The 1980's: The early years
“John McAndrew had already carved out a successful career…”
By the time the McAndrew Group’s journey officially began in 1985, founder John McAndrew had already carved out a successful career as owner of one of Australia’s leading home improvement companies.
The McAndrew Group’s early years played out at John’s first investment property on Lutwyche Road, a $27,000 outlay that represented the first piece of what was to become an enviable investment portfolio. The property became a key part of the McAndrew story, serving as the company’s operation headquarters from 1977 until 2008 when it was subject to a compulsory resumption by the Queensland Department of Transport. The resumption allowed for the completion of the now operational Lutwyche bus terminal. Home Improvements and Property Maintenance business Mister Green represented an early foray into the building industry, with the business offering wholesale siding products and comprehensive home maintenance solutions.
The 2000's: The foresight to prosper
“The early part of the decade saw the appointments of Matthew McAndrew in 2000 and Scott McAndrew in 2002…”
The business grew steadily at the turn of the new century, highlighted by the extension of the Group’s property management division, and the expansion of the McAndrew Developments division. The early part of the decade saw the appointments of Matthew McAndrew in 2000 and Scott McAndrew in 2002 to drive residential sales and investment sales. Adding to the Group’s property management capabilities was experienced industry professional Linda Kane, who took the position of Senior Property Manager. In 2002, McAndrew Group began selling and marketing River Park Central, a 31-storey high-rise in the Brisbane CBD offering a collection of 123 apartments. In 2003 the Group purchased and gained Development Approval for an 86-lot subdivision in Griffin, Brisbane. This would prove to be a pivotal moment in the company’s future, establishing itself as a proven market leader in the Brisbane project marketing space. This laid the foundation for the sale of 100’s more properties around Brisbane throughout the 2000’s.
Following resumption of the McAndrew’s original Lutwyche headquarters by the Department of Transport, in 2008 the Group acquired a new property at 1163 Sandgate Rd, Nundah. The re-location was complete when in 2012, after extensive planning, the existing property was developed into a new mixed-use boutique building. With 14 apartments, a ground floor retail display and a purpose built office on the first floor, the relocation heralded an exciting new chapter for the company. A strong pipeline of projects emerged towards the end of the decade, with 2008/09 seeing several executive town home projects marketed in inner city Brisbane, and another townhouse development completed in Cairns. In 2009 the Group saw the completion of the Southern Cross Motel development, a collection of 90 short-term accommodation apartments and licensed restaurant. The Group identified an opportunity in the mid to late 2000’s to offer a ‘start to finish’ service for professional finance and advisory groups with clients wanting a direct property investment but who didn’t have the knowledge, experience or ability to access the projects and opportunities that the McAndrew Group did. Leveraging the years of industry contacts and the reputation that John McAndrew had established, a stock supply model was established to facilitate the sale of property in Brisbane to investors all around the world.
The 2010's: Surpassing all expectations
“Matthew McAndrew took charge of the McAndrew Developments division…”
The Group’s growth trajectory continued in the 2010’s, with new partnerships forged, staffing expanded, and exciting new residential developments delivered to the Brisbane marketplace.
The culmination of years of planning, and now operating from Nundah, Matthew McAndrew took charge of the McAndrew Developments division, with Scott McAndrew in charge of Investments and Project Marketing.
2014 saw construction commence on a marquee project of 72 apartments at Chermside. Following the successful launch of Evolve, marketing commenced on CITRO West End, a larger apartment project, and also a 69-lot land sales sub-division at Jarrah Estate, Upper Kedron.
John McAndrew’s leadership, knowledge, experience and motivation remain the Group’s cornerstone, and the foundation for its ongoing growth and success.
The 2020's: All coming together under one roof
The business enters into its 35th year of operations
As the business entered in to its 35th year of operation, the business undertook a repositioning of the brand to McAndrew Group. With a primary focus on delivering residential property developments across South East Queensland under the integrated model offering Property Development, Development Management, Residential Sales, Property Management and Property Law all under one roof.