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  1. Posted: 23/03/2017

    We're delighted to announce that four of our staff from APP's QLD branch have been appointed to Property Council of Australia Committees for the coming year. 

    Regional General Manager of QLD, Nick Davy has been appointed to the Committee for Cities which draws together industry experts across infrastructure, planning and urban design to provide guidance to government on major policies and projects.

    Darryl Coalter, QLD Manager of Instructure, has been appointed to the Infrastructure Committee where he will work to influence QLD policy and legislation relating to infrastructure planning and delivery.

    Karyn O’Brien (Senior Project Manager) was appointed to the QLD Retail Committee, where the focus for the year is on trading hours, valuation legislation and the CBD retailing, with a particular view to Queen’s Wharf redevelopment in Brisbane.

    Crystal Gray (Senior Project Manager) from the QLD branch has been re-elected on the Diversity Committee, where she will continue to contribute to building diversity and inclusiveness in the property industry. 

    Congratulations to these staff on their contribution to the PCA.

  2. Posted: 23/03/2017

    We are proud to announce that APP has been appointed by AMP Capital to manage the new development upgrades to the Coronation Drive Office Park (CDOP) precinct, located in Brisbane’s riverside suburb of Milton.

    The CDOP precinct, which is home to APP’s QLD office,  will soon welcome two significant attractions with the construction of an End of Trip Facility (EOTF) and external amenity upgrade, referred to as “The Link”.

    The upgrades will transform the CDOP into an integrated and energised urban community, set to change the way staff commute and interact within the precinct.

    The EOTF will be built above an existing car park and will provide state-of-the-art facilities including bike racks, showers and amenities, cafés and a bicycle maintenance centre, complementing the precinct’s close proximity to the Bicentennial Bikeway

    AMP have commissioned Tasmanian artist Trick Walsh to undertake design of the ceiling artwork which will form the centre piece of the EOTF along with bespoke bike racks, all visible through a glass facade. The building’s lobby will also undergo a facelift.

    The Link will provide a dynamic, vibrant outdoor space under the canopy of large fig trees and is designed to flow through the CDOP, transforming the experience of its occupants. This space will house a local coffee shop known as“The Bunker”, a table tennis facility, and a restroom.  The Link will also incorporate a number of different seating options offering wifi access, powerpoints and USB charging ports, providing tenants with the option for outdoor meetings.

    Surrounding The Link are architectural wonders and displays of art with wellness promoted and supported. At night the space will transform with a web of lights hanging overhead, and afterhours activation will occur during sporting events at the nearby Suncorp Stadium.

    Construction has commenced and APP is already gearing up to ensure the design of these facilities encapsulate award winning concepts to transform the CDOP into a vibrant and integrated business hub.

    This project is particularly exciting for APP’s QLD office, as the changes are set to significantly improve the way our staff commute and interact within the precinct and balance work with an active lifestyle.

    Construction is expected to be completed on both facilities by June 2017.

  3. Posted: 20/03/2017

    APP’s NSW Urban Development team is expanding with the addition of a new Project Director.

    Camille Abbott joins us as a Project Director, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from her previous roles in both private consultancy and as a Development Director in UrbanGrowth NSW.  Throughout her career, Camille has been responsible for leading teams to create project visions, plan and deliver residential and mixed use developments at Potts Hill (Bankstown), Bunya (Blacktown) and Caddens (Penrith).  Camille’s particular interests lie in the financial, social and environmental sustainability of projects. 

    Since joining APP, Camille has hit the ground running taking on the Project Director role for Menangle Park (Dahua) as well as preparing winning bids.

  4. Posted: 20/03/2017

    We’d like to congratulate the following APP staff from our NSW and ACT branches who have recently been appointed to Property Council of Australia Committees for the coming year.

    Regional General Manager of our Northern NSW office, Gillian Geraghty has joined the PCA’s Hunter Chapter Committee which aims to implement the initiatives for the Lower Hunter Reform agency and the review of planning controls for key councils. Gillian is also the elected Vice President of the Hunter Business Chamber which supports business prosperity and the greater community in the region. 

    Chloe De Vries (Project Manager) and Davis Espert (Senior Project Manager) also from the Northern NSW office, have both been appointed to the the Hunter Future Directions Committee, which is aimed at providing networking and professional development platforms for young property professionals.

    Andrew Hunter (CI Australia) has been appointed to the Commercial Office Property Committee, which champions the interests of the commercial office sector.

    Sandy Baldwin, Regional Head of Projects in our Canberra office was recently appointed to the Economic Development & Infrastructure Committee to provide advice on issues relating to economic development in the ACT.

    Please join us in congratulating these individuals on their appointments and contributions to the PCA. 

  5. Posted: 17/03/2017

    APP is proud to announce the appointment of five staff members from our South Australian branch who have been elected as 2017 Property Council of Australia Committee Members. 

    SA Regional General Manager, Paul Kirkwood has been appointed to the Industrial Committee for a second term, which focuses on issues relevant to unlocking sustainable growth in employment lands in SA. This includes planning policy, sustainability initiatives and infrastructure delivery frameworks.

    Craig Sammons (Project Manager) has joined the Building & Facilities Committee, where his role is to provide input and assist with advocacy on issues affecting the construction industry specifically relating to development and building rules and regulations.

    Jason Wong (Senior Project Manager) has concluded his role on the Future Directions Committee, and has recently been appointed to the newly formed Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee whose focus is on creating further awareness of D&I within the property industry, and identifying ways in which inclusiveness can be incorporated within the wider Property Industry and increasing the diversity of representation within it. Jason's position on this committee is indicative of APP's ongoing committment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

    Continuing APP's representation on the Future Directions Committee for 2017 is Lilian Hyland (Project Manager), who was appointed to the committee at the end of 2016. Speaking about her successful nomination, Lilian says “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be involved with establishing industry events and contributing to creating a platform for others in the industry to help develop their networks.”

    Sarah Mullins (Manager, Projects) has also been re-elected as a Division Councillor for a second term, where she will continue to represent the collective interests of SA members and the industry. 

    Congratulations to each of these individuals on their new appointments. 

    Photo: Jason Wong and Craig Sammons. 

  6. Posted: 14/03/2017

    We would like to congratulate APP's National General Manager, Andrew Borthwick who has been appointed to the Property Council of Australia's Retail Committee for 2017.

    The PCA's Retail Committee represents the interests of all retail sector stakeholders, including shopping centre managers and owners, developers, leasing professionals and retail tenants. The committee focuses on helping make recommendations on government policies, such as trading hours and tax laws.

    As a Committee Member, Andrew brings his long history and experience working in the retail sector combined with his focus on developing APP’s retail abilities as part of his National General Manager role. 

  7. Posted: 10/03/2017

    On March 8, 2017, APP celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD). The day provided an opportunity for APP to celebrate and support the achievements of women in our workforce, to reflect on APP’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and to challenge ourselves to do more in the future.

    Across the country we celebrated with a high tea, a morning tea, men wearing pink shirts in support of women, and a clothing and accessories drive in support of Dress for Success, a charity that helps women in need become more employable and independent by providing stylish corporate outfits to help make a great first impression at their interviews, all free of charge.

    Our parent company, Broadspectrum also hosted an afternoon tea with special guest and keynote speaker Jessica Rowe, an Australian journalist, author and television presenter.  She is the co-host of Studio 10 on Network Ten and is a Member of the Order of Australia for her mental health advocacy and contribution to Australian media. Jessica spoke about the highs and lows of her professional career and the challenges she’s faced juggling a family and a successful career in the media industry.

  8. Posted: 02/03/2017

    We would like to extend a warm welcome to Yvette Middleton who has recently joined the Urban Development team in our Sydney office.

    Yvette joins APP as Principal Planner and Manager Planning Services. She brings to the Planning team 20 years’ experience in statutory planning development applications, architecture and interior design in both consultancy and local government. 

    Yvette’s strengths are in navigating development applications through local councils and providing planning advice for development proposals, which reflects a large percentage of the planning services and opportunities across the Sydney office.  

    In addition to her planning qualifications, she is a registered architect and holds a Master of Environmental Law.  She was previously at GSA Planning in Sydney's Paddington, working on residential, commercial and assessing sites’ potential for clients and architects.  As an architect, projects included hospitality, hospital and education institutions, innovative ESD buildings, mining camp residential facilities and heritage.

    Yvette is excited by the scope of work at APP and looks forward to working on interesting and varied projects with the team.

  9. Posted: 27/02/2017

    APP is pleased to announce that we have been engaged by Newcastle City Council (NCC) to manage the planning of a number of new cycleways around the city.  

    The project forms part of a greater cycling strategy implemented by the NCC aimed at delivering cycling improvements in Newcastle to help facilitate safe, attractive, and cost effective travel options. Additional cycle ways will also reduce fuel, parking and health costs. 

    The proposed cycleway locations include:

    • Maud Street;
    • Coorumbung Rd to Evertone Street;
    • Glebe Rd to Donald Street;
    • Grinsell St to Rydal St; and
    • Adamstown Station to Fernleigh Track. 

    The project will be led by Senior Project Manager Shannon Drewe, based in APP’s Newcastle office. 

  10. Posted: 22/02/2017

    We are delighted to announce the promotion of Cory Dickins to Head of Projects, Sydney.

    Cory joined APP in 1999 as a Project Engineer and progressed through the business into his recent Project Director and Business Unit Leader roles. Cory’s major projects have included the highest and best of use of a large hotel, commercial and residential portfolio, staged redevelopment of the TAB offices in Ultimo, numerous projects for ALDI including the Prestons Distribution Centre and the Minchinbury office extension and warehouse modifications, redevelopment of the Downing Centre and Hornsby Courthouses, the Star Casino redevelopment and apartments at Breakfast Point.

    The client relationships Cory has developed during these projects have been instrumental in repeat business for APP, both within the projects group and the broader Sydney and national business for APP. Cory is well placed to apply the success and growth of his current business unit to the continued success and prosperous growth of the whole Sydney Projects team.

    Please join us in congratulating Cory on his promotion and wishing him and the team every success. 

  11. Posted: 21/02/2017

    The Property Council of Australia has selected APP’s nomination of the ALDI Regency Park Distribution Centre as a Finalist in the National Innovation & Excellence Awards.  The Distribution Centre, based in South Australia, has been nominated for the Best Business or Industrial Park Award.

    Construction of the Distribution Centre began in late 2014, with APP managing the entire development process from site selection and design through to construction fit out and operational handover, ensuring that the facility would be fully operational to support the first of the new ALDI stores in SA which opened in early 2016.

    The ALDI Distribution Centre has also been nominated as a Finalist for a State Award.

    Beginning in 1982, the National Innovation & Excellence Awards promotes excellence in design and innovation and is one of the most prestigious property awards in Australia.

    Winners will be announced at the PCA Awards Gala Dinner which will be held on Friday 5 May, 2017.

  12. Posted: 17/02/2017

    APP has been engaged by Curtin University as Project Manager for the design and implementation of the Thresholds Project, following the success of the Vehicle Access Management Plan (VAMP) Project.

    The Greater Curtin Master Plan identifies four University Thresholds which act as gateways into the University's Academic Neighbourhood. The Master Plan defines the Thresholds as familiar doorways into the heart of the University campus with a shared vehicular and pedestrian function. The Thresholds provide drop-off and taxi points which are close to the University core areas, as well as conveniently locating ACROD bays for students, staff and visitors with limited mobility.

    Given the location and configuration of the four Thresholds, they are also designated “service points” for deliveries, collections and maintenance activities, and have been carefully considered to ensure each connects conveniently to the nearby Curtin precinct. The design of the Thresholds also control vehicle access identified onto the main campus (e.g. food trucks).

    The University intends to further define the Thresholds in terms of function, arrangement and aesthetic in order to commence implementation.

    The Project objectives are to:

    • Enhance safety and enjoyment of the pedestrian environment through restricting the use of vehicles within the Curtin University Academic Core;
    • Facilitate a pedestrian-centric approach through the creation of shared spaces which encourage change of mode;
    • Provide consistency in the functionality of each Threshold to ensure users have the same experience in each space;
    • Improve efficiency and accessibility to service areas, waste storage and loading areas ensuring business continuity;
    • Ensure each Threshold is universally accessible responding to the campuses undulating topography; and
    • Support the ongoing management and operations of the University as a world-class urban environment for study, work, research and entertainment.

    The total project is estimated to cost around $17M, implemented in stages over the next four years. $1.5M is included in the Capital Works Program for business year 2017 and will allow for the design and partial construction of Thresholds A & C.

  13. Posted: 16/02/2017

    In April 2015, APP was engaged by the Asset owner Vikings Group as Client Representative to oversee JV negotiations, acquisition, design and construction of a 60 Unit Quest Apartment Facility at Macquarie Park in Sydney’s north-west.

    Our role covered acquisition and transaction services, project assurance, and development management and superintendent roles during the development process.

    We are delighted to announce the successful delivery of the new serviced apartment facility on 12 December, 2016. This was a three-way joint venture between developer Goodman, Quest (Operator) and Vikings (Asset owner). 

    The 60 units range in size from 40-90m2 and include a public domain, lobby, conference centre, gym facilities and car parking.

    Throughout this project, APP has developed a strong working relationship with Quest and is currently working exclusively with their acquisition team targeting on and off market opportunities, including future site identification and acquisitions to develop new Quest facilities nationally.

    It was a pleasure working with the Viking and Quest teams on this project and we are delighted with the result of the facility.

    The project has been a successful model showcasing APPs ability to strategically deliver development outcomes for our clients.

    APP's project team included Newcastle-based Project Directors, Rod Cashion and Mark Glew.  

  14. Posted: 16/02/2017

    APP, together with Arcadis, has been appointed as Independent Certifier for the third stage of NorthLink WA. The northern section of the project will involve design and construction from Ellenbrook to Muchea. This continues APP’s engagement as Independent Certifier for NorthLink WA southern and central sections. APP, with Arcadis was appointed as Independent Certifier for NorthLink WA southern section while APP was appointed with SMEC as Independent Certifier for NorthLink WA central section.

    NorthLink WA is a significant road initiative that has a value of approximately $1.12billion jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments, and is the largest project ever undertaken by Main Roads WA.

    NorthLink WA will link to Gateway WA and service regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth CBD and Perth Airport with the aim of providing state-of-the-art transport links that will significantly reduce congestion and travel times. Once all sections are completed, NorthLink WA will:

    • Provide a non-stop transport route between Morley and Muchea;
    • Increase road capacity to improve journey times and productivity;
    • Improve amenity in local communities by reducing congestion on local roads;
    • Save lives by eliminating four of the State’s top 15 most dangerous intersections; and
    • Improve amenity in the Swan Valley for residents and the 600,000 tourists who visit the area each year.

    The NorthLink WA northern section is targeted to commence in early April 2017.

  15. Posted: 16/02/2017

    We are pleased to announce that APP have been appointed as the project managers for a large mixed-use CBD project.

    The development is situated on the corner of Bathurst and Castlereagh Streets in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. The corner block is currently occupied by three separate buildings, a combination of older commercial buildings and a 5 storey heritage listed building known as Porter House.

    As the Project Manager, APP will oversee a range of elements including:

    • Demolition of the site’s existing structures;
    • Construction of a 36 storey mixed-use tower (hotel, residential, retail, and commercial) with a 9 storey podium;
    • Ground floor commercial, vehicle entrance, residential lobby, hotel lobby reception;
    • A boutique hotel from level 1 to level 9 (102 key hotel) including the use of Porter House as the hotel lobby and complementary functions.
    • Residential units from level 10 to 34;
    • A 3 storey cantilevered steel structure over the heritage Porter House at level 9
    • Four level basement car park with a further four (4) levels of mechanical stack parking below (61 cars); and
    • Retail (ANZ Bank) on the ground floor.

    APP’s project team includes Paul Chapple (Director in Charge), Paul Spinolo (Hotel Advisory) and Joyce Cheung (Design and Delivery Project Manager).

    This is an exciting opportunity for APP to add to our recent and current Sydney CBD projects which include Westpac in Barangaroo, 275 Kent Street, and Marsh Mercer in Barangaroo. 

    The mixed-use development is expected to be completed by 2020.

  16. Posted: 30/01/2017

    APP Corporation Pty Ltd (APP) is pleased to announce the continuing growth and diversity of our Queensland business with expansion into our new base in Toowoomba, providing a broad range of services to the area and the surrounding Surat Basin, Darling Downs and South West QLD regions.

    APP has been supporting clients in the Toowoomba and South West QLD regions for well over a decade with numerous projects and services provided to the region throughout this period. This new full time presence in Toowoomba now allows us to provide a greater level of service to our clients in these regions and will enable us to be proactive in delivery of our services and involvement in the local community.

    Some of the projects and services we are currently providing in the region include:

    • Development Advisory Services for Freight Terminals Pty Ltd on their $200M+ InterLinkSQ Industrial Park Development,
    • Project Management and Superintendency Services for QLD Health on their $10M Toowoomba Hospital Kitchen Redevelopment,
    • Advisory Services to TAFE South West on the review of their Transport and Logistics Training and Town Planning Services for numerous developments across the region.
    • Advisory Services to Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) in identifying opportunities for partnered investment into the region

    Gordon Grover, a Senior Project Manager for APP, has returned home to Toowoomba following a period in Armidale delivering the $60M Armidale Hospital Redevelopment.  Gordon is Toowoomba born and bred. He has welcomed the opportunity to relocate his young family back to his beginnings and is looking forward to the challenge of driving the APP business across this exciting region.

    Gordon’s experience in large scale and complex Education, Health, Industrial, Retail and Commercial Projects throughout his 10 year career in the industry has provided some significant benefits to our clients in the region.

    Blair Batts from Freight Terminals said; “Gordon’s knowledge and expertise in Industrial Projects and Developments and his understanding of the drivers behind such developments has delivered us with some significant benefits and opportunities”.

    For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Gordon Grover (Senior Project Manager) on 0407 620 112 or Nick Davy (QLD General Manager) on 0424 513 326.

  17. Posted: 20/01/2017

    Congratulations to Nicholas de Gorter, Daniel Jukic, Jennifer Young and Jessica Zhang from our Sydney office who have completed the 2016 APP Graduate Program.

    Since joining APP at the beginning of 2016, our graduates completed four rotations over a 10 month period to gain experience across a diverse range of projects and understand different areas of the business. 

    Now Assistant Project Managers, we asked each of the former graduates to reflect on their time during the program and what they gained from the experience. 

    Nicholas de Gorter

    Tell us a bit about yourself 

    Originally from Melbourne but grew up in Sydney, I studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Sydney University and graduated at the end of 2015.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I started at APP in January in 2016 as a Graduate Project Manager. Having now completed the Graduate Program, I am now an Assistant Project Manager. Up until the end of 2016, I continued to work on the Marina Project in Elizabeth Bay and a multi-storey car park in Parramatta. Now that we are in the new year I have started working with BU205 which does a lot of work with Health Infrastructure. I am currently working on projects in Tweed and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospitals. 

    Why did you choose APP’s Graduate Program?

    I was attracted to the culture at APP and saw it as a fantastic place to learn and develop myself as a professional. To this day, I still enjoy everything the company has to offer and see it as a fantastic place to work thanks to the people you get to work alongside.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    APP, through the Graduate Program have shown me the various aspects of Project Management, exposing me to Project Delivery, Urban Development, Independent Certification through our Infrastructure division and Commercial Property through APP’s subsidiary CI. As a result I have a more complete view of the industry as a whole, and have been able to own my work and strive to take on bigger challenges.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    The whole experience has been a highlight but I would say the occasions where the opportunity has been presented where I have had to take the reins of a project during the absence of a more senior project manager or some other circumstance. During these times you are really able to test yourself and I found it to be a very enjoyable experience.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s Graduate Program?

    Just be yourself, the process is really enjoyable and it’s just our way of telling you about us and at the same time getting to know you. I highly recommend applying for the program if you are interested in Client Side Project Management.

    Daniel Jukic

    Tell us a bit about yourself

    I’m Sydney born and bred, having studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons 1) at UNSW. Prior to joining APP I worked part time for a developer for five years and as an Engineer for two years during my degree.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I joined APP in early January 2016 as a Graduate Project Manager. Since then I’ve been promoted to Assistant Project Manager, with responsibility managing my own projects.

    Why did you choose APP’s Graduate Program?

    I chose APP’s Graduate Program for the diversity of projects and experiences. I saw an opportunity to broaden my learning in a condensed time period while enabling me to define my career path.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    The contributing factor to my growth has been APP’s trust. I have been given many opportunities to challenge myself and take ownership of my work. My colleagues have provided me with guidance and autonomy and as such I’ve developed into a better Project Manager.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    Working on the Sydney Light Rail project has definitely been a highlight. Being exposed to a $2.1B project with such a high level of coordination, planning and detail has given me invaluable experience.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s Graduate Program?

    If you want a diverse, interesting and well-rounded experience APP’s Graduate Program is an excellent opportunity. You will learn, develop skills and gain exposure to clients from the onset.

    Jennifer Young

    Tell us a bit about yourself

    I’m Australian-born-Korean who over the years, has split my time between Australia and New Zealand. Originally living in Sydney, my family relocated to Auckland for 11 years before moving back to Sydney then eventually back to Auckland where I finished my high school education. In 2010, I was accepted into the University of Sydney to study Civil Engineering, which meant moving back to Sydney. And this time, I made sure this was the very last move between the two countries.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I joined APP as a Graduate in the 2016 Graduate Program. Through this program, I was given the opportunity to work on many large-scale projects within Project Management, Urban Development, Infrastructure, and Property, all at varying stages of the project life cycle. Having spent a few months in each rotation, I was exposed to areas I would have never considered and at the same time, I was able to further explore my keen interests for Infrastructure. Now, I have moved onto becoming Assistant Project Engineer on the Canberra Light Rail Project.

    Why did you choose APP’s Graduate Program?

    A great company culture and strong support for staff well-being is what got my attention.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    Going through APP’s Graduate Program definitely helped me grow into becoming a confident Assistant Project Manager. Working on different projects and with different people has taught me to value teamwork, time management, and a healthy mentality. And thanks to the many networking events I was able to attend, I’ve learnt to step out of my comfort zone and make a presence for myself.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    The biggest highlights would be becoming co-Treasurer of the Chapter Council at The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW with Jessica Zhang and going on my first business trip to Canberra.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s Grad Program?

    My advice would be to Own It! Strive! Respect! Do What’s Right! These are the core values of APP that convey a professional and mature approach in everything you do.

    Jessica Zhang

    Tell us a bit about yourself 

    I was born overseas in China and I came to Australia with my family when I was 12. At year 8 I made up my mind that I wanted to be an engineer, but just didn’t know what kind of engineering I liked the most, I mean there’s so many! It wasn’t until 4 years later when I was visiting UNSW where I discovered Civil Engineering with Architecture was the degree for me.

    What is your role at APP and when did you join?

    I joined APP January 2016 as a Graduate Engineer and am now an Assistant Project Manager.

    Why did you choose APP’s Graduate Program?

    APP’s graduate programme is very unique in the current market. Most programmes last up to 2-3 years, but APP’s graduate program is roughly 1 year. This means not only do you get the chance to experience each business sector, but the graduates don’t have to wait years to settle into a team to work on their favourite project. I love to just dig into a project and grow with it, if you are like me, APP’s graduate program is perfect. And do I need to mention the diverse culture here at APP, they even accepted an rabbit obsessed individual like me.

    How has APP helped you grow your career?

    I had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects such as Sydney Light Rail, Moore College and  Barangaroo. It's not just about the projects though, APP provides a great platform for the graduates to learn from professionals already established in their field.  Here at APP, it’s not all just about work. My managers always encourages me to attend social events such as the Property Council Australia's Future Directions Cocktail party where I get to mingle with other professionals in the industry. Our amazing HR team also keeps us busy with training programs that are tailored to suit each individual’s growth.

    What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

    Every day is a highlight! Through APP I get to work with NAWIC (National Women in Construction). I am now co-treasurer for their NSW division.

    What advice would you give to others wanting to join APP’s Graduate Program?

    The Graduate Program is like a journey, enjoy every moment of it like I did. 

  18. Posted: 19/01/2017

    APP Corporation Pty Ltd (APP) is providing Development Advisory Services to Freight Terminals Pty Ltd (Freight Terminals) for their InterLinkSQ Development.

    InterLinkSQ is a $200M+ Industrial Park Development located within the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub just west of Toowoomba. The development is unique in that it has rail frontage to both the existing Western Rail Line and the preferred Inland Rail Alignment and will include a large Intermodal Terminal to take advantage of this. The development will also have a direct connection from the Warrego Highway to the new Second Range Crossing connecting it to the Port of Brisbane.

    APP has completed a number of Pre-Feasibility Models for InterLinkSQ for different types of facilities that could be located at the development including detailed transport modelling for such. These models were able to assist InterLinkSQ in understanding their position in the market against competitors around South East QLD, allowing them to tailor their offering and target buyers and types of organisations that could benefit from or are likely to be interested in locating themselves at the development.

    APP is now also working with InterLinkSQ on developing and implementing a targeted marketing strategy focusing on a number of organisations who have been identified as high priority, and a high likelihood to be interested in, and/or gain significant advantages by locating themselves at the development.

    Blair Batts, General Manager – Commercial & Development at InterLinkSQ said; “Gordon’s knowledge and expertise in Industrial Projects and Developments and his understanding of the drivers behind such developments has delivered us with some significant benefits and opportunities”.

    For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Gordon Grover on 0407 620 112.

    Freight Terminals Chairman John Dornbusch in Toowoomba with the Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull where he announced that his government would build the Inland Rail – a big win for InterLinkSQ and Toowoomba.

    Freight Terminals Chairman John Dornbusch in Toowoomba with the Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull where he announced that his government would build the Inland Rail – a big win for InterLinkSQ and Toowoomba.
  19. Posted: 18/01/2017

    APP is pleased to announce our appointment to two major Defence panels, PMCA (Project Management and Contract Administration) and IBC services (Initial Business Case).

    Commencing in January 2017, each panel engagement runs for a minimum five years and is for national services. APP joins up to 14 other organisations on each panel, all of whom were selected from a public tender that resulted in hundreds of organisations providing a response. The PMCA Panel will include tenders for Army, RAAF and Navy projects ranging in size from $20M to over $500M. As a panel member APP will be invited to tender for individual Defence projects and provide a range of services depending on the requirements for each project.

    Mark Coyte, APP’s Project Director who coordinated each Defence bid, is looking forward to working with Defence in his role as Panel Manager. “We’re ready to bring the best of our national capability to add value for Defence. We have a designated Defence lead in each office, supported by me and a National APP team. We're well positioned with the recent experiences of Carlo Bellinato, Ron Aquilina and the HMAS Albatross team, together with specialists such as Tony Mackay from Adelaide and Richard Tanzer. Richard was formerly Deputy Director General Capital Facilities and Infrastructure inside the client’s organisation.”

    As a national organisation, APP also met a key need for Defence. Mark Coyte says: “We’re large enough to service all projects nationally and also work on multiple projects concurrently, which is important for Defence”.

    IBC Panel function:

    • Deliver an Initial Business Case (IBC) that achieves first pass government approval
    • Engage with stakeholders and examine the risks and technical design considerations
    • Engage and coordinate subconsultants such as cost planning, architectural and services engineering
    • Develop schemes and a P50 cost plan for the options and prepare the IBC according to the Department of Finance conditions

    PMCA Panel function:

    • Acting as Defence's representative, manage and coordinate the project stakeholders, consultants and building contractors
    • Administer the various project contracts
    • Manage the program providing project leadership through the phases of procurement, feasibility, detailed business case, government approvals, design development, construction and handover. 
  20. Posted: 08/12/2016

    In early December we welcomed construction management students from the University of Newcastle to APP’s Newcastle office.

    The students visited APP and other organisations as part of an “Office Crawl” to gain exposure to the industry and explore different career paths available to them.

    Using our work on University of Newcastle’s NeW Space Campus as an example, we explained our role as Project Manager to the students and the different tasks an APP team performs on a project such as this.

    Jordan Elliott and Adam Schipp, both APM’s at APP with degrees in construction management

    Since joining APP’s Newcastle office in 2016 as an Assistant Project Manager, Jordan has worked primarily within the health and aged care sectors, where she values the opportunity to increase her skills in a complex live project environment. Jordan has a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from the University of Newcastle and a strong background in planning and scheduling within the industrial and manufacturing.

    Adam joined APP in 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager after completing a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. Adam has been involved in the project management of the new Newcastle Courthouse and the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space development, two of the city’s landmark projects.  Jordan and Adam spoke to the students about their responsibilities on particular projects to provide a deeper understanding of a career in project management.

    We’re pleased we were able to provide University of Newcastle students some insight into a career in the construction industry and an understanding of the broad services APP provides to the property and infrastructure industries.

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