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  1. Posted: 12/11/2015

    APP’s Penelope Blunden was awarded the Australian Young Project Manager of the Year for her work as Project Manager on the Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment, which included the upgrade to the Rod Laver Arena Concourse and amenities.

    The awards were run by the Australian Institute of Project Management and followed Penelope’s successful campaign in the state awards, where she also won the Victorian Young Project Manager of the Year.

    Penelope joins APP off the back of her obvious successes to date and we’re looking forward to her contribution to the team and will be watching her career progression with interest.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.  

  4. Posted: 05/11/2015

    Brisbane Airport has experienced dynamic growth in aircraft and passenger movements over the past decade. With increases in this vital sector's forecast, there is a need for additional facilities to cater for the increased demand. The provision of additional infrastructure and the expansion of the terminal is expected to cater for passenger and airline movements through to 2018 and beyond. The pressure on existing Fire Services Systems increases annually. The proposed expansion of the Domestic Terminal Building to meet future domestic passenger demands requires an upgrade of installed fire safety systems. APP has provided a Senior Project Manager to BAC as part of the team managing this upgrade, which includes:

    • Replacement of dry fire system, including Fire Indicator Panels, smoke detection, Early Warning Intercom System and Public Announcement;
    • Investigation into the timing of replacement of sprinkler pipework that is approaching the end of its useful life; and
    • Investigation into the timing of replacement of ceiling and lighting.

    The construction project is to be delivered by a Managing Contractor under a 2-stage Design & Construct Contract, with target completion late 2017.

  5. Posted: 05/11/2015

    APP is pleased to announce the new ALDI Distribution Centre at Brendale achieved Practical Completion this month, on time and under budget.

    We were engaged to provide Project Management and Superintendent services to ALDI for the 50,000m2 facility. Comprised of ambient and refrigerated areas and associated offices, the facility was delivered as a design and construction contract by Cockram Construction. 

    Initially beginning in 2008 with the land acquisition as led and advised by APP, the project recommenced in 2013 to re-design and reduce costs according to industry standard practice.

    This distribution centre is capable of supporting up to 100 stores in Brisbane and areas to the north, and will deliver to both existing and new stores.  During construction the facility achieved a 4 Star Green Star Design rating under the Industrial Design V1 rating, with a 4 Star As-built rating application also underway.  

  6. Posted: 04/11/2015

    APP has been appointed by Coles Group Property Development to provide project management to the new Kedron Shopping Centre. This is APP’s first commission with Coles Property in QLD building on our national relationship with Coles Store Development and also with Coles Property in NSW and VIC.

    The greenfield project involves development of approx. 4000m2 of Coles Supermarket space and associated tenancies including Liquorland, Service Station, Café, car parking, loading docks and associated road works.

    APP is working in partnership with Coles’ inhouse Property team in Design Management of the new Centre. Our role also includes Contractor Procurement and Contract Superintendence throughout the construction phase.  This is due to commence in March 2016 with completion expected in 2017.

  7. Posted: 27/10/2015

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

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

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

  8. Posted: 27/10/2015

    Probuild has been awarded the contract for Cbus Property’s 88 Alfred St redevelopment in Milsons Point.

    APP was appointed Project Manager earlier this year which has since seen the completion of the early works and commencement of the main works.

    The redevelopment will retain the existing concrete structural frame and convert the existing hotel into a luxury 123-apartment tower with ground floor retail and commercial spaces, plus a three level basement.  

    The building will be remodelled and extended in accordance with planning controls and previous consents, to preserve privacy and maximise harbour views. The basement will be reconfigured to provide approximately 105 parking spaces for residents.

    For more on the transformation of 88 Alfred St, Milsons Point: Transforming high rise into residential

  9. 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.

  10. 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.  

  11. Posted: 22/10/2015

    We’re delighted to announce that Sarah Mullins has been promoted to Manager Projects – South Australia.

    Sarah joined our business just over 12 months ago as Project Director / Business Unit Leader, charged with helping us identify and win work in the Adelaide market and to assist in recruiting new team members to the APP family.  

    She now oversees a team of 12 Project Managers and has successfully assisted in growing APPs market presence and reputation within the tightly held Adelaide market.

    Sarah is obviously a highly valued member of the team and we’d like to publicly congratulate her on her well-deserved promotion.

  12. Posted: 22/10/2015

    The APP team in South Australia continues to grow from strength-to-strength welcoming two new members – Tony Mackay as Project Director, and Lilian Hyland as Project Manager.

    Tony comes from a Defence Force background, gaining significant experience in logistics, safety and program management. He has held several senior management positions with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, initially as the Director of the Agency’s PMO and later as the Director of Governance and Innovation. Relocating to Adelaide from Melbourne earlier this year, Tony’s remarkable skillset is already a wonderful asset to the team.

    Lilian has also relocated from Melbourne earlier this year, bringing a Masters in Construction Management off the back of a Bachelor of Environments. Prior to her move to Adelaide she was involved in a number of projects including data centres, childcare centres, commercial and fit-out works from feasibility and procurement through to delivery and is certainly building on this experience at APP.

    It’s both a sign of the market in South Australia and the remarkable team APP has both locally and nationally that we’re continuing to grow across the board, and we’re pleased to welcome Tony and Lilian into the fold.

  13. 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:


  14. Posted: 08/10/2015

    We're delighted to publicly and officially recognise some of our rising stars in our Melbourne branch. 

    Damien Hehir, a high-rise residential specialist who joined us a year ago, has become our newest Business Unit Leader in recognition of his continuing success and leadership of the Melbourne team. 

    Josh Taylor and Tynan John, who've been successfully managing projects along the east coast have stepped into well-deserved Project Director roles and Zac Keane, Kristen Lang and Han Thai are taking on Senior Project Manager roles.

    Brenton van der Scheer and Georgia Adams are going from strength to strength taking the next step in their careers from APM's to Project Managers, and our most recent Graduates Marko Matvikov and Casey Brasher have worked so well with the APP team this past year and have accepted Assistant Project Manager roles.

    It's an exciting process for us 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. Congratulations to all!

  15. Posted: 07/10/2015

    New apartment-style accommodation for the University of Melbourne will open to its students for Semester 1, 2016 with the project on target to achieve Practical Completion this month, well ahead of the program dates. 

    Student Village, the University of Melbourne Campus (SVM) is a 648-bed student accommodation facility located at 108-128 Leicester Street Carlton, built under a new agreement between the University of Melbourne and Campus Living Villages (CLV) in a 38-year Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) contract.

    APP was engaged by Campus Living Villages (CLV) to provide project management and superintendent services under the head contract as well as assisting CLV to meet all of their contractual obligations with the University and consortium parties through the design and construct phases of the project.

    The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) recently awarded SVM the prestigious 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential Design v1 Certified Rating, which represents Australian Excellence in environmentally sustainable design.

    SVM will host a range of residents from all over the world and Australia who study at the University of Melbourne. Designed specifically to complement the student lifestyle, SVM offers a self-catered, apartment-style living experience. Each apartment is fully furnished and has a full kitchen including a fridge, stovetop and microwave.

    Key features and amenities include:

    • Heated swimming pool
    • Gym
    • Wifi
    • Recreation room
    • Music rooms
    • Half-court basketball
    • Courtyard
    • Ground level retail outlet
    • Student lounge
    • BBQ zone
    • Bike lobby
    • Multi-level study spaces
    • Laundry
    • Central on-campus location
    • 24-hour on-site management

    This project is an exciting development for CLV and the University of Melbourne providing high-quality, affordable, on-campus accommodation for students. For APP, it's a privilege to work on another student accommodation project for CLV and adds to our expertise in this growing sector.

  16. Posted: 01/10/2015

    While APP has grown our business by forging long-standing relationships across all sectors in the property sphere, one partnership in particular generates a genuine sense of pride and satisfaction for everyone in the organisation.  Since 1997 APP has supported Redkite to provide financial assistance to families dealing with childhood and young adult cancer.  We donate time and volunteers to produce Redkite’s Corporate Quiz, which is held in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.  From simple beginnings as a trivia night in a pub, this event with APP’s help has become Redkite’s signature fundraising event.   Along the way over $9M has been raised, enabling Redkite to reach families throughout Australia in need of financial and essential support.

    The APP team in Sydney is currently gearing up for the NSW event, to be held at Sydney’s Town Hall on 23 October.  Over 550 of Sydney’s brightest corporates will compete in 3 rounds of trivia, and together with live and silent auctions we are aiming to raise $300,000.

    For more information please visit

  17. Posted: 01/10/2015

    The NSW Government is championing the rezoning process of the Showground Road Precinct, centred around Showground Station, and one of eight precincts identified for significant growth along the Sydney Metro rail corridor.  The Hills Council have released a response strategy that seeks to amend the Department of Planning’s initiatives.

    APP has been engaged by organised land owner groups within the precinct, to review the Hills Council documentation and represent their interests in seeking improved development outcomes that will recognise the values in their land holdings and meet Government targets for transit oriented development and yield targets.

  18. 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.

  19. Posted: 16/09/2015

    APP were once again pleased to take on the role of National Organising Sponsor for the annual Redkite Corporate Quiz. Held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel, Perth, on Friday 14th August, this annual event is the main fundraiser for cancer charity, Redkite. Receiving no government funding, Redkite provide essential support to the families of children and young people who are fighting cancer. Redkite seek to ease not only the financial burden these families face, but they also provide essential counselling and music therapy, among other services.

    Not only were APP the National Organising Sponsors for planning the event, but many of APP’s staff volunteered their time to help set-up the ballroom and work the event, assisting the guests will all their needs throughout the night. Special thanks go to Amanda Bridgeman, Rachael Curtin, Oliver Haden, Jane Clucas, Vanessa Chong, Kristie Spagnolo, Courtney Dines, Andrew McColgan, Martin Carroll, and Brett Lunnon, for their efforts in helping Redkite run another wonderfully successful event.

  20. Posted: 08/09/2015

    APP is involved in a number of major retail projects around the country that have recently achieved major project milestones.

    Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre

    The latest major stage of Pacific Werribee's landmark $370M development has now opened for trade. This stage includes the western end of the mall that will integrate the new Target and Myer stores into the existing centre. This stage, in conjunction with the previously opened Urban Diner precinct, now represents approximately the half-way mark in the development.

    This most recent milestone includes a new flagship Target store, built to Target’s new design standard, as well as 40 new specialty retail stores, and new multi-deck car parking.

    APP has been involved in the Pacific Werribee Development since 2013, initially providing project management, design management and superintendency services through the design and contractor procurement phases, as well as managing an early works package consisting of the relocation of the Pacific Werribee public transport hub. We’re currently providing project management, superintendency, and tenancy coordination services to the Pacific Group of Companies for the main works package due for completion in early 2017.

    Highpoint Shopping Centre

    World class retail destination Highpoint Shopping Centre, owned by Highpoint Property Group, GPT Wholesale Shopping Centre Fund and The GPT Group, continues its impressive redevelopment with the opening of a new casual dining and urban entertainment precinct on Level One.

    The investment has created a purpose-built slow eating space with a carefully selected and diverse mix of authentic Asian restaurants. The new precinct also welcomes Strike, which sees Highpoint deliver a unique entertainment offering to Melbourne’s West.

    The redevelopment saw the construction of a sweeping retractable staircase. Designed as a communal meeting point that bridges the area between the new and current precincts, the staircase can be withdrawn to accommodate the retail destination’s ongoing calendar of events and performances. APP has been providing both Project Management and Tenancy Coordination Services to GPT on this project.

    Lidcombe Shopping Centre

    Stage 1 of the refurbished Lidcombe Shopping Centre recently opened to the public. This first stage consisted of 34 tenancies including Kmart, Woolworths, ALDI, and a number of specialty food & beverage and convenience retailers. Spotlight and Anaconda who were both existing tenants continued to trade through the major refurbishment works.

    APP has been providing tenancy coordination services on this project to our client Vicinity Shopping Centres.

    Being a truly national organisation, APP was able to resource this project from a combination of our Victorian, New South Wales, and Western Australian offices. This allowed us to form a team with the optimal mix of experience for this project.