Brisbane-based, privately-owned contractor Arondale is preparing for a wave of new projects after the successful launch of its small projects fit-out division.
The 30-year-old commercial construction company has become known for its wide range of specialities, working across a number of sectors and alongside some of the industry’s best-known commercial builders in that time.
While Arondale remains firmly committed to providing contracting services across its existing Queensland portfolio and established partnerships, the emerging corporate has now turned its attention to providing fit-out solutions.
Late last year, Arondale rolled out its new division, banking its years of experience and trust within the Queensland market in order to provide head contractors, asset owners and asset managers with an all-encompassing single-point solution for fit-out and make-good projects.
The company has since been awarded two sizable fit-out projects, now responsible for the complete fit-outs in order to solve a full spectrum of client issues, including value engineering, design and project management.
Both projects are now approaching completion with a number of prospective projects across the company’s six main sectors—medical, education, retail, office, aged care and entertainment—on the cards.
In order to better manage its established partnerships and growing pipeline of fit-out projects, Arondale has now onboarded new project manager Darren Guyer, formerly of Buildcorp and FDC Group, and general manager Brian Fitzsimons, formerly of Buildcorp and Woollam Constructions.
“Since sounding out our intentions to form our small projects fit-out division last year, we have seen a rapid uptake in new projects and that has resulted in us drafting some very strong hires into the business,” Arondale managing director Dan Blair said.
“Brian and Darren, who have worked together at Buildcorp, bring a wealth of fit-out pedigree to Arondale and we’re excited for this next chapter.”
Through its small projects division, the company will provide head contractors, owners and asset managers with the ability to engage Arondale for fit-out and make-good of small-to-medium sized projects.
“We remain committed to our existing clients, both tier one and tier two contractors with whom we work,” Blair said.
“What this division has enabled us to do is find that sweet spot for projects that are out there in the market up to $1 million, as our existing tier one and tier two head contractor clients normally avoid jobs in that sub-$5-million bracket, as they tender to consider that they are not cost competitive in that range.
“Our existing clients can’t service those needs, because of the overheads involved, so we can service that directly on their behalf.”
Arondale’s small projects fit-out division has been engaged by De Luca, taking on fit-out responsibilities for an upcoming Bunnings hardware store.
“Performance matters, and for a client like De Luca and Bunnings—this is what they really care about,” Blair said.
“We take that administrative burden away and work to a high level of quality and safety.
“As a business we aim to be proactive and work with our stakeholders closely for better outcomes, ensuring honesty and integrity.
“We are also competitive with our pricing while ensuring we are providing the highest standard at a faster turn around.”
Across Arondale’s core business the company has recently been tasked with delivering a number of projects for the Department of Education, including Baringa State Secondary College in south Caloundra, Aspley State High School in north Brisbane and Milton State School in central Brisbane.
It is also currently working on a number of projects for some high-profile universities, aged care operators and developers, and large-scale retailers and supermarkets.
“We've upped our capabilities,” Blair said.
“Our people, use of technology, and new systems are enabling us to venture into uncharted and exciting new opportunities and partnerships within the property industry.
“We also have incredible stakeholder support—whether it be our suppliers, safety advisors, return-to-work advisors—which is a massive differential with our competitors in this space.”
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