MAB appoints local Project Director with opening of South Australian office in Adelaide
MAB Corporation has established its South Australian operations with the opening of its Adelaide office in Currie Street. The business has appointed locally based Project Director Chris Dickson who will lead the delivery of the $459 million Brompton Gasworks project.
The opening of the new office comes as the next phase of the project gets underway after entering the Development Agreement in December 2022 with Renewal SA for the remediation and development of this major urban renewal site.
“As a collaborative and well-respected leader in the South Australian property industry, we are very pleased Chris has joined us to lead the Brompton Gasworks project,” MAB Chief Operating Officer David Hall said.
“Chris has more than a decade’s worth of experience in strategic advisory and complex project delivery in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
“In his roles with various committees in the property sector, Chris has been actively working to promote change and adoption of future industry trends to attract talent and drive population growth within South Australia. A legacy project such as this one is therefore very much aligned with his forward-looking approach and focus on outcomes that deliver generational benefits.”
Chris said it was a privilege to join MAB and to lead the team delivering the Brompton Gasworks project.
“We understand the immense importance of this project to South Australians and we’re focused on delivering the best possible outcome,” he said.
“MAB has brought together a distinctly South Australian team which, combined with MAB’s 28 years of strategic development experience, puts us in a strong position to deliver on our clear vision for the site.
“Beyond that, there is a strong commitment for the MAB business to grow in South Australia into the future – a commitment which underlines our intent to deliver an outstanding result at the Brompton Gasworks.”
MAB has engaged firms with a strong South Australian presence to work on the early planning for the project including architecture and urban design studio Forum, building services and sustainability consultants Stantec, structural civil and geotechnical advice from Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, specialist environmental consultants Senversa, environmental remediation contractor Enviropacific, cultural heritage specialist EBS Heritage, heritage architect BB Architects, retail architect Studio Gram and landscape services from Landskap.
The 12-year project will see MAB deliver a masterplanned community with more than 800 new homes (including a target to deliver in excess of 15% affordable housing), a hotel, employment hub, integrated commercial and retail offering and the restoration of landmark heritage structures.
An average of 190 South Australian construction jobs will be supported per year over the 12-year development cycle with an expected 310 jobs on site during the peak year. At an estimated $459 million in capital expenditure over the life of the project, MAB’s investment in the former Brompton Gasworks site makes this one of the most significant projects in the State.