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  1. Posted: 25/02/2016

    2016 is well and truly off to a running start in Queensland with some exciting changes to the team.

    Ben Heyes joins our Infrastructure team as a Senior Civil Engineer and brings a wealth of knowledge of the LNG space. He worked for Costain in the UK before relocating to Australia 10 years ago and has since worked on the Inner Northern Busway, Safelink, Boggo Road Busway and the Airport Link and Northern Busway Projects, before joining Origin on the APLNG Project.

    There’s been a couple of movements across the country with Tom Keen, a Senior Project Manager from our Sydney office relocating to Brisbane, and Gordon Grover, another  Senior Project Manager, has moved to Armidale to work on the Armidale Hospital Redevelopment.

    We congratulate Clay Kudla who has been promoted from Project Coordinator to Assistant Project Manager after gaining significant experience on the ALDI Distribution Centres at Brendale and Stapylton, as well as event management experience in Papua New Guinea with the Pacific Games last year.

    Last, but not least we also offer our congratulations to Simon Toby who successfully completed our 2015 Graduate Program and remains with us as an Assistant Project Manager. He’s been a significant contributor to our Projects Team, and was able to take the lead on the Parkview Apartments project.

  2. Posted: 25/02/2016

    A new fit-out for ACU’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) was delivered in time for the New Year. Since achieving Practical Completion in December, the new facilities have already enabled the LSIA to take on 6 new staff.

    Our Project Managers were responsible for ensuring the facility was streamlined for researchers to access government departments in Brisbane, and to host functions and networking opportunities with the various stakeholders. The APP team worked hard to deliver the new facility by the new year and have received complimentary feedback from ACU’s Chris Gill on the outcome.

    The new facilities provide staff with open-plan offices, a flexible tutorial space, team working environments together with the audio-visual and IT infrastructure to enable international and national video conferencing. A welcome improvement to working out of a demountable at the Banyo Campus.

    The Australian Catholic University’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia is making a difference to children’s lives and now they have the facility to make that mission much easier. LSIA’s researchers collaborate with government and industry partners, focusing on the systems that support children’s learning and to address the barriers that some children face, whether that be due to disabilities or family circumstances. LSIA’s high quality research creates greater knowledge and understanding to influence practice, policy and further research.

  3. Posted: 22/02/2016

    Secret Harbour Shopping Centre in WA reached a significant milestone recently with the ‘sod turning’ event to mark the commencement of construction.  APP is the Project Manager for the $58M redevelopment which will see a major expansion of the Centre and welcome tenants including Coles, ALDI, Dan Murphys, Dome and McDonald's.  Existing anchor tenant Woolworths will also expand their footprint. 

    Charter Hall Retail REIT is the owner for Secret Harbour.  Charter Hall Retail REIT Fund Manager, Scott Dundas, explained that the milestone was an important commitment to the centre and the community:  “Today’s milestone will deliver a significant investment in the Secret Harbour community. We are proud to be investing into Secret Harbour Shopping Centre to deliver a more convenient, vibrant and enjoyable shopping experience for the community.

    The expansion and refurbishment works at Secret Harbour Shopping Centre follow on from approval by the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in conjunction with The City of Rockingham Council, announced in 2015.


  4. Posted: 22/02/2016

    Fiona van der Hoeven, principal with The Planning Group (TPG) in Victoria has announced The Planning Group is rebranding to take on their parent company’s name, APP Corporation.

    The change of name comes as a result of APP’s growth nationally, and the increasing requirements from our clients to provide national solutions with localised expertise.

    Fiona van der Hoeven says: “it’s an exciting evolution for the TPG business to be formally recognised as APP whilst retaining the ability to operate in exactly the same way. Our clients can expect the same level of service and professional expertise delivered by the people they’ve come to rely on with TPG.”

    APP’s Town Planning and Urban Development services are seeing significant growth across the country, enhanced by the full spectrum of APP’s services to provide clients with a legitimate end-to-end property service.

    APP CEO Adam Castro acknowledges the growth of the Urban Development sector:  “Our clients are increasingly seeking a variety of land use options and in response our Town Planning and Urban Development teams have grown across the business, identifying a range of intelligent, ground breaking solutions to create value for clients.  

    “Bringing TPG into the fold helps us to bridge the gap between end-to-end solutions for our clients in Victoria, under a nationally united banner.”

    APP acquired the Victorian branch of The Planning Group (TPG) in July 2008 operating within APP’s Infrastructure and Urban Development services.

  5. Posted: 16/02/2016

    The APP Grand Prix team is preparing for the Australian Grand Prix in March for the 7th year running. We’ve achieved great success over the last six years as the Engineering Project Management Services provider for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, being awarded a further extension to our contract taking the team through to 2020.

    In four weeks Albert Park will be transformed into a major international sporting event. The planning, coordination and project management is complex with Albert Park remaining open to the public for the majority of the build and dismantle.

    The Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit is one of only a couple of Formula One street circuits in the world where public roads are transformed into a functioning high performance race track. The build of the track and the accompanying world class facilities and infrastructure takes the APP team and contractors eight weeks to mobilise and complete the conversion of Albert Park from a public space to a world class international sporting venue and followed by a six week dismantle phase. The statistics are impressive;

    • 1200 contractor personnel on site to build the event
    • 1400 contractor personnel on site to de-construct the event
    • 69 different contractors and sub-contractors
    • 6000 tons of gravel for the gravel traps
    • 5000m2 of turf
    • 150 generators of different sizes circuit wide
    • 290,000 man hours to complete the build
    • 34,000sqm of marquees
    • 900sqm of superscreens
    • More than 700 televisions
    • 1324 toilets
    • 27,000 temporary grandstand seats
    • 3,234 concrete barriers and debris panels weighing close to 12 million kilograms
    • 24 kilometres of temporary fencing
    • Use 2 million square metres of Albert Park (equivalent of 30 MCG’s)
    • 21,000 kilometres of vehicle movements transporting the track infrastructure
    • 27,000 different pieces of furniture and furniture settings
    • 650 tons of air freight (the equivalent of 6 x 747 Air Freighters)

    The APP Engineering Project Management Team is a core team of 8 personnel who are committed to the project year round. Closer to the event the project team grows to 32 people with teams covering the track build, site management, corporate facilities and temporary infrastructure, structural engineering, electrical engineering, and a dedicated safety team.

    In 2016 the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will be held for the 21st time in Melbourne and APP will once again play in integral role in the success of the event on the international stage.

  6. Posted: 16/02/2016

    Esther Reis and Matthew Nola are our 2016 Graduates in Melbourne, and they’re enjoying their start with us working on the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.

    Matt joins us with a Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Management (Hons) degree from RMIT and two years of undergraduate engineer experience with Probuild, Leightons and Intrax Consulting. Joining us last month he’s working within the track team on the Grand Prix, in charge of converting Albert Park into a Formula 1® race track.

    Esther joined us in November last year and comes with an Applied Science (Project Management) degree with honours from RMIT. Her undergraduate experience was with the SMI Group as a Project Administrator working on commercial fitouts. She’s now enjoying working on site within the Corporate Facilities team on the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.

    Both Matt and Esther are enjoying the amount of hands on site responsibility, whilst being fully supported throughout the process. They have already become valued members of the GP team and we’re looking forward to seeing how they progress throughout their rotations in the year ahead.

  7. Posted: 16/02/2016

    APP was recently appointed to assist the Coles Construction Team with their annual program of Coles fit-out projects including renewals, extensions and new stores.

    In order to help deliver these projects, the APP team has been working as part of an integrated approach with the internal Coles Project Management team. This has required direct coordination with many of Coles other departments, including property, cost management, planning, and operations.

    During this engagement, we have been assisting on the following projects, plus others that haven't commenced construction:

    • Camberwell
    • Casey Central
    • Hoppers Crossing
    • Melbourne Central
    • Yarraville

    All these projects involve tight timeframes, strict management of budgets, careful stakeholder management, and often live construction environments where customer amenity is a key criteria.

  8. Posted: 11/02/2016

    What better way to start the New Year than with the announcement of several internal promotions in WA.

    Kristie Spagnolo has accepted the role of Project Director.

    Oliver Haden, Noreen O’Shea, and Andrew McColgan after honing their skills on the Perth Airport, have been promoted to Senior Project Managers.

    Whilst Daniel Fong, Vanessa Chong, Jane Clucas, Gavin Tucker, and Garrido Fernandes will be continuing their project management journey in 2016 as Project Managers.

    For each of these APPers, it’s a well-deserved recognition of the remarkable talent we have in WA, and we look forward to seeing what the rest of 2016 and beyond brings.

  9. Posted: 11/02/2016

    Busselton Airport is on its way to receiving interstate passengers after securing approximately $60M in funding from the State Government late last year.

    APP has been appointed as Project Manager for the planning, design and delivery of the various project elements including increased runway capacity with associated airside infrastructure, new terminal building as well as all associated landside works.

    Currently Busselton Airport is classed as a Code 3C aerodrome, servicing the south-west of the State. The Redevelopment will see the airport initially upgraded to a Code 4C aerodrome facilitating interstate travel with an expected influx in visitors from Sydney and Melbourne.  This redevelopment will also support potential future air freight opportunities to the region which currently is only via road and sea.

    Construction is expected to start in late 2016 with completion tabled for mid-2018.

    For APP this project further expands on our aviation experience following our involvement with Perth Airport’s Capital Works Program.

  10. Posted: 11/02/2016

    APP is pleased to announce that Practical Completion was achieved on the redevelopment of Bold Park Aquatic Centre in Floreat, WA, ahead of the summer holidays.

    The $12M redevelopment comprised the demolition of the existing building and a new outdoor 50m pool, a partially covered leisure pool with an outdoor seating, play and BBQ area, the new facilities are a welcome addition for summer.

  11. Posted: 04/02/2016

    APP, together with Arcadis has been appointed as Independent Certifier for the NorthLink WA Southern Section Guilford Road to Reid Highway design and construct contract.

    NorthLink WA will provide a vital, state of the art transport link between Morley and Muchea, reducing travel times and congestion, and providing significant productivity benefits to the economy, industry, motorists and local communities.

    The Federal and State Governments have provided $1.12 billion to construct NorthLink WA, which will link to Gateway WA and service regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth Airport and the Perth CBD.

    The Southern Section is the first to be constructed, and will provide a freeway-standard, free-flowing link from Collier Road through to Reid Highway via the Tonkin Highway. The primary aim is to provide efficient and safe road access for all road users, and road infrastructure that supports economic and regional development by:

    • Upgrading Tonkin Highway to a six lane freeway between Guildford Road and Reid Highway.
    • Constructing a new interchange at Collier Road. Collier Road will be realigned and raised to go over Tonkin Highway, with on and off ramps connecting the two roads. This interchange will be similar to the ones at Tonkin Highway and Horrie Miller Drive, and Leach Highway and Abernethy Road.
    • Constructing a new interchange at Morley Drive. This includes a roundabout at ground level on Morley Drive that will connect with a raised Tonkin Highway. This will be the first interchange of this type to be built in WA.
    • A flyover at Benara Road over the Tonkin Highway.
    • New cycling and pedestrian facilities including a 4m wide shared path alongside Tonkin Highway.

    Construction is expected to start in June 2016.

    NorthLink WA follows several other Independent Certifier appointments on key infrastructure projects currently underway on the east coast: Sydney’s $2.1B CBD and South East Light Rail, the Tunnels and Stations and Surface and Viaducts contracts on the $8.3B North West Rail Link projects.

  12. Posted: 04/02/2016

    This year, our Sydney office is welcoming five new Graduates to our 2016 Graduate Programme: Daniel Jukic, James Oulianoff, Jennifer Young, Jessica Zhang, and Nicholas de Gorter. Joining us late last month, they’ll each have four rotations across the different core areas of the business.

    Daniel joins us with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from UNSW by way of a Cadetship with CAM Consulting and his first rotation is with our Urban Development team working on a fee proposal with our Planning team and assisting with the cost management on the Showground Road Precinct with the Urban Development team.

    James comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) from the University of Canberra and is currently studying for his Masters in Architecture at the University of Newcastle. His first rotation is with APP’s corporate real estate subsidiary, CI Australia where he’s working within the RailCorp portfolio and assisting on major projects. This includes working on various stages of Retail Leasing Strategies from preparing marketing campaigns, preparing high level updates and recommendations for client briefings and site specific fit-outs.

    Jennifer has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney, and having completed her undergraduate experience with Perfect Engineering, Jennifer is now sinking her teeth into the Sydney Light Rail project where APP is appointed as Independent Certifier, in her first rotation with our Infrastructure team.

    Jessica also has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from UNSW, is fluent in Mandarin and most recently, has been working with the Wyong Shire Council. She commenced her rotation in our Projects team working on the George Institute and Catholic Schools projects.

    Nicholas is also a Civil Engineering graduate and has spent the last year as a Student Civil Engineer with Hy-Tec Industries. He commences his rotation in our projects team working on a variety of projects including one at ALDI’s warehouse in Prestons and a high-rise residential development in Epping.

    Please join us in welcoming our newest faces, in what will surely be an educational, challenging and rewarding year ahead.

  13. Posted: 02/02/2016

    The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli announced the appointment of international architecture practice Grimshaw and BVN as Head Design Consultant last month, following an international design excellence competition managed by APP, Project Manager for the redevelopment. 

    APP prepared the Design Competition Brief including the development of the design excellence objectives for the first prototype high rise high school for New South Wales. APP’s roles also included the administration of the Design Competition processes, appointment of the design jury panel and secretariat support for the design jury assessment process to satisfy the NSW Department of Planning and Parramatta City Council Design Excellence requirements.

    Regional General Manager Brett Hocking said “As part of the competition process, we were required to work closely with the five international design and functional experts from the jury, including the NSW Secretary of the Department of Education. With Grimshaw and BVN now on board we are entering the next phase of the project, which comprises Design Development, Technical Stakeholder and Community consultations.”

    The appointment is a significant milestone in the Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School Redevelopment project, a more than $100M investment catering for an anticipated 3,000 primary and secondary school students. The design comprises 14 storeys proposed for the secondary school and five storeys proposed for the primary school, transforming it into a vertical learning environment, the first of it's kind in NSW.

    The schools will be completed by 2019.

  14. Posted: 19/01/2016

    APP in association with Arcadis and SMEC, has been appointed Independent Certifier (IC) of the WestConnex New M5 Project in Sydney by the Sydney Motorway Corporation, one of Australia’s largest road infrastructure projects to date.

    The New M5 Project will link the upgraded King Georges Road Interchange on the existing M5 East Motorway with a tunnel through to St Peters. The New M5 will be constructed using ‘tunnel stubs’ to support possible future connections to the proposed M4-M5 Link (Stage 3 of WestConnex) and the proposed Southern Connector (part of the Gateway to the South project).

    Project works comprise: 9 km of new motorway tunnels accommodating two lanes in each direction (with provision for three lanes in future); widening and realigning the existing M5 East Motorway; a new free-flow interchange at St Peters incorporating 17 major structures; two new road bridges across Alexandra Canal; 14 km of new and upgraded pedestrian, cycle and shared paths; water treatment and ventilation facilities; tolling infrastructure; and fire and safety systems.

    The IC Team will be responsible for reviewing and verifying a major portion of the design, ensuring the tunnels and extensive associated infrastructure are designed to standard. The IC Team will be also be on site during construction to verify contractor works are in accordance with scope of works.

  15. Posted: 10/12/2015

    APP has been appointed Project Manager of the major redevelopment of Chisholm Institute’s Frankston campus.

    The redevelopment will see a new state-of-the-art four storey Centre for Health and Community Services and a Higher Education and Student Hub at the TAFE. There will also be a new Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Trades.

    The Chisholm Institute has a key role in developing the skills for future jobs in the area. The redevelopment will allow the Chisholm Institute to address higher education demand in the region, supporting the re-skilling and up-skilling of workers and industries in transition.

    The redevelopment begins construction this month.

    Pictured: An artistic view of the project before user groups are consulted and detailed schematic work is completed.

  16. Posted: 10/12/2015

    APP has been appointed as Project Manager and Superintendent for GPT in transforming the Melbourne Central shopping experience with art gallery inspiration.

    Works have commenced on a new design for the centre’s lower ground level (designed by Kennedy Nolan Architects) which includes the installation of colourful and interactive digital art portals that showcase artworks from the local community.

    Melbourne Central is also preparing for another ten new retailers before Christmas, including SEPHORA, taking the total store openings to 22 for the year, making the centre offering even stronger and building on the retail resurgence underway in the Melbourne CBD.

    With over 130,000 commuters and shoppers visiting Melbourne Central daily, safety is the priority for the APP team in ensuring the arcade is both safe and presentable for visitors.

    This project is the latest for our retail team in Melbourne, who’ve recently handed over Highpoint’s new casual dining and urban entertainment precinct, and the first stage of Eastland Shopping Centre’s redevelopment.

    Works are expected to be completed on this first stage by March 2016.

  17. Posted: 03/12/2015

    APP Project Director Vivien Dossmann spoke at last night’s AIPM End of Year Networking event in Adelaide on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project (new RAH).

    In what is SA’s biggest landmark building, the new RAH project spans further than the visible structure. The new hospital will integrate digital technology, modern models of care, and designs aimed at creating a healing environment.

    Vivien’s presentation provided an overview of the main aspects of preparation and execution for the move into the new RAH, focusing on what it takes to transition staff, systems and operations from an existing working environment to a brand new one.

    It was a great opportunity for the project management professionals to hear some of the behind-the-scenes details on what is altogether, a complex and fascinating project. 

  18. Posted: 03/12/2015

    ALDI has achieved one of the critical milestones in their expansion into South Australia, with the opening of the new South Australian Head Office and Distribution Centre in Regency Park. This 33,000sqm warehouse will support the first store openings in February 2016 and will ultimately service around 50 stores across the state.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager in 2013 to deliver this facility and our role has covered the entire development process from site finding and acquisition to managing the entire construction and operational fit-out.

    We are proud to have helped ALDI achieve this milestone; our team were successful in handing over a fully operational facility on time, and within budget, whilst maintaining ALDI’s incredibly high-quality standards. 

    This significant achievement is a testament to our team in Adelaide, who have worked tirelessly doing what they do best.


  19. Posted: 25/11/2015

    APP is pleased to publicly recognise several internal promotions across our branches in NSW. We’ve been working on some of the most exciting projects currently underway in the state and with more in the pipeline it’s exciting to be able to offer tangible and rewarding project opportunities to our employees.

    Ethan Clark based in our Northern NSW office has stepped into a well-deserved Project Director role in recognition of his leadership and continuing success in the region, and most recently, his work on the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space campus.

    New Senior Project Managers in our Sydney office, Kate Holmes, Laura O’Hea, Steve Agnew, David Breen, Fred Porter, Tracy Hoven, Larry Wagenheim and Joyce Cheung are joined in the ranks by Alana Travis and Sean Kearney from our Northern NSW branch and Carlo Bellinato from our Southern NSW branch. It’s a significant achievement for each of them, working on projects at Barangaroo, Sydney University, University of Newcastle, HMAS Albatross and large Residential developments to name a few.

    Adrian Thompson from Southern NSW, Matthew Dinnen from Northern NSW and Andrew McConnell, Anthony Murphy, Timothy Williams and Jordan Shimmen from Sydney are all hitting their stride in project management. They’ve successfully proven their ability to advance to the next stage in their careers as fully fledged Project Managers.

    We’re thrilled to report for the fourth year in a row all of our Sydney Graduates: Su Lynn Lee, Holly Smith, Isaac Peterson, and Peter Alevizos are remaining with APP as Assistant Project Managers. It’s also pleasing to see one of our former support staff, Sharon Brady making a lateral career move into an Assistant Project Manager role in our Urban Development team.

    This round of promotions follows the appointment of Gillian Geraghty to Regional General Manager of Northern NSW earlier this year.

    We’re delighted to recognise the calibre of talent at every stage of career, and it goes without saying that each of these careers is something to watch in the coming years. Please join us in congratulating them all on their achievement!

  20. Posted: 12/11/2015

    The retail sector in Victoria continues to thrive, with QIC's $665M transformation of the Eastland Shopping Centre.  APP assisted QIC on the first stage of the extensive redevelopment, which opened to the public at the end of October.  

    The full redevelopment will increase the size of Eastland by approximately 50%, from 79,000m2 to approximately 130,000m2 and is in the process of creating a vibrant town centre destination with premium shopping, leisure, dining, entertainment, and social experiences.

    The new Eastland has also introduced international and iconic brands including David Jones, Target, H&M, Uniqlo, and will showcase more than 350 speciality stores on final completion.

    APP assisted QIC on the project with the tenancy delivery phase, 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.

    A second stage of the redevelopment is scheduled to open in the first half of 2016.