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  1. Posted: 08/09/2015

    We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Dino Russo, a Project Director to our Victorian office.

    Dino has over 20 years of construction and project management experience, with the last 11 years as a project management consultant. During this time, he has successfully delivered several large projects in the commercial and retail sectors. Most recently he’s led the redevelopment of 600 Bourke St Melbourne for AMP Capital Investors, managing multiple concurrent projects ranging from strategic base building refurbishment of all 52 commercial floors, new end-of-trip facilities and end of lifecycle upgrades, to retail and common area ambiance redevelopments over a three-year period.

    A licenced builder himself, Dino’s experience extends to all facets of construction and development, complementing and further strengthening our projects team in Victoria.

  2. Posted: 07/09/2015

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

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

  3. Posted: 31/08/2015

    Congratulations to the Lendlease team at Lakeside Joondalup on the opening of H&M’s first WA store on Saturday 29th August. The retailer occupies approximately 2,200sqm in the recently expanded fashion mall and joins over 300 other retailers at the centre. 

    APP has provided retail tenancy coordination at Lakeside Joondalup since mid-2014 and is pleased to have assisted Lendlease in achieving this milestone.

    The opening was popular amongst locals who came out in their thousands for the first day’s trade.

  4. Posted: 31/08/2015

    Stage 2B of the Pacific Fair shopping centre, a $670M redevelopment on the Gold Coast, opened on schedule last week to a crowd of eager shoppers.

    This stage included a new Woolworths, Big W, Fresh Food Market and more than 40 new lifestyle and fashion stores, plus over 1,500 new car spaces.

    One of the largest and most complex retail projects in the country, APP has been engaged as Superintendent and Owners Representative.

    Stage 1 opened on schedule last year with Target, JB HiFi, Dick Smith and specialty stores. Stage 3, the largest and final stage, has been running in parallel with Stage 2 and is scheduled to open in 2016. 

  5. Posted: 28/08/2015

    The $8M redevelopment of the Emanuel School in Randwick achieved Practical Completion last week, in preparation for the official opening for 300 guests with Malcolm Turnbull, opening the new school wing, amongst the dignitaries.

    APP was appointed project manager of the redevelopment which was constructed over four levels, on a very steep site and included:

    • new art centre;
    • 200-seat theatre and performing arts space;
    • new open classrooms and courtyard learning areas; and
    • a health and wellness space and gymnasium.

    The students are evidently enjoying their new environment, with artwork decorating the walls of the new art centre and we’re looking forward to seeing the teachers and students settle in further.

  6. Posted: 28/08/2015

    We’d like to publicly congratulate Rose Ung who was awarded a merit last night in the NAWIC 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence, Project Manager Award for her involvement in the Parramatta Park Capital Works – Improvements Program. The award recognises the contribution of an individual project manager with respect to a project delivered in the last twelve months.

    The judges said “the significant upgrade program has enhanced the experience of visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Listed reserve, which also accommodates some of Australia’s most important colonial buildings. This complex project saw a range of challenges including sensitivities around cultural and physical heritage considerations and the many layers of planning, design, procurement and financial reporting required of government projects.

    “Rose has demonstrated an ability to grow trust within the project team and to effectively manage the strategic relationships necessary for the success of the broader Project. Her ability to manage cultural heritage issues within the context of operational environmental constraints is commended.”

    We’re delighted for Rose in receiving a well-deserved recognition for her outstanding work at Parramatta Park, a wonderful achievement.

  7. Posted: 27/08/2015

    APP has been appointed by Presbyterian Aged Care (Principal) and Brookfield Multiplex (D&C Contractor) to act as the Superintendent on a new $120M Aged Care development in Paddington.

    Construction on ‘The Terraces’ will commence in the coming months on what will be the biggest project embarked on by Presbyterian Aged Care in NSW. The development will include

    • The replacement of the existing 88-bed residential aged care facility with a new 100-bed facility;
    • Construction of 70 new seniors independent living units in four new buildings;
    • Adaptive conversion of the Scottish Hospital heritage building into nine seniors apartments, retaining and restoring heritage features such as the terraced gardens;
    • Creation of space for future community care programs as well as a range of amenities for residents and visitors; and
    • Dedication of land to Woollahra Council to expand the public park on the northern boundary of the site known as Dillon St Reserve.

    This staged development will be designed and constructed over the next 36 months and further expands on APP’s Aged Care portfolio in Sydney.

  8. Posted: 27/08/2015

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

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

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

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

  9. Posted: 24/08/2015

    Practical Completion of the remaining areas of Westpac’s integrated fit-out in Tower 2 International Towers Sydney (aka Barangaroo South) was achieved earlier this month after almost 12 months of pre-agreement for lease negotiations, and just over three years of design and construction with Lend Lease.

    Consisting of circa 60,000sqm of commercial space, Westpac’s integrated fit-out includes 47,500sqm of open plan office and 12,500sqm client and specialist areas including:

    • 2 full client floors (5,000sqm),
    • 3 commercial kitchens,
    • 2 cafes (and an outdoor BBQ terrace),
    • a Learning Centre,
    • a Wellness Centre (with consult rooms and yoga / pilates space), and
    • an Arena.

    APP has been supporting Westpac with their agreement for lease negotiations and AFL administration, achieving all milestones in line with the original target dates, and we’re looking forward to seeing them settle into their new headquarters.

    Following on from our work with Westpac, APP has been appointed client representative / project advisor with MMC Marsh Mercer to relocate them from Darling Park to their new premises at Barangaroo.

  10. Posted: 18/08/2015

    The NSW Department of Education has announced APP's appointment as Project Manager for the redevelopment of Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School.  More than $100M will be spent in Parramatta to build two new high-rise schools catering for up to 2,000 high school students and 1,000 primary school students, making  room for the anticipated increase in enrolments over the next two decades.

    Regional General Manager Brett Hocking said “APP is proud to be part of this landmark project for Sydney’s west and the Department of Education.  We’re working across Australia with schools and universities on a variety of campus and corporate accommodation projects.  We’ll leverage that knowledge and experience to ensure best practice is delivered for these two schools.”

    The project is scheduled to commence immediately with extensive school and community consultation. The expected project completion is targeted for the start of the school year in 2019.

  11. Posted: 11/08/2015

    APP have recently completed, ahead of programme, the full repair and renovation of a 21,000m² fully operational industrial warehouse building, for Stockland at their Port Adelaide Distribution Centre in SA.

    APP was appointed as Project Manager for the works that required intensive collaboration between the Contractor and occupiers to allow the repairs to be completed with minimal disruption to the tenants business. The building remained fully operational throughout the works.

    The warehouse facility was in a degraded condition from prolonged exposure to stored fertiliser products. The high levels of corrosion required complete replacement of roof and wall cladding, shot-blasting and repainting of the structure and extensive repairs to floors, dado walls and services.

    The repairs were successfully planned and construction works sequenced to allow the tenant to maintain their operational activities, at all times, through a staged decanting of their operations and provision of temporary works and protection.

  12. Posted: 06/08/2015

    The 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby have come to a conclusion with the host country topping the medal tally and getting full marks for staging the best games ever.  The APP team also took gold for their support in helping the organising committee to successfully stage a world class major event in Papua New Guinea.

    Over 4000 athletes came from 24 countries to participate in both traditional sports such as weightlifting, football and athletics as well as regional specific competitions including Va’a outrigger canoeing and an open water swim. The concurrent ceremonies and cultural programme highlighted the incredible diversity and talent of not just the host country but other participating island nations of the Pacific through song, dance and visual arts.  The quality of facilities was another major factor in the success of the event with the PNG Government completing $600m in venue capital works including new stadiums, Games Village, pool and multi-purpose facilities.

    Commencing in 2014, APP assisted the local games organising committee with venue readiness and planning advice around overlay, procurement, commissioning and workplace health and safety for the event. In the final crucial months, a team of APP project managers were present at the venues and Athlete’s Village providing site management assistance, event logistics and contractor management.

    A key part of APP’s commission was information sharing and capacity building for organising committee staff with limited previous exposure to major events. Members of the games venue management team were invited by APP to attend Melbourne’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix this year, gaining valuable insight into elements such as overlay, spectator services, venue operations and look and signage.  

    With the 2015 Pacific Games a welcome triumph, the PNG government is now seriously considering a bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

  13. Posted: 04/08/2015

    APP has been appointed as Project Manager for yet another Collins Street address, following the receipt of a planning approval for the redevelopment of 360 Collins Street.

    Our role is to lead the design, procurement and staged delivery of the works whilst maintaining access and amenity for the existing tenants within the mid and high rise levels of the building.

    The redevelopment will create distinct low rise and podium precincts, enhancing the building’s amenity and functionality including:

    • A refurbishment of the façade fronting Collins Street;
    • A new 5-level podium extension at the rear of the building, including a podium roof terrace and expanded floorplates providing an additional 6,000m2 of office space;
    • An expanded and refurbished retail plaza surrounding a north facing central green open space area;
    • Refurbishment of the 12 contiguous floors in the low rise;
    • New male and female end of trip facilities providing, showers, lockers, dry rooms, and amenities. All built to premium A-Grade office building standards.

    The redevelopment will include a number of sustainability initiatives, such as:

    • A new chilled beam air-conditioning system;
    • Thermally efficient new façade;
    • Fully refurbished, destination controlled lifts to the entire building;
    • New efficient lighting, including LED fittings;
    • Upgraded Building Management System to manage and control energy use and performance. 

    The introduction of these initiatives is expected to drive the buildings’ NABERs Energy rating beyond 4.0 stars.

    APP’s role in the redevelopment continues to build on our strong association with a number of significant commercial office developments along Collins Street and the broader CBD in Melbourne.

  14. Posted: 03/08/2015

    Thursday 25 June marked the opening and launch of Pacific Werribee’s new Urban Diner precinct, the first major stage of Pacific Werribee's landmark $370M development.

    The Urban Diner has transformed the centre into the West's largest entertainment and dining complex with 15 restaurants, a new Werribee Tavern and a ten-screen Village Cinema, with the addition of two Gold Class facilities.

    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.

  15. Posted: 30/07/2015

    APP is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Baldwin to the role of Manager of Projects for APP’s ACT operations. 

    Sandy has over 20 years’ experience working within the Canberra construction industry. In particular, she has significant experience working with and alongside local and Commonwealth government departments in Canberra and is experienced with government funding and the procurement process.

    Sandy believes “a quality project management service that is professional and team focused is key to APP’s success in Canberra. Everyone on a construction project wants to see it succeed. A project team needs to work together, and with an expert Project Manager at the helm, it’s hard to fail.” It is with this mentality that Sandy has delivered several construction projects for the retail, health, commercial office, and residential sectors.

    APP CEO Adam Castro said “I’m delighted to have Sandy on board to continue the growth of our business in Canberra and the surrounding region. Her extensive knowledge of the National Construction Code, ACT planning laws and building approval processes are a valuable addition to our team on the ground in Canberra.

    “The intent is that we are well placed, with Sandy’s local knowledge and experience, backed by a national organisation who is actively working with major players throughout Australia, to help clients maximise these kinds of opportunities on the horizon.”

    Sandy is an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS).

  16. Posted: 30/07/2015

    8 Hopkins Street, Footscray is soon to become a landmark development. Boasting the largest development footprint in the precinct at approximately 14,000m2, it is expected to become a centre of activity in the community, capitalising on the central location and Warde Street extension through the site.

    The development, currently pending approval, comprises of six residential towers, upon a four-storey podium offering townhouse-style dwellings with street addresses, carparking and retail offerings at street level. Additionally, in a first for Melbourne, the development proposes an amenities level that includes a pool, gymnasium, open-air gardens and an elevated 400m running track with 360 degree views of the city, ocean and greater Melbourne.

    Developers Golden Asset, have appointed APP as Development and Project Manager on the proposed development. The project brief is based on two main principles: to provide an amenity, and facilities beyond current inner city apartment offerings; and through design excellence, create a landmark development to signify the centrepiece of Joseph Road Precinct.

    APP’s role is to provide feasibility studies, strategic development delivery and staging, development programming, design management, sales and marketing, strategic advice and planning strategies for Golden Asset.

    Footscray has become a hive of development and property activity with a number of transactions on significant land parcels in the suburb in recent years. Its close proximity to the CBD (3.8km), and its current industrial density, signifies it’s the next suburb to be gentrified.

    Programmed to be launched to the market early 2016, this highly prominent development will exemplify quality community living in Melbourne’s inner west, Joseph Road Precinct.

  17. Posted: 24/07/2015

    APP staff have been working to provide accessible, modern and integrated transport infrastructure across NSW since early 2014. Working as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, we have helped complete over 100 projects in 2014-2015, including new car parks, ferry wharf upgrades, and accessibility improvements. This work builds on the city-shaping projects APP is currently helping deliver, such as Sydney Metro North West and the CBD and South East Light Rail.

    Announced in 2012, the Transport Access Program has provided much needed improvements to transport locations across the state. The Program initially consisted of $770 million over four years. In June 2015, the Government announced a further boost of $890 million over the next four years.   

    Our staff are continuing to provide program management support, including managing the concept planning of future projects, the delivery of subprograms currently in construction, and ensuring ministerial approval and reporting requirements are met.

    Staff seconded to Transport for NSW have made important contributions, and have included Ian Blaiklock, Matt Kelly, David Opperman, Scott Dunn, David Cotterill, David Moore and Renaud Barichard. The team has worked on a diverse range of projects, including the provision of a new station at Shellharbour Junction to service a growing region.       

    With more than 150 announced projects currently underway, the work of APP staff remains an integral part of the Program’s success.

  18. Posted: 17/07/2015

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

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


  19. Posted: 14/07/2015

    BNE Property, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s property arm, is seeking expressions of interest for development groups to partner with them in the development of an all-encompassing automotive precinct.

    The precinct proposes to include dealerships, servicing, experience centres, exhibition and conference facilities, offices, hotels, event areas and associated retail, all around a specially designed test track.

    APP has been working with BNE Property since mid-2014 to evaluate the initial concept design for the development, including consideration of several delivery strategies and staging options to achieve economical delivery of the required earthworks, roadworks and infrastructure.

    The “Automall” precinct will be an Australian first, providing an opportunity for potential purchasers to drive a car from the showroom to the test track. The purpose-built test track has been designed by Mark Skaife, five-time champion of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, for drivers of any level, to fully experience their new car in a controlled environment.

    Located near Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal, adjacent to Moreton Drive and Airport Drive, the site has unparalleled exposure and accessibility, and will be a landmark development for both the Airport and Brisbane.

  20. Posted: 14/07/2015

    We are delighted by the ongoing growth and diversity of our town planning service in Queensland with recent successful development approvals gained for clients across the development sector. One of our recent highlights includes ‘Botanique’, a master planned development involving a 230-small lot subdivision.

    The proposed development offers uniquely designed freehold homes integrated within the natural surroundings. As lead town planning consultants, APP was responsible for the management and delivery of the Development Application to Council and facilitating the approval process for the client from inception to final approval stage.

    Building on our strong town planning experience, our team has been busy managing numerous development applications for clients for a variety of projects from the Gold Coast to Cairns including multi-unit developments, showroom complexes, extensions to regional shopping centres and a private hospital development, just to name a few.