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  1. Posted: 27/02/2017

    APP is pleased to announce that we have been engaged by Newcastle City Council (NCC) to manage the planning of a number of new cycleways around the city.  

    The project forms part of a greater cycling strategy implemented by the NCC aimed at delivering cycling improvements in Newcastle to help facilitate safe, attractive, and cost effective travel options. Additional cycle ways will also reduce fuel, parking and health costs. 

    The proposed cycleway locations include:

    • Maud Street;
    • Coorumbung Rd to Evertone Street;
    • Glebe Rd to Donald Street;
    • Grinsell St to Rydal St; and
    • Adamstown Station to Fernleigh Track. 

    The project will be led by Senior Project Manager Shannon Drewe, based in APP’s Newcastle office. 

  2. Posted: 22/02/2017

    We are delighted to announce the promotion of Cory Dickins to Head of Projects, Sydney.

    Cory joined APP in 1999 as a Project Engineer and progressed through the business into his recent Project Director and Business Unit Leader roles. Cory’s major projects have included the highest and best of use of a large hotel, commercial and residential portfolio, staged redevelopment of the TAB offices in Ultimo, numerous projects for ALDI including the Prestons Distribution Centre and the Minchinbury office extension and warehouse modifications, redevelopment of the Downing Centre and Hornsby Courthouses, the Star Casino redevelopment and apartments at Breakfast Point.

    The client relationships Cory has developed during these projects have been instrumental in repeat business for APP, both within the projects group and the broader Sydney and national business for APP. Cory is well placed to apply the success and growth of his current business unit to the continued success and prosperous growth of the whole Sydney Projects team.

    Please join us in congratulating Cory on his promotion and wishing him and the team every success. 

  3. Posted: 21/02/2017

    The Property Council of Australia has selected APP’s nomination of the ALDI Regency Park Distribution Centre as a Finalist in the National Innovation & Excellence Awards.  The Distribution Centre, based in South Australia, has been nominated for the Best Business or Industrial Park Award.

    Construction of the Distribution Centre began in late 2014, with APP managing the entire development process from site selection and design through to construction fit out and operational handover, ensuring that the facility would be fully operational to support the first of the new ALDI stores in SA which opened in early 2016.

    The ALDI Distribution Centre has also been nominated as a Finalist for a State Award.

    Beginning in 1982, the National Innovation & Excellence Awards promotes excellence in design and innovation and is one of the most prestigious property awards in Australia.

    Winners will be announced at the PCA Awards Gala Dinner which will be held on Friday 5 May, 2017.

  4. Posted: 17/02/2017

    APP has been engaged by Curtin University as Project Manager for the design and implementation of the Thresholds Project, following the success of the Vehicle Access Management Plan (VAMP) Project.

    The Greater Curtin Master Plan identifies four University Thresholds which act as gateways into the University's Academic Neighbourhood. The Master Plan defines the Thresholds as familiar doorways into the heart of the University campus with a shared vehicular and pedestrian function. The Thresholds provide drop-off and taxi points which are close to the University core areas, as well as conveniently locating ACROD bays for students, staff and visitors with limited mobility.

    Given the location and configuration of the four Thresholds, they are also designated “service points” for deliveries, collections and maintenance activities, and have been carefully considered to ensure each connects conveniently to the nearby Curtin precinct. The design of the Thresholds also control vehicle access identified onto the main campus (e.g. food trucks).

    The University intends to further define the Thresholds in terms of function, arrangement and aesthetic in order to commence implementation.

    The Project objectives are to:

    • Enhance safety and enjoyment of the pedestrian environment through restricting the use of vehicles within the Curtin University Academic Core;
    • Facilitate a pedestrian-centric approach through the creation of shared spaces which encourage change of mode;
    • Provide consistency in the functionality of each Threshold to ensure users have the same experience in each space;
    • Improve efficiency and accessibility to service areas, waste storage and loading areas ensuring business continuity;
    • Ensure each Threshold is universally accessible responding to the campuses undulating topography; and
    • Support the ongoing management and operations of the University as a world-class urban environment for study, work, research and entertainment.

    The total project is estimated to cost around $17M, implemented in stages over the next four years. $1.5M is included in the Capital Works Program for business year 2017 and will allow for the design and partial construction of Thresholds A & C.

  5. Posted: 16/02/2017

    In April 2015, APP was engaged by the Asset owner Vikings Group as Client Representative to oversee JV negotiations, acquisition, design and construction of a 60 Unit Quest Apartment Facility at Macquarie Park in Sydney’s north-west.

    Our role covered acquisition and transaction services, project assurance, and development management and superintendent roles during the development process.

    We are delighted to announce the successful delivery of the new serviced apartment facility on 12 December, 2016. This was a three-way joint venture between developer Goodman, Quest (Operator) and Vikings (Asset owner).

    The 60 units range in size from 40-90m2 and include a public domain, lobby, conference centre, gym facilities and car parking.

    Throughout this project, APP has developed a strong working relationship with Quest and is currently working exclusively with their acquisition team targeting on and off market opportunities, including future site identification and acquisitions to develop new Quest facilities nationally.

    It was a pleasure working with the Viking and Quest teams on this project and we are delighted with the result of the facility.

    The project has been a successful model showcasing APPs ability to strategically deliver development outcomes for our clients.

  6. Posted: 16/02/2017

    APP, together with Arcadis, has been appointed as Independent Certifier for the third stage of NorthLink WA. The northern section of the project will involve design and construction from Ellenbrook to Muchea. This continues APP’s engagement as Independent Certifier for NorthLink WA southern and central sections. APP, with Arcadis was appointed as Independent Certifier for NorthLink WA southern section while APP was appointed with SMEC as Independent Certifier for NorthLink WA central section.

    NorthLink WA is a significant road initiative that has a value of approximately $1.12billion jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments, and is the largest project ever undertaken by Main Roads WA.

    NorthLink WA will link to Gateway WA and service regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth CBD and Perth Airport with the aim of providing state-of-the-art transport links that will significantly reduce congestion and travel times. Once all sections are completed, NorthLink WA will:

    • Provide a non-stop transport route between Morley and Muchea;
    • Increase road capacity to improve journey times and productivity;
    • Improve amenity in local communities by reducing congestion on local roads;
    • Save lives by eliminating four of the State’s top 15 most dangerous intersections; and
    • Improve amenity in the Swan Valley for residents and the 600,000 tourists who visit the area each year.

    The NorthLink WA northern section is targeted to commence in early April 2017.

  7. Posted: 16/02/2017

    We are pleased to announce that APP have been appointed as the project managers for a large mixed-use CBD project.

    The development is situated on the corner of Bathurst and Castlereagh Streets in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. The corner block is currently occupied by three separate buildings, a combination of older commercial buildings and a 5 storey heritage listed building known as Porter House.

    As the Project Manager, APP will oversee a range of elements including:

    • Demolition of the site’s existing structures;
    • Construction of a 36 storey mixed-use tower (hotel, residential, retail, and commercial) with a 9 storey podium;
    • Ground floor commercial, vehicle entrance, residential lobby, hotel lobby reception;
    • A boutique hotel from level 1 to level 9 (102 key hotel) including the use of Porter House as the hotel lobby and complementary functions.
    • Residential units from level 10 to 34;
    • A 3 storey cantilevered steel structure over the heritage Porter House at level 9
    • Four level basement car park with a further four (4) levels of mechanical stack parking below (61 cars); and
    • Retail (ANZ Bank) on the ground floor.

    APP’s project team includes Paul Chapple (Director in Charge), Paul Spinolo (Hotel Advisory) and Joyce Cheung (Design and Delivery Project Manager).

    This is an exciting opportunity for APP to add to our recent and current Sydney CBD projects which include Westpac in Barangaroo, 275 Kent Street, and Marsh Mercer in Barangaroo. 

    The mixed-use development is expected to be completed by 2020.

  8. Posted: 30/01/2017

    APP Corporation Pty Ltd (APP) is pleased to announce the continuing growth and diversity of our Queensland business with expansion into our new base in Toowoomba, providing a broad range of services to the area and the surrounding Surat Basin, Darling Downs and South West QLD regions.

    APP has been supporting clients in the Toowoomba and South West QLD regions for well over a decade with numerous projects and services provided to the region throughout this period. This new full time presence in Toowoomba now allows us to provide a greater level of service to our clients in these regions and will enable us to be proactive in delivery of our services and involvement in the local community.

    Some of the projects and services we are currently providing in the region include:

    • Development Advisory Services for Freight Terminals Pty Ltd on their $200M+ InterLinkSQ Industrial Park Development,
    • Project Management and Superintendency Services for QLD Health on their $10M Toowoomba Hospital Kitchen Redevelopment,
    • Advisory Services to TAFE South West on the review of their Transport and Logistics Training and Town Planning Services for numerous developments across the region.
    • Advisory Services to Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) in identifying opportunities for partnered investment into the region

    Gordon Grover, a Senior Project Manager for APP, has returned home to Toowoomba following a period in Armidale delivering the $60M Armidale Hospital Redevelopment.  Gordon is Toowoomba born and bred. He has welcomed the opportunity to relocate his young family back to his beginnings and is looking forward to the challenge of driving the APP business across this exciting region.

    Gordon’s experience in large scale and complex Education, Health, Industrial, Retail and Commercial Projects throughout his 10 year career in the industry has provided some significant benefits to our clients in the region.

    Blair Batts from Freight Terminals said; “Gordon’s knowledge and expertise in Industrial Projects and Developments and his understanding of the drivers behind such developments has delivered us with some significant benefits and opportunities”.

    For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Gordon Grover (Senior Project Manager) on 0407 620 112 or Nick Davy (QLD General Manager) on 0424 513 326.

  9. Posted: 20/01/2017

    Congratulations to Nicholas de Gorter, Daniel Jukic, Jennifer Young and Jessica Zhang from our Sydney office who have completed the 2016 APP Graduate Program.

    Since joining APP at the beginning of 2016, our graduates completed four rotations over a 10 month period to gain experience across a diverse range of projects and understand different areas of the business. 

    Now Assistant Project Managers, we asked each of the former graduates to reflect on their time during the program and what they gained from the experience. 

    Nicholas de Gorter

    Tell us a bit about yourself 

    Originally from Melbourne but grew up in Sydney, I studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Sydney University and graduated at the end of 2015.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I started at APP in January in 2016 as a Graduate Project Manager. Having now completed the Graduate Program, I am now an Assistant Project Manager.Up until the end of 2016, I continued to work on the Marina Project in Elizabeth Bay and a multi-storey car park in Parramatta. Now that we are in the new year I have started working with BU205 which does a lot of work with Health Infrastructure. I am currently working on projects in Tweed and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospitals. 

    Why did you choose APP’s graduate program?

    I was attracted to the culture at APP and saw it as a fantastic place to learn and develop myself as a professional. To this day, I still enjoy everything the company has to offer and see it as a fantastic place to work thanks to the people you get to work alongside.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    APP, through the Graduate Program have shown me the various aspects of Project Management, exposing me to Project Delivery, Urban Development, Independent Certification through our Infrastructure division and Commercial Property through APP’s subsidiary CI. As a result I have a more complete view of the industry as a whole, and have been able to own my work and strive to take on bigger challenges.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    The whole experience has been a highlight but I would say the occasions where the opportunity has been presented where I have had to take the reins of a project during the absence of a more senior project manager or some other circumstance. During these times you are really able to test yourself and I found it to be a very enjoyable experience.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s grad program?

    Just be yourself, the process is really enjoyable and it’s just our way of telling you about us and at the same time getting to know you. I highly recommend applying for the program if you are interested in Client Side Project Management.

    Daniel Jukic

    Tell us a bit about yourself

    I’m Sydney born and bred, having studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons 1) at UNSW. Prior to joining APP I worked part time for a developer for five years and as an Engineer for two years during my degree.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I joined APP in early January 2016 as a Graduate Project Manager. Since then I’ve been promoted to Assistant Project Manager, with responsibility managing my own projects.

    Why did you choose APP’s graduate program?

    I chose APP’s Graduate Program for the diversity of projects and experiences. I saw an opportunity to broaden my learning in a condensed time period while enabling me to define my career path.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    The contributing factor to my growth has been APP’s trust. I have been given many opportunities to challenge myself and take ownership of my work. My colleagues have provided me with guidance and autonomy and as such I’ve developed into a better Project Manager.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    Working on the Sydney Light Rail project has definitely been a highlight. Being exposed to a $2.1B project with such a high level of coordination, planning and detail has given me invaluable experience.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s grad program?

    If you want a diverse, interesting and well-rounded experience APP’s Graduate Program is an excellent opportunity. You will learn, develop skills and gain exposure to clients from the onset.

    Jennifer Young

    Tell us a bit about yourself

    I’m Australian-born-Korean who over the years, has split my time between Australia and New Zealand. Originally living in Sydney, my family relocated to Auckland for 11 years before moving back to Sydney then eventually back to Auckland where I finished my high school education. In 2010, I was accepted into the University of Sydney to study Civil Engineering, which meant moving back to Sydney. And this time, I made sure this was the very last move between the two countries.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I joined APP as a Graduate in the 2016 Graduate Program. Through this program, I was given the opportunity to work on many large-scale projects within Project Management, Urban Development, Infrastructure, and Property, all at varying stages of the project life cycle. Having spent a few months in each rotation, I was exposed to areas I would have never considered and at the same time, I was able to further explore my keen interests for Infrastructure. Now, I have moved onto becoming Assistant Project Engineer on the Canberra Light Rail Project.

    Why did you choose APP’s graduate program?

    A great company culture and strong support for staff well-being is what got my attention.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    Going through APP’s Graduate Program definitely helped me grow into becoming a confident Assistant Project Manager. Working on different projects and with different people has taught me to value teamwork, time management, and a healthy mentality. And thanks to the many networking events I was able to attend, I’ve learnt to step out of my comfort zone and make a presence for myself.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    The biggest highlights would be becoming co-Treasurer of the Chapter Council at The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW with Jessica Zhang and going on my first business trip to Canberra.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s grad program?

    My advice would be to Own It! Strive! Respect! Do What’s Right! These are the core values of APP that convey a professional and mature approach in everything you do.

    Jessica Zhang

    Tell us a bit about yourself 

    I was born overseas in China and I came to Australia with my family when I was 12. At year 8 I made up my mind that I wanted to be an engineer, but just didn’t know what kind of engineering I liked the most, I mean there’s so many! It wasn’t until 4 years later when I was visiting UNSW where I discovered Civil Engineering with Architecture was the degree for me.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I joined APP January 2016 as a Graduate Engineer and am now an Assistant Project Manager.

    Why did you choose APP’s graduate program?

    APP’s graduate programme is very unique in the current market. Most programmes last up to 2-3 years, but APP’s graduate program is roughly 1 year. This means not only do you get the chance to experience each business sector, but the graduates don’t have to wait years to settle into a team to work on their favourite project. I love to just dig into a project and grow with it, if you are like me, APP’s graduate program is perfect. And do I need to mention the diverse culture here at APP, they even accepted an rabbit obsessed individual like me.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    I had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects such as Sydney Light Rail, Moore College and  Barangaroo. It's not just about the projects though, APP provides a great platform for the graduates to learn from professionals already established in their field.  Here at APP, it’s not all just about work. My managers always encourages me to attend social events such as the Property Council Australia's Future Directions Cocktail party where I get to mingle with other professionals in the industry. Our amazing HR team also keeps us busy with training programs that are tailored to suit each individual’s growth.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    Every day is a highlight! Through APP I get to work with NAWIC (National Women in Construction). I am now co-treasurer for their NSW division.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s grad program?

    The graduate program is like a journey, enjoy every moment of it like I did. 

  10. Posted: 19/01/2017

    APP Corporation Pty Ltd (APP) is providing Development Advisory Services to Freight Terminals Pty Ltd (Freight Terminals) for their InterLinkSQ Development.

    InterLinkSQ is a $200M+ Industrial Park Development located within the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub just west of Toowoomba. The development is unique in that it has rail frontage to both the existing Western Rail Line and the preferred Inland Rail Alignment and will include a large Intermodal Terminal to take advantage of this. The development will also have a direct connection from the Warrego Highway to the new Second Range Crossing connecting it to the Port of Brisbane.

    APP has completed a number of Pre-Feasibility Models for InterLinkSQ for different types of facilities that could be located at the development including detailed transport modelling for such. These models were able to assist InterLinkSQ in understanding their position in the market against competitors around South East QLD, allowing them to tailor their offering and target buyers and types of organisations that could benefit from or are likely to be interested in locating themselves at the development.

    APP is now also working with InterLinkSQ on developing and implementing a targeted marketing strategy focusing on a number of organisations who have been identified as high priority, and a high likelihood to be interested in, and/or gain significant advantages by locating themselves at the development.

    Blair Batts, General Manager – Commercial & Development at InterLinkSQ said; “Gordon’s knowledge and expertise in Industrial Projects and Developments and his understanding of the drivers behind such developments has delivered us with some significant benefits and opportunities”.

    For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Gordon Grover on 0407 620 112.

    Freight Terminals Chairman John Dornbusch in Toowoomba with the Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull where he announced that his government would build the Inland Rail – a big win for InterLinkSQ and Toowoomba.

    Freight Terminals Chairman John Dornbusch in Toowoomba with the Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull where he announced that his government would build the Inland Rail – a big win for InterLinkSQ and Toowoomba.
  11. Posted: 18/01/2017

    APP is pleased to announce our appointment to two major Defence panels, PMCA (Project Management and Contract Administration) and IBC services (Initial Business Case).

    Commencing in January 2017, each panel engagement runs for a minimum five years and is for national services. APP joins up to 14 other organisations on each panel, all of whom were selected from a public tender that resulted in hundreds of organisations providing a response. The PMCA Panel will include tenders for Army, RAAF and Navy projects ranging in size from $20M to over $500M. As a panel member APP will be invited to tender for individual Defence projects and provide a range of services depending on the requirements for each project.

    Mark Coyte, APP’s Project Director who coordinated each Defence bid, is looking forward to working with Defence in his role as Panel Manager. “We’re ready to bring the best of our national capability to add value for Defence. We have a designated Defence lead in each office, supported by me and a National APP team. We're well positioned with the recent experiences of Carlo Bellinato, Ron Aquilina and the HMAS Albatross team, together with specialists such as Tony Mackay from Adelaide and Richard Tanzer. Richard was formerly Deputy Director General Capital Facilities and Infrastructure inside the client’s organisation.”

    As a national organisation, APP also met a key need for Defence. Mark Coyte says: “We’re large enough to service all projects nationally and also work on multiple projects concurrently, which is important for Defence”.

    IBC Panel function:

    • Deliver an Initial Business Case (IBC) that achieves first pass government approval
    • Engage with stakeholders and examine the risks and technical design considerations
    • Engage and coordinate subconsultants such as cost planning, architectural and services engineering
    • Develop schemes and a P50 cost plan for the options and prepare the IBC according to the Department of Finance conditions

    PMCA Panel function:

    • Acting as Defence's representative, manage and coordinate the project stakeholders, consultants and building contractors
    • Administer the various project contracts
    • Manage the program providing project leadership through the phases of procurement, feasibility, detailed business case, government approvals, design development, construction and handover. 
  12. Posted: 08/12/2016

    In early December we welcomed construction management students from the University of Newcastle to APP’s Newcastle office.

    The students visited APP and other organisations as part of an “Office Crawl” to gain exposure to the industry and explore different career paths available to them.

    Using our work on University of Newcastle’s NeW Space Campus as an example, we explained our role as Project Manager to the students and the different tasks an APP team performs on a project such as this.

    Jordan Elliott and Adam Schipp, both APM’s at APP with degrees in construction management

    Since joining APP’s Newcastle office in 2016 as an Assistant Project Manager, Jordan has worked primarily within the health and aged care sectors, where she values the opportunity to increase her skills in a complex live project environment. Jordan has a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from the University of Newcastle and a strong background in planning and scheduling within the industrial and manufacturing.

    Adam joined APP in 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager after completing a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. Adam has been involved in the project management of the new Newcastle Courthouse and the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space development, two of the city’s landmark projects.  Jordan and Adam spoke to the students about their responsibilities on particular projects to provide a deeper understanding of a career in project management.

    We’re pleased we were able to provide University of Newcastle students some insight into a career in the construction industry and an understanding of the broad services APP provides to the property and infrastructure industries.

  13. Posted: 01/12/2016

    As 2016 comes to a close, we'd like to take the time to reflect on how far some of our graduates have come since joining APP.

    We sat down with Esther Reis and Matthew Nola from our Victorian office to find out about their journey and experiences in the graduate program. 

    Esther Reis 

    Tell us about yourself – what are your qualifications and where did you study?

    I’m originally from Canberra but I moved to the big smoke to study a Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) (Honours) at RMIT.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I joined APP in November 2015 as a part of the graduate program, initially joining the events business unit as part of the corporate facilities team for the 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix. Since my time on the Grand Prix team, I have transitioned to client side project management within business unit 303. The Business Unit covers a wide service offerings with strengths in residential, commercial, educational and aged care. Having recently completed my time as a graduate, I am now working as an Assistant Project Manager on an exciting commercial project in Docklands. 

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    APP’s graduate program has exposed me to a variety of sectors including events, retail, commercial, education and residential. This range of exposure has helped me gain a broad range of knowledge and skills. The program has also helped me understand the importance of ‘soft skills’ in consultancy, such as relationship management and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders. I have been lucky enough to work closely with senior members of APP and other high profile external consulting firms, which has been integral to my professional development. 

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    The first project I worked on where I helped to successfully deliver the 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix was hugely rewarding for me. I felt a true sense of accomplishment and pride seeing such a large complex project come together. I love that I get the opportunity to be exposed to high profile, fast-paced projects and make a meaningful difference.  I also thoroughly enjoy the plethora of extra curriculum activities I get to be a part of, such as corporate sporting teams, company social events and external networking opportunities.  

    Matthew Nola

    Tell us a bit about yourself – what are your qualifications and where did you study?

    I studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Infrastructure management (Hons) at RMIT whilst working in the industry for my final two years.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    My role at APP is currently as a graduate, however, I’m operating as an Assistant Project Manager on all three of my current commissions.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    APP has helped my career immensely by providing a vast array of opportunities through roles on projects across the education, commercial and residential sectors. The autonomy to ‘own’ my role on each commission which APP has allowed me to have has further boosted my confidence and wealth of knowledge in an accelerated time frame. I consider this to be the best trait of working at APP.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    When referring back to a highlight of my time at APP, it is hard to look past my time on the 2016 Grand prix at the beginning of the year. This project was my first at APP and working alongside such a tight team of people with great camaraderie and to deliver a world class event, it definitely was a memorable milestone. The other notable achievement would be the delivery of the ‘Low Rise Refurbishment’ tranche of works at 360 Collins Street on behalf of the Dexus property group. This was the first project where I worked through the entire delivery phase and navigated through the handover process where I gained an enormous amount of knowledge. Personally, nothing provides a better understanding than attacking a project head on and making a few mistakes along the way, rather than conservatively tracking along. This is what the 360 Collins Street project has been able to provide for me.

  14. Posted: 29/11/2016

    Myer Sydney City transformed its entire top level into a magical retail experience and destination called “Wonderland by Myer”, which opened on Friday 4th November.

    Wonderland by Myer is an ‘out of this world’ experience where customers can immerse themselves in a theatrical world of toys, childrenswear, gifting, events, and food.

    Customers are welcomed to Wonderland via the interactive ‘Rocket Ship Lift’ which travels direct from Myer’s ground floor to level 6. The immersive experience can also be accessed by taking the escalator from floors below through a variety of illuminated feature cloud installations.

    The Melbourne APP team were appointed by Myer to provide project management services from planning through to the demolition, build and fit-out. Working closely with The Retail Group (TRG, Architectural Services) and IdeaWorks (Creative Design) in delivering the project, the conversion of the 4,500sqm floor was completed over a 6 week period.

    Explore Wonderland on the sixth floor at Myer Westfield Sydney and discover a unique shopping experience.

  15. Posted: 22/11/2016

    In November GPT’s transformation of Melbourne Central’s Lower Ground space won first place in the Retail category at the 2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) held in Sydney. Launched by inside Interior Design Review in 2003, the awards celebrate the best of Australian interior and product design, attracting hundreds of entries from designers all across Australia.

    The ‘Melbourne Central Lower Ground Refresh’ project is a memorable and playful space drawing on tropes of industrial abstraction. The refurbished space incorporates numbered and coloured ceiling portals, mirrors and video art, designed with the intention to create an extension of Melbourne’s laneway art and culture.

    The exhibition of interactive video art, known as Melbourne Art Loop, features more than 30 artists, appearing simultaneously on fifteen state-of-the-art LCD screens and five overhead projector portals.

    The project forms part of an overall revitalisation of the Melbourne Central Tower that aims to modernise the building with the latest technologies, improve the customer experience, and create a unique and lively space for visitors to shop, dine and explore. 

    The space won the IDEA Award for demonstrating a good understanding of all of the facets that contribute to creating a memorable shopping experience. Judge’s considerations included the brief, concept, product display, brand translation, experiential quality, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager in October 2015 to lead and deliver this refurbishment project and we are delighted with this outcome.

    The award winning project will be published online and profiled in a special IDEA 2016 edition of inside magazine.

  16. Posted: 22/11/2016

    We're delighted to announce the internal promotions of four of our Project Managers in our Perth team; Josh Grafton, Claire Lynch, Dan Herbert and Cuong Ly.

    These promotions are the result of the individuals demonstrating their ability to act in the capacity of their new roles for some time and recognition of their efforts. Not only are they doing a great job and providing quality service to our clients, they’re also contributing to our business either operationally, through business development or through our people and culture.

    Josh Grafton – Project Manager

    Josh joined APP as an Assistant Project Manager in 2014 to assist in the project management, design management and contract management of the ALDI Distribution Centre in Jandakot. Josh has further developed his skills overseeing a variety of projects and will continue to apply his industrial and commercial sector experience in his role as a Project Manager.

    Claire Lynch – Project Manager

    Since joining APP in 2014 as an Assistant Project Manager, Claire has been engaged in the master planning, design and construction of multiple commercial and retail projects. With a double degree in interior architecture and business management, her technical background enables her to add particular value during the master-planning and design stages of her projects with a pragmatic awareness of commercial constraints. She takes a personal approach to every project, building a rapport with stakeholders and taking the time to understand each person’s perspective, priorities and concerns.

    Dan Herbert – Senior Project Manager

    Dan joined APP as a Project Manager in 2014 and has more than 8 years’ experience across a broad range of industry sectors including commercial, aviation, healthcare and residential, working with clients such as KPMG, Investa Property Group and Perth Airport. His experience encompasses both the design and construction stages of projects and has proven particularly skilled in managing large-scale projects and complex construction contracts.

    Cuong Ly – Senior Project Manager

    Cuong joined APP as a Project Manager in 2015, where he began work on the delivery of critical projects for the Western Australia Projects Division. Cuong has previously practised as an architect and client side Project management for residential and retail developers.  He particularly enjoys adding design management and procurement value during the design phases, and thrives on the pace, challenge and intensity of construction and delivery.

    Please join us in congratulating Josh, Claire, Dan and Cuong on their promotions, we wish them every success in their new roles.

  17. Posted: 21/11/2016

    We are delighted to announce APP's success at The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) WA Awards for Excellence on Thursday 17 November, 2016.

    Congratulations to Jill Fraser from our WA office who was announced as the winner of the NAWIC (WA) Crystal Vision Award. The award recognises and celebrates an exceptional woman who has not only forged her own career, but has also encouraged the development of other women within the construction industry.

    With qualifications in civil engineering and construction management, Project Director Jill joined APP in 2010 with experience spanning the residential, industrial, commercial, aviation and infrastructure sectors.

    Jill is also a member of the Property Council of Australia’s Women and Diversity Committee where she is actively involved in championing networking, learning and mentoring opportunities and promoting the positive influences women have on the sector. In 2014, she won the WA Property Council’s Future Directions Award and was also selected as a mentee the following year.

    Jill won the Crystal Vision Award for her ongoing and significant commitment to advancing and furthering the interests of women in the construction industry and for her contribution to the industry as a whole.

    We’d also like to congratulate Michelle Wunderlich, Vanessa Growden and Claire Lynch from our WA office. Both Michelle and Vanessa were shortlisted for the NAWIC WA Outstanding Contribution to Construction Award, and Claire was nominated in the Young Achiever Award category.

    After spending more than six years on the extensive redesign of Sydney airport as a project leader in Architecture, Michelle joined APP in 2014 as a Project Manager with high expertise in the aviation field. Since joining APP she has continued building on her experience, participating in the Perth Terminal 1, Domestic Pier and International Departures Expansion Project and being selected into the airport’s internal project management team to continue on this large and complex project.

    Vanessa has been a Project Manager with APP since 2010, bringing with her eight years of technical design experience gained during her time practicing as an architect. Vanessa specialises in aviation, with her latest major projects including the new Terminal 1, Domestic Pier and International Departures Expansion Project, Terminal WA (T2) new build and Terminal 3 Perth Airport Redevelopment.

    Claire joined APP through our graduate program in 2014, on completion of a double degree in interior architecture and business management. In her role as Project Manager, Claire focuses on the commercial and retail sectors and her technical background enables her to add particular value during the master-planning and design stages of her projects.

    Well done Jill, Michelle, Vanessa and Claire!

  18. Posted: 21/11/2016

    We’re delighted to announce that Simone O’Connor has been promoted to Project Director.

    Simone has successfully project managed a diverse range of projects and clients including the Newcastle Airport, Diocese of Maitland Newcastle, UGL Rail Facilities, Anglican Care Residential Aged Care Facilities, HMRI Feasibility and Capacity Studies, Civil Remediation Projects and various Health Projects for Hunter New England Health. Simone recently completed Kilpatrick Court Residential Aged Care Facility for Anglican Care.

    Simone’s point of difference is the value she adds during the front-end planning and design phases of her projects, developing high-level strategy, identifying and managing core risks and setting up cost plans, key processes, programs and governance structures to ensure effective program management. During the construction and delivery phases she provides expert high-level supervision and client liaison. For this reason Simone is valued by her clients for her up-front, open communication style and ability to strategize on the run, make swift, effective decisions and find efficient solutions to complex problems.

    Simone is also valued within the Newcastle business community as a committee member of Women in Building & Associated Services (WIBAS). Simone’s promotion coincided with her leading a tour through the University of Newcastle’s New Space for WIBAS last week.

    We congratulate Simone on this well-deserved promotion. 

  19. Posted: 21/11/2016

    Congratulations to Laura Murray from our Melbourne office who was elected as President of the Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria Chapter).

    Laura was first elected to the committee in 2015 and has held the role of Women’s Planning Network (WPN) Convenor since 2013.  

    As a Senior Associate at APP, this is an outstanding achievement for Laura and clear recognition of her standing and reputation within Melbourne’s Planning Sector. The PIA provides an excellent platform to continue the growth of our Planning Services, which Laura has played an instrumental role in progressing that part of our business in recent months.

    Laura joined APP as a Senior Associate in 2015 and has more than 12 years’ experience in statutory and strategic planning for public and private clients in both Australia and the UK. Her expertise encompasses growth management frameworks, structure plans and policy review, in addition to large-scale, complex statutory projects across a wide range of sectors, including national retail and petroleum rollouts, fast food developments, high-density mixed-use, multi-unit residential, heritage, retirement living developments and waste recovery centres.

    In her role as President, Laura will be responsible for championing the PIA’s activities and will lead and support the development of high quality planning professionals throughout Victoria.  

    Congratulations to Laura on this significant achievement. 

  20. Posted: 17/11/2016

    APP recently hosted a group of Chinese Delegates from the Shandong Province to Brisbane looking to invest in projects, infrastructure and opportunities we have in Queensland and around the Country. The delegates were able to hear from a number of industry experts from APP, Brisbane Marketing and BlueMount Capital on the opportunities available to them.

    Paul Spinolo, APP National General Manager of Clients and Markets was positive about the growth in Queensland. “We are seeing a number of large scale projects ready to take off in Queensland and the local government is looking for investment from foreign entities. The opportunity lies in the relationships that can be built between the investors and government to see these projects come to fruition.”

    The inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane will have a huge impact on the movement of freight within Australia and hubs like Toowoomba will then become major centres for international freight forwarding stimulating foreign investment and growth in the region.

    The delegates represented a number of industries looking to invest in Australia including heavy industry, textiles, packaging, technology, materials and property investment. 

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