News - National

  1. Posted: 20/10/2016

    Friday 14 October represented the culmination of some serious effort by APP staff around the country, when the final event for the national Redkite Corporate Quiz took place in the grand ballroom of Sydney’s The Westin Hotel.  The Quiz attracted over 500 people, with long-time supporter and host Adam Spencer joining other celebrities to donate their time on the night to raise funds for families facing childhood and youth cancer.

    This year was special for two reasons:  a record $1,166,500 was raised collectively across all 4 quiz events and the Sydney Quiz marked the 20 year anniversary for APP as the National Organising Sponsor.   

    The Melbourne and Sydney Quiz events were particularly successful, thanks to the generosity of the attendees who smashed the targets by $35,000 in Melbourne and a whopping $100,000 in Sydney.

    For our part, we would like to thank all the companies and businesses, including some of our clients, who have supported the Quiz along the 20-year journey by either taking a table or donating an auction prize.  We also say a big thank you to all the APPers who’ve assisted in the Quiz production or volunteered on the night in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. 

  2. Posted: 16/06/2016

    Three of APP’s finest from across the country have joined the Property Council’s pilot 100 Women in Property sponsorship program – Kristen Lang is sponsored by Fiona Tellefson in Victoria, Yuen Yan Chong is sponsored by Jill Fraser in WA; and Lilian Hyland is sponsored by Sarah Mullins in South Australia.

    100 Women in Property is an initiative of the Property Council’s state-based diversity committees and aims to encourage established leaders of both sexes to sponsor talented women within their organisation or business sphere.

    As program participants, Kristen, Yuen, and Lilian will gain access to their sponsors’ networks to enhance their own visibility within the industry and develop future career opportunities.

    Diversity and inclusion are core components for APP’s future and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to support both the initiatives of our broader industry and the careers of our people.

  3. Posted: 16/06/2016

    We’re delighted to announce Andrew Borthwick has been promoted to National General Manager.

    This appointment is in recognition of Andrew’s successful collaboration with our retail clients from both a high-level national perspective, and connecting them with the best team on the ground at a local level.

    Andrew has been instrumental in broadening our service offering to provide a complete end to end service delivery solution for our clients. This includes services from the initial master planning stage of a project through to the tenancy delivery phase prior to centre opening.

    His experience extends across the country with involvement in projects in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania.

    Andrew’s new role affords him the opportunity to continue to do what he does best in providing the best solutions to a client’s needs within a national framework.

    From all of us at APP, congratulations Andrew on this well-deserved opportunity and we look forward to your continued success.

  4. Posted: 28/04/2015

    APP as Principal Contractor is in partnership with FDC to manage the fit out of Westpac branches nationally. Having delivered or currently delivering dozens of branches throughout most of Australia, we will be reaching Practical Completion for our first Westpac project in the Northern Territory in Berrimah, Darwin in May.

    Construction on our second Northern Territory Westpac project will commence shortly after on Alice Springs. This is the most remote Westpac branch fit out we have managed to date which has provided some interesting challenges.

    The team has used their knowledge from completing the Kununurra branch in remote Western Australia to drive this project. The hardest challenge will be getting materials safely on site to meet program both during the fit out period as well as throughout the defect period. Some materials and joinery must first travel to Adelaide or Darwin before making their way down to Alice Springs creating a large program risk which the team will manage from the mobilisation period through construction and defects. The team is currently procuring all materials and sub-contractors to commence in two weeks.

    The construction period will run for 6 weeks with the branch expected to open in June.

  5. Posted: 25/03/2015

    The modern construction landscape is regulated by standard form contracts. Gone are the days of competing terms and conditions. Now, we work with the same base-plate, but spend hours trading “shalls” for “musts”, and “subject tos” with “except in the circumstance ofs”.

    Most law firms will have a sophisticated suite of amended “principal friendly” and “contractor friendly” forms. The challenge is in knowing which version to take to your first client meeting!

    Some of you may have read legal alerts in the last few weeks in relation to a proposed new form of contract to replace the current AS 4000-1997 series and the “old favourite” AS 2124-1992 series. Under the proposed revision, the two existing standards are to be merged into a new suite of standards, AS 11000: general conditions of contract.

    The draft AS 11000 was prepared under the guidance of Standards Australia Technical Committee MB-010, by a drafting team comprising representatives from regulatory bodies, public authorities and various industry groups, including the Society of Construction Law and the Civil Contractors Federation of Australia.

    In the lead up to finalisation of the current draft, public forums were held in Sydney and Melbourne, and subcommittees worked through key issues raised at those forums, including:

    • risk allocation;
    • good faith;
    • programming;
    • extensions of time;
    • payment provisions;
    • impact of the various Security of Payment Acts on the general conditions; and
    • dispute resolution.

    The proposed new general conditions of contract are intended to “provide a broadly balanced approach to risk allocation in language which is focused on brevity and certainty”, says Professor Bailey, Chair of Technical Committee MB-010. From the outset, the document is easier to read; with clearer paragraph numbering, and the simplification and consolidation of defined terms.

    There is also new emphasis placed on dispute avoidance and pro-active contract management through early warning procedures based upon an express good faith obligation. These measures will be further bolstered by a proposed separate standard AS 11001 on dispute resolution which will operate as a companion to AS 11000.

    A summary paper on the key changes from the AS 2124 and AS 4000 series can be accessed here and a full version of the draft standard is available for download via SAI Global.

    It is likely that AS 11000 won’t be published for a number of months, and that we won’t see implementation of the standard in the industry for some time after that. However, I recommend that you review the new general conditions of contract proposed by Standards Australia, and take some time to question whether the contracts you’re currently working under are delivering upon your project and corporate needs.

    If you’re interested in a practical conversation about the new standard, contract formation, administration and dispute management generally, contact Kevin Moore of the APP Contracts, Claims and Disputes team. 


  6. Posted: 16/03/2015

    APP and health consulting firm Carramar Consulting have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer an end-to-end service relating to the planning and delivery of health projects across Australia.  The announcement was made by APP Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Castro and Carramar Consulting’s Director Jane Yacopetti.

    This strategic partnership realises the benefits for clients of blending Carramar’s specific skills and experience in health planning with APP’s depth of experience and resources in programming and project delivery, property, urban development, construction and statutory planning.  Carramar has extensive experience in clinical and hospital operations, change management and training and skills development associated with the health industry.

    Adam Castro, APP’s Chief Executive Officer, said:  “APP is at the forefront of delivering health facilities throughout Australia for a range of public and private sector clients.  Now, with the addition of health planning skills through a teaming arrangement with Carramar Consulting, our clients can expect a specialist end-to-end health service under the one roof that not only saves time but offers a unique level of expertise in the industry”.

    Jane Yacopetti of Carramar Consulting adds: “We have worked directly with APP on the planning of the New Maitland Hospital.  They are a thoroughly professional organisation and a good fit with us culturally; plus we share a similar approach when it comes to placing our client’s objectives at the heart of the project.   Carramar looks forward to working closely with APP to provide a comprehensive suite of health services throughout Australia”. 

    By blending their diversity of skills and experience in the delivery of health facilities, from planning through to delivery and commissioning, APP and Carramar can provide health clients with an integrated project management team from the initial service planning through to the hospital transition into the new facility and beyond.

  7. Posted: 28/01/2015

    APP congratulates all the finalists for the year's Property Council national awards and our fingers are crossed for those projects where APP has been integrally involved:  171 Collins Street, 700 Bourke Street, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Melbourne's GPO, and the Gold Coast University Hospital.  Winners will be announced in Sydney on 1 May at the 2015 Innovation and Excellence Awards dinner.

    700 Bourke Street Melbourne
  8. Posted: 06/11/2014

    This year's Redkite Corporate Quiz, for which APP is the National Organising Sponsor, has raised over one million dollars nationally throughout 2014.  The quiz is the signature fundraising event on the Redkite calendar and is hosted in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.  APP has been proudly involved since 1996 by sourcing prizes for the live and silent auction, selling tables to the event and providing APP staff who volunteer on the night.  

  9. Posted: 02/09/2014

    Plans were unveiled today by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for the biggest Ibis hotel in Australasia at 40 Elizabeth St Brisbane. It will be the first new high-rise hotel in the city in a decade and is being developed by hotel developer Action Hotels.

    APP has been engaged since April this year 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 will now manage the delivery locally from Brisbane.

  10. Posted: 25/08/2014

    APP has drawn on our national service to lead the design process from Melbourne to meet key client and design team requirements for a new high-rise hotel in Brisbane, and will deliver the project locally from the Brisbane office.

    We have recently been appointed as Project Manager and Superintendent for a new Ibis Hotel to be developed in the Brisbane CBD by hotel developer Action Hotels.  The Project commenced in April this year and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015 ready for operation in early 2016. 

    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 27 floors. The new hotel is intended to support the growing demand for accommodation in Brisbane in the 3.5-4 star range and its completion is designed to coincide with the proposed Queen’s Wharf casino and leisure precinct along the Brisbane River

    Key project initiatives include:

    • Value Management reviews during schematic design to improve accommodation floor efficiency to reduce building height by one floor.
    • Removal of the basement level to accelerate the program and address difficult ground and challenging neighbouring building site conditions. 
    • Management of design to integrate hotel operator brief
    • Engagement of a contractor for an ECI (early contractor involvement) phase to undertake early works and assist in managing tight project timeframes.
  11. Posted: 20/08/2014

    The various design and construction awards have been wrapping up across the country over the past month and for APP, this year’s lineup reads as a who’s who of projects. We don’t often take the opportunity to reflect on the success of a project before moving on to the next challenge, so we thought we’d pause for a moment to reflect on some great projects being recognised across the country.

    700 Bourke Street Melbourne was a finalist in the Australian Construction Achievement Awards and was awarded the Commercial Architecture and Interior Architecture Awards in the Victorian Architecture Awards. APP in association with Montlaur Project Services was engaged to deliver project management for NAB’s fitout, including due diligence of site selection, assessment and Agreement for Lease negotiation. Learn more about APP’s involvement with 700 Bourke St.


    The $1B+ redeveopment of the Royal North Shore Hospital campus is a significant project for NSW which will service about 11% of the states' population (approximately 800,000 people) when complete and is expected to double by 2021. We'd like to congratulate Theiss on the completion of the new Acute Services Building and it's nomination as a finalist in the Australian Construction Achievement Awards. APP has a significant involvement in the redevelopment of the campus and are currently project managing the delivery of the new $150M Clinical Services Building which is forecast for completion in December 2014.

    The $300M North West Precinct development of Highpoint Shopping Centre has won the Best Retail Architecture in Australia Award at the 2014 Asia Pacific International Property Awards. The project included a new David Jones, Woolworths, over 110 speciality retail tenancies including a fashion precinct and a fresh food precinct, and associated upgrades of the car parking and other infrastructure. APP undertook a design management role on the project and assisted with pre-GMP tender negotiations. We then performed a construction project management role representing the landlord’s interests under the construction contract, as well as completing multiple tenancy coordination roles during the tenancy delivery phase.

    The Gold Coast University Hospital was a finalist in the Australian Construction Achievement Awards and underwent the largest off-site hospital relocation earlier this year, which was successfully managed by APP over two days.


    Charter Hall and Cbus Property’s commercial building and BHP Billiton’s new HQ, 171 Collins Street was awarded the Hanson’s Green Building Award at the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards, and was nominated in the Victorian Architecture Awards. It was a great project for APP, conducting project management, superintendence and tenancy coordination services since 2010 


    The recently completed $2.2B Fiona Stanley Hospital in WA took out the top honour of Best Project for 2014 at the Master Builders Awards in Western Australia, as well as the Best State Government Building and Best Health Care Building over $500M. APP in association with Hyder was the Independent Certifier on this significant project.

    It’s been a big year for landmark projects, and this is by no means an exhaustive list in terms of APP’s involvement and we look forward to another year of notable design and construction to come.

  12. Posted: 03/02/2014

    Applications have opened for the 2015 intake of our Graduate Program.

    Our annual intake of Graduates sees them gaining practical experience on a range of projects. They’re provided with continual training and support to help guide them towards their future career goals and the current class of 2014 are already on their way, working on a range of current projects.

    The Graduate Program involves:

    • 12 month program with four, 3 month placements / rotations
    • Flexibility within these placements / rotations to further explore areas that interest you
    • Training in APP’s Project Management Development Plan
    • On the job learning and development
    • The support of a buddy and mentoring opportunities
    • Professional and personal development
    • Exposure to a range of interesting projects
    • Great opportunities for advancement

    If you are currently undertaking a degree in one of the following disciplines, we would be delighted to receive your application:

    • Civil Engineering
    • Construction and Project Management
    • Property Economics
    • Architecture
    • Environmental Engineering or Planning

    To find out more about our Graduate Program, visit the Graduate/Student Programs page of our website.

    To keep up to date with the application process, Like our APP Graduate Program Facebook Page or find us on Twitter @APPCorp.

    Applications close Wednesday 30 April 2014.

  13. Posted: 15/01/2014

    APP has been appointed to conduct another Due Diligence of a strategic parcel of surplus Department of Defence land in Canberra. This follows previous complex Due Diligence studies conducted on other sites on the Stockton peninsula (Newcastle) and in Darwin.

    Since 2012 APP has been providing Due Diligence Services to Defence Housing Australia (DHA) on a variety of strategic sites across Australia. These sites are land under the control and stewardship of the Department of Defence, but which have become surplus to needs, and are offered to DHA on a first right of refusal basis.

    In each instance APP coordinates and manages a new team of built environment professionals, mostly selected by DHA. These span engineering (civil, hydraulic, structural, services and environmental), landscape architecture, flora and fauna, traffic engineering, archaeology and heritage (Indigenous and European), urban design, statutory planning, and valuation.

    Unusual issues have been uncovered and addressed - these have ranged from establishing adequate setbacks and breezeways for waterborne mosquitoes in Darwin, to devising adequate long term storm surge and beach erosion development lines on the Stockton peninsula at Newcastle, and devising appropriate strategies for the management of the endangered Golden Sun Moth landscape in suburban Canberra.

    APP's Due Diligence Reports are used by DHA to brief valuers to establish fair and reasonable values for the land to facilitate the transfer of ownership from the Department of Defence to DHA. This is an important and time consuming step in creating housing for Defence Force families and bringing the sites to market.

    These three projects would be conservatively estimated at over $200M of investment and build cost, and would yield a minimum of 800 diverse dwellings. Around a third of these are likely to be retained by DHA for some of the most important ‘key worker’ housing in the country, Defence Force members and their families.

    The history of the sites, and their proximity to Defence Bases and urban areas makes them challenging redevelopment propositions.

  14. Posted: 01/11/2013

    This October saw the last of four Redkite Corporate Quiz events around Australia for 2013, marking APP's 17th year of supporting Redkite.

    This year almost 2,000 people participated in the Corporate Quiz nationally, which raised over $900,000 and is a testament to the generosity of all participants, benefactors and volunteers alike.

    In keeping with our tradition of supporting Redkite through our role as national Organising Sponsor for the Quiz events, APP sourced prizes and helped to sell tables.  Over 50 APPers generously volunteered across the country to make each quiz a great success.

    The Redkite Corporate Quiz is held annually in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, with funds raised to provide essential support from hospital to home for families with children and young people suffering cancer.

  15. Posted: 23/10/2013

    ALDI Australia has secured a site in Perth for their WA office and logistics facility, drawing on the support of property and infrastructure services firm APP Corporation.

    APP is delighted to be able to congratulate ALDI in its execution of a conditional contract for a 13.5 hectare Warehouse and Distribution Centre site at Jandakot Airport to accommodate a 48,000 square metre facility.

    To reach this important milestone in Perth, APP assisted ALDI with site identification and analysis, logistics network modelling, due diligence services and project management services throughout the site selection process to identify the optimal solution for their facility. 

    Subject to a Commonwealth Government approvals process and expected completion in 2016, the new facility will support plans to build a store network of 70 stores, generate 1,250 new jobs and secure $450 million in new investment for Western Australia.

    ALDI stores will also offer an opportunity for local Western Australian residents to discover the Smarter Shopping offering: a convenient in-store experience with a clearly defined product range of the highest quality products at permanently low prices.

    APP has assisted ALDI with expansion of their logistics network in Australia for more than a decade and looks forward to continuing to this positive and mutually rewarding relationship.

  16. Posted: 18/04/2013

    The redeveloped Randwick Racecourse was the perfect setting for Black Caviar's triumphant finish on 13 April, thanks to APP's project and event management skills.  Led by Paul Kirkwood, the APP Operational Commissioning team worked tirelessly in an incredibly short time frame to integrate all forms of technology, FF&E, gaming equipment, hands on training and test events into the bare building delivered by Multiplex, all whilst construction proceeded around them.  With the eyes of the Australian racing world and the nation on the Autumn Racing launch event, this project was high pressure and time critical.  Delay was simply not an option. 

  17. Posted: 13/03/2013

    APP has been appointed by the Queensland State Government as their Project Manager for the new 1 William Street development in Brisbane.  Our role spans the base building and integrated fitout.  The $600M project will be delivered by Cbus and on completion will be the third highest building and largest commercial building by NLA in Brisbane's CBD.  The building is being developed for the Queensland Government as part of their plan for a renewed Administrative Precinct and to meet their office accommodation needs. 

  18. Posted: 12/03/2013

    Adam Castro has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of APP Corporation.  Adam takes over the role from Ian Maxted, who becomes Chairman and Director of the company.  Adam was previously Chief Operating Officer for three years, and prior to that was APP's General Manager of Project Management.  He has been at the forefront of planning the strategic growth of APP's business over several years and is a long term member of the Executive.   For more information, please see our press release on Adam's appointment.

  19. Posted: 11/03/2013

    APP's Julie Katz, principal of TPG in Victoria and current National President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, addressed the recent national UDIA Congress, to reveal the findings of the annual UDIA State of the Land report.  The report finds there is an ongoing and increasing undersupply of land right across the national housing market that is having major negative impacts on the affordability of Australian housing.  For more information, please see the attached media release.

  20. Posted: 29/11/2012

    Julie Katz, principal of The Planning Group and APP's planning business in Victoria, has been re-elected to the position of national president of the UDIA for another 12 months.