The Construction Rocks Sydney event held Friday 17 August at the Oxford Art Gallery in Sydney was a resounding success.
The musical event was a sell-out with 500 attendees from across the construction industry. A record number of eight bands entered the competition and approximately $15,000 was raised for the Property Industry Foundation (PIF).
Now in its fourth year, Construction Rocks is a major event for the construction industry. It calls for organisations to form a band and battle it out for the crown of Construction Rocks Champion.
Construction Rocks provides a fun and relaxed environment for networking and engaging with organisations associated with the construction industry, while raising much-needed funds for charities. The primary charity for the event, PIF, is dedicated to tackling serious issues around persistent youth homelessness.
Incoming CEO of the Property Industry Foundation, Kate Mills, said the Construction Rocks events are a testament to the creativity and generosity in the industry and the funds raised would help the Foundation build homes for homeless young people.
“It’s so relevant that people from the construction industry, by organising or attending the Construction Rocks events, are assisting us to create bricks and mortar solutions to youth homelessness,” she said. “We’re very appreciative of everyone involved.”
For the second year running, WSP’s band, Yeah Nah Yeah, was crowned the winner, and donated the winning proceeds of $2,000 to its nominated charity, Rural & Regional Renewal.
Yeah Nah Yeah is a decisively and undecided eclectic collective of scientists and engineers from WSP, comprising Jess Sanders, Martin Timperley, Will McInnes, Chris March and Matteo Belgiorno-Nettis. Hailing from all corners of the globe, they are united by their love of rock and roll. On the night, they wound back the clock and brought some of the best selections from their parents’ record collection to the crowds.
The registered bands encompassed several organisations within the industry including: Steve Watson & Partners, Smart Design Studio, Bijl Architecture, Partridge Structural, Scentre Group, Peck Van Hartel, Mirvac, Johnstaff, Architectus and WSP.
Mike Fleet, Chairman of Construction Rocks Sydney says, ‘’The 4th annual Construction Rocks in Sydney was our biggest event to date and the first to sell out in Australia. The quality of the bands continues to grow. Eight bands bringing something new, fresh and exciting to the event. Construction Rocks Sydney 2018 was the first officially sold out Construction Rocks event in Australia, with 500 attendees coming to support this event.’’
Launched in 2008 by Bill Price from WSP’s London office, Construction Rocks is sponsored by the firm on a global level. In the past decade, it has gained momentum and spread across the world, with WSP offices leading the annual events in London, Sweden, Washington DC, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
Following on from the success of Construction Rocks in Sydney, the event is expanding to Melbourne this year. It will be held on Thursday 25 October at the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda.
For information on how to enter the Melbourne competition or purchase a ticket, please visit the Construction Rocks website.
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