Founded in 2001 by George Kandylas, Ichor Constructions Pty Ltd are known for their delivery of quality construction, fitout, and refurbishment projects across a multitude of sectors. Mr Kandylas, who still runs the company as the CEO, began the business with only a team of four and an annual turnover of $1 million. The company has since grown to employ 80 staff in offices located in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria and carries out works across the eastern seaboard of Australia.
As one of Australia’s leading privately-owned construction management companies, Ichor service the commercial, education, government, not-for-profit, industrial, health & research, residential, retail and hospitality sectors. “Our point of difference is that we are involved from concept to completion at a senior executive level,” says George. “We are a hands-on construction management company that embrace the opportunity to work with clients, consultants and all other key suppliers and subcontractors.” Mr Kandylas emphasises that the assembly of an optimal team is paramount to the success of any project for all of Ichor’s clients, which range from private enterprises through to government departments. “We maintain long-standing partnerships with our clients and consultants, and we are passionate about translating the project brief into an exemplary end product in terms of both quality and value.”
By utilising the company’s ISO 14001:2004 certified environmental management system, Ichor are able to minimise their impact through the reuse and recycling of materials and waste wherever possible. The company has also formed close partnerships with organisations such as the Green Building Council of Australia, as well as suppliers and subcontractors who share similar philosophies and policies, in order to further this goal. Through the integration of Ichor’s management systems, the company is able to deliver projects to the highest level of safety, while simultaneously managing environmental impact.
Since the company’s establishment, Ichor have developed an extensive list of high-profile clientele, including American Express, Audi, Woolworths, Singapore Airlines, NRMA and numerous local councils and government bodies. At present, the company is undertaking a variety of notable projects alongside Sydney Water, Transport NSW, Sydney Trains, the Australian Red Cross and Sydney’s leading universities: the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, the University of NSW and the University of Technology Sydney. Other projects include the refurbishment of Westminster House for the British High Commission in Kingston, the refurbishment of Dubbo’s main shopping centre, the high spec fit out of the new quantum computing facility at the University of NSW and the upgrade of several train stations in the Sydney metropolitan area. Ichor are also completing three significant projects for Sydney Water and have been recently appointed to build a 54 townhouse development in Rosebery.
Ichor have received a wide range of awards for many of its works including the reconstruction of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, the refurbishment of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services for the Commonwealth of Australia and the refurbishment of the Heart Research Institute which has received accolades for heritage conservation. The company also delivered numerous projects as part of the Building Education Revolution Program in 2009 and 2010, where it received high commendations for outstanding commitment to safety. Ichor are currently awaiting results of the upcoming 2015 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards which will be held at the end of October.
Describing Ichor as a solution-based organisation, Mr Kandylas emphasises the dynamic capabilities of the company and staff to work closely with clients to take on all challenges presented to them. “Our ethos as an organisation is to be completely focused on our objectives, while remaining flexible enough to find new workable solutions,” he says. “Our passion for our projects, customers and staff is evident in the quality of our projects.”
The dwindling availability of key subcontractors, such as bricklayers and concreters, has grown to be one of the most critical issues facing the industry’s future. “We have an aging population, which will be a loss to the industry,” says Mr Kandylas. “Technology will not be able to fill the void required for work fulfilled on site; these basic labour paths must be undertaken by the younger generation.” At present, Ichor are investigating potential partnerships with government bodies and institutions with the goal of spreading awareness and solving this issue through education and training.
With over 30 years of experience in the building and construction industry, George Kandylas’ knowledge and strategic leadership have nurtured and pushed Ichor’s reputation for excellence from strength to strength. “Living in a country that supports business, I was able to start up a company in my early thirties from next to nothing, and proceed to build that company to what it is today,” he says. “The achievement isn’t just the awards on our wall; it’s being able to follow your dream, believe in it, achieve it, and build a bigger dream after that as well.”