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About Us

About Aspiring Properties

Aspiring Properties mission is to serve the community by building, redeveloping and managing high quality properties that everyone can be proud of. The team’s leadership and staff are committed to the common good of society and seek to work collaboratively to deliver excellence in all the projects that we work on.

Our over-arching goal is to inform, consult, involve and collaborate with all stakeholders. We believe it’s important that stakeholders’ input is valued and considered and is a positive experience.

Transparency and accountability help build trust within the community.

Specialising in…

– Mixed-use urban developments that integrate retail, commercial and leisure.

– Renovations, refurbishments and re-leasing of existing buildings.

– Asset management, overseeing real estate tasks, processes and relationships.

Our People

Developers

The Aspiring team has various degrees of experience, ability and technical knowledge, merged together to ensure exceptional outcomes.

Blair Courtney-O'Connor

Director and Business Development Manager

With a broad range of skills and capabilities, Blair is an experienced Company Director with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry, merchant banking and non-profit sectors. His focus is upon the best strategic and financial outcomes for Aspiring’s projects. He is exceptional at developing growth strategies and plans, whilst researching business opportunities and viable income streams. Blair’s key purpose is to drive profitable outcomes for the benefit of the community, whilst keeping all projects within budget and on time.

Meegan Clancy

Project Manager

Meegan is an experienced place maker, with a demonstrated history of working in tourism precincts such as Manly beach, shopping centres like QVB and urban city locations over a 17-year period. Driven to make spaces places, with a strong marketing and events skillset. Meegan has expertise in major projects, business operations, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.
Meegan is driven by passion and integrity and acts as a continual project touch point, for all stakeholders.

Liew Kok-Yong

Vice President Finance

Liew, is a well-respected Financial Controller, with a Master of Business, Banking and Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce. His key areas of expertise are in finance, accounting, taxation and system set-ups. Liew has worked in these roles within the professional accounting, building and hospitality industries. Liew firmly believes in developing, growing and accomplishing the objectives and goals of the company.

Darryl Courtney-O'Connor

Director

As a director of Aspiring Properties, and a number of other companies, Darryl has had a well-rounded career to date. Hotel founder, College creator and Property Developer, he is well regarded as an astute and well researched investor.

Commercial Leasing Agents

Upstate is proudly the largest and most successful real estate company on the Northern Beaches.

Understanding the region’s work force, commercial expansion and residential wants allows them to offer an impeccable level of service and a thorough understanding of a market, both demographically and financially.

With over 80 base up project sales builds on their books, they know that knowledge and relationships are the cornerstones of any successful property transaction.

Vincent West

Director/Licensee in Charge for Commercial Sales and Leasing

Susanne Mitchell

Senior Asset Manager

Architects

Wolski Coppin Architecture is an experienced Sydney based architectural practice committed to maintaining a high standard of design, construction and management.

The practice has considerable experience, the result of this shows in an extensive portfolio of projects which take into consideration, market awareness, commercial viability, environmental sustainability, and issues relating to buildability.

Wolski Coppin’s team have worked on Aspiring projects since 2011, with a key understanding of the Manly landscape and neighbouring properties, of which they have also designed.

Greg Coppin

Director

Aspiring People

Developers

The Aspiring team has various degrees of experience, ability and technical knowledge, merged together to ensure exceptional outcomes.

Blair Courtney-O'Connor

Director and Business Development Manager

With a broad range of skills and capabilities, Blair is an experienced Company Director with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry, merchant banking and non-profit sectors. His focus is upon the best strategic and financial outcomes for Aspiring’s projects. He is exceptional at developing growth strategies and plans, whilst researching business opportunities and viable income streams. Blair’s key purpose is to drive profitable outcomes for the benefit of the community, whilst keeping all projects within budget and on time.

Meegan Clancy

Project Manager

Meegan is an experienced place maker, with a demonstrated history of working in tourism precincts such as Manly beach, shopping centres like QVB and urban city locations over a 17-year period. Driven to make spaces places, with a strong marketing and events skillset. Meegan has expertise in major projects, business operations, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.
Meegan is driven by passion and integrity and acts as a continual project touch point, for all stakeholders.

Liew Kok-Yong

Vice President Finance

Liew, is a well-respected Financial Controller, with a Master of Business, Banking and Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce. His key areas of expertise are in finance, accounting, taxation and system set-ups. Liew has worked in these roles within the professional accounting, building and hospitality industries. Liew firmly believes in developing, growing and accomplishing the objectives and goals of the company.

Darryl Courtney-O'Connor

Director

As a director of Aspiring Properties, and a number of other companies, Darryl has had a well-rounded career to date. Hotel founder, College creator and Property Developer, he is well regarded as an astute and well researched investor.

Upstate Real Estate

Commercial Leasing Agents

Upstate is proudly the largest and most successful real estate company on the Northern Beaches.

Understanding the region’s work force, commercial expansion and residential wants allows them to offer an impeccable level of service and a thorough understanding of a market, both demographically and financially.

With over 80 base up project sales builds on their books, they know that knowledge and relationships are the cornerstones of any successful property transaction.

Vincent West

Director/Licensee in Charge for Commercial Sales and Leasing

Susanne Mitchell

Senior Asset Manager

Wolski Coppin Architecture

Architects

Wolski Coppin Architecture is an experienced Sydney based architectural practice committed to maintaining a high standard of design, construction and management.

The practice has considerable experience, the result of this shows in an extensive portfolio of projects which take into consideration, market awareness, commercial viability, environmental sustainability, and issues relating to buildability.

Wolski Coppin’s team have worked on Aspiring projects since 2011, with a key understanding of the Manly landscape and neighbouring properties, of which they have also designed.

Greg Coppin

Director

Projects

About the Project

Surrounded by both beach and harbour waters, these historical properties are been fused to unveil an exceptional urban oasis! These iconic buildings, both in history and location, will be rebuilt to their former glory with a tenancy offer to match.

Filled with the excitement which is eternally attached to Manly, this sought-after location is ideal for business expansion and pure staff satisfaction due to its laid-back culture located within a bustling village vibe.

Design

A 5-star rebuild is scheduled with a historical façade restoration, sunbathed in natural light with Sydney harbour and green space views.

The facade across Manly Emporium’s ground floor levels 1 & 2 at 6 The Corso and 50 East Esplanade will be retained and restored.

The set-back floors above which are not visible from The Corso, will wrap around to the terraces at 46-50 East Esplanade allowing free flow via connecting bridges.

The Emporium redevelopment will break down the walls between inside and out, while creating a perfect, respectful balance – where old meets new.

Works Schedule and Timeline

With two years of methodical and detail planning now undertaken, the project ground work is scheduled for commencement in 2020, with an expected project timeline of 12-18 months. Occupation is estimated for late 2021.

DA LODGED 11 September 2019. Approved March 2020.
Consult Stakeholders
Notice Periods
Pre-Lease Commitments


DEMO 3-months
Leasing Continues
Engage Stakeholders
Manage Project


BUILD 12-months
Construction Commences
Communicate Stakeholders
Support Neighbours


OCCUPY 3-6-months
Internal Fit Outs
Review Project
Launch Property

Updates

The Manly Emporium Development Application was lodged with Northern Beaches Council on 11 September 2019, approved March 2020 with the project well received by Manly’s key stakeholders:

“Manly CBD is a highly sought-after location for professionals wishing to escape the city and improve their lifestyle. This development is a great opportunity to increase worker’s economic spend within the local area, particularly in the tourist off-season and quieter times of the week.” Luke Atkins – President, Manly Business Chamber

“The Emporium redevelopment will break down the walls between inside and out, whilst creating a perfect, respectful balance – where old meets new.” Darryl Courtney-O’Connor – ICMS Founder

Leasing

The historic facade across the ground floor plus levels 1 & 2 located at 6 The Corso will be kept and restored.

The intriguing terrace frontage at 50 East Esplanade remains with an entire new premise above.

The additional set-back floors above which will not be visible from The Corso will wrap around from The Corso to the terraces at East Esplanade, allowing free flow via connecting bridges with some spaces offering unparalleled views over Manly Cove.

An opportunity exists at this major welcoming point to Manly, for a dynamic major retailer or food and beverage operator on the ground floor, or two smaller tenancies.

Aspirational operators are sought for the upper floors, include co-working spaces, service providers, Bluechip corporates and start-ups. Escape from the hustle of the CBD to the relaxed and easily accessible, balanced working lifestyle of Manly’s beaches.

There will be a food and beverage opportunity returning on East Esplanade, opening up and engaging with a newly extended laneway, to compliment the terraces and businesses beyond.

For all leasing opportunities click here.

CLAREMOUNT HOUSE

Located at 68-70 Pittwater Road Manly, is a 24-bed residence in the bustling heart of Manly village and a short walk from the beach, bus and ferry.

Previously a run-down backpacker, the property was completely redeveloped, into a safe, accessible off-campus option for student accommodation for our sister company ICMS. The residence comprises of two interconnected two-storey, semi-attached terraces, that have undergone a customised, brand new fit out, specially designed for student sharing, ensuring an exceptional, local living experience.

Feasibility. Acquisition. Design. Project Management. Development. Community Engagement. Interior Styling. Fit Out.

WANGANELLA

Located at 46 Wanganella Street, Balgowlah, is an exciting addition to the stable of safe, accessible, long term accommodation options available, off campus college students created for our sister company ICMS.

The unloved California-style bungalow was transformed to create a female only, wellness inspired home away from home, with inspirational styling and touch points, plus quiet common areas for connection, collaboration and socialisation.

Feasibility. Lease Agreements. Design. Project Management. Interior Styling. Fit Out. Plan of Management.

Our Properties

Ilchester Terraces 46-48 East Esplanade
3 heritage terraces with beautiful detailing, home to a number of quaint street side restaurants.

Office Tower rear 46-48 East Esplanade
5 floors of commercial office space, with towering views of Manly Cove and Sydney Harbour, housing a listing of tech, education and creative businesses.

50 East Esplanade
A remnant example of early 20th century development along East Esplanade, this building is undergoing redevelopment. The dual level heritage terrace frontage will be extended with 2 new floors of commercial space above.

Manly Emporium 6 The Corso
The Corso’s original department store, Manly Emporium in undergoing redevelopment. A large ground floor retail footprint will be complimented by 4 brand new floors of commercial office space above.

Current Project

About the Project

Surrounded by both beach and harbour waters, these historical properties are been fused to unveil an exceptional urban oasis! These iconic buildings, both in history and location, will be rebuilt to their former glory with a tenancy offer to match.

Filled with the excitement which is eternally attached to Manly, this sought-after location is ideal for business expansion and pure staff satisfaction due to its laid-back culture located within a bustling village vibe.

Design

A 5-star rebuild is scheduled with a historical façade restoration, sunbathed in natural light with Sydney harbour and green space views.

The facade across Manly Emporium’s ground floor levels 1 & 2 at 6 The Corso and 50 East Esplanade will be retained and restored.

The set-back floors above which are not visible from The Corso, will wrap around to the terraces at 46-50 East Esplanade allowing free flow via connecting bridges.

The Emporium redevelopment will break down the walls between inside and out, while creating a perfect, respectful balance – where old meets new.

Works Schedule and Timeline

With two years of methodical and detail planning now undertaken, the project ground work is scheduled for commencement in 2020, with an expected project timeline of 12-18 months. Occupation is estimated for late 2021.

DA LODGED 11 September 2019. Approved March 2020.
Consult Stakeholders
Notice Periods
Pre-Lease Commitments


DEMO 3-months
Leasing Continues
Engage Stakeholders
Manage Project


BUILD 12-months
Construction Commences
Communicate Stakeholders
Support Neighbours


OCCUPY 3-6-months
Internal Fit Outs
Review Project
Launch Property

Updates

The Manly Emporium Development Application was lodged with Northern Beaches Council on 11 September 2019, approved March 2020 with the project well received by Manly’s key stakeholders:

“Manly CBD is a highly sought-after location for professionals wishing to escape the city and improve their lifestyle. This development is a great opportunity to increase worker’s economic spend within the local area, particularly in the tourist off-season and quieter times of the week.” Luke Atkins – President, Manly Business Chamber

“The Emporium redevelopment will break down the walls between inside and out, whilst creating a perfect, respectful balance – where old meets new.” Darryl Courtney-O’Connor – ICMS Founder

Leasing

The historic facade across the ground floor plus levels 1 & 2 located at 6 The Corso will be kept and restored.

The intriguing terrace frontage at 50 East Esplanade remains with an entire new premise above.

The additional set-back floors above which will not be visible from The Corso will wrap around from The Corso to the terraces at East Esplanade, allowing free flow via connecting bridges with some spaces offering unparalleled views over Manly Cove.

An opportunity exists at this major welcoming point to Manly, for a dynamic major retailer or food and beverage operator on the ground floor, or two smaller tenancies.

Aspirational operators are sought for the upper floors, include co-working spaces, service providers, Bluechip corporates and start-ups. Escape from the hustle of the CBD to the relaxed and easily accessible, balanced working lifestyle of Manly’s beaches.

There will be a food and beverage opportunity returning on East Esplanade, opening up and engaging with a newly extended laneway, to compliment the terraces and businesses beyond.

For all leasing opportunities click here.

Previous Projects

CLAREMOUNT HOUSE

Located at 68-70 Pittwater Road Manly, is a 24-bed residence in the bustling heart of Manly village and a short walk from the beach, bus and ferry.

Previously a run-down backpacker, the property was completely redeveloped, into a safe, accessible off-campus option for student accommodation for our sister company ICMS. The residence comprises of two interconnected two-storey, semi-attached terraces, that have undergone a customised, brand new fit out, specially designed for student sharing, ensuring an exceptional, local living experience.

Feasibility. Acquisition. Design. Project Management. Development. Community Engagement. Interior Styling. Fit Out.

WANGANELLA

Located at 46 Wanganella Street, Balgowlah, is an exciting addition to the stable of safe, accessible, long term accommodation options available, off campus college students created for our sister company ICMS.

The unloved California-style bungalow was transformed to create a female only, wellness inspired home away from home, with inspirational styling and touch points, plus quiet common areas for connection, collaboration and socialisation.

Feasibility. Lease Agreements. Design. Project Management. Interior Styling. Fit Out. Plan of Management.

Our Properties

Our Properties

Ilchester Terraces 46-48 East Esplanade
3 heritage terraces with beautiful detailing, home to a number of quaint street-street side restaurants.

Office Tower rear 46-48 East Esplanade
5 floors of commercial office space, with towering views of Manly Cove and Sydney Harbour, housing a listing of tech, education and creative businesses.

50 East Esplanade
A remnant example of early 20th century development along East Esplanade, this building is set to undergo redevelopment. The dual level heritage terrace frontage will be extended with 3 new floors of commercial space above.

Manly Emporium 6 The Corso
The Corso’s original department store, Manly Emporium in undergoing redevelopment. A large ground floor retail footprint will be complimented by 4 brand new floors of commercial office space above.

For Lease

MANLY RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITY

Shop 3, 46-48 East Esplanade, Manly.

A beautiful 64sqm shop with DA approval for a restaurant/cafe directly across from Manly Wharf. A truly breathtaking space with untapped potential and excellent character this is the perfect opportunity to create Manly’s next iconic eatery.

For further details, click here

PRESTIGIOUS, BRAND NEW RETAIL SPACE

Shop 1 & 2, 6 The Corso, Manly.
Premium property on The Corso’s magnificent lifestyle strip.

Rare opportunity to secure one of The Corso’s larger, tightly held sites at 300+ sq mts. Extraordinary, prime street front exposure.

Bespoke, flexible floor plan and fit-out solutions available. Early commitment will allow for a customised premises in building phase.

For further details, click here

(*Image is artist impression only)

TURN KEY READY CAFE

Shop 1, 46-48 East Esplanade, Manly.

A fully fitted out café, located in a beautiful heritage terrace right in the heart of Manly.

Just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Manly Wharf and 4 Pines Brewing, it is a unique venue allowing diversity, with a clean rustic feel, high ceilings, floorboards and a vintage street side balcony where work can meet play for sundowners.

For further details, click here

HUGE OPEN PLAN SPACE THE CORSO

Level 1, 6 The Corso, Manly.

Fully stripped out, and ready to occupy. Secure this unique, open planed space in the heart of Manly. Use your creativity and re-slick your own concept, in a high density, residential area.

Just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Manly Wharf whilst next door to essential trading services such as Coles and Priceline, it is a unique venue with a rustic feel.

For further details, click here

PRESTIGIOUS, STATE OF THE ART OFFICES

Level 1-4, 6 The Corso, Manly.

Perfectly positioned directly opposite Manly Wharf on The Corso, the iconic Manly Emporium is undergoing a $10 million rebuild to create an urban oasis like no other. This is where heritage ambience, luxe finishes and technology meet to provide the ultimate workspace in an unbeatable and incredibly convenient beach and commercial lifestyle hub.

Make the move to elevate your company profile, workplace culture and teamwork for your business to reach its full potential. A next-generation office for the innovative and aspirational. Due for completion Q4, 2021.

For further details, click here  (*Image is artist impression only)

WHARF SIDE RESTAURANT READY TO ROLL

Shop 2, 46-48 East Esplanade, Manly.

With a modern and cosy interior, built in bench seating, high ceilings, floorboards and a vintage street side balcony where work can meet play for sundowners. Terrace 2 currently houses Mira Japanese, a fully fitted out restaurant and located directly across from Manly Wharf.

Inclusive of all existing venue inventory if required, take the opportunity to use your creativity and re-slick the venue for your own Manly concept, whilst capitalising on a strong delivery and take-home market, or work with the landlord to design a whole new approach.

For further details, click here

HERITAGE RESTAURANT FOR SHORT TERM

50 East Esplanade, Manly.

Just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Manly Wharf. With a clean rustic feel, high ceilings, floorboards and a prime street frontage, where work can meet play for sundowners. Take the opportunity to use your creativity and re-slick the venue for your own Manly trial concept on a short term lease.

With all 4 individual terraces available to lease for the first time in 12-years, the property owner is open to creating and connecting interested operators for a destinational concept, such as Spice Alley Eat Street or a Tap House Distillery.

For further details, click here

HARBOUR VIEW OFFICES

Level 1-4, 50 East Esplanade, Manly 2095.

The first customised rebuild in Manly this century, Manly Emporium comprises 1,840sqm of commercial office space. Rising four levels above the street with lift access, the office offers bright fluid floor spaces, opening to terraces and balconies with leafy outlooks towards The Corso, and sparkling harbour views over Manly Wharf.

Designed and crafted to inspire and impress, it’s a not just a workspace, it’s a destination and lifestyle rolled into one. Due for completion Q4, 2021.

For further details, click here  (*Image is artists impression only)

News

Contact

Development Manager
Blair Courtney-O’Connor

Project Manager
Meegan Clancy
0409 977 282
mclancy@icms.edu.au

Leasing Enquiries:
Vincent West – Upstate
0403 444 000
vincent@upstate.com.au

Aspiring Properties
151 Darley Road, Manly

Developing Exceptional Properties
ACHIEVING GROWTH