03/04/2007 - 22:00

Perkins and AVP partner in Perth

03/04/2007 - 22:00

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Western Australian regional building and property group, Perkins Pty Ltd, has taken a 50 per cent stake in Perth-based swimming pool contractor, AVP Construction, which has a major foothold in Sydney.

Perkins and AVP partner in Perth

Western Australian regional building and property group, Perkins Pty Ltd, has taken a 50 per cent stake in Perth-based swimming pool contractor, AVP Construction, which has a major foothold in Sydney.

Established in 1996, AVP has completed a number of major swimming pool contracts nationwide, including the state-of-the-art training and coaching pool at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and a 500-metre resort pool in Nelson Bay, New South Wales.

Part-owner Mark Harper will continue as director and general manager of the AVP business, alongside his wife, Carol. 

Perkins managing director Dan Perkins said there was a synergy between the two companies that made the move a logical fit.

“AVP has been a main client of ours for years and we’ve worked collaboratively on many regional projects like aquatic centres in Busselton, Bunbury and Narrogin,” he told WA Business News.

“Mark approached us to help fund the company’s next growth phase. Their Perth business had reached critical mass.”

The two companies plan to co-locate at a purpose-built workshop and warehouse facility within 15 months, on a recently purchased 3,500 square metre site along Balcatta Road, Balcatta.

Perkins will keep its Bunbury headquarters of 42 years, and another office in Busselton.

During the next 12 months, its 75 permanent staff will focus on completing a $20 million fitness centre at Kings Park for Next Generation as well as schools at Vasse and Dalyellup-Busselton, for the state government.

The company is also building the $20 million Smiths Beach Resort, south of Yallingup, due to open in May.

Mr Perkins said the company had a long history of building recreation centres, and had become a specialist builder in the field.

“Recreation centres are a large component of our work, taking up about 30 per cent of our books. The rest is general construction, predominantly industrial and institutional work,” he said.

The company is also active in the north-west, building recreation centres in Aboriginal communities of Bidyadanga, 250 kilometres south of Broome, and at Warman/Turkey Creek, near Kununurra.

Mr Harper said in a statement AVP was committed to growing the business and believed the involvement of Perkins would enable his company to become a specialist contractor to the building, tourism and leisure industries.

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