News - Southern NSW & ACT

  1. Posted: 18/01/2017

    APP is pleased to announce our appointment to two major Defence panels, PMCA (Project Management and Contract Administration) and IBC services (Initial Business Case).

    Commencing in January 2017, each panel engagement runs for a minimum five years and is for national services. APP joins up to 14 other organisations on each panel, all of whom were selected from a public tender that resulted in hundreds of organisations providing a response. The PMCA Panel will include tenders for Army, RAAF and Navy projects ranging in size from $20M to over $500M. As a panel member APP will be invited to tender for individual Defence projects and provide a range of services depending on the requirements for each project.

    Mark Coyte, APP’s Project Director who coordinated each Defence bid, is looking forward to working with Defence in his role as Panel Manager. “We’re ready to bring the best of our national capability to add value for Defence. We have a designated Defence lead in each office, supported by me and a National APP team. We're well positioned with the recent experiences of Carlo Bellinato, Ron Aquilina and the HMAS Albatross team, together with specialists such as Tony Mackay from Adelaide and Richard Tanzer. Richard was formerly Deputy Director General Capital Facilities and Infrastructure inside the client’s organisation.”

    As a national organisation, APP also met a key need for Defence. Mark Coyte says: “We’re large enough to service all projects nationally and also work on multiple projects concurrently, which is important for Defence”.

    IBC Panel function:

    • Deliver an Initial Business Case (IBC) that achieves first pass government approval
    • Engage with stakeholders and examine the risks and technical design considerations
    • Engage and coordinate subconsultants such as cost planning, architectural and services engineering
    • Develop schemes and a P50 cost plan for the options and prepare the IBC according to the Department of Finance conditions

    PMCA Panel function:

    • Acting as Defence's representative, manage and coordinate the project stakeholders, consultants and building contractors
    • Administer the various project contracts
    • Manage the program providing project leadership through the phases of procurement, feasibility, detailed business case, government approvals, design development, construction and handover. 
  2. Posted: 10/11/2016

    After almost 10 years operating from an office in the Southern Highlands, we have moved our Southern NSW base to Wollongong as part of a strategic growth plan to secure and deliver regional projects.

    The Southern NSW team, led by Kirk Bolte, are enjoying their new surroundings and the vibrancy offered by the Illawarra and South coast.  Kirk comments: “Whilst we’ve managed a variety of projects around Wollongong over the last 5 or more years, including HMAS Albatross at Nowra, the award-winning Nan Tien Institute and projects for the Catholic Education Office, there is an unprecedented interest in the Illawarra. We see major opportunities relating to residential, aged care and retirement sectors, plus expansion of primary and tertiary education facilities. It’s a logical progression for us to be closer to these opportunities and to provide existing and future clients immediate access to all the skills, services and resources that APP has to offer.”

    Kirk and the team are also appreciative of the welcome received by the local community, including client Kiama Council and their General Manager Michael Forsyth. Says Kirk: “We are very much locals in the Illawarra and share a common goal of delivering first class facilities for this region.”

    APP will continue operate in the Highlands to service our existing and long standing clients in that region. “Our geographic reach extends from south-west Sydney to the Southern Tablelands and Riverina, so the Highlands remain a good base for us” says Kirk. Some of the projects being managed by APP’s Southern NSW team include commercial and retail developments, defence establishments, education, aged care and residential projects. 

  3. Posted: 10/11/2016

    Kiama Council’s new Aged Care Centre of Excellence project reached a design milestone recently, with the first stage Concept Design being presented to Council for approval. APP is managing the delivery for the $72M project located on the site of Kiama’s original Hospital established in 1887.

    The Aged Care Centre of Excellence combines 134 aged care accommodation beds with a mix of assisted-living apartments, 2-bed and 1-bed independent living apartments, a community hall, meeting room facilities and the refurbishment of the 100 year old Barroul House to a café/restaurant and community facilities.

    The project marks a significant investment for Kiama, with in excess of 200 jobs expected to be created during the course of construction and approximately 60 permanent positions located within the completed facilities. Kiama Council is intent on providing a high-quality facility for the community that represents value for money. Michael Forsyth, General Manager of Kiama Council says “APP was appointed to the project by Kiama Council following a competitive tender process based on their extensive experience in within the Aged Care sector and the fact that they have a national capability with a local base in the Illawarra. We are confident that APP will add value throughout the delivery process”.

    Kirk Bolte, APP’s Project Director on the project says: “APP is delighted to be partnering with Kiama Council to assist in delivering this landmark facility and it reinforces our commitment to expanding APP’s presence in the Illawarra. We will encourage the use of local project participants provided that Council’s governance requirements can be maintained and a value-add to the project can be demonstrated”.

    With all consultants now appointed on the project, demolition and remediation of the hospital site will commence in February 2017 and the Head Contractor for the construction will be tendered in January 2017.

  4. Posted: 25/07/2016

    APP, in a joint venture with Arcadis, has been the Project Verifier of the Design and Construction for the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Upgrade Project for the past two and a half years and as of last week we’re delighted to report the new highway is open to the public.

    The Project commenced in December 2013 and was scheduled for completion in August this year, however following a combined effort from all involved, the highway was opened on 22 July 2016. Over 160km of defect walks in the last 3 weeks was completed, covering every aspect from fencing, earthworks, drainage, pavement, road furniture and landscaping.

    The Nambucca Heads to Urunga Upgrade Project includes the design and construction of 22km of four-lane divided carriageway. A southern upgrade section, approximately 10km long, from Nambucca Heads to North of Valla Beach was built adjacent to and over the existing Pacific Highway and a northern "bypass" section around Urunga was constructed on a new alignment to the west of the Pacific Highway.

    The works involved approximately:

    • 3.8 million cubic metres of earthworks with substantial 30m deep cuttings north and south of the Kalang River,
    • the construction of 38 bridges including a 150m twin bridge across the Kalang River,
    • 31 culverts including 17 box culverts,
    • two new interchanges and the modification one existing interchange,
    • 180,000m3 of concrete pavements including two sections of CRCP,
    • dedicated fauna crossings, and
    • landscaping and revegetation works.
  5. Posted: 27/10/2015

    Our ACT branch welcomes a new face this month with the appointment of Senior Project Manager, Karen Heldon.

    Karen brings a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. She’s managed large-scale office relocations, base-builds, and fit-outs, often within restricted timeframes, successfully coordinating all logistics and stakeholder considerations.

    A Canberra native, Karen is well-versed in the local market and compliments our APP team wonderfully. Please join us in welcoming Karen to the APP family in the ACT.

  6. Posted: 30/07/2015

    APP is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Baldwin to the role of Manager of Projects for APP’s ACT operations. 

    Sandy has over 20 years’ experience working within the Canberra construction industry. In particular, she has significant experience working with and alongside local and Commonwealth government departments in Canberra and is experienced with government funding and the procurement process.

    Sandy believes “a quality project management service that is professional and team focused is key to APP’s success in Canberra. Everyone on a construction project wants to see it succeed. A project team needs to work together, and with an expert Project Manager at the helm, it’s hard to fail.” It is with this mentality that Sandy has delivered several construction projects for the retail, health, commercial office, and residential sectors.

    APP CEO Adam Castro said “I’m delighted to have Sandy on board to continue the growth of our business in Canberra and the surrounding region. Her extensive knowledge of the National Construction Code, ACT planning laws and building approval processes are a valuable addition to our team on the ground in Canberra.

    “The intent is that we are well placed, with Sandy’s local knowledge and experience, backed by a national organisation who is actively working with major players throughout Australia, to help clients maximise these kinds of opportunities on the horizon.”

    Sandy is an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS).

  7. Posted: 28/04/2015

    St Jude’s Church in Bowral is enjoying the new community building, recently finished in February. The 1874 Anglican Church was in need of additional space to facilitate future growth as well as provide for a range of ministry and community activities.

    Essential to the brief was to amalgamate the new building with the existing heritage-listed church. St Judes engaged the services of renowned heritage architect Ridley Smith from NBRS and partners. Sadly Ridley passed away before the project was completed but not before the design was completed and approved by the church committee.

    Ridley produced an excellent design for a new building, navigating the many site constraints including the existing buildings, the historic cemetery and the conservation and heritage aspects of the site. APP was engaged shortly after the passing of Ridley to project manage the construction of the new building.

    The new building has capacity for 250 people, an adjacent but separate area for children’s ministry activities connected to an outdoor play area, office space for the ministers and administration staff with easy access for the public, a joint communal area for informal gatherings prior to and after worship services and other functions, modernised and larger kitchen facilities, new toilet facilities and off street parking.

    The overall goal was to build a modern church complex which is sensitive to the heritage values of the site, while providing for a wide range of ministries and community activities, and it has achieved this successfully. 

    The project was completed in February 2015 under a design and construct agreement with a local contractor, Camarda and Cantrill. Since its official opening by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, the building has received numerous accolades and is likely to be entered in the MBA heritage awards.

  8. Posted: 23/09/2014

    APP has been appointed as Project Manager for a new 16 bed dementia-specific unit at Burradoo.  Architects have been appointed and the first of the scheme designs will be produced by the end of September 2014.  The design will be peer reviewed by experts in the field of dementia to ensure the facility will be on par with world class standards.

  9. Posted: 23/09/2014

    APP has been appointed to manage a $1.5M extension and refurbishment at the Wanniassa Primary School in Tuggeranong. This extension is to accommodate a new Introductory English Centre, which will provide a learning environment for new citizens (children) living in the ACT prior to them entering the mainstream education system.

  10. Posted: 22/05/2014

    The Governor of NSW opened the new, HarbisonCare state-of-the-art, 79-bed, circa $10M residential aged care facility at Burradoo in Southern NSW this week.

    Drawing on APP’s previous experience in managing the planning and delivery of aged care facilities for HarbisonCare over almost 10 years, APP was engaged in early 2012 to manage the design, authority approvals, tendering and construction of the new facility, together with a refurbishment of the existing nursing home.

    APP facilitated a number of Value Managements sessions to critique the facility’s design prior to managing the tender and negotiation phase of the project.

    The works were undertaken both in an operational facility and on a site constrained by adjoining buildings and associated infrastructure, APP ensured the construction programme addressed the sensitivities of the residents, which saw its official opening this week and we’re looking forward to seeing new and previous residents settle in to the new facility.

  11. Posted: 27/05/2013

    APP has been appointed by Charles Sturt University to act as the Project Director for development of a new campus in Port Macquarie.

    The new campus being located on a greenfield site approximately 5 kms from the main town centre and when complete, will provide facilities for approx. 5,000 students.

    APP’s first task will be to manage the consultant tender and selection process then the preparation of a structured masterplan for the site.


  12. Posted: 22/11/2012

    The National Film and Sound Archive project which began in early 2012, has completed the design phase and construction commenced.  APP is Project Manager and Superintendent on the $4M refurbishment of their M5 collection storage facility in Canberra, which includes almost 9 lineal kilometres of storage within four climate controlled vaults.  The project is on track for completion in September.

  13. Posted: 20/11/2012

    Construction has commenced on the 67-bed Aged Care facility for Harbison Care, at Burradoo in southern NSW.  APP is project managing delivery of the new facility and to mark the occasion Mayor Juliet Arkwright turned the first soil on site, together with David Cummins, Harbison's Chairman.

  14. Posted: 28/08/2012

    APP has been appointed to manage a $192 million upgrade of HMAS Albatross Defence base in Nowra, including 22 buildings and infrastructure elements to improve the performance of the base such as improving base security, upgrading buildings and facilities to support operational capability and providing new facilities to enhance present and future planning of the site.  APP is appointed as Project Manager / Contract Administrator to complete the Planning Phase works and undertake the full Delivery Phase works.

    The project will generate over 350 trade positions within the Shoalhaven and Illawarra regions.

  15. Posted: 12/04/2012

    Harbison Care, a leading aged care not-for-profit organisation, has appointed APP to manage the delivery of a new 67-bed Nursing Home at Burradoo.  The state of the art facility will incorporate 16 beds which will feature "Extra Service" functions.   This latest commission extends our ongoing relationship with Harbison that began in 2006.

  16. Posted: 12/04/2012

    APP in Canberra has been appointed by the National Film and Sound Archive to manage the planning and delivery of a 2,600sqm custom facility for accommodate and storage of irreplaceable Australian film artefacts.  The collection storage facility will have international leading design for ‘cool and cold vaults’ and accommodate for 30 staff.

  17. Posted: 04/04/2012

    APP has won a 3rd repeat project with Bankstown City Aged Care, a not for profit aged care provider.

    The role is Project Manager on the development and delivery of 41 independent living units, valued at $12M.

  18. Posted: 23/11/2011

    APP is working with Transfield Services on the Department of Climate Change Housing Insulation Program Phase 2. This project commenced in April 2011 and is programmed to finish in June 2012. This is a large project with approximately 500 employees and contractors working in various roles throughout the country, delivering safety outcomes to over 80,000 households across Australia. The APP team is responsible for the project directorship role and client liaison with the Federal Government.

  19. Posted: 23/11/2011

    APP has recently managed the refurbishment and/or construction of new buildings across 28 Primary Schools in the Wollongong Diocese under the BER program. This $70M project commenced in June 2009 and finished in September 2011 and was funded by the Federal Government as part of its Building the Education Revolution.

    APP delivered a custom built design for every school, taking into account the individual needs of each school. The project involved 9 architectural firms and 11 builders across the programme. All works were delivered on time and within the budget.