News - SA / NT

  1. Posted: 17/03/2017

    APP is proud to announce the appointment of five staff members from our South Australian branch who have been elected as 2017 Property Council of Australia Committee Members. 

    SA Regional General Manager, Paul Kirkwood has been appointed to the Industrial Committee for a second term, which focuses on issues relevant to unlocking sustainable growth in employment lands in SA. This includes planning policy, sustainability initiatives and infrastructure delivery frameworks.

    Craig Sammons (Project Manager) has joined the Building & Facilities Committee, where his role is to provide input and assist with advocacy on issues affecting the construction industry specifically relating to development and building rules and regulations.

    Jason Wong (Senior Project Manager) has concluded his role on the Future Directions Committee, and has recently been appointed to the newly formed Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee whose focus is on creating further awareness of D&I within the property industry, and identifying ways in which inclusiveness can be incorporated within the wider Property Industry and increasing the diversity of representation within it. Jason's position on this committee is indicative of APP's ongoing committment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

    Continuing APP's representation on the Future Directions Committee for 2017 is Lilian Hyland (Project Manager), who was appointed to the committee at the end of 2016. Speaking about her successful nomination, Lilian says “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be involved with establishing industry events and contributing to creating a platform for others in the industry to help develop their networks.”

    Sarah Mullins (Manager, Projects) has also been re-elected as a Division Councillor for a second term, where she will continue to represent the collective interests of SA members and the industry. 

    Congratulations to each of these individuals on their new appointments. 

    Photo: Jason Wong and Craig Sammons. 

  2. 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.

  3. Posted: 17/11/2016

    The Northern Territory Government has appointed APP Corporation to provide their Project Management Office (PMO) for the Operational Commissioning of the new Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH).  This is an exciting opportunity for APP to further develop our knowledge and add to our experience of commissioning major health projects.

    The Palmerston Regional Hospital is currently being constructed by Lendlease in partnership with Northern Territory Government. The hospital is a jointly funded project between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory Government and will provide hospital-based services to the Palmerston and Greater Darwin Regions. The new hospital will also support the Royal Darwin Hospital through the provision of emergency, elective surgery, low acuity inpatient, low risk maternity and specialist outpatient services.

    As the PMO, APP will provide project support and oversight on the delivery of seven major work streams. This includes the hospital operations (clinical, non-clinical and facility wide), information communication technology, the workforce, communication and community engagement, corporate, infrastructure and the activation of the hospital.  APP has had extensive experience in operational commissioning of hospitals throughout Australia, including the Gold Coast University Hospital, Hervey Bay Digital Hospital for Uniting Care and Royal Adelaide.

    APP’s General Manager in Queensland, Nick Davy, says  “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project and the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Territory by drawing upon our experience in hospital operational commissioning.  We have assembled a strong team that is committed to delivering a seamless transition from construction completion through to operational readiness of the new hospital”.

  4. Posted: 14/07/2016

    APP’s Sarah Mullins, Manager of Projects SA, has been selected by the Property Council’s Future Directions Committee to be a mentor in their 2016 Future Leaders’ Mentoring Program.

    The objective of the 12-week program is to create opportunities for the mentee to gain knowledge, expand their networking skills and learn from the experiences of professionals in the property industries.

    SA Executive Director of the Property Council, Daniel Gannon said “the national initiative is focused on assisting participants in growing their industry networks and Sarah is an inspiring and influential role model for the property sector – any advice she can share or doors she can open, will be of great benefit to many professionals in this industry.”

    Sarah is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of the property industry, her networks and opportunities with her mentee Kelly Kiernan from Proactive Property.

  5. Posted: 23/03/2016

    The Colonnades Shopping Centre Fresh Food Market development achieved Practical Completion as expected earlier this month.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager, Superintendent and Tenancy Coordinator with onsite works commencing in June 2015.

    Including an extension to the existing Woolworths, a new ALDI store, 16 additional speciality tenancies and an open, external public plaza space containing interactive play elements, the project has delivered on time, and to the client brief.

    The result is an exciting new open market-style precinct, with finishes and a material palate comprised of timber, exposed brick, steelwork, glazing and tiling that reflects a natural stone finish.

    In addition, the tenancy fitouts are unique to the precinct. There is a market-style aesthetic within their tenancy designs, contributing another layer of detail through their material selections and design integration within the overall development and to the overall theatrical ambience of the space.

    Substantial road works were also required for the project including the construction of new intersections connecting the centre to the existing local and new internal road network, associated car parking, new landscaping features and external entrance statements.

    The project team comprising Sarah Mullins, Jason Wong and Leah Bagnell-Clegg have thoroughly enjoyed delivering this project and are looking forward to seeing the local community enjoy the new Colonnades Shopping Centre.

  6. Posted: 03/12/2015

    APP Project Director Vivien Dossmann spoke at last night’s AIPM End of Year Networking event in Adelaide on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project (new RAH).

    In what is SA’s biggest landmark building, the new RAH project spans further than the visible structure. The new hospital will integrate digital technology, modern models of care, and designs aimed at creating a healing environment.

    Vivien’s presentation provided an overview of the main aspects of preparation and execution for the move into the new RAH, focusing on what it takes to transition staff, systems and operations from an existing working environment to a brand new one.

    It was a great opportunity for the project management professionals to hear some of the behind-the-scenes details on what is altogether, a complex and fascinating project. 

  7. Posted: 03/12/2015

    ALDI has achieved one of the critical milestones in their expansion into South Australia, with the opening of the new South Australian Head Office and Distribution Centre in Regency Park. This 33,000sqm warehouse will support the first store openings in February 2016 and will ultimately service around 50 stores across the state.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager in 2013 to deliver this facility and our role has covered the entire development process from site finding and acquisition to managing the entire construction and operational fit-out.

    We are proud to have helped ALDI achieve this milestone; our team were successful in handing over a fully operational facility on time, and within budget, whilst maintaining ALDI’s incredibly high-quality standards. 

    This significant achievement is a testament to our team in Adelaide, who have worked tirelessly doing what they do best.


  8. Posted: 22/10/2015

    We’re delighted to announce that Sarah Mullins has been promoted to Manager Projects – South Australia.

    Sarah joined our business just over 12 months ago as Project Director / Business Unit Leader, charged with helping us identify and win work in the Adelaide market and to assist in recruiting new team members to the APP family.  

    She now oversees a team of 12 Project Managers and has successfully assisted in growing APPs market presence and reputation within the tightly held Adelaide market.

    Sarah is obviously a highly valued member of the team and we’d like to publicly congratulate her on her well-deserved promotion.

  9. Posted: 22/10/2015

    The APP team in South Australia continues to grow from strength-to-strength welcoming two new members – Tony Mackay as Project Director, and Lilian Hyland as Project Manager.

    Tony comes from a Defence Force background, gaining significant experience in logistics, safety and program management. He has held several senior management positions with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, initially as the Director of the Agency’s PMO and later as the Director of Governance and Innovation. Relocating to Adelaide from Melbourne earlier this year, Tony’s remarkable skillset is already a wonderful asset to the team.

    Lilian has also relocated from Melbourne earlier this year, bringing a Masters in Construction Management off the back of a Bachelor of Environments. Prior to her move to Adelaide she was involved in a number of projects including data centres, childcare centres, commercial and fit-out works from feasibility and procurement through to delivery and is certainly building on this experience at APP.

    It’s both a sign of the market in South Australia and the remarkable team APP has both locally and nationally that we’re continuing to grow across the board, and we’re pleased to welcome Tony and Lilian into the fold.

  10. Posted: 11/08/2015

    APP have recently completed, ahead of programme, the full repair and renovation of a 21,000m² fully operational industrial warehouse building, for Stockland at their Port Adelaide Distribution Centre in SA.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager for the works that required intensive collaboration between the Contractor and occupiers to allow the repairs to be completed with minimal disruption to the tenants business. The building remained fully operational throughout the works.

    The warehouse facility was in a degraded condition from prolonged exposure to stored fertiliser products. The high levels of corrosion required complete replacement of roof and wall cladding, shot-blasting and repainting of the structure and extensive repairs to floors, dado walls and services.

    The repairs were successfully planned and construction works sequenced to allow the tenant to maintain their operational activities, at all times, through a staged decanting of their operations and provision of temporary works and protection.

  11. Posted: 02/06/2015

    Sarah Mullins of our Adelaide office recently attended the turning of the sod ceremony for Federations Centres Colonnades Shopping Centre expansion in an exciting milestone for the development. APP are the project managers, responsible for the delivery and tenancy coordination.

    One of the highlights of the revitalised Colonnades, will be the new family friendly alfresco dining areas which will celebrate fresh produce from the region and beyond and be a new place to meet and eat for the growing local community. Research estimates the Noarlunga region is one of the State’s fastest expanding areas with the population expected to grow by more than 25 per cent, to reach close to 210,000 residents by 2034.

    On completion the Centre will be home to eight major retailers, 190 specialty stores and 11 mini major retailers and offer an additional 550 car parks.   Anticipated to open in 2016, the centre will remain fully open for business while the redevelopment works are carried out.  

  12. Posted: 02/06/2015

    We’re delighted to welcome two new faces to our growing South Australian team based in Adelaide – Vivien Dossmann, Project Director and Daniel Govier, Senior Project Manager.

    Vivien has a range of experience in the complete project management cycle from planning, implementation, commissioning, transition and post-occupancy evaluation specialising in the health sector. Having worked with stakeholders in both public and private enterprise, Vivien is a project management professional. She understands what drives organisations and has experience in setting up effective processes for strategic development within a business and working closely with medical research and the health sector. 

    Daniel’s 17 years in the property and construction industry has shown him to be an integral member of project development teams from acquisition and feasibility right through to defects resolution. He has lead the development of cost efficient design solutions during both planning and delivery phases, and managed multi-disciplinary consultant teams to successfully deliver projects. 

    Vivien and Daniel bring valuable experience with them that both compliments and builds on our existing capabilities and we’re excited to have them on board.

  13. Posted: 07/04/2015

    Construction of ALDI’s new South Australian Distribution Centre is now well underway. 

    Since construction work began in late 2014, considerable work has been done to prepare the 8ha site, in Regency Park, before the first steel could be erected in March 2015.  The construction phase is expected to take place over the next 8 months.

     "With the building’s steel work now taking shape, ALDI’s presence in South Australia is fast becoming a reality,” said Viktor Jakupec, ALDI Managing Director – South Australia.  "This new Distribution Centre will act as the hub of ALDI’s South Australian region and will have the ability to service up to 50 stores.”

    Working closely with the local construction company BADGE, APP is project managing the entire construction and fit out process and are tasked with handing over a fully operational facility to ALDI in time to support the first of the new ALDI stores opening in early 2016. 

  14. Posted: 24/03/2015

    A number of APP’s staff have been appointed to the PCA South Australian division committees for the coming year.

    Sarah Mullins has been elected to the Property Council SA Division Council. Her role as part of the governing council of 19 members will be to spearhead opportunities within the property industry in South Australia. She’s particularly passionate about raising the profile of women in the construction and property industries and believes the Division Council role to be a stepping stone in affecting this change. She’s also been appointed to the Retail Growth Committee, a forum for discussing advocacy, policy, professional development and practice issues for the retail shopping centre industry.

    In addition to Sarah’s appointment, Paul Kirkwood has been appointed to the PCA’s Industrial Development Committee which aims to create a focus and industry voice for PCA members involved in the industrial sector.

    Julia Gentile, recently appointed to the NAWIC committee, has also been appointed to the Future Directions Committee which provides a forum for young property professionals to learn, network and socialise to encourage greater involvement in industry activities.

    APP is pleased to be able to make this significant contribution to the industry in South Australia and builds on our strong relationship with the PCA as one of the principle sponsors for 2015.

  15. Posted: 12/02/2015

    In line to be one of Australia’s most technologically advanced hospitals, the $1.85B new Royal Adelaide Hospital (new RAH) is currently under construction on 10 hectares of Adelaide’s CBD.

    This is a significant project for SA Health and the Government of South Australia which will see the new hospital providing 700 single inpatient bedrooms, employing approximately 6000 staff, and retaining some of the most advanced medical equipment in the world.

    APP’s role involves the management of the medical equipment procurement by SA Health. We’ve been seconded to support the tracking and progress reporting of procurement managers, as some 10,000 items are sourced via approximately 70 packages and includes items as diverse as a hyperbaric chamber to mobility aids.

    We are assisting in the development of procurement specific bespoke management, communication and reporting tools, critical on a project of this scale and complexity. This role also sees us supporting and contributing to the development and advancement of cross-workstream procedures.

    It’s exciting to be involved in such a landmark project for South Australia’s health infrastructure, building on our recent success in the delivery of Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth and the Gold Coast University hospital.  We’re looking forward to seeing the boost it provides in health services for the local community and the development of what will become a world class health precinct along Adelaide’s North Terrace.

  16. Posted: 04/02/2015

    Julia Gentile of our Adelaide office has been appointed to The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) SA committee.

    NAWIC SA’s aim is to increase the profile of women, inspire diversity, and support women in their chosen construction-related careers wherever possible. Julia’s role on the committee will be in coordinating events throughout the year with the hope of some fun networking opportunities to arise from the interesting events that NAWIC hold.

    With a number of education, mentoring and other experiences planned for the year, we’re excited to see what initiatives come out of these committees and we offer our congratulations to Julia on her appointment.

    NAWIC is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in 1995 to provide an extensive range of activities to assist and promote women in the construction industry.

  17. Posted: 17/11/2014

    APP has been appointed as Contract Manager across large parts of the South Australian rail network, building on our previous rail experience with the Seaford Rail Extension, Ambleside Upgrade and Port Adelaide Viaduct projects.

    Working with Transfield Services, APP are responsible for the budget control, contract reporting, capital projects, WHS compliance and management of 35 field staff across a rail network predominantly used for intrastate haulage of bulk commodities including grain, steel, gypsum and minerals. Also involved in the contract are short-haulage shunting and terminal operations.

    The work covers networks in both the Adelaide region and the Eyre Peninsula as far away as Ceduna including some of the most remote areas of South Australia.

    In addition to planned maintenance activities, APP are also managing emergency response repair and reworking teams across the network.

  18. Posted: 17/11/2014

    We’re delighted to welcome two new faces to our growing South Australian team based in Adelaide – Sarah Mullins, Project Director and Jason Wong, Senior Project Manager.

    Sarah’s vast experience in the retail and commercial sectors includes the successful delivery of numerous development and fitout projects including Adelaide’s Myer Centre, Burnside Village and Kilburn’s Churchill Centre expansions. She’s a specialist in stakeholder management and is passionate about building cohesive, collaborative project teams to deliver projects.

    Jason, with ten years industry experience began as an architect and has moved into project management roles, most recently he successfully delivered numerous main works and early work packages for Adelaide Airport Limited with responsibilities across these projects involving superintendence, design management, value management, tender and construction administration.  The design skills developed during his time as an architectural consultant, combined with a sound knowledge and understanding of construction, provides a pragmatic approach to identifying solutions to issues as they arise, with a particular emphasis always placed upon achieving results through a collaborative and cooperative team approach.

    Both Sarah and Jason are a welcome addition to our strong team in South Australia and we’re looking forward to seeing this arm of APP go from strength to strength

  19. Posted: 29/09/2014

    APP in South Australia welcomes Sarah Mullins in the role of Project Director.  Sarah brings with her over 15 years Project Management experience, having been responsible for the successful delivery of numerous retail development and fit-out projects including Adelaide's Myer Centre, the expansion of Burnside Village and Kilburn's Churchill Centre.  She also has extensive experience on commercial fit-outs and projects in New South Wales and more recently in South Australia.  Sarah is a specialist in stakeholder management and is passionate about building cohesive, collaborative project teams to deliver projects.

  20. Posted: 18/09/2014

    Federation Centres Colonnades Shopping Centre located in Noarlunga South Australia comprises over 200 speciality stores along with 5 major retailers. In fulfilling the requirements of a potential 6th major retailer, Federation Centres have embarked upon a project to expand and modify part of the centre. The project sees an amalgamation of 4 tenancies along with additions to the existing building to provide approximately 2,000m² of lettable space to Harris Scarfe.

    APP has been engaged as Project Manager to provide complete project management services, including design, procurement and contract administration. In undertaking this role we have been responsible for preparation of the project programme and daily liaison with project sub-consultants including architects and engineers, to monitor delivery of the design documentation and statutory approvals. In addition we have managed the procurement and construction process on behalf of Federation Centres, including preparation of the Tender Package, subsequent interview of shortlisted tenderers, recommendation for engagement and contract administration during the construction process.

    The project offers some unique challenges, including delivery of the construction within a compressed time frame and in accordance with the specific requirements of Harris Scarfe. APP has coordinated a rigorous review of the future fitout documentation and current tenant specifications to ensure all requirements are addressed.

    Practical completion was successfully achieved 13 August 2014 as planned, and fit-out of the tenancy is now well underway by Harris Scarfe.