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  1. 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. 

  2. Posted: 26/08/2016

    Congratulations to Sydney-based Shivani Naidoo on winning the Merit Award for Project Management at the 2016 NSW NAWIC Women in Construction event.  

    Shivani is an APP Senior Project Manager and responsible for managing the national rollout of Westpac's Retail branches upgrade programme.  We are very proud to be a part of Shivani's career growth.  With qualifications in architecture, Shivani joined us in 2012 as the Technical Lead for Graphics and Publishing.  She moved into the Projects division within APP shortly to follow her passion for managing a diverse range of projects.  Today as a Senior Project Manager, Shivani exemplifies our core values of Strive, Own It, Do What's Right and Respect.  At APP we are all delighted at this recognition of her skills and ability - well done Shivani!

    APP's Shivani Naidoo with her NAWIC Merit Award for Project Management
  3. Posted: 24/08/2016

    APP was engaged to assist with a design competition for the redevelopment and refurbishment of Sunnybank Plaza for YFG and Retail First. The design competition saw five architectural firms' designs shortlisted, with three finalists presenting their designs to the panel.

    The designs were interesting, unique and captured the essence of the brief and the vision the owners had for the centre.

    APP has been involved in previous design competitions for the City of Casey Cultural Precinct in Narre Warren, VIC (now known as Bunjil Place), Star City Casino and Hotel in Sydney and “Space” 1 Bligh Street, also in Sydney.

    Nick Davy chaired the design competition and was pleased with the process and integrity of the competition. “The centre has such a unique character. It was important that the winning design captured that character and provided visitors with the Sunnybank experience that is so unique to the area – there really isn’t another shopping centre like it.”

    More details of the winning design will be released by YFG and Retail First, however we’re sure you’ll be intrigued with what’s to come at Sunnybank Plaza.

    Sunnybank Plaza, Brisbane
  4. 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.

  5. Posted: 24/08/2016

    We’re delighted to announce Kevin Tompkins has been promoted to Business Unit Leader.

    An innovative Project Director, Kevin has been a member of the Sydney team for the past six years, working across a arrange of projects such as the MMC relocation to Tower 1 at Barangaroo, the construction and fit-out of the new Nan Tien Institute, and managing a number of sustainability retrofit projects for GE Capital Real Estate.

    In his new role as Business Unit Leader, Kevin is now leading a team of highly proficient project managers at various stages of their careers, whilst still providing his usual Project Directorship services.

    Manager of Projects for Sydney, Neil MacLeod says “Kevin was an obvious choice for the Business Unit Leader Promotion. He is a great mentor to our junior staff, has exceptional communication skills and is well-respected amongst his clients and colleagues.”

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

  6. Posted: 17/08/2016

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

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

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

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

    Read more at The Urban Developer.

  7. Posted: 17/08/2016

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

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

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

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

  8. Posted: 16/08/2016

    APP's real estate subsidiary, CI Australia, is a Finalist in the Real Estate Institute’s 2016 REINSW Awards. CI will be contesting the award for Commercial Agency 'Large', with the winners announced on 13 October.

    This is excellent recognition for CI’s performance in a category that is traditionally dominated by large international agencies.

    "Being recognised in this way at the REINSW Awards is testament to CI’s ongoing growth and success”, says Andrew Hunter, CEO of CI Australia.  “With our re-brand in 2015, CI embarked on a major program to evolve our service delivery lines and internal work place environment. This initiative is now delivering benefits and we look forward to continuing the CI evolution in every aspect of our business.”

    CI is on a growth path to expand nationally. Leveraging APP's connections and APP's parent organisations Broadspectrum and Ferrovial, will provide CI the access to widening global markets. A growing presence in Melbourne and licences acquired for further national expansion, means that CI is able to offer major portfolios, clients and local councils a national full-suite service. 

    CI’s clients continue to strongly support the business, with Roads and Maritime Services and RailCorp (Sydney Trains) re-signing and expanding the management of their extensive portfolios. CI has also acted for Government Property NSW on a diverse range of transactions. The recent completion of three portfolios, with more appointments to come, has resulted in significantly lifting CI’s transaction average from an average sale price of $20-$50M to $90-$200M.

    In line with this national and corporate growth, CI has grown internally with new additions to their department teams and the implementation of several social initiatives to drive health, work and family balance. The introduction of an employee recognition program has driven greater staff engagement. Upgrades to IT software and systems, together with the provision of mobile devices, has also enabled greater flexibility and efficiency across the work place.

  9. Posted: 12/08/2016

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

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

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

  10. 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.
  11. Posted: 14/07/2016

    APP’s Sarah Mullins, Manager of Projects SA, has been selected by the Property Council’s Future Directions Committee to be a mentor in their 2016 Future Leaders’ Mentoring Program.

    The objective of the 12-week program is to create opportunities for the mentee to gain knowledge, expand their networking skills and learn from the experiences of professionals in the property industries.

    SA Executive Director of the Property Council, Daniel Gannon said “the national initiative is focused on assisting participants in growing their industry networks and Sarah is an inspiring and influential role model for the property sector – any advice she can share or doors she can open, will be of great benefit to many professionals in this industry.”

    Sarah is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of the property industry, her networks and opportunities with her mentee Kelly Kiernan from Proactive Property.

  12. Posted: 07/07/2016

    APP has been appointed by TAFE Queensland South West to assist in raising the value of logistics training programs in line with the industry’s experience in current and future practices in the transport and logistics industry which will feed into the training offered in Brisbane and the Northern regions. TAFE Queensland South West provides courses in Logistics and Warehousing Operations to meet the growing demand of the region for skilled workers.

    The updated training packages will focus on integrated logistics. We will combine the knowledge of our industry partners and our own knowledge of industrial logistics and transport with our recent experience on three 50,000m2 Distribution Centres for ALDI, two 30,000m2 Logistics Facilities for TNT, Intermodal Freight Terminals and Distribution Hubs for Toll in WA and NT, Food Processing facilities for Sunny Queen, Dairy Farmers and Australian Country Choice, to provide current and relevant advice to TAFE Queensland South West.

    APP continues to grow a local presence in Toowoomba and the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Hub which provides support to the growth of one of Australia’s largest regional centres. APP’s Senior Project Manager, Gordon Grover hails from Toowoomba and has delivered several significant transport and logistics projects. Gordon will lead APP’s support to TAFE Queensland South West, coordinating our national expertise to help deliver the revised training programs.

  13. Posted: 01/07/2016

    APP is participating in the NAIDOC celebrations with our staff in Queensland attending a one-day Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Immersion Learning workshop at the Oodgeroo Unit at Kelvin Grove QUT. Indigenous Leader Benny Hodges will guide our staff through an interactive workshop focusing on key issues and stereotypes commonly experienced within the workplace. Benny Hodges’s presentation will guide APP through various cultural perspectives and personal experiences through his eyes, from the past through to the present.

    Earlier this year, APP sponsored an award for outstanding academic achievement for Indigenous Students in the engineering and built environment faculties, providing the successful applicant an opportunity to partner with APP in an internship. The awards were facilitated by one of our own indigenous employees, Clay Kudla, who is a proud descendant of the Jukun people of the Kimberley in Western Australia. Clay secured an internship with APP in January 2013 and has progressed to Assistant Project Manager, working on a range of projects such as the Gold Coast University Hospital, PNG Pacific Games Project and ALDI Distribution Warehouses at Brendale and Stapylton.

    Through our parent company, Broadspectrum’s Reconciliation Action Plan, APP has a commitment to Australia’s efforts to build strong relationships with Indigenous communities and to create increased opportunities for employment and engagement, and through providing training and awareness programs, and internships we continue to support and implement closing the gap. Broadspectrum was one of 13 organisations to have achieved the Elevate status for their Reconciliation Action Plan, emphasising their leadership towards reconciliation.

  14. Posted: 16/06/2016

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

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Posted: 16/06/2016

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

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

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

    Completion is expected in December 2018.

  18. Posted: 10/06/2016

    APP, working closely with our delivery partners FDC and design partners Robert Ferguson Architects and Waterman, have delivered our 50th branch for The Westpac Group.

    For the last 30 months we have been delivering throughout the country new and refurbished Westpac and St George branches under this contract, in what is widely considered an extremely effective program delivery solution.

    By the end of September this year, the APP team anticipate the delivery of 61 branches in total, including three St George branches and one business banking centre.  In addition, and in parallel, the APP team has delivered or is delivering 30 branch retrofits and a further 23 smaller ‘refresh’ branch upgrades making a combined total of 114 branches upgraded through the efforts of the APP team.

    The locations of these branches vary dramatically, from George St in Sydney to Kununurra in the Western Australian outback and traverse Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

    On achieving this significant milestone for Westpac, we’d like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the team at Westpac Group Property and the tireless efforts of the APP team, whilst thanking all of our partners for the commitment that enables the ongoing success of this program.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.