News - Central & Southern QLD

  1. Posted: 28/04/2016

    ALDI's 50,000m2 distribution centre at Brendale achieved a 4star Green Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Industrial V1 tool with a score of 50 points by the GBCA. This result was in excess of the 45 points required under the rating and is now one of only four Greenstar As-Built rated industrial facilities in Queensland.
    The design incorporated a number of sustainable initiatives which included rain water harvesting for landscape and toilet demand, centralised ammonia refrigeration plant for cold rooms minimising synthetic refrigerants, with plate heat exchange to condition offices, dimmable lighting systems for the main warehouse areas, natural ventilation to the warehouse, water efficient truck washing facilities, and the minimisation of PVC and volatile organic compounds in its construction.
    Energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions for the Brendale ALDI Distribution Centre are predicted to be more than 40% less than a standard practice industrial facility. Extensive native landscaping to the site has been designed to require 90% less potable mains water through a combination of smart plant selection and rainwater harvesting. The truck wash facility installed at the site uses 75% less potable mains water than other facilities on the market. The facility also includes extensive metering of both energy and water to allow ALDI to monitor and tune their building in operation. A dedicated energy management system operates alongside a building management system and electrical load monitoring system.

  2. Posted: 28/04/2016

    APP has been engaged to facilitate and deliver QIC’s $88 million retail development at Robina Town Centre that will add flagship retailers and a host of speciality stores, reinforcing the Centre’s reputation as the region’s most progressive and exciting urban shopping, leisure and entertainment destination.
    APP’s role included preliminary town planning advice and extensive negotiations with Council town planners and local political representatives to seek support for the expansion project, which will add approximately 5,700 square metres of gross lettable area, incorporating new flagship brands with large-scale, new-to-market concepts as well as approximately 45 speciality retailers.
    Our planning team secured development approval for QIC in record time from Gold Coast City Council. This unprecedented outcome was delivered through a combination of meticulous efficiency, a thorough understanding of all Council requirements, together with close collaboration and trusted relationships with the government authorities prior to and post lodgement of the development application.

  3. Posted: 21/03/2016

    The newest ibis Styles hotel was officially opened by Tourism Minister Kate Jones and founder of Action Hotels, Sheikh Mubarak A. M. Al-Sabah at 40 Elizabeth St, Brisbane.

    APP was appointed in 2014 as Project Manager and Superintendent for the new development, initially leading the design process from Melbourne to meet key client and design team requirements and managed the delivery locally from Brisbane.

    Designed by renowned architect Fender Katsalidis Architects, the new hotel will be a prominent tower in the Brisbane CBD skyline. It is the first new high-rise hotel to be built in Brisbane in a decade and will have 368-rooms over 26 floors.

    The ibis Styles hotel in Brisbane will be the brand’s flagship property in Australia and arguably sets a new benchmark for premium economy hotels in Australia.

  4. Posted: 25/02/2016

    A new fit-out for ACU’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) was delivered in time for the New Year. Since achieving Practical Completion in December, the new facilities have already enabled the LSIA to take on 6 new staff.

    Our Project Managers were responsible for ensuring the facility was streamlined for researchers to access government departments in Brisbane, and to host functions and networking opportunities with the various stakeholders. The APP team worked hard to deliver the new facility by the new year and have received complimentary feedback from ACU’s Chris Gill on the outcome.

    The new facilities provide staff with open-plan offices, a flexible tutorial space, team working environments together with the audio-visual and IT infrastructure to enable international and national video conferencing. A welcome improvement to working out of a demountable at the Banyo Campus.

    The Australian Catholic University’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia is making a difference to children’s lives and now they have the facility to make that mission much easier. LSIA’s researchers collaborate with government and industry partners, focusing on the systems that support children’s learning and to address the barriers that some children face, whether that be due to disabilities or family circumstances. LSIA’s high quality research creates greater knowledge and understanding to influence practice, policy and further research.

  5. Posted: 05/11/2015

    Brisbane Airport has experienced dynamic growth in aircraft and passenger movements over the past decade. With increases in this vital sector's forecast, there is a need for additional facilities to cater for the increased demand. The provision of additional infrastructure and the expansion of the terminal is expected to cater for passenger and airline movements through to 2018 and beyond. The pressure on existing Fire Services Systems increases annually. The proposed expansion of the Domestic Terminal Building to meet future domestic passenger demands requires an upgrade of installed fire safety systems. APP has provided a Senior Project Manager to BAC as part of the team managing this upgrade, which includes:

    • Replacement of dry fire system, including Fire Indicator Panels, smoke detection, Early Warning Intercom System and Public Announcement;
    • Investigation into the timing of replacement of sprinkler pipework that is approaching the end of its useful life; and
    • Investigation into the timing of replacement of ceiling and lighting.

    The construction project is to be delivered by a Managing Contractor under a 2-stage Design & Construct Contract, with target completion late 2017.

  6. Posted: 05/11/2015

    APP is pleased to announce the new ALDI Distribution Centre at Brendale achieved Practical Completion this month, on time and under budget.

    We were engaged to provide Project Management and Superintendent services to ALDI for the 50,000m2 facility. Comprised of ambient and refrigerated areas and associated offices, the facility was delivered as a design and construction contract by Cockram Construction. 

    Initially beginning in 2008 with the land acquisition as led and advised by APP, the project recommenced in 2013 to re-design and reduce costs according to industry standard practice.

    This distribution centre is capable of supporting up to 100 stores in Brisbane and areas to the north, and will deliver to both existing and new stores.  During construction the facility achieved a 4 Star Green Star Design rating under the Industrial Design V1 rating, with a 4 Star As-built rating application also underway.  

  7. Posted: 31/08/2015

    Stage 2B of the Pacific Fair shopping centre, a $670M redevelopment on the Gold Coast, opened on schedule last week to a crowd of eager shoppers.

    This stage included a new Woolworths, Big W, Fresh Food Market and more than 40 new lifestyle and fashion stores, plus over 1,500 new car spaces.

    One of the largest and most complex retail projects in the country, APP has been engaged as Superintendent and Owners Representative.

    Stage 1 opened on schedule last year with Target, JB HiFi, Dick Smith and specialty stores. Stage 3, the largest and final stage, has been running in parallel with Stage 2 and is scheduled to open in 2016. 

  8. Posted: 14/07/2015

    BNE Property, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s property arm, is seeking expressions of interest for development groups to partner with them in the development of an all-encompassing automotive precinct.

    The precinct proposes to include dealerships, servicing, experience centres, exhibition and conference facilities, offices, hotels, event areas and associated retail, all around a specially designed test track.

    APP has been working with BNE Property since mid-2014 to evaluate the initial concept design for the development, including consideration of several delivery strategies and staging options to achieve economical delivery of the required earthworks, roadworks and infrastructure.

    The “Automall” precinct will be an Australian first, providing an opportunity for potential purchasers to drive a car from the showroom to the test track. The purpose-built test track has been designed by Mark Skaife, five-time champion of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, for drivers of any level, to fully experience their new car in a controlled environment.

    Located near Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal, adjacent to Moreton Drive and Airport Drive, the site has unparalleled exposure and accessibility, and will be a landmark development for both the Airport and Brisbane.

  9. Posted: 14/07/2015

    We are delighted by the ongoing growth and diversity of our town planning service in Queensland with recent successful development approvals gained for clients across the development sector. One of our recent highlights includes ‘Botanique’, a master planned development involving a 230-small lot subdivision.

    The proposed development offers uniquely designed freehold homes integrated within the natural surroundings. As lead town planning consultants, APP was responsible for the management and delivery of the Development Application to Council and facilitating the approval process for the client from inception to final approval stage.

    Building on our strong town planning experience, our team has been busy managing numerous development applications for clients for a variety of projects from the Gold Coast to Cairns including multi-unit developments, showroom complexes, extensions to regional shopping centres and a private hospital development, just to name a few. 

  10. Posted: 07/05/2015

    APP is building on previous projects in Victoria and NSW for the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to manage a fitout for the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) to create new office accommodation and flexible space within the Brisbane CBD. 

    LSIA is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on knowledge generation and bringing fields of research together in new ways to find solutions that make a difference in children’s lives and those of their families.

    The project will refurbish 950sqm of existing office space to deliver: 

    • A mixture of individual and open-plan offices to accommodate 60 staff;
    • Reception / waiting area;
    • Flexible meeting spaces to suit variable occupancy levels;
    • Task based working environments;
    • Flexible tutorial space;
    • Amenities and kitchenette facilities;
    • Breakout space(s);
    • Team working environment(s); and
    • AV and IT infrastructure to enable international and national video conferencing.

    The project is due to commence in mid-May with expected completion in November 2015.

  11. Posted: 04/03/2015

    We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Pourmoradian as a Senior Associate Planner. Having joined the Brisbane team in January, Sam is a qualified Town Planner with over 14 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.

    Offering town planning services to selected clients, Sam is responsible for managing the planning division in QLD. Getting straight to business, he’s hard at work on a recently awarded major project on the Gold Coast.

    APP was engaged to manage and deliver the town planning application for our client’s newest and largest Master Planning project in Robina valued at $53M. It’s a complex project involving a combined development application for Operational Civil Works, Final Development Approval and small lot subdivision for 230 freehold allotments and public parklands. The project will be developed over a notional 4 stage construction program.

    Our role included preliminary design and planning input, extensive negotiations with government authorities and political representatives, submission of the Town Planning report and leading the planning phase of the project in support of the development assessment coordination process.

    We’re excited to be involved in such a landmark development proposal for Robina, building on Sam’s recent success in the delivery of planning projects on the Gold Coast and we’re looking forward to this new chapter in APP’s Urban Development business, introducing an integral service of Town Planning for selected clients in Queensland.

  12. Posted: 04/03/2015

    Community housing organisations provide housing for thousands of vulnerable people across Queensland, and are destined to become dominant suppliers of affordable and social housing over the next decade.

    Collectively known as Community Housing Providers (CHPs), ‘CHPs for QLD’ was formed at the end of 2014 to give a voice to Queensland’s CHPs, help them connect with each other, present their views to Governments, and boost the supply of high quality affordable housing for all Queenslanders.

    The CHPs for QLD Board represents some of the principal CHPs in the State: the Brisbane Housing Company, Anglicare Central QLD, Bric Housing, Churches of Christ Care Housing, Coast2Bay Housing Group, Horizon Housing and St Vincent de Paul.

    As part of APP’s commitment to supporting community development in Queensland, Mark Doonar, Project Director, ran the Board’s first Strategic Planning Workshop. The workshop refined the 2015 priorities and highlighted important initiatives for the Board. These included refining the Board’s vision and values, how best to resource the fledgling organisation, how it should engage with Governments, and the services the organisation will offer to its members.

    These strategies will enable CHPs for QLD to maintain its independence, reduce its reliance on Government, strengthen its leadership in the community, and deliver meaningful benefits to its significant not-for-profit members.

    For more information on CHPs for QLD, go to

  13. Posted: 01/12/2014

    A much-needed new health facility for the Fraser Coast is up and running.  The St Stephen’s Hospital Hervey Bay is part of UnitingCare Health (UCH), a not-for-profit private healthcare provider as part of UnitingCare Queensland, the health and community services organisation for the Uniting Church in Queensland. UCH is the only not-for-profit provider of private hospital services on the Fraser Coast.

    APP is UnitingCare Health’s Project Manager and Construction Superintendent for the facility, which is the first fully-integrated digital hospital to be opened in regional Australia.  The hospital comprises 96 inpatient beds and five operating theatres, with plans to eventually expand to 180 beds.  Through its Health and Hospitals Fund, the Federal Government has contributed $47M towards the $96M cost.

    UnitingCare Health partnered with Cerner Corporation Pty Limited to deliver the electronic medical record and medical device integration that makes St Stephen’s Hospital Hervey Bay unique in regional healthcare. 

    Digital Services within the hospital allow all medical records, X-ray and pathology results to be accessible by doctors and nurses anywhere in the hospital whether at the bedside, or remotely on tablets, mobile phones, laptops or mobile computers on wheels, as well as at nurses' stations.

    These advanced wireless technologies are expected to generate efficiencies, improve safety and clinical outcomes, and create higher levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.

  14. Posted: 01/12/2014

    TNT Express has appointed APP to manage their new Regional Headquarters and Distribution Hub at the Redbank River Park Industrial Estate, near Ipswich. One of the key features of the hub will be the state-of-the-art parcel sorting technology, which will increase the operational efficiency of TNT’s current Salisbury facility by 500% (from 3,000 parcels per hour to 15,000), and meet the increasing needs of its south-east Queensland customer base. 

    Our role is to provide project management services for TNT, in coordination with the developer Goodman and the appointed contractor Qanstruct.  Construction of the new facility commenced in September and is due to be completed in August 2015.

    This is an exciting win for APP, further cementing our track record in the industrial and logistics space in QLD.

  15. Posted: 01/12/2014

    Innovation can take many forms on projects and in central Queensland, APP has been helping a world specialist in mining and minerals processing to save costs on a Coal Seam Gas (CSG) project.

    Since 2012 APP has been providing project management services for Weir Minerals Multiflo (WMM), to support their role in delivering pontoon pump stations for a CSG LNG project between Dalby and Chinchilla.  By way of explanation, the production of CSG releases another valuable resource – water. During the underground extraction process a mixture of water and gas is brought to the surface and then separated.  The water is produced in large volumes and needs to be stored and treated on site for desalination, before being transported through pipelines to a series of regional storage ponds.  Once treated, the water can be made available for irrigation use on agricultural land.

    WMM’s first three pontoon pump station projects  involved design and construction work that was outside of WMM’s usual business and they appointed APP to provide the project  management expertise needed to deliver the projects  The projects were delivered under tight time frames and were subject to a high level of project documentation, similar to those  imposed on the much larger complex projects. 

    The pontoons, pumps and associated pipework were manufactured by WMM at various factories across Australia.  One challenge associated with these projects was to develop appropriate construction techniques to allow the pontoons, pumps and pipework to be transported, craned into place and assembled over the already-established ponds that were full of water.  

    The success of the first three projects led to WMM’s subsequent engagement to provide a further 11 temporary pontoon pump stations. These have subsequently been identified  for permanent retention, with upgrades to allow for a life expectancy of 10+ years.  WMM have called on APP to provide on-site project management to meet the tight cost and delivery program for this Retain and Upgrade project.   

    At the outset of this project, APP’s on-site Project Manager recognised that substantial cost savings could be made by procuring a mobile workshop and site office/amenities, which eliminated the need for facilities at each of the 11 sites as it can be towed from site to site rather than transporting site sheds, containers and associated cranes to each site.

  16. Posted: 22/07/2014

    Queensland’s first light rail project the $1.2bn Gold Coast Rapid Transit reached a major milestone in construction when CERT-TRAM (a Joint Venture between APP and Hyder) as Independent Verifier and lndependent Certifier signed certificates to allow the light rail to open to the public.

    The official opening took place on 20 July and attracted a considerable audience with approximately 80,000 people taking the opportunity to ride on the new trams.

    The 13.6km light rail line links the newly constructed Gold Coast University Hospital in Southport to Pacific Fair in Broadbeach via Surfers Paradise, with 16 stations providing access along the route. As well as providing a vital transport link it is anticipated to regenerate a number of urban areas along the route.

    The opening of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit marks the latest completion of a major infrastructure project for APP in performing the Independent Verifier and Independent Certifier roles. Other major recent projects include the Fiona Stanley Hospital in WA, the Brisbane Airport Link, Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacificy Highway Upgrade, and the North West Rail Link in NSW.

  17. Posted: 10/07/2014

    Our team in Brisbane kicked of NAIDOC Week celebrations earlier this week with a Deadly Trivia Lunch hosted by Transfield Services.

    Clay Kudla, an Assistant Project Manager in our Brisbane office (you can read more of Clay’s story with APP here) organised our APPers to attend the lunch and shared with us a little of his cultural heritage, a proud descendent of the Djugun (Jukun) Yawuru people from the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

    It was an informal lunch, intended to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As proud Australians and in the spirit of celebrating the history, culture and achievements of all of our employees, attendees were requested to bring a dish that means something to their cultural heritage in recognition of our vast and varied cultural backgrounds.

    Our team came away with a stunning podium finish of third place, by all accounts, a vast improvement on previous years. 

  18. Posted: 09/07/2014

    APP is sponsoring a breakfast hosted by the Brisbane Development Association (BDA) on 17 July 2014 to provide an update on the Queens Wharf Integrated Resort in Brisbane.

    The Queens Wharf Integrated Resort project will be one of the largest development projects in recent times for Brisbane. It is intended to be vastly different from the stand-alone casinos, slated to include facilities such as 6-star hotels, retail, restaurant and entertainment zones, convention facilities, and dynamic public open spaces.

    Stuart Pickering, Deputy Director-General, Major Projects, Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning will be providing a detailed update on the status of the project, the nature of the short-listed bidders and how the Government will facilitate an interactive tender process with the shortlisted consortia. This promises to be a valuable insight into the planning and developmental stages of such a significant project.

    We’ve held a long-standing relationship with the BDA for a number of years. APP is a Patron member, Mark Doonar is a former Honorary President and current Executive Director, and Lachlan Grover is an active participant in the BDA’s Young Patrons Program.

    For more information on the breakfast please visit

  19. Posted: 01/10/2013

    After more than 2.5 years in the planning, the last weekend of September ‘13 saw the relocation of 219 patients including seven intensive care patients from the existing Gold Coast Hospital to the new Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH).

    As Operational Commissioning Program Manager, APP planned and managed what was the largest and most complex off-site hospital relocation in Australia. This rapid relocation of both staff and patients enabled Gold Coast Health to have a swift change over from the old to new facility and provide certainty to the public as to the location and continuity of health services on the Gold Coast.

    20 Ambulances plus 10 mini-buses and cars were used to transport patients of varying acuity, the 6km between facilities in a very planned and logistically precise sequence.  In parallel, over 120 truck movements were undertaken over the weekend to ensure clinical equipment and other ‘goods’ were delivered just-in-time for use at the new GCUH.

    The move was considered a resounding success by all with both staff and patients now settling into the state of the art facility.

  20. Posted: 23/07/2013

    APP has been awarded the Project Management and Principal Consultant role on the Redcliffe Hospital Paediatric Outpatient project. APP will provide project management, contract superintendence, design and quantity surveying services. This a new delivery model for Queensland Health and APP is one of the first organisations to deliver a project under this method.  The appointment consolidates our ongoing relationship with Queensland Health over several years, on major projects including Robina Hospital, Cairns Hospital redevelopment, and the Gold Coast Hospital.