REVIVAL: This heritage-style shop on the corner of Whitehill and Blackstone Rds, renovated by builder Brian Douglas, will soon become a café.
REVIVAL: This heritage-style shop on the corner of Whitehill and Blackstone Rds, renovated by builder Brian Douglas, will soon become a café. Yvonne Gardiner

'Labour of love' wins award for city builder

THE major rebuilding of two rundown shops on the corner of Blackstone and Whitehill Rds, Eastern Heights, has been a labour of love for Ipswich builder Brian Douglas.

Click here for a list of the winners

His hands-on approach led to the custom-making of intricate metal gates, the installation of recycled timber louvres and attractive landscaping.

Mr Douglas is one of three Ipswich heritage property owners to be recognised in the "best maintained" category of Ipswich City Council's 2012 Awards for Excellence.

He bought the shops two years ago.

"I often drove past and thought they needed putting back to their former glory," Mr Douglas said.

"There are very few original corner shops around. They're as much a part of history as the houses."

A hairdressing salon is operating in the shop that formerly housed a butcher, while a café is to be opened in the shop facing Blackstone Rd within weeks.

In the same "best maintained property" category, Mary Ward captured an award for Mary's Place B&B, 5 Court St, Ipswich, and Pamela Pender made the winners' list for the Walker Pender Building in Ipswich City Mall.

The Ipswich City Council awards, presented at the Civic Centre on Wednesday, encompass design, environment, heritage and student categories.

Since their inception in 1992, the awards have helped to focus community attention in a positive way on Ipswich's development community.

Entrants ranged from the humble family renovator to some of the nation's largest development corporations.

HERITAGE CATEGORY

Gold Award

  • Thurlow Stonemasonry Services and JM Pearce Architects for St Mary's Columbarium
  • JM Pearce Architects and Buchanan Heritage Services for the Ipswich Historical Cemeteries Cultural Heritage Management Plans

Silver Award

  • Gibson Architects' for Studio 188, formerly the Old Baptist Church, Ipswich
  • GH Walsh & Co Property Trust No 2 - Settlers Inn Investor Group and JM Pearce Architects for Stumps Hotel, 215 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
  • National Trust Ipswich Best Maintained Heritage Property Award
  • Mary Ward for Mary's Place B&B, 5 Court St, Ipswich
  • Pamela Pender for the Walker Pender Building, 28 Ipswich City Mall
  • Brian Douglas for restoration of historic shops, 9 Blackstone Road, Eastern Heights

 

DESIGN CATEGORY

Gold Award

  • Springfield Land Corporation, Vee Design, JMac Constructions for Robelle Domain
  • Leda Holdings for the Bradfield Bridge

Silver Award

  • Ian Boettcher and David Brett for the Ian Boettcher Car Dealership, 15 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba
  • Yamanto Tavern for Ale House 24, 502 Warwick Rd, Yamanto

 

ENVIRONMENT AWARDS

Gold Award

  • BoysTown, Powerlink Green Works and Ipswich City Council for the Kholo Gardens Flood Recovery Project

Silver Award

  • AECOM and Investa Property Group for the Constructed Wetlands at Brentwood Estate

 

STUDENT AWARDS

Gold Award

  • Woodcrest State College Junior School for their project, We are one, but we are many


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