“The development of Little National Hotel Sydney is the first time we have used a third party builder under a lump sum contract. Not being Sydney-based, we had to decide whether to employ an in-house PM or use an external client-side PM. The experience and knowledge that CA brought to the project provided us with peace of mind knowing that they would look after out interests.
The hotels experience within CA meant that they understood not just our brief but also our aspirations for our hotel, which informed their approach to our project."
We utilised the considerable experience of Construction Assignments team and their comprehensive network of external professionals including builders, consultants and designers to achieve the stunning outcome that we have. Above all the rapport built with the people at CA through their active listening made the process fun and enlightening.
As it happened, our project met some momentous hurdles. These included The Banking Royal Commission (2018), Covid-19 (2020) and, with a (dis)honourable mention, particularly hard-nosed bureaucrats and neighbours. Utilising the CA team's calm and experience, these issues were ultimately handled extraordinarily effectively and professionally. Indeed, it could be argued that CA saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.
In the end, the highest recommendation came from our QS. He commented that his company was responsible for 65 projects in December, 2019, and that only 3 were on time and on budget. Our build was one of those. Thank you CA.
UKO Co-Living Newtown
“Drenka Andjelic and her team provide the energy, experience and ethos to make any hospitality project fun. They create an amalgam of design and cost consciousness which provides developers with a unique experience – style on a budget.
Drenka’s depth of knowledge, not only in terms of construction but in terms of operation make her a very valuable asset in any development team.”
Chief Operating Ofﬁcer,
“We have been successfully partnering with Construction Assignments for almost three years. Our teams have integrated seamlessly.
The team at Construction Assignments provide our growing business with strategic guidance and specialist project management experience from small refurbishments to the complex planning & construction of new hotels.
Our relationship is built on trust and provides Rhys and I enormous peace of mind to have the CA team looking after us.”
Alex Thorpe & Rhys Williams
Veriu Hotels, Punthill Hotels, UKO Co-Living, +U Co-Working
and Furnished Property
“Construction Assignments have played an integral role in our strategy to refurbish a portfolio of hotels managed by Lend Lease.
Their long term development experience, contacts within the industry, and their very personalised approach to providing practical hotel refurbishment solutions, have made them a highly valued associate of the Investment Management business of our organisation.”
Lend Lease Investment Management
“Drenka’s strengths lay in her ability to relate to stakeholders at all levels but also in her ability to surpass what most groups consider to be the insurmountable with the ability to take the lead with incisive and clear command of any project put before her. Her friendly demeanour coupled with a hands on approach is infectious and explains why she has no difficulty in building a strong talented team who work extremely well autonomously but even better on larger projects where more collaborative approaches are required.”
Acquisitions (Australia), LaSalle Investment Management
“What isn’t there to love about Construction Assignments. They are professional, well organised and make every project a success.
The building industry is all about trust and deliverables, you can trust Construction Assignments to create a positive collaborative working environment to get the job done and deliver an outstanding result.
Brenchley Architects have been working with Drenka Andjelic and the talented Construction Assignments team for the past 10 years. During that time Construction Assignments have exceeded in the project management of a variety of projects for a mixed bag of clients. Clear thinking, decisive management, target dates, defined outcomes, it’s all in days’ work for the super heroes at CA.”
Drenka is a non-executive director of our business, Cultural Capital. Our firms share an office space with Construction Assignments, so I get to see them on a daily basis, treating their clients (and each other) with unfailing respect, collaboration and friendly good humour.
Drenka’s calm, ‘cut-to-the-chase’ professionalism is reflected in the high calibre of her team and stability of her client base. It is Drenka’s business acumen, industry relationship-rich focus that Cultural Capital benefits from by having her in our business too.”