News - VIC/TAS

  1. Posted: 14/03/2017

    We would like to congratulate APP's National General Manager, Andrew Borthwick who has been appointed to the Property Council of Australia's Retail Committee for 2017.

    The PCA's Retail Committee represents the interests of all retail sector stakeholders, including shopping centre managers and owners, developers, leasing professionals and retail tenants. The committee focuses on helping make recommendations on government policies, such as trading hours and tax laws.

    As a Committee Member, Andrew brings his long history and experience working in the retail sector combined with his focus on developing APP’s retail abilities as part of his National General Manager role. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. Posted: 20/10/2016

    The Sacred Heart Mission redevelopment program is off and running. Having met with the Project Working Group, members of the Board and the consultant team, we’ve generated and issued the first tender package for what will be a 2-stage project.

    Stage 1B, currently out to market, will consist of enabling works that include a new on-grade carpark, bridge link between two buildings at level 1, a new reception and some minor reconfiguration of internal spaces. Works are expected to commence on site in November. Stage 2A and B consists of a significant expansion of the existing aged care facility and is continuing through the design and tender process. Works to these stages will commence in March 2017 with completion scheduled for February 2019.

    The redevelopment programme represents a $25M investment by several funding partners including the State Government, the Catholic Church, and various other philanthropic organisations who recognise the need for quality facilities to respond to a growing need for aged care accommodation. The Sacred Heart Mission aged care facility located at 101 Grey Street St Kilda provides much needed support to those less fortunate than ourselves, so we’re extremely proud to be associated with such a noble organisation, and are very much invested in delivering a great outcome for Project 101 during the course of the next couple of years.

  6. Posted: 20/10/2016

    The Chadstone extension was officially opened last week to an eager crowd. Featuring an impressive new gridshell roof, an expanded offering of luxury brands, more dining options and a state-of-the-art Hoyts digital cinema complex, Chadstone has further cemented its reputation as the Fashion Capital.

    The opening proceeded according to schedule with a final 48-hr push to complete finishing touches and merchandising of the stores.

    APP was appointed by Vicinity Centres to provide tenancy coordination services on a secondment basis for the $560M redevelopment. The APP team supplemented the existing Vicinity Centres team based on site for the duration of the development being fully integrated into the broader Vicinity Centres team.

  7. Posted: 19/10/2016

    K1 Residences at K1 Union Street by Optimus Developments is due to bring a new standard of luxury living to Melbourne with 360 degree views for each apartment.

    Located at the top end of St Kilda Rd, the development comprises 13 levels, featuring one luxuriously-sized apartment per floor where residents will enjoy views of the city, Albert Park, Port Phillip Bay and the Botanical Gardens.

    Optimus Developments brings their European perspective to this development with a new, unique offering to the Melbourne market.

    APP was initially engaged to prepare a due diligence report on the feasibility of the project and are now providing project management services.

    With the initial design phase underway, we’re looking forward to being a part of a truly unique residential development for Melbourne.

    Read more about the development on Urban Developer - Everyone Gets A Full-Floor Penthouse Feeling In K1

  8. Posted: 17/08/2016

    171 Collins Street in Melbourne has become the first building in Victoria to achieve a 6 Star NABERS Energy rating.

    Having already achieved a 6 Star Green Star AS Built Office V2 Rating, 171 Collins Street also won the Sustainability Development Award at the Urban Taskforce Development Excellence awards.

    The benchmark for modern sustainable office buildings, a 6 Star NABERS Energy rating emits 50 per cent less greenhouse gases than a building with a 5 Star rating.

    Completed in 2013, APP provided Project Management and Superintendency services on behalf of Cbus Property and Charter Hall REIT JV on what has become a landmark development in Melbourne for its forward-thinking sustainability initiatives, and it’s presence within Melbourne’s skyline, successfully coordinating heritage preservation with modern function and design.

    Read more at The Urban Developer.

  9. Posted: 17/08/2016

    We’re delighted to announce Project Director, Dino Russo has been promoted to Business Unit Leader.

    A consummate construction industry professional, his time with APP of less than a year, has seen him go from strength-to-strength as a valuable source of knowledge for clients and colleagues alike.

    Dino excels at stakeholder management and designing project outcomes that fully satisfy the needs of his clients, contractors and the broader community, and he is an excellent communicator and facilitator, all of which is attributable to his ongoing success in the industry.

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

  10. Posted: 12/08/2016

    On Thursday 28th of July, the newly rebranded Pacific Werribee opened the largest stage of its major redevelopment. Having added 50% GLA in size over the last 29 months of construction, the new-look Werribee is home to a new, two-level Myer, H&M, Uniqlo, Target, Village Gold Class and Urban Dining precinct with 12 restaurant tenancies. There is also an additional 1200 car spaces.

    APP have been providing Pacific Group of Companies Project Management, Tenancy Coordination and Superintendency services and we're proud to have supported the Pacific Group of Companies on their journey in bringing the major redevelopment to life from our involvement in the pre-tender stages and an early works project, right through to the grand opening of the new look Myer and international tenancies.

    With the help of APP’s significant experience in retail developments, we’ve been able to navigate significant challenges such as change management without affecting the project programme and helping to deliver a successful retail outcome for the local and broader communities.

  11. Posted: 16/06/2016

    APP was initially engaged in Victoria nine months ago to deliver the final stage of Stockland’s Arilla Retirement Village, consisting of built-form Independent Living Units (ILUs), and associated landscaping and civil works.

    Since then, APP’s services have been extended across its Retirement Living, Medium Density and Completed Homes development streams, including its Mernda and Selandra Rise Retirement Villages, as well Medium Density stages within its Allura Estate and Highlands master-planned communities.

    Today in Victoria, APP has three dedicated project management resources committed to the delivery of services ranging from programming, planning and land development to procurement, design and construction of projects that span the full project lifecycle.

  12. Posted: 16/06/2016

    APP has been appointed Project Manager on the new multipurpose, 90-bed, high care aged care service at St George’s Hospital.

    The new facility will link back to the existing services on site, not only via infrastructure and back of house services, but also to provide patient care services offered on site. The new beds will provide a contemporary model of care to suit the resident profile that has changed over past years.  Residents at the St George’s have co-morbidities such as chronic disease, mental health and a range of physical and cognitive impairments requiring a flexible and robust facility response.

    Included in the facility is the development of a new multi-deck car park to accommodate car parking spaces lost, plus additional spaces to support the site and within APP’s scope is a whole-of-site masterplan for St George’s.

    Completion is expected in December 2018.

  13. Posted: 19/05/2016

    #APPnext was officially launched at the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, where APP has the contract through to 2020 to manage the transformation of Albert Park into a world-class international motor racing circuit.

    #APPnext is APP’s next generation of industry connections, created by the next generation of APP leaders. The nature of APP’s business is built on relationships and knowledge and this forum aims to increase connections, networking and industry based knowledge for the next generation of all property related professionals.

    APP’s guests were entertained at the Event and experienced first-hand the buzz and excitement of Formula 1.  They also heard from APP’s Project Director, Ben Schubert with a ‘Behind the Scenes’ insight into the planning, coordination and management necessary for this highly complex infrastructure project.

    A series of #APPnext events are being planned throughout the year. For enquiries and to register your interest, please contact Aleisha Lando at

  14. Posted: 19/05/2016

    Construction has commenced on Nine High, a 7 storey residential apartment building located in the heart of Preston. The development consists of 66 apartments, two retail tenancies fronting High Street, and a double height carpark basement.

    Kincaid Projects engaged APP provide professional development advice and project management services in the delivery phase of the project including tendering to contractors, contract negotiations and award, and construction superintendency. APP conducted detailed design reviews and value management processes and procured the head contractor.

    The development is currently under construction consisting of a 16-month build programme. With piling and bulk excavation complete, the contract is now moving into the commencement of structure.

    APP is using their expertise to review programme onsite ensuring milestones are met and the quality is to the standard expected from the client. The programme is currently tracking well and is scheduled for handover in mid-2017.

  15. Posted: 18/05/2016

    The second stage of QIC's $665M transformation of Eastland opened for trade on 5 May 2016, with the unveiling of a new galleria over two levels that is now home to 80 brands, and 'The Arcade', a boutique space dedicated to beautifully crafted accessories and championing up-and-coming designers.

    The two-level galleria includes an immensely impressive vaulted ceiling design, which creates a unique feature to the retail destination. Popular fashion and lifestyle brands joining Eastland include Tiger Mist, Levi’s, Bonds, Cotton On Megastore, Bardot Junior, Adairs Kids, Build a Bear Workshop, and Wheel & Barrow.

    Combined with the previous stage that opened last year, the redevelopment has now increased the size of Eastland by approximately 50%, from 79,000m2 to approximately 130,000m2, and has also created a vibrant town centre destination with premium shopping, leisure, dining, entertainment, and social experiences.

    APP assisted QIC on both stages of this project with the tenancy delivery services, providing both tenancy coordinators and delivery administrators. These roles have involved close liaison with all stakeholders including the client, leasing, designers, consultants, contractors, centre management, tenants and their fit-out contractors.

  16. Posted: 20/04/2016

    APP hosted an industry Developer Forum with the Minister for Planning, Hon Richard Wynne with a select group of industry representatives.

    Key discussions with the Minister were focussed on the pressures in growing our housing supply and the economic growth of the industry.

    A range of topics were covered in the forum relating to experience in delivering greenfield development, affordable housing, infill housing and the planning process.

    The combination of industry representatives and the Minister at the forum was a fantastic opportunity and one we hope to replicate in the future.

  17. Posted: 20/04/2016

    GPT’s transformation of Melbourne Central was unveiled at the end of last month featuring a new exhibition of video art, curated by Mars Gallery and the largest outside of an institution.

    With over 130,000 commuters and shoppers visiting Melbourne Central daily, the intention of the art installation is to create a seamless extension of Melbourne’s laneways art and culture.

    The refurbished space is home to Melbourne Art Loop, an exhibition of interactive video art featuring more than 30 artists, appearing simultaneously on fifteen state-of-the-art LCD screens and five large steel overhead projector portals located throughout the Lower Ground level.

    As Project Manager and Superintendent, high quality works and uncompromising safety were the main goals for the APP team and we’re pleased that both of these targets have been met and exceeded.

    Mars Gallery, a major stakeholder of the project, will be the acting curators for the space with the involvement of local artists, now the project has completed.

    APP was appointed in October 2015 for GPT to lead the first of many redevelopments in this precinct. 

  18. Posted: 20/04/2016

    APP has been appointed as project managers for all phases of the Darnlee Aged Care Residence development in Toorak in Melbourne’s East.

    The development involves the demolition of the existing 3-level addition to make way for the new facility which will be located at the rear of the mansion.

    The new rooms will connect and integrate with the mansion allowing access for residents to enjoy the surrounds of the older building whilst providing the highest standard of care and comfort in the newer facility.

    There will also be new kitchen and support services areas within the new facility, all whilst preserving the heritage-listed federation mansion with expected completion in 2019.

  19. Posted: 17/03/2016

    APP has been appointed by Vicinity Centres to provide tenancy coordination services on a secondment basis for the $560M Stage 40 redevelopment at Chadstone Shopping Centre.

    The redevelopment includes a revitalised west mall with an expanded offering of luxury brands, international fashion flagship retailers, and a new Target store. With more dining options and up to 40 new retailers, customers will be spoilt for choice. A new entertainment precinct that includes a state-of-the-art Hoyts digital cinema complex will also be part of the new redevelopment.

    APP is providing a number of tenancy coordinators to supplement the existing Vicinity Centres team on the project. Our tenancy coordinators are fully integrated into the broader Vicinity Centres team, and will be based on site for the duration of the development.

    The redevelopment will be completed in stages, with final completion expected in mid 2017.

  20. Posted: 17/03/2016

    The Black Forest Road North Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) was approved by Government last month after 4 years of detailed and extensive work by the client and planning team. A great result for APP’s planning team in Melbourne who now have a permit for the first 5 stages totalling some 670 lots.   

    The subdivision in this new western growth area of Melbourne includes a new primary and catholic school, parkland and pedestrian and bike paths for the emerging community plus active and passive open spaces across 86 hectares of farmland to the west of Wyndham Vale.

    The Minister for Planning had only approved three PSP’s in 2015, following from eleven in 2014 making the Black Forest Road North Precinct Structure Plan one of significance for the year.

    It is a rewarding milestone for both our client and us.