Trico Achieves ISO Certification for Quality, Safety and Environmental Management Systems

What is ISO?

With over 20 million certified businesses worldwide, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards.

This network of national standards institutes consists of 160 countries which are governed by a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.

What is Certification?

Certification requires an accredited third party certification body to assess an organisation and their management system(s) to ensure they meet the requirements of one or more of the recognised ISO standards.

What is a Management System?

A Management System is a systematic frameworks designed to manage an organisation’s policies, procedures and processes through the promotion of continual improvement.

The establishment and implementation of a Management System can help a business to manage risk, improve operations and promote the confidence of stakeholders.

What is an ISO Certified Quality Management System?

AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 is a world renowned business growth framework based primarily on customer satisfaction. Keeping our customers satisfied can promote repeat business clientele who are more than happy to recommend our company to others.

The achievement of having our Quality Management System certified to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 means that Trico Constructions has now joined an international family whose chief objective is to make our customers our primary focus by offering a greater range of integrated services.

In construction, ‘Quality’ refers to the ability of a product and/or service to be ‘fit for purpose’ – this means our client’s achieve the expected standard of finish they require to consider their project a success which in turn leads to an improved reputation for Trico Constructions.

What is an ISO Certified Safety Management System?

Workplace Health and Safety is a key issue for every organisation; however, the construction industry is internationally recognised as one of the leading contributors to accidents and injuries in the workplace.

A Safety Management System can help protect Trico Constructions and our employees through the introduction of a framework to allow for the early identification and control of health and safety risks, the reduction of accidents/injuries and compliance with all relevant Workplace Health & Safety Legislation.

AS/NZS 4801:2001 sets out the requirements for an effective health and safety management system that is designed to work to improve the overall safety performance of Trico Constructions. This systematic management approach assists in meeting our legal requirements through the sustained monitoring and improvement of Workplace Health and Safety practices.

What is an ISO Certified Environmental Management System?

Trico Constructions promotes a company philosophy which believes in achieving success through the employment of sustainable environmental management practices.

Environmental incidents are endemic within the construction industry and thus organisations are becoming increasingly aware of their impact on the environment and their obligations to demonstrate successful environmental performance through the implementation of an Environmental Management System.

AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 addresses the environmental concerns of Trico Constructions through the provision of specific requirements for an Environmental Management System. The operation of an AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 certified Environmental Management System has allowed Trico Constructions to meet our legal requirements while also demonstrating our commitment to improvement through the use of environmentally safe business practices.


How can Trico Constructions’ Management Systems better serve our stakeholders?

BSI Assurance Mark ISO 9001 KEYB (1)

  • Better identification of client’s needs and expectations through more detailed extraction of requirements at the initial stages of project.


  • Installation of safeguards to ensure the client’s needs and expectations are met during the project to ensure our clients get what they want.


  • The continuous improvement of our activities to provide our clients with increased levels of confidence and reduced levels of risk.

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  • The implementation of industry best practice standards to ensure the safety of all stakeholders’ is considered when preparing a Safety Management Plan for a project.


  • Allowing for the continuous monitoring and improvement of safe work practices on all sites through the use of regular inspections and audits.


  • Careful assessment of project performance to evaluate the safety aspects and how their operation and management may be improved in future.

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  • The identification of the environmental aspects and impacts of the activities of Trico Constructions which may affect the overall environmental performance of our company.


  • Improved purchasing and supply chain practices to ensure only the most environmentally sound products/services available are procured for each project, as required.


  • Regular and scheduled audits/inspections aimed at monitoring and improving the environmental performance on each individual project to ensure overall success.

Trico Constructions Newsletter December 2013

Master Builders Association NSW Construction Awards Gala Dinner

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Managing Director Kevin O’Shea and Project Manager Nathan Scarf accepting the Master Builders Award.

Trico Constructions were recognised for the continual achievement of excellence by being honoured with a Master Builders Award in the category of $3-5 million at the Gala Dinner hosted at the Sydney Convention Centre on Saturday November 2nd 2013.

The award was acknowledgment for dealing with the logistical and sequencing difficulties presented by ‘66 King Street – Charles Plaza’ in Sydney CBD. The award was accepted by Managing Director, Kevin O’ Shea and Project Manager, Nathan Scarf, who were quick to attribute the contribution of the entire project team, without whom, the success would not have been possible.

Judges Comments:

The builder demonstrated amazing innovation in delivering the project. This included the sourcing and manufacturing of bronzed patented brass ground floor shop fronts and tenancy store systems and matching new heritage related finishes with existing as well as tackling major structural modifications within a very confined site whilst levels 2-21 were fully tenanted. 

Zetland – Completed Project


In June 2013, Trico Constructions released our inaugural company newsletter and as part of this publication, we introduced a project in Zetland with a supplementary article examining the area as an investment opportunity.

Six months have passed and it is with great pleasure we announce the completion of yet another successful project. To mark the occasion, we have prepared some finished product photographs to showcase the quality and further reinforce the growing reputation of Trico Constructions within the industry.






2013: A Year in Review

New Staff to Trico Constructions


William Yi – Accounts Manager:
Having completed a Master of Commerce in the University of Sydney, and with over 5 years accounting experience working in the import/export and construction industries in Sydney, William possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in large scale company accounting practices. William now manages all day to day accounting matters for Trico Constructions and has already significantly improved the financial operations of our company.


Jess Garcia – Assistant Business Development Manager:
Jess has come to Trico Constructions to fill a primary role of Customer Relationship Management and brings a strong portfolio of suitable proficiencies including interpersonal skills, collaboration techniques, workforce optimisation, client services, events management and large scale database management. Previous experience working with Hyland Financial Planning and Sydney Swans makes Jess an ideal candidate to join the Trico team and we are extremely happy to welcome her on board.


Gary Naude – Site Manager:
Constructing large scale infrastructure projects, including Government buildings and a 50,000 seater sport stadium, Gary has joined Trico Constructions with an equally large reputation. Working with a Tier 1 construction company for over 20 years, Gary has a wealth of experience working as a Site Manager. A proven track record in commercial, retail and residential projects has made Gary an ideal candidate to join the Trico team and we are confident he will have a lot to offer as we move forward.


Paul Marchesin – Site Manager:
Paul has 30 years of experience as a Senior Foreman with an extensive background in skilled carpentry and master craftsmanship specialising in high-end projects with proficiency in all aspects of the development process. Paul’s favourite saying is ‘not a problem’ and has a proven track record with outstanding results across multiple sectors. Paul’s passionate, professional approach perfectly fits with the Trico Constructions culture and we are delighted to welcome him as a new addition.

41739-hiresBlaise Strewe –Site Manager:
With an extensive background in commercial and residential refurbishment, Blaise has had over 15 years in the construction industry and has proven himself on projects of significant heritage value. Working on international award winning projects with world renowned architects, Blaise has continued to grow in reputation and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. With an ambition to eventually graduate to the position of Project Manager, Blaise is currently earning his stripes with Trico Constructions as a Site Manager and is already proving an extremely valuable addition to the company.


Daniel Haughey – Leading Hand:
An award winning apprentice carpenter with over ten years of experience, Daniel has worked on a variety of project types including Residential, Commercial, Refurbishment, Government and Educational. Daniel has joined our team to facilitate our Project Managers and Site Managers on large projects using his background and experience to assist with day to day operations, finishes and defects inspection and completion.

 Membership of Large Format Retail Association

In 2013, Trico Constructions joined the LFRA which encourages, develops and fosters awareness of and relationships within the large format retail industry, which accounts for over 20% of all retail sales in Australia. Membership of the LFRA signifies our growing involvement in the commercial sector and our commitment to further develop the interactions between Trico Constructions and some of Australia’s leading retail outlets.


 Implementation of Quality, Safety and Environmental System

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • Quality – 9001:2008:

As part of our company’s combined effort to better meet our client’s needs and expectations and to increase overall customer satisfaction, Trico Constructions has successfully implemented and operated a Quality Management System based on AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 and have successfully completed all external third part certification audits required under the standards.

  • Safety – 4801:200:

Meeting our legal requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations 2011 is considered to be the absolute minimum requirement at Trico Constructions. As with our clients, Trico Constructions aims to exceed the needs and expectations of the legislation by implementing a Safety Management System based on AS/NZS 4801:2001 which is proactive and vigorously seeks to identify hazards and potential problems before they are given the opportunity to arise. This system has successfully completed all external third part certification audits required under the standards.

  • Environmental – 14001:2004:

Australia has a beautiful and unique environment and Trico Constructions have committed to promoting awareness of best practice techniques to maintain the environment, comply with environmental legislation and to ensure our business operations do not negatively impact on the ecosystem and natural surroundings. As part of this commitment, Trico has successfully implemented and maintained an Environmental Management System based on AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 and have successfully completed all external third part certification audits required under the standards.


Lunch Events in 2013

June 2013


Tim Moore who holds the role of Technical Director of Planning at RPS discussed the NSW Government’s White Paper that is aimed at delivering a new planning system for NSW.


Vic Lilli, Principal of Vic Lilli & Partners talked about the legislative changes that affect every new development project in NSW from 1st March 2013, together with future proposed legislation changes.

September 2013


Thomas George MP – Hon Thomas George MP, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly & Member for Lismore – a trip through private enterprise into parliament opposition and into Government.

Trico VIP Boardroom Lunch

Trico Constructions VIP Boardroom Lunch at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Wednesday September 25th 2013.

JHP_7405 (800x533)Following on from the success of the inaugural Trico VIP Boardroom Lunch in June earlier this year; on Wednesday September 25th, Trico Constructions hosted an additional lunch event accompanied by  notable guest speaker Thomas George MP. With over 30 guests ranging from property developers to journalists, Thomas George MP was without doubt the star of the show. In appreciation of his attendance at our event, we would like to take this opportunity to showcase the essence of his speech in our September newsletter.

Hon Thomas George MP, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly & Member for Lismore shares his journey through private enterprise into parliament opposition and into Government.

First elected in 1999, Thomas George MP personified the frustration of country and regional areas.

Thomas George MP explained that it is the nature of politics for the opposition to criticise those in power. It is easy to complain about Government waste and criticize departments for having too many staff, however; criticism comes in a variety of shapes and forms.

Even the most cynical of political followers would concede that constructive criticism has a valuable role to play in taking a broader view on political issues. As Winston Churchill once said:

 “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

At a time when the credibility of democratic institutions is being questioned because of a failure to respond to the needs of the public, there is a need to broaden rather than curtail the variety of perspectives and voices available to us.

There are certain political issues which transcend immediate party political concerns. Whether you are in Government or in opposition, the needs of the people remain the primary concern for any elected official. It is easy to take a back seat and throw mud and not many would risk blemishing their reputations by opening themselves up to such open criticism. It is the brave few who are willing to stand up and be counted.

Thomas George MP further expanded on these sentiments by adding:

“It’s alright to criticise but if you’re not prepared to do something about it then forget it.”

Elected to Government in 2011 and appointed as deputy speaker and Chair of the Decentralisation Task Force, Thomas George MP learned a valuable political lesson – one size does not fit all – and trying to develop legislation which reflects this disparity is more work than one may imagine.

Evidence to support this argument is available for all to see. There are 152 Councils in New South Wales ranging from Urana council which consists of 1,200 residents to Blacktown which has a population of over 307,000 people, approximately the same number of inhabitants as Iceland.

Thomas George MP continued by touching on a very topical issue – the amalgamation of local governments.

The amalgamation of councils is often met with opposition due to the potential threat to local identity and representation, however; there are others who would argue that the constituents are concerned more with receiving good quality service and that the issue of exactly who delivers those particular services is of less significance.

The structure and governance of local councils differs throughout Australia and indeed around the world. Regardless of the approach, the needs of the electorate must be met while the stability and sustainability of the economy is undeniably reliable on the vested interests of private enterprise.

The Decentralisation Task Force aims to deliver priority infrastructure while also offering reform to the New South Wales planning system which will support regional development. This proposed system of meeting small town needs while also satisfying ‘big business’ enterprise is a yardstick against which all Governments, regardless of their political affiliations, should be measured. A truly successful Government should be able to ‘walk with Kings, nor lose the common touch’.

To conclude his speech, Thomas George MP issued a rallying call to the young people of Australia to take a greater interest in politics. He extended this invitation to not only the future generations but also to the generation which currently owns and operates businesses in Australia.

A lack of incentive to get people involved in the running of Government is suppressing the potential of this country and its people and regardless of what side of the fence you stand, the call of the nation to ‘Advance Australia Fair’ must be heard by all.

For a full list of attendees please see the guest list here.

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Georgina De Angelis & Janet Hoy

Kevin O'Shea, James Marshall & Georgina De Angelis

Kevin O’Shea, James Marshall & Georgina De Angelis

Charles Mellick and Thomas George MP

Dan Gallen, Charles Mellick & Thomas George MP

Stuart Rose & Giovanni Cirillo

Stuart Rose & Giovanni Cirillo

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Charles Mellick, Mike Hercus & Carolyn Cummins

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Kevin Miksch, Nathan Hones & Mia Feasey

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Guest Speaker Thomas George MP

Mike Hercus and Kevin O'Shea

Mike Hercus & Kevin O’Shea

Charles Mellick & James Marshall

Charles Mellick & James Marshall

Industry News: Parramatta Road


Australia’s newly incumbent Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, wishes to be remembered as an “infrastructure prime minister.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the amount of engineering construction carried out as part of public sector works has doubled in the last decade. Given the recently defeated Labor government’s propensity to spend big on infrastructure, some would question whether it is wise for Tony Abbott to hang his hat on such a contentious political issue.
It could also be argued that there is a lack of transparency about the facts and figures of Mr. Abbott’s first throw of the infrastructure dice – the urban renewal of Parramatta Road and its surrounding areas.

The blueprint for success on the Parramatta Road redevelopment is based largely on circumnavigating the 9 local councils which surround the development site. An almost identical redevelopment proposal for Parramatta Road was first introduced over a decade ago by a group from the private sector.

Unfortunately, their Achilles’ heel was their failure to appease the local councils. Although there were many common issues, the different objectives from local councils prevented the development from getting further than the feasibility stage. In the end, red-tape and beauracracy were offered up as the explanation for the failure of what many citizens felt was a necessary redevelopment project.
Had this group of private sector investors been able to satisfy the needs of the local councils, then we may already have completed the Parramatta Road development and the urban renewal would have a decade of growth behind it.

Despite this previous failed attempt, the assets of Parramatta Road remain an untapped resource. Parramatta Road;
• connects Sydney CBD and Parramatta CBD;
• straddles the demographic and geographic centre of Sydney;
• lies at the centre of a transport corridor with river, heavy rail, and motorway connections;
• lies close to many well-established, low-density suburbs;
• passes infrastructure of citywide significance such as Sydney Olympic Park and Flemington Market;
• provides regional accessibility and
• is flanked by large areas of under-utilised or non-utilised land along its 23 kilometres.

The benefits are clear, however, the path forward is less lucid.
Already the political vultures are circling in the form of an umbrella group of environmentalists and public transport advocates called NoW [No WestConnex] Public Transport. There are some who feel that this redevelopment of Parramatta Road will come at a large cost to the public and the real fear is that nobody, not even those who have access to the figures, are fully aware of the actual costs.

There are those who suggest Tony Abbott will have to consider broadening the base of the GST and will need to consider increasing it to at least 12.5%. There is a fine line between ‘infrastructure prime minister’ and ‘tax hike prime minister’ and for many citizens there is no difference at all.
Tony Abbott has laid his cards on the table and has taken this opportunity to stamp his mark on the country. He will win many voters with the Parramatta Road Development, although equally, he may lose favour with those who sit in opposition to any suggestion of a GST increase. In fact, the rot may already have begun to set in as the lack of public transparency on the feasibility of the project has already caused some to question the approach.

Others would argue that a lack of transparency and whispers of an increase in GST are standard operating procedure when it comes to government planning and that he should be judged once he has completed his term, rather than moments after stepping into the position.
In politics, there is no truer statement than to say: “you can’t please all of the people, all of the time”.

Like all good leaders, Tony Abbott must make a decision and stick to it. If nothing else, the people of Australia will respect him for breaking the trend of back flipping on key political issues.
It may be too early to begin criticising, however, there is certainly a lot of weight to the argument that greater transparency over the financial feasibility of the project would serve to put the people’s mind at ease. There are many voters who have grown tired of the end justifying the means.
However, perhaps a successful example of local council amalgamation would be more a kin to providing successful state infrastructure than any railway, bridge, tunnel or road. If Tony Abbott can deliver what he has promised, then we may well have a living, breathing example of the means justifying the end.

Trico VIP Lunch – 4 June 2013

Trico Constructions VIP Industry Lunch: Legislative changes in NSW and the new planning system for
development in NSW.

Trico Constructions has been delivering industrial, commercial and medium density residential construction projects and fit-outs for their high profile national clients since Trico Constructions was founded in 1999 by Director Charles Mellick and Managing Director Kevin O’Shea. They have had significant growth over the last five years and benefit from Matthew Toohey (ex Bunnings Group Head of Property Development) sitting on their Advisory Board.

Trico’s superior workmanship, solid team and award-winning projects have resulted in an industry reputation and connectivity allowing them to launch a series of VIP Boardroom Lunches to be held bi-monthly at Rockpool Bar and Grill.

“We wanted to create a forum for some of the high profile and knowledgeable people in the property industry to share their knowledge and opinions over an informal lunch and Director Kevin O’Shea’s lunch initiative has achieved exactly that” Charles Mellick said. Continue reading

Vic Lilli’s Presentation

Vic Lilli, Principal of Vic Lilli & Partners who are Accredited Certifiers & BCA Consultants talked about the legislative changes that affect every new development project in NSW from 1st March 2013, together with future proposed legislation changes their impacts.

As of 1st March 2013 amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 now require that any new projects requiring Building Certification or PCA Services adhere to the new legislation.

There are two key components to this legislation amendment: Continue reading

Tim Moore’s Presentation

The second guest speaker Tim Moore who holds the role of Technical Director of Planning at RPS discussed the NSW Government’s White Paper that is aimed at delivering a new planning system for NSW.

The new proposed areas of reform and structure of a new system are aimed at introducing a system of simplicity, certainty and transparency and encompass the following five areas: Continue reading

Heritage in architecture – Phil Baigent



As part of our newsletter, Trico Constructions has conducted a series of Q&A’ s to give you a snapshot of the current economic and cultural landscape of the construction industry in NSW.

Our first interviewee is Mr. Phil Baigent, an architect with a reputation for pushing boundaries and showing a rarely seen sense of dedication to the history and heritage of some of Sydney’s most well known buildings. Phil was the acting architect on the 66 King Street project which oversaw the refurbishment and reuse of the historic building by Trico Constructions in Sydney CBD.

These works are currently under consideration for the Master Builder Association Awards for Excellence 2013.

Here’s what Phil had to say – Enjoy! Continue reading

Zetland as an investment – Phil Bartlett



Our second interviewee is Mr. Phillip Bartlett, an experienced and well respected property developer with an extensive background in investment opportunities.

Phillip is one of our valued clients and has selected Trico Constructions to complete the construction of a multi-million dollar, mixed commercial and residential development in Zetland with 16 townhouses and over 2,000 square metres of commercial and retail space.

Here’s what we asked Phillip. Continue reading

1 Victoria Park Parade, Zetland

Trico has been awarded the construction of the final stages to this 24 townhouse development in Sydney South East. 16 three storey luxury townhouses are to be constructed in four stages over 12 months. Each townhouse utilises a full double brick construction with structural steel roof, clad in Colorbond panels with a high end architectural designed quarter round Colorbond fascia and gutter system. Internal floor finishes consist of a combination of timber flooring, carpet and imported tiles with high end 2-pack polyurethane joinery finishes throughout.