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Who We Are: Brisbane Commercial Fitout and Refurbishment experts.  Our core focus of assisting clients’ needs has remained in our heart since we began in 1983 as a small maintenance business, and we have continued to grow and develop into a holistic commercial fitout and construction firm providing an end to end experience for our clients. We continue to exceed client expectations with our quality interior spaces, as we draw on the knowledge, skills, and experience of over 20 expert professionals with extensive backgrounds in design and construction.

Why you should choose us?

  • We get it. Priority understands that your organisation is as unique as each member of your team, and therefore your project is just as unique. Our team will work with you to develop an inspiring and functional interior space for your business needs. Your workspace is your organisation’s ‘home’ and we apply a person centric approach to develop your space with emotion and
  • We’ve been here a while.Priority has a proven track record, built from over 30 years of experience in providing bespoke fitout and maintenance services.
  • We’re local. Our owners are actively involved in the business, taking responsibility for your project.

Beliefs

Consideration of the social and environmental impact we have on the community, as well as the financial implications of our business decisions, form our primary principles with regard to how we conduct our business.

We strive to achieve best practice in the areas of community, marketplace, ethics, people and environment. At Priority, we firmly believe that we are:

  • Understanding of every client’s purpose and end goals.
  • Competent to deliver quality, inspiring and effective results.
  • Cooperative and collaborative.
  • Ethical, guided by our strong morals and values.
  • Accountable.
  • Strong in our belief in our expert team and holistic services.
  • Able to prioritise what is vital to our ethos.
  • Realistic in our vision as a company.

Leadership

With team members who are experts in our field and supported by our carefully built business management systems, we provide our clients with design and construct, interior design and construction services that result in the development of functional and innovative environments ideally suited for their use.

Our culture can be summed up in three words – positive, relaxed, professionalism. You can expect us to be professional at all times, with an optimistic, gentle approach. You too will experience the contagiousness of our philosophy, particularly on our project sites, where everyone works together toward a common goal – a creative project, delivered on time, and to the highest standard. How do we achieve this?

  • Our designers – create innovative, functional concepts and layouts
  • Our project managers – lead and facilitate our services from initial contact through to project handover
  • Our estimators – analyse and resolve the details of every design and project component, compiling accurate construction costs
  • Our project administrators – coordinate and manage the project construction, monitoring time, cost, quality and safety
  • Our maintenance team – assists with ongoing support
  • Our administration team – provide critical administrative support throughout the organisation
  • Our marketing team – develop our brand and services to meet future client needs.

Our Clients

We work with a range of tenants, building owners, agents, facilities managers, project managers, architects and design firms on a range of different project types including commercial, office, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education and industrial fitouts. Some of our clients include:

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    Priority is ISO 9001:2015 certified. Priority is AS/NZS 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management System certified.

Certified Management Systems

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We have undergone a thorough auditing process to ensure we meet the International Standard requirements for Quality Assurance (QA). Through earning QA certification, this demonstrates Priority’s commitment to consistently delivering quality projects and services that meet our client’s requirements.

 

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We have undergone a thorough auditing process to ensure we meet and comply with AS/NZS 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management System. AS/NZS 4801:2001 is used as the benchmark to assess Occupational Health and Safety Management systems for organisations in Australia and New Zealand and is implemented to reduce workplace illness and injury.

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Steve Knight
Managing Director

Since 1993 Steve has been integral in developing what was a small maintenance business into an interior fitout and building refurbishment firm that still offers maintenance.

Steve’s vision is clear – provide exceptional service and advice and ensure that our teams, people and projects are resourced and developed to meet these standards. Committed to social responsibility, Steve has created an ethical culture that promotes honesty and a high level of integrity and encourages individual involvement and corporate support for charities and community groups. A registered architect and licensed builder, Steve has completed many Priority projects including the recent Bowman House refurbishment and BMC redevelopment.

Luke Chalmers
General Manager

With extensive background knowledge in estimation, contract administration, construction management, project management and development management, Luke is the ideal person to lead the Priority team.

Throughout his years in the industry, Luke has worked across different built forms. He has extensive experience in residential unit development, aged care, commercial construction, as well as construction fitout in the retail, hospitality and medical sectors. Luke is known for ‘getting things done’ and has an exacting eye for detail, ensuring that his projects are of the highest quality, and are brought in on time and on or under budget. Luke’s ability to think outside the box allows him to come up with innovative and custom solutions for his clients. Over the years, Luke has built a strong network of associates, consultants and sub-contractors, and is well respected within the industry.

On his days off, Luke loves to spend quality time with his young family and entertaining friends.

James Nash
Senior Client Services Manager

Having over 20 years’ industry experience, as well as a Bachelor of Building/Construction Management, James has first-hand knowledge of what is required to ensure that all aspects of a project is managed with the utmost diligence. It is this business proficiency and his approachable disposition that makes James a real asset to the Priority team.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, James specialises in strategic planning and value engineering large-scale, multi-million dollar projects. With a passion for exceptional construction and establishing lasting relationships, James has the outgoing personality and stamina perfectly suited to a role in management and sales.

When James is not hard at work for his clients, he loves spending quality time with his family, playing a round of golf, or travelling to some of the world’s most prestigious alpine skiing destinations.

Jamesn@priority.net.au  |  0488 057 088

Peter Lewis
Project Manager

A qualified Property Valuator, Peter has over 30 years industry and project management experience and a background in strategic planning for large government commercial office portfolios, asset and lease management.

Peter has successfully managed many large scale, high-end fitouts for a number of high profile businesses across Brisbane. Peter’s ability to effectively collaborate with end users and designers has resulted in many stylish and innovative projects and a long list of satisfied clients. Bringing a positive outlook and enormous depth of experience, Peter is a highly valued member of our team.

Outside of work you will find Peter carving up the ski slopes or perfecting his stroke on the golf course. A hard life!

PeterL@priority.net.au  |  0408 001 260

Sarah Nutley
Project Manager

With several years of business and sales experience, both in Australia and the UK, Sarah has all the credentials to make for a resourceful and efficient project manager. 

Sarah’s most recent role was in project management for a mechanical and electrical company. This fast paced and dynamic environment enabled Sarah to really sharpen her project management skills, as she supervised numerous projects simultaneously. Organised, driven and reliable, Sarah is committed to working with clients throughout the entire process, from the first meeting, right through to the post-construction phase. As a self-proclaimed ‘people person’ with exceptional communication skills, Sarah is passionate about creating lasting relationships with her clients, whilst providing an outstanding service.

Outside of work, if Sarah isn’t busy entertaining friends, you’ll find her at the beach with her dog, out finding new and interesting places to wine and dine, travelling or chilling out with some yoga.

SarahN@priority.net.au  |  0429 404 473

Nicholas Vincent
Project Manager

With a diverse background in business development, account management, marketing and sales, Nicholas is an extremely knowledgeable and versatile addition to the Priority team.

With years of experience within several premier national companies, Nicholas has spent the last three years working within the labour hire industry, supplying clients to the construction, landscape, and civil sectors. As a professed tactician, Nicholas has the vision and determination to identify and create new opportunities, and his dedication to ensuring that his client’s concepts are met, knows no bounds. Nicholas is also a renowned for his charismatic interpersonal skills, and is committed to establishing enduring and authentic client relationships.

When Nicholas isn’t working hard for his clients, he enjoys cycling, golf, hunting and weekends away with his young family.

NicholasV@priority.net.au  |  0407 004 799

Mike White
Projects & Construction Manager

With a Diploma in Project Management, as well as a Clerk of Works and Carpentry Trade Certificate (HONS), Mike maintains the proficient academic knowledge and practical skills to successfully undertake the role of Priority’s Projects and Construction Manager.

A meticulous, multi-tasking guru, Mike has spent the past thirty-five years employed within the construction industry, both Nationally and Internationally, working on residential, commercial and industrial projects. With a wealth of expertise and a knack for first-time precision, Mike has experience in managing multimillion dollar projects, and possesses innovative processes and procedures that ensures his jobs are completed on-time and under budget.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys unwinding with his artwork and painting, and also has a passion for travel and Africa.

Benjamin Hammond
Construction Manager

With over 23 years’ experience in the construction industry, Benjamin has extensive knowledge spanning project management, operations, project planning, procurement, project execution, site supervision, program management and budget control.
Benjamin works with our project teams, estimators and design teams to ensure the accuracy of project documentation and information, and to ensure that all work is carried out safely, to the highest standard, and within given time frames. Benjamin has a strong client focus, and is committed to ensuring the best outcome for all parties involved. His positive attitude, strong organisation and leadership skills make him an asset to any project, and a valuable member of our team.
Out of work, Benjamin is a keen motoring enthusiast. He also enjoys renovating houses and being a father.

Amanda McFeat
Design Team Leader

With over 10 years of experience in the construction and design industries Amanda has a proven track record of high quality and creative design solutions.

As a qualified interior designer, Amanda has worked in Architectural, Interior Design and Consultancy environments with involvement in all stages of procurement from schematic design through the construction documentation and execution. Amanda has led and been a part of various projects spaning many sectors including commercial, hotel, leisure, retail, residential, education, health and office fitout. Within these roles and projects Amanda has worked closely with clients and stakeholders to deliver projects which adhere to brief requirements whilst ensuring compliance with all applicable codes. Amanda prides herself on having the skills required to manage all aspects of a project whilst meeting requirements of function, budget and program by delivering creative outcomes that meet and exceed client expectations.

A very compassionate person, Amanda frequently gives her time to support a variety of charitable programs and is well suited to our culture.

Courtney McCann
Designer

Courtney has recently completed her Advanced Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration and has demonstrated her ability to create unique and functional spaces for clients.

Courtney brings an original and fresh outlook, developing contemporary concepts that balance functionality and aesthetics. Courtney gets her inspiration from art and her surrounding environment, always taking a sustainable and environmentally conscious approach to each design. Courtney’s experience incorporates ArchiCAD, space planning, sustainability initiatives, finishes and product knowledge, FF&E schedules, and design documentation.

Outside of work, Courtney can be found picking up a paintbrush, camera or finding a new place to go hiking.

Alex Machado
Designer

Alex is an innovative and imaginative designer with experience across a number of creative spheres.

Qualified with a Bachelor of Interior Design, in conjunction with her project coordination experience, Alex understands what is required to deliver a project, from initial concept through to completion. She has experience across a diverse range of industries including commercial, retail, hospitality and residential. Drawing from her background as a theatre set designer, Alex finds new ways to balance creativity and practicality, whilst maintaining a holistic vision for the project.

On the weekends, Alex enjoys reading, cooking and drinking wine from her hometown Bordeaux, France.

Josh Solomon
Estimator

Qualified as a cabinetmaker, Josh is exceptionally skilled at reading and interpreting project documentation with the degree of precision needed by a trade-qualified person.

Josh has over 10 years trade and estimation experience and is a very important cog in our estimation team. His professional development has moved him through the ranks to become involved in the technical and quantative aspects of project works and scheduling. This knowledge and experience make him a valuable contributor, further developing our ability to respond with critical project information – a key requirement in the fast paced fitout industry. Using his wealth of technical knowledge, Josh provides critical project support for our Design, Project Administration and Project Management teams.

Away from work Josh loves spending time with his gorgeous young daughter.

Martin Cole
Estimator

With over 35 years experience in the shopfitting and interior fitouts industry, Martin has a thorough understanding of all aspects of a project.

Originally commencing as an apprentice shopfitter, Martin has developed his skills to include site supervision, project management and estimation. Martin’s knowledge and experience allows us to respond swiftly and accurately to our clients, providing a pivotal role in the fast paced world of the construction industry. He provides critical project support to our design, sales and delivery teams. Using his wealth of skills, technical knowledge and experience, Martin delivers a strategic function that is paramount to our operation.

Outside of work, you’ll find Martin fishing for mackerel or keeping fit in the pool.

Dean Robertson
Project Administrator

Dean supervises and coordinates all aspects of a project, assisted by his extensive proficiency in the construction industry.

A qualified Glazier, he was an Apprentice of the Year and later moved into management and sales roles while further honing his organisational skills. He joined us in 2005 and now manages a large number of trades on multiple projects – his experience and architectural knowledge enable him to think ahead on each job. Dean has continued his professional development attaining builder’s and supervisor’s licences and Green Star Professional accreditation. He is also a first aid officer. Projects that he has supervised include the Clemmenger Harvie Edge fitout and the Bowman House refurbishment.

Gary Beer
Project Administrator

Starting out as a shopfitter when he was only 19, Gary’s ambitious disposition and expertise in the fitout and construction industry saw him go on to own and operate his own cabinetry business.

Since this time, Gary has had several years’ experience working as an installation manager were he has accumulated a wealth of skills and knowledge that assist in ensuring that his projects are delivered on budget and on schedule. With a knack for problem solving, planning and performance tracking, Gary is a welcomed addition to the project administration team.

In his free time, Gary enjoys heading outdoors with friends to go fishing and camping.

Matthew Gobo
Project Administrator

Starting his career as a carpenter, Matthew’s passion for build and unflinching determination saw him complete his Diploma in Applied Science (Building and Construction) and progress on as a site manager for multi-million dollar projects throughout Queensland.

Experienced in all facets of residential and commercial new builds, fitouts, refurbishments and maintenance, Matthew is not one to shy away from a challenge. Renowned for his methodical approach and clockwork time management skills, Matthew delivers high-calibre projects on time and on budget, regardless of the circumstances.

On his weekends, Matthew loves spending quality time with his four sons and taking them to sports.

Kristn White
Administration Manager

On any given work day, Kristn’s role as Administration Manager can include problem solving, iPhone support, payroll, HR, recruitment, daily and monthly accounting, management reporting, booking the Christmas party and sorting out staff gifts or baking a slice or batch of muffins for someone’s birthday.

Often here well after everyone else has gone home, Kristn is one of our most hardworking and dedicated team members. Kristn brings to Priority a wealth of business experience earned from previously owning and running her own retail store as well as being a full time mum. Her invaluable administration knowledge has been influential in setting up our internal and quality control systems and the development of our administration team.

Emma Blair
Administration

Joining us in 2004, Emma is a very popular and well-liked team member, genuinely caring about her responsibilities and the people she works with.

Her main role is to support our Project Managers and Project Administrators to make sure contracts are signed, permits are in place, invoices are issued and payments are processed on time. This ensures that projects are not delayed due to paperwork or handling issues. Emma provides support for all teams and has developed a good understanding of all administration roles and other internal positions. Emma often fills in when people are sick or on annual leave and then stays back to get everything she needs done – we would be lost without her.

Kristie Mudiman
Administration

Kristie joined our Administration team in 2010 when she was looking to return to the workforce after maternity leave, and has been a valued member of the Priority team since.

When we first met Kristie we couldn’t believe our luck – over 7 years of administration and accounts support with a commercial maintenance provider – we were quick to get her on board. Kristie supports the Project Management and Construction teams to ensure contracts are signed, permits are in place, invoices are issued and payments are processed on time – ensuring we’re able to deliver projects on program. Kristie is a key part of our quality assurance process, ensuring a consistent, efficient and proactive approach with positive outcomes.

On the weekends, Kristie enjoys spending time with her family.

Renee Russian
Administration

After recently finishing her high school certificate with an OP5, Renee has joined the Priority team to complete a Business Administration traineeship.

With previous work experience in customer service, Renee has acquired many valuable skills in communication, collaboration, leadership and problem solving; making her a perfect fit for the Priority team. Adroit and fresh-faced, Renee does not shy away from a challenge and is always willing to lend a hand throughout the organisation.

Outside of work, Renee loves reading, shopping, spending time with friends and one day hopes to travel the world to experience various cultures.

Renee Hinton
Marketing Coordinator

With over eight years experience within the real estate industry, as well as a background in marketing and professional communications, Renée brings with her a wealth of knowledge and practical experience.

Committed to continuous improvement and a firm believer in being a lifetime student, Renée is passionate about keeping up to date with the latest technology and trends. In addition to her pragmatic approach, Renée has a bold artistic flare, exceptional interpersonal skills and a unique approach. Renée’s ability to jump into any task makes her the right person to support our team.

In her downtime, Renée enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, trekking with her dog, kayaking, and traveling.

Gavin Farry
Maintenance Manager

A qualified builder, carpenter and joiner, Gavin has spent the last 20 years running his own luxury home building company. 

Initially starting his career as an apprentice carpenter and joiner, Gavin continued his professional development to become a qualified builder and attained his supervisor’s license. Over his 30-year career, Gavin has amassed substantial knowledge of the construction industry and the skills to consistently deliver projects on time and on budget. Gavin’s strengths lie in site supervision, project management, managing and coordinating trades and suppliers and cost and time management. His proactive approach to project delivery makes him a valuable member of the Priority team.

A keen AFL fan, you’ll often find Gavin watching the Bombers or out on the golf course.

GavinF@priority.net.au | 0418 723 771

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