One of the State’s most highly respected town-planning agencies has moved to Greater Springfield.
The Saunders Havill Group has been providing consultancy services in Queensland since 1975, starting with its head office in Bowen Hills and now several offices across Central Queensland.
The family-owned business provides advice on surveying, town planning, urban design, landscape architecture and environmental management for infrastructure, mining, land use planning and new developments.
Greater Springfield is predicted to triple its current population of 41,000 by 2036 and it was this level of growth Director Alasdair Begley said was a major driver behind the move.
“We had a look at the volume of work we are already doing out here plus we have a lot of staff living here, so the decision was easy,” Mr Begley said.
“We’ve got three full-time staff and a part-time staff member starting here but we’ve got room for 13 at this office so I’m confident we will fill this office with more staff within the next two to three years.
“The opportunities around a new office and to have a local presence and expertise in landscape and development is that extra value-add to our clients and shows our commitment to supporting the region.”
The new Springfield Central office manager Nick Christofis has been with Saunders Havill for 13 years and said the move to Greater Springfield was an exciting expansion for the company.
“Getting into a new office is exciting because of the new surroundings plus it’s also a big challenge for us starting from scratch,” Mr Christofis said.
“I’ve already got a lot of work on already in the South-Western corridors, so that will be my main focus, while of course trying to get more work in the area.
“There is a big opportunity for us in Springfield and in the Western Corridor generally.”
Clinton Urquhart is a senior surveyor and said he decided relocate to the area due to the many work and lifestyle benefits for his young family.
“I have been with Saunders Havill for eight years and moved to Springfield Lakes in December,” Mr Urquhart said.
“I decided to buy out here because it’s an up and coming area and people already call it the South Bank of the south side, so it was a good opportunity value-wise to buy here.
“I’ve worked in and around Springfield for the last five years on many developments and the people here are just generally nice.
“I’ve also enrolled my son into the childcare centre here in the GE Building so everything is really convenient.”
The Lease area for the new office is 183m2 and situated on level one of the GE Building and overlooks the popular Orion Lagoon and Robelle Domain Parklands.
Saunders Havill have committed to a five-year lease with a three year option and a net rent of $82,350 pa excluding gst with a 20% incentive.
Springfield City Group Business Development Consultant Sean Ranchigoda said the move reflected a trend in businesses moving to the area.
“Having Saunders Havill set up an office in Greater Springfield shows there is plenty of work in the western region, not just in Springfield, for companies offering consulting services to the property development sector.”
The Saunders Havill Group officially opened their new Springfield Central office on March 18 and are located on Level 1 of the GE Building in Parkside, Springfield Central.