Queensland Reconstruction Authority: Gripfast continues to work with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority in a management consultancy role, covering areas as diverse as:
- Strategic and operational planning
- Operations management
- Organisational restructure
- Human Resources
- Executive development & training
MSL: Gripfast has provided Multiple Sclerosis Limited with ongoing consultancy advice and support in relation to upcoming potential developments and ensuring that they comply not only with national standards and codes but also represent ‘industry best practice’ in the high care accommodation sector.
Pindan: Gripfast Consulting has worked with Pindan Contracting to develop their capabilities and networks in the Defence Sector. Specifically, the team has focused on building relationships and alliances with US companies in preparation for the US Force Posture Initiative (Northern Australia) scope of works due to commence in 2016.
HDR: The role with HDR Inc. commenced with HDR’s acquisition of Salva Resources over two years ago and has been an ongoing relationship focused on assisting HDR to develop the brand in Australia. Much of the work was business development related and was focused on growing the company’s engineering capability, exploring strategic acquisitions and building a portfolio of Defence projects both in Australia and regionally.
Georgiou: Gripfast Consulting worked with Georgiou to examine the opportunities for the company to grow within the Defence sector and the strategies they could use to grow their capabilities and market share. This took the format of a series of workshops culminating in a brief to the Board supported by a formal report.
Research Design & Management
Australasian Service Care Network: The research team designed and delivered a research project for the Australasian Service Care Network http://www.ascn.org.au/, which is the peak body representing the Australian and New Zealand services and ex-services health and ageing service providers. The project developed a shared understanding on the health and needs profile of Australian and New Zealand veterans and current gaps in service delivery to meet their needs. Its findings will be used to advise on policy and potential training requirements for members of the ASCN.
Youngcare: Writing the Planning Guidelines and Specifications Manual relied on the combined skills of the research and project management teams led by Annabel. The Manual will help Youngcare, Government, builders, developers, and individuals understand the costs, complexities, usability and legislative requirements for building homes for young people with high care needs.
Brisbane Airport Australia: Gripfast wrote BAC’s winning submission (The G20 Project: an airport within an airport) for the Australian Institute of Project Management Achievement Awards: Defence & Aerospace Category. The submission won both the Queensland and National Award in this category.
RAND Corporation: Annabel consulted to RAND U.S., on the health and wellbeing issues of the Australian Military in preparation for the visit of senior RAND staff with representatives from Defence and DVA.
Youngcare Facilities – Albany Creek, & Wooloowin
Gripfast Consulting was chosen to project manage and superintend three Youngcare projects with a combined value of more than $11m. The projects are located in Queensland and NSW and will provide young people with disabilities independent living accommodation as well as communal facilities, rehabilitation areas and accommodation for care staff. Some facilities will integrate units for sale to the general public.
The four unit share house at Wooloowin is a new housing model for Youngcare. It is home for four young people with significant disabilities who require full time care. The design ensures privacy, independence and dignity, while providing care facilities and services appropriate to the residents’ needs.
Phase 2 is being build adjacent to the share house and is six two-bedroom units that will be home to either individuals or small families that include a young person with high care needs. It will include a common kitchen/living area and therapy room/gym.
The Albany Creek project is a 50/50 Joint Venture between Multiple Sclerosis Queensland (MSQ) and Youngcare. It is a combination of eight medium and high care residences, a communal space with facilities and three private residences. The development strives for a non-institutional approach that affords residents the privacy and community required to live with dignity and choice. The design opens up communal space towards the North and sequences a series of gardens that provide both privacy and the opportunity for community between the residents.
St Vincent's Auburn
Gripfast is working with St Vincent’s Care Services to support its analysis for the planned High Care Units (HCU) development in Auburn, NSW. This project draws on Gripfast’s expertise developed over years of involvement with HCU facilities.
The proposed building will be a multi-storey facility, with several accommodation units on each floor. The state of the art design provides housing for young people requiring high levels of care. The complex assistive technology needs of the HCU requires high levels of sensitivity and practicality, a Gripfast speciality service. We are confident our expertise and level of understanding for end-users will result in a first-class outcome for residents and St Vincent’s.
MS Queensland – Springfield, Lutwitch
Gripfast Consulting is the client side project manager helping MS Queensland manage the contracts and process to ensure that the project is delivered on time, in budget and to the quality standards expected by MS Queensland. Gripfast was also appointed to guide MS Queensland through the design phase of the Springfield project, helping then integrate and facilitate the finer details required in specialised project for residents with medium to high care needs. This relationship with MS Queensland had been fruitful for both parties, resulting in Gripfast’s appointment to advise on MS Queensland’s future projects in Lutwyche and Wynnum.
The Springfield project is a development being undertaken with Springfield Land Corporation and will form part of the wider Springfield health and wellness precinct. The project will be a five-storey development with parking and entry on the ground floor, a total of eighteen independent living units on levels 1-3 and a common living area incorporating kitchen, dining and lounge areas as well as a therapy room/gym and staff offices. The design is in accordance with current ‘best practice’, industry standards and MSQ’s high standard of care model. The development will encourage and support independent living while providing the residents with the support and care needed.
The $13 million Spectrum apartment complex at 616-638 Lutwyche Road will be built on a 4,370 square metre block of state-owned land.
Housing provider BHC, is developing the plot into 64 affordable and private apartments and retail spaces and was gifted the land by the government. The three levels include ground floor commercial/retail spaces, with 30 of the residential apartments for sale.
The Lutwyche project and will include 60 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments and retail tenancies in the three-storey development. MSQ will own four independent living units in the development, once complete. The project will allow fully integrated living options for MSQ residents.
The Wynnum project is still in concept phase but is expected to be a multi-storey development including twelve independent living units with common dining, lounge and therapy/gym facilities for residents.
The University of Queensland – St George & Queens St
Gripfast Consulting has been engaged by the University of Queensland to act as the Project Managers and Superintendents on the following projects.
University of Queensland, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Fitout, 293 Queen St
The University of Queensland 293 Queen St project includes the refurbishment of a prominent Queen Street Heritage listed building to accommodate UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. It includes an extensive adaption of the building across three levels to house Faculty, teaching staff and students. The Gripfast team is providing comprehensive Project Management services to refurbish approximately 1800m2 to suit the University’s requirements. This new state of the art facility will contribute to the cutting-edge teaching and learning capabilities offered by UQ with the adaptability to meet future MBA requirements.
We are excited to be part of such a dynamic project that balances the requirements of state of the art facilities while honouring the heritage listing of the building. And, of course we are delighted to be working with UQ again.
University of Queensland Dental Clinic, St George
The University of Queensland Dental Clinic St George is a tertiary education / health project in cooperation with Goondir Health Services.
The project will see a new dental clinic build to the rear of the Goondir Medical Centre in St George. The clinic will cater for up to six patients and both permanent staff and UQ student facilitation.