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Alkimos Beach and Elizabeth Quay take home top prize at UDIA National Awards

Friday 02, February 2018

Alkimos Beach, currently under construction by Georgiou’s WA Infrastructure Business Unit, has won top honours at the recent UDIA National Awards for Excellence.

Developed jointly by LandCorp and Lendlease, Georgiou is currently delivering a new civil works stage of the estate which will see our team working in the area for the next three years.

Alkimos Beach won the award for best Residential Development, up against stiff competition from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. 

The first development in WA to achieve a six leaf rating under UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment program, Alkimos Beach is now a multi-award winning estate.

The landmark Elizabeth Quay project in the Perth CBD also took home the top prize for the Excellence in Urban Renewal category.

Georgiou Group was awarded the Forward Works Package in 2012 which involved the demolition of existing buildings, relocation of a number of major underground services, removal of contaminated soils and construction of a new road to facilitate the construction of the Elizabeth Quay development. 

The project has transformed the Perth waterfront, which is attracting international investment and creating a foundation for new economic development opportunities in the surrounding area.

Iconic Scarborough Beach Redevelopment opened to the public

Friday 02, February 2018

Yesterday (Sunday 18 March) marked the official opening of the $51M Scarborough Beach Redevelopment, proudly built by Georgiou Group.

After 14 months of construction, the redevelopment now boasts four distinctive new areas, Sunset Hill, Scarborough Square, Scarborough Clock Tower and the Beach Hub, for locals and tourists to enjoy year-round.

Visitors to the foreshore can now utilise the skate park and sports facilities at the Snake Pit, relax under the arbours in Scarborough Square or connect to the surrounding area and Perth City through the newly-built Transit Hub.

With foreshore works completed in time for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships next month, our Building Business Unit are still completing final works and the fit-out of the new $5M Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club with the team expected to reach PC in April 2018.

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer, Sean Henriques, said the improvements to the foreshore have created an attractive beach destination for locals and tourists alike.

“The $100M investment by the State Government and City of Stirling has refreshed the social culture of Scarborough and transitioned it into a more contemporary beach destination, creating a strong foundation for future investment and development by the private sector,” he said.

Project Manager Ben Guile said despite the project’s challenges, Georgiou proudly delivered the project on time and to a welcoming community.

“As a whole, the redevelopment was one of Georgiou’s most challenging, yet rewarding, projects to complete to date,” he said.

“From the relocation of the heritage-listed Clock Tower to the construction of the country’s most diverse skate park, Georgiou has worked hard to maintain Scarborough’s cultural legacy as well as incorporate new state-of-the-art facilities that will ensure the foreshore remains one of Australia’s top beachfront destinations.

“We are proud to have played an integral role on this project and deliver such an iconic destination back to the Scarborough community.

For a more detailed look at the Beach Front Elements, click here.

Contractors call for rethink on procurement

Friday 02, February 2018

Local contractors have expressed concern that work on the next two Metronet rail projects, worth about $1 billion, could be packaged together for tendering purposes.

The Butler-to-Yanchep extension and Cockburn-to-Thornlie line build are both at the project definition stage, with construction slated to start in 2019.

Business News understands the Public Transport Authority may amalgamate the two works to reduce contract management costs.

Construction business Georgiou Group chief executive, John Georgiou, said he had concerns that the two projects would be packaged together for tendering, despite having different requirements and being in different parts of Perth.

“The government should leave it as two contracts and should not allow one team to pick up both; they should have it delivered by separate groups,” Mr Georgiou told Business News.

“What we as industry (are saying) is you should break it up and have more active companies working.”

A more competitive contracting environment should be part of the government’s procurement strategy in the longer term because it would mean more local jobs and industry development, he said.

Previous major projects, such as the building of the Mandurah rail line and Northlink road project, had been split into smaller works, Mr Georgiou said.

Bid costs were an additional concern, with the government less likely to pay back losing tenderers than counterparts on the east coast.

The Civil Contractors Federation wrote to the state government last year to argue that tendering the two railways together would not achieve the government’s objective of industry participation.

Federation chief executive Jeff Miller said the alliance model used on bigger projects tended to provide minimal opportunities for mid-tier contractors.

He said smaller and tier-two players preferred contracting directly to government, because subcontracting to tier ones brought a more onerous risk profile.

Mr Miller said CCF had recommended a delivery partner model for Metronet, after it had been successfully used interstate.

That would mean a head contractor looked after design and construction management, while all works were subcontracted.

The government would be the principal for all contracts and pay subcontractors directly.

Last week’s Langoulant special inquiry into major projects also gave a word of caution.

“Main Roads’ preference for alliance contracting arrangements on major road programs is arguably not always cost effective,” the review said.

 

Source: Business News, 26/02/2018

Contract awarded for M1 Pacific Motorway At Weakleys Drive

Friday 02, February 2018

Work to upgrade the M1 Pacific Motorway is ramping up with the construction contract to upgrade the intersection of Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive awarded to Georgiou Group Pty Ltd.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the project was one of three on the M1 Pacific Motorway as part of an overall $391.6 million package, jointly funded by the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments, to provide a safer and more reliable motorway for all motorists.

“This project will expand traffic capacity by replacing the existing roundabout with traffic lights and increasing the number of lanes,” Mr Fletcher said.

“This will improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for all road users on one of Australia’s busiest roads.”

Work is set to commence over the coming months and expected to be complete in 2019, weather permitting.

More than 70,000 motorists use the M1 Pacific Motorway each day, including 7,000 freight vehicles.

Georgiou project recognised for sustainability

Tuesday 16, January 2018

The Liv Apartments development, currently under construction by Georgiou Group, has become WA's third property development to be recognised as a One Planet Community.

The Defence Housing Australia project received formal One Planet Community recognition after meeting conditions including a commitment to environmental, financial and lifestyle sustainability.

Located on Queen Victoria Street in WA, the multi-storey development comprising 166 apartments is the seventh project nationally to be named a One Planet Community under the international Bioregional program.

DHA senior development manager Cade Taylor said all residential units at Liv Apartments would feature environmental energy and water saving initiatives intended to reduce household bills and energy consumption.

Solar PV panels, a high-specification glazing system utilised throughout the development, edible gardens, landscape irrigation, a waste reduction strategy, energy saving ceiling fans, a rooftop communal space and ground floor retail and commercial facilities are all set to feature at the Liv Apartments development, which is due for completion in August this year.

“These initiatives are expected to reduce household bills and energy consumption at Liv,” Mr Taylor said.

“It really puts Liv Apartments on the map as a genuinely unique and sustainable place to live that will be a vital addition to the vibrant Fremantle precinct.”

City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Liv Apartments would be the largest single development accredited as a One Planet Community in WA.

“It is great to see developments like this that are not only of a high quality but are sustainable and designed for the 21st century," he said.

“We are proud to have this in Fremantle - a community that prides itself on environmental leadership.”

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