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  1. 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.

  2. 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”.

  3. Posted: 19/05/2016

    #APPnext was officially launched at the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, where APP has the contract through to 2020 to manage the transformation of Albert Park into a world-class international motor racing circuit.

    #APPnext is APP’s next generation of industry connections, created by the next generation of APP leaders. The nature of APP’s business is built on relationships and knowledge and this forum aims to increase connections, networking and industry based knowledge for the next generation of all property related professionals.

    APP’s guests were entertained at the Event and experienced first-hand the buzz and excitement of Formula 1.  They also heard from APP’s Project Director, Ben Schubert with a ‘Behind the Scenes’ insight into the planning, coordination and management necessary for this highly complex infrastructure project.

    A series of #APPnext events are being planned throughout the year. For enquiries and to register your interest, please contact Aleisha Lando at aleisha.lando@app.com.au.

  4. Posted: 19/05/2016

    Construction has commenced on Nine High, a 7 storey residential apartment building located in the heart of Preston. The development consists of 66 apartments, two retail tenancies fronting High Street, and a double height carpark basement.

    Kincaid Projects engaged APP provide professional development advice and project management services in the delivery phase of the project including tendering to contractors, contract negotiations and award, and construction superintendency. APP conducted detailed design reviews and value management processes and procured the head contractor.

    The development is currently under construction consisting of a 16-month build programme. With piling and bulk excavation complete, the contract is now moving into the commencement of structure.

    APP is using their expertise to review programme onsite ensuring milestones are met and the quality is to the standard expected from the client. The programme is currently tracking well and is scheduled for handover in mid-2017.

  5. Posted: 18/05/2016

    The second stage of QIC's $665M transformation of Eastland opened for trade on 5 May 2016, with the unveiling of a new galleria over two levels that is now home to 80 brands, and 'The Arcade', a boutique space dedicated to beautifully crafted accessories and championing up-and-coming designers.

    The two-level galleria includes an immensely impressive vaulted ceiling design, which creates a unique feature to the retail destination. Popular fashion and lifestyle brands joining Eastland include Tiger Mist, Levi’s, Bonds, Cotton On Megastore, Bardot Junior, Adairs Kids, Build a Bear Workshop, and Wheel & Barrow.

    Combined with the previous stage that opened last year, the redevelopment has now increased the size of Eastland by approximately 50%, from 79,000m2 to approximately 130,000m2, and has also created a vibrant town centre destination with premium shopping, leisure, dining, entertainment, and social experiences.

    APP assisted QIC on both stages of this project with the tenancy delivery services, providing both tenancy coordinators and delivery administrators. These roles have involved close liaison with all stakeholders including the client, leasing, designers, consultants, contractors, centre management, tenants and their fit-out contractors.

  6. Posted: 04/05/2016

    APP has been appointed to project manage the NSWRL’s Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park, following the deliveries of other sporting facilities including the new Noble Bradman and Messenger Stands at the SCG and the overlay for the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup, 

    NSWRL CEO Dave Trodden said it was an exciting step towards the start of work on the $20 million Home of the Blues, which will provide a pathway for emerging talent from junior representative sides through to the NSW Blues State of Origin team.

    While the Centre of Excellence is not expected to be completed until late 2017, the NSWRL will move next month from Rugby League Central at Moore Park to an interim office at Sydney Olympic Park, close to where work will soon begin on the Centre of Excellence.

    “The Centre of Excellence is a game-changer for New South Wales Rugby League and we are very pleased to have APP Corporation managing such a significant project that sets our game up for long-term success at all levels,” Trodden said.

    “The sporting facilities and other projects they have been involved with speak for themselves and we look forward to APP applying their world-class expertise to our Centre of Excellence.”

    APP has 26 years’ experience in providing consulting services to the property and infrastructure industries throughout Australia, as well as the management and delivery of projects for private and public sector clients. 

    APP’s Project Director Ron Aquilina is committed to delivering a world-class facility for NSW Rugby League.

    “We recognise that this facility is more than just bricks and mortar,” he said. 

    “It will be a new home base for Rugby League in NSW that will provide great benefits for the entire NSW Rugby League community. We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in this exciting project.”

    Trodden said the Centre of Excellence will include a full-size training field between the Athletic Centre and ANZ Stadium, and a new building for specialised support facilities and the offices of the NSWRL.

    The facility will also adjoin a tunnel providing direct access to ANZ Stadium – originally built to transfer track and field athletes during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

    “The benefits will extend to everyone in the NSW Rugby League family,” said Trodden.

    “Our junior players, Indigenous and women’s teams and referees will all have use of the facility and, at times, the other specialist sports grounds in the precinct.”

  7. Posted: 28/04/2016

    ALDI's 50,000m2 distribution centre at Brendale achieved a 4star Green Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Industrial V1 tool with a score of 50 points by the GBCA. This result was in excess of the 45 points required under the rating and is now one of only four Greenstar As-Built rated industrial facilities in Queensland.
     
    The design incorporated a number of sustainable initiatives which included rain water harvesting for landscape and toilet demand, centralised ammonia refrigeration plant for cold rooms minimising synthetic refrigerants, with plate heat exchange to condition offices, dimmable lighting systems for the main warehouse areas, natural ventilation to the warehouse, water efficient truck washing facilities, and the minimisation of PVC and volatile organic compounds in its construction.
     
    Energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions for the Brendale ALDI Distribution Centre are predicted to be more than 40% less than a standard practice industrial facility. Extensive native landscaping to the site has been designed to require 90% less potable mains water through a combination of smart plant selection and rainwater harvesting. The truck wash facility installed at the site uses 75% less potable mains water than other facilities on the market. The facility also includes extensive metering of both energy and water to allow ALDI to monitor and tune their building in operation. A dedicated energy management system operates alongside a building management system and electrical load monitoring system.

  8. Posted: 28/04/2016

    APP has been engaged to facilitate and deliver QIC’s $88 million retail development at Robina Town Centre that will add flagship retailers and a host of speciality stores, reinforcing the Centre’s reputation as the region’s most progressive and exciting urban shopping, leisure and entertainment destination.
     
    APP’s role included preliminary town planning advice and extensive negotiations with Council town planners and local political representatives to seek support for the expansion project, which will add approximately 5,700 square metres of gross lettable area, incorporating new flagship brands with large-scale, new-to-market concepts as well as approximately 45 speciality retailers.
     
    Our planning team secured development approval for QIC in record time from Gold Coast City Council. This unprecedented outcome was delivered through a combination of meticulous efficiency, a thorough understanding of all Council requirements, together with close collaboration and trusted relationships with the government authorities prior to and post lodgement of the development application.

  9. Posted: 20/04/2016

    APP hosted an industry Developer Forum with the Minister for Planning, Hon Richard Wynne with a select group of industry representatives.

    Key discussions with the Minister were focussed on the pressures in growing our housing supply and the economic growth of the industry.

    A range of topics were covered in the forum relating to experience in delivering greenfield development, affordable housing, infill housing and the planning process.

    The combination of industry representatives and the Minister at the forum was a fantastic opportunity and one we hope to replicate in the future.

  10. Posted: 20/04/2016

    GPT’s transformation of Melbourne Central was unveiled at the end of last month featuring a new exhibition of video art, curated by Mars Gallery and the largest outside of an institution.

    With over 130,000 commuters and shoppers visiting Melbourne Central daily, the intention of the art installation is to create a seamless extension of Melbourne’s laneways art and culture.

    The refurbished space is home to Melbourne Art Loop, an exhibition of interactive video art featuring more than 30 artists, appearing simultaneously on fifteen state-of-the-art LCD screens and five large steel overhead projector portals located throughout the Lower Ground level.

    As Project Manager and Superintendent, high quality works and uncompromising safety were the main goals for the APP team and we’re pleased that both of these targets have been met and exceeded.

    Mars Gallery, a major stakeholder of the project, will be the acting curators for the space with the involvement of local artists, now the project has completed.

    APP was appointed in October 2015 for GPT to lead the first of many redevelopments in this precinct. 

  11. Posted: 20/04/2016

    APP has been appointed as project managers for all phases of the Darnlee Aged Care Residence development in Toorak in Melbourne’s East.

    The development involves the demolition of the existing 3-level addition to make way for the new facility which will be located at the rear of the mansion.

    The new rooms will connect and integrate with the mansion allowing access for residents to enjoy the surrounds of the older building whilst providing the highest standard of care and comfort in the newer facility.

    There will also be new kitchen and support services areas within the new facility, all whilst preserving the heritage-listed federation mansion with expected completion in 2019.

  12. Posted: 18/04/2016

    The $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest project reached a significant milestone recently with the completion of tunnelling.

    APP is the Independent Certifier for the Tunnels and Stations Civil (TSC) works contract that includes the excavation and civil works for twin tunnels, five new stations, two service facilities and 59 cross passages.

    The TSC project has achieved completion of Portion One – tunnels from Bella Vista to Showground, Bella Vista Station Box, Norwest Station Box and a section of Showground Station Box. 

    More than 98,000 precast concrete segments were used for the lining of the tunnels, all manufactured at the project’s Kellyville casting yard.

    Sydney Metro Northwest will be the first fully-automated rail system in Australia and is the first stage of the new Sydney Metro network.

    The project will deliver eight new railway stations and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces to Sydney’s growing North West. 

    As Independent Certifier APP is required to review and verify all the contract documentation relating to the design and construction of the tunnels and stations to ensure that the project is being built according to the documentation prepared by CPB John Holland Dragados joint venture. This includes verifying and certifying that the physical construction being undertaken is in accordance with the project requirements.

  13. Posted: 13/04/2016

    APP has been appointed by Dahua Group Australia to provide full service development and project management services across two significant master planned residential communities in Sydney: New Breeze, Bardia by Dahua; and The Menangle Park Project.

    The combined projects represent the planning, design, delivery, marketing and sale of 3,500 residential dwellings, new town centres, schools, community infrastructure plus the supporting urban infrastructure, with an anticipated project life span of up to seven years.

    Commencing in June 2015, APP assisted Dahua to manage the acquisition of the two projects through a formal tender process from the NSW State Government. We assisted Dahua with the transaction process providing advisory and technical due diligence, feasibility / financial modelling, and bid production.

    After assembling the bid team, comprising legal, technical, and sales experts, and following a lengthy transaction process, Dahua were declared preferred in October 2015 with transaction documents executed in November 2015.

    We’re excited to be involved with both landmark projects, and the Sydney market remains strong with pre-sales and delivery on track.

  14. Posted: 04/04/2016

    Australia's largest embassy is now in operation, with the formal opening of the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta by Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.  It provides a functional, safe and secure work environment for Australian and Indonesian staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and 13 other Australian  government departments and agencies.  The Embassy's size and scale reflects the importance of Australia's bilateral relations with Indonesia.

    The project is an example of excellence in cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.  Constructed by Australian-Indonesian firms PT Leighton Contractors Indonesia and PT Total Bangun Persada Tbk, the Embassy project has provided the opportunity for over 2000 Indonesian design and construction personnel to build their skills at the highest levels of quality and workmanship.  In the capacity of Project Director, APP supported the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Overseas Property Office (OPO).  This role was responsible to oversee the project's construction phase and to act as OPO’s senior representative in Jakarta.

    The Embassy is the largest complex capital works project directly undertaken by the Australian Government overseas, and was constructed on time, within budget, and a high standard of work safety.  The construction phase recorded over 10 million working hours, with one lost time injury only.  The injured worker was rehabilitated and returned to work.

  15. Posted: 23/03/2016

    The Colonnades Shopping Centre Fresh Food Market development achieved Practical Completion as expected earlier this month.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager, Superintendent and Tenancy Coordinator with onsite works commencing in June 2015.

    Including an extension to the existing Woolworths, a new ALDI store, 16 additional speciality tenancies and an open, external public plaza space containing interactive play elements, the project has delivered on time, and to the client brief.

    The result is an exciting new open market-style precinct, with finishes and a material palate comprised of timber, exposed brick, steelwork, glazing and tiling that reflects a natural stone finish.

    In addition, the tenancy fitouts are unique to the precinct. There is a market-style aesthetic within their tenancy designs, contributing another layer of detail through their material selections and design integration within the overall development and to the overall theatrical ambience of the space.

    Substantial road works were also required for the project including the construction of new intersections connecting the centre to the existing local and new internal road network, associated car parking, new landscaping features and external entrance statements.

    The project team comprising Sarah Mullins, Jason Wong and Leah Bagnell-Clegg have thoroughly enjoyed delivering this project and are looking forward to seeing the local community enjoy the new Colonnades Shopping Centre.

  16. Posted: 21/03/2016

    The newest ibis Styles hotel was officially opened by Tourism Minister Kate Jones and founder of Action Hotels, Sheikh Mubarak A. M. Al-Sabah at 40 Elizabeth St, Brisbane.

    APP was appointed in 2014 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 managed the delivery locally from Brisbane.

    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 26 floors.

    The ibis Styles hotel in Brisbane will be the brand’s flagship property in Australia and arguably sets a new benchmark for premium economy hotels in Australia.

  17. Posted: 17/03/2016

    APP has been appointed by Vicinity Centres to provide tenancy coordination services on a secondment basis for the $560M Stage 40 redevelopment at Chadstone Shopping Centre.

    The redevelopment includes a revitalised west mall with an expanded offering of luxury brands, international fashion flagship retailers, and a new Target store. With more dining options and up to 40 new retailers, customers will be spoilt for choice. A new entertainment precinct that includes a state-of-the-art Hoyts digital cinema complex will also be part of the new redevelopment.

    APP is providing a number of tenancy coordinators to supplement the existing Vicinity Centres team on the project. Our tenancy coordinators are fully integrated into the broader Vicinity Centres team, and will be based on site for the duration of the development.

    The redevelopment will be completed in stages, with final completion expected in mid 2017.

  18. Posted: 17/03/2016

    The Black Forest Road North Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) was approved by Government last month after 4 years of detailed and extensive work by the client and planning team. A great result for APP’s planning team in Melbourne who now have a permit for the first 5 stages totalling some 670 lots.   

    The subdivision in this new western growth area of Melbourne includes a new primary and catholic school, parkland and pedestrian and bike paths for the emerging community plus active and passive open spaces across 86 hectares of farmland to the west of Wyndham Vale.

    The Minister for Planning had only approved three PSP’s in 2015, following from eleven in 2014 making the Black Forest Road North Precinct Structure Plan one of significance for the year.

    It is a rewarding milestone for both our client and us.

  19. 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.

  20. 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:

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