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Wright on target with architect win

As the only architect in Western Australia with professional indemnity insurance to cover work on sites with fuel related activities and fuel storage and dispensing installations, Brian Wright has carved a niche in the market

No holding back this message

Messages on Hold managing director Kym Illman attributes the growth of his business to a total focus on customer service.

Insulation change cements place

By seizing on opportunities in the market and focusing on becoming a wholesale distribution business, Australian Gypsum Industries (AGI) has cemented a place as one of this year’s Rising Stars.

Green tinge to government tenants

The State Government is undoubtedly leading the charge when it comes to sustainability, insisting that any commercial building it is considering tenanting have at least a three and a half green star rating

Sponsorships hit right note

Western Australia’s status as the state where business contributes the most to arts has been highlighted by the announcement of several new sponsorship agreements in the past week.

Industrial boom boosts LandCorp

With Western Australia’s strong economy continuing to drive demand for industrial land, owner occupiers and investors are securing industrial land as fast as it is being supplied.

Owner occupiers drive market

Although LandCorp is charged with supplying industrial land, purchasers are making substantial profits through sales, subdivision and increasing rents.

Barron’s dramatic TV return

Perth screen producer Paul Barron is back in the business.

Old treasury upgrade call

The State Government has opened the door to the possibility of a joint venture to redevelop the old treasury buildings on the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace.

Satterley buys in to bulky goods site

The Satterley Group last week announced a joint venture with Linc Property and John Poynton in purchasing a 4.3-hectare bulky goods site from the Midland Redevelopment Authority for $11.8 million.

Competition tight for talent

The legal profession hasn’t escaped the skills shortage affecting industries across Australia, with many respondents to this year’s Legal Elite reporting there is a shortage of lawyers available to undertake work.

McQueen driven by outcomes

Among the Phillips Fox property team, which was highly rated in the Legal Elite survey, many respondents nominated Paul McQueen as the stand-out performer in a wide field of quality lawyers.

Lundberg keeps his business focus

No sooner had Michael Lundberg become a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in January this year than he was thrust into the action, representing Kumba Resources Ltd against Gina Rinehart’s private companies in negotiating a settlement in relation to the

McLeod develops passion for land usage

Unlike most of the categories in this year’s Legal Elite, which primarily focus on the major industry players, the planning and environment section features practitioners from both large and small firms.

Work starts at West Perth

Siteworks have started for a nine-storey, 32-apartment complex at 990 Wellington Street, West Perth, which has generated controversy amid claims the development is outside City of Perth’s Town Planning Scheme guidelines.

Kerr looks to develop understanding

Outgoing national president of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Warren Kerr, says the appointment of a government architect, Professor Geoff London, was the most tangible legacy of the Year of the Built Environment.

Full-time director at housing think tank

The Housing and Urban Research Institute of Western Australia (HURIWA) has appointed Associate Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie as the first full-time director.

Futuris lifts stake in Westralia trust

Futuris Corporation Ltd has significantly expanded its property empire by strengthening its hold over the $119.3 million Westralia Property Trust, two years after its listing.

Court clarifies on indemnity

The High Court has clarified the position in relation to insurers who decline to provide funding to defend allegations of dishonest or fraudulent behaviour, saying such a clause needs to be clearly expressed to take effect.

Pivot plans for CBD retail

Peter Laurance’s Pivot Group is gearing up to begin a $140 million, three-level retail development at 100 St Georges Terrace, creating a significant new retail precinct in the CBD.

Foreshore integral to Bunbury future plan

The City of Bunbury is creating a long-term plan for the city with an emphasis on water-based development and securing hundreds of millions in investment funding.

CBD sites seeking anchors

Owners of office development sites are actively marketing to attract anchor tenants amid falling vacancy rates, a tightening of space availability and increasing investor interest not seen for a decade.

Smaller sales dominate industrial market

Increasing speculation over the health of the residential property market is adding to the growth in investors and owner-occupiers buying small industrial properties.

Court doesn’t buy retailer’s case

Retailer Harvey Norman suffered a further blow in its continuing push for changes to retail trading hours last week when the WA Supreme Court dismissed an appeal in relation to breaches of the Retail Trading Hours Act (RTHA).

Jaxon acquisition signals Doric drive

Western Australian-based construction company Doric has acquired Jaxon Construction, fuelling Doric’s ambition to triple the size of its business by 2011.

Project team analyses $4b

A State Government taskforce analysing $3.9 billion of its projects has been met with keen interest by private enterprise.

Stockland setback

Community action group Save South Beach is claiming a victory over ASX-listed developer Stockland in relation to disclosure of information for a contam

Becton turns to investors

Investors in a unit trust that owns the May Holman Centre at 32 St Georges Terrace have been given a stake in the site’s future use by trust manager Becton Investment.

Metro shift to south-west

The Western Australian Planning Commission’s annual forecast for land supply has indicated the need for 62,500 lots over the next five years.

‘Last-minute’ rush expected on standards

Recent changes to Australian Accounting Standards may affect the financial statements of companies with property assets.

$200m in new CBD investments

Renewed interest in the Perth office market among interstate investors was further confirmed last week with sales of CBD office assets worth nearly $200 million.

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Work on $125m Midland Gate upgrade under way this month

Construction will get under way later this month on the $125 million transformation of the Midland Gate Shopping Centre.