Rob Ware is Managing Director of the Australian operation, which is based in South Melbourne, and he told us more about the business. His fellow director Peter Richter (founder of the Australian company and still a consultant to it) still has considerable business in Indonesia and as far afield as Japan, but the bulk of work is within this country. “We are not a huge international corporation,” Mr Ware says.
TSA attributes its success to its ability to attract and retain the best people. The company’s mantra is simple – good people that take ownership of their projects will deliver good outcomes. Regardless of the sector or the size of the project, the TSA team works collaboratively with clients and project teams in a way that encourages innovation and improves project outcomes. TSA’s business philosophies mirror those of its clients – the delivery of high value, outcome focused services in a cost effective and timely manner.
At the beginning, T C Clarke & Son was already ranging far and wide across Queensland, as far up as Ayr, where one building completed during the period is now listed with the Queensland Heritage Register. As Geoff Clarke told us recently, “he was doing both residential and commercial work. We used to do a majority of work for banks around the countryside and did a lot of rural work.” Morris, Geoff’s father, joined Thomas prior to WWII as an apprentice and the team built numerous landmarks.
Also administered by the Trust is the adjacent Sydney Football Stadium, currently known for reasons of naming rights as the Allianz Stadium. This 45,500-seater takes care of the needs of the city’s more rectangular sports: rugby league and union, and now soccer. Either venue can accommodate a wide variety of diverse entertainments such as concerts, although Allianz Stadium predominates in this area.
MoveCorp emerged on the scene nearly twenty-four years ago, the creation of Ken Tuckey, a Logistics and Intelligence expert for the Australian Navy. At the time, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) had fifteen live broadcasting studios operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. A project committee, planning the relocation of the television and radio company, headhunted Mr Tuckey in the hopes of avoiding downtime during the resettlement.
Just how successful can any business possibly be if it is not marketing itself? Typically, any business has a portion of its monies set aside to invest in advertising because it needs to get the word out about its product and name. Very rarely can a company survive or thrive without it. John McDonald Building Services is that rare entity. The company specialises in many areas of construction, ranging from designer homes to construction surveying, project management and supervision, interior design, decoration and urban planning. Even heritage sites are not beyond its scope.
A home buyer, on the other hand, is more interested in a permanent place – somewhere they can hang many hats. Oftentimes this is a couple or a young family who has been renting their hat racks for a few years and have decided that they feel stable enough to purchase a beautiful, permanent dwelling on their own little chunk of the planet.
“We’re probably the only mainstream practice in Western Australia that combines all of the disciplines we have in one practice, principally combining our town planning, urban design and project management so openly and so clearly,” says Greg Rowe, founding Principal and Managing Director of GRA. “There might be town planning firms, and there certainly are project management firms who offer these services, but they sub-contract those disciplines. To my understanding, we are the largest firm in WA that provides both those services in one organisation. There are many benefits in providing these disciplines in one organisation.”
The business developed with the trend of outsourcing facilities management, which led – in cases where appropriate – to the combination of lease negotiation or lease administration. In the late 1990s, the federal government began outsourcing integrated real estate facility management contracts (the basis of the market in Australia) to a large number of private corporations—initially very large ones, and more recently smaller companies too—because of perceived advantages in efficiency in having a single solution to both matters.
The company began its journey into the commercial, industrial and residential construction market by first taking on a few domestic projects and one industrial project in early 2008. From there it has gone on to complete many other multi-level residential projects. “Since then, our name has become more prevalent in the market,” says James Banks who, along with Joe Grasso, is one of the two Managing Directors of Figurehead Construction. “We’ve been involved in a number of projects which have raised our profile in the market, including Iris apartments due for completion in early 2013, Errol Apartments and more recently Sanctum Brighton Apartments.”