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Our Story

When we build we build to stay, to enrich, to own — we're the opposite of 'set & forget'. We’re also a family, literally and figuratively, that's here to stay. Privately owned, CE is the result of nearly a century of hard work and steady vision.

OUR HISTORY

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LEADERSHIP

Wayne Chivas

Director

Over the past three decades, Wayne has used his diverse business and financial background to create a variety of high-quality developments. He was a founding partner of Goodwin Chivas and Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as a director of Solatube International, a striving company in daylighting solutions based in the U.S. Wayne is known for achieving impressive results, driving growth, and delivering projects with great success.

Shane Smollen

Director

With a remarkable career in the property industry over 4 decades, Shane has established himself as a prominent industry figure through delivering exceptional results and consistent market leadership.
Shane is also a director of McGrath Ltd and a previous owner of a multi office real estate network generating sales of over $3 billion per annum. His deep involvement and broad national contact network ensures he is extremely wired into the marketplace and is well positioned to identify trends on macro and local levels in real time.

Nathan Chivas

Managing Director

Nathan is pivotal to the company’s success and leads the strategy and vision with the team from acquisition through all stages of development, including finance, design, planning, and construction. With a lifelong passion for the industry, Nathan has worked on a wide variety of complex projects throughout his career, overseeing everything from multi-story residential buildings to commercial and hotel developments. Nathan’s love of property and drive for excellence are contagious, and he inspires the team to continue to evolve and grow.

Ben Priestley

Chief Operating Officer

With 20 years of experience in property, construction, and funds management, Ben has acquired extensive expertise in financial and commercial management within leading ASX and multi-national companies. His diverse background also encompasses investment and operational involvement in industrial services, oil & gas, and media industries.

His professional experience encompasses various areas, including financial control, strategy development, business planning, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other corporate finance transactions.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

When we build we build to stay, to enrich, to own - we’re the opposite of ‘set and forget.

4 level retail and commercial development

5 luxury residences

59 townhouses with lap pool & BBQ area

Shane Smollen & Wayne Chivas become Directors of Central Element

Together with PBD Architects, we created a building with a unique articulated façade

Nathan becomes Managing Director and leads the team day to day

46 residences

64 residences

30 residences

Multi Residential Exterior - Aston, Lane Cove

79 residences

54 residences

20 residences

Excellence in Medium-Density Development - Aura, Pymble

Excellence in NSW Regions Development - Capri, Point Frederick

Excellence in NSW Regions Development - Albany, Point Frederick

10 seniors living residences

Central Element acquires The West Olympia Theatre

14 residences with communal rooftop

The former Hyde Park Inn

To be transformed into a hotel and entertainment spaces

Excellence in Marketing - Pienza, Neutral Bay

Excellence in Marketing - Pienza, Neutral Bay & Mid-size residence - Balmoral Collection

4 whole-floor, never to be repeated residences

Richard Crookes leading the build of the Neutral Bay residences

The heritage building will be transformed into luxury residences

Growthbuilt led the build of these limited edition residences in Chatswood

Sensitively preserved Art Deco building, complemented with a modern addition

Our first debut into the Inner West

Approval granted to reimagine world-class Hyde Park site

The rare waterfront Wolseley Street site has been granted approval from the City of Canada Bay

Anden Coogee - Excellence in Medium Density

Anden Coogee - Excellence in Design