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Martin Colgan
Colgan Industries

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Judges' citation:
A highly-skilled craftsman and builder, Martin Colgan has left a lasting legacy to heritage through his work on many award-winning heritage conservation and adaptation projects across the State. He has shared his passion, skills and expertise with those he has employed, trained and collaborated with over the past 30 years. Martin remains active on the board of Colgan Industries, providing guidance as his family takes the business forward.

From humble stone masonry beginnings, Martin Colgan has built-up a highly respected and multi-disciplinary family building company dedicated to conserving, restoring and adapting heritage buildings.

During the past 40 years, he has worked on numerous landmark heritage buildings including Wesley Church, Government House, St Brigid’s Old School, Fremantle’s Roundhouse, Fremantle Prison, and St George’s Cathedral.

He and his wife also worked with the Aboriginal community to restore the fragile Beagle Bay Mission Church on the Dampier Peninsular. The project won the 2011 Western Australian Heritage Award for conservation.

Mr Colgan has passed his passion for heritage onto his sons who are now involved in the business, Colgan Industries. In 2012, their successful adaptation of the former Mackays Aerated Waters Factory (1928) into a complex that now incorporates 37 apartments, an office and a retail outlet received the WA Heritage Award for adaptive reuse as well as Master Builders Association and Housing Association Greening Award.

 

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