The Foundations at Portland NSW open to the public for the first time in history as internationally renowned artist Guido van Helton paints a large-scale mural

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Catalyst Project Consulting are very proud to have enabled a significant opportunity for the town of Portland NSW by securing the services of internationally renowned visual artist and photographer, Guido van Helten to paint a mural on the 8 large cement silos on site at The Foundations (the old Portland Cement Works site) in his signature style.

Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at The Foundations, van Helten will apply his unique process of community engagement, photography and mural painting to the town with a rich history and unique mix of art and industry.

The artist has painted throughout Australia and internationally, dotting regional and urban landscapes with his exploration of community and identity generated through photography and large-scale, site-specific mural installations.

Starting work in early April, with an expected duration of two months, what was once an historical structure of industry, is now being transformed to a monument of respect and credence to whom from the past had emulated community, relevance to the Cement Works, and were influential in the site and town’s history. Albeit with such a wealth of treasured individuals of importance to the Cement Works and the town of Portland, those represented in the artwork emulate and pay tribute to all involved.

For more information about the Project please go to http://www.thefoundations.com.au/ or you can follow the action on The Foundations Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/thefoundationsportland/

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Catalyst engaged to project manage the redevelopment of Lake Macquarie Airport

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Catalyst Project Consulting has been engaged to provide Project Management Services for the Design Development and Construction of the Lake Macquarie Airport Redevelopment project.

The second DA currently under assessment with Lake Macquarie City Council includes two buildings which are 1000 m2 hangers with internal office space, in addition to the approved 3 buildings in the first DA.

Given the proximity of the current Lake Macquarie Airport to existing infrastructure, and with the known potential of the region, we are encouraged that this development will signal strong and much needed stimulus to the region, and Catalyst is passionate about driving positive change and enthused to be a part of this exiting project.

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Catalyst Project Consulting named in the 2017 Australian Financial Review Fast Starters List

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Catalyst Project Consulting has been named in the prestigious 2017 Australian Financial Review (AFR) Fast Starters List, as the 85th fastest growing start-up business in Australia.

Catalyst was established by Kris Leck in 2013 as a client side project management team and with business partner Anthony d’Arcy has to date completed 35 projects ranging from large commercial developments through to mixed-use and residential projects. Currently managing $290 million in projects, the consultancy also provides tailor-made and cost-effective services that range from specific project elements, such as feasibility studies, through to complex end-to-end project and development management solutions for any size project.

An AFR Fast Starter must have started trading after 1 July 2013, be turning over greater than $500,000 for the 16/17 financial year and must show independent verification of increasing revenue every year. The source of revenue can’t come from one client or customer, government grants or start-up funding, and they must be Australian owned.

Catalyst director, Kris Leck, said that Catalyst was committed to refining our service offering and expanding sector coverage to meet peaks and toughs in the market.
“Our core skills are in project management, and clients benefit from our expertise in actively managing the process, which can be adapted to any industry sector. We go beyond reporting, we use our experience and proven methodologies to guide the best outcome for a project.” Mr Leck said.

“Over 60 years of combined construction experience as builders and developers before specialising in client-side project management gives Catalyst a competitive advantage that clients can benefit from. We can help resolve everyday construction challenges, provide an efficient and independent project reporting service, or create and implement full project recovery solutions if things have gone totally astray.”

“We have been very fortunate to have the continued support of a number of great clients, and enjoy the opportunity to adapt our services to exceed our client’s varied expectations.” he said.

Catalyst specialises in project management, development management, town planning, feasibility studies, due diligence and construction consulting. It is located on the corner of King and Wolfe Streets in Newcastle and currently has a core team of six people.

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Catalyst Project Consulting selected as a Finalist at the Hunter Business Awards 2017

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Catalyst Project Consulting Team was nominated as a Finalist in the 2017 Hunter Business Awards.

The Hunter Business Awards is considered Australia’s most prestigious regional business awards acknowledging excellence and diversity across the region.

The 2017 Hunter Business Awards were held on Thursday 31 August, at NEX Wests City. The Chamber joined forces with many of the Region’s leading businesses to present these prestigious annual awards in ten categories.

Catalyst was nominated as a Finalist in the Award for Small Business Excellence (-20 Employees)

We are extremely proud to be selected as a Finalist.

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Gateway 2 – Pile Construction Commences

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Gateway 2 is keeping to program, commencing drilling of the piles onsite this week. Marvelous progress considering the deluge of rain received in the last week.

Stay tuned for more detailed coverage of this exciting development – yesterday we surveyed neighbouring vantage points for the installation of Time-Lapse Photography Cameras.

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Huxley Apartments Nearing Completion

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The Huxley Development at 12 Bellevue Street in Newcastle West is nearing completion with the final painting coats being done on the top levels. The landscaped areas on the roof and level 2 are nearing completion with commissioning of plant and services being delivered.

The project is programmed to provide Occupation Certification by the end of February 2017 with the final Practical Completion scheduled for the 10/3/17.  This timeframe was provided by the builder Basebuild in August 2016 and the timely delivery is a great outcome for the client and the Catalyst Project Consulting Team.

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Catalyst appointed Project Managers for Gateway 2 project

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We are very proud to announce that Catalyst Project Consulting have been appointed as the client’s Project Manager and Superintendent for the construction of the Gateway 2 commercial office building.

The 5 storey, 9,400m2 glass facade building is located on the corner of Stewart Avenue and Hunter St Newcastle. Construction is expected to commence in early March 2017 and be completed in mid 2018.

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West-End Apartments – Up, Up and Away!

by Kris Leck in Current Projects

2017 is off to a great start for the West-End Apartments development with the pouring of the first floor slab of the Eastern Tower on Friday 6 January 2017 – right on program.

Foundations and in ground services on the Western Tower are nearing completion, and its anticipated sections of the ground floor slab will be poured within the next week. The coming months will see an ongoing cycle of AFS Walls and Columns, Formwork, Steel Placement and Slab Pours. Before long the West-End Apartments will be a prominent feature alongside the Wickham Transport Interchange in Newcastle’s rapidly changing West End.

We look forward to delivering this exciting Project for Thirdi Property in conjunction with Base Build.

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NSW Government Certified Consultant

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We are very pleased to announce that Catalyst Project Consulting is now a Certified Consultant for the NSW Government. We are prequalified to provide Project Management services for all size projects for all NSW Government departments and organisations.

Our Quality Management System is now certified under the AS / NZS ISO 9001-2008 International Standard for Quality Management Systems, and our Work Health and Safety System has also been certified.

 

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Huxley Apartments on Program

by Kris Leck in Current Projects

The construction of the Huxley Apartments is progressing well with the level 3 slab poured last Friday, 13 May 2016, right on program. Site Manager James Shafren from Base Build has shown exceptional leadership and management in overcoming some minor delays during the groundworks, which were not entirely unexpected given the site’s location and age of the in-ground services infrastructure. The level 8 roof slab is due to be poured on 20 July 2016. Well done and good luck to all the construction team, keep up the great work.

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Nick Whitton Joins Catalyst Project Consulting

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This week we welcomed Nick Whitton to the team at Catalyst Project Consulting. Nick has a Masters of Project Management and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning. Nick has just moved to Newcastle from the Central Coast. He is a keen surfer and also plays cricket, hockey and rugby.

Nick has comprehensive skills in development management, project management and town planning services, developed across a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, hospitality and infrastructure projects.

Nick has delivered a number of projects from concept to completion, utilising his dual qualifications. Nick has a detailed understanding of NSW legislative controls, specifically Local Environmental Plans and State Environmental Planning Policies, and how they relate to property development and construction. Nick has experience preparing Statements of Environmental Effects, Planning Proposals, Reviews of Environmental Factors and Environmental Impact Statements.

We are pleased to be able to offer our clients Town Planning services, and an increased capacity in Client side Project Management and Development Management services.

Welcome to the team Nick.

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Catalyst appointed to Manage Iconic Apartments in Waterloo

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Catalyst Project Consulting have been engaged by leading property developer Thirdi Group to manage their latest luxury apartment development in Waterloo, Sydney. Iconic of Waterloo, consists of 76 luxury residential units and 4 commercial spaces totalling 1200 square metres. The development integrates the existing heritage façade and building roof lines, with a further 5 storeys of residential units which complements the existing fabric. The inclusions and finishes are of the highest standard with separate private roof top terraces for all 5th storey units including BBQ areas and plunge pools.

A testament to the trust that Senior Project Manager Anthony d’Arcy has developed with Thirdi Group during the management of past and current notable Newcastle projects, Tattersalls on Watt, Huxley Apartments, Belle Apartments and WestEnd Apartments, Catalyst have been appointed as Project Manager’s for the Thirdi Group’s latest and most ambitious apartment development.

Catalyst has been engaged to manage the design development, DA approval, head contract execution and contract superintendency to deliver the completed project.

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West End Apartments on NBN News

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The West End Apartments Development application is now on Public Exhibition.

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Development Application lodged for WestEnd Apartments

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The Development Application for the 122 unit, WestEnd Apartments were lodged with Newcastle City Council on Thursday 22 October 2015. Congratulations to Scott Shafren from Base Build, Luke Mahaffey from Base Architects, Anthony d’Arcy from Catalyst Project Consulting and all the guys at Thirdi Group on this milestone. This will be another fantastic development for our town and a great showcase of the confidence in the future of Newcastle. Image from Newcastle Herald 23 October 2015.

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New Crane on the Newcastle Skyline

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The tower crane for The Huxley Apartments in Beresford St Newcastle West was erected this week. It’s great to see another crane on the skyline of our great city. A great milestone, well done Base Build.

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Catalyst Appointed to Manage Completion of Belle Apartments

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Catalyst Project Consulting have been appointed by the Thirdi Group to provide project management services for the completion of the Belle Apartments in Belmont, Lake Macquarie. We will be providing assistance to the Contractor and managing the strata subdivision process.

 

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Catalyst Appointed as Project Manager’s for New 122 Unit “West-End ApARTments”

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Catalyst Project Consulting are very proud to announce that we have been appointed as Project Managers for a new development in Charles St Wickham, the “West-End ApARTments”. We are currently managing the preparation of the Development Application for this 122 unit, 10 storey, two tower development. The Project Architect is Luke Mahaffey from Base Architects. This appointment is a testament to the good working relationship that Anthony d’Arcy has developed with the client team.

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