Tourism and retail

Peninsula Apartments – Window Replacements, Peninsula Body Corporate
Value: $5 million

The works envisaged will be undertaken within a ‘live site’ environment where the residents must be accorded “peaceful enjoyment”.

The works include:

  • Preparation of a dilapidation report for each unit prior to commencing work.
  • Moving of furnishings within the unit to provide access for replacement works.
  • Protecting of furnishings and the apartment interiors.
  • Installation of safety barriers externally to the building to comply with best practice Workplace Health and Safety requirements.
  • Removal and disposal of existing windows suites.
  • Installation of new window suites and making good of hobs, sills and any kitchen splash backs affected by the works.
  • Final clean of the unit prior to handover.
  • Formal handover of the unit.

It is envisaged that the works will be undertaken in stages with three (3) floors available at a time. It is further noted that some units will require adjustment to air conditioning units affected by the new installation.

Mossman Gorge Visitor and Training Centre, Indigenous Land Corporation
Value: $15 million 

Ridgemill was engaged to project manage the construction of the Mossman Gorge Visitor and Training Centre, a significant eco-tourism development in Far North Queensland.

Ridgemill provided an injection of resources to expedite completion of this high profile project within the sensitive constraints of development in a National Park.

Both the construction and ongoing operation and maintenance of this facility will provide significant training and employment opportunities for the local indigenous community,

Key features of the development included car parking, guest amenities, cafes, an art gallery, gift shop, transit centre, student residential accommodation and a hospitality and tourism training facility.

Relocation of YMCA Heaquarters Hotel George Williams, YMCA of Brisbane
Value: $8 million

Refurbishment of newly acquired building incorporating fitness gym and associated facilities (aerobic rooms, weights area, sports medicine, specialists’ rooms), corporate offices and hotel accommodation of 3 star standard group style (42 rooms).  All FF&E sourced and procured.

Australian Wildlife Hospital, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide
Value:  $5 million

The Australian Wildlife Hospital, the world’s biggest wildlife hospital at the time of construction, features a number of environmentally sustainable building practices and is possibly the largest strawbale building in Australia. The hospital required consideration not only of veterinary requirements, but was also designed to accommodate spectators, with huge glass panels around operating theatres and animal treatment areas.

In addition to the building’s strawbale construction, rammed earth internal walls harness thermal mass to even out temperature fluctuations.  Construction consisted of 1300m2 purpose-built operating rooms, X-ray and CAT-scan rooms, ambulance bays, quarantine areas, general treatment areas and other facilities.  This project went on to win the Master Builders regional award for Best Tourism and Hospitality Facility up to $8.0M on the Sunshine Coast.

 Queensland College of Wine Tourism, Education Queensland
Value: $5 million

A joint venture between Education Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland and TAFE, involved the construction of a $5 million campus at Stanthorpe State High School to deliver quality training for the wine industry from year 10 to tertiary level entry.  The College has been expanded over four subsequent stages.  Facilities provided include a teaching winery, laboratory interpretative centre, cellar door and cafe, hospitality training kitchens, student amenities, function and seminar centre.  Ridgemill proved our ability to provide quality outcomes through innovative delivery options, utilising a commercial shed approach to provide an economical solution for the building shell, which was then finished with a contemporary decorative exterior.

The Colonial of Norfolk Island, The Colonial of Norfolk Island
Value: $3.4 million

Initial review and subsequent planning and project management of refurbishment program for 52 room resort from 2 star to a mix of 3½ and 4 star standards.  This review led to the establishment of a staged upgrade to re-position the property as the leading hotel on Norfolk Island.   Maintenance and Expansion works continue at the Colonial on an ongoing basis.

Australia Zoo – Stages 1, 2 & 3 (including Crocosseum)
Value: $13 million

Stages 1 and 2 of the Zoo consisted of a $10 million expansion program incorporating a new front entrance and construction of 1,200 seat restaurant, offices, demonstration facilities including grandstand with tiered seating, playground, retail floor and the Metropod Interpretive Centre.

Stage 3 expansion provided the $3 million, 4,500 seat “Crocosseum” stadium, food courts, retail floor, restaurants and animal facilities together with construction of an underpass road and new sewage plant.  Animal display enclosures provided endangered species, including Gorilla and Orang-utan, temporary accommodation.

Further project management works undertaken for Australia Zoo by Ridgemill include extension of the Burger Bar catering facility, provision of new concrete slabs for the Koala enclosure, ongoing expansion to office and retail spaces, provision of an electrical substation, a studio for Bindi Irwin and an extension to the roof of the “Crocosseum”.

Crest Hotel, Brisbane
Value: $20 million

Ridgemill was engaged as Owner’s Representative and Project Manager to take over the project that, at the time, was behind schedule and over budget.  An extensive review by our team and subsequent re-scheduling of works enabled the completion of the project four months ahead of time.

Stage 2 of the project incorporated the refurbishment of the nightclub, new installation of a sub-basement laundry and refurbishment of 228 rooms to the Crest Tower.  The furniture, fittings and equipment  was sourced and procured by Ridgemill which was valued at $4 million for the combined works.

Reef Plaza Hotel, Cairns
Value: $3.2 million

This project involved the refit of an existing 101 room property prior to re-opening under new management with a six week period.  Ridgemill managed the refurbishment of all rooms and public areas including sourcing, procurement and delivery of all furniture, fittings and equipment, repairs, maintenance and upgrade and re-modelling of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets was completed within budget and within the challenging timeframe.