Within two years since being founded, Laurus Projects are already developing three projects including The Balmain Leagues Club, Grandfield apartments Kellyville and Seascape Senior Retirement Living.
Laurus delivers an end-to-end service, covering all aspects of the project from concept development to completion, including identifying opportunities, planning, arranging funding partners, design, in-house sales and marketing, and project management and construction delivery.
The people behind the brand are the driving force behind Laurus. They're an established team of industry professionals who pride themselves on their highly focused development and project management skills.
Meet the people behind the Laurus brand, the driving force behind its progress.
Brian then moved on to Lendlease and later Hutchinson, where he established their Sydney presence, and grew it from nothing to a $400M turnover business.
Brian has been involved in the delivery of over $4 billion worth of work, including many award-winning projects, such as the Sydney Olympic Stadium, Bennelong Point, The Residences Hyde Park and Bondi Pacific. Over the years, Brian has established strong working relationships with designers and building partners and has a deep understanding of the political climate surrounding the construction and development industry, which those who partner with Laurus get the security of.
Laurus’ unwavering reputation for consistently delivering on their commitments has set them apart. With Brian being across all aspects of the project, the team’s expertise, in-house resources and ongoing commitment to the long-term operation, result in every project handled by Laurus being treated with the same level of professionalism and attention to detail.
Nathaniel Murray - Front End Design & Planning Outcomes
Nathaniel comes to the Laurus Team with a wealth of knowledge and credentials, winning the prestigious Planning Institute of Australia (PIA - NSW Division) Prize for Excellence in Integrated Planning - 2006. The PIA Prize for Integrated Planning is awarded to the student who has performed best in years 2, 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Town Planning program.
Nathaniel has worked on some of Australia’s most significant projects, most notably the Building Education Revolution (BER) where he had a senior planning management role. Nathaniel’s role involves guiding the development team, through the complex legislative and political systems influencing the stakeholders projects, whilst also managing specialist sub consultant team members, report composition, stakeholder liaison and timeframe management. Nathaniel’s role is the delivery of projects and liaison with authorities and stakeholders.
Mark Boutros - Project Manager
Mark's experience includes the project management of concept schemes assists the development managers in planning proposals; preparation of statements of environmental effects, development applications, liaising with local councils, planning panels and other government authorities; and analysis of the planning feasibility of potential development sites.
Marks key function is the overseeing of the construction contractors monitoring project feasibilities, budgets, program timelines progress flow charts, and Quantity Surveyor reports.
Mark strives to ensure each project he is involved in meets its objectives on time while maintaining high quality standards. Mark holds a Bachelor of Planning from Macquarie University.
Stephen Ivanusa - Sales and Marketing
Stephen leads Laurus’ Sales and Marketing team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 15 years in the Real Estate industry.
Stephen has delivered numerous successful Project Sales & Marketing campaigns for some of Sydney’s most prestigious developments. His many years with Belle Property and more recently Belle Property International Sydney allow the combination of the boutique exclusive experience that Belle Property is renowned for with a complete suite of services that caters to international investor’s, buyers and developer’s needs.
During his tenure in real estate, Stephen’s goal has always remained the same – to change the way we think about real estate. To provide a concierge service that looks at protecting and safe guarding your property transaction, helping investors, big or small, and contribute to the flavour of a development that owners will enjoy for the life of their investment.
A big step forward in the development process of the Balmain Leagues Club has occurred. On Tuesday 25 June, the Inner West Council voted to adopt the new Development Control Plan for the Balmain Leagues Club site. This frees up the Development Application approval process for development to finally go ahead.
The development will include a residential, retail, commercial and club facility. The development located in Rozelle will include 173 apartments, a food and beverage retail precinct, commercial office space as well as being the home of the new Leagues Club.
The proposed development is located 15 minutes from Sydney CBD on Victoria Road, Rozelle. Within close proximity to the site are:
Grandfield Apartments in Kellyville is continuing to progress nicely with settlements likely in September / October. See press release below from Belle Property International.
Things have been humming along for Laurus in May.
The display unit at Grandfield Apartments Kellyville has been open and having visitors through. See the photos below. Also, follow this link to get a virtual tour of the apartment via a panorama put together by Diakrit, https://cdn.diakrit.com/product/panorama/8433583/61451/167600.
Laurus is dotting I’s and crossing T’s on some exciting new projects, which we can hopefully unveil next month. Stay tuned.
An action filled April has yielded more positive results for Laurus Projects.
The Grandfield Apartments project in Kellyville is progressing nicely. Scaffolding has started to be removed from the development, which gives the first hint of the final product to purchasers and the community.
In addition to this, the finished product is now on display on site - a completed apartment in the development. Purchasers are being invited to inspect the display unit to see what they’ve bought for the first time.
Managing Director Brian Hood is very confident to display and confirm the quality of the product.
“We’re happy to be able to show purchasers what they’ve bought. It’s a stand out product for the Kellyville area.”
The project is on track for a completion in the third quarter of this year.
Last year, Scott Carver designed the Laurus Projects office space. The space was designed to promote natural light and colours. The space houses a private office, boardroom, private call room, kitchen and plenty of desk space where Laurus Projects, Belle Property International and Diakrit work alongside each other in a vibrant environment. See the first public reveal of the office design below.
Stepping into the new Laurus offices is an inviting experience as you leave the hustle and bustle of Pitt Street in Sydney’s CBD. The space has been deliberately designed as an urban office oasis, home to the Laurus team for over 12 months. Some of the space is also being leased to teams from Belle Property International and Diakrit, which has created buzz and energy around the office as the team’s work on their own exciting projects.
The last 12 months has seen the Laurus team busy delivering existing projects throughout Sydney and working on proposals for more potential jobs. Managing Director, Brian Hood says, “It’s been a particularly exciting few months for Laurus with a number of new jobs on the horizon.”
A residential project, Grandfield Apartments, in the heart of Kellyville has been an ongoing success for Laurus as the 92 apartment block with 2 level car park for 115 vehicles will be finishing ahead of time in August this year.
The New South Wales government nominated Kellyville as a priority growth area, which Laurus’ Grandfield Apartments are a part of. The project coincides with the opening of a new rail line and precinct only 10 minutes away from the development. It’s also conveniently down the road from the local public school and 6 minutes to the Rouse Hill Town Centre shopping mall.
The 92 block of apartments, majority of which have been pre sold, have been smartly designed by renowned architects and design teams to create an amazing environment for the residents that will be a key part of the Kellyville’s growing future. Brian is confident in the project's product offering:
"It’s filling a gap in a nominated growth area where you can purchase a quality product in a developing area. It’s cost effective, but done really well."
See more photos of the project here.
Laurus has also been working through the development plan for an aged care centre in Port Macquarie in a joint venture with the Moran Group.
The proposed development will be a luxury oceanfront senior living facility located on the highest point of Port Macquarie. With uninterrupted views over the Pacific Ocean, it will be a truly unique offering to seniors living.
It is situated 3.2km from Port Macquarie Town Centre, 7km from Port Macquarie Domestic Airport and 1.2km from Port Macquarie Hospital.
Laurus’ professionalism and expertise in combination with the Moran Group will undoubtedly see the development be a quality product, filling a demand for aged living on the NSW central coast.
For more information about Laurus’ current projects and project experience, please follow the links on our website.