Alder Constructions is a multidiscipline construction company established in 2003 by Greg Alder. “Greg’s background was with Leighton Contractors, undertaking both civil infrastructure works as well as commercial building projects,” says General Manager Dean Cheffers. “He wanted to set the company up to tackle both of those particular areas of construction as well.” Alder currently employs approximately 40 staff with intent to grow further in the coming years, whilst maintaining a flat structure to best service its clients.
“We’re extremely client-focused,” says Dean. “You’re only as good as your last job, and a lot of our work is with repeat clients, and that helps create recommendations and referrals with other clients.” Alder Constructions is unique for its size, given that the company specialises in both civil infrastructure and building projects. “There’s nobody else our size that specialises in both of these areas of construction,” Dean continues. Alder is best known within the market for its skill in the design and construction of technically and logistically challenging projects in both the commercial building and civil & infrastructure sectors. This encompasses education, offices, retail and showrooms, hospitality, multi-residential as well as bridges, reservoirs, subdivisions and bridge maintenance works.
One of Alder’s most challenging projects to date was the refurbishment and extension of the Gold Coast Turf Club. The Club’s development had extremely tight deadlines; it had to be open for Melbourne Cup Day 2013. “We hit that date despite numerous changes made to the design and additional works added by the Club,” Dean says, “which provided a better operational outcome for the club.” Alder worked closely with key design consultants in order to make important decisions in a timely manner. “To complete the club on time, without compromising safety or quality, was a huge commendation for the team.” Another major project successfully completed by Alder was the construction of the Robina Reservoir, a 30 metre above-ground concrete structure, undertaken as part of the Gold Coast Desalination Alliance (GCDA) project. “As a company, we like taking on unique and challenging projects,” Cheffers says. A good example of this is the recently completed Margaret Olley Art Centre located within the Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah. This project won the firm a NSW Master Builders Award. The project involved recreating various rooms from Olley’s house within a brand new facility, using antique items such as the windows, sinks, and kitchen, all relocated from the artist’s home in Sydney.
Alder is part way through the construction phase of a number of exciting new projects, including the design and construction of Aura Apartments located on the shores of Lake Orr, Varsity Lakes. This project comprises of 120 units, which will be constructed and delivered over two stages. “We’re a large part of the development team as well, so it’s both a developer and builder role,” says Dean. As well, the company has recently commenced the complete redevelopment of Zupps Aspley car dealership, just north of Brisbane. “We’re working closely with both the Zupp Property Group and Automotive Holdings Group to deliver an $11.5 million dollar design and construct redevelopment of that site.” Just up the road from this project, Alder is also working closely with Thiess to help deliver the $1.2 billion dollar Morton Bay rail link project in Northern Brisbane.
The recipient of a number of awards and recognitions, Alder’s most recent accolade was the Gold Coast Turf Club’s Master Builders Award (MBA) in its respective category, both locally in the Gold Coast, and at the state level as well.
Alder has been an active member of the MBA for many years, attending regular seminars held by master builders and building relationships with other members through mutual support. “We get many leads for new work from the MBA,” adds Dean, “it’s a very good relationship.” Additionally, Greg Alder himself currently sits as a director of the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC), a role that has forged numerous relationships with other key stakeholders within the industry. “We’re a part of them in the sense that we promote their business with our fellow subcontractors. When they want apprentices, we point them in the direction of the AITC.”
Dean has noticed that the growing excitement surrounding the upcoming Commonwealth Games has had a positive impact on the industry in the area. “There’s a lot of talk around the Commonwealth Games, it’s creating a new level of confidence in the industry leading up to the event. That’s a great shot in the arm for the Gold Coast.” The government is currently working to initiate a number of infrastructure projects, which in turn will generate significant momentum and confidence. However, Dean is also concerned about what will happen once the games have ended. “Typically, in other parts of the world, when Olympics and other games have finished, those cities have experienced an exodus of construction projects and workers,” he explains. “I don’t believe that the Gold Coast will be quite as bad, but we’ll definitely see a spike in projects leading up to the games, which we then envisage will decline somewhat following their completion.” Mr Cheffers has also found that the Cruise Ship Terminal project has been the subject of a significant amount of press coverage. “I’m a large advocate for it, so long as it’s done in the right manner,” he says. “The local council’s doing a good job in encouraging investment in the local economy and hopefully projects like this move forward following appropriate consultation with the community and other key stakeholders.”
Dean joined Greg in the company’s infancy, and has worked alongside him as General Manager for the past 11 years. “It was only a very young company when I joined it, but I saw the direction that Greg wanted to take the company and given his and my similar engineering backgrounds, it was quite a unique opportunity to get involved with.” Looking to the future, the Company is aiming for further growth in not only in the construction sector but also in their development arm that has been gaining momentum over recent times. “We’ve got a fantastic and dynamic team here at Alder, and something that I would thoroughly enjoy is to work closely with this dedicated team to help the company grow and prosper. We’re proud of our strong reputation in the Gold Coast construction industry, and we’re also starting to become quite well known throughout the remainder of Southeast Queensland and Northern NSW.”