Major Projects and Development

MinterEllison has one of Australia's leading major projects and property development practices, having played a role in the delivery of many of Australia's most iconic projects. Our substantial experience and industry participation places us at the forefront of the issues affecting the development industry.

Our team advises on the full spectrum of large development projects, including urban renewal projects, transit oriented development, master planned residential communities, mixed use developments, retirement villages and aged care developments, strata development, tourism and leisure developments, university and student accommodation and major infrastructure projects.

Our work includes site acquisition, due diligence, land resumption, project structuring, development applications and approvals, project financing, PPPs, infrastructure agreements, joint ventures, environmental compliance, titling and land tenures, land use integration and strata schemes.

Government clients include the Queensland Government, Places Victoria, East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Port of Melbourne Authority, Railcorp, QRN, North Queensland Bulk Ports and Sydney Ports Corporation. Private sector clients include Mirvac, Australand, DEXUS, Westfield, Brookfield Multiplex, Springfield Land Corporation, Coles and IKEA.

Grosvenor Disputes

Advising on all construction and procurement related aspects of the Grosvenor Project, a $AUS1.7 billion growth project at Moranbah, in Queensland. This project involves over 100 procurement contracts across various disciplines (including supply, major works and early contractor involvement).

Port Capacity Project

Advised the Port of Melbourne Corporation on the procurement and transactional aspects of Melbourne's Port Capacity Project. The Port Capacity project will enable the port to meet increasing trade demand and protect the economic future of one of Australia's leading freight gateways.

Parliament Square redevelopment, Tasmania

Advised Tasmania's Department of Treasury and Finance on a 3-stage divestment process to sell and redevelop Parliament Square, located adjacent to Parliament House and comprising a number of abandoned buildings. Our team prepared the RFT documentation, negotiated the development arrangements and advised on complicated interface issues with the adjoining Parliament House.

Port Botany and Port Kembla Transaction

Advised the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project was unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role included extensive legal analysis of the existing assets and businesses and the regulatory landscape; recommending a transaction structure; drafting special transaction legislation; asset restructuring; preparing extensive interrelated transaction documents; tender process and negotiations; and implementation under legal project management. The project was complex and very significant for NSW, with the transaction widely considered to establish a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution.

Port Kembla Harbour Expansion

Advised Port Kembla Port Corporation in relation to its project to expand the cargo handling facilities at Port Kembla. The project involved the expansion of cargo handling facilities, redevelopment of the terminal and construction of a new wharf which required dredging in the Inner Harbour. This transaction was widely considered to establish a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution.