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  1. 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. 

  2. Posted: 09/07/2015

    We're excited to announce that APP's real estate business in NSW, Chesterton International (NSW) Pty Limited has changed its name to CI Australia Pty Limited (CI Australia).  The announcement was made by Chesterton's Chief Executive Officer Andrew Hunter at an industry event in the Sydney CBD to mark the occasion.

    Chesterton has been a fixture in the Sydney commercial property sector for decades, servicing the commercial, retail and industrial markets in the areas of investment sales, asset management, facilities management and leasing. APP purchased the business in 2012.

    “Rebranding to CI Australia is about positioning ourselves for the future ” said Andrew Hunter. “While we have a well-established and growing base in Sydney, we will soon have representation in Melbourne and Brisbane and are looking to expand further afield due to strong client demand."

    In Sydney, CI Australia works closely with all major property companies and trusts as well as State Government clients including Railcorp and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to provide property management and other related real estate services on their extensive property portfolios. Mr Hunter is keen to see CI Australia transfer their knowledge and expertise to other states, for the benefit of similar clients. “We have helped our clients with their properties in NSW to make significant improvements through our range of services, including managing their property more efficiently, and we want to offer these skills to other States”.

  3. Posted: 02/07/2015

    APP client Dexus has lodged a DA for its first residential tower in Melbourne’s CBD. The development involves demolishing the existing multi-level carpark at 32 Flinders St and building a 57-storey residential tower on Flinders Street, and a 19-storey Soho-style building on Flinders Lane.

    The entire development offers 496 dwellings, three retail tenancies and two communal floors plus, 355 car spaces and 216 bicycle spaces. The apartments are designed to capitalise on a premium grade fit-out with unimpeded views to the city’s south amongst a highly competitive CBD property market.

    The Planning Minister’s Office and Melbourne City Council have expressed positive interest of the proposed development, in particular the beautification of the public realm and laneways network included in the DA that is anticipated to act as a catalyst for bringing a new vibrancy and sense of community to the neighbourhood.

    With the planning phase nearing completion, APP is coordinating the sales and marketing and managing the delivery of the development.

  4. Posted: 01/07/2015

    APP continues to secure work with Health Infrastructure in NSW, with our recent appointment as Project Manager for the delivery of the Sustainable Hospital Car Park Investment Program (SHCPIP).

    The SHCPIP aims to improve the planning, funding, financing, procurement, delivery and operation of NSW Health hospital car parks.  The key aim of the SCHPIP is to transform car park facilities into self-funding assets capable of generating funding for future expansion to meet future supply. 

    APP will coordinate the financial analysis, prepare Business Cases, planning activities and associated consultation to drive the program.  The APP team will work with HI and the respective Local Health Districts to optimise value and ensure the efficient delivery of the SHCPIP. 

  5. Posted: 30/06/2015

    700 Bourke Street is a sustainable premium A-grade 16 storey building which is another workplace for National Australia Bank (NAB) in Melbourne.  The office facility includes 61,000m2 of activity based workspace spread over 15 levels, plus a rooftop garden. NAB is the single corporate tenant within 700 Bourke Street housing 6,000 employees.

    APP in conjunction with Montlaur Project Services was engaged by NAB to act as Fit Out Project Manager and Principal Consultant, responsible for managing the fit-out design consultants through to delivering the project. This project was delivered as an integrated fit in conjunction with Cbus as developer and builder Brookfield Multiplex.

    The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) recently awarded NAB the prestigious 5 Star Green Star  - Office Interiors v1.1 Certified Rating, which represents Australian Excellence in environmentally sustainable design. The base building has also achieved 6-Star Green Star Office Design V3 and As Built ratings.

    To achieve this outcome, the workplace was designed to have a good balance of leading design, occupancy comfort and versatility. Sustainability was embedded in all design requirements for the project.

    Some key components of the 5 Star Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 Certified Rating were:

    • Approximately ninety percent of the furniture and material selected had a high environmental rating – these items included joinery, carpet, workstations, chairs, tables and storage furniture
    • 6,000 indoor plants contributing to air quality improvement
    • All utility areas having dedicated mechanical exhausting to prevent printing and photocopying pollutants from entering the office areas 
    • Energy efficient light fittings controlled by a programmable lighting control system resulting in energy savings and reduced carbon footprint
    • Daylight and occupancy sensing controls turning lighting on and off with automated dimming of lighting
    • Feature internal staircases and connecting bridges from the concourse to Level 14 which enables the building to be less reliant on elevators leading to reduced energy consumption

    600 bike racks and 1,000 lockers with shower change facilities encourage employee wellbeing and sustainable modes of travel. 

  6. Posted: 30/06/2015

    APP will provide support services to the Eastland tenancy delivery/tenancy coordination team for the $665M transformation of the new Eastland in Ringwood Victoria.

    The successful tenancy coordination and tenancy delivery role involves close liaison with all stakeholders including the client, leasing, designers, consultants, contractors, centre management, tenants and their fit-out contractors.

    The transformation will increase the size of Eastland by approximately 50% from 79,000sqm to approximately 130,000sqm and will create a vibrant town centre destination with premium shopping, leisure, dining, entertainment, and social experiences.

    The new Eastland introduces new international and iconic brands including David Jones and Target, housing more than 350 speciality stores on completion.

    The new Eastland adds to our growing tally of major tenancy coordination roles in Victoria, which also includes Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre, The Emporium Melbourne, Highpoint Shopping Centre, and Pacific Epping, as well as other major projects interstate.

  7. Posted: 24/06/2015

    With the pending rail station to be constructed to service the new Perth Stadium and surrounding area, the Victoria Park Drive Bridge over Graham Farmer Freeway needed to be extended to allow for the new rail lines and station platforms. APP was initially appointed to assess the contractor expressions of interest and tender submissions on behalf of Main Roads WA. Included in the scope of works is a pedestrian underpass from the Stadium to the new railway station as well as an extension to the existing pedestrian footbridge over the Freeway.

    Following from our initial role, APP was seconded as quality control manager of the works for Main Roads WA, to review the works under construction against contract and design documentation. A role that has been so well received; the secondment has transferred to the Fremantle traffic and rail bridge protection works that is looking at repairing and protecting the structure of the existing bridge over the river.

    Works on the Graham Farmer Freeway are expected to be completed in July 2015.

  8. Posted: 24/06/2015

    The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) Executive Committee has approved the Program Management Implementation Plan APP prepared for them.

    MRA’s program covers thirteen projects over five redevelopment areas – Central Perth, Subiaco, Midland, Armadale and Scarborough for urban renewal and place making.

    The program will cover some of WA’s most significant urban regeneration projects which are anticipated to attract in the order of $13billion of private sector investment off the back of $3.7billion of government investment.

    The approval includes endorsement to proceed with adjustments to the Project Delivery division structure and delegation arrangements to accommodate the introduction of a Program Management Office, along with the usual process and system aspects relating to applying a Program Management approach. A key success factor in securing the approval was the pragmatic approach APP applied to make sure that the Program Management framework and governance structure were integrated with the objectives of the MRA and tailored to its business model.

    APP’s role is now an advisory one for the duration of implementation over the next 18 months and we’re excited to be able to support the MRA in the transformation of these areas for Perth.

  9. Posted: 16/06/2015

    APP WA Projects Manager Eric Schluter has become one of the first official mentors in the Property Council of Australia’s Women in Property mentoring program in WA.

    The PCA’s Woman in Property Committee initiative focuses on women aspiring to senior leadership positions in the property sector, and matches them with senior leaders within the industry.

    The key objectives of the program are to enable mentees to gain new perspectives to advance their career and develop meaningful professional connections and personal sponsors, whilst at the same time giving mentors valuable practice in mentoring women and learning how to better cultivate a more balanced culture.

    The inaugural program is the first for the WA Property Council chapter, and APP is delighted to be supporting Eric’s mentorship of Polly Gee, a Senior Associate Interior Design with HASSELL.

    Jill Fraser, a Project Director with APP and 2014 winner of WA Property Council Future Direction’s award, has also been selected as a mentee this year.

    We’re excited to see and have some of our APPers involved in such a valuable program, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the program develops to make a positive impact on the property industry.

  10. Posted: 05/06/2015

    APP Corporation in association with SMEC Australia has been appointed as the Independent Certifier for part of Australia’s largest road infrastructure project to date, Sydney’s WestConnex M4 East. 

    The M4 East project will provide three traffic lanes in each direction, in twin tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield. The M4 East will remove through-traffic from Parramatta Road, ease congestion and facilitate urban revitalisation in the lively inner west area of Sydney. 

    The M4 East tunnel will extend the M4 motorway east from Homebush Bay Drive. The project includes three further sets of entry and exit ramps at each of Concord Road, Parramatta Road east of Wattle Street and the City West Link at Haberfield. The project will connect to WestConnex Stage 3 in the future which will ultimately connect the M4 East to the M5 corridor beneath Sydney’s inner west. 

    As Independent Certifier (IC) APP Corporation will be required to review and verify that the tunnels and associated infrastructure are being built by the construction contractor to the requirements and specifications determined for the project by the NSW Government authorities. 

    APP is a leader in the provision of Independent Assurance services for major infrastructure projects across Australia, having performed similar services for Brisbane Airport Link, Adelaide Desalination Project, the Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Seaford Rail extension in South Australia. In Sydney, APP is currently delivering similar services for a number of heavy infrastructure transport projects in the metropolitan region including the Sydney CBD and Eastern Suburbs Light Rail project. 

    Jeff Sharp, APP’s General Manager of Infrastructure, said: “WestConnex represents the missing link in reshaping Sydney’s transport network for future generations. It’s an ambitious, exciting project and APP is proud to play an integral role in ensuring the project is delivered according to the high standard demanded by Government and key stakeholders”. 

    Work starts on the M4 East in 2016. Completion of the project is planned for early 2019.

  11. Posted: 02/06/2015

    Sarah Mullins of our Adelaide office recently attended the turning of the sod ceremony for Federations Centres Colonnades Shopping Centre expansion in an exciting milestone for the development. APP are the project managers, responsible for the delivery and tenancy coordination.

    One of the highlights of the revitalised Colonnades, will be the new family friendly alfresco dining areas which will celebrate fresh produce from the region and beyond and be a new place to meet and eat for the growing local community. Research estimates the Noarlunga region is one of the State’s fastest expanding areas with the population expected to grow by more than 25 per cent, to reach close to 210,000 residents by 2034.

    On completion the Centre will be home to eight major retailers, 190 specialty stores and 11 mini major retailers and offer an additional 550 car parks.   Anticipated to open in 2016, the centre will remain fully open for business while the redevelopment works are carried out.  

  12. Posted: 02/06/2015

    We’re delighted to welcome two new faces to our growing South Australian team based in Adelaide – Vivien Dossmann, Project Director and Daniel Govier, Senior Project Manager.

    Vivien has a range of experience in the complete project management cycle from planning, implementation, commissioning, transition and post-occupancy evaluation specialising in the health sector. Having worked with stakeholders in both public and private enterprise, Vivien is a project management professional. She understands what drives organisations and has experience in setting up effective processes for strategic development within a business and working closely with medical research and the health sector. 

    Daniel’s 17 years in the property and construction industry has shown him to be an integral member of project development teams from acquisition and feasibility right through to defects resolution. He has lead the development of cost efficient design solutions during both planning and delivery phases, and managed multi-disciplinary consultant teams to successfully deliver projects. 

    Vivien and Daniel bring valuable experience with them that both compliments and builds on our existing capabilities and we’re excited to have them on board.

  13. Posted: 14/05/2015

    Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School is enjoying their New Learning Centre at their Canterbury campus in Victoria which was delivered in April this year.

    APP was appointed Project Manager for the D&C of the development that included a new library on the Ground floor, a new middle school for years 7 and 8 on the first floor, and a new science centre on the second floor.

    A key priority for the school, located in a residential street, was maintaining their relationship with neighbours and surrounding residents during construction, which was achieved through continual consultation and consideration.

    The building was constructed within a live environment and minimised disruption to the schools operations. A notable achievement given the new building connected into three existing, adjacent buildings on site which were operational at the time and had refurbishment requirements to connect with the new building.

    We’re delighted to be involved with the School’s ongoing improvements, managing the refurbishment of their Year 10 centre due to be delivered in July this year.

    Strathcona Canterbury Campus
  14. Posted: 07/05/2015

    APP is building on previous projects in Victoria and NSW for the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to manage a fitout for the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) to create new office accommodation and flexible space within the Brisbane CBD. 

    LSIA is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on knowledge generation and bringing fields of research together in new ways to find solutions that make a difference in children’s lives and those of their families.

    The project will refurbish 950sqm of existing office space to deliver: 

    • A mixture of individual and open-plan offices to accommodate 60 staff;
    • Reception / waiting area;
    • Flexible meeting spaces to suit variable occupancy levels;
    • Task based working environments;
    • Flexible tutorial space;
    • Amenities and kitchenette facilities;
    • Breakout space(s);
    • Team working environment(s); and
    • AV and IT infrastructure to enable international and national video conferencing.

    The project is due to commence in mid-May with expected completion in November 2015.

  15. Posted: 06/05/2015

    APP has been appointed to support our parent company, Transfield Services, who have entered into an alliance arrangement with Enable to construct the fibre-optic network in Christchurch NZ. Led by Stephen Kimmedy, APP’s Queensland Manager of Urban Development and Property, our role is to establish project controls to increase efficiency and profitability.

    Enable is building a fibre broadband network for 180,000 homes and businesses in Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts.

    The fibre network is seen as a pivotal part of rebuilding Christchurch’s infrastructure, delivering vital communications services to homes and business for the next 50 years.

  16. Posted: 06/05/2015

    The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) is in the process of relocating to the University of Newcastle (UON).

    Building on our longstanding relationship with the UON, we are program managing the move from the University of South Australia which involves the physical relocation of CRC CARE research materials and equipment, plus the refurbishment of existing facilities at the UON to create office spaces, laboratory spaces, soil processing and storage areas and greenhouses.

    CRC CARE was set up in 2005 as a research network covering the whole of Australia to tackle the critical areas of contamination assessment and remediation, with the goal of cutting Australia’s pollutants and improving the health of its people, cities, food, soil, air and water.

    The move to UON is intended to extend the latest in clean-up science to a wider range of the nation’s major industries.

    The relocation will be done in two transitional stages with an expected completion in 2016.

  17. Posted: 01/05/2015

    We were delighted to achieve Practical Completion of RMIT’s School of Media and Communication Project, adding to our growing portfolio of successfully delivered tertiary education projects.   In what was a significant achievement, the entire construction period for the works was just 63 days, allowing staff and students to use the new spaces from the start of the university year.

    APP was appointed Project Manager and Superintendent of the School of Media and Communication project following the successful completion of our involvement in the School’s first phase project - refurbishing Level 1 of Building 9 at RMIT’s City Campus.

    The Project involved decanting 2024m2 from an existing building at the end of its lease into four buildings of best fit within the School’s existing, more consolidated facilities.  This included the creation of:

    • Three new animation studios, staff office spaces and communal areas;
    • Two new photography studios including cycloramas, equipment/office space and kitchenette;
    • Two post production photography studios and a new printing room; and
    • Two revised office floor plans to accommodate additional staff resulting in increased utilisation rates across each floor.

    APP’s role involved the development of the early design and administration of the Works Contract under an accelerated form of D&C delivery with contractor Brookfield Multiplex as part of a number of critical projects undertaken during the summer break by Brookfield Multiplex across the City Campus.

    APP’s Project Director Chris Freeman said “It’s a satisfying achievement to reach Practical Completion on any project, but particularly satisfying given the timeframes the project team committed to and met, and the fact that we were once again able to deliver an outstanding outcome for the School of Media & Communication at RMIT”. 

  18. Posted: 28/04/2015

    APP as Principal Contractor is in partnership with FDC to manage the fit out of Westpac branches nationally. Having delivered or currently delivering dozens of branches throughout most of Australia, we will be reaching Practical Completion for our first Westpac project in the Northern Territory in Berrimah, Darwin in May.

    Construction on our second Northern Territory Westpac project will commence shortly after on Alice Springs. This is the most remote Westpac branch fit out we have managed to date which has provided some interesting challenges.

    The team has used their knowledge from completing the Kununurra branch in remote Western Australia to drive this project. The hardest challenge will be getting materials safely on site to meet program both during the fit out period as well as throughout the defect period. Some materials and joinery must first travel to Adelaide or Darwin before making their way down to Alice Springs creating a large program risk which the team will manage from the mobilisation period through construction and defects. The team is currently procuring all materials and sub-contractors to commence in two weeks.

    The construction period will run for 6 weeks with the branch expected to open in June.

  19. Posted: 28/04/2015

    APP is delighted to have delivered the newly refurbished ground floor of the ACU campus at 115 Victoria Parade in Melbourne in 9 months and under budget, in time for the 2015 school year.

    ACU students are now enjoying the improved amenity space at the campus with increased casual study, gathering and meeting spaces, a bookshop and multi-faith room plus two cafes – at the north and southern ends of the campus.

    The works were conducted in a live environment in the main public areas, therefore APP recommended the project be completed in two stages to minimise operational disruption to the campus. To facilitate this, a temporary reception area and offices were built so the university could continue with business as usual during construction.

    With the university’s continued growth the improvement in communal areas is an added benefit for both current and future students. From all reports the improved spaces have been well received, with both staff and students enjoying them as expected.

     

  20. Posted: 28/04/2015

    St Jude’s Church in Bowral is enjoying the new community building, recently finished in February. The 1874 Anglican Church was in need of additional space to facilitate future growth as well as provide for a range of ministry and community activities.

    Essential to the brief was to amalgamate the new building with the existing heritage-listed church. St Judes engaged the services of renowned heritage architect Ridley Smith from NBRS and partners. Sadly Ridley passed away before the project was completed but not before the design was completed and approved by the church committee.

    Ridley produced an excellent design for a new building, navigating the many site constraints including the existing buildings, the historic cemetery and the conservation and heritage aspects of the site. APP was engaged shortly after the passing of Ridley to project manage the construction of the new building.

    The new building has capacity for 250 people, an adjacent but separate area for children’s ministry activities connected to an outdoor play area, office space for the ministers and administration staff with easy access for the public, a joint communal area for informal gatherings prior to and after worship services and other functions, modernised and larger kitchen facilities, new toilet facilities and off street parking.

    The overall goal was to build a modern church complex which is sensitive to the heritage values of the site, while providing for a wide range of ministries and community activities, and it has achieved this successfully. 

    The project was completed in February 2015 under a design and construct agreement with a local contractor, Camarda and Cantrill. Since its official opening by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, the building has received numerous accolades and is likely to be entered in the MBA heritage awards.

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