News - Northern NSW & Central Coast

  1. Posted: 20/03/2017

    We’d like to congratulate the following APP staff from our NSW and ACT branches who have recently been appointed to Property Council of Australia Committees for the coming year.

    Regional General Manager of our Northern NSW office, Gillian Geraghty has joined the PCA’s Hunter Chapter Committee which aims to implement the initiatives for the Lower Hunter Reform agency and the review of planning controls for key councils. Gillian is also the elected Vice President of the Hunter Business Chamber which supports business prosperity and the greater community in the region. 

    Chloe De Vries (Project Manager) and Davis Espert (Senior Project Manager) also from the Northern NSW office, have both been appointed to the the Hunter Future Directions Committee, which is aimed at providing networking and professional development platforms for young property professionals.

    Andrew Hunter (CI Australia) has been appointed to the Commercial Office Property Committee, which champions the interests of the commercial office sector.

    Sandy Baldwin, Regional Head of Projects in our Canberra office was recently appointed to the Economic Development & Infrastructure Committee to provide advice on issues relating to economic development in the ACT.

    Please join us in congratulating these individuals on their appointments and contributions to the PCA. 

  2. Posted: 27/02/2017

    APP is pleased to announce that we have been engaged by Newcastle City Council (NCC) to manage the planning of a number of new cycleways around the city.  

    The project forms part of a greater cycling strategy implemented by the NCC aimed at delivering cycling improvements in Newcastle to help facilitate safe, attractive, and cost effective travel options. Additional cycle ways will also reduce fuel, parking and health costs. 

    The proposed cycleway locations include:

    • Maud Street;
    • Coorumbung Rd to Evertone Street;
    • Glebe Rd to Donald Street;
    • Grinsell St to Rydal St; and
    • Adamstown Station to Fernleigh Track. 

    The project will be led by Senior Project Manager Shannon Drewe, based in APP’s Newcastle office. 

  3. Posted: 08/12/2016

    In early December we welcomed construction management students from the University of Newcastle to APP’s Newcastle office.

    The students visited APP and other organisations as part of an “Office Crawl” to gain exposure to the industry and explore different career paths available to them.

    Using our work on University of Newcastle’s NeW Space Campus as an example, we explained our role as Project Manager to the students and the different tasks an APP team performs on a project such as this.

    Jordan Elliott and Adam Schipp, both APM’s at APP with degrees in construction management

    Since joining APP’s Newcastle office in 2016 as an Assistant Project Manager, Jordan has worked primarily within the health and aged care sectors, where she values the opportunity to increase her skills in a complex live project environment. Jordan has a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from the University of Newcastle and a strong background in planning and scheduling within the industrial and manufacturing.

    Adam joined APP in 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager after completing a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. Adam has been involved in the project management of the new Newcastle Courthouse and the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space development, two of the city’s landmark projects.  Jordan and Adam spoke to the students about their responsibilities on particular projects to provide a deeper understanding of a career in project management.

    We’re pleased we were able to provide University of Newcastle students some insight into a career in the construction industry and an understanding of the broad services APP provides to the property and infrastructure industries.

  4. Posted: 21/11/2016

    We’re delighted to announce that Simone O’Connor has been promoted to Project Director.

    Simone has successfully project managed a diverse range of projects and clients including the Newcastle Airport, Diocese of Maitland Newcastle, UGL Rail Facilities, Anglican Care Residential Aged Care Facilities, HMRI Feasibility and Capacity Studies, Civil Remediation Projects and various Health Projects for Hunter New England Health. Simone recently completed Kilpatrick Court Residential Aged Care Facility for Anglican Care.

    Simone’s point of difference is the value she adds during the front-end planning and design phases of her projects, developing high-level strategy, identifying and managing core risks and setting up cost plans, key processes, programs and governance structures to ensure effective program management. During the construction and delivery phases she provides expert high-level supervision and client liaison. For this reason Simone is valued by her clients for her up-front, open communication style and ability to strategize on the run, make swift, effective decisions and find efficient solutions to complex problems.

    Simone is also valued within the Newcastle business community as a committee member of Women in Building & Associated Services (WIBAS). Simone’s promotion coincided with her leading a tour through the University of Newcastle’s New Space for WIBAS last week.

    We congratulate Simone on this well-deserved promotion. 

  5. Posted: 16/11/2016

    Construction of the $60M Armidale Hospital redevelopment project has officially started, with the project team turning the first sod earlier this month.  

    The project team was joined at the ceremony by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Hunter New England Health, Health Infrastructure, builders and infrastructure designers, planners, staff and community leaders.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager for the redevelopment project by Health Infrastructure NSW in October last year, and is part of the lead design team which also includes Wilde and Woollard.

    The state-of-the-art facility will comprise a mix of new and redeveloped facilities including a new emergency department, a new critical care unit, new in-patient ward, new operating theatres and a new sterilizing unit.

    The four-storey facility will confirm Armidale as a world-class regional health precinct, providing outstanding clinical and community health services to a community of 150,000 people across the region.

    Construction of the new building is expected to be completed in late 2017 with refurbishment works to follow.

  6. Posted: 08/09/2016

    APP is pleased to announce our appointment as Project Manager for the planning of the $30M upgrade of Inverell Hospital, situated 200km north of Tamworth. The project will be managed by APP’s Northern NSW team, who’ve established a solid reputation for delivering major regional projects across the Hunter and Northern Districts of NSW.

    Inverell Hospital is a 63-bed district hospital and is part of the Hunter New England Health’s clinical network with Tamworth and Armidale Hospitals, both of which have undergone significant transformation using APP’s project management expertise.

    The hospital currently provides a range of inpatient, outpatient and community health services including Emergency Services, Maternity, Day Surgery, Theatres and Recovery, Paediatrics, Ambulatory Care and Dental. Non-clinical services include Education & Training, Staff Accommodation, Mortuary and HealthShare services.

    The upgrade will provide new maternity facilities, ambulatory care, an emergency department, a GP clinic, inpatient beds (including paediatrics), perioperative services, pharmacy, dental and areas for education and training.

    The project is fast paced with the business case for the project due by the end of October, and the design finalised by mid-2017.  The Business Case will be submitted to the NSW Government to secure the funding for the project delivery.

  7. Posted: 02/09/2016

    Congratulations to our NorthernNSW office, recognised at the NSW Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) awards in Sydney.  APP won a Project Management Achievement Award in the Regional Projects category for the University of Newcastle's Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources' (NIER) new Research building.  APP has been managing the delivery of NIER's world-class research facilities over several years, which on completion will bring together leading researchers across multiple disciplines to undertake innovation research for next generation energy and distribution solutions.  This latest research building comprises multiple workstations, offices, amenities, store rooms and carparking.  

    We congratulate Johannes, Pat and Roger for their outstanding efforts in winning the award on behalf of APP.


  8. Posted: 16/03/2016

    Congratulations to the APP team in Northern NSW, who won significant recognition at the Hunter Diversity Awards 2016 with the award for "Inclusive Workplace Champion", edging out other finalists including PKF, lawyers Sparke Helmore, Urdarov Accounts and ARTC.  The judging panel was looking for organisational leadership that supported and influenced diversity in the Hunter region, through professional development, secondment opportunities, gender, ethnicity and age diversity.  In awarding APP, the Panel noted “the top down approach to inclusivity taken by APP”.

    The judges were also impressed with APP’s national approach towards increasing Diversity in our organisation, highlighted in our submission.  This includes the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) workgroup and participation in an "Inclusive Leadership in Action" program, the establishment of a D&I Forum to identify and implement a framework to deliver awareness training across the organisation and our EEO and Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace principles based on merit, qualifications, competence and suitability for work to be performed.

    We are proud to celebrate this great success on behalf of everyone at APP.

  9. Posted: 02/03/2016

    The New Newcastle Courthouse has begun hearing Supreme Court trials.

    Officially opened on the 15th February, the new $90 million, seven-storey complex is the most secure and technologically advanced courthouse in the regional NSW, setting a benchmark for how modern justice services in NSW are delivered.

    APP project managed the 12,000 square metre complex that has 10 state-of-the-art courtrooms and two tribunal rooms for Local, District and Supreme Court hearings.

    The technology in the courts allows off-site witness testimony, remote bail applications and private suites allowing witnesses to provide “in camera” evidence.

    The 3-year construction was a landmark project for APP in Newcastle, and as always, it’s very satisfying to see the purpose-built facility in use.

    The following is a timelapse of the construction of the new courthouse:

  10. Posted: 09/11/2015

    APP's Newcastle office joined in the celebrations for the University of Newcastle's 50 year history by sponsoring the FEBE (Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment) Gala Dinner on 6 November.  Over 200 guests were treated to a lively history of the Faculty's achievements, presented by four former Pro Vice-Chancellors and Deans.  The guest of honour speaker was Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, interviewed by MC Adam Spencer. Professor Galvin developed the award-winning technology behind the Reflux Classifier and his research team forms part of the University's Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).  APP's Northern NSW office has been the Project Manager on Stages 1 and 2 of this key facility since 2011.

  11. Posted: 09/11/2015

    APP in Northern NSW welcomes Mark Coyte to a senior role in APP’s expanding team in the Hunter and North Coast.  Mark is working with Gillian Geraghty, our Regional General Manager. Gillian acknowledges Mark’s 20 year career in project management and construction:  “Mark brings to our team an impressive depth of experience across multiple sectors including residential, education, health, Defence, commercial and marine infrastructure.”

    “Mark has worked with both public and private sector clients throughout Australia including Defence, National Broadband Network, University of NSW, GPT and QLD Health.  And as a local for several years, he has worked with Newcastle Port Corporation, Newcastle Airport, Newcastle Council, Coal Services and most recently on the RAAF Base at Williamtown.  Mark has an extensive professional network and will be working on a number of high profile projects for APP throughout the region.

    Mark joins over 30 professionals based in the King Street Newcastle office.  

  12. Posted: 27/10/2015

    APP has been appointed as Project Manager for the $60M Armidale Hospital redevelopment project. The appointment was made by Health Infrastructure NSW (HI) and announced by the Member for the Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall MP on 8 October 2015.

    In launching the schematic design for the Armidale Rural Referral Hospital recently, Mr Marshall referenced APP’s appointment as part of the lead design team, which also includes Wilde and Woollard and Building Studio Architects.

    The redevelopment will comprise a mix of new and redeveloped facilities including a new emergency department, a new critical care unit, new in-patient ward, new operating theatres and a new sterilizing unit.

    APP’s Regional General Manager for Northern NSW Gillian Geraghty is looking forward to expanding APP’s presence in the Northern Tablelands, following the establishment of a permanent office in Tamworth in 2013. Ms Geraghty commented: “APP has worked in and around the Northern Tablelands for several years, and our role as Project Manager on the Tamworth Health Service redevelopment provided us the opportunity to establish a dedicated office to this region. We are already part of the local community and employ local expertise that is supported by a national business of over 300 professionals”.

    APP’s appointment to Armidale Hospital follows on from their recent engagement to deliver Multi-Purpose Service Health centres at Bonalbo, Coolah and Rylstone.

    Construction on Armidale is expected to commence in 2016, with completion expected in 2018.

  13. Posted: 27/10/2015

    APP continues to expand our service offering in Northern NSW with the arrival of planning specialist Anthony Williams to the Newcastle-based team in Northern NSW.  Anthony is a Senior Planner, with qualifications in Urban Management and Planning and Advanced Building Regulation. 

    Anthony’s role is to extend APP’s current planning capability by offering feasibility and planning advice, master planning and development approvals expertise to APP’s diverse client base in Northern NSW.   Together with APP’s Chris Wright, a specialist in town planning, due diligence and property development, the two are working on planning and development projects throughout the Hunter region.

    Anthony’s experience has developed around industrial, commercial, land subdivision, contaminated sites, land rezoning, state significant projects and biodiversity offsetting. He also has direct experience with Councils, having worked as a Planner with Blacktown City Council and Cessnock City Council.  He maintains a strong network of contacts across local government in the region.

    As a local, Anthony has been involved in many major planning projects throughout the Hunter including the North Bellbird Urban Release Area, Cliftleigh Urban Release Area, Goninan’s Rail project at Carrington, a Sand Quarry and Biobank project at Salt Ash plus the development of several significant industrial holdings at Tomago.  

  14. Posted: 09/10/2015

    APP Project Director Roger Payne shared some valuable insights on the construction of Newcastle's latest landmark, at the recent Hunter Property Council lunch.  APP is managing the delivery of the new Court House complex on Hunter Street, on behalf of the Department of Attorney General and Justice.  The building is due for completion shortly and is integral to the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD.  To read more, visit:


  15. Posted: 01/10/2015

    On 29 May 2015 the Tamworth Health Service Redevelopment project achieved a major milestone with the handover of the Tamworth Acute Services Building to Hunter New England Local Health District. This was a major milestone for Hunter New England Health and for Health Infrastructure and constitutes a major piece of social infrastructure being delivered for the community of New England.

    This important deliverable involved the construction of a new multi-level hospital building that provides a hub for clinical service priorities in medical; surgical; paediatrics; maternity, and birthing; special care nursery; palliative care; emergency services; operating suites and recovery spaces; cardiac catheterisation laboratory; medical imaging; nuclear medicine and pharmacy.  The facility also provides consultancy outreach and support for chronic and complex disease management across the whole community.

    APP has been involved in this project since September 2012 as the Delivery Project Manager. The project was delivered on time, and on budget whilst managing to deliver a new hospital in a live environment, with minimal disruption to patients and services. As the Delivery Project Manager APP’s services have included management of the design, town planning, construction and the operational commissioning.

    The next stage of the redevelopment is now underway which includes:

    • Refurbishment of the Bruderlin Building to accommodate ambulatory care (outpatient) clinics, and Medical 2 and Surgical 2 Orthopaedic wards;
    • Refurbishment and expansion of existing buildings to create a new Oral Health service;
    • Minor refurbishment of the historic 1883 Building in keeping with heritage requirements;
    • Conversion of the former wards into office space; and
    • Additional car parking.

    The new Ambulatory Care Centre is an exciting innovation that will allow better coordination of outpatient care. Currently outpatient clinics are located at a number of sites across the hospital campus, which means that patients who attend multiple clinics may have to move from one location to another to receive their care. The new Ambulatory Care Centre will combine the majority of outpatient clinics in the one location, including the renal unit, fracture clinic, diabetes service, paediatric clinic and obstetrics and gynaecology clinics.

    This stage of the redevelopment is expected to be complete in mid-2016.

    Funding for the redevelopment was secured in May 2011, with the Commonwealth’s Health and Hospitals Fund (HFF) and the NSW Government jointly funding, with respective contributions of $120 million and $91 million.

  16. Posted: 07/09/2015

    We proudly congratulate Gillian Geraghty, our Northern NSW Regional Manager, on receiving a Women in Building Recognition Award at the 2015 MBA Excellence in Building Awards for the Newcastle region.  Gillian was presented the award at a Gala dinner attended by the cream of the Hunter’s property and construction industry.   

    This award recognizes the contribution that women have made within the region's building community.  Gillian accepted the award on behalf of APP's Northern NSW team, acknowledging their combined efforts to deliver many landmark projects throughout the Hunter region over the last 10 years.  Gillian has recently stepped into the role of Regional Manager and has over 20 years’ experience as a Project Manager and Project Director, working on significant projects throughout Newcastle, Sydney and internationally. 

  17. Posted: 27/08/2015

    APP has announced the appointment of Gillian Geraghty to Regional General Manager for our Northern NSW operations. 

    Gillian succeeds Peter McNally in the role, who over the previous eight years has successfully built APP’s regional team in Northern NSW to be delivering a number of projects in the region, including Tamworth Hospital, Newcastle Courthouse, Newcastle University’s NeW Space Campus, and Lakes Grammar.

    CEO Adam Castro said “Gillian’s appointment is a result of succession planning at its best. It’s a wonderful position to be in to have someone of Gillian’s calibre ready and capable of taking over the Northern NSW branch in a smooth transition, whilst Peter assumes his new responsibilities with ICD (Asia Pacific).”

    Gillian is due to assume the role at the end of August and will be doing so with the support of a solid management team made up of Business Unit Leaders: Peter Allen, Andrew McSwan, and Stuart Diver.

  18. Posted: 17/07/2015

    APP's Northern NSW office is hosting a charity drive on behalf of Ronald McDonald House.  APP is seeking in-kind donations of everyday essential items such as shampoo, conditioners, soaps, deodorants, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes. At the end of the drive APP will deliver all donations to Ronald McDonald Houses in Newcastle, Tamworth and Gosford.

    Ronald McDonald House provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of children receiving hospital treatment for serious and life threatening conditions.  The Newcastle, Tamworth and Gosford Ronald McDonald Houses annually support over 1,500 families during this difficult time when their lives are turned upside down.  Your contribution of everyday essentials will be very welcomed, so please contact APP in Newcastle on 02 4928 7600 and pledge your support.


  19. Posted: 01/07/2015

    APP continues to secure work with Health Infrastructure in NSW, with our recent appointment as Project Manager for the delivery of the Sustainable Hospital Car Park Investment Program (SHCPIP).

    The SHCPIP aims to improve the planning, funding, financing, procurement, delivery and operation of NSW Health hospital car parks.  The key aim of the SCHPIP is to transform car park facilities into self-funding assets capable of generating funding for future expansion to meet future supply. 

    APP will coordinate the financial analysis, prepare Business Cases, planning activities and associated consultation to drive the program.  The APP team will work with HI and the respective Local Health Districts to optimise value and ensure the efficient delivery of the SHCPIP. 

  20. Posted: 06/05/2015

    The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) is in the process of relocating to the University of Newcastle (UON).

    Building on our longstanding relationship with the UON, we are program managing the move from the University of South Australia which involves the physical relocation of CRC CARE research materials and equipment, plus the refurbishment of existing facilities at the UON to create office spaces, laboratory spaces, soil processing and storage areas and greenhouses.

    CRC CARE was set up in 2005 as a research network covering the whole of Australia to tackle the critical areas of contamination assessment and remediation, with the goal of cutting Australia’s pollutants and improving the health of its people, cities, food, soil, air and water.

    The move to UON is intended to extend the latest in clean-up science to a wider range of the nation’s major industries.

    The relocation will be done in two transitional stages with an expected completion in 2016.