We are Building Canberra

The Geocon story

How we started and where we’re headed

Our story goes from building free-standing homes in the suburbs to constructing internationally recognised apartment complexes and sustainable hotels. As Managing Director, Nick Georgalis, puts it: “We are in a very important growth stage of Canberra and it’s great to be a part of it!”

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Building the future.

Geocon is Canberra’s powerhouse integrated property enterprise with capabilities across development, construction, hospitality management and investment.

Our hallmark is architecturally stunning buildings that deliver a new standard of contemporary living. We set the benchmark for high-rise residential and hotel accommodation in Canberra, and we continue to raise the bar.

Founded on a strong entrepreneurial culture, we believe in continually breaking new ground. From our earliest days in construction to the formation of Geocon a decade ago, we are passionate about our city and building its future.

We deliver a level of amenity and quality inclusions that is unparalleled in Canberra and we are leaders in sustainability, client service, project execution and pricing.

At Geocon, exceptional is the norm.

OUR ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE IS WHAT DRIVES US TO CREATE AN ICONIC CANBERRA

Development

$250-300 million annual turnover

High-rise specialists

Mixed-use precincts

Canberra’s pre-eminent apartment developer

30-35 percent share of local apartment market

Delivering 700 apartments a year to the marketplace

Pipeline in excess of 3000 apartments

Construction

Fully integrated inhouse construction team

Best-practice safety and building standards

Using state-of-the-art methodologies, technologies and systems

More than 80 direct employees and in excess of 1000 indirect jobs

700 apartments under construction at any time

More than 1000 apartments under construction at any time

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Investments

Future pipeline guaranteed in impressive portfolio of long-hold assets including land banks and commercial buildings, strategically positioned geographically-diverse locations

A strong balance sheet unpins our future investment, providing a diverse and rapid uptake of redevelopment opportunities

Hotels

  • Own and manage Abode Group which owns and operates hotels in multiple locations around Canberra, providing four and four-and-a-half star apartmentstyle accommodation.

  • First NSW hotel, the fivestar Abode Murrumbateman opens in 2018, with plans to deliver three more hotels to the ACT in Belconnen, city and parliamentary triangle.

Key achievements

  • 2018

    Infinity is finished

    Construction on Infinity in Gungahlin is complete

  • 2018

    Abode Murrumbateman complete

    Abode Group’s first NSW venture is open for guests

  • 2017

    NSW expansion

    Construction begins on Abode Murrumbateman, the Abode Group’s first hotel in NSW.

  • 2017

    Woden acquisition

    Geocon expands its focus on Canberra’s main town centres with the purchase of a new development site in Woden.

  • 2017

    Midnight strikes

    Midnight in Braddon, a mixed-use precinct that will incorporate residential apartments and a 160-room Abode Hotel, is launched.

  • 2016

    Wayfarer reaches a pinnacle

    Wayfarer in Belconnen is complete, and becomes the tallest apartment building in Canberra.

  • 2016

    Infinity breaks ground

    Construction starts on Gungahlin’s exciting new mixed-use development, Infinity

  • 2016

    Canberra’s largest mixed-use precinct

    Geocon reveals plans for Section 200 Belconnen, a $500 million development that will be the largest mixed-use precinct in Canberra.

  • 2016

    Australia's first Green Star Hotel

    Abode Woden is the first hotel in Australia to be awarded a rating under the prestigious Green Star certification system.

  • 2016

    Abode Murrumbateman

    Abode Hotels prepares to expand into NSW, with the purchase of a site for a fifth hotel property

  • 2015

    Abode Narrabundah

    The group opens the fourth property in its Abode Hotels chain, featuring 86 apartment-style rooms in leafy Narrabundah.

  • 2015

    Abode Narrabundah

    The group opens the fourth property in its Abode Hotels chain, featuring 86 apartment-style rooms in leafy Narrabundah.

  • 2015

    Southport Greenway

    Geocon launches Southport in Greenway, which will revolutionise urban living with 360 resort-style apartments.

  • 2015

    Observatory Living

    Geocon releases Observatory Living, featuring 270 spacious apartments and luxury amenities in Wright

  • 2015

    Newtown at Crace

    Geocon unveils Newtown at Crace, with 54 apartments conveniently located near a new shopping precinct.

  • 2014

    Wayfarer

    Plans are announced for Wayfarer, the tallest residential building in Canberra, with 331 apartments.

  • 2014

    Residential Expansion

    Geocon drives Canberra’s residential boom, completing 35 upmarket townhouses at Cavan and 50 homes at Crace.

  • 2013

    “Property Business of the Year”

    Geocon is crowned “Property Business of the Year” by the prestigious Property Council of Australia.

  • 2013

    Centro Apartments

    Geocon releases Centro Apartments in Gungahlin, providing affordable accommodation only 15 minutes from the CBD.

  • 2012

    Abode Tuggeranong

    The group unveils its second hotel, Abode Tuggeranong, with 82 stylish serviced apartments and 4.5-star amenities.

  • 2010

    Urban Living Redefined

    Geocon changes contemporary living in Canberra with the construction of more than 1,000 residential cottages and townhouses.

  • 2010

    Abode Gungahlin

    Geocon completes the inaugural release under its Abode Hotels brand, featuring 65 apartment-style rooms.

Awards, Memberships & Certificates

Geocon has built a reputation for continually pushing the boundaries with its projects and has set the benchmark for luxury high rise apartments in Canberra. A leader in the property development and construction industries, Geocon has been recognised with a number of industry awards and certifications celebrating the company’s safety achievements, commitment to sustainability and innovative designs.

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Property Council of Australia

  • 2013 Winner: ACT Business of the Year, pushing the limits on Green Star hotels and vertical living in Canberra, Abode Woden
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Green Building Council Australia

  • 2016 Awarded 4 Star Green Star Rating – representing best practice, Abode Woden
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Master Builders ACT/CBUS Awards

  • 2016 Winner: Workplace Health and Safety, Wayfarer
  • 2016 Finalist: Landscape Design and Construction, Observatory Living
    2016 Finalist: Residential – Apartments and Units (4 Storeys and Above), Observatory Living
  • 2015 Winner: Chief Minister’s Affordable Housing, Observatory Living
  • 2014 Winner: Commercial Buildings $5,000,000 – $20,000,000, FRINGE
  • 2013 Winner: Commercial – Sustainable Construction, Abode Woden
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Housing Industry Association & Southern NSW Housing Awards

  • 2013 Finalist: Display Home of the Year, Crace
  • 2013 Finalist: Affordable Home of the Year, Gungahlin
  • 2013 Finalist: Apartment Complex of the Year, Gungahlin
  • 2013 Finalist: Affordable Home of the Year, Tuggeranong
  • 2013 Finalist: Apartment Complex of the Year, Tuggeranong
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Master Builders ACT/Boral Awards

  • 2011 Merit: Custom Built Homes $600,000 – $1,000,000, Kingston
  • 2011 Merit: Custom Built Homes less than $300,000, Franklin
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Memberships

  • Master Builders Association of the ACT, Nick Georgalis 2005
  • Master Builders Association of the ACT, Geocon Constructions 2005
  • Housing Industry Association,Geocon  Constructors 2006
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Certificates

  • ASNZS-4801-2001-JASANZ 2014 Certificate
  • Eco-Warranty-2-1- 2014 Certificate
  • ISO-9001-2008-JASANZ 2014 Certificate
  • ISO-14001-2004-JASANZ 2014 Certificate
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Sustaining the future.

As Canberra’s leading property development and construction firm, Geocon is committed to go above and beyond our everyday responsibilities to ensure we always deliver products and services of the highest standard.

One area Geocon is particularly passionate about is sustainability and ensuring projects will benefit generations both now and in the future. Sustainability is at the forefront of every decision we make, from our day-to-day operations through to project design and construction. Geocon and Abode Hotels believe its developments should deliver social, economic and environmental benefits long after completion and together employ a number sustainable initiatives to achieve this.

It all begins with the operation of a NABERS certified head office with AS and IMS certifications and a number of best practice energy and water saving initiatives in place. This commitment to sustainability continues on our construction sites with the use of best practice initiatives like rubbish compaction and concrete recycling.

Various innovative and environmentally friendly features have become standard across our developments, such as double-glazed windows at Wayfarer and solar orientation to more than 70 per cent of apartments at Observatory Living, which reduces the need for heating and cooling by providing each home with maximum direct sunlight during the day. Beyond this, our vision for the future is to help build self-sustaining communities with mixed-use precincts with numerous public amenities, such as restaurants, bars, retail and office spaces that not only benefit residents but the wider community.

A key achievement for Geocon and Abode Hotels has been the delivery of Australia’s first Green star and NABERS rated hotel, Abode Hotel Woden in 2013. The Abode Hotel Woden became the first hotel in Australia to be awarded a rating under the prestigious certification system by the Green Building Council of Australia through its adaptive reuse of an older office, meanwhile Abode Hotels further advocates our stance on sustainability through daily environmental activities, like reducing water usage by encouraging guests to reuse towels. It’s about doing everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment, even the little things.