frances on mechanical and electricals and Rocol on hydraulics. Hutchies’ team is Len White project manager, Dave Smythe administrator and Syd Britton foreman.

Waltzing Matilda Centre, Longreach

What’s so mysterious about this photo? See the story on the next page titled “A job to die for...”

Project consists of a $230,000 extension to the original outback Centre which Hutchies built three years ago. Architect is Robin Retchford with Ted Harvey as engineer. Hutchies’ team is Len White project manager, Robert Archibald administrator and Lionel Mitchell foreman.


A night to remember – if only they could...

HUTCHIES’ team made a good impression when they were photographed (above and right) at the Queensland Master Builders Association Awards with QMBA’s Vicky Anne... But something strange happened between the end of the Awards and return to work, when Dave Smythe (far right and inset) showed up with a fine example of a black eye!

High-powered receptionist ONE of the first people visitors meet at Hutchies is high-powered, Melissa Henderson, on reception. Melissa worked at a chartered accountants office before joining Hutchies. She fit in immediately as an efficient and cheerful addition to the team in a most important job. Melissa causes major disruption in neighbouring factories – particularly at the next door bath manufacturer, Decina – when she arrives at work on her 250cc Yamaha motorcycle. Local workers are fascinated as Melissa slips out of her riding leathers, to switch from the girl on the bike, to the girl on the front desk.

Melissa – ready for work.

It’s a job to die for...

Barry Butterworth in front of the controversial monument built by Hutchies in 1982.

HUTCHIES has sprung to the defence of one of Brisbane’s most controversial landmarks – the Brisbane Rotary monument on the corner of Wickham and Ann Streets, at the city’s northern entrance. Hutchies did the job in 1982 and the formwork used is still in the possession of Barry Butterworth. Because of Hutchies’ sentimental attachment, Scott has declared he will lie down in front of the bulldozers to protect the monument. Lord Mayor Jim Soorley has offered to drive the bulldozer. Hold on, Lord Jim! You might be the Lord Mayor, but if Scott is offering to lie down in front of the ’dozers, there could be a few blokes ahead of you in the queue.



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HUTCHIES has hung the sign on some unusual projects in the past 88 years, but this one takes some beating. Kevin Hall, is shown putting the finishing touches to a cubby house at Susan Blue’s residence.





Casuarina Beach – 20 year dream becomes a reality!

Artist’s impression of Casuarina’s Beachside Village with the “Australian beach house” architecture which will feature at the new development.

HUTCHIES’ construction signs on beachfront land, 20 kms south of the New South Wales/Queensland border, signals that a 20 year dream is becoming a reality. Casuarina Beach, earmarked for development since the early 1980s, is now taking shape as a $650 million master-planned oceanfront township, designed to accommodate 5,000 new residents. Hutchies have started on the first stage of the $38 million civil project. When a new road linking the town to the Pacific Highway is completed, Casuarina Beach will be an hour and 10 minutes drive from Brisbane and 13 minutes from Coolangatta Airport. The town has been designed so that all houses will be no more than a five minute bicycle ride from the beach or the shops. The second stage of the town will include between 50 and 100 apartments in buildings with a three-storey height limit.

Scott Hutchinson, Hutchies’ Managing Director; Trevor Giles, D & C Manager; John Berlese, Project Manager; and Jeff Miller, Site Manager, at Casuarina Beach. Photo: Andrew Carlile

Christmas Message HUTCHIES wish all our friends and their families a happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We have enjoyed sharing 2000 with you and look forward to being together throughout 2001.

Scott Hutchinson; Cr Lynne Beck, Mayor Tweed Shire Council; Dr Jim Gallagher, Chairman Northern Development Task Force; and Don O’Rourke, Consolidated Properties, celebrate the commencement of construction of Casuarina Beach on September 11, 2000. Photo: Andrew Carlile


Made in Singapore. Stored in Australia!

FROM THE CHAIRMAN THE following Code of Ethics was developed Jack Hutchinson recently. We felt it appropriate that it be published in Hutchies’ Truth. A Code of Practice was also developed and will be sent to all company members.

CODE OF ETHICS 1. To strive for world’s best practice in all stages of the building process. 2. To strive to delight our clients. 3. To show a high level of loyalty to company members, and to encourage long term employment. 4. To respect the inherent dignity of the individual.

Australian and Singaporean dignitaries were on hand to celebrate turning of the sod for the storage facilities belonging to the Singapore Armed Forces. THE island nation of Singapore has limited land available for development, which has resulted in the installation of overseas storage facilities for the Singapore Armed Forces near Rockhampton on the central coast of Queensland.

6. To act in accordance with the spirit as well as the letter of the law. 7. To apply fair treatment, courtesy, reasonable and honest conduct in the efficient operation of our business. 8. To support training and development. 9. To act in the best interests of the building and construction Industry.

Artist’s impression of the new facilities.

The warehouse facilities will provide for the storage of vehicles and maintenance support. Vehicles will be transported from Rockhampton to Shoalwater Bay for training exercises and then returned for storage and repairs. The facilities provide for the storage of 250 army vehicles and will have a fully equipped workshop for ongoing maintenance of the army vehicles. A portion of the facility will be capable of providing temporary storage of aircraft, with a clear span of 70 metres and an overhead mobile hoist will be installed within the temporary aircraft storage for emergency maintenance and repairs. The building is approximately 173 metres long and 70 metres wide, generally 4 metres high, with the temporary aircraft hanger 9.5 metres high and workshop 6 metres high. Building floor area is approximately 12,100 sq metres, including an adjoining office of 170 sq metres. Included within the main storage facility will be an additional equipment store of 780 sq metres.The project also will


5. To place the welfare, health and safety of the community before sectional or private interests.

provide for additional vehicle wash bays. The $4.9 million contract started on October 9, 2000, with handover expected in April 2001.

10. To act in the best interests of free enterprise and support healthy and informed competition.

— Jack Hutchinson Chairman

RETIREMENT FOR A “SPELL” LONG-time Hutchies employee, Bob Wilkinson, retired on July 24 and was farewelled at a BBQ, where his wife, Joan, recited a lovely poem she had written to express what Bob’s time at Hutchies and his retirement meant to both of them.

Joan Wilkinson recites her poem for husband, Bob, on his retirement.

The poem reads ...

R E T I R E M E N T Realisation has come today that Each person, maybe, will pass this way. Time, age, impatience – have finally been heeded In Hutchinson building firm, Bob has always felt needed. Retirement now will be at his leisure Evermore, forever, it is his to treasure. Maybe movies, bowling and fishing Even touring, he’ll bravely be wishing. No more early mornings – just time to savour... That’s contentment Bob, because you’ve finished your hard labour!

• Hutchies’ best wishes to Bob for a long and happy, well-deserved, retirement.


Prize for capturing Boulia Min Min Light

Hutchies’ recently won QMBA award for the Min Min Light centre is shown off at the Boulia Golf Club. The delight and pride of the community was high as the trophy was handed around the bar.

Just what is the Min Min experience? THE Min Min Encounter is a unique theatrical experience incorporating animatronics, fibre optics and loads of other high tech wizardry. The Encounter is a tribute to the long honoured art of the bush yarn, all based around the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. At the Min Min Encounter, tourists have an outback experience like no other. In the 45 minute show, visitors are introduced to the story of the Min Min Light by various characters who

claim to have seen the mysterious light. During the Show spectators are taken on a journey through the Min Min country to have their own Min Min experience complete with spine tingling effects and an unpredictable ending. Delicious fresh lunches, cold drinks and the best cappuccino in the Outback complete the experience.

HUTCHIES has won a Queensland Master Builders Association award for its construction of Queensland’s newest tourist attraction – the Min Min Encounter at Boulia, near the Northern Territory border. The award highlighted Hutchies’ ability to work in isolated areas. This building was designed to accommodate an animated, audio-visual presentation with special effects to illustrate the mythical Min Min Light. As Boulia is isolated and without local resources of labour and materials, careful planning was required to provide a building suited to the purpose and the western Queensland environment. Off-site prepared elements were used wherever possible with sizes limited to the light cranage available. The limited budget was met with very tight control at all times. Construction comprised of an all steel structural frame clad in Colorbond finished corrugated zincalume sheeting. An arched roof canted at five degrees spans the 400 square metre theatre with a lower roof system covering the souvenir shop, cafe and amenities. The building is insulated and airconditioned. The site was fully landscaped with the street pavement laid with new pavers to complete the total development. Some restoration work was carried out to the front of the adjoining Shire Hall and an extension containing new toilets and a bar facility added.

Experience, reputation help results • The Queensland Master Builders Association recently published this article on Hutchies which highlights the company’s strengths as viewed by the QMBA.

Deepest innermost thoughts of the Sensitive New Aged Guys found on all Hutchies’ building sites.

ESTABLISHED in 1912, Hutchinson Builders is a fourth generation private company totally committed to the construction industry in the long term. With a clear focus on maintaining the family connection, members hold important positions within the company, such as Managing Director, Scott Hutchinson, and Chairman of Directors, Jack Hutchinson. The company is solidly backed by a portfolio of ungeared property and no operated borrowings, with their main office in Brisbane, and others in Townsville and Toowoomba. Since their beginning, Hutchinson Builders has been a construction industry model of reliability, quality and stability. Their clients include many of Australia’s largest corporations, who remain referees to their performance. Throughout Hutchinson’s 87 year history, the company has completed projects throughout Australia, including projects

in the Central Business Districts and in remote country areas and offshore islands. Projects span all areas of construction including commercial, industrial, residential, civil, refurbishment and high-rise projects. Hutchinson Builders has worked with all major forms of construction contracts and have an impeccable reputation for honesty, integrity and fair dealing. Their superior service is built on well respected office, and on-site staff, many of whom have been with the company for most of their working lives. They have on staff tradesmen including carpenters, bricklayers, plumbers, concreters, plasterers and tilers. The security of their client’s projects is protected by their prudent financial management. Any enquiries are welcome to their accountant or bank manager who are available to answer any questions.



Anything you can do, we can do better OVER at Kinco, Hutchies’ sister company in Little Rock, Arkansas, Doug Wasson, Vice President of Construction, presented Ricky Cole, Superintendent, with his 10-year anniversary gift, which was a Colt 45 Single Action Pistol (1873 Peace Maker). Not to be outdone, Barry Butterworth and Michael Crossin took the opportunity during a visit to the Singaporean Military Base near Rockhampton to shop around for a suitable prize for a new Hutchies’ Award which will be known as The Big Shot. Any nominations?

ABOVE: Barry Butterworth (left) and Michael Crossin with their proposed prize. RIGHT: Kinco’s Vice President of Construction (left), presented Ricky Cole, Superintendent, with his gift.

International flavour for Undies TRAVELLING Undies in this edition takes on a cultural tone with a visit to Paris, where people don’t believe in undies, and to Boulia, home of the Min Min Light. At first we thought Shane Tyson had dropped his pants in a time honoured Australian salute to the Eiffel Tower. But no, he had cleverly slipped on a pair of Hutchies’ Undies beneath his floral board shorts, to display the benefits of underwear to the French. His daring and humanitarian interests make him a winner. • MEANWHILE, at Boulia in the Great Australian Outback, Len White teamed his undies with a cowboy hat and an icy cold beer to create something of which legends are made. Tourists often report seeing strange things in the bush around Boulia, but the apparition of Len walking towards you in his undies and beer in hand has got nothing to do with the Min Min Light! Len is a winner for putting Hutchies’ Undies into Australian folk history, along with Waltzing Matilda and the Man from Snowy River.



Apprentices: leaders of the future APPRENTICE Training Day in September saw a large number of apprentices visit headquarters at Seventeen Miles Rocks as part of their learning program. Hutchies has a policy of training and promoting from within and, as a result, some senior staff in the company today started out as Hutchie apprentices many years ago.

Pictured from left (rear) Cassidy Holland, Dane Farmer, David Hicks, Conon Dunstan, James Carr, Mathew Lacoste, (front) Jason Wilson, Ben Howard, Damien Berkett, Nathan Ehrlich and Bill Lenehan.

New wave of surfers go O.S. SOME ageing local surfers who take part in an annual surfing safari recently hit the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, in search of the perfect wave. Transport for their quest was on board Neptune I, a converted 1947 Japanese Coast Guard vessel.

Onboard Neptune 1, from left (rear) Scott Hutchinson; Brian White, Ray White; Tony O’Neil, PRD Realty; Mark Laurie, Axis Advertising; Don Dietz, PRD Realty; George Wales; Gordon Douglas, PRD Realty; Dr Stephen White; Dr Jim Hallan, and (front) Don O’Rorke, Drew Douglas, Douglas Wenck and Gus Campbell, Skipper of Neptune 1.

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Artist’s impression of the Fisherman Islands treatment plant.

Fisherman Islands Development THIS project is a new treatment plant consisting of three-tilt panel building, 3,500m of handstand and 3,500m of concrete paving. Job value is $2.6m. Hutchies Administrator: Russell Fryer; Hutchies Foreman: Mal Ashford; Hutchies Supervisor: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies Cost Planner: Wayne Cullen; Architect Firm: Auscad Drafting; Structural Engineering Firm: Knight Consulting; Civil Engineering Firm: Ralph Engineering; Electrical Firm: Ron Brennan

Western Star Trucks – Stage II A NEW production shed extension (1,000m) including 1,000m of roofed drying area. New office extension including refurbishment of existing office. Job value $2.1m. Hutchies Administrator: Russell Fryer; Hutchies Foreman: Ian Partridge; Hutchies Supervisor: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies Cost Planner: Wayne Cullen; Architect Firm: Lambert & Smith; Structural Engineering Firm: Farr Engineers;




Barry Butterworth Civil Engineering Firm: Farr Engineers; Electrical Firm: Hembrou’s Electrical.

Aspley Leagues Club EXTENSIONS and refurbishment to Aspley Leagues Club project valued at $1.8m. Hutchies Project Manager: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies Administrator: San dra Geekie; Hutchies Foreman: Glen Pettis; Hutchies Supervisor: Barry Butterworth;

Architect Firm: Project Leaders Aust; Structural Engineering Firm: McWilliams Consulting; Civil Engineering Firm: McWilliams Consulting; Electrical Firm: Meinhardt Consulting Engineers.

Military Logistics Rockhampton CONSTRUCTION of warehouse and attached office for all Singaporean Military Aircraft. Hutchies Project Manager: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies Administrator: Os Blacker; Hutchies Foreman: Don Lindo; Hutchies Supervisor: Don Lindo; Architect Firm: Nettleton Tribe; Structural Engineering Firm: McVeigh Consultants; Civil

Engineering Firm: Maunsell McIntyre; Electrical Firm: James Design.

Roma St Parklands PROJECT includes roof trusses and finishes package to two buildings and 3,000m of pavement including blade structures, painting, and tiling and exposed concrete. Hutchies Project Manager: Neil McLeod; Hutchies Administrator: Neil McLeod; Hutchies Foreman: Alan Mathews; Hutchies Supervisor: Barry Butterworth; Architect Firm: AbiGroup; Structural Engineering Firm: Sinclair Knight & Merz; Civil Engineering Firm: Thomson Kane; Electrical Firm: Barry Webb.

Artist’s impression of the Western Star Trucks project.


Social outings never a drag SOCIAL Club outings are never a drag, but the exception was a recent night of fun and entertainment at Groucho’s Theatre Restaurant, with partying continuing on into the night.

Pictured at Groucho’s (from left) Penny Bellas, Wayne Cullen and Linda Cullen.

Melissa with some new “friends” during the 12km fun run.

Pain and the gain

Richard Ohlrich with one of the show’s Drag Queens (Richard is the one on the right).

HUTCHINSON Builders was well represented in the 12km Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run which raised money for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Our teams included Trevor Giles, John Berlese, Tim Ferguson, Tracey Ricketts, Melissa Henderson, Kassandra Wallace, New accounts department member Richard Graham, John Gaggin, Russell Kassandra Wallace at the finish. Fryer and Scott Hutchinson.

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Derek Wrede was photographed recently carrying out some soil tests. His result – yep, sand as far down as you can get!

Barrel of fun

In the run up to Christmas, Karen White has the responsibility to ensure sufficient supplies of Hutchies’ Port are on hand to deal with the Christmas rush. Karen is shown in her job as Supervisor of the Hutchies’ Port Bottling Plant.



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APRIL 2001

Restoration project for birthplace of the nation H

UTCHIES’ long experience with working on heritage listed buildings and tourism projects helped win a prestigious contract for the restoration of the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts in Tenterfield, New South Wales, which will be a focal point of Australia’s Centenary of Federation celebrations throughout 2001. It was at this School of Arts on October 24, 1889, that the New South Wales Premier, Sir Henry Parkes, delivered his now famous Tenterfield Oration, in which he argued that the colonies needed “one great government for all of Australia”. The result was the Federation of Australia on January 1, 1901.

Tenterfield – and the School of Arts, in particular – is now known as the Birthplace of our Nation. The Federal Government contributed $2.75 million for the restoration of the School of Arts, under the Federal Grants Scheme for projects of national significance. Hutchies were awarded the contract from a select list of

Restoration includes theatre, library and museum.

Hutchies’ experience of working on heritage listed buildings helped win the contract for restoration of the School of Arts in Tenterfield, New South Wales. builders, all of whom had particular experience in the restoration of heritage listed buildings. The Project team includes Paul Hart (Estimator and Area Manager in Toowoomba), Craig Simpson and Peter Barnett. The project is scheduled for completion in May with an official opening in July. On completion, the School of Arts Restoration Project will deliver a unique cultural facility for the region, which will include a theatre, an upgraded library and a museum of national significance. As a result, it will host an array of cultural performances, exhibitions, seminars

Sir Henry Parkes, the Father of Federation, who delivered his famous speech at the Tenterfield School of Arts resulting in the Federation of Australia.

Hutchies’ restoration work in Tenterfield features on the front page of the local telephone directory.

• IN recent years Hutchies has built three Outback Tourist Attractions. They are the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton; the Min Min Encounter at Boulia; and the Marine Fossil Museum at Richmond.

and functions. With Heritage Tourism emerging as the new trend in Australia, Hutchies’ work on the School of Arts project will help Tenterfield capture a large share of this new market. The School of Arts was built between 1869 and 1875 and the restoration work has revealed interesting historical discoveries, including newspapers dating back to the 1800’s. Tenterfield – A Federation Town – has created a year long calendar of events to celebrate the Centenary of Federation and to reaffirm the town’s historic significance as the Birthplace of the Nation.

Mystery guest appearance — See Page 5 Hutchies has been delighted to have been associated with these projects and encourage anyone travelling out west to visit these centres. Enclosed are brochures to give you an idea of what you can expect to see.



At the recent opening of the first stage of Casuarina Beach were (from left) Tim Ferguson, Dave Darby, Rob Archibald, Jeff Miller and Scott Hutchinson.

First stage completed for new oceanfront township THE first stage of the Casuarina Beach development, just south of Kingscliffe in New South Wales, was completed in March, with overall completion due in December, 2008. Hutchies is the Design and Construction Managers for the Casuarina Beach Project and has been closely involved from the early design and feasibility stage through to current construction. Hutchies is proud to be associated with the employment of many local sub-contractors and apprentices on this project,

which will ultimately produce more than 600 homes, apartments and villas. There are dune and environmental management plans in place to protect fragile ecosystems and wildlife. The Casuarina Beach master plan promotes a sense of community, where pedestrians and bicycles will take precedence over cars. This new beach community will feature the barefoot informality of small beachfront communities such as Byron Bay and Noosa. In travelling time, Casuarina Beach is 13 minutes from Coolangatta Airport, 40

HUTCHIES is presently carrying out the two Scott Hutchinson largest projects in our history – Casuarina Beach civil works ($38m) which is nearing completion and 175 Eagle Street ($40m) which is just starting. I am now often asked, “Hutchies seems to be going big ... so are you still interested in our $100,000 project?” The answer is definitely YES. Last year we did 544 projects and 483 of these were under $500,000 and we have no plans to change that profile. We were very proud to complete three stages of the Roma Street Parkland Project as subcontractors to Abi Group. Our small and medium size tender market projects are our bread and butter and always will be. — Scott Hutchinson Managing Director minutes to Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise and one hour 15 minutes to Brisbane. When the Tugun Bypass is added to the Pacific Motorway, motorists will drive from Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway to Casuarina Beach without stopping at a traffic light.

Training in the Tweed

Hutchies is the Design and Construction Manager for the Casuarina Beach project, with Site Foreman, Jeff Miller (right) and building cadet, Rob Archibald, pictured on site.


HUTCHIES is providing training for the local people in the Tweed Shire area as part of its involvement in the Casuarina Beach oceanfront township project. Hutchies, with 12 apprentices, is one of the few builders who still employ apprentices on a large scale. Shown celebrating Hutchies’ involvement in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales are (from left) Mick Lawler (descendent of Peter Lawler from Eureka Stockade fame), Phil Thomson, Matt James and Scott Hutchinson.

Tugun architect, Philip Follent (front) won the Casuarina Beach “Quintessential Beach House” design exposition. He is shown with Consolidated Properties joint managing directors, Mike Dodd (left) and Don O’Rorke.


Celebrated performances HUTCHIES’ traditional end of year Break-up Party presented the opportunity to celebrate outstanding performances by some staff members, including Constructor of the Year and Long Service Awards recipients. Absent on the day was Barry Wilson and Darryl Gersekowski.

Twenty Year Service Awards went to Mick Moran, Louis Levinson, Bernie Read, Keith Boucaut (front) Mike Tickner and Barry Butterworth.

Ross Durey had his name added to the Constructor of the Year honour board.

Alan Mathews and Wayne Cullen try on their Ten Year Service Awards, assisted by Scott and Jack Hutchinson.

Five Year Service Awards (and fishing rods) went to Michael Crossin, Glen Pettis, Mal Ashford, Bob Wilkinson, Jeff Clements, Richard Ohlrich and Shane Manganaro.

Estimator of the Year (and Dummy Spit) awards THE Estimator of the Year Award for 2000 went to Michael Crossin for outstanding achievement. Because estimators are traditionally tense and agro, especially when ten-

ders are closing, a special Spit the Dummy Award is given each year. Winner Norm Norman didn’t show up, which probably will win him a second Dummy Spit Award.

Winning style smiles HUTCHIES recently celebrated a win in the Queensland Master Builders State Construction Awards for the Port Village Shopping Centre in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland. Shown at the celebrations are (from left) Gordon Peterson, Paul DeJong, Steven Dowling and Dave Smart.

Michael Crossin receives the Estimator of the Year Award from Keith Boucaut.

Wayne Cullen displays the Dummy Spit Award, which went to Norm Norman who failed to show up.


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St Saviour’s College A dormitory refurbishment consisted of converting 10 rooms into 20 and the complete refurbishment of two amenities areas. The $420,000 project started in December and handed over the day before the school year began in January. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Paul Hart; Hutchies’ Administrator: Alex Seydel; Hutchies’ Foreman: Noel Smith; Architect Firm: Nicholas Bron (Thomson Adsett Architects)

Westbrook Tavern This new $1.2m hotel started in January and is programmed for completion late June. The new ‘pub’, 15 minutes west of Toowoomba, is eagerly awaited for by the local residents. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Paul Hart; Hutchies’ Administrator: Alex Seydel; Hutchies’ Foreman: Bill Henley; Architect Firm: Joanne Gill; Structural Engineering Firm: David Shaw.

Richmond Fossil museum Valued at $700,000, stage II of this project is an extension to the original. Hutchies completed Stage 1 two years ago. When complete the building will house one of the best displays of marine fossils in the world. The project is well ahead of time. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Len White; Hutchies’ Administrator: Wayne Fox; Hutchies’ Foreman: Lionel Mitchel; Architect Firm: Robin Retchford Architect.



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Dulux Sydney This project comprises construction of a new distribution store for Dulux and is worth $1.5M. George Bellas is doing a great job of getting the design team together to ensure the project is ready for construction on completion of the demolition of the existing building. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Len White; Hutchies’ Administrator: Dave Smyth; Hutchies’ Foreman: Terry Wilson; Architect Firm: Nettleton Tribe; Structural Engineering Firm: Morgans.

Belfry – St Peters & Paul’s Church – Balmoral Construction is underway of a bell tower and new entry worth $130,000. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies’ Administrator: Richard Ohlrich; Hutchies’ Foreman: Jeff Clements; Hutchies’ Supervisor: John Trevethan; Architect Firm: Robin Gibson & Partners, Colin Christ; Structural Engineering Firm: Hughes Trueman Reinhold.

Tree Tops Tavern The project consists of a new gaming lounge and toilet upgrade worth $560,000.

Roma Street redevelopment Package 31 – one of the shade canopies in the package incorporating roof truss structure, offices, aggregate and structural steel shade canopies.


Ted Yokota, CEO, Bridgestone Australia, at the grand opening of the Bridgestone Distribution Centre at Rocklea. Michael and his team are working all sorts of odd hours to ensure minimum disruption to the operation of the hotel while construction is in progress. Hutchies’ Administrator: Dave Smythe; Hutchies’ Foreman: Michael Byrne; Hutchies’ Supervisor: Len White; Project Manager (Consultant) Firm: Project Leaders.

McDowall All Sports A fitout of All Sports Lifestyle Club gymnasium is valued at $340,000. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies’ Administrator: Richard Ohlrich; Hutchies’ Foreman: Steve Charles; Hutchies’ Supervisor: Derek Wrede; Architect Firm: Project Leaders, Kevin Walsh; Hydraulic Engineering Firm: Hamilton Design Group.

Western Star Trucks – Office Refurbishment Extension of the Western Star Head Quarters in precast panel construction and full refurbishment of the existing two level office building. Hutchies’ Administrator: Russell Fryer; Hutchies’ Foreman: Ian Partridge; Hutchies’ Supervisor: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies’ Cost Planner: Wayne Cullen; Architect Firm: Lambert & Smith; Structural Engineering Firm: Farr Engineers; Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Firm: RACE / Hembro’s; Civil & Hyraulic Engineering Firm: Richard Ralph.

Liquid Waste transfer Facility – Perth Alterations worth $500,000 are underway to the transfer facility including concrete tank and hardstand. This is Hutchies’ first project in WA. Mal is enjoying the challenge, but says the biggest problem with Perth is that they don’t sell XXXX. Hutchies’ Administrator: Russell Fryer Hutchies’ Foreman: Mal Ashford; Hutchies’ Supervisor: Barry Butterworth; Structural Engineering Firm: Baigents, Paul Brady.

Oxford Street, Bulimba Three retail shops and six residential units valued at $1.5m. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Ray Balladone; Hutchies’ Administrator: Harry White; Hutchies’ Foreman: Jamie Silvester; Hutchies’ Cost Planner: Glen Evans; Architect Firm: Trapp Architects; Structural Engineering Firm: Larkin Teys Consulting.

Racecourse Road – Ascot Coles Store with 11 specialty shops and undercover parking valued at $3.8m. Hutchies’ Project Manager: Ray Balladone; Hutchies’ Administrator: Searle Balladone; Hutchies’ Foreman: Darrell Gersekowski; Hutchies’ Cost Planner: John Gaggin; Project Manager (Consultant) Firm: Crone McKerrall Lynch; Architect Firm: Bornhurst & Ward; Electrical Firm: Q Electrical.


Officeworks – Rockhampton

New 2100m2 Officeworks superstore, tilt up concrete construction with structural steel roof framing and 1600m2 of external concrete carparks and driveways. Project located on Fitzroy Street on the old Coca-cola bottler’s site. Client is Wincam Pty Ltd. Project value $2.4m. Client Project Manager: La Forest Management Group; Hutchies’ Administrator: Pierre Kessler; Hutchies’ Foreman: Noel O’Brien; Hutchies’ Supervisor: Paul De Jong; Hutchies’ Cost Planner: Robert Weymouth; Architect Firm: Bird De La Coeur; Structural Engineering Firm: LC Johnstone & Associates; Civil Engineering Firm: LC Johnstone & Associates; Electrical Firm: Ashburner Francis.

Maritime Museum – Townsville Refurbishment and additions to the existing Maritime Museum in Palmer Street, South Townsville. New additions to the museum are designed in the shape of a boat and will definitely be a Townsville landmark when finished. Valued at $900,000. Hutchies’ Administrator: Richard Field; Hutchies’ Foreman: Neil Berry; Hutchies’ Cost Planner: Robert Weymouth; Architect Firm: Tippett Schrock Architects; Structural Engineering Firm: Sinclair Knight Merz; Civil Engineering Firm: Sinclair Knight Merz;

Quantity Surveyor Firm: Douglas Stark; Electrical Firm: Squire Consulting.

Mitchell Street Units Five-storey unit development adjacent to Townsville’s famous Strand. When complete this building will be used for short to medium term accommodation. Construction is loadbearing blockwork with the ground floor slab being post tension building consisting of 16 units. Valued at $3.2m. Hutchies’ Administrator: Richard Field Hutchies’ Foreman: Ron Colefax Hutchies’ Supervisor: Paul De Jong; Hutchies’ Cost Planner: Robert Weymouth; Architect Firm: Plante & Associates; Structural Engineering Firm: Progress Consultants; Civil Engineering Firm: Progress consultants.

Centro IV Specialist Furniture showroom worth $1.65m. Client Project Manager: Property Solutions, Randy Jones; Hutchies’ Administrator: Tim Easterbrook; Hutchies’ Foreman: Terry Turner; Hutchies’ Supervisor: Neil Bladen; Hutchies’ Project Manager: Richard Graham ; Architect Firm: Woods Bagot; Structural Engineering Firm: McVeigh Consulting Engineers; Civil / Hydraulic Engineering Firm: BRW Enterprises; Mechanical /Electrical Engineering firm: Medland Mitropoulos.

Mystery Guest appearance

AS well as being the Birthplace of the Nation, Tenterfield also was the home of The Tenterfield Saddler – made famous by flamboyant Australian entertainer, the late Peter Allen. Hutchies’ Paul Hart cut a dashing figure with an eerie resemblance to Peter Allen recently as he went about his business on the project restoration.

Taste of the Tropics for Xmas drinks Demolition makes way for new Coles store in Racecourse Road, Ascot.

NORTH Queensland seems the place to be, where women out numbered men by three to one in this corner of Hutchies’ Christmas drinks afternoon. Ron Colefax couldn’t believe his luck to be surrounded by (L-R) Cathy Weymouth, Alison O’Donnell and Kerry O’Brien.



NO BUSINESS LIKE SNOW BUSINESS IN the 89 years since Hutchies started building, the workforce has overcome all sorts of conditions to complete the job – from cyclones and tropical downpours to droughts and searing heat. But a job for client Super Cheap Auto in Orange, NSW, set a new record – snow.

Although not a world first – we experienced snow on the truck factory we built in Canada recently – Orange was the first job in Australia where we encountered snow. In true Hutchies’ style, the team pressed on and, not to be outdone, finished the contract on time and on budget.

RIGHT: A blanket of snow added to the usual site problem solving processes for the Hutchies’ team in Orange, NSW.

Gate crashed!

Richard Graham recently had an early morning surprise on his way to work when he found his car, which was parked outside his house at The Gap in Brisbane, had been the victim of a hit and run driver. Everything has since been straightened out ... and so has the car.

A cheerio call

VIDEO conferencing could be the thing of the future, following this revealing sight of Robert Weymouth, in Townsville, during the managers’ weekly telephone conference call. Now Brisbane office is keen to know what Toowoomba gets up to during these link-ups and video conferences could be the answer.

John’s Travelling Undies have their ups and downs!

John on the Milford Track and at Lake Eyre (inset).


UNDIES usually have their ups and downs, but in this edition John Mason becomes the winner of Hutchies’ Travelling Undies with a unique up and down experience. During a holiday in New Zealand, John walked the Milford Track and when he reached the highest point – McKinnon Pass – he took the opportunity to rip off his clothes (to the horror of his walking companions and local sheep) and exposed his Hutchies’ Undies and his socks to the New Zealand elements. Next, John went down to one of the lowest points in Australia – Lake Eyre – and donned his Hutchies’ Undies for an historic swim in the lake, which is usually dry. The wet undies were a winner for John, giving him the next leg in his Trans-Tasman double and a Travelling Undies title.


C O M PA N Y M E M B E R P R O F I L E Shane “Mango” Manganaro

SHANE Manganaro – or “Mango” as he is popularly known – has spent nine years with Hutchies and J. Scott and recently celebrated his Five Years Service with Hutchies’ (see page 3). Shane has a passion for motorbikes and is the proud owner of seven – three Z900 Kawasakis, a 600cc BSA M21, and three

750cc H2 Kawasaki two-strokes (Widow-makers). His other passion is his family at the bayside suburb of Capalaba – wife Del and sons Paul and Chris. Shane recently worked on the Roma Street redevelopment project and has now moved on to the highrise project at 175 Eagle Street.

Mango (3rd from left) enjoys a smoke and a chat with his Hutchie workmates

Life in the fast lane HUTCHIES joined the Super Cheap Autos racing team recently for a day of motorsport. The Super Cheap team included Hector Abbott; Reg Rowe, Chairman of Super Cheap; and Steve Ellery, famous Super 8 driver. The invitation included riding in, but not driving, the cars. Scott looks business-like, but notice he is getting in the passenger’s side, not the driving seat!

Santa goes round again

Christmas cheer The office Christmas drinks at Scott’s house in December was a memorable occasion, although these photographs represent the only record of the goings-on.

SOCIAL Club’s Children’s Christmas Party was a hit with young and old again with Santa Claus being the VIP. His perpetual question of “What would you like for Christmas?” caused some deep thought for some the youngsters (pictured below right). Santa’s presents to Scott’s children also caused Dad some deep thought, with a lifetime of experience in the construction business being called on to assemble a tricycle (pictured above right).



Another one bites the dust

• Hutchies is helping to sponsor Toowoomba steel fabrication contractor, Barry Alexander, in pursuit of his motor racing ambitions on the Darling Downs. We wish Barry good luck in the 2001 series. LEFT: Derek Wrede recently decided to take up skydiving and he is shown about to enjoy his first jump. He seems to be having second thoughts about it, but at this point it’s a bit late with no way out – but down. Derek survived but we don’t know if he is going back for seconds.

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The Bedarra refurbishment focused on the central complex, pool, beachside areas and luxury villas.

Bedarra – hard work on a tropical hideaway E

VEN resorts need time to rest and revive – and that’s the way it was on P&O Australian Resorts’ famous Bedarra Island in North Queensland during May this year, when it closed for refurbishment. When the guests moved out – Hutchies moved in – and 20 days and $1.6 million later, Bedarra Island was ready to continue its role as the perfect haven for people who want a civilised escape. Hutchies started on May 4 and work was completed on May 24.

But it was no holiday for Hutchies’ workforce of 85 tradespeople, who worked two 12-hour shifts a day for the three weeks. Scott Hutchinson said Hutchies’ experience in working on remote tourism projects enabled the project to come in on time and on budget, without any major hitches. “This is a remarkable achievement considering the number of people eating, sleeping and working together for three weeks under a tight schedule and extremely high quality control,” Scott said. “Although the closure time was short, quality was not compromised.” Bedarra, which accommodates only 15 couples, was created as a haven where guests could experience an Bedarra Island – an island escape island escape, but enjoy the limited to 15 couples who want the finer things in life. finer things in life – has received Work included refurbisha $1.6 million refurbishment by ment of the restaurant and bar complex, replacement of Hutchies, all completed in all air-conditioning plant to three weeks with 80 staff. the main complex, upgrade of pool and beachside areas, removal and replacement of balconies and stairs to 15 guest villas, repainting internally and externally of the guest villas and repairs to the workshop. P&O Australian Resorts’ Managing Director, Mr James Baillie, said that, from its earliest days in 1980, the company had managed a continuous program of upgrade, refurbishment and

product development across all its seven properties – Heron Island, Silky Oaks Lodge, Dunk Island, Bedarra Island, Brampton Island and Lizard Island, all in Queensland, and Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania. The team responsible for the project included: Mike Wrighton (Project Manager); Amanda Pike and Edwina Withers, of Pike Withers Interior Architecture, (Architects/Designers); and Paul DeJong (Site Manager) and Richard Field (Administrator), of Hutchinson Builders. Scott said P&O Australian Resorts was to be congratulated for its choice of Pike Withers as designers for the project, as the clever use of stone, timber, furnishings and colour had made significant improvements to an already unique complex.


A sign of the times QUEENSLAND Premier, Peter Beattie, was given no special privileges when it came to safety during a recent visit to Hutchies’ $40 million construction site at 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane, being developed by Consolidated Properties Group and Urban Properties. Mr Beattie lined up like everyone else to be signed in by Safety Officer, Trevor Aitchison.

Mixing it with the Crocs TOWNSVILLE Crocodiles’ arrival in the NBL Grand Final made a lasting impression on Hutchies’ Dave Christoffersen. Dave bet that if the Crocs made it to the semifinal he would get a Crocodiles’ logo tattooed on his arm. The Crocs did better than the semi and made the Grand Final, so Dave is sporting a brand new tattoo (pictured right). • Meanwhile, Hutchies’ North Queensland crew

and Social Club got among the real crocs when they went fishing recently in Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York. In all, 11 ventured to the Top End, with the Rockhampton crew, Kerry, Howsey and Noel O’Brien, travelling 1800kms each way. Howsey’s endurance paid off when he took the first barramundi 66cm from the bank. A big thankyou to Neil and Paul for organising the food, equipment and a safe trip.

Pierre Kessler and barramundi.

LEFT: Greg Quinn, Hutchies’ new Managing Director. • See Back Page for a picture of Greg in an earlier role representing Queensland.

FROM THE CHAIRMAN IT is with pride that I announce Greg Quinn Jack Hutchinson has accepted an offer to join Hutchies as Managing Director. Greg takes over in October following a financial year where Hutchies had a record turnover and profit. Scott will take my position as Chairman and I will remain a Director of the company. Six years ago, Greg Quinn was appointed Executive Director of the Queensland Master Builders Association. During that time, I have worked with him in the Master Builder movement as Vice President and President of Queensland as well as National President. I won’t elaborate on what Greg has done at QMBA, except to say that it has been exceptional and, obviously, most impressive to me. I heard that Greg was interested in an appointment in a building company and, after extensive discussion with Scott, we decided to approach him. Greg still has to do it and he knows it won’t be easy. However, both Scott and I believe this appointment will strengthen Hutchies and secure its future and, as Big Kev would say, “we’re excited!” — Jack Hutchinson Chairman

Teaming up with Nigger Brown

Neil Berry shows off the grunter he caught.


Another famous name now adorns the Athletic Oval, home of Rugby League at Toowoomba. Barry Davidson is shown erecting Hutchies’ sign, where it shares prominence with the controversial “Nigger Brown” Stand.


Paul and Richard outside Hutchies’ new Cairns office.

Hutchies’ team members in New Zealand working on the Craggy Range Vineyards project in Hawkes Bay are (from left) Os Blacker, Jim Parish, Paul Gourley, Steve Spijkerman, Colin Thomas, Michael Henley, Jocelyn Bryant and Chris Farrell.

New branch office and winery for NZ HUTCHIES is managing the $35 million Design and Construction of Craggy Range Wineries in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Armed only with his briefcase and long johns, Branch Manager, Paul Gourley, set about opening a branch office, assembling a team of people and engaging the consultants for the design component. In true Australian style, the main site was set up with portable sheds, including lean-to and a block barbecue. The locals were amazed as they had not seen this before – most probably something to do with the cold. Site 1 is where the grapes will be turned into wine through the various processes and includes six separate buildings for pressing, fermentation, storage, bottling and sampling. Site 2 is the company’s flagship where it can demonstrate an image as a leading

AIB Award for Ray

wine producer. Building on this site will resemble the French Provincial style with extensive use of limestone cladding, recycled hardwood (from Australia), terracotta clay tiles (imported from the UK), all set around a man-made lake. This site will include a two storey office, restaurant, epicurean centre, above ground cellars and underground cellars with vaulted ceilings resembling the Roman days all poured insitu. Also included are two houses – one valued at $700,000 and the other $4.5m. Progress has been made at Site 1, with building frames erected. Site 2 has commenced, with the lake and earthworks complete and the underground cellars and houses underway. The team is made up of three Australians and five New Zealanders, with more to come once the areas become available. The project is due for completion late 2002. Team comprises: Branch Manager: Paul Gourley, Aust; Site Manager: Steve Spijkerman, NZ; Contracts Administrator: Colin Thomas, NZ; Contracts Administrator: Os Blacker Aust; General Foreman: Chris Farrell, NZ; General Foreman: Jim Parish, NZ; Foreman: Michael Henley NZ; Site Secretary: Jocelyn Bryant, Aust.

Cairns short shift

HUTCHIES’ Cairns office recently relocated to 450 Sheridan Street to enhance access for clients and suppliers. Hutchies is tendering new works, has jobs under construction in Port Douglas and will turn the sod soon for the $6m Clifton Beach Lahania Villas. Recently completed projects for the Cairns team are Bedarra Island Resort Refurbishment $1.6m; Franklins, Port Douglas $2.5m; Officeworks Cairns $2.4m; and Supercheap Cairns $600,000. Paul and Richard extend an open invitation to all to drop into the Cairns office when in town.

Butterfly Ball takes off SCOTT Hutchison recently joined with Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and members of the Asian Chinese community to celebrate the launch of the new Centre for Women and Ageing at the inaugural Butterfly Ball at the Brisbane Sheraton Hotel. Scott is shown with Dr Chen (left) and his son, Wei-Loong Chen.


RAY Balladone accepts Australian Institute of Building’s Professional Excellence Award from Kim Wrathern for his work on the $20m West End Markets Redevelopment in Brisbane.

BILL Lenehan takes his new pet sawhorse for a walk. Bill says sawhorses make ideal pets. They obey commands such as “stay”, are cheap to feed and can be left home alone without annoying the neighbours. Bill is now working on the command “fetch”.



Bedarra 2001 Upgrade Refurbishment of resort. Tender period was three weeks, Evaluation four weeks. Lead time from acceptance to start four weeks, Construction period 20 days. Hutchies Project Manager: Robert Weymouth; Hutchies Administrator: Richard Field; Hutchies Foreman: Paul DeJong; Hutchies Supervisor: Barry Butterworth; Hutchies Cost Planner Glen Evans; Architect Firm: Pike Withers Interior Architectual Designers Structural.

Student Union Stage 3 – University of Queensland Valued at $2m – Refurbishment of student union building including new bar area. A difficult project made even harder during exam period of three weeks as no noise is permitted. Hutchies Project Manager: Len White; Hutchies Administrator: Wayne Fox; Hutchies Foreman: Mike Tickner; Hutchies Cost Planner John Gaggin; Structural Engineering Firm: Lambert & Smith; Civil Engineering Firm: McWilliams Engineers.

Food Tec Value $1.8m. Food Tec Industries. Tilt-panel warehouse housing a freezer and cold room plus office at Darra. Hutchies Project Manager: Len White; Hutchies Administrator: Dave Smythe; Hutchies Foreman: Don Lindo; Hutchies Cost Planner: Michael Crossin; Architect Firm: Buchan; Structural Engineering Firm: Bruce Lemke; Civil Engineering Firm: Concept.



Barry Butterworth

Coonan Street – Stage 4 Valued at $1.46m. New building for Queensland Diagnostic Imaging. Consisting of lower car park, ground and mezamine level. Stage four is a continuation of Stage three building which houses Brisbane Car Sound and will complete this development. Hutchies Project Manager: Len White; Hutchies Administrator: Dave Smythe; Hutchies Foreman: Syd Britton; Superintendant: Neil McEvoy; Hutchies Cost Planner: Paul David; Architect Firm: Nettleton Tribe; Structural Engineering Firm: Morgans.

Officeworks Mackay Work is progressing well on a new Officeworks store in Mackay Central Business District. This project is a follow on from the recent successful opening of Officeworks Rockhampton on June 6th. Due for completion in mid-October the Mackay Store is valued at $2.4million. Hutchies Project Manager: Robert Weymouth; Hutchies Administrator: Pierre Kessler; Hutchies Foreman: Adam O’Mara; Hutchies Design Manager: Dave Christoffersen; Client: Peter Scott – Wincam Pty Ltd.

Searle Ballandone and Darrell Gersekowski at the new Coles shopping centre in Racecourse Road, Ascot.


New Officeworks premises opened recently in Rockhampton. Hutchies now has completed Officeworks projects at Cairns, Townsville, Dubbo, Milton, Woolloongabba and Windsor. Shown at the Rockhampton opening are (from left) Geoff Morley, Officeworks; Mayor of Rockhampton, Cr Margaret Strelow; and Lyn Marsh, Wincam Properties.

Officeworks Dubbo Hutchies’ proud association with Officeworks continues in New South Wales with the construction of the Dubbo store well underway. The store is due for completion in mid October. Hutchies Project Manager: Robert Weymouth; Hutchies Administrator: Pierre Kessler; Hutchies Foreman: Peter Singleton; Design Manager: Dave Chritoffersen; Client: Peter Scott - Wincam Pty Ltd

Bowen Village Life Units Work has just stared on a 46-unit retirement village in Bowen, North Queensland. The project also includes a central facility and Manager’s quarters. This is just one of many Village Life projects to be constructed in various locations throughout Australia. Hutchies Project Manager: Robert Weymouth; Hutchies Administrator: Dave Christoffersen; Hutchies Foreman: Ron Colefax ; Project Manager – Concept: Andrew McIntyre;

• The big guns have moved into the Singapore Military Air Base recently completed by Hutchies near Rockhampton on the central coast of Queensland. The warehouse facilities provide storage of vehicles which are transported from Rockhampton to Shoalwater Bay for training exercises and then returned for storage and repairs. A portion of the facility is capable of providing temporary storage of aircraft for emergency maintenance and repairs. The $4.9 million contract started in October 2000, with handover in April 2001.


Client: The Dalrymple Street Syndicate.

Horticulture Facility – Toowoomba TAFE The new facility will include laboratories, propogation and shade houses and new head quarters for the ever expanding horticultural facility at the Toowoomba TAFE. The new facility is due for completion December 2001. Hutchies Project Manager: Paul Hart; Hutchies Administrator: Craig Simpson; Hutchies Foreman: Peter Barnett; Design Team: Project Services; Electrical Firm: Q Electrical.

Westbrook Tavern The new tavern was handed over nearly two weeks early, at the end of June. The tavern includes gaming, bistro dining and a public bar. Co-owners, John Geomey, Daryl Fennell and Ashley Harris were trading mid July. Hutchies Project Manager: Paul Hart; Hutchies Administrator: Alex Seydel; Hutchies Foreman: Bill Henley; Architect Firm: Joanne Gill; Structural Engineering Firm: David Shaw.

Retail Warehouse The new 5500m tilt-panel warehouse is to house Capt’n Snooze, Harvey Norman and Beacon Lighting. Having built BBC Hardware House in 1998, Solly’s Warehouse 2000, this is the third project we have built with owner Alan Cunliffe of Hurstmast Pty Ltd on this particular site. Due for completion September 2001. Hutchies Project Manager: Paul Hart; Hutchies Administrator: Alex Seydel; Hutchies Foreman: Bill Henley; Architect Firm: Hamilton, Hayes, Henderson; Structural / Civil / Hydraulic Engineering Firm: Larkin Teys; Electrical / Mechanical Firm: James Design.

No fossil in this museum TEAM Leader, Len White, proved he still had the right stuff when he arrived in Richmond to supervise the construction of the Richmond Marine Fossil Museum, and found he was a bricklayer short. Although a brickie by trade, Len hadn’t laid a brick in 20

years, but he was not deterred. To prevent any delays, he set to with a trowel and had the job done in no time,

impressing all those who thought he might have been a bit past it – proving there’s no fossil in this museum ... yet.

Federation fever celebrations

Palm Beach Valued at $600,000. 7-11 Service Station and McDonalds Restaurant. Hutchies Project Manager: Ray Balladone; Hutchies Administrator: Harry White; Hutchies Foreman: Jamie Silvester; Architect Firm: Cottee Parker; Structural Engineering Firm: J H Ward Engineers; Civil Engineering Firm: Thomson Kane; Electrical Firm: DMA Consulting.

Raving shaving success KAREN White, (alias “The Duck”) shaved her head for Leukaemia in Hutchies’ Brisbane office recently. Sara Fox did the honours and Karen (right) received great support from staff – raising $800 in just over a week. Karen thanks A & A Painters, Vince Corry, Craig’s Engineering, RW Joiners Toowoomba, Scott Hutchinson and the Showman’s Guild Club at Yatala. • Continuing a proud tradition of supporting charities, Hutchinson Builders sponsored Tim Dunn, of Corporate Administration Agency, to shave his head for the Leukemia Foundation’s recent fundraising day. Pictured above with Tim (centre) after the event are (from left) Michael Ackerie, Kevin Back, Brian McGrath and Gordon Tallis.

Members of the Toowoomba office celebrating Centenary of Federation ... or was that an early Christmas? THE Toowoomba office recently celebrated completion of the $2.5m refurbishment of the heritage-listed Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts building in Tenterfield, New South Wales, which has featured in Australia’s Centenary of Federation celebrations during 2001. It was from this building that Sir Henry Parkes, the Father of Federation, delivered his now

famous speech which resulted in the Federation of Australia. Sir Henry Parkes and the Tenterfield School of Arts also have been immortalised on the new Australian five dollar note. The Toowoomba office is grateful to the Federal Government for the national awareness campaign, but regrets Treasury left the Hutchies’ sign off the banknotes.


MEMBERS attending Hutchies’ recent Business Planning Weekend at Coolangatta took a break and joined John Berlese’s Casuarina Beach site team for lunch and a tour of the recently completed $40m civil project. Casuarina is a new beachside community near Kingscliff which will produce more than 600 homes, apartments and villas by 2008. Shown on a walking tour of the resort are (from left) Paul Adams, Bob Watson, John Berlese, Robert Weymouth, Ray Balladone, Paul Hart and Keith Boucaut.



A super time for Travelling Undies TERRY Bedford, from Bank of Queensland, (typical banker) took a clever approach to competing in Hutchies’ Travelling Undies, while kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland. Terry wore his undies Superman style – on the outside of his pants – winning a prize without compromising the good name of Bank of Queensland, which has been looking after Hutchies’ finances for about 40 years. Meanwhile, Jack Kinnamon (typical builder) is ready to drop his dacks anytime and thought the romantic canals of Venice would be a super place to do the job – much to the concern of his gondolier! Both are super prize winning performances.

Monkeying around on Moreton Island ... and in Sydney! DESPITE the State of Origin, a big team turned out for Hutchies’



Island Fishing Trip. As usual, there was plenty of fun, hundreds of empty bottles and several late nights ... but no fish. Bush poets wrote several



celebrate the occasion – The Men from Moreton and Ode to Moreton – neither of

• Hutchies’ staff and friends who celebrated the Moreton Island Fishing Trip’s 15th birthday.

which is suitable to be published here! With the boys away,


Social Club members Karen White and Melissa Henderson, monkeying around in Sydney.

the girls will play, and they went all the way to Sydney to do it.


Final farewell for The Old Fox

Jack Hutchison (above, on right) joins other rowing Old Boys and friends in a drink to wet the headstone of David Magoffin (pictured right), who had lain in an unmarked pauper’s grave for almost 30 years. A GROUP of rowing Old Boys recently got together to give something back to a man who had given them so much. The group, including Jack Hutchinson, raised money for a headstone for rowing coach, David Magoffin, who had lain in an unmarked pauper’s grave in the Blue Mountains, NSW, since 1973. Magoffin was known as The Old Fox, which reflected the new style of rowing he introduced to Queensland during the Magoffin era (1944-71) and the skill with which he trained his crews. Magoffin gave 29 years to young rowers at BBC and he also gave them 15 Head of

REGATTA THANKS Hutchies thanks all generous sponsors in the Head of the Brisbane Castaway Regatta. the River wins and countless wins and places in senior and junior races. Jack said, through rowing, Magoffin taught young men “citizenship, sportsmanship, teamwork and diligence” – all of which would benefit them throughout life. As well as rowing, Magoffin excelled in

boxing, horse riding, fishing and shooting. The headstone which now marks his grave says it all: David O. Magoffin 20.11.1904 – 12.6.1973 “The Old Fox” A gifted and loved rowing coach This memorial was erected in 2001 by those who remember, from... Brisbane Boys College Mosman Rowing Club Toowong Rowing Club

What a difference a daze makes! HUTCHIES’ Wayne Cullen was on his best behaviour when State Cabinet Minister and Labor Party strongman, Terry Mackenroth, dropped in on the official opening of the Aspley Leagues Club refurbishment which was done by Hutchies. With formalities out of the way, Wayne shifted up a gear later in the evening to dance the night away with Sharon Vitale.



Leader of the pack

• Jack Hutchison, leader of the Rat’s Motorcycle Club, is shown with the club mascot on a ride to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

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New Managing Director a big change in company tradition HUTCHIES has broken a 90 year company tradition by appointing building industry identity, Greg Quinn, as its new Managing Director. It is the first time, since the company’s inception in 1912, that a non-family member has held this position. Mr Quinn joined Hutchies in October, after 17 years with the Queensland Master Builders Association, including six of those as Executive Director.

As part of a company restructure, former Managing Director, Scott Hutchinson, has taken over from father, Jack, as Executive Chairman. Jack remains on as a Company Director. Mr Quinn said he was honoured to be the first non-family member to be appointed as Managing Director and enjoyed being involved with the respected family owned company with an annual turnover bordering on $200 million.

Career prospects ... Hutchies is on the lookout

Following his appointment as Managing Director, Greg Quinn was guest of honour at a “Welcome to Hutchies” party and embarked on a get-to-know-you programme throughout the company’s organisation.

Christmas & New Year wishes Hutchies’ company members wish our friends and their families a happy & safe Christmas – and a bright and prosperous New Year.

THERE are few in the building and construction industry who provide greater opportunities for young Queenslanders than Hutchies. Of our current 153 strong directly employed workforce, a significant proportion have joined the company as apprentices, cadets, trainees or contractors in the previous 10 years and have advanced through the ranks to senior positions. All of Hutchies’ apprentices are provided the opportunity to, not only receive superior technical training, but to receive a grounding in general building and management training. Systematically and periodically, each apprentice spends between three and nine months in our offices and are exposed to the day-today professional operations of a major construction company. The results of this process are clearly outstanding. Hutchies’ people receive a broad range of training in all facets of the industry and are encouraged and financially supported through their career development process. While Hutchies benefits enorm-

Norm Norman (right) with one of Hutchies’ twenty apprentices, Michael White. ously as a business from this practice, so too does the building and construction industry and the community generally. The key for Hutchies is to retain the services of the people we train and develop and recoup the significant investment we make in this sphere of our operations. Hutchies’ success in this regard is reflected in the tenure of our employees. Hutchies is ready for another intake of apprentices and cadets. Additionally, we are currently beefing up our estimating and cost planning areas and we are looking for quality people to join a quality company.


CBD skyline changes in record time HUTCHIES can take credit for the rapidly changing skyline of Brisbane’s Central Business District, setting industry standards for its speed in pouring floors at the 20-level, premium office tower, at 175 Eagle Street. Hutchies poured a new floor every six days. Scott Hutchinson said use of large table formwork and a post tension deck achieved the rapid construction of the building. “A six day turnaround is a real feat for high-lift floors. The boys are unstoppable – rain, hail or shine,” he said. The project, due for completion in May, 2002, is Hutchies’ first foray into major CBD premium office development and is the first premium building project in Brisbane in over a decade. Also billed as Australia’s first “thinking” building, 175 Eagle Street will provide tenants with access to a state-ofthe-art office monitoring system, which controls the building facilities with integrated internet and intranet technology to maximise employee performance and cost efficiencies. The system includes online: • Fix it/clean it requests to the building manager. • Booking services such as VIP car parking, conference rooms, and after hours air conditioning. • Document management • Access to external providers – florists, newsagents, gyms, cafes and dry cleaners. • Air conditioning and temperature control. • Light and power consumption. • Lease tracking system and rental statements.


Weymouth joins QMBA 175 Eagle Street – Australia’s first thinking building – on which Hutchies set a new building record. The $100 million building is the first joint venture between Consolidated Properties and Urban Properties.

involving a lengthy approval, design and building process. The Red Room, with its funky design featuring red leather, steel, wood and stone, is part of a $3.5 million renovation which will cater for lunch and dinner crowds during the week and open until late on weekends.

RIGHT: Mike Tickner receives an award presented to him by the University of Queensland for his outstanding performance in building the Red Room. Pictured with Mike are Robin McDougal, Project Coordinator, and Barbara Newland, Financial Controller.


THE question I’m answering constantly Scott Hutchinson at present is “How is Hutchies handling all the work?” The simple answer is... “We don’t have that much”. What we do have is a small number of very high profile sites, which give the impression that we are overly busy. The reality is we are comfortable with our present workload, but we need more work in our middle and small works sections. Our company members, who work on the smaller projects, are asking me to stop putting up signs on our prominent sites because our clients believe we are overloaded. That won’t be happening. However, all at Hutchies have agreed that we must be communicating directly and indirectly that Hutchies needs more work, especially small work. I’d like to wish our clients, subbies and company members, a happy and safe Christmas. — Scott Hutchinson

Cheers ... and award from University of Queensland UNIVERSITY of Queensland students recently raised their glasses to Hutchies on completion of the new St Lucia campus bar, known as the Red Room. It has been a long time between drinks on campus since closure of a small sports recreational bar in the mid 1990s, with the five year wait


HUTCHIES’ Townsville Manager, Robert Weymouth (pictured right) recently joined the Queensland Master Builders Association’s Townsville Management Committee.


Move to housing expands work base HUTCHIES has gone into house building for the first time, with a range of house/land packages at the new Casuarina Beach estate south of Kingscliff in New South Wales. The move into housing at Casuarina Beach follows the company’s completion of a $38 million civil works contract involving all the infrastructure and public construction work on the project. Casuarina Beach is a $650 million, 183 hectare master planned community by Consolidated Properties. The Casuarina Collection, which consists of five architecturally designed beach houses, will be high quality, mid-priced house/land

packages, which will be built by a newly created division of Hutchies. Scott Hutchinson said he had long seen the potential for the company to diversify into the home building market and Casuarina was the perfect opportunity to do so. “Housing expands the base of our traditional work,” Scott explained. He said the House Building Division would trade under the Hutchinson Builders’ name and not be a separate entity. The house/land packages will be priced from $415,000 to $499,000 with designs by Cottee Parker Architects; Frank Stewart Architect; Bud Brannigan Architect; Greg Tollis Homes; and Planit Architecture.

Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson with the first house to be built at Casuarina Beach.

● To help launch Casuarina Beach, the inaugural Casuarina Ocean Festival was held during September with a surf competition which raised $30,000 for charity along with entertainment by Grace Knight, Rough Red, the Swing Kittens and Alice in Wonderland as well as street theatre, market stalls and food and wine outlets.

Tinnie like gold for charity

Crane driver, Ian Murphy, took time out to show hearing impaired child, Mackenzie Bell, and mother, Alex, how his crane works.

Gongs for NQ Div HUTCHIES’ North Queensland Division recently won two Queensland Master Builders Association awards for projects in the Cairns Region. Hutchies’ awards were for Officeworks Cairns (Re tail Facilities $1-10 million) and Cape Tribulation Beach House (Tourism & Hospitality $1-10 million). Shown collecting the awards on Hutchies’ behalf is Cairns Project Manager, Richard Field.

THE Hear and Say Charity for the hearing impaired received an unexpected bonus during Hutchies’ construction of 175 Eagle Street when a cheque for $4500 was handed over to help their fundraising efforts. Impressed by the work of the Hear and Say organisation, Hutchies donated a tinnie with an outboard motor, which was then raffled. Site workers on Hutchies’ 175 Eagle Street project joined invited guests for a sausage sizzle to witness the prize draw.

Market day at AIB

ON behalf of Hutchies, John Mason receives the AIB National Award for West End Markets project at the Australian Institute of Building Awards at the Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. John and AIB President, Peter Fardoulis, have every reason to be pleased with the result, but they also have another reason to smile ... see story on Page 4.

Kenneth Hutchinson is shown in the mosh pit chatting up entertainer, Grace Knight.

Inside job for police SNATCHING kittens isn’t cat burglary, so why call the police? Hutchies’ Toowoomba crew had no choice recently when they found a family of kittens in a wall they were about to demolish. Bill Henley, foreman on the $8 million Toowoomba Police Station project, reported that a family of feral cats had brought the job to a standstill. Having made their home in a wall to be demolished, the feral cats were preventing excavators from doing their job. Police were called, and television crews arrived. Very wary of feral cats, Bill was able to scare the mother away and box the three kittens, which are now in the loving care of Toowoomba receptionist, Cheryl Stark. After the excitement died down Hutchies were able to get back on the job ... but Bill is still on the lookout for a feral cat seeking revenge.



John sails away with the prize JOHN Mason raised a few chuckles (and some eyebrows) when he received Hutchies National Award from the Australian Institute of Building in his Hutchies’ Undies at the AIB annual dinner in Melbourne. He combined this performance with an appearance at the World Laser Masters Sailing Championship in Cork, Ireland, to be the current winner of the Hutchies’ Travelling Undies competition. Remember, to be a winner, send in a photo of you or a friend (or both) in Hutchies’ Undies. The more unusual ... the more likely to win!

Women with Crystal Vision THE Queensland Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction recently hosted their Crystal Vision Awards 2001 to recognise the achievements of women in the industry and to encourage women to advance and succeed in construction. The winners were: Achievement in Con-

struction: Sarkwin James and Katie McGlade, Brisbane City Works. Contribution by a Tradesperson: Tamara Trask, Electro Group Training. Innovation in Supply: Merit, Ruth Greening, Procurement Manager, Q Build, Brisbane City Region; Winner, Karen Lyon-Reid and Delwyn Jones, Government Office Accommodation Unit, Building Division, Department of Public Works. Achievement in Development: Kerry Petersen, Project Manager, Department of Public Works. Achievement in Design: Melissa Buirchell, Woods Bagot. Vision Award: Merit, Linda Apelt, Director General, Department of Housing; Winner, Department of Works, Senior Women’s Group.

• Scott Hutchinson presents the Achievement in Development award to Kerry Petersen, from the Department of Public Works. Hutchies’ Len White and Lionel Mitchell toast the success of the Desert Sands Camel Racing Carnival with Boulia Mayor, Ron McGlinchey.

Camel economy boost to Boulia HUTCHIES has continued a relationship with the outback town of Boulia as a sponsor of the annual Desert Sands Camel Racing Carnival. Hutchies built the Min Min Encounter tourist attraction at Boulia and has continued to help the community through its support of the camel races. Boulia Mayor, Ron McGlinchey, said the camel races were a great boost to the local economy and the whole shire had been able to benefit from the 3000 race followers who descended on Boulia each year.


Camel trekker, Anne Barley, teaches her camel to read.


Builders get to work on The Panel

Hutchies’ Derek Wrede and John Trevethan worked on Channel 10’s set for The Panel when the show came to Brisbane for the Goodwill Games. As well as getting the set ready, the Hutchie boys were on standby during the filming in case of any urgent repairs. Derek (rear, fourth from left) and John (front, right) are shown with The Panel cast and crew during a break in shooting.

Customers line up for RSL

TOWNSVILLE RSL Club Manager, Hayden Cunningham, gives the finger to indicate he is the first person to use the recently completed car park at the Townsville RSL. This $800,000 car park project is in addition to the $6 million plus work

that Hutchies has completed for the Club over recent years. Hutchies is proud to be

Flash of brilliance BIG Brother contestant, Flash Gordon, became an overnight sensation ... thanks to the television show exposure, much to the delight of his cousin, Hutchies’ company member, Dave Smythe. Dave discovered that one of the benefits of being a television celebrity is never having to buy your own drinks, and that goes for whoever hangs around with the stars. Flash sent a message to Hutchies – “keep erecting strong and tall.” Flash and Dave are shown enjoying a night on the town.

the Townsville RSL’s selected builder and wishes them well with the planned extensions.

Bridge over untroubled water

Happy birthday, Mr Chairman

GIVEN the airplay Brisbane’s latest bridge has received in recent times, Hutchies’ Toowoomba office was keen to open its recently constructed bridge with a great deal of fanfare and ceremony. Peter Barnett, Site Manager, and Paul Hart, Toowoomba Manager, (right) stood together to announce the success of this

bridge as part of the landscaping of Hutchies’ Toowoomba TAFE campus project. They breathlessly announced the bridge came in on time and under budget. They claim this to be the first bridge built by Hutchies since the McLean Bridge over the Logan River in the 1930s.

A COMPANY meeting held on Scott Hutchinson’s birthday was interrupted recently by an attractive young woman who said she had a present for the Chairman. She did ... but we can’t show you anymore. All we can say is that he didn’t send it back ... and he was kind enough to share with his friends! Scott is still trying to find out who sent the present. Maybe he wants another one just like it next year?



Pillow Talk Value $2.9M New distribution warehouse and office at the corner of Sudbury and Northcolt Streets, Darra. Warehouse space exceeds 6000m2 with additional two storeys of office space. Parking facilities for 67 cars are included. Len White Dave Smythe Don Lindo Mike Crossin Buchan Group Bruce Lemcke Engineering Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Concept Engineering Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashburner Francis Superintendent: . . . . . . . . . . . . Blades Project Services – Vince Corry Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Coffee Club, Springwood Value $280K Design and Construct extension and refurbishment of a retail building at Springwood. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Barry Butterworth Richard Ohlrich Louis Levinson Bernie Read Malcolm Challen KP Architects John Batterham

St John’s College Value $280K This project is refurbishment of the College kitchen facilities Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Richard Ohlrich Jeff Lacoste Bernie Read Barry Butterworth

West End Bank Value $550K Extension and refurbishment of existing bank premises at West End, includes splitting the building to incorporate a second bank in the building. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Barry Butterworth Richard Ohlrich Paul Periera Bernie Read Malcolm Challen Harry Poulos Architects John Batterham

Bowen Village Life Value $2.15M This 46-unit retirement complex includes central facilities building and manager’s unit. The complex is situated in the heart of Bowen and overlooks the Bay. Construction is single level masonry block. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

David Christoffersen David Christoffersen Ron Colefax David Christoffersen Robert Weymouth Bruce Gow Bruce Lemcke Concept Engineering Rider Hunt Ashburner Francis

Volvo / Mack Integration

New Warehouse & Factory Extensions Value $4M Construction of a new 5000m2 warehouse with post tension slabs includes 2000m2 factory extensions and modifications and 9000m2 hardstand for truck storage.


Bridgeport Apartments, Kangaroo Point Value $14.75M


This 11-storey tower comprises 86 units, inclusive of a full sized tennis court a pool and off-street parking.


Barry Butterworth Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Stencraft Pty Ltd Jimmy King Pat Edwards John Berlese Tim Ferguson John Smith Dave Darby Paul David Cameron Chislom & Nicol (QLD) Pty Ltd Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Sinclair Knight Merz Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Napier & Blakeley Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchtech Client: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Site Labourer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Site Delegate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Russell Fryer Mal Ashford Gutteridge Haskins Davey

Citygate Value $14.2M

Volvo – VO4 Value $1.5M

Shopping complex. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Ray Balladone Harry White Mike Crossin Woods Bagot Pty Ltd Robert Bird & Partners Robert Bird & Partners Lincolne Scott

Administration and office extention and refurbishment.

Casuarina Collection A number of beach houses at Casuarina beach designed by five architects for sale in conjunction with PRD and Casuarina Beach as house and land packages. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . John Berlese / Steve Marais Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Robert Archibald Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Ray Viksne Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Aspect North and Salmon McKeague Partnership

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Refurbishment of 48 staff units and six contractors’ units includes installation of airconditioning to all 54 units. Due to the high guest numbers on the resort, the project has been staged with access to one block of 12 units every two weeks. Barry Butterworth Richard Field Noel O’Brien Paul DeJong Barry Butterworth Babinda Electricals

RSL Headquarters Value $343,000 Office fit-out and new disabled access to the new RSL State Headquarters.

P&O Australian Resorts, Dunk Island Value $600K

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Barry Butterworth Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Howdy McLeod Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Alan Matthews / Terry Turner Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Glen Evans Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . GHD Structural Engineering Firm: . . . GHD Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . GHD Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . GHD Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . GHD

Neil McLeod Neil McLeod Mike Frank’s Barry Butterworth Keith Boucaut Project Leaders

Toowoomba TAFE New training and horticultural facilities including state of the art nursery and green house facilities. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Paul Hart Craig Simpson Peter Barnett. Paul Hart Project Services Project Services Project Services Project Services Project Services

Mt Gravatt Retail Centre Value $1.6M Eight retail showroom tenancies including timber mezzanine floors. Total area of construction is equal to 900m2 with tilt panel construction and large glazing areas to frontage. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Searle Balladone Joshua Sim Paul David Cottee Parker Whybird & Partners Whybird & Partners Altrad Electrical

Toowoomba Police Station Value $8.2M New regional police facilities including watchouse and administration. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Project Manager: . . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Paul Hart Alex Seydel Bill Henley Concept Paul Hart Project Services Project Services Project Services Project Services Project Services

Narangba Valley Shopping Centre Value $4.3M. This 2000m2 Woolworths shopping centre and 10 specialty shops comprises panel construction with large carpark area (approx 200 bays). Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Design Team: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Searle Balladone Joshua Sim Matt Hutton Paul David Cottee Parker Whybird & Partners Whybird & Partners John Goss Projects Q Electrical

Palm Beach Value $600K 7-11 Service Station and McDonalds Restaurant. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Ray Balladone Harry White Jamie Silvester Cottee Parker J H Ward Engineers Thomson Kane DMA Consulting

Construction of The Lahania Villas commenced at Clifton Beach, Cairns, in July with Hutchies tendering $6 million to build the 24 three bedroom townhouses for owners, Daikyo.The project is three weeks ahead of schedule and due for completion in March 2002. Project Architect is Bentley Herick and Project Engineer is CMG. Hutchies’ team leaders, Paul DeJong, Site Manager, and Richard Field, Project Manager, are shown on site.


Spectacular night out HUTCHIES continues to sponsor the Ken Heywood Boxing Group whose members competed in the recent Queensland Pro boxing titles at the Greek Club and Convention Centre. Hutchies took some associates and clients along for a night out and discovered that boxing can be a great spectator sport – particularly between the bouts!

HUTCHIES’ North Queensland company members took part in the local Townsville Corporate Touch Football competition and have made a name for themselves for consistency. The competition, run over 17 weeks, resulted in 16 straight losses for Hutchies. The only thing to blemish their record of 17 losses was one draw. The team (pictured) may need to use the off season to find a new coach and adjust its dietary supplements.

Sign of the times

FOLLOWING Scott Hutchinson’s insistence that Hutchies’ projects must have prominent signage, the team working on Bridgeport Apartments, Kangaroo Point, set out to please the boss. But they might have overdone it a bit, as they had quite a wait before the building was big enough to take the sign!

Living it up with the Social Club • Hutchies’ Social Club has been busy entertaining members and having a good time.

Consistent ‘non-winning’ streak in touch football

Wild, wild west in Winton

LEFT: The Dunny Race team.

• Pam Powell entertains all with her characterisation of Managing Director, Greg Quinn.

• Louis Levinson shows how to line dance at the “Woolshed”.

• HUTCHIES once again excelled at the Winton Festival with a large crowd turning out to help the town celebrate. The best of the best were chosen to take part in the Dunny Race and the rest amused themselves as best they could.

ABOVE: Line dancing in Winton’s main street. • Members dip for ducks at the Showmans Guild Club, Yatala.

LEFT: Hutchies move on to the next watering hole.



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Hutchinson Builders & Bretts Hardware • To claim your prize phone Hutchies on (07) 3376 4044

Wasting away in Margaritaville AHOY! Captain Jack is shown onboard his new boat, Margaritaville, with a glamorous crew, who bear a remarkable resemblance to the Hutchies’ girls from Accounts. Jack has named his boat after the fictitious paradise invented by American singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett. One way to arrive in Margaritaville is with lashings of margaritas – tequila, lemon juice, crushed ice and salt. Have a few and say hello to Jack.

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Flames set State on fire TOWNSVILLE Flames have set Queensland on fire by winning the State Basketball Championship for 2001. The Under 14 team had a spectacular season and have sent their appreciation to sponsors, Hutchies.

Veteran riflemen on target HUTCHIES’ Malcolm Challen (left) was a happy man when he was selected for the 2001 State Queensland Veterans’ Rifle Team to compete for the Australian Championships in Perth. As well as being a team member, Malcolm was Senior Coach and President of the Australian Veterans.

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The team is (rear, from left) Kendall Katthagen, Meagan Lindsay, Zoe Millar, Lisa Braunberger, Megan Geaney; (middle) Ashleigh Miles, Brett Hodkinson (Coach), Kym Braunberger (Manager) Aimee Smith; and (front) Sarah Travers, Jaclyn Trelour, Soraye Thorne.



2002 - 2011


THE FINEST HOUR The Tenth Decade (2002 – 2011) WHEN Greg Quinn arrived at Seventeen Mile Rocks as Hutchies’ newly appointed managing director, he had three business plans tucked under his arm. Those blueprints were from three top, publicly listed, national construction companies and he fully intended to combine the best of each and tip Hutchies upside down to establish a business model similar to others in the marketplace. Greg explained that his brief then was broad. “Jack wanted me to secure more government work and Scott’s role for me was to integrate into the organisation and do whatever I thought appropriate to roll with the clients, follow them wherever they wanted to go and do a good job for them,” he said. “However, when I arrived and got my feet under what used to be Jack Hutchinson’s old desk at Seventeen Mile Rocks, I worked out from the first day that to tip the place upside down and corporatise it, like most of the other major builders, was just the wrong thing to do for Hutchies.” •••


UTCHIES’ new MD observed that the flat management structure which Scott had set up several years earlier at Hutchies was unique – as systems, procedures and responsibility were pushed out into the individual teams. Greg soon realised that Hutchies’ culture, its people and the responsibilities that were placed on them were all very different from anything he had ever experienced. “The culture at Hutchies was the embodiment of Jack and Scott’s personalities,” Greg explained. “Jack’s charisma and hold on the place goes back to the 1960s when the basis for business was honesty, integrity, fair play, look after your mates and do a deal on a handshake. Then along came Scott with formal education and qualifications, youthful enthusiasm and a sense of fun. They worked well together.”

Greg attributed the Hutchies of the 21st century to the legacy of Jack ... enhanced by Scott in his time. Hutchies’ greatest challenge, Greg believed, was to maintain that small family business approach – honed over almost a century – despite the fact it had evolved into such a large, modern organisation. Greg also discovered early on that the unique relationship which developed between chairman and managing director could be a strength for the company. “There has always been a big difference in our styles,” he said. “Mine is a non-adversarial approach to almost everything, as opposed to Scott’s ‘cut straight to it, regardless of the consequences’ approach. Neither is totally correct, but we complement each other well and together we achieve a good balance.”

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Early in 2002, Hutchies celebrated its 90th

Fortunately, numerous other projects on the go

anniversary at the Ernest Baynes Stand at Brisbane’s

went well and the company posted modest profits of

RNA Showgrounds which Hutchies had built some 80 years earlier in 1922.

$950,000 and $2.1 million for those respective years. While not good results on a $300 million turnover,

The celebrations had an ‘Ekka’ theme and

Hutchies had worked hard and managed to stay in

hundreds of guests enjoyed the night. Labor Premier, Peter Beattie, officiated and Jack, Scott and Greg all delivered speeches. It was Greg’s first major public appearance as managing director and everyone agreed the new structure made a great team. Later that year, the fun came to an abrupt halt, when Hutchies entered into another critical financial downturn phase. Over a period of three or four weeks in December, it seemed every second telephone call Greg took was about how contracts were running over budget. By 2002, Hutchies was lending large amounts of capital to developers to secure building contracts,

the black. Internal changes were made within Hutchies’ structure to ensure, in the future, no new people would get positions of influence and responsibility until they were tried and tested and every team, including those right throughout Brisbane, had their own cost planners and estimators. After the dramas of 2002 and 2003, Hutchies advanced cautiously and this approach would pay off for the company. With the building industry battling rising prices and harbouring concerns over the possible industrial relations fall-out of the new Work Choices legislation being developed by the Howard Government,

so it was decided the organisation needed a team member with banking and financial institution experience and knowledge to oversee the lending. Kellie Williams started in February 2003, just as

many major companies, which traditionally had tower cranes on the skyline, were now reeling and reconsidering their positions. Hutchies had concentrated on finishing its bad

the serious trouble was starting to bite hard. She later would become a valuable member of Hutchies’ board of directors. With Kellie’s input, the company now had the ability to scrutinise a client’s finances to see if they really had the ability to pay. Hutchies no longer needed to take a client’s word about payment and it was able to speak to banks and financiers in their own language. Within the industry, financiers had already started to play a bigger role in project construction, to the point where they would appoint the builders. This gave Hutchies the opportunity to form alliances with these major financiers – a move which would prove to be a game changer for the future. Hutchies had been through a period where it had built about 200 projects, yet dropped $14 million.

jobs and fixing its internal problems, while larger builders were left struggling. By July 2006, Hutchies was busy with 92 projects on the go, valued at $672 million, and its workforce had increased to 450 which included 42 apprentices. Hutchies saw opportunities on the horizon and made a conscious decision to establish itself firmly in the big end of town, without neglecting the small end. Almost overnight, Hutchies established itself in the city and secured several major projects – the largest at the time being ‘M on Mary’, a $101 million residential building. Hutchies took advantage of opportunities and was successful in making the transition. It was during that time, Hutchies decided to increase its core of internal tradespeople.

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This strategy was expanded to include internal

The flagship project got going in 2005 with work

linings, aluminium fabrication, scaffolding, cranes

starting on site in July 2006.

and pre-cast panels. Hutchies was careful never to allow any single

On April 24, 2007, Queensland’s then new Governor, Quentin Bryce, joined Hutchies

sub-trade to grow so large as to take on 100 per cent

and hundreds of special guests to celebrate the

of the company’s work. In 2001, Hutchies had about 15 apprentices, before it was decided to set up the company’s own apprenticeship scheme. A dedicated in-house training operation was established in May 2007, with the view to increasing Hutchies’ apprentice numbers from what was then little more than 40 to 350. All training would be inhouse so apprentices could learn the ‘Hutchies’ way’ and progress quickly. Hutchies confesses to being supportive of nepotism, because it nurtures a big family culture and almost all of the recruits turn out to be good people. The building industry meltdown not only paved

company’s 95th anniversary, as well as to officiate at the opening of the impressive new office and yard complex in Milton Road, Toowong. When designing Hutchies’ new headquarters, architect Peter Smith, of Lambert and Smith, paid particular attention to the environmental aspects of the building. Its spacious roof area and underground storage tanks made it capable of harvesting large amounts of rainwater, which attracted a major ground floor tenant, Hoppy’s Carwash, operating on recycled water. During 2007, Hutchies bought 25 cranes and hoists, as well as 2,600 tonnes of scaffolding, and established a cranage yard at Yatala, between

the way for Hutchies to take on major high-rise CBD projects in Brisbane, but it also opened the door to the lucrative Sydney market. An established Sydney office became part of a

Brisbane and the Gold Coast. In the same year, the first of a range of environmentally aware projects requiring Green Star or energy ratings appeared on Hutchies’ radar screen.

network that, by then, included Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast and Tweed Heads. For Scott Hutchinson, the centrepiece of that network was to be a new company head office and storage yard – similar to those the company had maintained at South Brisbane, Paddington and Seventeen Mile Rocks. He had started to think about a new office and yard in 2001 when it was obvious the company was rapidly outgrowing Staple Street at Seventeen Mile Rocks. In 2002, the opportunity to buy land in Toowong for about $3.5 million came up and, although it was thought to be expensive at the time, its value increased fourfold in just a few years. Building was due to start in 2003, but had to be put on hold because of the financial meltdown.

Environmental requirements were relatively new to the construction industry but, because clients wanted their buildings to achieve certain environmental ratings, Hutchies chose to deliver. A dedicated team of Hutchies’ people – known as the ‘green team’ – was initiated to work with each of the various construction teams on any projects which had Green Star or energy rating requirements. Admirably, by the end of the decade, Hutchies had cemented its place as a champion of green building in Australia with one of its projects, Santos House (Northbridge), being awarded a six-star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). At that time, the six-star rating was the highest achievable and Hutchies was acknowledged as an industry leader in sustainable design and construction.

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By 2007, Hutchies’ people were working on

decision by the board to do whatever necessary to

almost 100 projects spread throughout Far North Queensland, the Outback, Great Barrier Reef,

keep its own workforce fully employed. The last of the new cranes had arrived during

Darling Downs, South East Queensland, northern

2008 and the new crane and hoist facility was fully

New South Wales and Sydney.

operational at Yatala.

Its reach had also extended to tourist accommodation projects in the Niseko snowfields on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. Moving into 2008, Hutchies had two new offices busy on the Sunshine Coast – Noosa and Mooloolaba – and a new office in Melbourne. Its reputation and financial strength was at an all time high – a situation extremely attractive to financiers and developers. The company had such a strong balance sheet that financiers often insisted their developer clients obtain prices from Hutchies, because they liked its financial strength and they knew Hutchies would be there at the end of the job.

A quality and defects system was in train and showing positive results in the field and the construction of new offices in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Tweed Coast, Melbourne and Sydney over the past two years had had a significant positive impact on business. Hutchies’ company team structure now resembled 23 autonomous builders, all vigorously taking on the responsibilities and obligations of operating their own businesses, as opposed to one big builder operating under a centralised, hierarchical, topdown structure, like the majority of other large businesses in the industry.

Despite the large increase in work volume over the five to six years after the 2002/2003 meltdown, Hutchies always worked within its means and resisted taking on work it could not handle – a

However, by 2009, Hutchies, like everyone else, experienced the full impact of the GFC and, through lack of funding, many clients’ proposed projects failed to get off the ground and private building work

defining moment in its history. Learning to say “no” was an important lesson in life. In 2008, the signs of what would become known as the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) emerged with the near collapse of the world’s financial system. Australia’s then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, described the GFC as the greatest financial challenge since the Great Depression of 1929. As the world spiralled into recession later that year, Hutchies was in relatively good shape. Despite having 1,000 company mouths to feed, Hutchies – formally recognised as Queensland’s oldest and largest building company – was debt free and asset rich, with an enviable and strong balance sheet. Faced with what promised to be tough times ahead, Hutchies’ survival strategy included a bold

came to an abrupt halt. The year was one of the worst in Hutchies’ history and, although construction continued, the company’s investments, joint ventures and developer loans were savaged by the GFC. Prior to the GFC, developers had supplied Hutchies with a steady stream of exciting and profitable work, leaving little time for government projects. This would all change when it became obvious that investments would fail and that steady stream of private building work could not continue. Within just 12 months, Hutchies’ work mix shifted from 90 per cent private and 10 per cent public, to 65 per cent private and 35 per cent public, and the teams adjusted quickly to deal with the public sector, with its strong focus on administrative procedures.

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The Federal Government’s stimulus strategy to

executive roles with industry organisations, and to

combat the GFC helped immensely, with a large schools package and public housing initiatives

the community. The success of Hutchies’ strategy to diversify

keeping teams busy.

geographically and be active in all segments

The company stuck doggedly to its strategy of

of the market in response to the GFC was due

moving forward and consolidating a workforce for the future. Establishment of various subbie groups, headed up by experienced Hutchies’ site managers, was one aspect of the retention strategy, as well as securing more work by diversification into mining, civil and government sectors. While the world changed dramatically in a year, Hutchies adapted to suit that change, creating a special structure to handle the state and private schools roll-out under the Federal Government’s stimulus package and, at its peak, had 39 schools underway. Hutchies’ landscape for 2010/11 was much

predominantly to the preparedness of its own people to travel and to relocate. Hutchies’ capacity to mobilise large groups of people, as well as accommodate and look after them, was an attribute that impressed many remote regional clients. Despite the GFC, Hutchies’ direct employee and apprentice numbers continued to grow as a result of its regional and remote presence and activities. On the eve of Hutchies’ centenary celebrations, the Sydney team embarked on a project that was the largest in the company’s 100 year history. The $227 million Metro Residences Chatswood project consisted of three residential towers,

different to 2007/08 which had been its biggest and best year. In 2007/08 Hutchies turned over $914 million and posted a $50 million profit.

totalling 553 apartments, located on top of the existing Chatswood Transport Interchange on Sydney’s north shore. In the closing years of its first century, Hutchies

However, by 2010/11, turnover was $870 million with a $30 million profit. Devastating floods in January-February 2011 throughout central and southern Queensland disrupted lives and Hutchies’ building schedules. Projects were delayed and finances were stretched trying to finish jobs to previously agreed completion dates. As well, many resource projects in the regions were put on hold because the mines were flooded. Despite the gloom of the storm clouds, a bright spot appeared with the 2011 Australia Day honours list announced by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce. John (Jack) Collins Hutchinson AM became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the building and construction sector, through

had made the transition from a builder focused on Queensland, with primary activities aimed at the private developer market, to a truly national builder operating in all segments of the construction industry, with 19 offices spread across the nation. In its 100th year, Hutchies had 1,115 direct employees, including 204 apprentices and cadets, who collectively performed construction work valued at around $1.15 billion. Hutchies had aimed to be a traditional builder operating on a national basis, with a large, directly employed workforce under the banner of a private family business. It had shown to be a formula that could stand the test of time and one which the company wanted to adhere to as it progressed into the future.

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UTCHIES’ 90th anniversary celebration, held recently at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds, was a spectacle, in keeping with the tradition of the Exhibition’s main ring events. The venue chosen for the celebration was symbolic of Hutchies’ long service to Queensland – the Ernest Baynes Stand built by Hutchies in 1922. Performances included live beach volleyball led by Olympic gold medallist, Natalie Cook; driving displays by the Urban Properties Precision Driving team in a fleet of Hutchies’ utes; a line-up of trucks from the Commercial Auto Historical Society, representing each decade since 1912 ... and a late night Jack and Scott Hutchinson serve it up to their guests at the 90th Anniversary celebrations. impromptu fashion parade by not only surviving for 90 years, but pros$110 million in value. guests, who found Hutchie g-strings in pering, and being in its best-ever shape at “Our payment record with subbies is their showbags. the end of the stretch?” Greg asked. second to none – another reason why And the crowd was there too – more “Hutchies has seen enormous growth Hutchies is so successful – with subbies than 900 guests, who included Premier in recent years and this year turnover will lining up to work for Hutchies, because Peter Beattie; many State Government be around $250 million – with almost all they know they will be paid ... and Ministers; members of Federal, State and of that work in Queensland,” he said. on time ... with the resulting harmony Local government; Mayoral representa“Hutchies’ bread and butter has always benefitting the entire project. tives; clients; trade unions and, of course, been in the small and medium size projects “Hutchies is prepared to work with our staff and industry friends. up to $10 million in value and that’s friends and use the strength of our balPremier Peter Beattie paid tribute to where our focus will remain,” he said. ance sheet to ensure jobs fly,” Greg said. Hutchies, saying that, during the past 90 “Sure, we have 70 projects on at the Jack thanked his family for contributyears, the company had not only built moment, however, only a handful are in ing to Hutchies’ success. many of Queensland’s outstanding buildthe $15 to $40 million range. Hutchies’ When Jack took over Hutchies, the ings, but also had won the respect of the competitive edge is its ability to operate company was near to collapse and money community. in all parts of the market – both big and was tight and it was during this time that Mr Beattie described father and son small – and we intend to keep it that Jack’s wife, June, earned the nickname team, Jack and Scott, as “good blokes”, way. “Mrs Waste Not Want Not” for her efforts whose personal efforts, as third and fourth “Hutchies has this ability because of its to make ends meet. generation builders, had developed a people. We have 175 directly employed Jack said it was every father’s dream family feeling within the company. staff and we intend expanding this to have a child take over the family This sentiment was echoed by CMFEU workforce.” company and he thanked Scott for coming union representative, Wally Trohear. Greg said Hutchies was financially in as Managing Director and then as Hutchies’ Managing Director, Greg strong. Chairman. Quinn, said Hutchies was stronger now “Our PQC rating with government than at any time in its history. • See Pages 5, 6 & 7 for more allows us to take on a building up to “Who’s ever heard of a building business pictures of the gala event.



ABOVE: Jack Kinnaman is presented the ACCE’s Founders plaque from Eva Morrison, Student Chapter President of ABC and Lee Niles, Head of the UALR Construction Management Department.

ABOVE: Anne Woker, Margie Hendricks and Jack Kinnaman enjoy stories told at the banquet. LEFT: Phillip Joiner, President of the Akansas Chapter of ABC, presents Jack with the National Lifetime Membership Award.

Jack Kinnaman elected to Hall of Fame Among Jack’s affiliations are Associated General Constructors; American Institute of Constructors, in which he served as national president and as the first president of the Arkansas chapter; Associated Builders and Contractors, in which he served as a member of the national board and as president of the Arkansas chapter; American Council for Construction Education; and Central Arkansas Building Contractors, of which he is a past president. We appreciate the contribution made by Jack to Hutchies and congratulate him on his success at Kinco and on his election to the Hall of Fame.

Concrete worker Donna mixes it with the best of them in Lismore... HUTCHIES’ building site for the new Officeworks Superstore in Lismore made history recently when Donna Chambers became front page news in the local newspaper as the only female steel and concrete worker on site. Donna was part of the team from Mitchell’s Concrete, Rockhampton, laying the suspended concrete floors of the Superstore. The Northern Star reported Donna as needing a good sense of humour while she lugged heavy materials, laid steelwork and concrete and jackhammered alongside the otherwise all-male team. “I work twice as hard to prove myself when I first start on a site. Everyone thinks I am mad, but I just like concrete and steel fixing,” Donna explained. Boss, Tim Collard, praised Donna as a good worker who could tough it out with the best of them. Donna’s upside of hanging out with the boys was having a few beers together when the crew finished their 13-hour days. “We have a lot of fun,” she said.


Donna on site at the Officeworks Lismore job.

Always smile at a (Townsville) Crocodile... Managing Director, Greg Quinn, recently discovered what it means to be a sponsor of the very popular Townsville Crocodiles basketball team. Greg joined Hutchies’ North Queensland crew to celebrate the Croc’s performance. It doesn’t matter if they win or lose, the celebrations go on regardless.

Photo courtesy: Northern Star Newspaper.

THE recently retired president of our USA sister company Kinco Inc, Jack Kinnaman, has been elected to the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame. Jack founded Kinco Inc in July 1973 and served as its president and CEO for 27 years. At the end of 2000, he sold the company to four long time employees. Doug Wasson, a Kinco veteran of 20 years, who took over as president and CEO said: “We plan to build on the strong reputation that Jack established. He has been a tremendous leader and mentor for many of us in the construction industry.”

ONE of the questions I am asked most freq- Scott Hutchinson uently is “does Jack have much involvement with the company anymore?” This is best answered by using a quote that Hilary Clinton said of Bill – “he’s a hard dog to keep on the porch.” Motorcycles, country music, rowing and, now, boating keep him busy, but we do get him weekly and at Board meetings. The other question I get asked is “where are we taking Hutchies?” The answer is that we simply do what our clients ask for and try hard to remain competitive. What I am most proud of during our growth is that we are still builders with tradespeople – 13 apprentices and 15 cadets – and employing people for life. “Hutchies has 14 people who have been with us for more than 20 years, and 28 people for more than 10 years. We are not just managers who put together a team for each job, we are a community ... and this will never change. We have always tried to do business “as friends and with friends” and it has been wonderful seeing many of the same faces at our 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th anniversary parties. We look forward to seeing those same faces, and many more, at our 95th anniversary in 2007 and for the big Centenary party in 2012. — Scott Hutchinson Chairman


Some of the Casuarina collection...

Casuarina milestone in home building venture Dr Nick Girdis in front of Newport on Main, Gold Coast.

Dentist fills in a cavity HUTCHIES is helping to fill a hole for dentist turned developer, Dr Nick Girdis, with construction of a 20-level Gold Coast tower for Stencraft Pty Ltd, named as Newport on Main. The building at Main Beach is being undertaken by Stencraft Pty Ltd, the Development Company of longtime Girdis partners, Sir John Pidgeon and Miss Valmai Pidgeon. The tower, which consists of 38 three, two and one bedroom units, has an elliptical shape with views across the Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean. Dr Girdis has had a lifetime passion for the Gold Coast, which started as a young boy holidaying at his uncle’s house at Labrador. Since then his name has been linked with many Gold Coast developments including numerous highrise towers, low and medium level projects, office buildings and boutique shopping centres. As well as a successful developer, Dr Girdis has a long record of community service that includes University, Opera, Greek Community and Enterprise Australia activities.

THE Casuarina Collection – high quality, mid-priced house and land packages at Casuarina Beach, near Kingscliff, northern New South Wales – marks Hutchies’ first foray into the home building market after more than 90 years as one of Queensland’s largest and respected civil and construction companies. As a major milestone, the first Casuarina display home has been completed and the collection will form the basis of the most stylish and prestigious house and land packages ever offered for sale, with prices from $415,000 to $499,000 and available on dry blocks ranging from 532m2 to 710m2. Hutchies has been responsible for all infrastructure and public construction work at Casuarina Beach – a $650 million, 183 hectare master-planned community. The Casuarina Collection completes Consolidated Properties’ two-part design expo at Casuarina Beach, which began with last year’s search for the Quint-

essential Australian Beach House. Consolidated Properties Managing Director, Don O’Rorke, said the Casuarina Collection designs would be matched by the quality of the construction. “Hutchies has been on board at Casuarina Beach since day one of construction and, in the building industry, Hutchies is a company well-regarded for the quality of its work,” said Mr O’Rorke. Scott Hutchinson said that he has long seen the potential for Hutchies to diversify into the home building market and the Casuarina Collection presented the family-owned company with the perfect opportunity to do so. “We have always seen home building as a specialist situation and people have been encouraging us to enter into the market for some time,” He said. “But we see Casuarina Beach and the Casuarina Collection as more than a business opportunity, it’s a chance for us to help maintain the quality of the development we started.”



Building team help for babies

On hand to deliver the $5,000 cheque (L-R) Pat Edwards BLF, Tiny, Dan, Joe, Scott Hutchinson, Liz Davis from SANDS, Tim Conaty and Gaff.

HUTCHIES, the Bridge Port site crew and the Builders Labourers Federation recently raised $5000 to assist Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support (SANDS). SANDS Coordinator, Liz Davis, said the donation would go towards providing support for parents, families and friends who suffer loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and other reproductive losses. Liz said approximately 580 babies die from stillbirth and neonatal death and almost 20,000 miscarriages occur in Queensland each year.

Tide of success for Regatta Riverside

WITH $19.5 million of pre-sales recorded at the Regatta Riverside project since late October, developer of the Toowong riverfront project, Leyshon Group, has formally appointed Hutchies to construct the 183 unit residential project over two stages. The contract, worth in excess of $30 million, was awarded to Hutchinsons based on the company’s strong track record in constructing similar high quality residential projects, TV news crews record the opening by Lord Mayor Jim Soorley (centre) of the new Citycat Stop to including the prestigious Manors service the new Regatta Apartments at Toowong. project at the Kingshome apartment complex, Taringa, and Brett’s Wharf. prising a 10-level residential complex, is According to Leyshon Group’s Develexpected to be completed by January opment Manager, Mark Rundle, the 2003, with stage two adding a further 97 dramatic take up of apartments ahead of units, due to commence construction Regatta Riverside’s official sales office mid-2002. opening in March, confirmed the comThe site incorporates landscaped pany’s predictions that the Regatta Pregardens, lawns and relaxation zones cinct would draw strong interest from including swimming pool, gym and barowner occupiers and investors. becue areas. With around $150 million worth of residential development now underway in the immediate vicinity of the historic Regatta Hotel, which also is undergoing THE popularity of Townsville’s newly extensive refurbishment, the Regatta Predeveloped waterfront area, known as The cinct revival is generating renewed interStrand, has increased the demand for est from the Brisbane public. lifesavers and resulted in a new lifesaving Stage one of Regatta Riverside, comclubhouse. And Hutchies has won the job to build the $500,000 Arcadian Junior Surf Life Saving Club at the Rockpool. The two storey building will be in harmony with existing developments and reflect the new vibrancy of The Strand. It will be pivotal in training young lifesavers of the future – particularly youngsters from Palm Island, which has Australia’s only Aboriginal surf club. With 40,000 people visiting The Strand each week, the Townsville City Council set aside land for the clubhouse in response Artist’s impression of Regatta Apartments to the need for more lifesavers. with the famous Regatta Hotel (left).

New lifesavers clubhouse as tourists flood waterfront


Scott the “Bad Boy” of Brisbane’s boardrooms CHAIRMAN, Scott Hutchinson, could earn the reputation of the bad boy of Brisbane’s boardrooms because of the bracelet he wears, which reads “punk at sixteen”. It’s an unusual story, but hopefully one with a happy ending. Scott will wear the bracelet until October as part of a pact with a young offender who was arrested for vandalising a Hutchies’ building site. Because of his age, the juvenile offender was ordered to a community conference, which brings the victims and offenders together to work out an agreement, which can include formal apology, performance of work for the victim, replacement of property or payment of damage. Builders are hard negotiators and Scott requested the offender complete community service for SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support) and surrender the bracelet, which had been made for the youth by his girlfriend. Under the agreement, Scott will return the bracelet with a ticket to the Livid Festival in October, provided the youth does not reoffend. In the meantime, Scott gets to wear the bracelet, which declares him the bad boy of Brisbane’s boardrooms.


Premier vows to beat the ‘kiss of death’

Paul Hart, Jerah Hart and David Shaw choose their drinks.

PREMIER Peter Beattie (right) has shrugged off a curse that has befallen previous VIPs at Hutchies’ anniversary celebrations. Managing Director, Greg Quinn, warned Mr Beattie of the danger before the Premier wished Hutchies “Happy 90th” on behalf of Queensland. Politicians who went into the political wilderness after their Hutchies’ anniversary appearances in the past included Sallyanne Atkinson, Wayne

Goss and Rob Borbidge. Mr Beattie vowed to beat the “kiss of death” and promised to be around for Hutchies’ Centenary celebrations in 2012.

Jack Hutchinson and Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook.

Alison Norton, Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson, TJ Peabody and Steve Norton.

RIGHT: Scott Hutchinson receiving his surfboard from Premier Peter Beattie.

Michael Mullens, Michael Harrison, Graeme Wickman & Andrew King.

LEFT: Greg Quinn takes centre stage in the Ernest Baynes Stand.

Debbie Gaggin, Wayne Cullen and Di Adams share a joke.



LEFT: Margie and Jack Kinnaman who made to trip from the USA to be at the Hutchies birthday celebrations with Premier Beattie.

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ABOVE: Terry and Yvonne Bedford, Phil Downes and Rochelle Lawson. LEFT: Paul David, Trevor Giles and George Bellas.

Suzi Lodeer, Anthony Esposito and Scott Hutchinson.

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June Hutchinson, with MPs Robert Schwarten and Terry Mackenroth, and Jack Hutchinson.

RIGHT: Christine Rooney, Greg Quinn and Gary Breakwell.

Richard Field, Dave Smart, Paul De Jong and Steve Dowling.

ABOVE: John, Steve Tyson and Nick Carter.

LEFT: Hassim Alcoshe, Ray Balladone, Liz Pidgeon, Mick Byrne and Matt Hutton.

: Volleyballers devise a “lineout” technique to oint... but Olympian Nicole (right) is too good!

Mary-Jeanne Hu tchinson, Mike G ould and David Norris.

Dave Hanna and Robert Smith.

Ken Green is served one of the famous RNA “Dagwood Dogs”.



Port Douglas/Mareeba Recently completed Kator House in Port Douglas brings an end to Hutchies’ three year domination of the Port Douglas building market. Foreman and Port resident for Hutchies, Noel McPherson, who also undertook the Franklins Shopping Centre, has been travelling recently to the refurbishment project, Mareeba RSL, which he is running.


Barry Butterworth

Lahania Villas, Clifton Beach

Aged Care Facility, Waterford

Friday afternoon sausage sizzles for company members and subbies were the highlight on this site. The $6m project consisted of 24 three bedroom townhouses with a 20m lap pool, gazebo, pool court, landscaped gardens all with direct Clifton Beach access. Paul De Jong claims his end of week moral boosters helped to keep the project on schedule. Team includes: Richard Field, project manager; Paul De Jong, supervisor; Rob Weymouth, cost planner; Bentley Herrick, architects; CMG, structural and civil engineers; and MGF, electricals.

Construction is underway of a new aged care facility on a construction management basis. Team includes: Len White, project manager; Wayne Fox, administrator; Syd Britton, foreman; Conan Beale, cost planner; R.H. Frankland & Associates, architects; Western partners, structural engineers; EMF Griffiths, electricals; and Grant Epple of HK Project Management, superintendent.

Dunk Island Refurbishment Refurbishment of the island’s staff quarters began slowly as staff had to vacate the building prior to construction work starting. These days the cycle has sped up considerably as staff are much quicker to vacate the old rooms in favour of the newly refurbished ones.

Craggy Range winery and vineyard, New Zealand Hutchies is managing the $35 million design and construction of Craggy Range Winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Building on this site will resemble the French Provincial style with extensive use of limestone cladding, recycled hardwood (from Australia), terracotta clay tiles (imported from the UK), all set around a manmade lake. This site will include office, restaurant, epicurean centre, above and underground cellars with vaulted ceilings, resembling the Roman days, all poured in situ. Also included are two houses – one valued at $700,000 and the other $4.5m.

St Thomas School, Mareeba Worth $620,000, this project involves conversion and refurbishment of two existing classrooms and administration rooms as well as the construction of three classrooms in a new block. Team includes: Richard Field, project manager; Paul York, administrator; Noel McPherson, supervisor; and McElroy Morrison Pierce, architects.

Science Building, James Cook University, Cairns This two-storey building clad in brick and fitted out with complex services for use as a science block as an addition to existing facilities for the James Cook University is estimated at $7.35m. Team includes: Richard Field, project manager; Paul York, administrator; Paul De Jong, supervisor; Robert Weymouth, cost planner; Power Graham and Dempsey, architects; McPherson Maclean Wargon Chapman, structural engineers; Sinclair Knight Merz, civil engineers; Rider Hunt, quantity surveyors; and SPA – Simon Perkins & Associates, electricals.

Lagoon Apartments At close to $3m this 18 unit complex of residential apartments is underway. Team includes: John Berlese, project manager; Tim Ferguson, administrator; Jeff Miller, foreman; Paul David, cost planner; Cameron Chisholm & Nicol, architects; Robert Bird & Partners, structural and civil engineers; Napier & Blakeley, quantity surveyors; and Mitchtech, electricals.

Lahania Villas, Clifton Beach ... Friday afternoon sausage sizzles helped the team keep the project on schedule. Mark Stanley, administrator; Alex Medynski, foreman; Carr Design, architects; and Medland Mitropoulos, electricals.

Ward, structural engineers.

Grafton Village Life

Three luxury houses and three luxury units on the river at Macquarie Street, Teneriffe, are under construction for total value of $4.4m. Team includes: Gary Breakwell, construction manager; Michael Tomkins, site manager; John Gaggin, cost planner; Fairweather Property, architects; Morgan Consulting, structural engineers; and Medland Mitropoulos, mechanicals/ electricals/hydraulics.

Consisting of 42 standard units and 5 disabled units, construction of this retirement village also includes a community centre, commercial kitchen and on site manager’s residence. Team includes: David Christoffersen, project manager and administrator; Adam O’Mara, foreman; Robert Weymouth, cost planner; Bruce Gow Architects; Bruce Lemcke, structural engineers; Concept Engineering, civil engineers; Rider Hunt, quantity surveyors; and Ashburner Francis, electricals.

Hervey Bay Village Life

Western Star / Man Trucks

Consisting of 49 standard units and four disabled units, construction of this retirement village also includes a community centre, commercial kitchen and on site manager’s residence. Team includes: David Christoffersen, project manager and administrator; Ron Colefax, foreman; Robert Weymouth, cost planner; Bruce Gow Architects; Bruce Lemcke, structural engineers; Concept Engineering, civil engineers; Rider Hunt, quantity surveyors; and Ashburner Francis, electricals.

Design and construction of a new truck dealership and service centre for Western Star / Man Trucks and Buses is valued at $2.8m. The development will incorporate a retail showroom and parts warehouse with 14,000sqm of concrete hardstand for truck display. Team includes: Barry Butterworth, project manager; Russell Fryer, administrator; Ian Partridge, foreman; Wayne Cullen, cost planner; Lambert & Smith, architects; Bruce Lemcke, structural engineers; and Andrew Farr, civil engineers.

Catalina Stage II

Taringa Circle Redevelopment Refurbishment of the Taringa Circle building for Cornerstone Properties incorporates three basement levels, two office levels and new roof top plant platform. New awnings and sunshades, combined with four large architectural fins, have been designed to transform the building’s facade. Team includes: Barry Butterworth, project manager; Russell Fryer, administrator; Owen Walsh, foreman; Conan Beale, cost planner; Cameron Chisholm & Nicol, architects; and JH

Commercial Development, Ballina West This new dual tenancy commercial premises, worth $1.2m, includes carparking. Team includes: Len White, project manager and supervisor; David Smythe, administrator; Don Lindo, foreman; Wayne Cullen, cost planner; John Wallbank, architects; Aspect North, structural and civil engineers; and Controlled Power Systems, electricals.

Deacons, Eagle Street, Brisbane

On site at the Craggy Range project are (from left) Steve Smith, winery manager; Paul Gourley, Hutchies’ project manager; Terry Peabody, winery owner; John Blair, architect; Mary Peabody and David Peabody, owners; and Mary-Jeane Hutchinson.


This project, valued at more than $3.8m, involves a high quality office fit out for Deacons Lawyers over four levels at 175 Eagle Street. Team includes: Julian French, project manager and cost planner;

Artist’s impression of the Taringa Central refurbishment.


Nouvelle Apartments A four storey building constructed in the 1980s as office space is undergoing extensive refurbishment and conversion to apartment living. The project is worth in excess of $11.2m. Team includes: Neil Bladen, project manager; Ron Pearse, administrator; Glen Evans, cost planner; Nettleton Tribe, architects; Multi Span, structural engineers; Bornhorst & Ward, civil engineers; and AGD Quantity Surveyors.

Rammed earth walls rise out of ground

Pilkington Glass This project involving a three bay extension to an industrial building is headed by the team which includes: Robert Weymouth, project manager and cost planner; Ben Prest, administrator; Tippett Schrock, architects; and Glynn Tucker Engineering.

Takarraka Two new toilet blocks and two new open kitchen blocks are being built at the Takarakka Camping Ground. Team includes: Robert Weymouth, project manager and cost planner; Ben Prest, administrator; Peter Singleton, foreman; Planit, architects; and Bruce Lemke Engineering.

Arcadian JSLS Clubhouse A new surf lifesaving club for juniors is under construction on The Strand, Townsville, at a cost of $500,000. Team includes: Robert Weymouth, project manager and cost planner; Ben Prest, administrator; Neil Berry, foreman; Northpoint Developments, architects; Meecham Engineers; and Ashburner Francis, electricals.

Toowoomba Police Station At a cost of $8.25 m and due for completion in November, this project is a new regional police headquarters, which includes administration, watch house and prisoner links to the existing courthouse. Team includes: Paul Hart, project manager and cost planner; Alex Seydel, administrator; Bill Henley, foreman; with Project Services.

Clifton Hospital Worth $320,000, this building project involves a new medical centre and an upgrade of existing fire services. Team includes: Paul Hart, project manager and cost planner; Matthew Nielsen, administrator; Peter Smith, foreman; parish Clarke, architects and Larkin Teys, engineers.

Suncorp Metway Call Centre The very latest in data/communications transfer systems is being incorporated in the construction of this new $4.3m 3000m high-tech building to be used as a call centre for Suncorp Metway. Team includes: Paul Hart, project manager and cost planner; Craig Simpson, administrator; Peter Barnett, foreman; Davenport Campbell, architects; Ove Arup, structural and civil enginners; Rider Hunt, quantity surveyors; Lincolne Scott, electrical/mechanicals; Qantec, hydraulics; Hassell Architects, internal fit-out; and Terrain, on landscaping. Client is Ross Neilson Properties.

Rammed earth walls were used in construction of the building to house dinosaur tracks. HUTCHIES has more than 90 years’ experience in dealing with construction materials, techniques and technology, but a recent job using rammedearth is one of the company’s more unusual assignments. Two massive rammed-earth walls are currently rising from the red hills, 120 km south west of Winton, as part of a scheme to protect historic dinosaur tracks in Lark Quarry Conservation Park. The nine metre high walls have been manufactured on site, using 500 tonnes of excavated earth, which will eventually support a curved steel roof. Inside the building are 95 million year old tracks of the only

recorded dinosaur stampede on earth. The $2 million building is being funded by the Queensland Heritage Trail Network to preserve the dinosaur tracks. To do the job, architect, Jim Gall, needed a coordinated team, aware of the constraints and sensitivities of the site. He said Hutchies was to be commended for the way in which the project was being managed. “They are ensuring the trackways and surrounding park are not damaged as well as ensuring the health and safety of the building team in the hot summer conditions,” Mr Gall said. Site foreman, Lionel Mitch-

ell, said his team was meeting the challenge of heat, dust, flies and isolation. The team is working 12 hours a day, six days a week in blazing sun with average daily temperatures in the high 40s. He said the team was working in a constrained building site on the side of a hill in a Conservation Park. “This poses continual challenges as things change all the time. Anticipated clay foundations become rock in places and the team has to solve such problems on the spot,” he said. The trackways building is expected to be completed and open to the public by late June, weather permitting.

Smiles all round for Riverside refurbishment HUTCHIES’ Jeff Lacoste (left) and clients, Hume Campbell and Steve Girdis, have every reason to be pleased with the results of the refurbishment of Riverside Marine headquarters at Newstead. The project included stripping and fitting out the old building, closing in open areas and installing new glazing with a total landscape job.



Saga of a young man and the sea NORTH Queensland fishing stories paled into insignificance recently when Hutchies’ man in the north, Robert Weymouth, captured his first marlin ... off the Gold Coast. Robert was fishing with Peter Scott and Rhys Brotherton, of Wincam Property, on board Reel Chase, when the marlin struck. After an enormous struggle, Robert landed the marlin ... before releasing it to fight another day. Robert regrets having to leave North Queensland to catch a decent fish but promises to step up his fishing expeditions to the Barrier Reef to restore North Queensland’s fishing reputation. In the meantime, it’s a damn good fishing story and he doesn’t mind repeating it, regardless of where the fish came from.

TOP: Proof the catch wasn’t an old boot! RIGHT: A jubilant Robert Weymouth boats his Gold Coast marlin.

Travelling Undies and gallivanting g-strings COMPETITION rules for Hutchies’ Travelling Undies awards have been extended to include Hutchies’ g-strings, which were launched with great success at the recent 90th anniversary celebrations. From now on, anyone providing photographic evidence of Hutchies’ undies or g-strings (Len White note: preferably female) being worn in famous/unusual places will be in the running to win a prize. Steve Spijkerman, Hutchies’ site manager at Craggy Range Winery in New Zealand, is the winner of the Travelling Undies Award for his daring appearance on Lake Taupo, in New Zealand’s North Island. The protrusion from the leg of his pants seems to have a head on it like a fish, which probably explains why Kiwis always wear long pants! Nice performance, Steve. Keep it up! • Some guests at the 90th anniversary celebrations were quick to whip on their new g-strings (left) and give them a work-out at the party.

An architect’s view of architects BRISBANE architect, Peter Newell M. Arch., L/F R.A.I.A., recently published a delightful book “The Art, Trade & Mystery of Building”, which is a 60-year collection


of quotes, anecdotes and thoughts relating to architects and the building trade. It starts with his observations as a student and apprentice during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when his employer emphasised that being late was “equivalent to taking money out of our till”. It concludes with a conversation with a builder in the USA: “Listen buddy, we have been dealing with your lot for years. This is how we operate: if you watch, our hourly rate goes up; if you talk, it goes up even more; and if you tell us what to do, we all go home.” The book also includes the “Image of the Architect” and how architects are viewed differently by the public, client, quantity surveyor, planner, builder and themselves ... all very differently.

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Hutchie apprentice, Bill Lenehan Junior, recently turned 21 while working on the dinosaurs’ tracks project at Lark’s Quarry, near Winton, and workmates and locals joined in at the RSL to help Bill celebrate. To add to the occasion, Bill Senior flew all the way from Sydney to help his son celebrate. “No way would I have missed it,” was his verdict on the night.

Scott and Mary-Jeane Hutchinson joined the Hutchies’ New Zealand crew for dinner in Hawkes Bay to celebrate progress on the construction of the Craggy Range Winery.

Scott’s lucky clinch on the ropes Karen White enjoyed 10 days as volunteer driver at CHOGM on the Sunshine Coast. Karen said it was one of the most exciting times in her life and nominated the delegation from Malta as her favourite. “It was like being in a James Bond movie,” she said.

Ron Niven, Patrice Butterworth and Val Dripps joined with other Social Club members for an enjoyable night out at Groucho’s Theatre Restaurant.

A LARGE Hutchies contin gent turned out to watch Queensland boxer, Nathan (The Real Thing) Sting, make the first defence of his Australian bantamweight title recently at the Hutchies’ sponsored fight night at the Greek Club, South Brisbane. Sting took on African boxer, Sande Kizito, over 12 tough rounds, but the real winner on the night turned out to be Chairman, Scott Hutchinson, who was lucky enough to get one of the hostesses in a clinch on the ropes!



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September 2002

NQ merger bedded down with a ‘perfect marriage’

John Galloway ... a better future.

WELL respected and long established North Queensland builder, Galloway and Lando, has merged with Hutchies – Queensland’s oldest and largest privately owned construction company – in what both parties described as “a perfect marriage.” Hutchies’ Chairman, Scott Hutchinson, said Galloway and Lando’s strong housing track record and Hutchies’ construction performance would create a dynamic new force in North Queensland’s building industry.

“Hutchies is proud to link with John Galloway, a respected building industry personality, who will head the merged group in North Queensland,” Scott said. “A special bonus in this merger is that both groups will keep all of their respective people engaged, with John and his team relocating into Hutchinson’s remodelled offices in Rendle Street, Aitkenvale.” Galloway and Lando has had almost 25 years of successful operation in North Queensland.

Mr Galloway said the decision for he and his wife to move away from running their own business had been a tough one. “But I am sure this merger will allow both businesses to move on to bigger and better things in the future,” he said. All pre-existing projects prior to the merger date of July 15 were completed independently by the merger partners, with all new projects after that date being undertaken by the new group.

Field day for construction team

Richard Field accepts the award on behalf of Noel McPherson for the Ralvana House at Port Douglas.

Paul de Jong accepts the award for the Bedarra Island refurbishment.

HUTCHIES’ North Queensland teams had a field day at the recent 2002 North Queensland Housing and Construction Awards. In the Cairns Awards, Hutchies won Low-rise Multi-Residential Housing $500,000-$1million with the Ralvana House in Port Douglas and was winner in Refurbishments $1-5million with Bedarra Island. In Townsville, Hutchies won two awards for the Maritime Museum – Community Services up to $1million and Tourism and Hospitality Facilities up to $1million – and their Ocean Breeze project won Commercial Buildings (Offices, High Rise Buildings over three stories, including Hotels).

Dave Christoffersen proudly displays the QMBA Awards won for the Maritime Museum and the Ocean Breeze apartments.

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Bright idea to think pink

FROM THE CHAIRMAN Builder Developer – “To be or not to be?”

The Broncos’ Cheerleaders with site crew. HUTCHIES’ crew on Leyshon’s Regatta wife, Kim, died of breast cancer, dropped Riverside building site were recently, in and brought along the Broncos’ literally, in the pink. Cheerleaders, who signed posters and The construction site put its support performed a routine, to say thanks to the behind Think Pink Day – a charitable site workers for their think pink effort. cause, with funds going to the Kim Hutchies’ workers, dressed in hot pink, Walters’ Choices Program, run by The slowed commuter traffic to a crawl, Wesley Hospital, for patients, families drove television crews into a frenzy, and and survivors of breast cancer. dominated radio traffic reports throughThe site was decorated with pink out the day. balloons and streamers and workers were The result was a fun day at work, plenty invited to wear pink, with prizes for who of publicity for Leyshon’s Regatta dressed in the most pink, including Riverside project and sizeable donations a $100 beer voucher for the nearby to The Wesley Hospital’s breast cancer Regatta Hotel. program. During the day, Kevin Walters, whose Well done, gang!

Scott Hutchinson

RECENTLY we have been accused of being a builder/developer and I wish to make clear that we are not, and never will be, developers. This is for two reasons: 1. We don’t want to compete with our clients. 2. Builders are generally not good at property development. At Hutchinson Builders, we use our capital and the strength of our balance sheet to help our clients, but our aim is simply to acquire more building work. We don’t look for sites, tenants or development opportunities and, if they do appear, we refer them to the client we feel is most appropriate. This allows us to safely focus on building smarter, better and more efficiently. Greg Quinn’s influence since arriving in October has been to drive Hutchies even more into the building trades (not just managing them), to get better quality and efficiency. At Hutchies we believe that our clients, our industry, our company and company members are best served if we all stick to what we do best. — Scott Hutchinson, Chairman.

Praise for quiet achievers

THE following was published in the Toowoomba Chronicle, giving Hutchies’ team a pat on the back. “I live at Aldersgate Court and I must give credit to the workers, who are building the new police station. They start work early in the morning and finish late afternoon. The tenants at Aldersgate Court never hear them at work and we must compliment them on the good job they are doing. Hutchinson, take a bow.” — Peg McCormick, Toowoomba.

Kevin Walters celebrates with the winners of the Think Pink competition – the Elliot & Taylor Reinforcing crew. Left to right: Kevin Pamfrett, Kevin Walters, Paul Grey and Brian McPherson.


A successful transformation from an unused building to a current “state of the art” electrical showroom in Toowoomba. Hutchies work involved an upgrade of the building structure and services to meet the stringent standards and requirements of the current building classifications.


Young Hutchies’ ambassadors head for Townsville HUTCHIES’ North Queensland exposure increased dramatically when the Brisbane South (Under 13) Junior Rugby Union team competed in the State Championships in Townsville. The Brisbane South contingent of 22 was fitted out with Hutchies’ shirts for the trip North. LEFT: Hutchies’ young ambassadors sporting their new shirts.

Builder on fire to match developer’s high standard HUTCHIES’ reputation of high standards in construction has helped win a contract for a new $30 million prestigious highrise on the Gold Coast. Windsong is a 15-level luxury, residential tower in Marine Parade, Labrador, which has enjoyed strong off-the-plan sales, with 60 per cent of the building sold since its release in April. Windsong Developments principal, Peter Wood, said a great deal of thought and planning had gone into every aspect of Windsong and it had been imperative to secure a builder, who would deliver a

similarly high standard in terms of construction. “We have a high quality product, which has been enthusiastically received by the marketplace and we now have a builder with a proud reputation for quality and attention to detail,” Mr Wood said. Hutchies’ Chairman, Scott Hutchinson, said the company was looking forward to being part of the Windsong development team. “We have a very professional and experienced Windsong crew, who will ensure

we deliver the quality and standards demanded by Peter Wood,” he said. Windsong, which overlooks parkland and the Broadwater, embraces the Queensland lifestyle, with large, shuttered verandahs designed to allow cooling breezes to flow through the apartments. As well as the usual amenities such as gymnasium, lap pool, spa and indoor/outdoor barbecue area, Windsong has a summerhouse with a craft room, featuring potter’s wheel and kiln, artist’s easel, sewing machine and woodwork bench.

Ideal job for Goanna Gundy AL Gundy’s knowledge of Australian fauna and flora came in handy on a Hutchies’ job out Winton way recently, when the call came for someone to catch and release a giant goanna. “Crocodile” Gundy, as he is known, was given the job and, having grown up as a member of the Wakka Wakka tribe at Cherbourg, made easy work of it. Al could have earned the new title, Goanna Gundy. Al said an old uncle, Lenny Duncan, had taught him to hunt. “On weekends Lenny would take me hunting for witchity grubs, fishing for freshwater yabbies or looking for duck and turtle eggs. If it rained, we would go looking for sap out of a particular gum tree, which we would boil with sugar to taste like lollies,” Al explained. Al has passed his knowledge of bush tucker and survival on to the Boy Scout movement.

LEFT: Al Gundy takes care of a small problem on site at Winton.

When Al left school he went to work as a jackeroo, then joined the building game through demolition work. He started with Hutchies eight years ago on the refurbishment of the Treasury Casino and, although he has had job offers from other contractors, Al says they can’t match Hutchies – particularly the social club outings. “I enjoy being a builder’s labourer, because of the variety of jobs and the different places it takes me,” Al said. Al’s recent project was at Winton, where his goanna handling skills came to the rescue. “I recommend Winton to everyone. Stop in and have a look around. You’ll be amazed at the land, places, people and animals there,” Al said. “I really enjoyed it, thanks to Lionel, our site foreman, who is a local and knows what’s around the area and also thanks to Peter Stockham, the local Council overseer, who helped us on the job at Winton.”



Chain reaction of celebration HUTCHIES’ recent 90th anniversary set off a chain reaction of celebrations throughout Queensland and in northern New South Wales. In Toowoomba, it was a double celebration, with the anniversary coinciding with completion of major works on the $4million Suncorp-Metway call centre on the corner of Margaret and Kitchener Streets. More than 300 people will work in the new call centre.

Hutchies is also working on the new $9million police station in Hume Street, Toowoomba. Speaking at the celebrations, Chairman, Scott Hutchinson, said the company’s traditional work in Toowoomba was government and tender work. “In Brisbane our role is very much in private sector developments and we are on the lookout in Toowoomba to help developers with their building projects,” he said.

In Toowoomba, Hutchies’ Managing Director, Greg Quinn, joins Penny and Mark Dalton to celebrate Hutchies’ 90th anniversary and completion of works on the new Suncorp-Metway call centre (top).

Hutchies’ 90th anniversary spilt over the border to Ballina, northern NSW where, from left, Wayne Cullen, Paul Hart, and Scott Hutchinson joined Developer/Hotel owner, Chris Condon, the Honourable Deputy Mayor, JB Felsch, and the Honourable federal National party member for Page, Ian Causley in the celebrations.

In Townsville, Robert Weymouth and wife, Cathy, joined Eric Lollo, Justine Murray, and Jack Hutchison to celebrate the 90th anniversary in tropical style.

Down the aisle again with new $10m shopping centre

Scott Hutchison with Brian Griffin on site at Narangba Valley Shopping Centre.

HUTCHIES and Forest Ridge developer, Heritage Pacific, are completing another major project together – the $10 million Narangba Valley Shopping Centre. The relationship between Hutchies and Heritage Pacific began with construction of Burpengary Plaza, north of Brisbane, and continued with a Woolworths supermarket in Hervey Bay, and then the redevelopment of the West End Markets site into an integrated urban village all with a combined value of $75 million. Heritage Pacific’s Retail/Commercial Director, Brian Griffin, described Hutchies as “ somewhat of an expert in super-

market based retail developments.” “It made good commercial sense to continue with what has proved to be a winning combination in the retail aisles,” he said. A Woolworths supermarket will cover 2000 square metres and 11 supporting retail tenancies will total 1000 square metres in the new Narangba Valley Shopping Centre.

Cultural clash in the ring

HUTCHIES’ new g-strings made an interesting cultural contrast with the traditional dress of South African boxer, Roland Francis, when he clashed with Australian, Arama Tabuai, in the international super middleweight boxing clash recently at the Greek Club. Fight hostesses wore the g-strings beneath their see-through outfits between bouts, ensuring Hutchies plenty of free exposure. LEFT: South African boxer, Roland Francis, in traditional dress. RIGHT: Fight hostess with traditional Hutchies g-string.


Hutchies plumbers, Kenny Green and Conan Dunstan, who worked on the Narangba site.


Naked truth always a winner THIS anonymous entry “Naked Truth” receives first prize for originality in the Travelling Undies competition. If anyone can identify the owners of the tattoos, let us know, so much needed prizes of undies and g-string can be forwarded urgently. As runners up, Martin Spinks (top right) took advantage of the Consolidat-

ed Properties trip to the Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand to win himself a prize. The name of the boat “Thrills” says it all. And Wayne Cullen and Ms Mermaid Ballina, Kelly Homes, (right), made an ideal couple at Hutchies’ 90th anniversary celebrations at Ballina. Wayne looks like he’s about to be led up the garden path ... again!

Shane and Regina tie the knot HUTCHIES’ Shane Tyson recently tied the knot with his fiance, Regina. The wedding party is shown here posing for formal photographs prior to the reception.

Jump start

Blind athlete on the road to Athens

THE generosity of Hutchies’ staff and contractors is helping blind, elite athlete, Gerrard Gosens, realise a dream to compete in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. Gerrard, 30, is Executive Officer of the Queensland Paralympic Committee and has a string of personal, academic and sporting achievements to his credit, including Young Queenslander of the Year. Staff and contractors recently attended a fundraiser for Gerrard at the Regatta Hotel to help him on his way to Athens.

Young champions, Werner Botha (left) and Josh Robinson (right), are shown with the Australian Middle Distance Track and Field Coach, Roy Rankin, along with Hutchies’ sponsorship cheques to help them on their way to Olympic gold.

HUTCHIES recently gave a jump start to two champion young Australian athletes with their hearts set on Commonwealth and Olympic gold. Werner Botha and Josh Robinson are only 16 years old, but both are considered the best in Australia in their respective disciplines in the Under 20 division. Both are state champions and recently represented Australia at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Jamaica as part of their long run to the 2004 Olympics in Athens.



Windsong Apartments - Labrador An 18 level unit development and two storey town houses including unit facilities – project value $14,452,000 plus GST. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm: Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural / Civil Eng. Firm: . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . . Hydraulic Engineering Firm: . .

Vaughan Thomas Robert Archibald Bob Wheeler Paul Hart Mike Crossin APP Consultants – Adam Castro Greenway Architects – Peter Hoskings Robert Bird & Partners – Ian Gill Millvast – Peter Longsdale & TBA 0 BCA – Ted Wheel Guthrie Associates – Andrew Guthrie

Citigate Stage II Valued at $6,150,000 – three level multi-function office block. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm: Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm:. . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . .

Searle Balladone Sam Mangano Matt Hutton Project Strategies – Geoff Cunningham Woods Bagot – Kieran Gait Robert Bird & Partners – Dave Hargreaves BRW – Bruce Williamson Lincolne Scott – Kevin Shepherd

Woolstore Refurbishment

JOBS UPDATE with Barry Butterworth

Gosford Centre Link

New Centre Link office for New England Properties valued at $3.5m Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm:. . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . .

Len White James Foreman Don Lindo Team Design Australia Cardno MBK Barry Webb & Associates


Retail development at Indooroopilly for Consolidated Properties Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm: Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm:. . Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . .

Len White Dave Smythe Syd Britton Neil McEvoy Colin Loel Lambert & Smith Chilton Woodward James Design

Crazy Clarks

Valued at $2,250,000 – 5000m2 extension to Crazy Clarks’ warehouse.

Valued at $22m – Construction of 167 residential apartments in the existing “Elder Smith Woolstores” at Macquarie St, Teneriffe.

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Client Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Narangba Valley Shopping Centre

Searle Balladone Kris Leck Michael Byrne Meridian Constructions P/L – Russell McCart / Simon McGuire Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Fairweather Prospects – Chris Chetham / Jason Hedges Structural Engineering Firm:. . Morgan Consulting Engineers – James Thomas Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . . Medland Mitropoulos – Peter Mitropoulos

Brisbane Boys College Grandstand & Pavillion Valued at $1,230,300 – New grandstand and pavilion. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm:

Barry Butterworth Brent Nowland Glen Houghton Burling Brown & Partners – Bruce Shewan Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Burling Brown & Partners – Bruce Shewan Structural Engineering Firm:. . Alexandra Brown & Cambridge – Bob Cambridge Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . McKandry Rein Peterson Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . . Cushway Blackford & Associates

Morningside Office and Warehouse Development Valued at $3.5m. 455 Lytton Road, tilt panel construction – East Gate Pty Ltd Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Len White Wayne Fox Michael Tickner Powe Architects – Len Powe Structural Engineering Firm:. . Larkin Teys Consulting


Len White Dave Smythe Terry Wilson Quad Consulting – Ken Fraser

2000m2 Woolworths shopping centre and 10 specialty shops. Tilt panel construction with large carpark area (approx 200 bays). Project valued at $4.3m. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm:. . Design Team: . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . Electrical Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . .

Searle Balladone Joshua Sim Darrell Gersekowski Paul David Cottee Parker Whybird & Partners Whybird & Partners John Goss Projects Q Electrical

Hutchinson Builders – new office – Toowong

Valued at $4m – New office building. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm:. . Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . .

Len White Wayne Fox Michael Tickner Lambert & Smith McWilliams McWilliams James Design

Chateau Nursing Home

Valued at $2.8m – Extension and refurbishment of the existing nursing home with limited site access keeping the centre running at all times during the project. Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Russell Fryer Ian Partridge John Gaggin Botta Robertson Group – Ton Jaucian Structural Engineering Firm:. . Lawenstein & Stumpo Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . Acon Consultants Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . . Wallis & Sprat Pty Ltd

Riverside Apartments – Ballina

Valued at $11.2m – Mixed retail and apartment tourist development situated on the Richmond River in Ballina incorporating an underground carpark. The basement is to be constructed below the water table. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alex Seydel Brett Smith Peter Barnett Paul Hart LBP Partnership – lan Logan / Michael Bald Structural Engineering Firm:. . Ardill Payne & Partners – Graeme McKenzie Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . Ross Wilkinson & Associates – Ross Wilkinson Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . . Barry Webb & Associates Qld Pty Ltd – Barry Webb

Duncan Thompson Stand Upgrade

Valued at $2.2m – Extension and refurbishment of existing grandstand. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm

Paul Hart Craig Simpson Martin Penfound Sinclair Knight Merz – Brian Sizer Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . P.R. Wilkes & Associates – Peter Wilkes Structural Engineering Firm:. . Ardill Payne & Partners – Graeme McKenzie Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . Ross Wilkinson & Associates – Ross Wilkinson Mech & Elect Eng Firm: . . . . . Barry Webb & Associates Qld Pty Ltd – Barry Webb

James Cook Uni – Cairns

Valued at $7.3m – Science building fitted out with full laboratories for biology, chemistry, phycology and alcohol testing. Roof sheeting installed in July. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Richard Field Paul York Peter Singleton Robert Weymouth Powe Graham & Dempsey Structural Engineering Firm:. . MMW Chapman Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . Rider Hunt Electrical Engineering Firm: . . SPA Consultants

St Thomas Mareeba

Valued at $600,000 – three new classrooms and admin area refurbishment. Noel McPherson, who with this job completes a year’s work in Mareeba on the RSL and St Thomas’, now moves to Charters Towers, proving just how mobile Hutchies is in Northern Queensland. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Richard Field Paul York Noel McPherson Richard Field McElroy Morrison Pierce

Westbrook Shops

Valued at $800,083 – Convenience Centre. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Paul Hart Craig Simpson Lance Biddle Joanne Gill Architect – Joanne Gill Structural Engineering Firm:. . D&L Shaw Consulting – David Shaw Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . D&L Shaw Consulting – David Shaw Electrical Engineering Firm: . . SPA Consultants

Rivers Edge Apartments

Valued at $9,950,000 – 52 units and two townhouses.

Rat, Howsey and Noel at work on St Thomas’ School, Mareeba.

ABOVE: Wayne Fox, Damien Berkett and Keith Mackleshaw at the George Street Backpackers roof wetting. LEFT: Greg Willems at the Audi roof wetting. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm: Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm:. . Civil & Hydraulic Eng. Firm: . . Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . Electrical Engineering Firm: . .

Julian French Anthony Sandow Wayne Evans Robert McAneney Project Strategies Australia Pty Ltd – Lloyd Dunn Cox Rayner McWilliams Engineers McWilliams Engineers Rider Hunt Norman Disney & Young

Australian College of Tropical Agriculture

Valued at $1,250,000 – New and refurbished dormitories. The refurbishment of the existing two-storey dormitory provides the students with an upgraded living quarters, fitted out with common room and kitchens on both floors and totally refurbished bathrooms on each floor. The new brick veneer dorms include six new buildings, which will house two students per building with a shared bathroom in the middle. The seventh building acts as a common room for the new dorms, which includes a new kitchen and Internet and television rooms. These new dorms are designed to be able to provide accommodation for visitors and conferences when students are on holidays. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Robert Weymouth Ben Priest Neil Berry Woodhead International Structural Engineering Firm:. . GHD Pty Ltd Civil & Hydraulic Eng Firm: . . GHD Pty Ltd Electrical Engineering Firm: . . GHD Pty Ltd

Alan Sherriff Substation

Substation to serve and reinforce the existing service to the Mt Louisa/Thuringowa areas. Valued at $837,346. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Project Mngr Consultant Firm: Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural / Civil Eng. Firm: . .

David Christoffersen David Christoffersen Noel O’Brien Robert Weymouth Ergon Energy Robley, Hall & Dunlop L. C. Johnstone & Associates


Cows on parade Pedal power conquers the Outback A HERD of life-size, multi-coloured cows is roaming around Queensland for the next six months to raise $1 million for the Leukaemia Foundation. Cows On Parade is an urban artscape project, which stampeded to success in Europe and the United States before coming to Australia. Companies buy a blank cow and commission an artist to turn it into art, such as a blonde Moo-rylin Munroe. Hutchies have one in the herd titled Cowstruction (pictured above), painted by Jodie Ranger and Genevive Staines. The work features a crane working above the city skyline. The theme is that the “sky’s the limit” to what Hutchies can build and achieve in client satisfaction.

Greg’s visit gives students a look at the real world... HUTCHIES’ Managing Director, Greg Quinn, recently received encouraging feedback from St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, following a visit, where he gave students a perspective of work in the real world. School Principal, Ian McDonald, reported Greg’s visit had generated significant activity. Increased numbers of students visited the Careers Room, seeking information about courses and training, and others approached the College’s industry liaison person, seeking assistance to gain work experience and to explore traineeship possibilities. The good news is that Greg’s visit prompted students’ thinking, discussion and planning.

Vince Corry and his pedal partners arrive at Gulf of Carpentaria after a week in the saddle. BIKE-RIDING fanatic, Vince Corry, of Blades Project Services, can be seen most mornings cycling around the streets of Brisbane, but, recently, he took a holiday – and rode from Central Queensland to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Strangely, Vince said he had the best time of his life! Vince assembled a party of four, including his wife, and took part in the annual Gidgee to Gulf bike ride, which travelled from the famed Combo Waterhole to Karumba, raising money along the way for School

of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The trip involves hundreds of bike riders and took a week. But they do it in style, with semitrailers full of food and cold drinks, nightly campsites and plenty of entertainment, including a talent quest, visit to the Walkabout Hotel, sports events and Outback under the Stars concert. Vince’s party wore Hutchies’ undies, g-strings and shirts to help spread the word throughout the West.

River Edge development leads the way in sales and urban renewal

KEY to success ... Hutchies’ move into house construction has reached a major milestone in June with completion and sale of their first spec home at Casuarina Beach, designed by architect, Frank Stewart. Scott Hutchinson was there to congratulate the buyers, Brendan and Vesna Wallington, and hand over the keys to their new home.

JULIAN French, Hutchies’ Project Manager for River Edge, a prestige development by Urban Properties, at Bulimba on the Brisbane River, can’t believe his luck to be working in such an ideal riverfront location. “Coming to work everyday at a site with views like this makes work so much more enjoyable – and easier,” Julian said. But, because of the public demand for the property, Julian doesn’t get a great deal of time to gaze around. River Edge recorded staggering sales in excess of $20 million off the plan – with sales totalling $7.3 million in a single day. The $150 million River Edge project will lead the way as the first riverside residential development in a massive 6.662 hectare master planned community. It will be part of the largest low density urban renewal project in Brisbane’s history.

River Edge continues the Brisbane City Council’s vision to encourage low density development in areas that were previously under-utilised industrial zones. In terms of capital growth, Bulimba is ranked as Brisbane’s number one suburb by Matusik Property Insights, experiencing capital growth of more than 16% per annum for the past five years and accelerating to an extraordinary growth rate of 30% in the past 12 months. River Edge’s proximity to the Bulimba Ferry is acknowledged by Matusik as a reason for the project’s popularity. Ferry terminals are in aesthetically pleasing surroundings – waterfront locations, while also having the added benefit of transport on tap. Getting away from the facts and figures, there is a romantic appeal about ferry travel. For many people, ferries are an enjoyable way to commute.



Girls carry the flame

Sport with plenty of grunt DEREK Wrede’s wife, Lee, has taken up fly fishing and this Sooty Grunter (Barcoo Grunter) is evidence that she has mastered the art.

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Recent history IAN Solomon was cleaning out files recently when he came across this picture of Chairman, Scott Hutchinson, taken about 16 years ago, when Ian started publishing the Queensland Property Report. History records a young Scott with his first company car – a brand new Hutchies’ ute.

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Out to pasture...

Staff, who received their Five Years’ Service fishing rods at the Staple Street celebrations, are (L-R) Margeret Van Hees, Shelly Stone, Dave Doring, Peter McIntyre, Jeff Lacoste and Ross Durey.

• We don’t know what Adam Copping saw, but obviously he liked it!



July 2003

Return of the Resorts

Dunk Island spa walkway.

Concrete mixer ... island style.

HUTCHIES’ crew members have taken off to four top resorts in North Queensland, but work – not play – is on their minds. Hutchies has been retained by CEO of P&O Australian Resorts, Mark Campbell, to upgrade four of its prestige properties – Lizard Island, Dunk Island, Bedarra Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, and Silky Oaks, in the Daintree. The $3.25 million contract, an extension of Hutchies’ extensive quality tourism work throughout the state, requires the work to be performed in a very short construction time, to minimise disruption to the resorts’ activities. The contract is for: Silky Oaks – New spa building, refurbishment of existing spa and upgrade of the barbecue area. Lizard Island – New gymnasium, upgrading of premium villa and altera-

Bedarra resort villa upgrade.

tions to spa building. Bedarra Island – upgrading of luxury villa and new spa. Dunk Island – upgrading of 24 Bay View units, new spa building, upgrading existing spa building and new staff accommodation of 10 units.

Hutchies’ team includes Project Managers, Barry Butterworth & Richard Field; Administrators, Os Blacker & Paul York; Foremen, Mal Ashford, Paul Pereira & Noel O’Brien; Supervisor, Paul De Jong and Cost Planners, Trevor Bruiners & Barry Butterworth.

Financier, builder join forces on Sunshine Coast THE Sunshine Coast property market has received a major shot in the arm, with Hutchies moving into the area in tandem with Australia’s largest independent commercial property financier. Hutchies has teamed up with financier, Ashe Morgan Winthrop, to undertake a 39-apartment high-rise tower, Windsong, at Caloundra. Situated in Canberra Terrace, 800m from Kings Beach, the 10-level Windsong features a range of three-bedroom apartments averaging 170sqm in size and most with ocean views. Prices for typical apartments range from $300,000 to $500,000. The project, which is being developed by the Gallus Property Group, is Hutchies’ first major residential construction project on the Sunshine Coast. Ashe Morgan Winthrop is funding the $17million Windsong development through a structured finance arrangement. AMW Queensland Director, David Henry, says the firm will provide more than 95% of the total cost of the Windsong project and has agreed to fund it based on existing apartment pre-sales, amounting to around 25% of the building. He said, in comparison, other lenders traditionally fund residential apartment developments to a maximum of 70 to 80% of the total project cost and require at least 50% of apartments to be pre-sold.

Mr Henry says the structured finance package is a reflection of AMW’s faith in the location and the end product. “Structured finance transactions require a greater level of due diligence. We focus particularly on the market and on the experience and capability of the developer and builder,” Mr Henry said. “Our view of the Sunshine Coast market, in particular, Caloundra, is that the area is now reaching a level of maturity as a location for property investment. “The market has become quite deep and we are keen to do more deals of a similar nature on the Sunshine Coast.” “This type of finance allows developers to reduce their levels of equity contribution, which provides benefits such as greater return

Pictured at the Windsong site were David Henry, from Ashe Morgan Winthrop, (left) and Scott Hutchinson.

on equity capital and diversification of funding sources. “Structured finance packages enable developers to take advantage of opportunities they might otherwise not be able to, or move their business to another level.” Hutchies’ Chairman, Scott Hutchinson, says the company’s entry into major residential building on the Sunshine Coast is being driven by its developer clients. “Our clients want to be up there,” he said. “It’s our first major residential project on the Sunshine Coast, but it’s not going to be the last.” Ashe Morgan Winthrop is the nation’s largest independent commercial property financier and last fiscal year arranged more than $1.3 billion in commercial property loans.


Into the wild blue yonder SOMETIMES its takes a lot of vision to see into the future and the North Queensland Hutchies’ team was trying extra hard when it went “site seeing” recently in Cairns. They inspected a waterfront location, which they will convert into 183 parcels of land with canal and marina access. The project, known as BlueThe present – Hutchies’ crew on a site seeing visit to water, will involve the dredg- Bluewater in Cairns. From left, Paul York, Colin Ford, ing of a 1.5km access channel, Paul DeJong, Scott Hutchinson and Richard Field. excavation of 500,000 cubic metres of soil and the construction of roads, stormwater, sewer, water, electricity and landscaping at a cost of $25 million. The project team is currently negotiating necessary planning and construction approvals with local, state and federal government agencies. Hutchies Project Manager: Matthew Byrne Architect Firm: MLDesign Civil Engineering Firm: Cardno MBK Project Managers: Incoll TPC

The future – An artisit’s impression of the Bluewater canal aerial view and marina perspective (below).

Hutchies subcontract to ABI Group AN unusual subcontracting job to the ABI Group recently had Hutchies doing the specialist cladding work at three separate locations throughout Brisbane. ABI Group was appointed head contractor for the Brisbane City Council’s new City Cat Ferry Terminal at the Riverside Centre and Hutchies was chosen as its subcontractor for extensive specialist cladding work. The Main Pontoon was built at Forgacs Drydock at Morningside where Hutchies clad the roof, soffit and fascias. On site at the Riverside Centre, Hutchies’ job was to install the soffit to the gangway and undertake more cladding work on the ticket office, entrance portal and main pontoon.


From the Managing Director Building quality is paramount

Greg Quinn

THE entire industry seems to be struggling a little due to rising subcontractor and supplier prices, time pressures due to labour shortages and the extraordinary wet weather we are experiencing. It is the busiest time I’ve seen since joining the industry in 1973 and long term Hutchies’ people tell me other booms have not been this robust. At Hutchies we have a policy of doing whatever it takes to look after our clients – this applies particularly to quality. Our most important objective is to build quality and we constantly remind our people of this. In times like these, we believe the only way to maintain our quality is to throw additional supervision resources at our projects. While this focus on quality costs money in the short term, the longer term benefits are obvious and inarguable. Busy times will pass, however, at Hutchies, we realise that we will be judged on the quality of our buildings well into the future. – Greg Quinn, Managing Director

Readers ask for more of the same FORMER Chairman, Jack Hutchinson, recently apologised to readers if some content in Hutchies’ Truth offended them and asked for feedback on the publication to help determine its future direction. From the response, it seems readers want more of the same. Readers voted overwhelmingly in support of Hutchies’ Truth. Here are some of the comments: “I look forward to each edition and enjoy the editorial mix and photos of business highlights, wins, new projects and what Hutchinson staff get up to both at work and at play. Hutchies’ Truth portrays a youthful, energetic, fun-loving and can-do organisation that I relate to. I think it is just great.” • • • “What’s the problem? You and your team should be congratulated for the obvious time and

effort that you all go to put this out. If anything, the Truth is a must read over and above the other bumph that comes across my desk. Please leave me on the list.” Hutchies’ Truth also appreciated that other well read publication, The Courier-Mail newspaper, springing to its defence. The Courier-Mail’s City Beat columnist reported that it was “good to see that in these politically correct times, there are still some mavericks out there who don’t bow to the sanitised “nanny state” view of the world.” Don’t know what that means, but it sounds good. It also featured the “(in)famous Hutchies Undies page” – how embarrassing! Well, you asked for it – turn to Page 6 for the latest low down on Hutchies’ Undies.


Scoring points at Toowoomba Stadium HUTCHIES’ Toowoomba team was the real winner in the clash between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters to celebrate the official opening of Stadium Toowoomba during March. Terry Mackenroth, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Sport, who did the official opening, reckoned that on its Toowoomba performance, Hutchies should have been called up “to help finish off Suncorp Stadium” in Brisbane. John McDonald, Chairman of the Toowoomba Sports Ground, hailed Hutchies’ construction of the stadium as Opening night at Stadium Toowoomba drew a large crowd. a “State of Origin effort by Hutchinsons, and that’s coming from someone who has request of the client, was compressed to Two new levels have been added to the been there.” allow the once a year pre-season rugby existing building. The Toowoomba Stadium project was league match, featuring the Brisbane The ground floor extension included a an extension and refurbishment of the Broncos, to take place. new office, first aid room, drug testing 50 year old Duncan Thompson Stand at As common in refurbishments, Hutchfacility and four new player dressing Athletic Oval in Toowoomba. ies’ Toowoomba crew experienced a high rooms with massage areas, showers and The Athletic Oval Complex is host to a degree of inconsistencies and inadequatoilets. number of local and state level sporting cies in the original structure, which kept The new first floor houses a canteen, teams and required extensive refurbishthe engineer and site foreman, Marty Penbar and public amenities. ment and extension to provide the facilifound, in constant problem solving mode, The second floor has a new fully airties and services required by sporting while maintaining the tight programme. conditioned function room, bar and pubteams of that level. Toowoomba experienced drought lic amenities with a new clear span cantiThe initial 26-week program, at the throughout much of the project, but the levered roof structure, giving the function rains came for the three weeks room an uninterrupted view of the playleading up to opening night. ing field. As a result, Hutchies’ Above the second floor, an enclosed employees and subcontracgable structure was added to house a new tors set a new area benchmark for performance in very television camera area giving the best The Duncan Thompson stand before refurbishment. trying conditions. possible coverage from the facility.

Slumbering urban giant awakens HUTCHIES is actively involved in Brisbane’s largest urban renewal project, which incorporates a 17ha parcel of land in the booming riverside suburb of Bulimba. Two separate projects by Urban Properties

• New South Wales’ first Ramada property is under construction by Hutchies at Ballina. • The $11.5 million Ballina Ramada, a 33-bedroom 4.5 star hotel, including a restaurant, is being built for owners Fawcett Park Pty Ltd. • The Ballina Ramada is due for completion mid-late August but display unit 103 was recently opened to launch the project’s marketing programme.

and Mirvac will see the site turned into a $260 million medium density urban village, which is expected to attract an additional population of 1200 people to the area. The joint project area is recognised as one of the last large-scale riverfront infill sites remaining in the city. Hutchies’ client, Urban ProperRiver Edge at Bulimba ... first 2 stages sold out. ties, has already sold out the first “Geographically, Bulimba is contwo stages in its 6.7ha River Edge strained by a river on two sides and a project. hilltop on the third side, with one of the Urban Properties has completed, sold best high streets in Brisbane – Oxford and settled on eight riverfront blocks in Street,” Mr Borger said. Stage One, which sold for an average “Oxford is the only high street in Brisprice of $925,000 each. bane with a cinema complex and the Also in Stage One, 54 apartments, past five years has seen a blossoming ranging in price from $210,000 to retail food and beverage explosion in the $810,000 each, have sold out. area.” In Stage Two, 80 apartments, ranging Oxford Street also has a new Woolin price from $225,000 to $425,000, also worths and a $5million upgrade on the have sold out and are due for complelocal hotel. tion in December. Bulimba has both river and road links Urban Properties Managing Director, to the CBD and is a well established Andrew Borger, said Bulimba’s growth leafy suburb with an abundance of parkwas being driven by its village atmosland. phere and its inner city location.



Bizarre to exotic on the undies scale ENTRANTS in Hutchies’ Travelling Undies competition this edition attracted an international line-up, from the bizarre to the exotic. • At the bizarre end of the scale, we have three well-known lads (they wish to remain unknown), who got down to their undies to cavort with three locals in Thailand. Guess the out-of-towners know by now the locals were “ladyboys”! • Also, towards the bizarre end of the scale, is John Trevethan, in his Elvis impersonator outfit and Hutchies’ Undies. Great combination! We wonder why Elvis didn’t wear his Hutchies’ undies in Las Vegas? • Verging on normal, but not quite, Mike Dodd and Scott Hutchinson with Cuba scene (country, not cigar). • Close to exotic, is the entire crew of Valley Tram in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race wearing Hutchies’ Undies. If they hadn’t had wind drag from their undies, they may have done better than fifth in line honours. From left, Kevin Miller

(owner/skipper), John Tupou, Ray King, Brad Given, John Warlow, Jason Passey, Ian Barr. Off watch crew was Pete Cosic, Wade Trass and Tom Jordan. (Hope they had their undies on, too). • Totally exotic, Jason and Kathryn Williams, unveiled themselves at the pyramids in Egypt, totally eclipsing one of the Wonders of the World with their appearance.


Quality Kinco President, Doug Wasson (right) gives the thumbs up to the 2002 Kinco Constructor of the Year award winner Brian Strickland as he comlements his prize boots with a display of Hutchies’ Undies.

Shopping centre to be growth catalyst for rural retreat THE $10 million Narangba Valley Shopping Centre, recently completed by Hutchies, is expected to be the catalyst to more than double the local population in the next decade. Narangba Valley is a residential rural retreat, 32 km north of Brisbane. Heritage Pacific, the owners and developers of the 5ha greenfield site, expect the valley’s current population of 8000 to increase to 18,000 in the next six to eight years. The shopping centre’s major tenancy has been taken up by Woolworths and is supported by 10 variety shops. It represents Stage One of a planned commercial precinct development to cater for existing Narangba Valley residents and the expected future population growth. Other plans for the site include fast food outlets, a retail warehouse, professional offices, tavern and childcare centre. Heritage Pacific also owns a 2000 lot residential subdivision in the valley known as Forest Ridge. An electric train service links Narangba Valley to Brisbane, 30kms to the south and is expected to be extended to the Sunshine Coast, 60kms to the north. Narangba Valley is a rural retreat, ideally located between Brisbane’s CBD and the Sunshine Coast’s holiday playground.



Near miss in Far North

el with a “smile for life”, lucky to be alive.

MICHAEL White and his passenger, James Carr, had a narrow escape recently while on their way up to work on the P&O Australian Resorts’ projects in North Queensland. A truck heading in the opposite direction veered onto Michael’s side of the road and, to avoid collision, Michael swerved to the other side of the road. When the truck driver realised he was on the wrong side of the road, he corrected back to the other side. Michael then had to swerve to avoid the on coming truck again. While driver and passenger escaped unharmed but shaken, Michael’s new prized Ford ute, however, did not fare as well, ending up in a ditch and connecting with a concrete pipe near railway lines.

y stands the test of time

HUTCHIES’ reputation as a quality builder, with an eye for detail and the latest in technology, goes back almost 100 years and covers four generations. A recent article in the Ipswich Queensland Times highlighted Hutchies’ eye for quality since its inception in 1912. The article reported that in 1915, the new Silkstone/Newtown School, built by J. Hutchinson, was described as “the finest wooden school in the State” when it was officially opened by then Minister for Public Instruction, Mr H.F. Hardacre. The school, built on the Department’s very latest plans, could accommodate 528 pupils. It had a Marseilles tiled roof and was set on high brick piers, with concrete underneath, and included a teachers’ room and a teacher’s residence, roofed similarly to the school.

• Queensland Governor, Major General Peter Arnison, recently opened James Cook University’s new Science Building with an audience of more than 100 VIPs. Hutchies was officially thanked for delivering the project on time and to high quality. • Shown at the opening are (from left) the Rector of JCU Cairns, Professor Eric Wainwright; the JCU Chancellor, Lt Gen John Grey, AC; His Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Major General Peter Arnison, AC, CVO; JCU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bernard Moulden.

Ultimate in luxury living

The display home ... sold in one week.

Tropical home design on show

HUTCHIES has launched into the home building market in North Queensland with the opening of a display home at the popular Delfin Lend Lease development in Riverside Gardens, Townsville. More than 70 guests, including clients, subcontractors, suppliers and staff, attended the official twilight opening. Traffic through the home since the doors opened has been exceptional with overall comments reflecting Hutchies’ confidence to build a truly tropical design. The home was sold to an eager investor from South Africa within the first week of opening and subsequent HUTCHIES received “High Commendation” recognition for the house contracts have rolled following three projects at the recent AIB Awards. in. • Craggy Range Winery – Paul Gourley Hutchies’ Housing Man• Citigate II – Sam Mangano ager, Jim Edwards, has com• Taringa Central – Russell Fryer mitted to a 12-month display period and has already started planning for the next display. The site is adjacent to the emerging “Riverside Landing”, a new town precinct that will feature multi residential, commercial, retail and hospitality areas that provide enormous opportunities for Hutchies in the future.

Award winning projects

ONE of Hutchies’ Sydney projects – La Corniche – is expected to raise the stakes in luxury apartment living with features to include made to measure massage showers and baths. Bathrooms feature a five-jet massage shower and baths – and the buyer’s back will be electronically scanned for the correct placement of the 18 therapeutic jets. La Corniche, with water views over North Steyne Beach at Manly, features 10 apartments, including two double-level penthouses with private lifts. Apartments start at $2.65 million each with penthouses close to $5 million each.

The Sound of Music HUTCHIES is helping the people of Brisbane to enjoy the historic Cathedral of St Stephen by sponsoring a series of public choral and instrumental ensemble concerts during 2003. A series of seven concerts has been planned for 2003 with each program designed to appeal to patrons of all ages and musical tastes. The concerts have been created, not for commercial gain, but to give pleasure to the public in the historic cathedral, which was renovated and refurbished in 1989. Organisers charge very moderate ticket prices and all money raised is used exclusively to promote musical arts in the cathedral. Four concerts remain for 2003. For more information ph 3876 6812.

Jest a Moment!

Little Terrance and his family were having dinner at his Grandmotherʼs house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Terrance received his plate he started eating right away. “ Terrance, wait until we say our prayer!” “I don't have to,” the boy replied. “Of course, you do,” his mother insisted, “we always say a prayer before eating at our house.” “That's at our house,” Terrance explained. “This is Grandmaʼs house ... and she knows how to cook!”



CLEVELAND YOUTH DETENTION CENTRE MULTI-PURPOSE HALL Job Value: $760,878 Job Description: Covered Multipurpose Hall featuring tennis court, basketball court, netball court & volleyball court. Also included in the works package is a sewerage macerator system for the complex Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . .

John Galloway David Christoffersen Paul Vickery Pierre Kessler Project Services Project Services Project Services

COWLEY BEACH FACILITY UPGRADE Job Value: $807,050 Job Description: Facility upgrade to the Dept of Defence Training Area at Cowley Beach approx. 40kms North of Tully North Queensland. The upgrade includes demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a new Training Building and a new LIA Building. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . .

John Galloway David Christoffersen Noel McPherson Pierre Kessler GHD Pty. Ltd GHD Pty. Ltd GHD Pty. Ltd

NEWPORT ON MAIN Job Value: $10.5m Job Description: 22 storey luxury residential tower comprising 22x3-bedroom units and 9 3-bedroom or penthouse units. The tower is accessed by two external glazed lifts enclosed in a glazed curtain wall. The project is located on Main Beach Parade adjacent the Broadwater and only a couple of hundred metres from Main Beach. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator/Cadet . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . . . . .

John Berlese Leon Bowes Gerry Reid Paul David Cameron Chisholm Nicol Bornhorst Ward Bornhorst Ward Rider Hunt BCA Consulting

NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK SOUTHPORT Job Value: $3.05m Job Description: Design & construction of a new two level bank, including dual level carparking facilities, to be occupied by the National Australia Bank in Scarborough Street, Southport. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Services Firm: . . . . . . Mechanical Services Firm: . . . . Hydraulic Services Firm: . . . . . .


Len White Dave Smythe Darryl Morris Paul David Nettleton Tribe Weathered Howe Weathered Howe James Design James Design James Design


Barry Butterworth THE MARK BAR @ TOOMBUL Job Value: $ 1.5m Job Description: Bar & Restaurant fitout, including mezzanine dance floor and offices, sports bet and separate bottle shop. Project brief is to create a fitout “not seen before” – interpreted to mean, “not built before”. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Consultants:. . . . . . . . Other: Theme Consultants: . . . . . . . . . PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

James Foreman James Foreman Mike Tickner Len White James Foreman Parups Waring MPN Consulting Ashburner Francis Three Bald Men Mansfield Corporation

GLENMEAD VILLAGE NURSING HOME Job Value: $8m Job Description: Erection and completion of a 70 bed extension complex comprising of 7 new buildings complete with all services and landscaping. Commencement May 2003. Completion February 2004. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Cairns Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . .

Gordon Akkerman Richard Field Colin Ford Ralph Power Pty Ltd GHD Pty Ltd GHD Pty Ltd Douglas Stark Pty Ltd

P&O AUSTRALIAN RESORTS Job Value: $ 3.25m Job Description: Works to four resorts – Silky Oaks, Lizard Island, Bedarra Island and Dunk Island. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Barry Butterworth / Richard Field Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Os Blacker / Paul York Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Mal Ashford / Paul Pereria / Noel O’brien Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Paul DeJong Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Trevor Bruiners / Barry Butterworth Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pike Withers / Brenchley Architects Pty Ltd Structural Engineering Firm: . . . ACOR Consultants Electrical Firm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Electrical

CUTTING EDGE POST Job Value: $8.195m Job Description: Partial demolition of existing building and construction of a new four storey office building. Due for completion in October 2003 Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . . Mechanical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hydraulic Services Firm: . . . . . Landscape: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Neil Bladen Ross Durey Brent Nowland Glen Evans Richard Kirk ABC ABC Rider Hunt DMA DMA McKendry Rein Petersen Terrain

COOKING OIL RECOVERY – FISHERMAN ISLANDS Job Value: $2m Job Description: Construction of new premises for the transfer and upgrade of operations for the Associated Oils process plant. The project consists of 1200sqm of buildings, 3,500sqm of hardstand and 30 storage and heating tanks up to 200,000 litres each. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Kris Leck Kris Leck Shane Tyson Anthony Stibbard Auscad Drafting Peter Knight & Associates Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Ralph Engineering Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Electrical Design Group

RIVER EDGE CIVIL WORKS STAGE 3 Job Value: $3.275m Job Description: Civil works including laying of roads, installation of main services, installation of street lighting and street scaping, construction of river front feature public access walkway, construction of a 28 housing lot subdivision Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Matt Abel Brock Henderson Rob McAneney Paul David Cox Rayner McWilliams McWilliams Rider Hunt NDY

EDGE APARTMENTS Job Value: $10.945m Job Description: Design & Construction of 53 apartments, 2 duplexes and associated headworks at 29 Oxford Street, Bulimba Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Design Coordinator: . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . .

Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Landscape Architect . . . . . . . . . Building Certifier . . . . . . . . . . . .

Matt Abel Rob McAneney Brock Henderson Wayne Evans, Keith Melksham, Kevin Whittaker, Mick Rogers Andrew Cash Paul David Cox Rayner McWilliams McWilliams Rider Hunt NDY Gillespies Certis

BIO MEDICAL FACILITY Job Value: $725,000 Job Description: Refurbishment and extension to existing facility for Q-Build. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . .

Neil McLeod Neil McLeod Alan Matthews Glen Evans Parups Waring Bornhorst and Ward WT Partnership

MERIDIAN HOTEL Job Value: $2.4m Job Description: Hotel refurbishment for the Thomas Hotel Group in Hurstville Sydney. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical / Mechanical and Hydraulics: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Neil McLeod Mike Franks Neil McLeod Trevor Bruiners Project Leaders SCP (Sydney) George Floth Pty Ltd

THE MERIDIAN Job Value: $3.6m Job Description: 19 twin key units in Port Douglas, FRP structure with 200mm masonry walls. Finished in ceramic tiles, plasterboard internally with brickwall and paint externally. Eight spas to balconies. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Richard Field Paul York Doug Mitchell Paul DeJong Pierre Kessler Pacific Architects Consortium CMG Engineers CMG Engineers Rawlinsons SPA Electrical

WINDSONG CALOUNDRA Job Value: $9.8m Job Description: 12 storey 39 units with 2 penthouses with landscaping, pool, gym, sauna and spas. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Services Firm: . . . . . . Mechanical Services Firm: . . . . Hydraulic Services Firm: . . . . . .

Brad Miller Dean Reilly Peter Gill Conon Beale Young Architects (Eriko Kawaramoto) SP Consulting Engineers (Scott Pinkstone) Lincolne Scott (Fay Nunn) Lincolne Scott (John Whitmore) Brian Burnett & Assoc (Brian Burnett)



Job Value: $15.4m Job Description: Design & Construction of 80 apartments and associated headworks at 55 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Job Value: $14m Job Description: 53 units plus six retail outlets in Bullock Street, Caloundra. Design & Construction consists of 12 levels and two basement levels of carpark.

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Design Coordinator: . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Landscape Architect . . . . . . . . . Building Certifier . . . . . . . . . . . .

Matt Abel Matt Abel Clay Hart Trent Giles David Warner Paul David Cox Rayner McWilliams McWilliams Rider Hunt NDY Gillespies Certis

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner. . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Services Consultant: . Mech. Services Consultant:. . . . Hydraulic Services Firm: . . . . . . Project Manager: . . . . . . . . . . . Communications: . . . . . . . . . . .

John Berlese Ron Pearse Tony Elliott Harry White Planit Architects Alliance Design Group Ash Burner Francis Ash Burner Francis Acor Consultants Blades Project Services Don Townson Communications Landscaping: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terrain Consultants


Social Club hits the big smoke THE Ladies’ Social Club trip this year involved a journey to Sydney for the Gay & Lesbian Mardis Gras and a visit to project leader, Julian French’s Nest Apartments site at Zetland. Fun was had by all with great shopping, good food, delicious drinks Some of the ladies met up with past company member, Sara (far left), who now & exquisite massages. lives in Sydney. Others include (l-r) Margaret, Karen, Shelley, Allison and Cheryl.

The last laugh – but $100 yet to come!

Audrey Stewart gets a massage while dining at Zenbu restaurant.

by Sharon Burgess WHILE in Sydney, some of the Ladies’ Social Club members met a couple of Hutchies’ chaps in a cafe down the road from the Zetland Building Site. The workers were on their morning smoko break and the ladies were having breakfast after a strenuous weekend of shop-

ping, partying and Mardis Gras. We got chatting to these chaps about who they worked for, what they were building etc. These guys were very polite and informative (a credit to Hutchies in the PR Department). Without letting on who they were, they asked if they could visit the site, only to be told “sorry, it’s not possible”. Even when pushed, these guys remained polite but still denying ladies access to the site. Unable to resist, the ladies said that all things are possible and

bet the guys $100 they could visit the site. Imagine the guys’ surprise when they arrived back from their break to find, not only the ladies on site but also Julian (project manager) showing them around and explaining the job. Remember this lesson well guys. It’s very expensive to tell a lady she can’t do something. So be gentlemen and send the ladies their $100 towards next year’s “Hutchies Ladies’ Weekend Away Fund”.

The girls inspect Hutchies’ Nest Apartments Zetland site in Sydney with project leader, Julian French.

HATCHED & MATCHED Michael Chappell and fiancé Rob and Donna Rose Danielle. McAneney. THE Social Club enjoyed a night out recently to the Twelfth Night Theatre. The theatre play was a comedy called “Funny Money”. It was also an historic Hutchies’ event – with everyone well behaved!

Starting to get the message ABOVE: Healthy little Mary Hutchinson was born to Scott and Mary-Jeanne on March 26. Proud older brothers, Kenneth, Jack and Terrence are already looking after their little sister. LEFT: Sam and Sonja Mangano recently married at Saint Ignatius, Toowong, Brisbane, followed by a honeymoon to Brampton Island.

HUTCHIES’ Signage Policy is a very important part of the company’s operation and, in Toowoomba, the office has been working hard to educate foremen to take pride in the appearance of their sites and to identify the project as a Hutchies’ job. This photo from the Garden City is proof that the message is at least half way there. Just as well they read plans the right way up!



Lifesaver for foundation HUTCHIES’ spread of offices and building activity along the Queensland coastline, from Cairns to the Tweed, has resulted in a corporate donation of $50,000 to the Queensland Surf Life Saving Foundation. The funding will assist in the acquisition of rescue gear and equipment; community surf safety programs and development of membership.

Workplace Health and Safety ... not! A RECENT message from our friends at Kinco, in Arkansas, was a timely reminder that good Workplace Health & Safety pursued on our sites in Australia is not yet universal. Here are some creative, but foolish, examples categorised as “Worst American Safety Practices”, which are self-explanatory.

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Gem of a project revives old railway goods yards AN old railway goods yard at Coffs Harbour, in northern New South Wales, is being converted into a $25million residential development. Hutchies has started construction on Ocean Gem, a 64-apartment complex, which is the biggest residential development in Coffs Harbour in almost 15 years. The former banana loading yards overlooks Coffs Harbour’s waterfront district. At the ceremonial sod turning, Coffs Harbour Mayor, Jenny Bonfield, described Ocean Gem as very significant, as the gateway to the revitalised Jetty Precinct. She said Ocean Gem would bring a new level of sophistication to the city. Hutchies undertook the Ocean Gem development with Phil Hanna and Lindsay Kaynes, of Armidale-based New England Properties. Mr Hanna said the development recognised the Jetty Precinct as a “people friendly” residential and recreational area in sharp contrast to its commercial and industrial origins. He praised the input of Council planning staff in the three-storey, four block complex, which occupies one third of a site bounded by Harbour Drive and the North Coast railway line. Although construction of the complex will not be completed until July 2004, all units already have been sold for between $300,000 and $450,000.

The Ocean Gem site overlooking Coffs Harbour’s picturesque Jetty Precinct.

RIGHT: Coffs Harbour Mayor, Jenny Bonfield, turns the first sod of the Ocean Gem project while (from left) Phil Hanna, Uncle Ken, Lindsay Kaynes and Scott Hutchinson look on.

Fun in the run HUTCHIES again had entrants in last year’s Bridge to Brisbane run. Some of the Hutchie crew who ran include (from left, rear) Os Blacker, Courtney Rees, Jon Wood, Barry Butterworth, John Gaggin, (front) Jennifer Brock, Jason Williams, Teresa and Neal Jenkinson.

Housing wins awards SINCE launching into the home building market with the opening of the Tropical Design Display Home in Townsville, Hutchies’ housing division has gone from strength to strength, with 15 contracts signed since July 2003. In recognition of the quality of the company display home, Queensland Master Builders Association presented Hutchies with the Best Display Home Award over $200,000. To top this off, Hutchies also won the Delfin Lend Lease Best Display Home Northern Australia (Cairns, Darwin and Townsville).


RIGHT: Matt Foley MP (right) and Scott Hutchinson inspect progress on the Environment Centre.

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Artist’s impression of Oxley Creek Common project, which will make 120 ha of vacant State Government land accessible to the public.

Public access to waterfront land HUTCHIES has played a major role in converting a former Department of Primary Industries research station site at Rocklea, in Brisbane’s south western suburbs, into a popular and versatile community resource. Oxley Creek Common project will make almost 120 hectares of vacant land accessible to the public. Stage One of the Queensland Government project improved accessibility through the land and to Oxley Creek with the inclusion of walking and bike tracks, a pontoon for canoe enthusiasts, picnic spots and parking of cars and buses. Hutchies’ work on the project included vehicle access from Sherwood Road and construction of an environment centre, including office, meeting place and storage facilities. Other features of Stage One included formalisation of low-key rights of way to

allow pedestrian and cyclist access; disability access to the canoe launching facilities; amphitheatre; picnic area and interpretative signage. Former local State Government member and Minister for Employment, Training and Youth, Matt Foley, inspected progress on the initial stage of the community parkland project and officially opened the precinct in mid-November. Mr Foley said the project took advantage of a very special asset, Oxley Creek and environs, transforming it into attractive community parkland with a country feel while encouraging a level of activity appropriate for the site and its neighbours. “Ultimately, making nearly 120 hectares of vacant land accessible to the public, will give new life to this particular part of suburban Brisbane and link ruralstyle parkland with surrounding suburbs in a highly-constructive way,” he said.

IN buoyant times, such as we are now experiencing, it becomes very apparent that a builder is only as good as its people. Currently, there is an overwhelming industry demand for management personnel at all levels together with major shortages in many of the key trades. Combined, these two factors place a lot of pressure on industry to perform. Holding prices firm and getting jobs completed on time take on a whole new meaning in environments such as this. Hutchies is very focused at the moment ensuring it only takes on work when it knows it has the right people to undertake the project. We have a wealth of great people in the Hutchies’ team and we are carefully allocating project opportunities to ensure we don’t get over stretched. Unfortunately, this has an adverse impact with some of our clients, as we are having to say ‘no’ in some circumstances, because we just can’t service their project. At the end of the day, we believe we are better off saying ‘no’ at the front end, rather than risking a project going wrong down the track. We’re really happy with the calibre of the Hutchies’ team and intend to look after them by ensuring we only take on what they can handle. – Greg Quinn, Managing Director

Sad farewell to former employee May Hendry JACK Hutchinson received a letter recently from David Hendry, who sadly advised that his mother, Elizabeth May Hendry, had passed away, aged 87 years and seven months. May, as she was known, will be remembered by many Hutchies’ people as having worked with the company for 30 years. She joined Hutchies in 1945, working firstly at South Brisbane and later when the office was relocated to the Paddington Plaza building. May was quick to remind any listener that, in her day, all wage calculations were done in her head and the men on the job knew that, if May had calculated their


wages, the wages would be correct! She was proud of the colour television set presented to her by workmates on her retirement, and that television lasted May for 20 years. In his letter, David said Hutchies remained a huge part of May’s life. “She was keenly interested in the firm’s progress and she looked forward to receiving Hutchies’ Truth,” David said. “She would pore through it, reading it several times and showing her visitors proudly, saying: ‘This is where I used to work’. “In the latter months, she was not able to scratch the ‘scratchits’ but eagerly had

me undertake the task for her, always hoping her luck would be in. “Jack, she often recounted a time when you visited her and times of Christmas gatherings which she loved to attend. Only her frailness prevented her attendance. “I would like to say ‘Thank you’ for all you did for May and for all that you and the firm meant to her. She was a proud but humble ex-employee. I do hope that you, too, would have counted May as a faithful employee.” All at Hutchies express deepest sympathy to David with the passing of his mother, May.


A touch of class

Building sites and Chamber Music recitals are as far apart as anyone could imagine, but they moved a step closer together recently, with Hutchies’ sponsorship of Townsville’s Chamber Music Festival. HUTCHIES won two High Commendation Awards in the Australian Institute of Building Excellence Awards. The awards were for Building and Construction $500,000 to $2.5million, presented to Barry Butterworth, on behalf of Allan Mathews, Russell Fryer and Conon Beale for the Taringa Central Refurbishment; and

MANY of Hutchies’ clients have been company guests at events such as Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay, Livid Festival on the Gold Coast or Big Day Out in Brisbane. But for those who prefer something more sedate, Townsville’s Australian Chamber Music Festival could be the answer. Hutchies has agreed to sponsor the Chamber Music Festival ... and add it to the company’s diversity of entertainment for clients. This move doesn’t mean Scott has matured musically overnight, but just open to suggestion from good client Bob Bryant, from Leyshon Developments, who told him about the Festival. “Bob was really into it and suggested we add the Chamber Music Festival as a venue for our clients,” Scott said. “We’re right into Townsville, which we believe has huge potential.”

AIB Excellence Awards Building and Construction $25 to $50 million, presented to Paul Gourley, on behalf of Barry Butterworth, for the Craggy Range Winery, New Zealand. Ray Balladone collected a High Commendation for Citigate II in the State Awards.

North Queensland Award HUTCHIES’ Cairns team celebrated receiving a trophy for work done on the James Cook University at the recent Queensland Master Builders Association awards dinner in Cairns. Councillor Deirdre Ford, AM, and Col Ford are shown with the team and the trophy. The team is (from left) Julianne, Melissa, Adam, Kate, Paul, Val, Gordon, Trent, Richard and Peter.

From left, Bob Bryant (Leyshon), Jack and June Hutchinson and Kay Bryant at the Festival.

Retirement after four decades

Teamwork highlighted in architect magazine

A MAJOR outback Queensland tourist attraction, constructed by Hutchies, recently featured in the prestigious Architects Australia magazine, highlighting the need for teamwork on a building project. The Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways (110k south west of Winton) is the world’s largest fossilised dinosaur stampede track and recorded the event

which occurred 93 millions years ago, for public viewing today. The isolation of the site accounts for why it remained hidden until discovered by a opal fossicker 30 years ago, and also explains why its design and construction was so complex. The article highlighted the importance of designers working with builders at the early stage of a project.

GREG Quinn represented Hutchies at a farewell for Garry May who retired from the State Government’s Department of Public Works after four decades’ service. Greg is pictured with Gary and Executive Coordinator, Margaret Carew, at the farewell hosted by the Minister, Hon Robert Schwarten, and the Director General, Mal Grierson.

Bluewater on the horizon HUTCHIES is hard at work on the construction of Bluewater, a $25 million Cairns development which will include 183 parcels of land with canal and marina access. Pictures show the construction site as it is today and what is envisaged for the future.



Constructor of the Year, Peter McIntyre, with Scott and Jack Hutchinson.

Hutchies’ teams celebrated the end of the year with Christmas parties throughout Queensland and New South Wales. In Brisbane, the traditional break-up celebrations (pictured above), included acknowledgement of five and 10 years’ service and Constructor of the Year.

Winning streak at RegattaFest 2003

Five year service recipients with their fishing rods. L-R: Karen White, Dave Smythe, John Trevethan, Scott Hutchinson (presenting awards), Mal Johnson, Shane Tyson, Glen Thrupp, Dane Farmer, Harry White.

Ten year service recipients with their leather jackets. L-R: Jason Williams, Scott Hutchinson (presenting awards), Al Gundy, Jack Hutchinson (presenting awards), Barry Connolly, Kevin Hall.

HUTCHIES had a winning streak at the 2003 RegattaFest, which had stockbrokers, lawyers, builders and chief executives take to the water for rowing glory. Hutchies’ crews won the Men’s Eight and the ConHutchie rowers included L-R: Richard Graham, Jon Wood, James struction/IndustForeman, Chris McEvoy, Scott Hutchinson, Jennifer Brock, Owen rial Eight and Valmadre, Beccy Norton, Ben Young and Leon Bowes. came second in the Regatta Hotel Platinum Eight. The big winner of the day was the Surf Life Saving Foundation, which was the beneficiary of the event. It was a very successful charity day, with 80 teams competing – an increase of 30 on last year’s inaugural race. RIGHT: Hutchies’ entrant Lauren Arthur won Miss RegattaFest 2003.

Wedding belles Apprentices of the Year HUTCHIE Toowoomba carpentry apprentice, Daniel Cooper, (centre, at front) won the Apprentice of the Year Award 2003 for Downs and Western Queensland in the Regional Apprentices of the Year scheme. The Apprentice of the Year Award acknowledges apprentices achieving excellence in their fields.


LEFT: Craig & Jeannette Simpson. RIGHT: James & Vicky Stark.


L-R: Len White, Don Lindo & Peter Barnett.

Shown at the celebrations are (from left) Margaret Ford, Brett Smith and Michelle Ashcroft.

• Hutchies’ Northern New South Wales crew celebrated Christmas at Casuarina Beach “Sandbar”. From left, Michael Crossin, Linda Cullen, Karen White and Wayne Cullen.

Builders back to school

MEMBERS of Hutchies’ crew working on Urban Properties’ River Edge development at Bulimba in Brisbane went back to school recently during their rostered time off. But they were there to give, not receive. The builders gave up their free time to landscape an area of the Morningside State School. Site Manager, Terry Bowden, said Hutchies always tried to give something to the local community when it was working on a big project. “Builders generally come in, make a big mess for a year, then leave it looking beautiful. Meanwhile, for the community it’s a big struggle for that year,” Terry said. Hutchies contacted the member for Bulimba, Pat Purcell, to find a job that needed doing in the community and it was decided to landscape an area beside the tennis courts at the school. Another benefit to the local area is 200 workers regularly invading local takeaways during meal breaks. The River Edge development includes 270 one, two and three bedroom apartments and townhouses, a 2.2 ha park and a river boardwalk.

The kids enjoyed their own Christmas party with Santa as special guest.

Babies@ Hutchies RIGHT: Peter Kelly holding his seventh child – Kynan, born September 13.

Newly arrived Mary June Hutchinson.


• Harry and Rebecca White brought Charlie Dickson White into the world on September 22. • James and Melanie Foreman have another baby boy, Elliot, to play with Baxter.

Dave and Nat Wooly, with Jason, born September 15.

RIGHT: Kassy Wallace, who recently left Hutchies, gave birth to Elizabeth Lee Wallace-Andrews. Pictured is proud dad Jason with Elizabeth Lee.

Long service for barbeque bequeathed to school MIDDLE Park State School is the real winner of a barbeque that Project Manager, Kris Leck, won at a lunch function he attended on behalf of Hutchies. Kris kindly donated his prize to the school and it was put into service at the annual fete, which raised money for school needs. The barbeque should give long service to the school thanks to Kris and Hutchies.

Helping hand to world championships HUTCHIES’ sponsorship helped Kade Greenland, of Toowong Rowing Club, compete in the Junior World Rowing Championships held at Schinias in Greece.

Kade and three members of Brisbane’s Commercial Rowing Club were selected to man the Junior Men’s Quad Scull.

• John & Debbie Gaggin and Jodie & Neville Langer enjoyed a night at the races when the Social Club attended Silks Restaurant at Albion Raceway.




COLES SUPERMARKET – TOWNSVILLE Job Value: $6,580,000 Job Description: Tilt panel / blockwork structure featuring a Coles Supermarket with a mall and 11 specialty shops on the first floor. A basement carpark consisting of approximately 117 car spaces and including a new Ergon Energy substation. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . John Galloway Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . David Christoffersen Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Noel O’Brien Design Manager: . . . . . . . . . . Harry White Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Michael Connolly Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Planit Architects Structural Engineering Firm:. . BMD Consulting Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . BMD Consulting Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . K&A Surveyors Electrical & Mechanical Consultants: . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Design

IKON APARTMENTS – INDOOROOPILLY Job Value: $7,200,000 Job Description: This is a new 10 level apartment block comprising 48 units and some retail space in Station Rd, Indooroopilly. After some time was lost in the ground, Hutchies was asked by Honeycombes Construction to take over the management of the project from July. It is currently running well with completion expected by the end of January. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Jason Williams Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Christophe Jouvencon Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Alan Uhlmann Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Andy Baksheev Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Planit Architects Structural Engineering Firm:. . BMD Consulting Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . Douglas Stark

KINGSCLIFF SHOPPING VILLAGE Job Value: $5.4m Job Description: New Action Supermarket with eight new specialty shops, as well as refurbishment of existing shopping centre, new carpark, landscaping and infrastructure works. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Russell Dobson Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Jeffrey Back Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Michael Crossin Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Fulton Trotter Structural Engineering Firm:. . O’Shea & Partners Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Martin Findlater & Associates Electrical Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Eustace & Associates

MAINWARING APARTMENTS Job Value: $12m Job Description: Design & Construct of 60 two bedroom apartments with on site manager at Casuarina Beach. The resort has a 25m swimming pool, children’s pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and is headquarters for Surfing Australia. A licensed restaurant, offices and shop are also within the complex. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Mark Phillips Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Alan Pillay Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Troy Jennings Hutchies Structures Foreman: Glen Winters / Joel Smith Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Paul David Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . John Mainwaring & Associates Structural Engineering Firm:. . Salmon McKeague Partnership Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . McWilliam Consulting Engineers



Barry Butterworth Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . Gray Robinson & Cotterill Electrical & Mechanical Consultants: . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Design Building Certifier:. . . . . . . . . . Certis Building Certification

OCEAN GEM Job Value: $14.7m Job Description: Design & Construct of 64 two and three bedroom units, swimming pools and commercial precinct at Coffs Harbour. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Mark Phillips Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Peter Cheel Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Jim Thacker Hutchies Structures Foreman: Tony Miller Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Michael Crossin Project Manager: . . . . . . . . . . Blade Project Services Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Cottee Parker Architects Structural Engineering Firm:. . Bruce Lemcke Engineering Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Concept Engineering Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . Page Kirkland Electrical Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . . Ashburner Francis Consulting Engineers Building Certifier:. . . . . . . . . . McCarthy Consulting Group

38 PACIFIC PARADE BILINGA Job Value: $3m Job Description: Seven levels consisting of seven luxury three bedroom apartments on a beachfront position at Pacific Parade, Bilinga. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Russell Dobson Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . John Timmis Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Trent Giles Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . Glen Bennett Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Hamilton Hayes Hendersen Structural Engineering Firm:. . Weathered Howe Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Weathered Howe Electrical Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . . Hasthill

POTTSVILLE BOWLS CLUB Job Value: $1.15m Job Description: Extension & refurbishment to the Pottsville Bowls Club. The works provided a new TAB/sports bar area, external beer garden and refurbished interior of club. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Mark Phillips Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . John Timmis Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Damien Blackley Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Wayne Cullen Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Petersen Architect Structural Engineering Firm:. . Cozens Regan Williams Prove . . . . . . . . . . . Hydraul/Mech/Elect:. . . . . . . . Arkeda Consulting Building Certifier:. . . . . . . . . . Mark Stapleton & Associates

RAMADA RIVERSIDE APARTMENTS BALLINA Job Value: $12.5m Job Description: Ramada Resort consists of 33 one to three bedroom strata title units overlooking the Richmond River. There is also a restaurant, lounge and bar, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, shops, under-

FAST... and CONVENIENT! HUTCHIES recently completed a retail development at Upper Mount Gravatt in Brisbane one month ahead of schedule. The Night Owl convenience centre was developed by Gold Coast property industry figure, Ross McKinnon, and Gold Coast investors, Tony and Jenny Rae. The centre was an immediate success with tenants including Night Owl, Pizza Hut, Fitzy’s bottle ground carpark and commercial tenancies within the complex. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Alex Seydel Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Brett Smith Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Peter Barnett Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Wayne Cullen Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Logan Bald Partnerships Structural Engineering Firm:. . Ardill Payne & Partners Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Ardill Payne & Partners Hydraulics Engineer: . . . . . . . Ross Wilkinson & Associates Electrical Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . . Webb Consulting Building Certifier:. . . . . . . . . . Nowlan Bryant Building Surveyors

URBAN QUARTER APARTMENTS – TOWNSVILLE Job Value: $16.4m (total of two stages) Job Description: Urban Quarter Units are the first of many proposed by Honeycombes for the Townsville City Centre. The project has 136 units in five separate buildings ranging from 3 to 9 levels with tennis court, two swimming pools and extensive landscaping along the waterfront. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Jason Williams Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Jeff Terry Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Plan-it Structural Engineering Firm:. . BMD Consulting Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . Douglas Stark Finance:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Ireland Financial Services

VILLAGE LIFE – GLADSTONE Job Value: $2,800,000 Job Description: Construction of a 52-bed retirement village which includes communal and recreational facilities for residents.

shop, Subway and video outlet. Mr McKinnon said the development had been designed to meet a need in the Upper Mount Gravatt area for a quick access convenience centre with easy parking. “It offers a quick alternative to the Garden City Shopping Centre or, alternatively, obviates the need for shoppers to find a car park on Logan Road, which can be very difficult during peak hours,” he said. Job Description: A six level apartment block with 21 two and three bedroom units including three sub penthouses and a luxury penthouse at Ivory Street, Tweed Heads. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Russell Dobson Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Alan Pillay Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Glen Winters Hutchies Structures Foreman: Joel Smith Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Wayne Cullen Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Pat Twohill Structural Engineering Firm:. . Cozens Regan Williams Prove Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . Napier & Blakeley Electrical Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Eustace & Associates Building Certifier:. . . . . . . . . . Mark Stapleton & Associates

YAMBA SHOPPING FAIR Job Value: $450,000 Job Description: Continuing on from the amenities refurbishment, this project consists of the construction of new free standing coffee shop, renovation of two existing shops, retiling of the mall area surrounding the new coffee shop and installation of stainless steel and glazed balustrading. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Mark Phillips Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Peter Cheel Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Don Lindo Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Glen Bennett Project Manager: . . . . . . . . . . Capminster Property Corporation Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Bond & Associates

MERIDIAN APARTMENTS Job Value: $3,600,000 Job Description: Completed in September, developers, Jon and Lillian Nagun, are pleased with their first Port Douglas development with Hutchies.

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Rob Weymouth Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Matt Nielsen Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Ron Colefax Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Rob Weymouth Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Gow & Associates Structural Engineering Firm:. . Bruce Lemcke & Associates Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Concept Engineering

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Richard Field Project Manager: . . . . . . . . . . Douglas Stark Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Paul York Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Doug Mitchell Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Paul de Jong Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . PAC Architect Primary Consultant: . . . . . . . . SPA Engineers


Job Value: $8,400,000 Job Description: This 70 room extension to an existing complex is due for completion in February 2004. Project Manager Richard Field is working closely with the clerk of works, John Kelly, to meet Blue Nurses’ exacting standards.

Job Value: $ 350,000 Job Description: Waterfront Café alongside the Richmond River. This publicly tendered project forms part of the Ballina Shire Council city streetscape upgrade. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Alex Seydel Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Dave Pardon Hutchies Cost Planner:. . . . . . Glen Bennett Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Ballina Shire Council



Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Gordon Akkerman Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . Paul de Jong Hutchies Project Manager: . . Richard Field Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Power Graham and Dempsey Hydraulic Consultant:. . . . . . . Cochrane MRP



The whereabouts of these two un-named entrants is more dubious. It looks like the Sahara, but a couple of Hutchies’ boys swear it is on the beach at Bedarra Island. Regardless, we have a confirmed sighting that they are wearing genuine Hutchies’ g-strings and that wins a prize.

We can guarantee that Lloyd Dunn, Project Strategies, did promenade through Paris in his Hutchies’ Undies, with the Arc de Triumphe being a dead giveaway.

Ian McFarlane, monkeying around in Gibraltar.

A Formal affair at Moreton...

Another two unidentified entrants prove they also are wearing the genuine article. EDITOR’S NOTE: Unidentified winners are great because they look good, but save on the prizes!

Hutchies once again made its annual pilgrimage to Moreton Island. As this was a formal, each member had to bring a date.

Len White’s partner wasn’t up to his usual standard.

ABOVE: Darryl Morris set out to attract the attention of a coy Bill Lenehan.

ABOVE: Very debonair pair, Matthew Mooney (architect) and Chris Everding (Hassels Architects) prove that architects do have class. Obviously very much in love, Rosco and his partner couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Al Gundy ... the morning after.

RIGHT: Darryl recovered quickly from rejection and made a move on Damien Berkett wearing a stunning “lady in red” formal gown, who summoned up courage to face the encounter.



Luxury “thinking” apartments LA CORNICHE luxury apartments, constructed by Hutchies in Sydney, will do all the thinking for its new owners. When residents enter the building, with key or security access card, the lift will be automatically called and lights in the foyer and relevant level hallway will turn on making entry safe and comfortable. Blinds will open and lights at pre-set levels will gradually turn on to light the way into the apartment. A range of standard scenes is programmed into the system. The away mode is activated when the front door is armed – designated lights will turn off, blinds shut and air conditioning and music is switched off. If residents do not return home by a designated time, lighting, blinds and music can be activated to create the lived-in look. The goodnight mode turns off the main lights, closes blinds and dims bathroom and hallway lights to 30 per cent. Panic mode activates all internal and external lights. Other systems that can be automatically controlled include DVD, video, satellite and free to air television, irrigation, floor heating, heated towel rails, air conditioning and internet.

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Thanks, Hutchies! MEMBERS of the Under 12A Springwood rugby league team thank Hutchies for its support during the recent season. The team finished minor Premiers for the second year running, and are now hungry for the Premiership next season. Watch out for the mighty Springwood Tigers in 2004.




JUNE 2004

New internal linings teams win Hutchies’ projects

SINCE its beginnings in mid 2003, Hutchies Internal Linings (HIL), has become a highly successful and valuable component of the organisation. HIL is the company’s internal sheeting contractor, with team leader, Dave Liebke, contract administrator, Melinda Fritz, and estimator, Shane Rush. As the internal walls and ceilings division of Hutchinson Builders, HIL has been kept busy working on Hutchies’ projects and offering assistance to other builders with defect work on a contract basis by supplying manpower on many projects from a few hours to a few days. HIL remains competitive against outside contractors. However, it is not Hutchies’ intention to use HIL for more than around 10% of its walls and ceilings requirements, ensuring there is plenty of opportunity for our traditional external contractors. HIL works with the cost planners at the design and tender stages of projects, assisting with budgets and design change cost savings. HIL site supervisors work with Hutchies’

Some of Hutchies’ HIL team.

HIL contract adminstrator Melinda Fritz.

foremen to create a smooth running job site and, wherever possible, strive to push the construction program and other trades forward. HIL currently has a team of 30 working on projects and looks forward to a positive and profitable future. Since May 2003, HIL has successfully completed and is currently constructing various projects including River Edge Apartments, Right Bank Apartments and Pavilions Apartments, all at Bulimba; Mt Gravatt shops; Jindalee Aged Care; Pacific Pines Sales Office;

Sunnymeade Nursing Home; R&R Poultry; Fisherman’s Island; QUT; Helensvale Bowls Club; Transpacific Offices at Milton; Darra Woolworths and Sandgate RSL worth a total cost of almost $5 million. HIL is targeting a number of projects to round out 2004, including: Oxford on Boadwalk Apartments, Scarborough Beach Resort, The Reach Apartments, Mt Warren Park Bi-Lo, Woolstore, Ferny Grove Shopping Centre, Upper Coomera Bi-Lo, City Gate IV and Helensvale Bowls Club.

HIL projects – The Edge Apartments and Rightbank Apartments, both at the inner Brisbane suburb of Bulimba.


Extreme challenge for Surf Dive n Ski THE new $2.4 million retail outlet for Surf Dive N Ski, in New South Wales, has been a challenge for Hutchies’ Sydney team. The project is located in the heart of Bondi and is being constructed next to Westfield’s $780 million Bondi store redevelopment. The project involves extensive coordination with Westfield’s site management team, as access is gained along Oxford Street, which was closed to all traffic for road reconstruction during redevelopment. Council handed over jurisdiction of Oxford Street to Westfield Development for the duration of the contract and access is gained through approval of Westfield. The project is being managed on site by Geoff Fish who honed his coordination skills on the recently completed $27 million Nest Apartments Project at Victoria Park. The owners of the Surf Dive N Ski franchise in New South Wales are Tom and Bronwyn Tsipris, who have extensive experience in retail, establishing General Pant Company 15 years ago, before starting Surf Dive n Ski in New South Wales. Once completed, the Bondi outlet will be the flagship store for New South Wales.

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Managing Director We’ll only take on what we know we can do...

Day one of the new Bondi Surf Dive n Ski store ... the erection of hoarding and scaffolding.

Communication key for construction

FOLLOWING on from the theme of my article in the last Hutchies’ Truth, we are determined to take on only what we know we can do. But in our case, that is a lot, as we are geared to have 80 to 90 projects on the go at any given time, spread between Sydney, Cairns and westwards. One of the secrets of Hutchies’ success is the fact we directly employ a lot of people – currently about 330. The diversity of skills among our people allows us to take on just about any type of work in any price range (small or large) in just about any location. Working within our existing team structure, particularly in the currently buoyant market, is a major draw card for clients. We’re able to guarantee our clients that we won’t take on their project without a tried and proven Hutchies’ team available. While this places a natural restriction on our capacity to grow, it provides certainty to clients that we will only work within our means. If we are prepared to take on a project, it will be undertaken by an experienced Hutchies’ team. We believe this approach offers the greatest chance for success for all concerned. ~ Greg Quinn, Managing Director

Room with a (seasonal) view WITH such a diverse range of projects on the go, communication is a priority for Hutchies. To ensure teams are always in contact with colleagues and are able to access real time project information, Hutchies has created a sophisticated data network that incorporates head office, all regional offices and major building sites. At any time project staff can view job costs, budgets, workplace health and safety information and building standards, as well as communicate directly with consultants.


To enable faster and more efficient communication, Hutchies’ building sites utilise DSL connections into a central network, enabling staff to be in constant communication with each other. The network is maintained by IT Manager, Jennifer Brock (pictured above). With a broad range of business experience and a Masters of IT, Jennifer is able to provide desktop support, network administration, and management of IT consultants, along with strategic planning for future growth.

HUTCHIES’ Townsville office has occasional water views – depending on how hard it rains during the Wet – which causes havoc on the building sites, but it does give the office staff something to look forward to during the tropical downpours.


Principal Builder honour from Stockland Development HUTCHIES’ Sunshine Coast Division has been appointed Principal Builder by Stockland Development. Hutchies’ initial brief was to deliver 18 high quality homes to be completed for inclusion within The Boardwalk stage one release at Coolum due in October this year. The site is half way between Noosa and Mooloolaba. The homes now under construction have been individually architect designed and have a unique “beach architecture” flair. The product will set new standards for Hutchinson’s Residential Construction team. Stockland Development Manager, John Warlow, described The Boardwalk as “an up market residential estate with direct beach access”. The Boardwalk will feature typical Stockland attention to detail with a heavy emphasis on landscaping throughout the estate and private open spaces and boardwalk style walkways leading to the beach. On completion, the estate will have 255 house sites and three medium density sites which will yield around 200 units. Stockland is one of the most diversified property groups in Australia, with interests in retail, commercial, industrial and residential property investment and development.

Hutchies’ North Coast team (l-r) Brad Miller, Leon Pennell, Peter Gill, Sarah Evans and Dean Reilly. Stockland has property assets in Australia and New Zealand valued at $5.7 billion which includes 34 shopping centres with 2,600 tenants; 36 commercial office buildings with 422 tenants; 24 industrial offices and parks with 115 tenants; 81 residential development projects; and one of the leading apartment style hotel groups with 1,600 rooms under management. More The Boardwalk Coolum info at http://

Toowoomba hard at work on retirement

The Village Life project located in Gladstone. HUTCHIES’ Toowoomba office has developed a reputation as retirement home specialists having completed, or working on, a total of 11 projects for Village Life, with a combined value of $27.5 million. Village Life projects have been completed in Bowen, Hervey Bay, Grafton, Tamworth, Toowoomba and Gladstone. Village Life projects are currently under construction at Coffs Harbour, Toowoomba (2), Cessnock and Rockhampton.

Houses under construction at The Boardwalk.

Premier Display Home Award

HUTCHIES won the “Premier Display Home Award” for work at Riverside Gardens, Townsville, during the recent Delfin Lend Lease 2003 Grand Masters Awards. Hutchies was one of four builders at Riverside Gardens who won four out of seven categories available to builders working on Delfin Lend Lease projects in Townsville, Cairns and Darwin. Having their builders scoop four of seven possible regional awards was a great honour for Riverside Gardens and a reflection of the quality work being performed there. Riverside Gardens Project Director, Angelo Licciardello, congratulated the winning builders on their success. “This year we have seen some fantastic homes being built and people who visit our community always comment on the great variety of quality homes we have on offer,” he said. “I’d like to extend special congratulations to our winning builders, but I also want to thank all our builders for the tremendous work they have done in creating homes people want to live in. “Riverside Gardens has sold over 160 lots in the previous three months – 60 per cent of which has been snapped up by the builder market. “Our record sales have enabled us to proceed with new stages well in advance of targets and price growth is continuing to strengthen. “With new land releases every two weeks, we look forward to working closely with our building partners, who are vital to the success of our community.” Hutchies’ Housing Manager, Jim Edwards, thanked his team members for their contribution to Hutchies’ success. “The Grand Masters Awards are great because they’ve helped strengthen our relationship with Riverside Gardens,” Jim said.



Rave race review for Outrigger crew HUTCHIES’ northern NSW team entered a crew in the recent Outrigger Corporate Challenge to raise funds for the newly established Tweed Outrigger Club and other local charities. The crew included (pictured left to right, with race organiser Kate), Wayne Cullen, Clayton Iskov, Brett Smith and Glen Winters. They finished in the top five, thanks to their superb physical condition developed on Hutchies’ building sites. The crew hadn’t raised a sweat when photographed with Kate ... but, maybe that was before the race!

Vision for women at Crystal Awards HUTCHIES was a sponsor of the annual Crystal Vision Awards conducted by the National Association of Women in Construction, which is an international organisation with the mission to promote and improve the construction industry by the advancement of women within it. Hutchies enjoyed free exposure at the awards when the Master of Ceremony dropped his pants to reveal Hutchies’ undies. Hutchies’ Chairman, Scott Hutchinson, attended the awards with Courtney Rees (pictured) and others.

Happy Birthday, Kevin PROMINENT property developer, Kevin Miller, of Property Solutions, and creator of the now famous James Street precinct, in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, recently turned 50 and celebrated in the popular party precinct with a party at the Citygate Building, completed by Hutchies in December 2003.

Tim goes for six after bowling his maiden over HELENA Ferguson is in for an interesting life as her wedding photo demonstrates. Tim and Helena had their wedding ceremony at St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide, followed by the reception at the Adelaide Oval, where Tim took the opportunity to hit a six into the Members’ Stand. Tim also is an international flying disc competitor (Frisbee) which should have made for an interesting honeymoon.


Estimator of the Year

HUTCHIES’ Estimator of the Year 2003 was won by Mick Connolly (left) who received his award from Paul David.

Community thankyou for Ray

Hutchies’ Ray Scobie was recently presented with a Community Development Award for his involvement in creation of a home for the Benarrawa Community Development Association at Graceville in Brisbane. The Association will provide centre-based development and support services for the local community. Ray’s caring approach to the project and its owners resulted in the citation which reads: “We recognise and thank you for your valuable contribution to building a just, welcoming and inclusive community.”


LEFT: Hutchies supported Jon Hopper, from Property Solutions, in his quest to raise money for leukaemia cure research.

Hutchies’ entire Townsville crew did the crop for the cure.

The kindest cut of all...

BILL Henley and Barry Davidson, from Hutchies in Toowoomba, receive their long service fishing rods from Robert Weymouth.

RIGHT: Hutchies’ site foreman, Shane Tyson, shaved his head for the cause.

HUTCHIES’ Townsville crew threw its weight behind the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, to support the 6500 Australians diagnosed each year with leukaemia or a blood related disorder. Their efforts raised $8500 for the cause. Housing Manager, Jim Edwards, said it was great to see so many staff and associates support the event. North Queensland team leader, John Galloway, said he would shave his head too if they raised an extra $1500, so the event created a lot of interest in the office.

Family extensions BABIES sometimes get mixed up at the hospital, so it’s not surprising that sometimes they get mixed up in Hutchies’ Truth. This baby (left) isn’t Mary June Hutchinson, as indicated in the last edition, it is actually Grant and Julie Le Boutillier’s little daughter, Charli. Apologies to all concerned. NOTE: Scott “proof-read” the last Truth and didn’t pick up that it wasn’t his baby!

ABOVE: Beautiful Taylah was born on Good Friday to Melissa and Stuart Henderson – all doing well and settling into routine. LEFT: Little Charlie is the gorgeous son of Harry and Rebecca White – already behaving and eating his veggies!

Big Day Out...

Some of Hutchies’ Northern New South Wales people joined the crowd (below) to enjoy Big Day Out. Rhonda and Vicki (below centre) took up seats in the dress circle, where Vicki soon became a star attraction (far right).



DISTRIBUTION WAREHOUSE 26,000m2 – GAVEN Job Value: $11.5m Job Description: The project will be constructed using concrete tilt up wall panels and post tensioned slabs to expedite the construction. Hutchinson Builders is closely involved in the design of economic state of the art fire services to meet special code requirements on smoke exhaust and fire control for a building of this size. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Client Project Management: . .

Alex Seydel Brett Smith Peter Gordon Michael Crossin Kar Design & Drafting Services Pty Ltd O’Shea & Partners Pty Ltd O’Shea & Partners Pty Ltd Peter Eustale & Associates O’Shea & Partners Pty Ltd

LOT 17, CAITHNESS COURT MIDDLE RIDGE Job Value: $400,000 Job Description: Lot 17, Caithness Court is situated in the newly developed “Trentwood” Estate in prestigious Middle Ridge Toowoomba. Much time and effort has been put into the fine tuning and attention to detail required. Working very closely with the clients this project is expected to result in a dream home when completed. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Robert Weymouth Martin Cook Greg Inwood Danny Charlesworth Design Works RMA & Associates RMA & Associates SJH Electrical

LOURDES HOME FOR THE AGED DEVELOPMENT Job Value: $8.6m Job Description: The project involves the construction of two new 42 bed nursing home complexes and four central common areas. The new works involve the integration of both services and building works into the existing complex. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Electrical & Mechanical Firm: Hydraulic Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . Landscaping: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . .

Craig Simpson Craig Simpson Steve Gallehawk Robert Weymouth Danny Charlesworth Bickerton Masters Architecture Kehoe Myers Craig Simpson Lincolne Scott McKendry Rein Petersen Greg O’Brien Davis Langdon & Associates

QUT BLOCK A – LIFT SHAFT Job Value: $276,850 Job Description: Construction of a new hydraulic lift shaft through three floors of the existing Block A building on the Kelvin Grove Campus of QUT.

Shocker of The Year...

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JOBS UPDATE with Barry Butterworth

The existing building was build around 1934, is of load-bearing masonry and in situ concrete construction. During construction the building was occupied within normal university hours. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Barry Butterworth Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Anthony Kerridge Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Ron Niven Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . Trevor Bruiners Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . S2F Structural & Civil Engineering: ABC (Alexander Browne Cambridge) Consulting Engineers Mechanical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . S2F Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . S2F

VILLAGE LIFE – CESSNOCK Job Value: $2.7m Job Description: 54 Bed retirement village for Village Life Ltd in the Hunter Valley which incorporates communal and recreational facilities for residents. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Client Project Manager: . . . . .

Matt Nielsen Daniel Cooper Peter Teege Robert Weymouth Design Imagery Larkin Teys Consulting Larkin Teys Consulting Heath Robinson Barry Smith Project Management

VILLAGE LIFE – TAYLOR ST, TOOWOOMBA Job Value: $2.8m Job Description: The second retirement village complex built for Village Life Ltd in Toowoomba which is encompassed in a new residential subdivision. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Client Project Manager: . . . . .

Matt Nielsen Daniel Cooper Geoff Kampf Robert Weymouth Design Imagery Larkin Teys Consulting Larkin Teys Consulting Heath Robinson Barry Smith Project Management

VILLAGE LIFE – BRIDGE ST, TOOWOOMBA Job Value: $2.8m Job Description: The third retirement village complex built for Village Life Ltd in Toowoomba which consists of a 58 bedroom complex which is linked to communal & recreational facilities. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: .

Matt Nielsen Daniel Cooper Lance Biddle Robert Weymouth Design Imagery Larkin Teys Consulting

Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Larkin Teys Consulting Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Heath Robinson Client Project Manager: . . . . . Barry Smith Project Management

VILLAGE LIFE – ROCKHAMPTON Job Value: $2.5m Job Description: Another Retirement village for Village Life – Regional Queensland which consists of 52 units linked to communal and recreational facilities for Residents. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Matt Nielsen Daniel Cooper Ron Colefax Robert Weymouth Bruce Gow & Associates Bruce Gow & Associates Concept Engineering Ashburner Francis

WAGNERS – COMPOSITE FIBRE TECHNOLOGIES SHED Job Value: $1.3m Job Description: New composite fibre technology complex for Wagners Investments in Toowoomba which consists of the construction of a 1800m2 workshop area linked to a new administration area. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Client Project Manager: . . . . .

Matt Nielsen Daniel Cooper Geoff Kampf Robert Weymouth Danny Charlesworth Rowen Myer & Associates Rowen Myer & Associates Rowen Myer & Associates Nick Canto

WESTBROOK HORSE STABLES Job Value: $ 450,000 Job Description: Situated in Westbrook, Toowoomba amongst horse grazing and breeding territory, Hutchies is constructing a new stable complex. Totalling 900m2 floor area the stable complex includes all services required for breeding and training race horses, such as wash bay, mechanical walker, individual stable enclosures and an office for the handlers. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Robert Weymouth Martin Cook Gavin Wilkie Robert Weymouth Arenkay Design Reid Consulting Reid Consulting Tony Thompson Electrical

WROTHAM PARK RESORT Job Value: $2.4m Job Description: Development of P&O 300km west of Cairns at Wrotham Park Station. The development consists of a centre complex and 10 detached villas for accommodation. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: .

Barry Butterworth Len White Darryl Morris Dave Smythe Barry Butterworth Pike Withers ACOR

Developers wave washes over Magnetic Is. HUTCHIES is at the forefront of a harbour side construction boom on Magnetic Island, North Queensland, which is the beginning of a $175 million property development wave in the region. A $2 million shopping centre being built by Hutchies for Gordon Property Developments at Nelly Bay kicked off the development surge on the tropical island, near Townsville. The first of an expected 60-man workforce arrived on the island to start work in February. Construction of the first of 250 harbour side units – the 13-unit Docks and the 10-unit Sola apartments – has commenced with Gordon Property Development’s 150unit Peppers Blue on Blue Resort starting soon. Gordon Property Development has plans for other projects on Magnetic Island. Hutchies’ site manager is Noel McPherson and the administrator is Chris Ahern.

THE sign says it all ... Principal, Terry Hayes, staff and students at St Saviours, in Toowoomba, are delighted with the new Pre-School building built by Hutchies. They wanted to say thanks, and decided to share their joy, and appreciation, with the world.


HUTCHIES’ Toowoomba Social Club enjoyed two major outings during the year – one to the Granite Belt wine region and the other to the One Day International at the Gabba.

Travelling undies...

Hutchies’ work ethic of “head down, bum up” applies, even when staff get down and boogie and party hard, as they did at the post wedding party for Don O’Rorke, of Consolidated Properties.

When the women in the Hutchies’ Social Club enjoyed a weekend getaway onboard the cruise ship, Super Star Leo, one of them couldn’t leave her feelings for Hutchies behind. She included Hutchies’ g-string and tatts in her holiday wardrobe to great effect.

Teamwork wins support for BBC Eight

CHAIRMAN, Scott Hutchinson, recently presented a rowing sponsorship cheque to Brisbane Boys’ College 1st Eight. To the boys’ credit, they all turned up in Hutchies’ Undies for the official photo – which should have earned them extra dollars!

Leo – sign of a good time SOME of the women in Hutchies’ Social Club who enjoyed a weekend getaway onboard the cruise ship, Super Star Leo. Rear (from left) Renee, Audrey, Chantal, Teresa, Sally, Kellie. Front (from left) Jodie, Sharon, Courtney and Mandie.



Awesome experience at rowing

HUTCHIES recently took part in a ‘come down and try rowing’ day at the Jindalee Boat Ramp, organised by Simon Newcomb. The promotion attracted 100 potential rowers, and a team of BBC Under 16 oarsmen worked hard during the afternoon, taking students out onto the water as part of their rowing experience.

Sponsorship renewed

Hutchies last year sponsored the Browns Plains Bears Under 12 Junior C and was so delighted with the boys’ performance that the team will receive sponsorship again for this season.

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LEFT: Hutchies’ new office in Toowoomba with its eye-catching Hutchinson sign. BELOW: The office’s remodelled interior.

New office signals faith in Darling Downs future HUTCHIES has shown faith in the long term future of the Darling Downs area with the purchase of a new office at 8 Prescott Street, Toowoomba, at an approximate cost of $850,000 including fitout. Work is booming in the west and the Toowoomba office handles most of Hutchies’ extensive remote and western work. The previous office in Neil Street was leased and the Toowoomba operation had outgrown it, which prompted the decision to buy permanent premises. The new office in Prescott Street gives plenty of office space, combined with an undercover and outdoor storage area, plus 12 car parking spaces, making the day to day operation much more efficient. The new office was originally a car sales office, so architect, Peter Smith, of Lambert and Smith, was commissioned to oversee the transforma-

Cutting Edge.

tion from car dealership into professional builder’s offices. The new architectural feature screen across the front of the building, with large “Hutchinson” wording on it approximately 15 metres long and 5 metres high, is certainly an interesting and eye-catching feature of the refurbishment. The Toowoomba building market remains robust with the local office now turning over more than $30 million per year and employing approximately 45 people. Hutchies’ new Toowoomba Office will further cement the company’s reputation as one of the area’s leading builders and make servicing of its client’s needs much more effective.


Lark Quarry.

Hutchies in RAIA Awards HUTCHIES’ work featured in the recent Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards, with the company working on a number of the prize winning entries. They included: • The Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture – Lark Quarry Trackways building and facilities. • Commendations for Multiple Housing – Catalina, Fairweather Proberts Architects. • The Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture – Cutting Edge, Richard Kirk Architect. • Award for Cultural Buildings Public Architecture – Lark Quarry Trackways building and facilities, Gall & Medek Architects • The FDG Stanley Award for Public Building Architecture – Lark Quarry Trackways buildings and facilities.


From the

Managing Director We’ll only take on what we know we can do...

Resort under construction overlooking the Mitchell River. INSET: Artist’s impression of Wrotham Park Station. HUTCHIES has continued its long association with outback tourism projects with construction of Wrotham Park Station, 300 kilometres west of Cairns. The luxury resort, a joint project between The Australian Agricultural Company, R.M. Williams Holdings and P&O Australian sunsets and star gazing the black velvet Resorts, will combine Australia’s rich rural night sky. heritage with modern outback cattle staAccommodation for 20 guests consists of tion life. 10 luxurious “stockmen’s quarters” with the The 600,000 ha Wrotham Park Station will added comfort of leather armchairs, bed bring together the wilderness and wildlife, bolsters and shaded verandahs with day with a hint of luxury, for couples and singles beds and squatter’s chairs. wanting to experience the Australian bush As another premium P&O Australian first hand. Resort, Wrotham Park Station will offer excelThe resort is built on top of a 13 metre cliff lent food and wine. face overlooking the Mitchell River. Dining will be a gourmet interpretation The homestead pays tribute to Queensland of traditional country fare in a dinner party outback architecture with slab timber walls setting and will be reminiscent of stockand wrap around verandahs. men on a cattle drive gathering around the The dining/living area, library and bar are campfire at night to share a meal and swap styled on pioneer designs and furnishings, stories. all with a modern twist. Local produce will be highlighted throughA feature of the outdoor living area is out Wrothram’s menu, including AACO’s prea raised platform with horizon pool and mium grade beef, the world-renowned 1824 seating around the modern version of an brand. outback campfire. Hutchies took approximately 18 weeks to The location is used for pre-dinner sunset construct the project on the remote site and drinks and canapés, viewing brilliant red the first guests arrived in September.

Luxurious outback insight

New premises for Kinco JACK Hutchinson recently visited Hutchies’ sister company, Kinco, in the USA where he received a guided tour of the company’s new premises from president, Doug Wassen. While in the US, Jack took delivery of the Constructor of the Year trophy – a handcrafted hunting knife – which will be awarded later in the year. In reciprocation, Hutchies will forward a set of handmade Australian boots to be awarded by Kinco. Everyone votes for the Constructor of the Year – the person believed to have contributed most to the company during the year.


Official opening of Kinco’s new premises.

THERE are some sad stories around town about builders who have encountered, or are still encountering, tough projects. It’s been one hell of a time for many, including Hutchies, over the past 18 months. Dealing with rising subbie prices, stretching our quality teams by loading them up with too much, shortage of trades and, in many instances, unskilled workers just making up the numbers, as well as the impact of an additional 13 RDOs for workers, resulting in the shutdown of the industry for 10 days at Easter and five days during Exhibition week, when we’re trying to finish jobs, have all combined to create a horror period. At Hutchies, we’re pleased to be able to say the problem projects are behind us and we have moved into the new financial year with a clean slate. We currently have 59 construction projects and 28 houses underway and they all are travelling pretty well – 2004/05 looks good. We have now announced our audited results for 2003/04, a profit of approximately $2.5m – not brilliant for $300m turnover but, nevertheless, in the black. • • • WE had a lot of media publicity about the Indooroopilly formwork collapse, which was a sad occurrence for a project that, at the time, was running six weeks ahead of program. We are extremely thankful that no one was hurt and I want to congratulate our people and subcontractors on the way the cleanup and post mortem were conducted. The cooperation and support of representatives of the Division of Workplace Health and Safety, WorkCover, CFMEU and BLF was excellent. The project is still ahead of program and the cost was kept to a minimum. LESSONS have been learnt too, so this never occurs again. ~ Greg Quinn, Managing Director


Plenty of gear but no fish on Moreton Island venture BRAVE volunteers from the Social Club recently ventured to Moreton Island for the 18th annual fishing trip. The crew bristled with fishing gear but, at the end of the weekend, there were no reports of major catches. However, there were rumours of some major partying, despite not having any trophy fish to celebrate. If not skilled, the fishos are optimistic and have declared to return for the big ones next year. Highlight of the trip was the head count, which revealed that all those who went over managed to return. All agreed that was a magnificent achievement.

Hutchies’ 2004 Moreton Island team, some of the company’s finest fishing talent.

Sleeping beauty! be Sleeping beauty!

Bath time … old habits die hard.


D Day … and the advance party hits the beach.

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IN June 1966, when I left the State Works Department and joined Hutchies, one of the first things I did was travel to Gatton and try to sort out a large job in trouble. I had visited the site quite a few times in the weekends while I was employed at State Works and knew the many problems. I had also met Jack Hoad, one of many carpenters on site, and recognised his talent. In short, the first week I was at Hutchies, Jack Hoad was promoted from carpenter to site manager and later became our manager for the Toowoomba region. Jack completed many contracts in Gatton and Toowoomba, all on time, better than budget, with the highest quality of workmanship. He was one of the very best – a tough task master, but always fair. Sadly, Jack Hoad passed away on June 15 this year. Our sympathy to his wife, Dot, and to his family.

WE are sad to announce the death of Rex Bird, a long time Hutchie member and great friend. Rexie, as he was affectionately known, passed away on August 14, after a short illness. Rex joined Hutchies in 1987 and worked on site until his retirement. After retiring, he continued to attend our Christmas parties. He was also in the advance party that set up camp for our annual Social Club trip to Moreton Island and always stayed until the finish. He missed his first ever Moreton Island trip this year through illness. Rex was a builders labourer who was sought after by all foremen and liked by all. He is sadly missed.

Chamber Music boost for Townsville HUTCHIES again sponsored the Australian Festival of Chamber Music held recently in Townsville. Mayor of Townsville, Cr Tony Mooney, said the event had developed into one of the world’s premier musical festivals. He said the Festival delivered real benefits to the local community and in strengthening Townsville’s reputation as cultural capital of regional Australia. “The economic benefits are very worthwhile and increasing visitations from Australian and international music aficionados is very pleasing,” he said. “The organisers have done an incredible job creating an event that makes chamber music accessible and inviting to new audiences while balancing this with the need to stay focused on the traditions of the music.”



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Jack Kinnaman thinking out loud in Antarctica.

Jack and Jack in Margaritaville.

Scott strikes a working pose on the Great Wall of China.


Scott and friends at Splendour in the Grass

JOINT winners of the Travelling Undies competition are Jack Kinnaman, from Kinco, and our own Scott Hutchinson. Persistence is what paid off for them, with both submitting two photos each. Jack went from Margaritaville to Antarctica for his winning entry and Scott went from Splendour in the Grass to China for his. Two anonymous ladies picked up on the Olympic theme and struck a sporting pose with a basketball to take second prize.

Nicki and Troy Simpson had something g a royal wedding in Las Vegas when “ King” presided as the celebrant.

In the running at Coffs Harbour

THE Tweed office had a day at the Coffs Harbour Races recently. All dressed up are from left, The Joker, Mark Phillips and Tony Miller.


Two good sports share a pair of Hutchies’ Undies and a basket ball.

Anonymous at Glastonbury.


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Wedding Belles BELOW: Chris Ahern, contract administrator, Townsville, married Jodie in a romantic beach ceremony on Magnetic Island. The couple honeymooned in Bali.

Social Club outing to Tinaroo

THE Cairns Social Club enjoyed a weekend fishing trip to Lake Tinaroo. Shown enjoying the weekend are (from left) Paul de Jong, Jacob de Jong, Dave Allan, Melissa Soppa, Matt Byrne, Rosemary Allan, Krystal Allan, Rob McConkey, Jasmine King, Jess King, Richard Field, Julianne MacAlloon, Tahlia de Jong.

Awfully Big Adventure CAMPING in winter would be out of the question in many parts of Australia, but in Far North Queensland, the Cairns team enjoyed an adventure packed expedition with idyllic weather and a stunning lakeside campsite during the long weekend in June. Lake Tinaroo is famous as a barramundi fishing haunt, which left some of the wives perplexed when the lads arrived back in camp empty handed. But, fortunately, the superb catering didn’t rely on fish. Foreman, Rob McConkey, and apprentice, Dean Giesel, entertained the group late into the night as they kicked back around the campfire. Fuelled by an almost lethal dose of adrenalin, testosterone and other things, their stamina lasted until 4.30am

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Maddie Norton, daughter of Steve Norton, was selected as one of 10 finalists in a search by The Courier-Mail to find Queensland’s Young Reviewer of the Year as part of Children’s Book Week. Maddie, a year five student at JOHN Galloway, Townsville, celebrated Somerville House, reviewed Stella by the Sea and her winning the big 50 recently and seemed to have entry was one of hundreds submitted by students from all some difficulty in recalling all of his half century during his speech. over Queensland.

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Hutchies teed up for golf

TOWNSVILLE Golf Club was in peak condition for the recent Hutchinson Builders North Queensland Open Amateurs Championship. Winner of the 54-hole event was Damien Haupt who won by two shots.



NARANGBA MEDICAL CENTRE Job Value: $970,000 Job Description: Medical centre and retail tenancies Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . .

Harry White Chantal Malaponte TBA Mick Connolly Cottee Parker Architects Bruce Leibke Engineering Pty Ltd

BULKY GOODS WAREHOUSE STAGE II Job Value: $3,000,000 Job Description: We are just about to commence Stage 2 of the Bulky goods warehouse for Jonathan Levy of Unison Properties in Beenleigh. The final touches of the design are being completed and construction should commence in August. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . .

Jason Williams Christophe Jouvencon Alan Matthews Mick Connolly P Kanas Karamisheff Wagel

SCARBOROUGH BEACH RESORT Job Value: $20,300,000 Job Description: Units fronting Landsborough Avenue and Mein Street Scarborough. Development also includes two levels of basement car parking, heated pool and spar, BBQ area, gymnasium and recreational areas, boardroom, and retail shop areas. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Site Foreman: . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . Electrical & Mechanical Firm: .

John Berlese Timothy Ferguson David Warner Peter Haidley Paul David Wiltshire Stevens Architecture Alliance Design Group Pty Ltd Mitchtech (Aust) Pty Ltd

INDOOROOPILLY SHOPPING CENTRE Job Value: $ 9,590,000 Job Description: The project consists of: – Level 1: Coles Loading Dock – Level 2: Car park – Level 3: Car park and specialty shops – Level 4: Coles store and specialty shops – Level 5: Offices and specialty shops Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural & Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . . . . Electrical / Mechanical / Fire Consultants: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . . Landscape Architects: . . . . . . . Certifier: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Harry White Clay Hart Darryl Gersekowski Mick Connolly The Buchan Group Whybird & Partners James Design Davis Langdon Australia Verge Urban Landscape Architecture Certis

CITYGATE VILLAGE Job Value: $23,366,046 Job Description: Two levels of bulky goods retail with a single level basement car park. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Searle Balladone Sam Mangano Matt Hutton Mick Connolly Woods Bagot Cardno Alexander Browne Mitchell Brandtman D&M Projects

NOR NOR EAST APARTMENTS Job Location: 32-34 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, NSW Job Value: $3,642,230. Job Description: 4 storey building comprising Ground Floor retail, theatre, sauna & gym & 8 luxury apartments for Resort Corp Pty Ltd Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . Hydraulics Engineer: . . . . . . . . Electrical& Mechanical firm: . . Interiors Designer: . . . . . . . . . . Building Certification: . . . . . . .


Mark Phillips Alan Pillay Jeff Back Paul Hart Pacific Projects Group Architecture Cozens, Regan, Williams, Prove Dennis Cairns & Associates Hasthill Consultants PX2 Design Mark Stapleton

JOBS UPDATE with Barry Butterworth

ANTON BREINL CENTRE STAGE 1 Job Value: $1,216,000. Job Description: Teaching Facility & Offices at the James Cook University Douglas Campus School of Medicine Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Hydraulics: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mechanical: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

John Galloway David Christoffersen Noel McPherson Pierre Kessler Bligh Voller Nield Milton Messer & Associates Bligh Voller Nield Parker hydraulics Consultant MGF Consultants MGF Consultants

MAREEBA RSL SERVICES CLUB INC Job Value: $665,079. Job Description: Extension and refurbishment of club so as to add 12 pokies and accommodate two external areas to bring inside and outside together. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Richard Field Richard Field Rob McConkey Paul deJong Trevor Bruiners Project Leaders Qld Trevor Adil SPA – Simon Perkins & Associates

KMART INNISFAIL Job Value: $5,000,000. Job Description: Regional Kmart store with Subway, bottle shop and specialty tenancies. Street car parking featuring art deco theme. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rob Weymouth Richard Field Rob McConkey Paul deJong Richard Field Bird de la Coeur Architects Colefax Architects Ganza Consulting Services Hutchinson Builders MGF Engineering

FERNY GROVE SHOPPING CENTRE Job Value: $6,950,000. Job Description: The project consists of: – Under-croft level: Asphalt Car park – Ground Floor: Bilo Store & Loading dock, specialty stores – Level 1: Specialty shops Hutchies Project Manager: . . . Hutchies Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural & Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . . . . Electrical / Mechanical / Fire Consultants: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . . Landscape Architects: . . . . . . . Certifier: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Harry White Clay Hart Jamie Silvester Mick Connolly The Buchan Group G&M Consultants James Design Davis Langdon Australia Verge Urban Landscape Architecture Certis

Blue Water is on the horizon horizon HUTCHIES is on the home run with the construction of Consolidated Properties’ $650 million Bluewater residential canal development just north of Cairns. Bluewater comprises 207 hectares of land that has beach, canal, rainforest, mountain and wetland frontages and has been designed as a boating community reflecting both the proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Cairns boating lifestyle. Hutchies’ work, which consists of earthworks, dredging, sub divisional work and landscaping, is valued at $27.5 million Pictured are some of The work is currently ahead of schedule and is expected to be Hutchies’ people, Trevor Giles, Matt Byrne and finished on budget in January next year. Almost all waterfront allotments at Bluewater have been Mike Winter, heading out to undertake water tests snapped up with most sales going to local Cairns and Far North in the main channel where Queensland residents. About 15 per cent have gone to SE Qld dredging is currently takbuyers and five per cent to interstate or overseas buyers. ing place. While Greg The waterfront blocks have set a record for Cairns, achieving Quinn couldn’t find the an average price of about $370,000 – 25 per cent higher than crab pots, there were a few the local average rate. On completion, Bluewater will be home hooks and sinkers laying around the floor suggestto about 3000 residents on five precincts. These include Bluewa- ing life at Bluewater is not ter Harbour, with 117 waterfront and 65 dry lots, set around an all work. 80 berth marina. Immediately adjacent to the harbour are the Bluewater Mariner and Marine Village precincts. Bluewater Views is on elevated rainforest land on Earle Hill, where 120 home sites will have spectacular ocean and harbour views. All homes will be carefully positioned so they do not impact on existing vegetation. Bluewater Lakes will provide 400 home sites around a fresh water lake system. All homes will have access to the lake and a parkland network. Aerial view of Bluewater.


Blue on Blue is red hot

JOHN Galloway, Pierre Kessler and Chris Ahern joined Noel Gordon and guests to celebrate the opening of the new retail centre and the Blue on Blue display centre on Magnetic Island in August. Both projects were completed on time and on budget by the Townsville team and represents the first phase by Gordon Property Developments in the Magnetic Harbour precinct.

Work experience for James

JAMES is a company member of whom Hutchies is extremely proud. James came to Hutchies following a request from the Mayor of Toowoomba, Cr Di Thorley. He had no work experience as he had spent 14 years in prison for armed robbery, but, on release, he needed a job to get his life back on track. James is a hard worker and is getting on well as part of the Hutchies’ team. He is shown on the job with Steve Gallehawk, site manager at Lourdes.

Maintaining the tradition. The builder’s bum is one of Dog of a life the fine traditions that Hutchies’ apprentices learn on the job. Here, Shane Mundey displays the classic style which produces a perfect builder’s bum. Roy and HG have him in negotiation for a half hour television series on the topic.

Top dog on the job

Doug Dunlop (standing), Peter Barnett (kneeling) and Domino, the project manager, shown putting finishing touches to Susie Health Spa Susie Peterson’s Peterson’s Health Spa at at Casuarina Casuarina Beach. Beach.

for this pig

STEVE Hammond of Regatta Hotel fame is a valued Hutchies’ client but a fierce competitor in the annual RegattaFest rowing clash. While doing some repair work for Steve recently, the Hutchies’ crew met an unusual pet – a pig who thinks he is a dog. Pig hangs out with the other dogs, comes to his name and likes a scratch under the chin. So far Pig refuses to bark.

New 20 tonne toy PETER Kelly, member of Ray Balladone’s team, is shown here with one of Hutchies’ new 20 tonne excavators on the Mt Warren Shopping Centre site. Handling the bulk earthworks, the drainage and civil works, while getting on with the building structure, is Ray’s usual approach to the job and the new “toy” just makes life a little easier.



Fun at RegattaFest

THE annual RegattaFest, which has returned rowing to the Regatta Reach of the Brisbane River, with a party atmosphere, has been a great success and is strongly supported by the Hutchies’ team. Leon Bowes volunteered to be Hutchies’ representative on the judging panel in a heat of Miss RegattaFest ... a tough job but someone had to do it. Meanwhile other eyes were on the water where rowers battled it out for the winner’s title.

Origin of defeat

Miss RegattaFest receives her sash.

The winning crew (from left) Jennifer Brock (assistant coach with Jack Hutchinson), Owen Valmadre, Chris McEvoy, Sandy Douglas, Ben Young, Leon Bowes, Richard Graham, Lachlan Mean, Russell Fryer and Jon Wood (in front).

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Surf Dive and Ski ... before and after. A difficult site in Sydney’s Bondi Junction which tested Hutchies’ ability to perform on time and on budget.

Sydney scores success with quality and client satisfaction

HUTCHIES’ operation in Sydney now has its feet firmly planted on the ground, after completing several major construction projects in the Sydney metropolitan area since being established in July 2002. The most recent project to be completed by the Hutchies’ team is the Surf Dive and Ski retail outlet at Bondi Junction. The store was completed prior to Christmas after a 25 week construction phase. With the Christmas period being important for volume of sales and turnover, the proprietor was adamant the outlet be ready to trade prior to Christmas. As a result, he was delighted that, with the help of Hutchinson Builders, he was able to achieve his goal.

The programme was always tight, with delays occurring through restricted access and other problems caused by the $700 million redevelopment of the Westfield shopping centre next door. Although Surf Dive and Ski was not a large project in dollar terms, it was important in respect to quality and client satisfaction. The other two major projects within the Sydney metropolitan area were Nest Apartments, 95 apartments within the Vic-

While on a site inspection at La Corniche, Scott Hutchinson ran into a former idol, rugby league great, Cliff Lyons, who works with a scaffolding company. Scott could not resist capturing the moment with his hero.

toria Park Development, and La Corniche, on the beachfront at one of the world’s greatest surfing beaches, Manly. La Corniche was a design and construct project and the final product achieved quality finishes and services which were among the best in the Sydney unit market. Hutchies’ Sydney team, built up over two years to employ a staff of 20 people, is now looking to expand on its work load for 2005.

La Corniche on the beachfront at Manly, Sydney


Born to be wild JACK’S 70th birthday bash was an indication that he still likes to party and the occasion was celebrated with a Country/Margaritaville themed get together at the Brisbane office. A special thanks to Courtney and all those involved in organising the event.

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Managing Director

At 70, Jack still enjoys his monthly rides with the Rat Pack.

SANDS Beach Ball event

Jack in G-string ... never too old to party.

CHRIS Chainey and Patrice Calleja represented Hutchies at the SANDS Beach Ball at the Queensland Parliamentary Annexe where there was lots of dancing and fun, with money raised going to Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support (SANDS). Each year in Queensland, approximately 540 families experience the loss of their baby to causes related to stillbirth and neonatal death and a further 20,000 to causes related to early pregnancy loss. SANDS receives some government funding, but relies heavily on fundraising activities to provide a variety of support services to assist affected families.

Craggy Range rises to the top KEVIN Miller, of Property Solutions Group, literally dropped in by helicopter recently to Craggy Range Winery, at Hawkes Bay, in New Zealand, and took this aerial view of the project built by Hutchies several years ago. Before construction, the client’s brief demanded that Craggy Range embrace the most advanced technology, best worldwide winery practices, highest level of process engineering and incorporate the best new


millennium thinking. It also had to be beautiful, environmentally responsible, steeped in history, atmosphere and image. Built from scratch, Craggy Range is now a spectacular show piece in the Kiwi wine industry. Robert Parker Jr, who has reigned as America’s premier wine critic for almost 25 years, has bestowed the highest ever accolade for a New Zealand wine to Craggy Range — a 94 point score for its 2002 “Le Sol” Syrah.

LAST year Hutchies was recognised as Queensland’s largest commercial builder. We didn’t set out to be the biggest – we’ve simply grown within our means and our financial capacity and are now able to handle approximately 150 projects a year on revenue of between $320m and $400m. There are a few defining characteristics that differentiate Hutchies from most other major contractors. Firstly, Hutchies remains a family business and operates within a noncorporate, hands on environment. Scott is full time in the business and he and Jack Hutchinson are always accessible. So, our decision making process is speedy, allowing us to capitalise on opportunities without having to jump over unnecessary hurdles. Hutchies’ balance sheet is strong because profits stay in the business providing a solid base for growth – Scott and Jack never raid the business. We are geared to handle projects of any type and any size and we are prepared to follow our clients to almost any geographical location. Another important feature of Hutchies is that we are typically non-adversarial. Being a company that relies heavily on repeat business, we have a policy of taking the good with the bad, which means we rarely have to defer to our contract to sort things out. Again, we didn’t set out to be the biggest. It’s just how things have unfolded. Nevertheless, we are very happy with the current state of play – great people, a really solid bank balance and a wonderful client base – all within what is simply a big, uncomplicated family business. ~ Greg Quinn, Managing Director He described Craggy Range as “a serious player in the New Zealand superstar sweepstakes.” The “Le Sol” accolade was not the only award for Craggy Range. Of its six wines tasted, five scored 90 points or more. Robert Parker describes a wine scoring 90 points or more as “an outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character ... in short these are terrific wines.”


Aerial view of Bluewater during construction.

At the Bluewater opening celebrations (from left) Richard Field, Greg Quinn, Martin and Rachael Spinks and Clive Schultz.

Bluewater becomes a reality

“Hutchies relies on the skill and co-operation of our consultants and contractors and Bluewater is a credit to Hutchies’ ability to deliver a fantastic development,” Matt said. Consolidated Properties’ $650 million Bluewater development consists of more than 200 hectares of land with beach, canal, rainforest, mountain and wetland frontages. The project has been designed to reflect its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the boating lifestyle of Cairns. Hutchies’ work, which included earthworks, dredging, subdivisional work and landscaping, is valued at $27.5 million.

BLUEWATER Harbour, Cairns, recently signalled its completion with an open day and a celebration which included, appropriately, a give-away boat. The day included high praise for Hutchies’ Bluewater project team. Bulk earthworks and dredging were completed in December, subdivision works and landscaping were completed during January, with overall project practical completion at the end of January. Hutchies’ project manager, Matt Byrne, thanked all who had contributed to the success of Bluewater.

Prizes for Traditional and Tropical homes

Don O’Rorke, of Consolidated Properties, congratulates the winner of the Bluewater prize boat.

HUTCHIES collected two major prizes in the Grand Masters Awards conducted by Delfin Lend Lease to acknowledge outstanding homes by builders in the North Australia region. Hutchies’ prizes were awarded for Premier Traditional Home and Premier Tropical Home. These homes were constructed at Riverside Gardens, which took three of seven possible awards in the region.

Double happiness at Jade Buddha

Matt’s last surf

HUTCHIES has converted a well known watering hole – City Rowers Night Club – into an elegant club and restaurant known as the Jade Buddha. Shown at the official opening are (from left) Renee Dunn (architect), Patrick Rafter, Scott Hutchinson and Phillip Hogan (owner). To make a reservation and try out the restaurant yourself call 3221 5555.

ALL at Hutchies extend their sympathy to family and friends of first year apprentice, Matthew Garbett, who passed away recently. Matt was a bright young man and all the hard task masters at Hutchies had nothing but praise for him. His likeable personal style and willingness to work hard made him a natural for the building industry. In January, friends and family gathered at the Pocket, on the Sunshine Coast, to scatter Matt’s ashes in one last surf. He will be missed by his workmates at Hutchies. Our sympathy goes to Matt’s father and mother, Peter and Janet, and his brothers and sisters, Sean, Andrew, Rebecca, Sara and Shane. – Scott Hutchinson

Elegant Under 30s

EVERY year Scott takes all the Company Members who are under 30 to the best club in Brisbane (Queensland Club) for dinner then to the absolute worst, dirtiest club they can find. Pictured L-R: Sam Verhoeven, Jono Dowsett and Rob Charles. • More Hutchies Christmas celebration photos and stories appear on Pages 6 & 7.



Jack awarded AIB Medal By Sholto Macpherson article, reproduced with thanks AIB Medal is the highest award ❖ This ❖ The to Construct, the magazine of the the Institute can bestow on a memAustralian Institute of Building, commemorates JACK HUTCHINSON winning the AIB Medal.


Jack Hutchinson, AIB national president 1994 to 1996.

ACK Hutchinson’s father never wanted his son to follow him into construction. In the 1960s, Queensland’s building industry was simply too tough. Forty years later Jack still takes an interest in the family company that has been operating, in various forms, since 1912. Far from bending to adversity, Jack steadily built his business into one of the most successful private companies in Queensland and was recognised for his services this year with the AIB Medal, the highest award conferred by the Australian Institute of Building. A former president of the AIB, the Queensland Master Builders Association and Master Builders Australia, the award follows Jack’s induction into the Queensland University of Technology’s Construction Hall of Fame in 1999. An eventful history Jack happily admits that the success story behind Hutchinson Builders is far from glamorous. Alterations were an early mainstay in the country, servicing remote locations such as aboriginal mission stations. Jack says success didn’t come through any major breaks but a slow and steady amassing of capital and reputation. While many involved in construction, such as Hutchinson’s own father, cursed their chosen vocation for its unrelenting nature, Hutchinson was always prepared for selfexamination. Providing an essential service means there is always work to be had, as long as you were smart enough to find it. “There are times when you think it’s not


worth it,” he says. “But never blame the industry.” Adapting to change Queensland’s currently over-heated economy may provide its own troubles, but in the middle of the twentieth century concerns were much more immediate. Jack remembers the 1950s when pick axes and shovels were used to dig trenches and a hammer and gad to break rock. Another change has been the explosion in sub-contractors, at the expense of companies. When Jack first started with Hutchies there were sometimes 30 others competing for a tender. Selective tenders and consolidation have narrowed the field but back then “six [competitors] was an absolute luxury.” Cut-throat competition, back-breaking labour – Jack sounds like he would happily have all this back in place of the mountains of paperwork involved in running a company of this size. “It’s not my scene,” although he knows there is no point complaining. “If you can’t change with the times, you’ve got no chance.” Passing the baton After nearly 20 years the Hutchinson dynasty continued into a fourth generation as Scott, a structural engineer, joined the firm. By this time Hutchinson Builders had a fair amount of capital thanks to Jack’s conservative fiscal management style of reinvesting profits within the company. Scott provided the young blood needed to take the company into its next phase after he assumed the position of managing director in 1994, says Jack. The corporate profile received a massive boost due to improved signing on jobs, and the good relationship between father and son allowed the company to run smoothly. Despite the apparent success of a familyrun operation, Jack is relieved that only one from each generation has taken an interest in construction. The two frequently seek each other’s advice, such as Jack’s recruitment of a managing director to fill the vacancy when Scott

ber and is given to the person who has made a contribution of merit to the practice and science of building.

became chairman, however an equal partner would have been difficult, says Jack. Broad interests The extra help gave Jack time to follow his passion for rowing. Despite 5am starts on the water, he helped coach national and Queensland crews and considered himself lucky to have picked the time of an Australian rowing resurgence in international competition. Throughout it all Hutchinson has retained its flat horizontal company structure, even though it is now turning over nearly half a billion dollars a year. There are no executive car parks, for instance. “If a labourer gets the car park, then I don’t get a car park,” says Jack. Company loyalty This kind of attitude is one that inspires loyalty, an unusual quality in the modern, highly mobile business world. Another secret of success is also foreign to business practice – “lots of nepotism”, laughs Scott. Any relation of a present company member will be given a chance. Accordingly the family company includes more than just the Hutchinson family, with brothers, fathers and sons, husbands and wives. Many have stayed for over 10 years; the longest serving employee worked beside every Hutchinson during his 50-year tenure. Another family had members from three generations working at the same time. Contemporary success Hutchinson today is a formidable enterprise, ranked 12th in the Business Review Queensland’s top 400 private companies and last year was the largest commercial construction company in Queensland. With a turnover of $350 million a year, the diverse portfolio includes project homes in Townsville, high-rises in Brisbane and retirement homes in the west. Even so, Jack has grown to adopt his father’s views and considers construction an industry he would barely recommend for his 12-year-old grandson, also named Jack. There is no pressure to continue the succession – but as history shows, this is one piece of advice Hutchinsons tend to ignore.


HUTCHIE apprentice, Patrick Derrick, was named 2004 HIA Apprentice of the Year. While the title is a major achievement, it is only the beginning for Patrick, who hopes to have a long and prosperous career in the building industry. He completed his carpentry apprenticePictured with HIA Apprentice of the Year award ship in July and Patrick has plans to expand winner Patrick Derrick is (left) Noel O’Brien his qualifications to and (right) John Galloway. include all facets of the building industry with the aim of one day being his own boss. In the meantime, HUTCHIES is helping the QMBA make Hutchies sees Patrick life easier for a young bushwoman, Gayle as a site manager or Shann, who suffered extensive injuries on foreman of the future. an outback property several years ago. Ms Shann had an arm torn off and extensive damage to the other when her leather work glove got caught in the power take-off of a farm tractor. QMBA has offered to modify the home she shares with husband, Mac, to make life easier for both of them. Changes to the inside of the house will enable her to operate taps, light switches and cupboards with her legs. Hutchies’ Townsville manager, John Galloway, has donated labour to help with the renovations. Meanwhile, Ms Shann uses her thighs to drive a car while mustering cattle.

Apprentice of the Year

Help for a woman of courage

A MO-ment of fame

Women in Construction HUTCHIES joined in the annual awards presentation by the National Association of Women In Construction. Shown celebrating at the awards are: Back: Paula (Chantal’s Mum), Jennifer, Shelley, Bruce Sullivan (MC), Sharon, Teresa. Front: Courtney, Amanda and our entrant Chantal.

HUTCHIES’ man, Os Blacker, recently raised more than $700 for prostate cancer research during the Australia wide “MOvember” competition, run by Mambo, to find the best moustaches in Australia and raise funds for cancer research. Fighting off more than 30 other competitors at the Movember Gala Event on the Gold Coast, Os managed to secure the title of “Queensland’s Sexiest Mo” with his thick and lush example of the trucker’s moustache, grown in only one month! Despite being momentarily encouraged to keep his new found growth, Os is now clean shaven awaiting this year’s event in November. He would like to thank all at Hutchies for their very generous support.

Townsville to Cairns by bike HUTCHIES contributed to the $105,000 raised by a bike ride from Townsville to Cairns for the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia. Two hundred riders took three days, with overnight stops, to complete the journey. Tippett Schrock Architects had six riders in the event and was the biggest fund raiser with $12,000. Architects (from left) Ken Tippett, Errol Chubb and Peter Scott are shown on the ride.

Hutchies sign up at basketball HUTCHIES has almost taken over the Townsville Junior Basketball scene with a huge sign erected in the stadium. The sign measures 6.5m x 5.5m and will be there for the next three years. It is considered good promotional value with more than 2000 players, coaches and officials passing through the complex each week as well as another 1000 attending as spectators.



Family tree

Tropical Townsville

THE Townsville team took a cruise to Magnetic Island and back to celebrate a tropical Christmas. The four hour cruise started at 1pm with many celebrants not arriving home until way past midnight, which leaves several hours unaccounted for.

Some of Hutchies’ Townsville team on board the M.V. Goondoolo (L-R) Paul Vickery, Noel O’Brien, Jimmy Murray, Ben Prest, Patrick Derrick, Jo LynchTerry, John Galloway, Chris Ahern, Pierre Kessler, Jeff Terry.

PETER Kelly’s children unfortunately missed out on the Kids’ Social Club Christmas Party for 2004. They had an unwelcome visitor called Chicken Pox. But, here they are with their own Christmas Tree. They are (from top to bottom) Kiarra, Teneeka, Dimity, Luke, Kynan, Tari and Mikaela.

Cruisin’ in Cairns. Cairns Social Club members enjoyed a reef cruise to celebrate Christmas.

Sydney seafood cruise

SYDNEY celebrated with a seafood harbour cruise departing the Man-o-War Stairs, Circular Quay, near the Opera House. Cruisers were (from left) Maria Brancato, Anthony Ko, Trent Nicholas, Geoff Fish, Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson and Julian French.


RHONDA Pye opens the first of many Craggy Range wines at the Tweed/ Brisbane Christmas party


‘Twas the season to be jolly... HUTCHIES’ Christmas parties are over and everyone is back hard at work, but the memories and the stories continue. Each year Kinco from Little Rock, USA, donates a custom made Lyle knife valued at almost $1,000 as the prize for the Constructor of the Year. Anyone who has worked with Hutchies for more than 12 months is eligible to vote and to receive votes. The winner is voted in by fellow company members. (Hutchies in turn send a custom made pair of RM Williams boots to Kinco’s winner of their Constructor of the Year award).

Harry White won the coveted Constructor of the Year title. Five Year Service Awards went to Dave Darby, Jamie Murray (Townsville), John Berlese, John Gaggin, John Smith, Matt Kempster, Pierre Kessler (Townsville), Tim Ferguson and Tracey Ricketts. Ten Year Service Awards went to Brian McMillan, Harry White, Jamie Silvester, Norm Norman. Twenty Year Service Awards went to Len White and Mick Moran. A Thirty Year Service Award was presented to Barry Butterworth ... even though he’s actually been with Hutchies over 40 years ... Barry started in 1964!

Twenty Year Award winners Len White and Mick Moran.

Hutchies Ten Year Service Award winners pictured with Scott (2nd left) and Jack Hutchinson (far right) are Norm Norman (left), Jamie Sylvester (centre) and Harry White (2nd from right).

Barry Butterworth adopts a Saddam Scott Hutchinson presents Five Year Service Awards to Hussein pose as he receives his Thirty (from left) Tim Ferguson, John Gaggin, John Berlese Year Award from Scott. and Matt Kempster.

THE Toowoomba crew celebrated Christmas by having dinner at Da Vinci’s Restaurant. LEFT: Craig Gooderham, Martin Cook, Gavin Wilkie and Amanda Walters. RIGHT: Cassandra and Steve Gallehawk with Craig and Julie Clancy.

Tweed/Brisbane Christmas Guy Fawkes Night Party HELD at Hutchies Beach Shack at Casuarina Beach with Guy Fawkes (pictured left enroute to the party) as special guest at the Tweed/Brisbane Christmas event. The weekend long celebration (13-15th Nov) had guests “as stuffed as Guy” at the end. Pictured with Greg Quinn is his wife Anne and Brad Miller (Sunshine Coast).

HIL Christmas Party

SANTA was the guest of honour at the HIL Xmas party.

Constructor of the Year, Harry White about to use his prize on his mentor, Ray Balladone.

Estimating how much fun is enough

THE Estimator of the Year for 2004 went to Peter Johnson. Some other original awards were presented on the night, including the Spit the Dummy award won by Paul David for the second year running.



Rutherford TPI

Job Value: $1,200,000 Job Description: Design and construction of a new administration office for Nationwide Oils Central NSW distribution centre consisting of tilt up construction and a refurbishment of existing workshop providing weigh bridge and 500m² of hard stand. This is Stage 1 of development of a 25 acre site. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical / Mechanical / Fire Consultants: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Russell Fryer Mal Johnson Trevor Bruiners Lambert & Smith Architects Farr Engineering Electrical Design Group

Dandenong TPI

Job Value: $1,376,254 Job Description: A new liquid waste processing plant in Dandenong, Victoria, consisting of tank farms and a processing building which utilises off site precast panels. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical / Mechanical / Fire Consultants: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Russell Fryer Michael White Trevor Bruiners SEMF SEMF

JOBS UPDATE with Barry Butterworth

Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Peter Lucena & Associates Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stevensen Varming Clarence Pty Ltd

Cabarita Ocean Retreat

Job Value: $4,000,000 Job Description: Health spa retreat with restaurant, floatation, pool / spa, gym and massage room. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Client: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . .

Lindsay Low Graham Dodge Peter Barnett Michael Crossin Dakota Properties Pty Ltd Ainsley Bell & Murchison Architects Cozens Regan Williams & Prove Cardno Davies Peter Eustace & Associates APD Partnership


Job Value: $300,000 + Job Description: Refurbishment of the night club including toilet facilities. Robert Weymouth Craig Gooderham Peter Teege Danny Charlesworth John Buckley

Observatory Sales Office

Job Value: $1,251,250 Job Description: Sales office for Stockland’s new land release at Reedy Creek. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Mark Phillips Grant LeBoutillier Joel Smith Paul Hart DKo Architecture Terry O’Shea & Partners

Gaven Warehouse

Job Value: $12,000,000 Job Description: Warehouse and office space 30,000m² Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Client: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alex Seydel Brett Smith / Michael Osmond Peter Gordon Michael Crossin All Interactive Distributions Kar Design & Drafting Pty Ltd Terry O’Shea & Partners Peter Eustace & Associates

Notar Drive

Job Value: $2,600,000 Job Description: Two warehouses with printers and press facilities including offices, air-conditioned factory and workshop area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchie’s Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Client: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alex Seydel Brett Smith / Grant LeBoutillier Jeff Back Michael Crossin Panak Pty Ltd Kar Design Terry O’Shea & Partners Peter Eustace & Associates

Yamba Fair

Job Value: $2,700,000 Job Description: Stage 2 of 3 and refurbishment and extension to existing shopping centre including five new shops. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Client: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Lindsay Low Brett Smith / Trent Giles Trent Giles / John Bates Paul Hart Capminster Property Services Pty Ltd ML Design

Matt Nielsen Daniel Cooper Steve Gallehawk Robert Weymouth Danny Charlesworth Hodgen and Hodgen Developments Keyhoe Myers Consulting Engineers

Empire Theatre’s Centenary Conference Precinct

Job Value: $1,800,000 Job Description: The connection of the existing Empire Theatre and Wesley Church with new conference and restaurant facilities. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical / Mechanical Consultants: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . . Hydraulic Consultants: . . . . . . . Food and Beverage Consultant:

Craig Simpson Craig Gooderham Geoff Kampf Danny Charlesworth PDT Architects ARUP Norman Disney and Young Project Services Qantec McWilliam MDA

Church of Christ

Job Value: $1,200,000 Job Description: A 1500-seat auditorium extension to existing church building. Construction is tilt-up concrete walls with structural steel roof framing. Floor is graded to give all seats good viewing of the stage area.

Shamrock Hotel Refurbishment

Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural & Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Ocean Retreat at Cabarita. Job Value: $3,642,230 Job Description: Complex of eight apartments and ground floor retail area. Mark Phillips Alan Pillay Don Lindo Paul Hart Pacific Projects Group Architecture Cozens Regan Williams & Prove Hasthill Consultants Dennis Cairns & Associates

Cavanagh Bros

Job Value: $1,129,675 Job Description: Conversion of 6500m² land into heavy vehicle pavement area, including office and amenities block. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Hydraulics Consultants:. . . . . . .

Craig Simpson Craig Clancy Martin Penfound Danny Charlesworth Arenkay Design Reid Consulting Burke Industries TTE Byrne Surveyors

Village Life – Bundaberg

Nor Nor East

Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hydraulics Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Consultants:. . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Brent Nowland Ray Scobie John Gaggin Redlands Design Centre Hendriks House Bayside Hydraulic Design

Bribie Island Bowls Club

Job Value: $3,270,000 Job Description: A 50-unit retirement village, featuring double room dwellings with self contained amenities, separate kitchen and bathroom facilities, and manager and community building in main township of Bundaberg. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Project Manager: . . . . . . . . . . .

Mathew Nielson Craig Clancy Peter Tegee Robert Weymouth Design Imagery Larkin Teys Barry Smith Project Management

The Beach

Job Value: $28,475,000 Job Description: Resort development with 52 units, which includes underground parking, two pools and commercial tenancy areas. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Alex Seydel Lindsay Low Alan Hoult Michael Crossin Pacific Project Group Cozens Regan Williams & Prove

Job Value: $1,339,724 Job Description: Refurbishment of existing bowls club with new front entry and new bottle shop. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mechanical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . . Hydraulics Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Brent Nowland Ian Partridge Trevor Bruiners Project Leaders John G Batterham Bradicich & Associates DE Coolmaster Rampart Constructions Hamilton Design Group

East Gate Motel

Job Value: $3,000,000 Job Description: A 39-unit bungalow style motel built on the edge of the escarpment and architecturally designed to blend in with its natural surroundings.

The Beach development at Cabarita.


An unusual word of thanks

Homestead – Cannington Station

Job Value: $1,100,000 Job Description: Design and construction of new homestead for Cannington Station Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Barry Butterworth Os Blacker Len White Trevor Bruiners Renee Dunn Architect Bruce Lemke Engineer

Upper Mt Gravatt District Police Headquarters – S.O.C.O.

Job Value: $525,000 Job Description: Demolition and refurbishment of existing offices. Work began January 10 and is due for completion in June 2005. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joinery: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mechanical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . Hydraulics Consultants:. . . . . . . Walls & Ceilings: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Norm Norman Shane Rush Sam Cassidy Louis Levinson Norm Norman Project Services (Briggs, Patterson, Buhr) WFM Electrical Furntec Advanced Air conditioning Hollywood Plumbing J&S Plasterers

Railway Hotel

Job Value: $2,500,000 Job Description: Refurbishment of the heritage listed Railway Hotel at Stanley Street, Woolloongabba. Demolition of all internal services and parts of floors and walls; excavation in rock to basement for extra toilets; extensions at ground and first floor levels to accommodate kitchens, bars and balconies; provisions of all services and finishes to bars, lounges, gaming rooms, kitchen and toilets. Work began in November 2004 and will continue until August 2005 as programmed. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Hutchies’ Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . . Fire Services: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Norm Norman Shane Rush Ashley Blake Norm Norman Louis Levinson Dirk Arnold Architect John Batterham Cushway Blackford Cushway Blackford Peter C Torlach Ferm Engineering

Cardiac Catheter Suite – Mater Hospital

Job Value: $478,000 Job Description: Alterations and additions to Cardiac Catheter Suite at the Mater Hospital incorporating new offices and catheter laboratory. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

John Galloway David Christoffersen Noel O’Brien Pierre Kessler Stephen DeJersey

T.K. Building – James Cook University

Job Value: $401,000 Job Description: Alterations and additions to T.K. Building, level three vet sciences – incorporating lecture theatre and offices. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

John Galloway David Christoffersen Noel McPherson Pierre Kessler John Kuskopf & Associates

Ocean Gem

Job Value: $15,000,000 Job Description: Construction of four three-storey and basement unit complex comprising of 64 units and commercial area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Mark Phillips Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Peter Cheel

Ocean Gem Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Thacker Michael Crossin Cottee Parker Bruce Lemcke Concept Engineering Paul Biddolph Page Kirkland Ward

SW1 – Southbank (early works)

Job Value: $1,950,000 Job Description: Bulk excavation including removal and treatment of contaminated spoil and sheet piling to excavation. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

John Berlese Leon Bowes / Ron Pearse Terry Bowden Paul David Robert Bird & Partners

141 Queen Street Level 3 refurbishment

Job Value: $3.5m Job Description: Hutchies is refurbishing Level 3 of the T&G building on Queen St, and installing extensive new services plant in preparation for future works. The new plant room will border the old Cinema site on Albert Street, with access gained through that site. Hutchies is looking forward to working, not only with RCP, but also with QIC. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Services Engineer: . . . . . . . . . . Mechanical Contractor: . . . . . . .

Jason Williams Michael Stojkovic Alan Matthews Arkhefield & Arm Robert Bird & Partners Rider Hunt Norman Disney & Young John Goss Mechanical

Coles Lower Coomera

Job Value: $6,480,100 Job Description: Construction of a Coles Supermarket with undercover and external car parks. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Searle Balladone Searle Balladone Rathlin Trohear Mick Connelly Thomson Adsett Bruce Lemcke Engineering Hutchinson Builders Napier & Blakeley Q Electrical

London Woolstore Apartments

Job Value: $18.1m Job Description: The adaptation of the AML&F Woolstore to accommodate commercial and residential development, including 89 residential units, 700m² of commercial / residential space and car parking for 126 cars. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

John Berlese Tim Ferguson Peter Gordon Cassidy Holland Push Architects Weathered Howe Gray Robinson Cottrell George Floth Consulting Engineers

SATISFIED customers show their appreciation for a job well done in many different ways, but this is one of the most unusual personal gifts ever received at Hutchies ... and greatly appreciated. This bush verse was written by Carol Ballard (Boulia Council Representative for Multi-sports Complex and Building Supervisor) and Debbie Rivas (Boulia Librarian) on successful completion of Boulia’s new sports complex. Their thanks go to Len and Karen White who tackle many of Hutchies’ difficult outback jobs.

Odé to the Whites

Boulia’s new sports complex, was doing it tough Two Foremen had left, they’d had enough There was murder and mayhem and broken bones galore Till Hutchinson’s said @#%^ no more! Ring up Len White and get him onto the job We need some experience, don’t let him put up a fight He knows it out there He can calm things down If we don’t get him out there We’ll be finished in the town So out he came, him and the Duck He sorted them out, he didn’t give a @#%^ With the crack of a whip And the voice of authority Let’s get this job finished That’s the first priority Then we can relax Sit back, have a beer And do some fishing You know the river is quite near The job is all finished It’s come to an end Lenny and Duck are leaving Carol is going round the bend They’ve all gone and left here Brian, Len and Mark An’ now that she’s there It’s not such a lark We’re really going to miss them Len and the Duck But we’ll see them again With any luck



TRAVELLING UNDIES THE annual Livid Festival for 2004 was cancelled, but not to be outdone, Scott took the usual clients and staff out for the night to Fortitude Valley, which is a suitable venue to replace the sights and sounds of Livid.

Scott with his bathing buddy, Dave Pearson, at Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia.

A swing bridge frightened the pants off Scott on a jungle trail in the wilds of Borneo.

Scott and Mary-Jeanne took some of the Sydney office company members to Homebake. The halo indicates Scott was on his best behaviour.


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Serial Travelling Undies entrant, John Mason, has bobbed up again in the Whitsundays.

Kylie from Stocklands became confused during the night and had her G-string on backwards.


Babies galore SOMETHING has been happening in the extended Hutchies’ family, with a record number of new arrivals. • Brad and Michelle Smith are proud parents of a bouncing baby boy they named Blake. • Peter Haidley and Chantell have had their first child, Casey David.

Neville, Jodie, Corey and Ryan welcomed Katelyn Ivy Langer into their family, born on January 17. Alyce Warner was born November 4 at a healthy 9lb 7oz. Theresa and Neal Jenkinson announced the birth of their first child, Kurtis Elliot, who was born on December 2.

Helena & Tim Rowntree-Ferguson are proud parents of Harrison James Dowling Rowntree-Ferguson born November 4.

Daniel and Jacqui Muntz welcomed their baby girl Layla Rose into the world.

Student has faith in horses...

VISITORS to Hutchies’ HQ would recognise Faith Duberchain, in her role as part-time office support and reception relief, but may be surprised to learn she also is a veterinary student. Here’s proof ... Faith, wearing her Hutchies shirt, doing something with a horse ... but she is at the wrong end to be feeding it! With a reach like that, Faith also would be ideal for cleaning out Hutchies’ old filing cabinets.

Life can be a bitch

HUTCHINSON Builders singlets have been converted to Hutchinson Bitches sports uniforms for the latest netball team to enter competition. Team members are: (Back L-R): Sherrif Campbell, Tahni Archer, Steve Quinn, Brent Senewski. (Front L-R): Jade Bruce, Mandy Quinn, Emma Quinn.



The Incredible Hunks

Hunks L-R: Darcy Connaught (Stockland) and Hutchie entrants Mike Osmond and Dann O’Dwyer.

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Town & Country Edition

THIS is a special city/country edition of Hutchies’ Truth. Not only does it show Hutchies’ ability to take on large and complex jobs, such as M on Mary, in Brisbane’s CBD, but it also highlights our spread of work throughout regional areas such as Boulia, McKinlay, Dalby, Cairns, Clermont, Toowoomba, Scarborough, as well as Coffs Harbour, Cabarita and Port Macquarie in

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northern New South Wales. The regional jobs demonstrate the company’s ability to work in remote locations and its willingness to go anywhere to provide a service to our clients. This unique reputation is something of which we are very proud and has contributed to our outstanding performance in the recent financial year.

Buddha joins the building team

HUTCHIES has started work on the $100 million “M on Mary” project, at 70 Mary Street, in Brisbane’s CBD – a 47 level residential tower, which will take 120 weeks to construct. But the first on site construction was a simple altar to allow prayers and gifts to Buddha. The solemn ceremony included burning of incense, splashing of rice wine on the ground and offerings of fruit and dried fish. Homage to Buddah followed the Korean tradition of M on Mary developer, Mr Duk Hong, of Skycorp Development.. At completion of the ceremony, work got underway on the 367 apartment project on the prime Brisbane CBD location, due for completion in late 2006. (See Message from the Managing Director, Page 2). Hutchies’ Project Manager, John Berlese, said that inspired design and a sure understanding of the potential market’s needs would make this development another outstanding success for Mr Hong. M on Mary has been created for those who value a modern lifestyle and comprises stylish designer apartments with balconies, as well as swimming pool, sauna and entertainment area with barbeque,

Hutchies’ Project Manager, John Berlese, and Site Manager, Jason Birch, pray to Buddha at the start of the M on Mary project in Brisbane’s CBD. An on schedule and on budget completion could see more altars on Hutchies’ building sites.

commercial gym, restaurant and cafe. Predictions about the Brisbane inner city apartment market indicate that, even without additional help from Buddha, M on Mary will be on a winner. The Matusik Snapshot, In Focus “Brisbane CBD Rental Market”, said “the CBD is likely to be the biggest residential suburb in Brisbane... new apartment supply is not even keeping up with demand.” “Demand for inner city living, especially in Brisbane, is increasing and likely to accelerate in coming years. The Brisbane CBD achieves a 40 per cent premium, over a similar sized apartment located elsewhere across inner Brisbane.” Fiona Bergin, of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, predicted in The Australian that a strong population and job growth would drive Brisbane property prices up by between 10 and 15 per cent. “Most significant reasons for optimism in the market was that (Brisbane’s) population growth was the strongest in the country – and job growth exceeds population growth”. Selling from $276,000, M on Mary offers one bedroom study apartments, three bedroom suites and opulent penthouses.

Artist’s impression shows how the 47 level “M on Mary” will look when completed late in 2006.


~ Letter to the Editor ~

Dear Hutchies, MANY, many thanks for the Hutchies’ Spirit Level – after receiving it I decided to go into the construction business myself. Forget about those flash commercial, retail and residential projects you’ve been doing for nearly a century. I applied my Hutchies’ Spirit Level to a real job – a bloke’s garden shed. None of those project managers, architects, etc, to help me – just several pages of garbage written by some absolutely incoherent lunatic. Anyway, I almost built three garden sheds over a weekend with my Hutchies’ Spirit Level (my gorgeous wife claims that almost building the same shed three times is actually only one shed). I also have found three innovative roles for the spirit level - they involve alcohol, fish and the bedroom – but at separate times. Kind regards, John Daffy

From the

Managing Director

Another 2004/05 would be great

The Daffy garden shed (or is it three?).

Marlin an ocean gem for Tony

Martin Spink’s Wing – Dalby Hospital

DALBY Hospital is getting the treatment from Hutchies with a $13 million expansion. The civil component of the works started in March which involved the construction of a mass gravel platform of 1,200 square metres, which equates to approximately 30,000 tonnes of gravel.

TONY (Tracka) Ryan got the surprise of his life while drifting for flathead about 500 metres off Hutchies’ Ocean Gem construction site at Coffs Harbour on a Saturday morning. He hooked up with a marlin, which took about 15 minutes to boat. “We quickly took these photos and put it back in the water, swam it around for a while and let it go,” Tony said. “What a buzz.” For the technically minded, Tony caught his marlin on a pilchard and ganghook, with a 20lb line.

LEFT: Martin Spinks, shortly after leaving the Dalby Hospital. ABOVE: Martin today.

Dalby delivers the goods

HUTCHIES’ Truth has obtained exclusive evidence of the good work achieved by the Dalby Hospital. It was the birthplace of Martin Spinks, of Consolidated Properties.


Tony with his with his catch of the day – a marlin – and his Hutchies’ hat.

HUTCHIES will post a record profit for the 2004/05 year, albeit on the back of record turnover of approx $320 million. The outlook for 2005/06 also looks good with a wonderful mix of projects either under construction or about to commence. In late May, we started the $100 million M on Mary project in the city – a 47 level residential tower, which will take 120 weeks to construct. Hutchies’ team has spent the past five months in planning and the project has kicked off to a good start on site. Two new state of the art Favco cranes have been purchased to add to Hutchies’ fleet of capital equipment and we reckon this will help get the job finished on time and, with a bit of luck, maybe ahead of schedule. While any $100 million project is a big job, we are really confident we’ve got things wrapped up – the right price, the right construction team, the right subbies and suppliers, a good industrial relations attitude and good timing, with labour availability showing signs of improvement. The less than $50 million impact per year of M on Mary allows Hutchies to work within its Business Strategy of taking on around $400 million per annum utilising its existing people, while maintaining a good balance of projects ranging from $100,000 to a $100 million in value. Hutchies’ capacity to handle almost any size building project anywhere throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria is a major strength, allowing us to spread traditional building risk through the size, location and value of our projects. At Hutchies, we believe we have the right formula and we will be happy with another year like the last one. Greg Quinn Managing Director


Architectural icon for Cabarita HUTCHIES is currently working on The Beach, at Cabarita, in northern New South Wales, which is destined to be a contemporary architectural icon at one of the best beachfront locations in Australia. The development includes 57 apartments, as well as gourmet restaurants and cafes, specialty boutique fashion retail premises and trendy bars. The Beach will take full advantage of its unique location to optimise its connection with this special surf beach and headland. The podium level recreation area will be one of The Beach’s stunning features and comprise extensive garden pool terraces, incorporating tropical landscaping surrounding swimming pools, spas and bridges. The Beach will include a large state-of -the-art gymnasium, meeting room and swim up bar cafe.

Aerial view of Bluewater canal.

Stage One sales blitz shows bright future for Bluewater

Don O’Rorke, Lachlan Grantley, Mike Dodd and Rosie Bissett at Bluewater Cairns.

HUTCHIES’ work on Bluewater Cairns has paid off, with only a handful of waterfront and dry blocks available after a sales blitz on Stage One. The project is being carried out under onerous environmental constraints and requires the construction of 2.5 km of dredged access channel, complete with navigation aids mounted on marine piles; the reclamation of 40 ha of swamp land to form residential allotments; 2km of rock and concrete revetment walls; 3km of canals; the construction of roads, stormwater, sewer, water, electricity and telecommunication services; the installation of 150 marine piles for private marina berths; management of 250,000 cubic metres of acid sulphate soils; management of 300,000 cubic metres of dredge tailings; and landscaping and rehabilitation works. Consolidated Properties’ vision is for Bluewater to be home to 3000 people in five precincts, many of them with water views or marina access. The success of Stage One has established anticipation of a land rush when the remaining stages are

released to the public. This will be one of the last opportunities on the eastern seaboard to purchase a freehold home on a harbour with marina berths. A $1 million display centre opened in June, prior to the release of future land, and will remain open seven days a week to handle the expected demand. The design of the classic North Queensland style of display centre will allow prospective buyers to gain an insight into the Bluewater lifestyle. And lifestyle is the keyword shared by many Bluewater purchasers, which is no surprise to Consolidated Properties’ Lachlan Grantley. “The opportunity for lifestyle rarities like having a boat at your back door, or being able to wander down to the Marina Village to have a drink while watching boats emptying their catch won’t be repeated in the area,” he said. Construction on the channel, concrete walls for the canal and subdivision works are now finished with the first new homes being built. For more information visit

The Beach at Cabarita Beach.

Launching a successful float

MARY and Terry Peabody, of Transpacific Industries (left), Hutchies’ clients and Scott’s mother-in-law and father-in-law, had reason to smile at the recent float of Transpacific Industries held at the Australian Stock Exchange, Riverside Building, Eagle Street, Brisbane. Their company was well accepted on the market and was recently trading at $3.70 a share from an initial $2.40. Sharing in their good fortune is Hutchies’ client, Steve Hammond, from the Regatta and the Railway Hotels.



Barefoot at the beach and office

DAVE Smythe has become the Barefoot Boy since he transferred from the Brisbane office to the Sunshine Coast a year ago. Dave sustained injuries in a musical misadventure in a “mosh pit” and surprisingly sustained sprains to both his ankles at the same time, which was consistent with the purple blue colour of his skin and the doubling in size of both ankles. The event was so traumatic that Dave only has minor recollection of the event. Consequently, Dave has been unable to wear shoes around the office. Colleagues wonder if Dave really has a medical issue or if he prefers the barefoot beachside lifestyle.

Greg Quinn (left) congratulates Robert Charles’ win as Apprentice of the Year watched by Scott Hutchinson.

Dipper helps with the draw

Apprentices of the Year

AFL legend Robert (The Dipper) Diperdeminico, centre, with Hutchies’ John Galloway and Jim Edwards at the AFL Townsville season launch. Hutchies won the corporate partners draw on the night, which entitles the company to the competition naming rights and extensive media exposure over the 2005 season.

Cancer Council morning tea raffle winners

EARLIER this year, Brisbane apprentices were invited to attend the inaugural Brisbane Apprentice of the Year Awards where a highlight was Robert Charles being named the 2004 Apprentice of the Year, as voted by this peers. Robert received an EvaKool esky from Greg Quinn and Scott Hutchinson. The handy prize got a fair workout at the Big Day Out on the following day! Hutchies is proud of its strong commitment to the training of apprentices. There are currently 23 apprentices in the Hutchies’ apprentice program, which aims to give all apprentices exposure to a wide range of projects over the course of their four years..

THE Torgas Awards Night was held at the Southbank Convention Centre in Townsville and was alloway, Jo attended by John Galloway, ien, Ben Lynch-Terry, Noel O’Brien, ck. Prest and Patrick Derrick. standPatrick won Most Outstanding Fourth Year Apprentice – Construction; Torgas High Achiever’s Honour Board for HIA// BCITF Apprentice off the Year – Townsvillee d; and North Queensland; ear Apprentice of the Year Award – Barrier Reef InstiCongratulations to Teresa Nolten, Jennifer Brock, Ron gas tute of TAFE; and Torgas Patrick Derrick with Niven, Trevor Bruiners, Fred Brands, Searle Balladone, Apprentice of the Year. his Torgas Apprentice who were winners of the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Patrick completed his of the Year Award. Raffle held at Head Office in support of The Cancer Council apprenticeship with HutchAustralia. A big thankyou to all those who donated. inson Builders through Torgas last year and he is now a trade qualified carpenter employed directly by Hutchinson Builders.

Hospitality expo

HUTCHIES and Project Leaders Australia, joint venture partner for club projects, were represented recently at the 2005 Queensland Hospitality Industry Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 160 exhibitors attended the Expo, which was visited by 5000 key hospitality industry people, including many of long term clients, subcontractors and suppliers. Shown at the Queensland Hospitality Industry Expo are, from left, Russell Fryer, Brent Nowland, Craig Cornish and Roy and Di Blakeney, from Mareeba RSL.



Report from Cannington Station CANNINGTON Station Homestead is a $1.2 million design and construct project for Hutchies at McKinlay, in the Queensland Outback. Architect is Renee Dunn and the contract time is approximately six months. The following is a progress report from Len and Karen White, who are on site.

The main road into Cannington Station after rain.

Boost for Boulia

HUTCHIES had a starring role in the Boulia Easter Racing Carnival when Boulia played host to thousands of locals and visitors, who gathered in the little outback town for three days of racing, rodeo, gymkhana and fun. The weather was good, the people wanted to party and the town turned it on. Len and the Karen White helped behind the bar and presented the Boulia Cup, which was sponsored by Hutchies. A highlight of the weekend was when Ya Waheed took out the Hutchinson Builders Boulia Cup Open 1400 metres with an impressive win. Another big occasion for Boulia was the official opening of the town’s new $4 million sports and aquatic centre, which was built by Hutchies. The airconditioned sports hall will cater for many actiivities including netball, basketball, squash, badminton, volleyball, gymnastics and indoor cricket. The outside area includes a shaded, heated 25 metre swimming pool, children’s splash pool, playground and barbeque. Deputy Premier, Terry Mackenroth, who officially opened the centre, said Boulia now had one of the best sporting complexes in western Queensland. “Before this, the closest sporting facilities of any significance was 300 kilometres away in Mount Isa, but now residents have a first class sports complex in their own backyard.”

Len (far left) and Karen White (far right) present Ya Waheed’s trainer, Wayne Pomfrett, and jockey Keith Ballard with the Hutchinson Builders Boulia Cup.

Hello from the Back of Beyond, Here we are at Cannington Station – closest pub 93km, closest K-Mart 326km and closest hairdresser 200km (Thursdays only). We are a happy little community of five permanents and a migrating number of subbies who come and go each week. We work in conditions that include 44 degrees in the shade and we can’t get used to sleeping all night with the air conditioner on. There is nothing here except an old house the managers live in, an old house that nobody lives in and the shearers’ quarters where the workers live.(We are in the van). I have had no complaints about my cooking and no deaths from food poisoning. A dust storm is heading our way and we watch the sky wondering how bad it will be.

Karen White enjoys her cocktail hour in Queensland’s Outback. Apart from watching dust storms, our entertainment consists of DVD movies, swimming in the excavation hole which has filled with beautiful fresh rainwater and checking out the surrounding countryside, which is mostly flat and riddled with prickly acacia trees, which are deadly little buggers if you step on one. We are progressing well and hope the rain doesn’t upset things too much so we can get finished on time. — Len and Karen White

ABOVE: Pre-dinner drinks in the dining room. LEFT: Hutchies’ apprentices, Daniel Schultz and Jake Stockham, with a local sport trophy. The boys were attacked by the pig while sitting around the camp fire and had to kill it with the only weapon they had on hand – a hammer (bottom right corner of photo).

Excavation resulted in a new swimming hole.

Jake Stockham, Hutchies’ 15-year-old apprentice working at Cannington Station and Queensland Junior Bull Riding Champion.

Jake at work in the rodeo ring.



Dirt track demons

BIKE No. 22 is a road racing period 5 sidecar (1972-1982) and Hutchies has climbed on board to help Keith Robinson (Hutchinson Internal Linings) win some glory on the Hutchies on the Australian Australian racside car racing circuit with ing circuit. Keith Robinson and his Keith is the swinger, Craig Mitchell. rider and Craig Mitchell his “swinger” – the passenger who plays a vital role in the handling and traction of the bike. Keith said side car racing had been a forgotten sport for a long time, but a resurgence has seen many more outfits lining up on the starting grid. Thirty side cars at the Eastern Creek circuit last year was the biggest turnout in New South Wales since the 1970s. Bike No 22 has had varying results throughout the year with a couple of seconds and then a disastrous weekend at the Queensland titles where it finished near last after numerous mechanical failures. Now fully rebuilt and sporting the Hutchies’ banner, Keith expects much better results. Keith reckons the secret to success is team work. “Side car racing is a unique high speed team effort and – like Hutchies – the situation can be dangerous if the team doesn’t work together,” Keith said. Queensland Sidecars is looking for members to join the club as team members or spectators. “It doesn’t matter if you are big or small, young or old, male or female. Racing is thrilling and rewarding and all you need to get started is a set of leathers and a race licence,” Keith said. Local meets are held throughout the year at Willowbank, Warwick and Stanthorpe. To get involved, give Keith a call on 0412 255 955.

A couple of Hutchies boys, Rhys Disher (apprentice) and Maurie Washington (foreman) at Shann Homestead, near Clermont, with Gayle & Mac Shann. READERS may recall our story earlier this year in which Hutchies was helping the Queensland Master Builders Association make life easier for a young bushwoman, Gayle Shann, who suffered extensive injuries to her arms in an outback accident. QMBA offered to modify the home she shares with husband, Mac, so she can use her legs to operate taps, light switches, and cupboards.

Hutchies help to build a new life The work is nearly complete and Hutchies has played a major role in the conversion of the residence to suit Gayle’s needs.


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Picture of perfection Fancy footwork on the track.


SAFETY Officer, Paul Adams, demonstrates best practice as he does his rounds at Head Office. Note the helmet, safety glasses, overalls, gloves and steel capped boots. Speed is about right as he is overtaken by a cow statue.

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Working like a dog has its rewards

All Stars shine in corporate softball

HUTCHIES’ Toowoomba company member, Bob Pronard, recently organised the Queensland Working Cattle Dog Trials at Crows Nest, which were sponsored by Hutchies. We thank Bob for all his hard work in organising the trials, which were a great success. Winners at the Queensland Working Cattle Dog Trials were (from left) Max Johnson, Barry Hughes, Mick Davis and Bevan Wessner. LEFT: After more than 30 years with Hutchies, Mick Moran has retired. Mick’s retirement celebration will be held onsite on August 5th. A major presentation will also be made at the Company Christmas party on November 5th. Pictured onsite at the Railway Hotel, Woolloongabba, with Mick is Hutchie team member, Ashley Blake.

on the job...

ew Upper Mt Gravatt District Police Headquarters ahead of time with police demonstrating how they kept Sam Cassidy on the job until it was completed!

ONCE again the Hutchies’ All Stars have showed corporate Queensland what they are made of with another stunning win at the Corporate Games softball. It was a long and often tense day with many home runs, some outstanding batting and fielding from the fit and often fanatical All Stars. Things didn’t all go Hutchies’ way, with some poor pitching by John Berlese relegating the All Stars to second place before the final, resulting in an extra play off game. Thiess put up a good fight, but had to make do with a bronze medal, and we were on our way to the final against the Brisbane City Council. The All Stars were a little cocky, but were soon put in their place by some strong batting and fielding by the opposition – keeping us runless in the first innings. Some words of advice and a good

bollocking by El Capitan revved us up and a great decision by Tezza to bat us second set us up to bat last in the final innings. A score of 10-8 showed we had some work to do but a win was in reach and we had to somehow get some hits into the outfield. More bollocking by Tezza lifted the team and ensured that he was off just about everyone’s Christmas card lists, especially Greg’s. And onto the last nail biting innings...a solid hit by Carmen and a six by Owen over the outfield evened up the score and it was left to Cathy David, Beck Norton, Rob Kruk and Ron Pearse to get us home. Bec Norton stepped up at 10-10, a heart stopping moment for Mrs Norton. Bec showed nerves of steel though as she held out for a walk on 3 balls, 2 strikes and Ronnie did the same to get Cath home to make it 11-10. Off to Melbourne...


Hutchies held a raffle (a 3.5m boat & trailer as first prize) to support CAPS (Community Action for the Prevention of Suicide). Pictured is Scott Hutchinson presenting a donation cheque to CAPS representative, Jodie Bache-McLean.



Mountain Creek Shopping Centre

Job Value: $7,259,000 Job Description: Retail shopping centre including 12 specialty shops, one hardware and a Woolworths supermarket. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm:

Brad Miller Dave Smyth Matt Hutton Francois Pousson Thomson Adsett & Partners Covey & Associates

Barron Gorge Visitors Centre

Job Value: $2,315,722 Job Description: Demolition of existing Administration Building and construction of a new single storey Administration Building and a visitors’ centre including associated works. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Richard Field Anthony Winter Robert McConkey Power Graham & Dempsey GHD Pty Ltd GHD Pty Ltd GHC (Engineers) – PJ Electrical (Contractors)

Waterford Apartments

Job Value: $6,500,000 Job Description: 33 units consisting of five buildings spread out over 5500m2. The second largest building consists of two levels of units with a basement and car park area below. The remaining buildings are town houses. All buildings are block and external rendered walls with internal timber framed walls. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . .

John Galloway Chris Ahern Paul Vickery Pierre Kessler Consulting Building Group BMD BMD Douglas Associates

TEP Hanger Job Value: $3,000,000 Job Description: Hangar for private business jets with 1000m2 of lounge, administration and office space adjoining. Hutchies’ Team Leader: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mechanical Engineering Firm: . .

Barry Butterworth Russell Fryer Greg Birnie Shane Tyson Trevor Bruiners Lambert & Smith McVeigh Consulting James Design Meinhardts

Patrick Street Units

Job Value: $2,000,000 Job Description: Eleven townhouses comprising of 6 x 3 bedroom and 5 x 2 bedroom units, fully landscaped with on site car parking

JOBS UPDATE with Barry Butterworth

Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Hydraulic Consultants: . . . . . . .

John Galloway Ben Prest Jeff Terry Pierre Kessler Tropic Built BMD Consulting BMD Consulting Cochrane MRP

UQ Heron Island

Job Value: $2,660,000 Job Description: Demolish Roche Building, Aquaria and 2x staff cabins. Construct new Roche Building and Aquaria and Cold Room. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical & Mechanical Firm: . . Quantity Surveyor: . . . . . . . . . . Hydraulic Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Greg Birnie Paul Pereira Trevor Bruiners Dimitrou Mills Engineers Hawkins Jenkins Ross Currie & Brown Thomas Kane

M on Mary

Job Value: $99,000,000 Job Description: 44 storey high rise apartments consist of 367 units, two pools, gym, restaurants and café. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . . Electrical & Mechanical Firm: . .

John Berlese Marcus Neil / Chris McEvoy Jason Birch Paul David Angelo Nicolisi Architects Emcon Consulting Engineers Grey Robinson Cottrel R.J. Humphrey & Associates

Adrenalin Bar Façade Refurbishment

Job Value: $115,000 Job Description: New awnings render and repaint façade of existing Adrenalin Bar building. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Brent Nowland Ron Niven John Gaggin Renee Dunn Architects

Clayfield Bowls Club

Job Value: $500,000 Job Description: Refurbishment of existing bowls club and construction of new dock area. Hutchies’ Team Leader: . . . . . . Barry Butterworth Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Russell Fryer Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Russell Fryer

Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Paul Pereira Trevor Bruiners Project Leaders John Batterham Mark Bradickich

Sherwood – Indooroopilly Sub Branch Extension

Job Value: $228,693 Job Description: Extension of multi-purpose area. Upgrade front entry, new commercial kitchen and new disabled toilet to existing sub office building. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . .

Barry Butterworth Brent Nowland Ray Scobie Trevor Bruiners

St John’s College Fire Services

Job Value: $450,000 Job Description: Installation of fire alarm and hydrant system to existing college buildings. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Electrical & Hydraulic Firm: . . . .

Os Blacker Os Blacker Os Blacker James Design

IGA Jindalee

Job Value: $540,000 Job Description: Upgrade of the community area of a small shopping centre including new car park, a complete repaint and other minor works to the fascia. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Elect., Fire & Mechanical Firm: . Certification: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Norm Norman Shaun Beck / Chantal Malaponte Sam Cassidy / Ben Hagan Louis Levinson Mick Connolly Nettleton Tribe Bruce Lemcke Engineering Steve James Design Certis Building Certification

UQ Ipswich

Job Value: $1,434,307 Job Description: The existing boiler house (formerly Challinor Centre) now UQ Ipswich Campus is being redeveloped into a new community and research facility including a new mezzanine floor containing offices and meeting rooms. The existing boilers and engine room are approximately 100 years old. One boiler is to be moved to the Ipswich railway museum and Louis Levenson said there will be no night work on the job due to “ghosts in residence”. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Supervisor: . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical & Mechanical Firm: . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Lift: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asbestos: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Norm Norman Norm Norman Sam Cassidy Louis Levinson Norm Norman Suters Architects ARUP Multitec Solutions GHD EMF Griffiths Parsons Brinckerof

3245 Logan Road Underwood

Job Value: $2,186,700 Job Description: Refurbishment of existing retail and office building. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . .

Paul Hart Brett Smith Scott Vidler Mick Connolly Planet Architects McVeigh Consulting James Design Mitchell Brandtman

Port Home Zone – Port Macquarie

Job Value: $9,100,000 Job Description: 15,000m2 bulky goods retail centre plus 10,000m2 car park Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchis Administrator:. . . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . .

The Port Macquarie, NSW, Port Home Zone construction site.


Julian French Trent Nicholas Geoff Fish Stephen Brown Lefler Simes Walch & Roberts Hopkins Consultants.


JOBS UPDATE continued

Drift Apartments Casuarina Beach

Job Value: $28,000,000 Job Description: Construction of 90 luxury beachside apartments in two blocks of 45 units including 2 lagoon pools, basement car park and landscaped gardens. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchis Administrator:. . . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisors: . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Elect., Mechanical & Lift Firm: . Hydraulics Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Landscape Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . Acoustic Firm:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Certifier: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pool Consultant: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mark Phillips Alan Pillay Jim Thacker Shaun Hooper / Jason O’Connor Michael Crossin Cottee Parker Architects (Pty) Alliance Design Group Cardno MBK EMF Griffiths Steve Paul and Partners Image Design Group Palmer Acoustics Coastline Certifiers Mark Shirley

Mudgeeraba Bi-Lo

Job Value: $7,600,000 Job Description: Construction of Bi-Lo supermarket and 15 specialty shops. Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical / Mechanical Firm:. . . Hydraulics Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . .

Grant Le Boutillier Jeffrey Back Michael Crossin Cottee Parker Architects (Pty) ARUP DMA Thompson Kane

141 Queen Street

Job Value: $3,490,912 Job Description: Refurbishment of Level 3 T&G Building at 141 Queen Street, Brisbane. Major mechanical plant upgrade for the building and new plant room construction on Level 3 balcony. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchis Administrator:. . . . . . . . Hutchies Foreman: . . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Services Engineers: . . . . . . . . . Project Managers:. . . . . . . . . . .

Michael Stojkovic Michael Stojkovic Allan Matthews Peter Johnson Arkhefield + Arm Robert Bird & Partners NDY RCP

Message from Matt

SCOTT and Mary-Jeanne recently visited company member, Matt L’Estrange, and girlfriend, Sue Fitzpatrick, in Shanghai, where Matt is undergoing treatment for cancer. Matt, who started as an apprentice with Hutchies in 1996, is making good progress and took advantage of his time in Shanghai to check out the local building scene. In a note to workmates, Matt said Shanghai had some amazABOVE: Mary-Jeanne, Scott, Sue & Matt in Shanghai. ing buildings and the amount of TOP: Impressive Shanghai skylline. construction activity was impressive. Russell McCart made a significant financial contribution and combined with Hutchies enabled Matt to seek alternative remedies in China. We all wish Matt well and hope for a speedy recovery.

A premier resort for Redcliffe HUTCHIES is helping to establish the first premier resort at Redcliffe Peninsula, 35 minutes north of Brisbane’s CBD. The elegance of the new four and a half star Scarborough Beach Resort offers investors the opportunity for capital growth, underpinned by sound commercial strategy. In the heart of Scarborough, the Resort offers two bedroom, dual key and three bedroom apartments, complemented by five penthouses, two of which enjoy exclusive roof top areas of over 160m2 each. For more information visit www.scarboroughbeach

A seagull’s view of Scarborough Beach Resort under construction byy Hutchies.



TJ Peabody, owner of Craggy Range Winery in New Zealand, now known as the Land of the Short White Undies.



LEFT: Jimmy Hermiston, from Melbourne, risks permanent damage to his extremities from frostbite at Hirafu, near Sapporo, in Japan. RIGHT: Rick Snep, of Hutchies Toowoomba, needs to realise it’s impossible to hide away wherever he goes, when he wears a shirt that makes the undies look good.

The Grand Canyon, USA, just got grander when Barry Butterworth stripped off to his undies to compete with one of the natural wonders of the world. Fortunately, Chris Thomas, of Thomas Hotels, Sydney, maintained his sense of decorum.


Mary Hutchinson ... have lipstick, will travel!


Hatched, matched, despatched Sympathy to family and friends of Ian Garton, who was the Queensland representative for Brown Brewer and Gregory (Sydney Architects) and did freelance architectural work for Hutchies’ joint venture partners, Project Leaders.

No new arrivals for this issue were received

Bob & Joan Wilkinson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May.

Bill and Gayle Henley’s wedding was held in Innisfail during January.

Can somebody lend a hand?

TYPICAL scene from a construction site, where one person does all the work while the others watch! Where do we sign up?

Courtney Rees (back) presents prizes to the Best Team (from left) Mick Franks, Dave Woolley, Mel and Peter Richards.

Bowled over at the Bowls Club

THE New Farm Bowls Club had the Hutchies’ Social Club in for an event not to forget – a game of bowls, with Bob Wilkinson acting as coach for those who needed some help, followed by dinner, drinking and dancing. Results were: Best Dressed – Ben Howard and Sharon Hafner; Best Player – Chantal Malaponte; Best of the Worst – Owen Valmadre, Leon Bowes, Ben Young and Jon Wood; Best Team – Mick Franks, Dave Woolley, Mel and Peter Richards. A big thank you to Infix, Tradelink (Virginia), Welded Mesh, Bretts Pty Ltd (Stafford), Hansen Construction Materials Pty Ltd, Comprador Pacific Pty Ltd, and Metal Building Systems for their generous support in donating wonderful prizes for the evening.

Francie and Tim McGregor married in April at the City Registry Office and had their honeymoon in Maleny.

Victory over legal team HUTCHIES’ touch football team recently scored its first grand final win in the Wednesday night mixed competition. The hard fought 3-2 win over Mallesons Lawyers was celebrated long into Wednesday night and the trophy made it back to the office where it now has pride of place in the Hutchies’ trophy cabinet. Pictured is the team (back, from left) Dave, Owen Valmadre, Jon Wood, Zane, Gina and (front, from left) Mark Gaggin, Jason Williams (Captain), Louisa and Sarah.

Lifeline for canoeing/rowing club A HELPING hand from Hutchies has kept the Centenary Canoeing and Rowing Club alive. The club has stored and repaired boats in Hutchies’ sheds while waiting for the Brisbane City Council to locate a site for the club to build a shed and pontoon. Vice President, Simon Newcomb, said having a shed to store and repair boats was crucial for the club’s survival.

“Without Hutchinson Builders our club would not have survived,” Simon said. Students from Kenmore, Centenary, Forest Lake and Corinda State High Schools are involved, with up to 100 young people using the club’s 10 boats. “I have a dream to make rowing available to any kid. When we eventually get a shed, we will be able to have more boats,” Simon said.

Winners of the first High Schools Head of the River in a Hutchies’ quad.



Footie fanatics Hutchies’ gang celebrate Broncos’ win in the Rugby League. From left, John Galloway, Pierre Kessler, Chris Ahern, Dave Christoffersen, Jeff Terry, Jim Murray, Paul Vickery, Jim Edwards, Will Camilleri and Ben Prest. HUTCHIES took interested company members to a Rugby League and AFL game in Brisbane last April. The Townsville boys flew down for both games and had a great time. In the NRL the Broncos vs Bulldogs. Broncos won. In the AFL Lions vs Bulldogs. Lions lost.

Ladies loose in Melbourne

The Fox family among the crowd at the AFL.

THE Ladies Social Club trip this year was to Melbourne and included (a lot of!) shopping at Bridge Road, visit to Ballarat, support for the Lions at the AFL game (Hawthorn vs Lions), cocktails at the Sofitel Hotel overlooking highlights of the city and dinner at Lygon St. Jennifer and Kellie at the AFL game in Melbourne.

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HUTCHIES’ A Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R F O R H U T C H I N S O N B U I L D E R S HUTCHIES has combined its expertise in tourism, the wine industry and construction of remote location projects to be involved in the first college of wine tourism in northern Australia, at Stanthorpe in Queensland’s Granite Belt. Premier Peter Beattie turned the sod for the Queensland College of Wine Tourism in August and Hutchies is working to deadline for the first intake of students next year. Hutchies’ Robert Weymouth, of Toowoomba, said the first stage of the project involved construction of a working winery to produce the school’s own label, Banca Ridge, as well as small volume production for training purposes. The facility includes a 300 square metre barrel and bottle storage area, laboratory, large training kitchen for food preparation and wine tasting, as well as bistro and function rooms for the public. He said the company drew on its experience in construction of Craggy Range winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, which was built to best world wide winery practices. Craggy Range has been lauded by Robert Parker Jr, America’s premier wine critic for the past 25 years, as “a serious player in the New Zealand superstar sweepstakes.” Premier Beattie described the new wine tourism college as a first for Queensland and the only one of its kind in northern Australia.


Artist’s impression of the Banca Ridge winery.

Wine industry toasts to unique tourism college “The college will function as a wine industry training centre and will operate as a commercial vineyard, winery, tourist centre, seminar and function facility,” he said. “Wine tourism is about much more than just selling wine. The college will involve all levels of business in the wine industry including hospitality and tourism, viticulture, wine making and marketing and cellar door operations.” Seven Queensland schools, to be collectively known as the Gateway Schools, will be part of the wine tourism project and use the new college for their studies. They are Stanthorpe State High

School, Centenary Heights State High School at Toowoomba, Kingaroy State High School, Murgon State High School, Nudgee College, Sheldon College in the Redlands and Tamborine Mountain State High School – schools that already have links to the state’s wine regions. The Gateway Schools involved in the new College of Wine Tourism have been strategically selected to ensure maximum coverage for Queensland’s wine regions, which now spread across about 1300 hectares of the state. Each year more than 5000 tonnes of grapes are crushed in Queensland, producing approximately 2.7 million litres and gen-

erating more than $40 million in wine sales. Tracie Warry has been appointed to the position of Head of Department Wine Tourism at Stanthorpe State High School and will be working for the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Charles Sturt University (CSU) Wagga Wagga will offer Queensland’s first Bachelor of Wine Science program next year, which will enable students to tap into lectures, resources and facilities of both universities and the newly formed Queensland College of Wine Tourism in Stanthorpe.

Architects: Conrad Gargett Structural and Civil Engineering: CLA Electrical, Hydraulic, Mechanical: Medland Mitropoulos Project Management: Ridgemill

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New Zealand’s Craggy Range winery.


From the

Apprentices are the key Police at work outside the site.

Maleny tough job but someone had to do it THE roof is now on the Woolies Shopping Centre at Maleny but Hutchies had a pretty torrid time for the first few weeks on site making it neccessary for the Queensland Police Service to be involved. Hutchies’ team was faced with a large group of anti-Woolworths protesters who camped on site and others who blocked access. Team leader, Ray Balladone, said his workers had a really difficult situation on their hands. He said the Queensland Police Service performed very professionally throughout the ordeal. “It was a very difficult situation for them, as they were simply trying to uphold the law and fulfil their duties knowing that the eyes of the community were watching closely through the media,” Ray said. “The Woolworths shopping centre had all the necessary planning, environmental and building consents and approvals endorsed by the Planning and Environment Court. “The first seven days on site established there were no platypus burrows on the building platform, but it is highly likely that the animals live both upstream and downstream in the creek . “Many of the more boisterous protesters didn’t reside in Maleny

Ray Ballandone on site or the surrounding region and, despite their claims, they didn’t represent the views of most Maleny residents. “At the height of the protest less than 200 people, many of whom were outsiders, participated in protest action. “The key players in the protest action orchestrated a reasonably successful campaign – widespread media coverage based on inaccurate propaganda that resulted in false and misleading information within the community. “Many supporters in the community were intimidated into silence and, understandably, were not prepared to come forward. “However, local subcontractors and suppliers came out of the woodwork to participate in the project and Hutchies has engaged as many locals as possible giving them first preference. “At the end of the day, Woolies will provide competition, choice

Managing Director

OVER the next two years, Hutchies is increasing its apprentice base from the current 26 to 50. At Hutchies, we offer our apprentices a career in the building and construction industry – one day an apprentice carpenter, the next a project manager. We don’t accept that our apprentices don’t pay for themselves. They are wonderful contributors, right from day one on the job. We provide them experience across a broad range of projects – detached houses one day, a $100m project in the city the next. Our expectations are high and we anticipate that, each year, of the 10 to 12 apprentices who will finish their fourth year – some are likely to go off travelling, some will be great carpenters and be happy with their lot, others will immediately move into leading hand or foreman roles and some others will head down the administration path on their way to the top. Hutchies is full of quality people who have progressed through the ranks over the years. Something else we do differently at Hutchies is encourage company

and jobs for the community. “The success or otherwise of this shopping centre will be determined by the shopping community – only time will tell,” Ray said. Scott Hutchinson said plenty of people had posed the question: “Why would Hutchies get itself embroiled in such a controversial situation?” “The answer is simple – Hutchies has done a lot of work for Corner-

members, their friends and relatives, our clients and colleagues to put forward people who they know want a career in the building and construction industry. We’re right into nepotism because it nurtures the big family culture for which Hutchies is renowned. Our apprentices come from a variety of backgrounds. Kids out of Year 10, who aren’t achieving at school, but want to be in the building and construction industry, are often the best learners out in the real world. As well, those who have completed Year 12, mature age people, private school and state system graduates and university course participants have all succeeded at Hutchies. We place a great deal of hope in the people we bring through our apprenticeship system because they are Hutchies’ future. Don’t hesitate to call our Ben Young on 0400 577 953 if you have a prospect that would fit into the Hutchies’ mould. — Greg Quinn Managing Director

stone Properties and Woolworths over the years and we weren’t prepared to abandon them simply because this job was going to be tough,” Scott said. “Basically, we stood firm with our clients. “At the end of the day, we also took on the ownership of the project but our motivation for this action was purely to have control so that we could manage the difficulties we had to confront,” Scott said. For more interesting stories talk to Ray Balladone.


Hutchies at work on the Woolworths Maleny site.


An aerial view of the Woolworths Maleny site.

In the previous edition of Hutchies’ Truth we thanked Russell McCart for his generosity in donating to cancer treatment for Matt L’Estrange but forgot to mention that Russell’s partners David Roberts and Paul Barrett at Meridien also contributed to the donation. Gremlins at work, sorry. – Editor


Wrotham Park Station Resort.

State and national AIB Awards

Barry and Patrice Butterworth at the AIB

HUTCHIES’ projects have been acknowledged for excelNational Awards Dinner. lence at state and national levels of the Australian Institute of Building. Queensland Chapter of the AIB awards went to Wrotham Park Station Resort, Professional Excellence Award (Commercial $2.5-10 million); Bluewater Canal Development Cairns, Professional Excellence Award (Ecologically Sustainable Development $10-50 million); and Citygate Village, Fortitude Valley, High Commendation (Commercial $10-50 million). After success in the Queensland Chapter Awards, Hutchies went on to win at the National awards presented at a gala dinner at the Sheraton in Sydney. The national awards are: Professional Excellence Award – Commercial Projects $2.5-$10m for Wrotham Park Station Resort. The project was headed by Barry Butterworth with team members, Oswald Blacker, David Smythe, Darryl Morris and Trevor Bruiners. The facilities for Voyages Lodges consisted of 10 new luxury villas, central complex with kitchen, restaurant, dining room, lounge, swimming pool, decks and staff village as well as all new infrastructure for the village. The remote location of this construction site alone rendered this project a major challenge. The innovative management procedures used were able to overcome all difficulties to produce a quality product. High Commendation – Ecologically Sustainable DevelShown at the Queensland Chapter AIB Awards Dinner, from left, (back) Ian Stewart, Jack opment $10-$50 million for Bluewater Canal DevelopHutchinson, Barry Butterworth, John Gaggin, Debbie Gaggin, Richard Graham (front) ment, Cairns. June Hutchinson, Audrey Stewart, Patrice Butterworth and Keisha Graham. The team leader was Matthew Byrne with other members, Greg Quinn and Richard Field. The project involved the construction of Cairns’ first residential land subdivision consisting of 185 wet and dry allotments with services and extensive landscaping throughout. Each waterfront block has its own private jetty to make use of the canal structure. The marine environment, involving large volume dredging of contaminated soil, required floating marine plant 2.5 kilometres from the dredge tailing dam. The threat of crocodiles was among the challenges faced by this project. Effective coordination between developers, consultants, relevant authorities and sub-contractors resulted in a high quality construction. Citygate Village, Fortitude Valley. Bluewater Canal Development, Cairns.



Jack shares a drink and a few thoughts on the dual grave of his grandparents, Jack and Ellen Hutchinson.

ABOVE: VIP aircraft hangar at Brisbane Airport and the new business jet capable of flying non-stop to Hong Kong. LEFT: Pilot Shane Tyson ready for takeoff.

VIP welcome to Brisbane Airport HUTCHIES has helped Brisbane Airport take another step towards becoming the leading Asia Pacific hub for aviation excellence, with construction of a purpose built facility for VIP aircraft. The multi million dollar Brenzil Hangar was officially opened by the Premier Peter Beattie and Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) managing director and CEO, Mr Koen Rooijmans. The facility is the brainchild of leading Queensland businessman, Terry Peabody, and will offer a unique business aircraft charter service, capable of travelling nonstop to Hong Kong, as well as housing another charter aircraft.

Mr Rooijmans said modern airports needed to cater for the VIP and high end business and entertainment market. “This hangar is one of the best facilities in Australia for business aviation with large open apron, high level of privacy and security,’’ he said. “I have no doubt the new facility will encourage a greater number of overseas flights to make Brisbane a first port of call. “Brisbane is brilliantly positioned to become a major AsiaPacific hub for all aspects of aviation and aerospace and this is yet another significant step towards this goal,’’ he said.

FRIENDS and family of Hutchies’ founder, John Hutchinson Snr, gathered recently at the Balmoral Cemetery in Brisbane to rebury his remains in a dual grave next to his first wife, Ellen, who died in 1934. When John Snr died in 1964, his ashes were placed in a crypt. The family decided they should be at rest together and held a simple


ceremony to shift his ashes to the dual grave. The ceremony was an opportunity for a get together and thank the people who migrated from England and established the Hutchinson name and family tradition in Australia.

Farewell Terry

WITH regret, Hutchies says farewell to Terry Bedford at Bank of Queensland. After almost 25 years with the bank and a long and distinguished association with Hutchies, Terry has announced his retirement to take effect in November. He has made it known that he is available (at extremely short notice) for golf, fishing, boating, yarning, lunching, etc., after he and his wife, Yvonne, return from holidays in December.

HUTCHIES was well represented at the National Association of Women in Construction awards dinner. Scott Hutchinson with, from left, (back) Claire, Margaret and Tracey (front) Courtney, Jennifer, Kellie and Shelley.

Musicians beat to the bar

Resting in peace

HUTCHIES recently sponsored a night at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville and, by chance, Hutchies’ crew was in the Rhino Bar after the concert where they met up with the artists who were only too happy to share some photo opportunities. Shown at the after performance party are (from left) Jeff Terry, Will Camilleri, Jo Lynch-Terry, Margaret Galloway, all of Hutchies, with Zuill Bailey (cello), Bernadette Balkus (piano), Bernadette’s mum, Catherine McCorkill (clarinet), Caroline Henbest (viola) and Radka Dohnalova (violin).


Escape to paradise Hutchies sponsored the Australian Soccer Academy (South West Queensland) Under 10s and Under 11s which competed in a Soccer Carnival on the Gold Coast with teams from all over Australia.

HUTCHIES’ fishermen and beachcombers turned out for Hutchies’ annual fishing trip to Moreton Island which is more of a social outing than a sporting event. Jack visited the fishing camp, but left it to the boys to rough it while he retired to the comfort of his boat, Margaritaville, which he anchored offshore.

Nursing Norm’s knee It’s hard to keep a good man down and here is Norm Norman in Hutchies’ gear and hardhat ready to get back to work after knee surgery. Hutchies sent a Get Well Bear to help the nurses cheer him up. Norm’s dad, Ted, was a foreman carpenter at Hutchies during the 1940s.

Hutchies’ Hammer swings into action MARCUS Neil, John Berlese, Paul David, Christopher Lanigan, Chris McEvoy, Brad Smith, Richard Chalmers, Ron Pearse, Francois Pousson and Tim Ferguson took part in Jump for Cash during a visit to Perisher Blue. They dragged their ‘sled’, named Hutchies’ Hammer, to the top of the hill, gave it a nudge but, unfortunately, went off course and nearly hit the camera crew. All was not lost as they regained composure and pushed the sled

down the ramp and into the freezing water. The Hutchies’ Hammer took out fourth place in the Contraptions Category, but without Paul David (now known as Judas) who slinked into the crowd. As they started their long journey home, the idea was put forward for Judas to redeem for his cowardly act and swim to the other side of the sub-zero Threadbo River in his Hutchies’

boxer shorts. Judas (pictured far left) lasted only about five strokes before he waved the Hutchies’ flag in surrender.

RegattaFest hat-trick for rowers Hutchies’ rowing team has won the RegattaFest for the past three years. Coach, Jack Hutchinson, congratulates his rowers on their hat-trick while Mick White and Russell Fryer prepare a celebration cook up.



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John Berlese Chris McEvoy Dave Warner Paul David Cameron Chisholm & Nicol Alliance Design Group D&M Projects Pinnacle Air GTS Plumbing

Trilogy Residences

Job Value: $31.85m Job Description: Trilogy Residences is set on a site of 5200m2 with 121 apartments, consisting of three buildings. Other features include heated pool and pool deck, BBQ terrace, gymnasium, cascading water feature, spa alcove, lawn areas, bowls lawn, Zen-inspired contemplation garden and informal garden areas. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

John Berlese Tim Ferguson Bernard Blom Cassidy Holland Paul David Planit Architecture & Management Pty Ltd Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Alliance Design Group Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Alliance Design Group Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchtech (Aust) Pty Ltd

Sunrise Shopping Centre, Byron Bay

Job Value: $4.06m Job Description: Construction of a new IGA Supermarket and nine specialty retail tenancies including extensive car parking, sound proof fencing and landscaping. Job is concrete slab on ground design with tilt-up walls and structural steel framed metal clad roof including all engineering services. Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Mechanical Engineering Firm: . .

Steven Kourevelis Peter Barnett Michael Crossin Ostamore Pty Ltd Col Jenkins & Associates R.A.M. Consulting Engineers Hydraulics Engineering Firm: . . Ross Wilkinson & Associates Acoustics Engineering Firm: . . . Craig Hill Acoustics Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchtech (Aust) Pty Ltd

Edwards Residence

Job Value: $330,000 Job Description: New home – two storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, rumpus, study, lounge, dining, living, kitchen with a total of 328m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Foley & Lucas Residence

Job Value: $320,000 Job Description: New home – two storey, four bedroom, three bathrooms, theatre, study, lounge, dining, kitchen with a total of 318m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Jim Edwards


JOBS UPDATE with Barry Butterworth

Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Goffin Residence

Job Value: $430,000 Job Description: New home – two storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, theatre, formal lounge, family room, dining, kitchen with a total of 410m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs Glynntucker Craig Stocks Electrical

Joseph & Kiran Residence

Job Value: $320,000 Job Description: New home – two storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, theatre, family room, dining, study and kitchen with a total of 307m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs Glynntucker Craig Stocks Electrical

Bowden Residence

Job Value: $280,000 Job Description: New home – Single storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, lounge, dining, family room and kitchen with a total of 270m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Lando Residence

Job Value: $290,000 Job Description: New home – Single storey, three bedroom, two bathrooms, dining, family room gallery, living room and kitchen with a total of 279m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards BMD Consulting BMD Consulting

Gover Residence

Job Value: $350,000 Job Description: New home – Single storey, three bedroom, two bathrooms, workshop, study, lounge, dining, family room and kitchen with a total of 336m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs Glynntucker Craig Stocks Electrical

The Coronation Residences

Job Value: $26m Job Description: The job is 47 prestigious apartments with river and city views, located adjacent to the newly rebuilt Coro Hotel on the site of the old Coronation Motel. The development has underground parking with easy access from McDougall Street, on site private gym, large external recreational area and a shared lap pool

ABOVE: An artist’s impression of the Coronation Residences at Milton. RIGHT: The cross section view. complete with heated spa set in fully landscaped surrounds. The penthouses have luxury finishes including external spas and personal lifts to access each level of the two level penthouse apartments. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . John Berlese Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Brad Smith / Richard Chalmers Hutchies’ Site Manager: . . . . . . John Smith Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Dave Darby Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Paul David Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceccato Hall & Assoc. Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Alliance Design Group Civil Engineering Firm: . . . . . . . Alliance Design Group Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . . Gray Robinson Cottrell Electrical Contractor:. . . . . . . . . Mitchtech (Aust) Pty Ltd Hydraulic Contractor: . . . . . . . . GTS Plumbing (Q) Pty Ltd Mechanical Contractor: . . . . . . . Pinnacle Air Pty Ltd

Marano Residence

Job Value: $350,000 Job Description: New home – Single storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, study, gallery, living room, dining room, family room and kitchen with a total of 332m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Kennedy Residence

Job Value: $350,000 Job Description: New home – Two storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, sunken lounge, dining, family room and kitchen with a total of 328.86m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Sim Residence

Job Value: $480,000 Job Description: New home – Two storey, five bedroom, three bathrooms, parents’ retreat, office, sunken theatre, kitchen and living with a total of 328m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards BMD Consulting BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Wagner & Evans Residence

Job Value: $470,000 Job Description: New home – Two storey, three bedroom, two bathrooms, lounge, dining, theatre, rumpus, 3 bay garage, parents retreat with a total of 468m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards BMD Consulting BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Nath Residence

Job Value: $350,000 Job Description: New home – Two storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, family, lounge, dining, formal lounge and study with a total of 330m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards C&B Designs BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Housego Residence

Job Value: $300,000 Job Description: New home – Single storey, four bedroom, two bathrooms, lounge, dining, kitchen and large front deck with a total of 286m2 floor area. Hutchies’ Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies’ Administrator: . . . . . . Hutchies’ Foreman:. . . . . . . . . . Hutchies’ Cost Planner:. . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Structural Engineering Firm: . . . Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jim Edwards Rob Fitness William Camilleri Jim Edwards BMD Consulting BMD Consulting Craig Stocks Electrical

Heron Island crew, from left: Steve Quinn, Andrew Ellis, Al Gundy, Rob Charles and Daniel Schultz bid Mick Franks a fond farewell as he moves onto another project.


The Bra Boys hangout

Straddie Shacks

The interior (below) of the Straddie Beach houses (right) – the first stage was completed in July with the final stage due for completion by Easter 2006 but should be ready for use in January.

LEFT: Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre won the Commendation Commercial Architecture at the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Architecture Awards dinner.

MARGARITAVILLE ... Some of the girls from Accounts and their partners joined Jack on the Margaritaville for an outing with glorious weather, delicious food and great company.

JOBS UPDATE continued


Job Value: $1,317,000 Job Description: Three storey duplex building including two pools, lift access and landscaping. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm:

Brad Miller Dean Reilly Bobby Wardrop Brad Miller Kris Kowalski Architects Bruce Lemcke Engineering

Visy Board Warehouse Extensions

Job Value: $4,214,000 Job Description: Construction of 490sq metre waxer building and a 5000sq metre warehouse extension to the main building including all services, car parks and landscaping. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: Electrical & Mechanical Firm: . . Hydraulics Engineer: . . . . . . . . .

Steven Kourevelis Steven Kourevelis Don Lindo Michael Crossin Marie Francis Architects Klopfer Dobos Pty Ltd James Design BRW Enterprises

Jupiters Casino Townsville – Refurbishment

Job Value: $1,860,000 Job Description: Demolition, construction of smoking balconies, refurbishment of café, gaming room and Casino entry. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm:

John Galloway John Galloway Jeff Terry Pierre Kessler Bates Smart GHD

Townsville Port Substation

Job Value: $951,944 Job Description: New electrical substation for Ergon Energy including civil and associated works. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm:

John Galloway Dave Christoffersen Patrick Derrick Pierre Kessler Robley Hall & Dunlop L.C. Johnstone & Associates

Mater Hospital Consulting Suites

Job Value: $477,000 Job Description: Fit out works for consultancy suites on third level.

MICK Franks and Dave Wooley were given a tight $350 a week to find accommodation in Sydney. When they found a dog box in Maroubra they immediately called themselves the Bra Boys, after the famous surf group that enforces Maroubra beaches. When Russell Fryer, Barry Butterworth and Trevor Bruiners attended the Project Leaders’ promotion, Australian Gaming Expo at the Sydney Convention Centre Darling Harbour, they dropped in to visit the Hutchie Bra Boys at the Aurora Hotel. Now they wish they hadn’t!

Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm:

John Galloway Dave Christoffersen Noel O’Brien Pierre Kessler Stephen de Jersey L.C. Johnstone & Associates Quantity Surveyor Firm: . . . . . . L.C. Johnstone & Associates

Currajong Mini Mart

Job Value: $126,369 Job Description: Reinstatement of fire damaged shop including demolition and replacement of new roof trusses and sheeting Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . .

Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . McElroy Morrisson Pierce Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm: MMP Electrical Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . MGF (NQ) Pty Ltd

Hub Apartments

Job Value: $17,000,000 Job Description: 52 apartments over 7 stories on the corner of Turbot Street and Boundary Road, Spring Hill. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Site Manager:. . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . . Architect Firm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Struct. & Civil Engineering Firm:

Harry White Michael Stojkovic Jamie Silvester Paul David Cottee Parker Architects Bornhorst & Ward

John Galloway Ben Prest Ben Prest Ben Prest

St Thomas Stage 5 School Mareeba

Job Value: $800,000 Job Description: Demolition of basketball court and half a preparation room and rebuilding of same. New structural steel cover to the basketball court. Hutchies Project Manager: . . . . Hutchies Administrator:. . . . . . . Hutchies Supervisor: . . . . . . . . . Hutchies Cost Planner: . . . . . . .

Richard Field Anthony Winter Darryl Knight Gordon Macpherson

Artist’s impression of the Hub Apartments at Spring Hill.





The Wooley kids Jason and Jessica welcome their new sibling Jasmin.

Proud parents, Katrina and Jarod Dingle, admire Oliver George Dingle who was born in August at 6 pound 14 ounces.

Oliver on his best behaviour.

Mathew and Bec Dorge welcomed their healthy baby boy, Patrick, into the world.

Thankyou from Jandowae THE boys from Jandowae State School on the Darling Downs recently visited Hutchies to learn about the company and discover what opportunities are available in the construction industry when they leave school. The school sent a photo as a thankyou for Hutchies’ support. From left, Jason Hickey, Benn Horrigan, Chris Winter, Danny Wassell, Sam Bach and Lachie Ambrose.

Barry and Debbie Davidson at their wedding reception.

Worse for wear

A good day’s work THIS Spanish Mackerel caught by Paul Vickery, site manager Waterford Project, and Chris Ahern, contract administrator Waterford Project, weighed in at 28kg. No wonder they looked very pleased with themselves.


Michael Crossin, of Hutchies Tweed Office – working hard???

OUR sister company in Little Rock Arkansas, Kinco Construction, had one of its construction managers return a company vehicle in less than perfect condition. Kinco and Hutchies swap ideas and personnel but there is no financial link between the two. Each year Kinco gives Hutchies a knife for the Constructor of the Year and in return Hutchies provides a pair of kangaroo skin boots.




Scott visited Fuji Festival in Japan with Ben Churven

ABOVE: On his trip to Canada, Jim Thacker scared the daylights out of the local bears with a hairy face and Hutchies’ undies at Howe Sound, about 50klms north of Vancouver, BC.

Doug Merritt, of SW1 Consortium, and his daughters, Dhana (left) and Peta, made good use of their Hutchies’ undies during a cycling trip in Vietnam. During a visit to the Thap Ba Hot Spring Centre, they soaked in mineral mud, where the Hutchies’ undies felt right at home.

The Qld O45 Div 2 Hockey team display the Hutchies’ sponsored apparel at the start of their two week National Titles campaign held at Wollongong in October. See story back page.

LEFT: Peter Scott, of Wincam Property, shows how he escaped being boared stiff during a hunting trip to Bluff Downs, near Charters Towers.

Spreading the good word ...

Bowled over in Toowoomba

With help from Hutchies, the Westside Christian College recently went on a mission trip to the Solomon Islands where they undertook building projects for the local community. The mission team of three staff and 20 students worked at Betivatu School in Mataruka Village, one hour’s drive from Honiara on Guadacanal. During their visit the students spread the good word about Hutchies’ undies.

The Toowoomba Social Club recently had an afternoon of bowls and a BBQ at the South Toowoomba Bowls Club. Kate Toleman and Katrina Charlesworth donned their Hutchies’ Bitches Shirts and won the approval of one of the locals who taught them that bowls isn’t as tame as it used to be.

On top with table tennis

Hutchies has continued its support for the University of Queensland Table Tennis Championships which this year was the most successful tournament for many years in terms of entries and matches running to schedule. A grade singles entrant, Wade Townsend from Cabarita, New South Wales (right) took out the event.



Greg rides Goondiwindi to Gold Coast

The Qld O45 Div 2 Qld hockey team celebrating following their Gold Medal win.

Genuine golden oldies Australian champions

HUTCHIES got national exposure when more than 68 teams from all states and territories competed in the Australian Veterans Hockey Championships held in October at Wollongong, New South Wales. Hutchies sponsored the Queensland Over 45 Division Two team which won their Gold Medal Final, soundly beating South Australia 3-0. Presentation packs of Hutchies’ caps, undies, g-strings and water bottles were given to opposing Players of the Match and team managers of the state and territory teams following each game. Queensland contested 7 out of the 10 possible finals (ranging in 5-year age groups from Over 40 to Over 65), winning 5 and runners up in 2.

SCRATCH-ITS IF your Hutchies’ Scratchie matches the lucky numbers listed you are a winner! To claim your prize telephone Hutchies on (07) 3376 4044 Prizes compliments of Hutchinson Builders.

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GREG Birnie made it back from a very rewarding personal challenge – the Cycle Queensland Goondiwindi to Gold Coast Ride which raised money for the Queensland Cancer Fund. Greg received donations of more than $2650. In total there were 1150 riders and 350 volunteers and contractors.

Rowing around the world... HUTCHIES’ project

manager and Tatts rower, Neville Doughan, recently travelled the best in the world rowing scene with partner, Kelly Armitage. They rowed in County Waterford, Ireland, on the Thames, London, and at Leduc, Alberta, Canada. They won a silver medal in the C Division Eight (ages 43 to 50) at the World Masters Games in Canada.

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If undeliverable return to: HUTCHINSON BUILDERS 31 Staple Street Seventeen Mile Rocks, Qld 4073. Telephone: (07) 3376 4044 Facsimile: (07) 3376 2454