News - WA

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Posted: 05/09/2016

    APP has been appointed by joint owners Eureka Funds Management and Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF) to manage the Stage One redevelopment of the iconic QV1 precinct in Perth.  The original Harry Seidler designed building was completed in 1991. This Perth landmark is being repositioned by Hassell Architects to compete effectively in the commercial market. 

    APP’s engagement is to manage the design and construction of works including:

    • New ground floor retail precinct
    • Premium grade 'end of trip' facilities
    • A new childcare centre for the tenants
    • Forward works including the services upgrade and structural modifications in preparation for the future Stage Two new building adjacent to QV1.

    The QV1 redevelopment will also feature an Oculus, an architectural glazed circular enclosure with a central opening.

    Stage One design is well advanced, with works expected to complete in late 2017.

  6. Posted: 01/09/2016

    Town Planner Alan Stewart has joined APP Corporation’s WA team to augment their existing urban development team in Perth.  Alan brings almost 3 decades of urban planning experience across the public and private sectors for clients including Catholic Homes Incorporated, Landcorp, City of Subiaco, Leighton Properties, Westpoint Corporation, Commercial Properties Group and the Uniting Church in Australia. 

    Alan’s recent work at APP includes coordinating the approval process for a 90-bed Aged Care facility for Catholic Homes Incorporated, as well as providing town planning advice for RSLWA's Anzac House Redevelopment and Murdoch University's Eastern Precinct.

    APP offers urban planning across Australia in each of our major offices including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle. 

  7. Posted: 24/08/2016

    APP recently completed the Strategic Development Plan on behalf of  Murdoch University to guide the future development of its Eastern Precinct.

    The Eastern Precinct provides the University with a significant opportunity to successfully position itself in the future, globally-competitive market for students, research, commercialisation and corporate partnerships. In addition its development provides the opportunity to generate future annuity revenue streams to support research, teaching and learning initiatives and other operations.

    The main objectives and overall vision for the Eastern Precinct have been developed to guide the creation of an estate with a point of difference leveraged from the University’s competitive advantages, to yield a development outcome that successfully competes at a global level.

    The Strategic Development Plan provides a comprehensive overview on the many challenges that will require management in developing the mixed-use precinct. It provides strategic direction on matters including the legal and town planning framework, various development implementation strategies, the interface between the University and its surrounding areas, development program, financials and risks.

    APP was appointed by Murdoch University to liaise with various specialist technical consultants and prepare the Strategic Development Plan. The preparation of the document utilised a combination of skillsets amongst the APP team, led by Cliff Winby and supported by Steve Egger, John Wood, Alan Stewart and Roger Goga, the team has been able to prepare a long term strategy that will take the project from inception and planning all the way through to construction.

  8. Posted: 02/06/2016

    APP has been appointed by Vicinity Centres to prepare a feasibility review of their Midland Gate shopping centre expansion which involves re-submitting the DA.

    The expansion will provide an increased number and broader range of retail outlets as well as a significant expansion of car parking facilities. It involves the construction of a basement car park, expansion of the existing retail mall to the east of the centre adjoining the Western Power substation, and the construction of an upper level car parking deck for the full extent of the new mall.

    The careful management of traffic and pedestrian flows during construction with regular communication with stakeholders prior to implementation are core considerations of the project with the aim of achieving minimal disruption to live areas and the safety of shopping centre patrons.

    Construction is expected to commence in early 2017.

  9. Posted: 02/06/2016

    APP was appointed by the RSL WA to conduct a highest and best use assessment for a redevelopment of ANZAC House in Perth’s CBD.

    A team of consultants investigated a variety of options for the redevelopment of ANZAC House, with a total of nine options developed based on the site characteristics and limitations, market assessment and targeted engagement.

    The report recommended further examination of two options, a combination of hotel and office uses to progress the business case for the redevelopment, until a preferred option is identified by RSL WA.

    APP is currently finalising the business case which will be presented to the RSLWA in June 16.

  10. Posted: 02/06/2016

    We’re delighted to announce that in continuing with our tradition of supporting our local property industry, APP has nominated Senior Project Manager Noreen O’Shea as a mentee in this year’s PCA Women in Property mentoring program.

    The PCA’s Diversity Committee mentoring initiative focuses on supporting women aspiring to senior leadership positions in the property sector, by providing them with mentors who are senior leaders within the industry, as well as in depth training and workshop environments throughout the program. Our nomination is seen as both supporting diversity within APP and as an extension of us, the property industry generally.

    Jill Fraser was a mentee in the 2015 program and was independently selected to the PCA Innovation & Excellence Awards judging panel, with the winners due to be announced on Friday 3 June 2016.

    Cliff Winby, APP’s Regional General Manager WA and mentor for this year’s PCA WiP mentoring program says “providing opportunities for our staff and supporting their involvement with initiatives of the broader industry are pivotal to shaping a diversity-inclusive company and industry for the future”.

  11. Posted: 22/02/2016

    Secret Harbour Shopping Centre in WA reached a significant milestone recently with the ‘sod turning’ event to mark the commencement of construction.  APP is the Project Manager for the $58M redevelopment which will see a major expansion of the Centre and welcome tenants including Coles, ALDI, Dan Murphys, Dome and McDonald's.  Existing anchor tenant Woolworths will also expand their footprint. 

    Charter Hall Retail REIT is the owner for Secret Harbour.  Charter Hall Retail REIT Fund Manager, Scott Dundas, explained that the milestone was an important commitment to the centre and the community:  “Today’s milestone will deliver a significant investment in the Secret Harbour community. We are proud to be investing into Secret Harbour Shopping Centre to deliver a more convenient, vibrant and enjoyable shopping experience for the community.

    The expansion and refurbishment works at Secret Harbour Shopping Centre follow on from approval by the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in conjunction with The City of Rockingham Council, announced in 2015.


  12. Posted: 11/02/2016

    What better way to start the New Year than with the announcement of several internal promotions in WA.

    Kristie Spagnolo has accepted the role of Project Director.

    Oliver Haden, Noreen O’Shea, and Andrew McColgan after honing their skills on the Perth Airport, have been promoted to Senior Project Managers.

    Whilst Daniel Fong, Vanessa Chong, Jane Clucas, Gavin Tucker, and Garrido Fernandes will be continuing their project management journey in 2016 as Project Managers.

    For each of these APPers, it’s a well-deserved recognition of the remarkable talent we have in WA, and we look forward to seeing what the rest of 2016 and beyond brings.

  13. Posted: 11/02/2016

    Busselton Airport is on its way to receiving interstate passengers after securing approximately $60M in funding from the State Government late last year.

    APP has been appointed as Project Manager for the planning, design and delivery of the various project elements including increased runway capacity with associated airside infrastructure, new terminal building as well as all associated landside works.

    Currently Busselton Airport is classed as a Code 3C aerodrome, servicing the south-west of the State. The Redevelopment will see the airport initially upgraded to a Code 4C aerodrome facilitating interstate travel with an expected influx in visitors from Sydney and Melbourne.  This redevelopment will also support potential future air freight opportunities to the region which currently is only via road and sea.

    Construction is expected to start in late 2016 with completion tabled for mid-2018.

    For APP this project further expands on our aviation experience following our involvement with Perth Airport’s Capital Works Program.

  14. Posted: 11/02/2016

    APP is pleased to announce that Practical Completion was achieved on the redevelopment of Bold Park Aquatic Centre in Floreat, WA, ahead of the summer holidays.

    The $12M redevelopment comprised the demolition of the existing building and a new outdoor 50m pool, a partially covered leisure pool with an outdoor seating, play and BBQ area, the new facilities are a welcome addition for summer.

  15. Posted: 04/02/2016

    APP, together with Arcadis has been appointed as Independent Certifier for the NorthLink WA Southern Section Guilford Road to Reid Highway design and construct contract.

    NorthLink WA will provide a vital, state of the art transport link between Morley and Muchea, reducing travel times and congestion, and providing significant productivity benefits to the economy, industry, motorists and local communities.

    The Federal and State Governments have provided $1.12 billion to construct NorthLink WA, which will link to Gateway WA and service regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth Airport and the Perth CBD.

    The Southern Section is the first to be constructed, and will provide a freeway-standard, free-flowing link from Collier Road through to Reid Highway via the Tonkin Highway. The primary aim is to provide efficient and safe road access for all road users, and road infrastructure that supports economic and regional development by:

    • Upgrading Tonkin Highway to a six lane freeway between Guildford Road and Reid Highway.
    • Constructing a new interchange at Collier Road. Collier Road will be realigned and raised to go over Tonkin Highway, with on and off ramps connecting the two roads. This interchange will be similar to the ones at Tonkin Highway and Horrie Miller Drive, and Leach Highway and Abernethy Road.
    • Constructing a new interchange at Morley Drive. This includes a roundabout at ground level on Morley Drive that will connect with a raised Tonkin Highway. This will be the first interchange of this type to be built in WA.
    • A flyover at Benara Road over the Tonkin Highway.
    • New cycling and pedestrian facilities including a 4m wide shared path alongside Tonkin Highway.

    Construction is expected to start in June 2016.

    NorthLink WA follows several other Independent Certifier appointments on key infrastructure projects currently underway on the east coast: Sydney’s $2.1B CBD and South East Light Rail, the Tunnels and Stations and Surface and Viaducts contracts on the $8.3B North West Rail Link projects.

  16. Posted: 16/09/2015

    APP were once again pleased to take on the role of National Organising Sponsor for the annual Redkite Corporate Quiz. Held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel, Perth, on Friday 14th August, this annual event is the main fundraiser for cancer charity, Redkite. Receiving no government funding, Redkite provide essential support to the families of children and young people who are fighting cancer. Redkite seek to ease not only the financial burden these families face, but they also provide essential counselling and music therapy, among other services.

    Not only were APP the National Organising Sponsors for planning the event, but many of APP’s staff volunteered their time to help set-up the ballroom and work the event, assisting the guests will all their needs throughout the night. Special thanks go to Amanda Bridgeman, Rachael Curtin, Oliver Haden, Jane Clucas, Vanessa Chong, Kristie Spagnolo, Courtney Dines, Andrew McColgan, Martin Carroll, and Brett Lunnon, for their efforts in helping Redkite run another wonderfully successful event.

  17. Posted: 31/08/2015

    Congratulations to the Lendlease team at Lakeside Joondalup on the opening of H&M’s first WA store on Saturday 29th August. The retailer occupies approximately 2,200sqm in the recently expanded fashion mall and joins over 300 other retailers at the centre. 

    APP has provided retail tenancy coordination at Lakeside Joondalup since mid-2014 and is pleased to have assisted Lendlease in achieving this milestone.

    The opening was popular amongst locals who came out in their thousands for the first day’s trade.

  18. Posted: 24/06/2015

    With the pending rail station to be constructed to service the new Perth Stadium and surrounding area, the Victoria Park Drive Bridge over Graham Farmer Freeway needed to be extended to allow for the new rail lines and station platforms. APP was initially appointed to assess the contractor expressions of interest and tender submissions on behalf of Main Roads WA. Included in the scope of works is a pedestrian underpass from the Stadium to the new railway station as well as an extension to the existing pedestrian footbridge over the Freeway.

    Following from our initial role, APP was seconded as quality control manager of the works for Main Roads WA, to review the works under construction against contract and design documentation. A role that has been so well received; the secondment has transferred to the Fremantle traffic and rail bridge protection works that is looking at repairing and protecting the structure of the existing bridge over the river.

    Works on the Graham Farmer Freeway are expected to be completed in July 2015.

  19. Posted: 24/06/2015

    The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) Executive Committee has approved the Program Management Implementation Plan APP prepared for them.

    MRA’s program covers thirteen projects over five redevelopment areas – Central Perth, Subiaco, Midland, Armadale and Scarborough for urban renewal and place making.

    The program will cover some of WA’s most significant urban regeneration projects which are anticipated to attract in the order of $13billion of private sector investment off the back of $3.7billion of government investment.

    The approval includes endorsement to proceed with adjustments to the Project Delivery division structure and delegation arrangements to accommodate the introduction of a Program Management Office, along with the usual process and system aspects relating to applying a Program Management approach. A key success factor in securing the approval was the pragmatic approach APP applied to make sure that the Program Management framework and governance structure were integrated with the objectives of the MRA and tailored to its business model.

    APP’s role is now an advisory one for the duration of implementation over the next 18 months and we’re excited to be able to support the MRA in the transformation of these areas for Perth.

  20. Posted: 16/06/2015

    APP WA Projects Manager Eric Schluter has become one of the first official mentors in the Property Council of Australia’s Women in Property mentoring program in WA.

    The PCA’s Woman in Property Committee initiative focuses on women aspiring to senior leadership positions in the property sector, and matches them with senior leaders within the industry.

    The key objectives of the program are to enable mentees to gain new perspectives to advance their career and develop meaningful professional connections and personal sponsors, whilst at the same time giving mentors valuable practice in mentoring women and learning how to better cultivate a more balanced culture.

    The inaugural program is the first for the WA Property Council chapter, and APP is delighted to be supporting Eric’s mentorship of Polly Gee, a Senior Associate Interior Design with HASSELL.

    Jill Fraser, a Project Director with APP and 2014 winner of WA Property Council Future Direction’s award, has also been selected as a mentee this year.

    We’re excited to see and have some of our APPers involved in such a valuable program, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the program develops to make a positive impact on the property industry.