RGD Forging Strong Inroads into Competitive Brisbane Construction Market

RGD Forging Strong Inroads into Competitive Brisbane Construction Market
The prolific builder and developer, which has overseen many of the Sunshine Coast’s largest commercial, industrial and residential projects over the past 25 years, set its sights on expanding its construction division to offer stand- alone construction services to public and private sector clients throughout the eastern seaboard.

RGD’s diversification strategy is paying off with the company now having five projects under construction or in design phase throughout Brisbane, plus a number of others in the pipeline.

RGD completed its first mixed-use high rise project in Brisbane – the 9-level, 36 apartment Pavilion on Brookes at Bowen Hills for Blue Sky Private Real Estate in mid-2014. Its current projects include the 12-level, 40 apartment Governor also in Bowen Hills; the six-level 20 apartment Mirra at Toowong; Milton’s 70 apartment 15-level Arbor, plus two mid-rise developments in Greenslopes currently in design phase that will yield a further 114 apartments.

The company has been at the forefront of many landmark projects on the Sunshine Coast and is currently building the 7-level, $13 million Oceanside car park and commercial building located within the $2.03 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital precinct for Brisbane based Excel Development Group and stage 1 of the $40 million, IRT Woodlands retirement community at Kawana Forest for Sydney based IRT Group.

Founder and director of RGD Group, Ron Grabbe said RGD was buoyed by future building forecasts and had further expansion plans in its sights.

“In addition to our Brisbane and Sunshine Coast building projects, RGD has embarked upon a bullish growth strategy across the eastern seaboard with the Gold Coast, Cairns and Sydney in our crosshairs as construction activity continues to heat up across the nation.

“Our primary focus is to extend our reach beyond south east Queensland by forming strong relationships with national developers and private funds managers outside of our traditional catchment areas. This strategy is yielding positive results with regular referral business now flowing through.

“RGD’s mantra has always been based on integrity and high quality service, with projects delivered on budget and on time. As developers, we understand the importance of professionally running a project and forming solid relationships with our sub-contractors and local and state regulatory authorities. It’s this in-depth understanding from a ‘developer’s perspective’ that has enabled our construction arm to really take off,” Grabbe added.

Stuart Lockhart of Blue Sky Private Real Estate echoed Grabbe’s sentiments: “Working with a construction company that also has so many rungs on the board as a developer is extremely beneficial. RGD understands the importance of

delivering a project while working cohesively with many stakeholders,” Mr Lockhart added.

RGD’s successful track record in diversification is also gaining the attention of peak planning and government bodies, with the group recently selected to present its growth strategy, diversity and history at the May 2015 Regional Major Projects Forum hosted by Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Qld Department of State Development.