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Arcadia College campus ready for the new school year

Construction at Arcadia College is now complete with the Special Assistance School on track to welcome students to the new campus come 2021.


The $11.4 million private school built by Alder Constructions consists of a three-level, 3,000sqm facility located at Centreline Place adjacent to the Robina train station and Gold Coast Titan’s home stadium.  The college currently operates in Varsity Lakes and provides educational opportunities for students who have faced personal hardship and difficulties.


Alder Constructions general manager Dean Cheffers says the private education facility has successfully fostered an environment specially designed to nurture student creativity, inclusion, and wellbeing.


“It has been a pleasure to play a pivotal role in the construction of a futuristic learning environment such as Arcadia College,” said Mr Cheffers. “This school is unlike any other with progressive learning and recreational facilities that will ensure students are adequately equipped with every possible resource they need to achieve their learning and life goals.  The multi-purpose facility not only includes classrooms for grade seven to 12, specialty learning rooms, and an IT hub but it is also decked out with a host of state-of-the-art facilities selected to ensure students receive the best possible education, care, and professional guidance.”


Designed by award-winning Gold Coast Architects Burling Brown, the facility will increase the school’s capacity from 190 to 300 students with the Varsity Lakes campus closing once the Robina facility opens.


Mr Cheffers says the new facilities will enable the school to successfully provide a progressive and holistic suite of educational experiences.  “The new site for Arcadia College has been created to support and empower our students by offering a school environment that is engaging and future-focused to achieve their goals in both school and in life,” he said


“The new campus is home to a student wellbeing centre complete with a nurse, psychologist and career counsellor plus a youth hub which provides employment, medical, welfare and specialised services including career advice.  All rooms are kitted out with fully-equipped kitchens so students can prepare and share healthy meals in a group setting. The importance of exercise is emphasised with plenty of recreational facilities including an HPE rock climbing wall, multi-purpose basketball court, and exterior playground equipment.”


Arcadia College has added to Alder Constructions’ substantial portfolio of cutting-edge education facilities at leading schools across South East Queensland.


Alder Constructions has delivered many progressive and sector-defining educational projects including A.B. Paterson’s $13 million state-of-the-art learning precinct – The Winton Centre, ‘The Pod’ at Coomera Anglican College, The Southport School Multi-Purpose Hall, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) facility at Indooroopilly’s Brigidine College.


Published Gold Coast Bulletin Prime Site – 16 October 2020

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COLAS takes up residency at Aspire Industrial Park

One of Australia’s leading providers of sustainable pavement construction, COLAS, has secured three lots, a total combined 17,366sqm at Alder Development’s Aspire Industrial Park in Yatala.


There are now just three last lots remaining at the rare 11-hectare industrial estate representing one of the last opportunities for buyers to secure land zoned for high impact manufacturing, business, and operations in southern South East Queensland.


COLAS group manager for strategy and development Kevin McCullough said the multi-national company selected the site located within the Yatala Enterprise Area (YEA) because of its rare zoning and prime location.


“Our operations require high impact zoned land and there are few remaining areas on the Gold Coast or Logan City zoned for such use,” said Mr McCullough.  “The location of the site was appealing as it services the rapid growth corridor and is conveniently positioned between Brisbane and the Gold Coast with proximity to our raw suppliers.”


The acquisition of the site at the industrial estate will see COLAS expand its operations in South East Queensland. The sizable area will accommodate an Asphalt plant, material testing laboratory, workshop, amenities and operations offices.


Mr McCollough said since purchasing the land, COLAS had engaged Alder Development’s construction partner Alder Constructions to develop the site further.   “Alder has a strong track record with similar work, and they were keen to continue to work with COLAS,” said Mr McCollough.  “We decided to go with them because they know the job and provided a very competitive proposal.”


Alder Constructions successfully delivered the industrial subdivision in September 2019, and Alder Constructions general manager Dean Cheffers said construction work at the COLAS site is currently underway.


“Aspire Industrial Park is a hive of activity with construction currently taking place at the COLAS site including the full design and construction of the Asphalt facility along with the civil and structural design with key design partner, Westera Partners,” said Mr Cheffers.


“We are also completing the bulk earthworks at the site, concrete foundations, piling works, retaining walls, pavements, weighbridges, laboratories and workshops and we expect COLAS will have a fully operational site early next year.”


It has been business as usual for Alder Construction with the multidisciplinary construction company currently delivering several significant projects throughout South East Queensland including new Arcadia College campus, Energex Greenslopes Depot, Gold Coast Sand Bypass Jetty and Moreton Bay Cycleway extension.


Comprising of 15 subdivided lots ranging in size from 4,010sqm to 8,985sqm, Aspire has been designed with flat lots that are flood-free and able to accommodate various types or size of industrial business. Alder Developments has worked in conjunction with its construction partner Alder Constructions for more than 12-months to deliver the project successfully.  The final lots range in size from 4,119sqm to 8,985sqm are selling from $265/sqm and are ready to build on now. A full turnkey option is available for interested buyers.


Published – Gold Coast Bulletin – Prime Site 02 October 2020

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Our awesome women in construction

Alder Constructions was excited to be a part of Awesome Women in Construction’s (AWIC) first face-to-face event held on the Gold Coast in August, since going virtual earlier this year.


Hosted by our industry colleagues at Buchan Group, our team were able to enjoy a warm atmosphere to reconnect and meet new faces across the design and construction space.  Amy Degenhart, Director and Architect at degenhartSHEDD architecture + urban design and our guest speaker for the evening, had everyone captivated as she spoke about tiny lots and an incredible project she brought to life in the heart of Southport where high rises would reign supreme.


Alder Constructions joined AWIC because as a business the network of growing members aligns with our current construction partners, with a great opportunity to expand that network on the Gold Coast.  It also provides our women at Alder opportunities for personal development, mentoring and building relationships that will benefit them throughout their careers.




Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC) are a not for profit association, providing a supportive community for women working in the construction industry.  Assisting with providing personal and professional development and confidence building opportunities, AWIC strive to build the brands of the organisations these women represent. Their members represent small independent businesses right through to multi-national corporations and state-based building companies. AWIC host networking events (physical and virtual), Lunch & Learn webinars and are actively involved with TAFE Qld to educate young girls on careers in construction.

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Connecting people through process

Meet Paul Fullwood, our HSE Manager

Paul has recently joined the Alder team and brings fresh enthusiasm and passion for safe work practices, systems and compliance.  Passion for compliance? Enthusiasm for systems? Not usually something to get really excited about, but Paul is not your usual HSE Manager.

Paul has a passion for people and bettering their workplace experience through growth, development, training, technology and learning. It just so happens that safety, systems and compliance is where his expertise lies.

Let’s learn a bit more about Paul…


How did your career in construction start?

When I was around 11 years old, my father, two brothers and I built a wooden dinghy out of Oregon pine over our school holidays… so I guess that is where my building career started.


What drew you to all things health and safety?

Being a bookworm from early childhood, I have always enjoyed acquiring knowledge, so the area of compliance ticks my left brain.  Plus I was the whimpy, uncoordinated kid in the family, so I was never going to be an athlete.  However, for me H&S is all about connecting people with processes in way that improves production, so helping to make sense of the how and why provides balance for me.


What has been one of your favourite projects and why?

Building my Taj Mahal of chicken coops… it was a thing of beauty for me and the chickens. Two-storey, double walled, fully vermin-proofed, insulated and all from 100% recycled materials. Happy to provide pics and plans for anyone remotely interested!


What do you feel is the biggest challenge in the construction industry at the moment?

There are some big challenges in our industry right now….

1) Construction has become de-skilled of craftsman and people who have knowledge, skills and passion for building.  2) There is a minefield of regulation and compliance duties to navigate.

However, I believe that if we build pride in our workforce, this creates willingness to learn new skills, enthusiasm to take on tough tasks and provides a real sense of achievement when teams make it through the project.

So I suppose I am saying keeping people invested in this industry is a big challenge.


How do you spend your time outside of work?

You wouldn’t bee-lieve it but beekeeping!


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Celebrating top honours…twice!

Alder Constructions has been recognised at the prestigious 2020 Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards with two projects coming away with the top honours.


Alder Constructions took out the Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10mil category for their work on the world class flying simulator – Sky Voyager – iRide and Refurbishment/Renovaton over $750,000 for the $2.6 million revitalisation of Ashmore City Shopping Centre.


General Manager, Dean Cheffers says the Sky Voyager project, which is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, posed many unique challenges for his team but the result is nothing short of spectacular.  “It was an honour to be involved in bringing this iconic ride to life and to be recognised for our efforts with this award,” said Mr Cheffers.


“Dreamworld’s Sky Voyager – iRide is Australia’s first-ever flying theatre offering a complete 4D simulated ride experience with special effects including wind, sound, light, mist, and various scents to put the rider in a new level of augmented reality.  The family attraction celebrates the amazing sights and sensations our beautiful country has to offer as it takes riders over the iconic high-rise flanked stretch of white sand at Surfers Paradise, to whitewashed waves crashing over the 12 Apostles, and the rolling acres of vines in the Barossa Valley.  The creation of the ride was not without obstacles and there were many hurdles for our team to overcome while working in a live operational environment,” he said.


“Challenges included the removal of asbestos, limited access for excavation works, protecting components of the ride during periods of heavy rain, plus the installation of five layers of sound-proofing materials to the roof cavity to ensure the best possible sound experience.  Our team worked on the project from the initial external demolition of the existing facade, through to  installing the technical elements of the project from iRide, and rolling out the high-end finishes that will  ensure Sky Voyager is a crowd favourite at the park for many years to come.”


Alder Constructions worked in collaboration with MODE Design who crafted the design of the project and PICO, who were responsible for the theming of the exterior, the pre-show areas and retail space.


Lead architect from MODE Design Francis Greenman said it was a privilege to work on the creation of the project and to see the Sky Voyager- iRide come to life.  “The very nature of the Sky Voyager saw the design and construction of the project evolve in parallel which created a logistically challenging integration that relied on effective communication throughout the project,” she said.  “It was an honour to work with the Alder Constructions team on a project that is instrumental in introducing a new level of augmented reality to Australia”.


The Sky Voyager – iRide represents one of the two entries Alder Constructions had running in the awards with their work on Ashmore City Shopping Centre entered in the refurbishment/renovation over $750,000 category.


Ashmore City Shopping Centre has been an iconic Gold Coast landmark for over three decades and despite the challenging conditions, Alder Constructions were able to breathe new life into the centre with a well-deserved refurbishment.


The live operational environment of the centre saw the project team work around the clock in order for construction activities such as demolition and the installation of the centre’s new entrance to be completed outside of trading hours.


Gold Coast-based firm HHH Architects completed the design of the project which involved the internal demolition of existing mall tiles and reinstatement of new tiles, the demolition of amenities and installation of new amenities including a full-equipped parent’s room.


The extensive refurbishment of the shopping centre included a complete overhaul of the existing external facade with a new facade and entrance structures installed along with new fencing and concrete walls.


As the recipient of this award, Alder Constructions receives automatic entry into the 2020 Master Builders Housing and Construction State Awards which are set to be held in October.


Published – Gold Coast Bulletin – Prime Site 14 August 2020


Learn more about these projects > Sky Voyager and Ashmore City Shopping Centre

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Big win for construction and jobs

Alder Construction is set to commence construction of a flagship project for Energex with the successful award of the Greenslopes Redevelopment Project.

The multi-million dollar redevelopment of the site will see our team deliver a 5000sqm, multi-level office complex plus extensive site improvements, new truck wash bays and streetscape beautification.

The new workspace will be home to more than 200 Energex field, design and project staff from the existing depot and other Brisbane locations.  Once completed the new site will increase light vehicle parking to 130, cater for nearly 80 response vehicles and work seamlessly with the existing 3000sqm warehouse.

Over the course of construction, we will see important job creation and continuation as we begin to actively engage our subcontractors and suppliers, as well as increased trade for local businesses.

Alder Constructions continues to power ahead with a number of significant projects underway across South East Queensland.  We are in the final stages of delivering Energex’s Stafford depot and are set to commence construction of a new Asphalt plant in Yatala.  Alder has also started construction on The York – a $16 million commercial office project in the heart of Beenleigh.

The team will be commencing the multi-million Greenslopes project at the end of May and expect to complete construction works by mid 2021.


Learn more >> > Ministerial Announcement – 08 May 2020



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A culture built on quality

Meet Mark Otte, our Quality Manager 

Mark is a walking building code and brings a depth of knowledge and experience to drive and manage our commitment to quality for our clients.   With a trade based background, and over 30 years working on construction sites, Mark has first hand experience in what it takes to deliver a quality product in both the residential and commercial sectors.  As our Quality Manager, Mark assists our teams with quality controls, updates in code and legislation, training and technical support.


What projects have you worked on at Alder so far?

As a civil and commercial building company, I’m required across all of our projects.  At the moment this ranges from bridge upgrades and civil early works to state-of-the-art education precincts and commercial office developments.


What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

Being able to draw on my years of knowledge and experience in my various roles and a desire to pass on as much knowledge as I can to our site teams. The desire to be better is a big driver and education is essential.


What do you feel is the biggest challenge in the construction industry at the moment?

I feel the biggest challenge at the moment is our lack of quality tradesman on our sites.  There are not enough young apprentices coming through and all the older, experienced tradesmen are retiring.  This is leaving a huge gap on our sites when it comes to completing good quality and compliant works.


What do you enjoy most about your role as Quality Manager?

Seeing our site teams and trades learn about aspects of construction they didn’t know about before and then seeing the improvement of our company as a whole as a result of it.


How do you spend your time outside of work?

My family and watching a lot of sport (when it is being played!) keep me busy, but the biggest thing I do outside of work is help raise awareness in the community about suicide prevention in young men and return soldiers.  It is such an important subject we don’t hear about a lot, but we lose a return soldier every day to suicide.


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Alder are coming back to Yatala

Construction is in full swing at Aspire Industrial Park in Yatala with new lot owners commencing building works at the estate.

Alder Constructions successfully delivered the 11 hectare industrial subdivision for development partner, Alder Developments, and have now secured the contract to deliver a new Asphalt Plant for one of the buyers, COLAS, a multi-national company in the construction and maintenance of roads and transport infrastructure.  Expanding its operations in Australia, COLAS, purchased 3 lots at Aspire, a combined 17,366sqm in the high impact zoned industrial estate.

Alder Constructions will complete the design and construction of a complete Asphalt facility including:

  • Civil and structural design with key design partner, Westera Partners
  • Bulk earthworks
  • Insitu concrete foundations
  • Piling works
  • Retaining walls
  • building construction of laboratory, amenities and workshop
  • Aggregate storage areas
  • Precast construction
  • Structural steel components
  • Gravel and concrete pavements
  • Industrial crossovers
  • Weighbridges
  • Fencing and landscaping.

The final three lots at Aspire Industrial Park are on the market, representing one of the last opportunities to secure land zoned for high impact suited to manufacturing, warehousing, transport and logistics, construction services, food processing, brewery or beverage manufacturing, and distribution centres.  NSW based precast concrete supplier, XL Precast has secured 8,159sqm – the second largest lot in the estate and is also ready to kick start construction of two new 2000sqm warehouses as soon as possible.

For Alder Constructions, it is ‘business as usual’, as the team continues to power ahead with a number of significant projects underway across South East Queensland.  Alder Constructions has recently been awarded the multi-million dollar Energex Greenslopes office redevelopment, as upgrade works continue at Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass Jetty, and the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant.  Alder has also started construction on a $16 million project at Beenleigh. The York will be the first new commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade.

Design of the new Asphalt facility is set to commence in April 2020 with construction due for completion early 2021.






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Full steam ahead as Arcadia College tops out

Construction is well and truly on track at Robina’s new Special Assistance School Arcadia College, as the $11.4 million private education facility hits a key milestone.

The 3,000sqm building has topped out as Alder Constructions stays on schedule for practical completion in August.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says work has already commenced on the internal fit-out, which will continue as the finishing touches are made to the external façade over the coming months.

“Arcadia is not your standard secondary school,” he said. “The campus consists of a three level multi-purpose educational building, featuring progressive learning and recreation facilities, a student wellbeing centre and a youth hub.

“Once the external structure is complete, we will be focused on delivering the futuristic, purpose built learning spaces which have been designed to foster creativity, inclusion and wellbeing.

“Over and above the traditional classrooms, there’s a number of specialty rooms including hospitality, an IT hub, an HPE rock climbing wall, multipurpose basketball court, dance studio and exterior playground equipment.

“The wellbeing centre will be home to a nurse, psychologist and career counsellor, while the youth hub will be available to families and the wider community employment, medical, welfare and specialised services including career advice.”

Arcadia College currently operates in Varsity Lakes and works with students, many of whom have faced personal hardship and difficulties. Located at Centreline Place adjacent to the train station at Robina, the new campus will increase the school’s capacity from 190 to 300 students. The Varsity Lakes campus will close and students will move to the new campus when it opens its doors in 2021.

Mr Cheffers says it’s “business as usual” as Alder Constructions continues to power ahead with a number of significant projects underway across South East Queensland.

“Alder was recently awarded a $2 million contract for the early works package for Stage 2 of The Star Master Plan,” he said.

“We have also started construction on a $16 million project at Beenleigh this month. The York will be the first new commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade. With structural upgrade works underway on the Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass Jetty, and the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant Upgrade, we are determined to continue to support and bolster the local economy where possible during this time of uncertainty.”










Published Gold Coast Bulletin 08 May 2020

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The York Prepares for Construction

Beenleigh is set for an almost $40m economic and jobs boom with construction of a new mixed-use precinct at 96-98 York Street about to begin.

With investLogan and Alder Developments receiving development approval from the State Government and local Council, Alder Constructions are set to commence on site in April.

The York development will feature a facelift to John Lane, between John and George Streets, plus the construction of a new seven-storey commercial office building.

The 4,750 sqm of commercial space, will include 156 sqm of retail, 452 sqm of SOHO and 4,004 sqm of office, as well as two levels of underground car parking with 10 short term car parks for public use.  The York will also combine premium work space with ‘Small Office, Home Office’ (SOHO) opportunities and pedestrian access to John Lane that may include new pavements, lighting, public art and WiFi.

The built form of the development will pay tribute to Beenleigh’s rich history, urban structure and rural setting in both building form, colour and materials. The development is designed to provide a modern interpretation of the distinctive character of Beenleigh’s historic buildings with elements like the ‘winter‐gardens’ protecting the street like an awning, whilst enabling passive surveillance of the active spaces and streetscape.

The first new commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade, the multi-million dollar project is expected to bring 140 new full-time jobs and 100 construction jobs to the area.

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