RGD Group’s growth strategy paying off for the local Sunshine Coast economy

RGD Group’s growth strategy paying off for the local Sunshine Coast economy

Sunshine Coast based RGD Group has commenced construction on the new $13 million, 21,500 square metre multi-level car park and commercial building at ‘Oceanside’ in the Kawana Health Precinct and Town Centre. Heavy pile driving machinery moved onsite last week to help create the building’s foundations that will eventually provide parking facilities for up to 574 vehicles.

RGD was awarded the construction contract by Brisbane-based Excel Development Group and will build the 7-level car park, together with 808m2 ground level commercial/retail areas. When complete, the car park will service medical staff, students, patients and the general public within the $2.03 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital and Kawana Town Centre.

Construction works alone will create around more than 200 jobs for local tradespeople and contractors; and indirectly, the economic spin-off to local businesses including suppliers and manufacturers during the construction period will be significant, according to RGD Group’s founder and director, Ron Grabbe.

“The influx of tradespeople, sub-contractors and consultants required for this scale commercial project cannot be underestimated, Ron said.

“From service stations and supermarkets to takeaway outlets, newsagencies, cafes and the good old ‘pie carts’, new construction projects provide a vital economic injection into the local economy.”

Grabbe said that RGD Group was delighted to have been selected as the preferred builder by Excel Development Group, after RGD was first tasked by Excel to project manage the design and approval process.

The scope also included the identification of ways to incorporate Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles into the design process – without contributing to additional construction costs.

In addition to Oceanside, RGD Group is also building the first stage of the $40 million IRT Woodlands retirement community at Kawana Forest, on behalf of Sydney-based client, IRT Group. RGD also has a string of medium density high rise  apartment projects underway in Brisbane.

“Over the past two years we’ve embarked upon a bullish growth strategy across the eastern seaboard, Ron said. “The Gold Coast, Cairns and Sydney are now in our crosshairs as construction activity heats up across the nation. “Our primary focus has been 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. This is not only good news for RGD but good news for the local Sunshine Coast economy as our tradespeople and consultants reap the rewards of regular work,” Ron said.


“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 managing projects 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 take off.”

In a further nod to RGD Group’s growth beyond its traditional Sunshine Coast catchment areas, the company has gained the attention of peak planning and government bodies, being 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.

Oceanside’s car park and commercial building is expected to be completed by mid 2016.

To learn more about RGD Group and view its portfolio of projects, or to talk to RGD about project managing or constructing your next project, visit www.rgdconstructions.com.au