ARA Building Services provides clients across Australia with the reassurance of a professional process, personal attention and long-term, turnkey building solutions.
ARA Building Services works closely with other ARA Group companies across Australia and New Zealand to provide clients with building maintenance services as well as a turnkey building solution.
With a 24/7 help desk, ARA Building Services provides clients with a single point of contact and co-ordinates the right services, either from our extensive in-house team or a team of capable subcontractors. Our in-house team of more than 130 staff consists of a diverse range of specialists – electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painters, tilers, and cabinet makers. Each staff member prides themselves on providing clients with reliable services and extensive industry knowledge and experience. For projects requiring multiple disciplines, ARA Building Services has the capability to offer all facility services in-house and provide a seamless solution tailored to meet the requirements of each client.
ARA Building Services has a long and proud history.
Growing organically working with ARA Group sister companies as well as by acquiring successful businesses and focussing on providing clients with safety, quality and risk management, ARA Building Services now comprises more than 130 employees in 12 locations across the country.
With a 24/7 help desk and one point of contact for each client, we work together to provide clients with true in-house, turnkey building solutions.
Thermoscan is established in Brisbane providing specialist consulting thermography services.
The ARA Group establishes ARA Building Services to complete ARA Group services. ARA Building Services provides all building repairs and construction work to the residential, commercial and industrial client sectors.
The ARA Group acquires Taylors Building Solutions and MDP Group Building Rejuvenation, a dedicated team of builders specialising in remedial repairs and restoration work.
ISM Interiors & Lockin Lockers is established in Melbourne providing high quality commercial and architectural joinery.
Intact Group is established in Sydney to provide full-service property maintenance services for large facilities businesses.
The ARA Group acquires Thermoscan, the leading specialist consulting thermography service dedicated to preventative maintenance services such as electrical and mechanical condition monitoring, power factor correction unit testing and detailed thermography reports.
The ARA Group is established.
ARA Building Services first works with other ARA Group company Monarch Renlita to install and service residential, commercial and industrial doors and retail enclosures.
The ARA Group acquires ISM Interiors & Lockin Lockers, specialists in custom joinery and furniture for commercial fit-outs and tailormade locker spaces for end of trip facilities.
The ARA Group acquires Monarch Renlita, but continues to run the company separately until 2013.
The ARA Group acquires Lexicom Constructions, specialists in commercial industrial and retail fit-outs, into ARA Building Services.
The ARA Group acquires Intact Group, a multi skilled property maintenance provider for many of Australia’s leading businesses in the commercial, retail, government and education sectors.
Meet OUR team
Tony Murr is the highly skilled Managing Director of ARA Building Services and has more than 30 years’ experience in the building and construction industry. With 20 years in senior management roles at ARA Building Services, Tony has extensive experience in leading his team and an exceptional knowledge base to create innovative solutions for clients and grow all aspects of the business. Tony progressed his trade career from the ground up as a building apprentice through to onsite management before moving into senior management roles. During his trade career, Tony worked on many major developments including new wet concrete construction and large high-rises before specialising in remedial construction. Tony lives and breathes building and construction and continues to enhance his education and knowledge to remain up to date with best practice allowing him to best support his team. Leading ARA Building Services to the dynamic and progressive organisation it is today, Tony prides himself on his communication skills and his ability to develop sustainable relationships with his sales, operations and financial team, clients, suppliers, and other stakeholders across the country. In his role, Tony also works closely with the ARA Group corporate team to strategically select specialised companies for acquisition that complement the existing ARA Building Services business and manage the entire acquisition process.
Nathan is an experienced executive with more than 15 years as a CEO. Founder and Director of Intact Group, ARA Building Services’ most recent acquisition, Nathan is now Director of Multi Trade for ARA Building Services. Growing the Intact Group business from the ground up, Nathan has received recognition through the Telstra Business Awards as NSW Business of the Year and Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Australian Small Business Awards. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Nathan is Chair of The Primary Club, a charity whose fundamental aim is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and exhilaration that comes from any form of physical activity. Other passions include animal conservation and cricket – Nathan combines the two with “Last Male Standing”, a privately funded annual event helping to build awareness, enhance rhino conservation and provide physical education to the local community in Kenya.
Kelly has more than 25 years’ financial and operations management experience and is an expert user in a number of financial and CRM systems. Commencing her career in a small accounting firm in Christchurch, she moved as finance and office manager into the advertising industry which took her across New Zealand. After moving to Australia, Kelly worked as a financial controller and office manager across various companies reporting directly to company directors. Commencing with Thermoscan in 2010 as a part-time bookkeeper, Kelly quickly moved into the role of Operations Manager. In 2015, Kelly took over the reigns as Thermoscan’s General Manager. During her time with Thermoscan, Kelly has onboarded three new acquisitions to the business and has also steered the business through the process of joining the ARA Group.
Matthew has more than 20 years’ experience in both the facilities and construction industries. Early in his career, Matt owned and operate a national multi-trade business with more than 150 staff. Acquired by the ARA Group for the ARA Property Services business in 2018, Matt joined the ARA Group and moved across to the ARA Building Services business in 2020. Since this move, ARA Building Services has seen year on year growth with outstanding results. A self-starter, Matt has built his skills and knowledge across many sectors including industrial, commercial, retail and more recently the public transport sector. Matt has a strong ability to manage multiple projects from inception to completion – a skill that sets ARA Building Services apart and ensures future success.
David has more than 20 years’ experience in the building and client management industry. In the role of ARA Building Services National Account Manager since 2010, David has been managing maintenance services across multiple regions of Australia for ARA clients such as CBA, Suncorp, Huawei, Metro Trains, JLL and CBRE. He has deep understanding of how multiple services work together in a built environment, including mechanical, electrical, fire, and hydraulics services. With the ability to manage numerous contractors and technicians to work in harmony, he excels at consistently delivering quality results to clients.
Wesley has more than 22 years’ experience in general management roles for large service companies delivering technical and management services to facilities across a number of commercial and government portfolios. Wesley joined ARA Building Services in 2008 as State Manager in Victoria and has worked together to with the team to grow the business both locally and nationally. Wesley has extensive expertise in managing large teams and successfully delivering maintenance, repairs and projects across all building services. He also has outstanding skills in working with clients to establish long term asset management plans and arrangements that balance the performance requirements of users and owners of the facilities being maintained.
Annlouise has more than seven years’ experience in the facilities maintenance and the safety, quality and environmental management industry. Joining ARA Building Services as Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator in 2016 and now HSEQ Manager. Annlouise drives workplace health and safety, quality assurance and environmental management for ARA Building Services’ multiple locations across of Australia and is instrumental in the success of the organisation’s compliance management approach. With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Behavioural Sciences and a Diploma of Work, Health and Safety, Annlouise has a strong academic background and an in-depth knowledge and experience in health safety, environmental and quality assurance, with a high standard of onsite safety practices.
Russell commenced as ARA Building Services’ Financial Controller in 2013 and has recently completed a Master of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of New South Wales. With an undergraduate degree in Applied Science, Russell spent almost 20 years in the fitness industry and managed his own franchise personal training business before moving into finance. Russell studied a Diploma in Accounting before commencing with ARA Building Services. During his time with ARA Building Services, Russell has grown both personally and professionally, and has enjoyed being a part of the tremendous growth of ARA Building Services, with many business acquisitions adding to the challenge.
Terry has more than 40 years’ experience in the building and construction industry and has been working with the ARA Building Services team since 2014. Over his extensive career, Terry has held diverse roles ranging from fit out, insurance, restorations, facility management and remedial. Terry is a qualified licenced builder and has a broad range of knowledge and a list of qualifications such as an accredited building consultant with the Master Builders’ Association, a Certificate IV in Building with the Master Builders Association of NSW, Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery, and a IICRC Certificate (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Registrant). Terry is known in the industry for many strengths including his organisational skills, as well as his effectiveness and efficiency in delivering projects on time and budget. Currently running Sydney Olympic Park as well as Western Sydney University contracts, Terry has earned great respect from all clients and colleagues through his easy-going nature and ability to develop and maintain long term relationships.
HEALTH & SAFETY
ARA Building Services has a dedicated team of workplace health and safety professionals with many years of experience in multiple industry types. This team deals with all aspects of work health and safety, quality and environmental management throughout ARA Building Services, and is always available to assist on all projects to ensure we deliver the highest safety standards.
Safety Management – AS 4801 and ISO 45001
ARA Building Services is dedicated to providing an effective occupational health and safety management system. Through the ARA Group, our system complies with AS/NZS 4801-2001 and ISO 45001-2018: Occupational Health and Safety management systems and are accredited to this standard by Global-Mark Pty Ltd.
Quality Management – ISO 9001
We offer the highest quality management with a strong focus on our clients, our process approach and continual improvement. Through the ARA Group, our management system complies with AS/NZS ISO 9001-2015: Quality Management Systems and are accredited to this standard by Global-Mark Pty Ltd.
Environmental Management – ISO 14001
We take the management of our environmental responsibility very seriously and take this responsibility into account across every building and maintenance project. Our management system complies with AS/NZS ISO 14001-2015: Environmental Management Systems.