Developers DFS and KHA to merge, forming Project Urban
TWO of Queensland's most successful development and construction industry consultancies will merge, largely in response to the growth of the Sunshine Coast.
KHA development managers, formerly Ken Hicks & Assoc, and DFS Group will join forces in 2016 to be known as Project Urban.
According to Andrew Stevens, president of the UDIA Sunshine Coast Chapter and newly-appointed managing director of Project Urban, the merger was a logical decision based on commercial realities and a commitment to outstanding professional service delivery.
"The simple truth is together we are stronger," Mr Stevens said.
"Both KHA and DFS are financially healthy, well-established, resilient and share common values and goals.
"We have services in common and we each contribute complementary specialist disciplines which will provide a more complete and rounded service for all of our clients," he said.
In terms of local importance, Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said Project Urban was a great example of the maturing of the Sunshine Coast's economy.
"Having one of Queensland's largest planning consultancies choose to maintain its head office on the Sunshine Coast is testament of the quality and depth of professional services in our region," he said.
Project Urban clients will be offered seven core services: town planning, surveying, project and development management, urban design, environmental services, landscape architecture and liquor licensing.
Mr Stevens said the merger would help to future-proof the business, which was keenly focused on sustainable and robust management practices.
"This is particularly important for our clients who invest in us - often for many years as their projects and developments mature and complete. It is imperative that our clients have confidence in our service delivery over the long term," Mr Stevens said.
In 2015, KHA and DFS were responsible for consulting services that underpinned approvals for developments that ranged from small shops and duplexes to major residential communities.
These services equate to current development projects across Queensland valued at well over $1 billion.
Between them, they have lodged more than 10,000 development applications on behalf of their clients.
"Individually we have provided consulting services for some of Queensland's most successful and valuable developments in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Bowen Basin, Rockhampton, Townsville and many other regional areas," Mr Stevens said.
Amongst the notable local developments that make up Project Urban's anthology of work are: Peregian Springs, which has rolled out various stages over the past decade; the soon to be commenced Harmony master planned community in Palmview; Sun Central, the new Maroochydore town centre; and the Aria Resort in Mooloolaba.
Well-connected within Australia's business community, Project Urban's clients include Investa, Lend Lease, Mirvac, Coles, Woolworths, Shell, McDonalds and many other readily recognised brands.
Project Urban will continue to provide personalised and quality services for companies and individuals, regardless of whether their projects are large or small.
Project Urban's offices are located at the corner of Surf Rd and Gardak St, Alexandra Headland and Commercial Rd, Newstead in Brisbane.