As part of SHAPE’s growth strategy, the leading Australia-wide fitout and construction services specialist is expanding its national footprint. SHAPE is opening two regional offices – its first outside a major capital city – in the Gold Coast and Newcastle.
SHAPE has had a presence in both areas for decades, building multi-million-dollar award-winning projects for private and public sector clients. Over that time, the business has established and maintained great client relationships and has now taken the step to establish permanent regional teams.
Peter Marix-Evans, CEO at SHAPE, says the migration and subsequent investment shift to regional areas during the pandemic has helped cement the business’ expansion plans. He says, “With the ongoing population growth in the Gold Coast and Newcastle and increasing investment in infrastructure and development, especially with the upcoming Olympics in South East Queensland, we see these cities as key growth areas for SHAPE.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back two staff members to head up the new offices and lead our locally based teams. Combining their knowledge of the local market with SHAPE’s 33 years of national construction experience, we look forward to helping our public and private sector clients shape the future of two of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.”
Since opening its Brisbane office in 1996, SHAPE has helped deliver some of the Gold Coast’s most iconic projects. From upgrades at The Star and Uncle Su Restaurant to an award-winning refurbishment of all 16 floors of the 5-star JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, and TAFE Robina, Australia’s first sustainable vocational education and training campus.
Gold Coast local Paul Barnett, who has 14 years’ experience both with SHAPE and commercial builders on the Gold Coast, will head up SHAPE’s first Queensland regional office, overseeing projects across South East Queensland, Northern New South Wales, and surrounds.
During his career, Paul has worked on award-winning projects, including The Star Gold Coast premium gaming rooms, Fish Lane Brisbane, and KDV Sport Golf and Tennis Academy. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering fitout, refurbishment and new build construction projects across myriad sectors in South East Queensland.
The Gold Coast office will open with 11 locally based employees from SHAPE’s Brisbane office, and grow significantly with new hires. Having a dedicated local team will allow SHAPE to offer its clients a better local service and build greater relationships with local suppliers and subcontractors.
Located at Ground Floor 64 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, SHAPE Gold Coast’s new office will open early in the New Year.
With the ongoing population growth in the Gold Coast and Newcastle and increasing investment in infrastructure and development, especially with the upcoming Olympics in South East Queensland, we see these cities as key growth areas for SHAPE.
SHAPE has had a presence in Newcastle and the Hunter Region for more than 14 years, helping build key projects for clients such as City of Newcastle, Boeing, Australian Taxation Office, Newcastle University and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Newcastle born Linden Denholm, who began his construction career as a building cadet with SHAPE in Victoria, is the ideal candidate to head up the Newcastle office and expand SHAPE’s portfolio in the region.
Linden has helped deliver multi-million-dollar fitout and construction projects for private and public sector clients, including National Broadband Network, WeWork and Infosys, as well as DOMA’s Little National Hotel in Newcastle.
He is committed to delivering sustainable construction solutions in the built environment. He holds a Masters in Construction Management and a Bachelor of Built Environments, and as a Green Star Accredited Professional by the Green Building Council of Australia, is well equipped to guide clients through Green Star projects.