A new Starlight Express Room for sick children at Canberra Hospital.

Building to give back.

Making a positive impact on our community is at the heart of RCC’s culture. We strongly believe our business, and the wider construction industry, has a responsibility to contribute to building positive, resilient communities.

We were privileged to work with the Starlight Children‘s Foundation on the recent refurbishment of the Starlight Express Room at John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. Now, we’re thrilled to be working with them again to fit-out the Starlight Express Room at Canberra Hospital. Uniting with talented industry partners at cost price to transform the hospital experiences of sick kids and their families to create a community within the hospital that provides a sense of escape and a feeling of stepping out onto your back deck.

Starlight is Australia’s broadest-reaching children’s charity with Starlight Express Room’s in every children’s hospital around the country. Hospital can be a scary place if you’re a kid and Starlight Express Rooms are filled with fun and laughter and feel a world away from the reality of hospital. It’s where Captain Starlight helps kids forget about everything they’re going through and just be kids.

Once the refurbishment is complete, sick kids and their families will enjoy a completely transformed space that features a new children’s play area, parent’s lounge area, video game play zone and outdoor zone.

Shining a light on refurbishment works at John Hunter Children’s Hospital

Measuring the positive impact of previous Starlight Express Room refurbishment works is important to RCC and our passionate delivery partners. Our friends at Starlight helped shed some light on the impact of these works on the local Newcastle community.

At any one time, two Captain Starlight’s are working from the John Hunter Children’s Hospital’s Starlight Express Room, with additional Captains working on the wards doing ‘Rocket Rounds’ to visit kids who may be too unwell to leave their beds.

In 2022, Captain Starlight created over 2000 positive experiences for sick kids, in the newly refurbished room. From arts and crafts to video games and visits from VIP’s the Starlight Express Room provides a space to keep sick kids and teens of all ages happy and distracted. It also provides a physical space for Starlight to film and produce daily segments for ‘Starlight TV’ which is broadcast to sick kids across the hospital and those too unwell to visit the Starlight Express Room. In 2022, Starlight launched an online home for Captain Starlight, Planet Starlight. As a live and fully interactive platform, Planet Starlight connects hospitalised kids with the fun of Captain Starlight, anywhere, anytime. Some of the live shows are broadcast online from the team in the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Starlight Express Room.

Projects like these are the cornerstone of our commitment to our community. By supporting our charity partners through the delivery of outcomes beyond the build environment, we leave a meaningful and lasting legacy. Thank you to all the generous and talented local contractors and consultants who will help us deliver this rewarding project.

Topping out ceremony at Kingfisher Grove 

Partnering with Keyton to deliver a socially connected community.  

Kingfisher Grove’s residents and staff joined special guests to celebrate the topping out of Building A – heralding the completion of the development’s highest point.  

Nathan Cockerill, CEO at Keyton, thanked RCC’s project team for being an ‘excellent partner’ throughout construction. “When we undertake any development, we want to show kindness to our community, residents, teams and partners from turning the first sod on a project to milestone events like this topping-out ceremony.  

“I want to especially thank the RCC team who came on board to finish this project and have done a great job so far,” he said. 

Once complete, Building A will offer 36 brand new one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a village clubhouse. Designed to serve as a ‘social hub,’ facilities will include:  

  • Heated indoor pool 
  • Cinema 
  • Gym 
  • Library 
  • Bar and dining room 
  • Outdoor terrace 
  • BBQ area 

With more than 75 villages nationally and 17,000 residents across the country, Keyton is a leading owner and operator of over-55’s living communities in Australia. 

RCC is proud to have partnered with this market leading client – delivering facilities that will help residents live happier, healthier lives.  

Team RCC is going the hard yards for homeless youth

Five cyclists are pedalling 100km for Tour de PIF – can you help us reach our goal? 

37% of homeless people – which is 45,000 – are under 25.  

Five of RCC’s fitness guns are taking on the 2023 Tour de PIF, cycling up to 100km to raise vital funds for the Property Industry Foundation – an independent not-for-profit that increases the number of bedrooms available for homeless youth. 

In 2022 alone, the Property Industry Foundation built or refurbished five houses, developing 20 more bedrooms to the market for vulnerable youth. This brings their total to 238 bedrooms, home to 335 young people, and 86,870 safe nights of sleep.  

We are proud to be joining the ranks of corporate partners around Australia who are fundraising to bring 44 bedrooms to life in 2023. When asked about the importance of having their own bedroom, a former resident said, “I had my own room, my own things and people who cared about me. Every morning I knew that my Carer and I could have breakfast together, and after a while, I actually wanted to come home for family dinners.  

The best part was that I knew I wasn’t leaving any time soon. I could start thinking about my future. I made good friends in the Lighthouse community and my Carers helped me to start making positive choices.”  

We’re so proud of our incredible riders who are taking part in this challenge – pushing themselves, and raising much-needed funds at the same time! 

If you’d like to support our riders, please click here: https://give.pif.com.au/fundraisers/richardcrookesconstructions  

Kokoda Residences wins coveted UDIA Award for Excellence in Retirement Living

Setting a new benchmark in vertical independent retirement living.

We’re honoured to celebrate Kokoda Residences winning the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) Award for Excellence in Retirement Living with Vasey Communities and WMK Architecture. This project holds extra significance for our team, being the first retirement-living high-rise building we have delivered.

The UDIA awards are designed to highlight innovation, sustainability, industry leadership and excellence in urban development across NSW and the ACT, with this particular category recognising retirement living projects that provide particular attention to the needs of retirees.

This commendation serves as a testament to the vision and collaborative efforts of our client and construction partners. Claire Davies, Director at WMK Architecture, summarised, “Change is an inevitable part of life and doesn’t limit itself to just one chapter…it is wonderful to know that this development will help people’s loved ones live well.”

Completed in 2022, Kokoda Residences’ design takes a holistic approach in response to the site, its local context and the wider community to create beautiful homes for its active and social residents. With its innovative urban planning, the twelve-storey village comprises of 117 spacious 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments in Wairata’s hart.

Martin Patience, General Manager – Aged Care and Retirement Living, reflected on the commendation, “Vasey Communities, WMK Architecture and RCC have a rich history built around integrity and trust. These shared values, and our specialist Retirement Living experience, allowed us to collaborate with the stakeholder team to provide a market leading facility and, most importantly, a wonderful place for residents to call home.”

Penrith’s first 5-star hotel open to the public

Collaborating to deliver landmark projects in Western Sydney.  

The landmark Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club’s Western Sydney Conference and Community Centre (WSCCC), and accompanying Pullman Hotel, are now complete.  

Congratulations to our client, Penrith Rugby League Club, Turner Studios, Census Advisory and wider construction partners for bringing this remarkable project to fruition.  

The project stands as a dynamic addition to Penrith and the broader Western Region of Sydney. The Western Sydney Conference, Community Centre & Hotel delivers a premier conference facility accommodating up to 1000 attendees, a community centre, supplementary amenities and an underground parking facility.  

The complementary 5-star, 153-room Pullman Hotel offers top-tier facilities to guests, who can enjoy grand foyers, lush interiors, a wellness centre with an expansive view, two cocktail bars and fine dining experiences.  

Joe Amodeo, Project Manager, commented on the new development, “Roughly 2.2 million residents live in this area – we’re proud to have worked closely with the Panthers Group to deliver facilities that will improve the service offering for the Penrith community and guests.”  

With more than 120 employees employed at the Hotel, 75% of which are local to the Penrith LGA, RCC is proud to have played a part in future-proofing this up-and-coming region.  

St John of God Richmond Hospital’s Wellness Centre Officially Opens

Providing an atmosphere of sanctuary that inspires confidence and promotes a sense of normality through excellent care.

A major redevelopment of St John of God Richmond Hospital is currently underway, with the RCC project team transforming the hospital into a 21st century campus providing comprehensive, accessible and life-changing mental health care.

Special guests including The Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd) and St John of God Board Members, James McMahon and Jack de Groot joined our project partners to celebrate the official completion of the redevelopment’s wellness centre.

Evidence-based design principles and processes brought the centre to life, with the gym, indoor pool and other essential facilities created to ensure future clients and their carers’ mental health care needs are met.

Works continue on the construction of 6 new buildings across four connected pavilions, which will contain 112 single occupancy rooms plus associated staff clinical areas with generous guest lounge areas and break-out spaces. These facilities have been designed to help St John of God Richmond Hospital’s clients to overcome the disconnection and isolation that comes with mental ill-health, and assist with reconnecting to family and friends.

The completed redevelopment will provide an atmosphere of sanctuary that inspires confidence and trust and promotes a sense of normality through excellent care. We look forward to working with Silver Thomas Hanley and St John of God to bring the campus to life.

Innovation meets luxury at Kurraba Point Residences

Construction nears completion on the waterfront development.

Completion is fast approaching at Third.i Group’s luxurious Kurraba Point Residences, which has been thoughtfully designed and delivered to compliment and stand the test of time on Sydney’s grand waterfront.

When asked about his experience working with the RCC team so far, Adam Marshall, Head of Development at Third.i Group said, The project was built during unprecedented periods of rain and escalation, and our relationship with RCC remained strong throughout. It was an absolute pleasure working with the RCC team and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Nestled at the end of Kurraba Point and surrounded on three sides by the harbour, the project will comprise of a collection of two, three and four-bedroom apartments.

Due to Kurraba Point Residences’ proximity to the harbour, site topography and requirements for a terrain 1 Category for wind, innovative design solutions and a collaborative approach to engineering and delivery were essential. Unique design features, including curved windows and brick interfaces need to stand the test of time in this corrosive harbourfront environment.

As a result of these requirements, RCC’s project team collaborated closely with architects SJB, façade engineer Meinhardt Group, and façade contractor Micos Group to develop and test numerous prototypes. These engineering tests were facilitated to ensure the adequacy of materials and systems, with the final façade fabricated and assembled locally.

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“The Kurraba Residence development was a project Third.i and our consultants were extremely passionate about. RCC has proven to be the perfect partner in bringing this project to life. Not only have they provided innovative solutions to deal with design’s complexities, they have also made it an incredibly enjoyable experience,” said Marshall.

Josh Sanderson, RCC Project Manager, added, “This exceptional project pays homage to the art deco residential apartments in the area. It’s truly beautiful from any angle – it’s been a pleasure working with our client and consultants to bring this intricate architecture to life both inside and out. We’re proud to deliver this space for future residents, and hope they enjoy these state-of-the-art buildings.”

Many thanks to Alison Warters for her original feature in Urban, which you can read here: Construction nears completion on Thirdi’s $43m Kurraba Po… (urban.com.au)

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UNSW and RCC team up to prepare students pursuing careers in STEM

Collaborating for maximum impact. 

When universities unite with industry, they have the unique chance to develop some of Australia’s sharpest and curious talent – staying in step with current and future industry and workforce needs.  

Construction Project Management Theory students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) gained future-focused, work-ready skills following presentations of their preliminary Project Management Plan to a panel of industry experts.  

Three of RCC’s trailblazers – Lily Beckhurst, Site Engineer, Mitch Arnold, Site Engineer, and Isabella Spinolo, Senior Project Engineer – joined their industry peers from John Holland, BESIX Watpac, ADCO, Aqualand and Taylor to help undergraduate students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  

Construction Project Management Theory students are introduced to the principles, methods and processes of project management in the context of the construction industry. Lily, Mitch and Isabella’s valuable insights shed a light on the importance of effective teamwork, group decision making, and communication in successful project management.  

We would like to thank Dr Benson Lim, Lecturer and Academic Mentor – Arts, Design and Architecture, for facilitating this opportunity, as well as Lily, Mitch and Isabella for sharing their knowledge and experience with the cohort.  

Working with tertiary education partners such as UNSW is a vital way for us to leave a lasting impact for the next generation of leaders.


Monte Scientia is Now Complete

Celebrating the completion of the state-of-the-art Sports and Science Building that will enable young women to take their place in the world.

We are delighted to announce the completion of the Monte Scientia project, which encompassed the design and construction of a new Sports, Science and Social Enterprise Building for young women at Monte Sant’​ Angelo Mercy College.

Centrally located in North Sydney, the College combines future focussed learning facilities with buildings of architectural and historical significance. Students and teachers alike are now enjoying the new six-storey Sports and Science Building which includes new laboratories, a social innovation and enterprise hub, partially covered dual sports courts, three levels of teaching spaces, a rooftop sports court and an ethical kitchen and shop. These facilities will ensure that Monte girls continue to receive the highest quality secondary education in the most contemporary context.

The College remained fully operational throughout construction. Our project team prioritised stakeholder collaboration, engaging with students, teachers and surrounding residents while minimising disruption.

RCC worked closely with Monte Sant’​ Angelo Mercy College to deliver the ‘Building a Better Industry Together Program.’ Students met with the site team, who shared valuable insights into the project and their personal career journeys before discussing the diverse entry points available in the construction industry.

Congratulations to our client, project team and dedicated subcontractors for bringing this exceptional learning facility to life – one that will foster the uniqueness and leadership potential of young women as they take their place in the world.

Australia Post officially opens newest Parcel Facility

Supporting 400 jobs in one of the fastest growing areas of Western Sydney. 

Australia Post and Goodman have celebrated the official opening of the newest Parcel Facility in Kemps Creek, NSW, servicing Greater Western Sydney and the surrounding region. 

Designed and constructed to meet the demand of the growing digital economy, the 33,680sqm infrastructure features a parcel processing facility, delivery centre and an extensive conveyor and sortation system which can process up to 400,000 parcels per day. Supporting 400 jobs, it will create a more efficient delivery network for local residents.  

The innovative facility was launched by Michelle Rowland MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen and Australia Post Group CEO/Managing Director, Paul Graham.

“As the member of McMahon, it is fantastic to see such a facility open in our backyard. It’s a testament to the investment in Western Sydney that needs to be provided. The job and business opportunity for our community will be enormous,” said Bowen.  

The new building was designed with sustainability front-of-mind including drought-resistant landscaping, rainwater harvesting, electric vehicle charging stations LED lighting and recycling facilities.

“We’re delighted to have delivered this facility for Australia Post and Goodman. Our Industrial sector continues to move from strength-to-strength as a core business unit – as the needs of communities continue to evolve, we remain agile, collaborative and focused on the unique characters involved in the delivery of these successful projects,” reflected Mitchell Kay, Project Manager.  

Well done to all involved in this cutting-edge project.