“I first met Graph back in 2002, when I was wanting to build an apartment block in Darby Street, Cooks Hill,” Warwick says. “In looking for a local builder, I made enquires of previous clients, and the banks. Without exception, Graph’s previous clients that I spoke to were very happy with the experience, and all made much of the absolute integrity of the company’s principals. And the banks all held the business in high regard. That was enough for me and, over the years, the firm has never given me any reason to doubt that initial decision. Their quality, the attitudes of the key people, their construction techniques and their ability to complete a first class job on time and on budget with no ongoing issues or problems… it is all a developer could wish for.”
Warwick said that his relationship with Graph is far more than that of builder and client. “They were involved right from the planning stages of Eclipse, and their input at every stage is constructive and highly valuable, particularly through the DA process. In every project we’ve had them involved right from the design stage. Before we have even exchanged contracts on the land, they have been involved with the engineers and architects to help develop feasible site specific solutions – the right number of units of the appropriate quality. Having them sit alongside the architects, and bring a practical eye to proposals and considerations, saves us a lot of money. It’s what they do and they do it very well.”
The Eclipse project involved two site specific complications, in that:
- some fifty years ago, the site had been filled to a depth of about one metre, and much of the fill contained asbestos fragments. Remediation had to be carried out to suit the requirements of a site auditor, and with careful consideration given to the neighbours (a school to the south, and private dwellings to the north);
- the ground conditions were exceptionally poor, and necessitated piling to rock some twenty five metres below the ground surface.
“Working with Graph on Eclipse was enjoyable ‘from go to whoa’, just like on previous projects,” said Warwick. “From site remediation through to landscaping, they worked closely with me, my financiers and the project team to successfully deliver the project. I’d happily do it all over again.”
Now some time since completion, it’s obvious even from the Union Street frontage that the finished product has delivered the quality that Miller Property Corporation always intended.
121-123 Union Street, Cooks Hill
94 apartments (mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments) in two buildings, one of four stories over a ground level car park, the other of three stories over a sub-basement car park.
Miller Property Corporation
$25m (excluding GST), including site remediation and deep piling