Urban began as a collaboration between colleagues Bart O’Callahan and Tony Suttle and includes a hand-picked specialist team of property-focused staff in Melbourne and Sydney.
Since its inception in 2009, the expert team at Urban has successfully developed and delivered more than $2 billion worth of projects in residential, commercial, retail, industrial and master-planned projects.
How has Urban achieved all this in such a short space of time? It’s simple. Urban’s foundations are built on a select list of clientele, for whom it identifies and improves project opportunities. Urban’s reputation as delivery experts has been supported and encouraged by Australia’s leading financial institutions and publicly listed real-estate businesses. This reputation is centred around Urban bringing the very best service to clients of all development sizes.
Why is Urban different? Urban’s directors spearhead all projects. They are supported by a specialised team that specifically manages project procurement, consultant engagement, cost control and reporting, from inception right through to completion.
Right now, Urban is involved in the delivery of landmark projects in planning, design, documentation and construction across all property disciplines: residential, mixed-use, retail, commercial and hospitality.
Our directors and staff are the very best in the industry giving Urban a well-earned reputation for delivering highly successful projects.
We know a project with a strong foundation will always run smoothly and pride ourselves in our ability to not only advise our clients, but also communicate effectively with them.
Urban’s working philosophy is simple: use our experience and expertise to create a tailored service, structured around your project’s unique requirements and resourcing.
Bart is an accomplished management and property professional, whose 20 years of industry experience enable him to deliver quality service across a broad range of industry sectors.
With a keen eye for development opportunities coupled with an extensive network of property professionals, Bart is skilled in identifying and undertaking the most suitable method of project delivery.
Bart has been involved in the full delivery cycle of:
Since establishing Urban in 2009, Bart has focussed his acquisition strategies, problem solving and analysis skills on projects for some of Australia’s top-tier property businesses such as ISPT and Coles, and in the delivery of the business’s 4,500-strong residential apartment pipeline in Melbourne and Sydney.
Tony’s various roles in the property industry have contributed to the delivery of billions of dollars worth of commercial, retail and residential developments. He has planned and managed complex mixed use projects involving detailed design management processes that include preparation of sales, leasing documentation and contractor procurement packages.
Following his departure as Partner of international design firm Woods Bagot, he established successful offices in Melbourne and the UAE for a multidisciplinary development and project management firm prior to establishing Urban.
Tony has established long term relationships with many previous clients. For example, having designed residential developer Devine Limited’s first medium density development Cathedral Place, he then went on to manage several of their major projects, including Victoria Point, Docklands, Citadines on Bourke, and French Quarter. When Devine Limited Managing Director David Devine established his own development company Metro Property, Tony assisted David to obtain their first development approvals.
Tony’s reputation as a development director is well regarded in the Australian property development industry by clients and leading design practices alike.
Patrick has a broad range of project experience across various industry sectors, including residential, retirement, hospitality, commercial, retail and public housing.
Having worked with both Tony and Bart since 2000, Patrick has been responsible for creating and implementing financial systems and methodologies, with flexibility to suit the client and project specifics.
Patrick has a proven track record in managed project delivery including overseeing the entire delivery of the $140 million Citadines on Bourke. With expertise well beyond his years, he now oversees all Victorian construction for Urban and has completed more than $300 million worth of projects within the state.
Experience in project delivery, combined with a meticulous and detailed approach, gives Patrick the ability to assess costs, procurement and contract administration, whilst still appreciating the relationship between stakeholders and the client.
Patrick is regularly responsible for the communication and co-ordination between multiple project stakeholders, while reporting back to the client and authority groups.
Jeff Curnow joined Urban to establish Urban’s NSW office in 2010, having worked alongside Tony and Bart for a number of years. Jeff provides expertise to compliment Tony and Bart’s skills and provide services to Urban’s clients on a national basis.
Having delivered a significant number of retail developments in Victoria and NSW, Jeff has well-established relationships with Australia’s major retail developers and operators. His reputation within this extensive contact base is evidence that he gains his client’s trust and delivers successful outcomes.
Jeff’s experience has established him as an expert in the property sector, specifically in public retail REITs and the blue-chip premium retail division. He is extremely passionate about development and complex project acquisitions.
Jeff has focused his development strategies, delivery skills and problem solving on projects for some of Australia’s top-tier property businesses: ISPT, Charter Hall, Federation Centres and Coles – where many development managers see Jeff as an expert sounding board for contractual delivery matters.