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5 Minutes With...Stephen Fitzpatrick, General Manager, TWT

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Stephen Fitzpatrick is the General Manager of TWT, an Australian-based development company which currently has development projects in three seperate states. The Urban Developer caught up with Stephen to talk about the company, the community and his thoughts on business. 

Q. What do you think sets TWT apart from most other developers?
TWT is passionate about art and architecture, and each of its developments adopt the ethos of ‘living works of art’. We see our buildings as more than structures of steel and glass. In our buildings, in our architecture, and within our precincts, we always bring artistic expression and tangible artistic components to our work.

You'll see it in the foyers, in the design, in street art and in the culture we foster. You’ll feel it in the environment, the way you experience living in our buildings, and the sense of community spirit that it instils.

TWT also helps to nurture this artistic expression in others. We give entrepreneurs in the creative arts fields space to flourish by providing 4,500 square metres of free space within five TWT-owned buildings at St Leonards. Artists, art galleries, recording studios, photographers, fashion designers, clothing manufacturers, performance artists, multi-media firms, film production companies and theatrical groups are all using the space in Chandos and Atchison Streets, and Atchison Lane, to activate the precinct with fine-grain creative businesses.
Q. What can you tell us about TWT’s upcoming projects?
We currently have a number of projects in the pipeline in three different states:

NSW

  • St Leonards precinct - 7,500sqm land area, 600 apartments and 15,000 GFA of retail
  • Ultimo - 5,200sqm land area, 210 apartments
  • Pyrmont - 2,600sqm land area, 15 terraces

Victoria

  • South Melbourne - 1,000sqm land area, 40 apartments.

Queensland

  • Brisbane - 8,000sqm land area, 52 townhouses.

St Leonards TWT

TWT's vision for their St Leonards precinct.

Q. What are TWT’s plans over the next five years?
The overall plan is for TWT to grow into one of the top 50 developers in Australia. Nothing solid has been laid out yet, but watch this space – TWT will reach its goal by utilising the existing experience of the team that has delivered its success to date, along with full support of the board to invest in CBD projects and larger englobo sites.
Q. Earlier you mentioned how TWT supports the arts in the community through its development. Is this an isolated project or do you make a point of helping local communities?
TWT have long believed that giving back to the community is important, and on a personal level it's important to me that we not only ‘give money’, which is important, but that we also actively take a role in the TWT-supported programs. All our staff are encouraged to be a part of the programs we support.

TWT is also the founder of the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation which supports programs that help local communities and not-for-profit humanitarian organisations. Over the last three years Bridging Hope has donated money and supplies valued at more than $1.24-Million.
Q. What do you think is the winning formula for success?
It’s mostly about the people. At TWT, we strive to employ the best team members as well as the finest consultants and contractors so we can see our projects through, from conception to completion. This ensures the best outcomes for our developments. We have a co-operative culture, working together and building on team bonding and growth.

TWT also makes a point to maintain positive relationships with everyone in its network. We work closely with government bodies and respond quickly to their requirements and we have strong support from our financial stakeholders.

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