News - Southern NSW & ACT

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. Posted: 23/09/2014

    APP has been appointed as Project Manager for a new 16 bed dementia-specific unit at Burradoo.  Architects have been appointed and the first of the scheme designs will be produced by the end of September 2014.  The design will be peer reviewed by experts in the field of dementia to ensure the facility will be on par with world class standards.

  5. Posted: 23/09/2014

    APP has been appointed to manage a $1.5M extension and refurbishment at the Wanniassa Primary School in Tuggeranong. This extension is to accommodate a new Introductory English Centre, which will provide a learning environment for new citizens (children) living in the ACT prior to them entering the mainstream education system.

  6. Posted: 22/05/2014

    The Governor of NSW opened the new, HarbisonCare state-of-the-art, 79-bed, circa $10M residential aged care facility at Burradoo in Southern NSW this week.

    Drawing on APP’s previous experience in managing the planning and delivery of aged care facilities for HarbisonCare over almost 10 years, APP was engaged in early 2012 to manage the design, authority approvals, tendering and construction of the new facility, together with a refurbishment of the existing nursing home.

    APP facilitated a number of Value Managements sessions to critique the facility’s design prior to managing the tender and negotiation phase of the project.

    The works were undertaken both in an operational facility and on a site constrained by adjoining buildings and associated infrastructure, APP ensured the construction programme addressed the sensitivities of the residents, which saw its official opening this week and we’re looking forward to seeing new and previous residents settle in to the new facility.

  7. Posted: 27/05/2013

    APP has been appointed by Charles Sturt University to act as the Project Director for development of a new campus in Port Macquarie.

    The new campus being located on a greenfield site approximately 5 kms from the main town centre and when complete, will provide facilities for approx. 5,000 students.

    APP’s first task will be to manage the consultant tender and selection process then the preparation of a structured masterplan for the site.


  8. Posted: 22/11/2012

    The National Film and Sound Archive project which began in early 2012, has completed the design phase and construction commenced.  APP is Project Manager and Superintendent on the $4M refurbishment of their M5 collection storage facility in Canberra, which includes almost 9 lineal kilometres of storage within four climate controlled vaults.  The project is on track for completion in September.

  9. Posted: 20/11/2012

    Construction has commenced on the 67-bed Aged Care facility for Harbison Care, at Burradoo in southern NSW.  APP is project managing delivery of the new facility and to mark the occasion Mayor Juliet Arkwright turned the first soil on site, together with David Cummins, Harbison's Chairman.

  10. Posted: 28/08/2012

    APP has been appointed to manage a $192 million upgrade of HMAS Albatross Defence base in Nowra, including 22 buildings and infrastructure elements to improve the performance of the base such as improving base security, upgrading buildings and facilities to support operational capability and providing new facilities to enhance present and future planning of the site.  APP is appointed as Project Manager / Contract Administrator to complete the Planning Phase works and undertake the full Delivery Phase works.

    The project will generate over 350 trade positions within the Shoalhaven and Illawarra regions.

  11. Posted: 12/04/2012

    Harbison Care, a leading aged care not-for-profit organisation, has appointed APP to manage the delivery of a new 67-bed Nursing Home at Burradoo.  The state of the art facility will incorporate 16 beds which will feature "Extra Service" functions.   This latest commission extends our ongoing relationship with Harbison that began in 2006.

  12. Posted: 12/04/2012

    APP in Canberra has been appointed by the National Film and Sound Archive to manage the planning and delivery of a 2,600sqm custom facility for accommodate and storage of irreplaceable Australian film artefacts.  The collection storage facility will have international leading design for ‘cool and cold vaults’ and accommodate for 30 staff.

  13. Posted: 04/04/2012

    APP has won a 3rd repeat project with Bankstown City Aged Care, a not for profit aged care provider.

    The role is Project Manager on the development and delivery of 41 independent living units, valued at $12M.

  14. Posted: 23/11/2011

    APP is working with Transfield Services on the Department of Climate Change Housing Insulation Program Phase 2. This project commenced in April 2011 and is programmed to finish in June 2012. This is a large project with approximately 500 employees and contractors working in various roles throughout the country, delivering safety outcomes to over 80,000 households across Australia. The APP team is responsible for the project directorship role and client liaison with the Federal Government.

  15. Posted: 23/11/2011

    APP has recently managed the refurbishment and/or construction of new buildings across 28 Primary Schools in the Wollongong Diocese under the BER program. This $70M project commenced in June 2009 and finished in September 2011 and was funded by the Federal Government as part of its Building the Education Revolution.

    APP delivered a custom built design for every school, taking into account the individual needs of each school. The project involved 9 architectural firms and 11 builders across the programme. All works were delivered on time and within the budget.