Top 10 Construction Companies in Australia
Construction Global takes a look at the biggest construction companies in Australia, which iseekplant.com has listed based on the number of non-residential contracts they were awarded in the country between 2015-16.
10 | BGC
BGC (Buckeridge Group of Companies) is a family-owned group which began as a property developer in the 1960s and is now one of the top privately-owned companies in Australia by turnover. The BGC Construction arm was set up in 1994 to meet “growing demand for commercial building construction in Western Australia,” and since then has worked on projects spanning the whole country. Projects have included the award-winning Perth Arena. The BGC Group as a whole also includes BGC Contracting which deals with mining and civil construction. In 2015-16, BGC Construction was awarded non-residential Australian contracts totalling $1.3bn.
9 | ADCO Constructions
ADCO delivers projects across Australia. Since its establishment in 1972, it has completed over 3,500 projects valued at over $10bn. ADCO directly employs 580 people and has been rated among the top 50 private companies in Australia. Its clients include federal, state and local government agencies as well as private companies. The company is run by joint chairpersons Bob Hill and Judy Brinsmead. In 2015-16, ADCO was awarded $1.34bn worth of non-residential Australian contracts. The projects currently under construction are reportedly worth a total of $2bn and these include Smithfield Cinemas and Entertainment Leisure Precinct in New South Wales, as well as the redevelopment of Shepperton Law Courts in Victoria.
8 | Fulton Hogan
Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd has been around for over 80 years, and currently employs over 6,900 people. It works in various sectors including transport, mining, water, energy, civil construction and land development infrastructure and operates across New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. Under CEO Nick Miller, the company was awarded $1.54bn in non-residential Australian contracts from 2015-16. Current projects include the White Rock Wind Farm for Goldwind Australia, set to be completed in 2018. In 2016, Fulton Hogan completed the $1.46mn Perth Airport project.
7 | John Holland
John Holland operates across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, and has been involved in projects in every state and territory in Australia. Having been founded by its namesake Sir John Holland in 1948, the company was taken over in 1991 by Heytesbury Pty Ltd and in 2000, Leighton holdings acquired majority shares. Then, in April 2015, it was purchased by its current parent company CCCI, the overseas investment arm of CCCC (China Communications Construction Company Limited). John Holland was awarded $1.57bn worth of non-residential contracts in Australia for 2015-16 and its largest contract to date was the $2.5bn EastLink, Australia’s largest road infrastructure project, which it was awarded as part of a joint venture with Theiss.
6 | Nexus Infrastructure
Nexus Infrastructure is a consortium of companies including Plenary, Cintra and Acciona which have come together to design, construct and operate the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing which will re-route heavy traffic to ease congestion around the Queensland settlement. This project alone appears responsible for Nexus’ placing on the list, having been funded by a joint 80:20 split funding arrangement between the Australian and Queensland Governments, which are in a public-private partnership with Nexus. Nexus’ Construction joint venture with Acciona and Ferrovial will be responsible for designing and constructing the crossing, with a 25-year operation and maintenance contract also having been awarded to Nexus.
5 | ProBuild
Since beginning in 1987, ProBuild now has over 1,300 employees. It provides end-to-end service across project delivery, construction planning and management. The Group Managing Director, Simon Gray, brings 30 years of construction leadership experience to the company, which in 2015-16 was awarded $2.38bn worth of projects. Current projects under construction include the expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Wharf, Victoria, which will expand by 20 sq km to include a 150-space multi-storey carpark. Aside from the non-residential projects cited by iseekplant’s list, ProBuild is also working on Sydney’s tallest ever residential tower, which will be made up of 479 apartments, and reach 67 storeys (235m) in height.
4 | Hutchinson Builders
In 2015-16, Hutchinson Builders was awarded $3.26bn worth of non-residential contracts in Australia. Known colloquially and even in part of its branding as “Hutchies”, Australia’s largest privately-owned construction company has been building since 1912. Under Chairman Scott Hutchinson, the business currently employs 1,500 people and works on an average of 250 projects every year with an average value of $22mn. Most recently, Hutchies was selected to build stages two and three of Global Switch’s Sydney East Data Centre – upon completion, the centre is set to meet the data requirements of Global Switch customers for the next 20 years.
3 | Laing O’Rourke
Laing O’Rourke is a privately-owned, internationally-focussed engineering enterprise. It operates an integrated business model which covers engineering, construction and asset management. John Laing founded a construction business in 1848 which rose to fame in 1919 by building houses for WWI veterans, and in 1956 it completed the world’s first commercial-grade electricity-generating nuclear power station. In 1978, R O’Rourke and Son was founded and expanded from a concrete specialist to an international construction and engineering business which went on to work on London’s Canary Wharf development in 1990, delivering among others the Citigroup building. In 2001, the two companies amalgamated and have since worked on the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic park. Under current CEO Ray O’Rourke, the company was awarded $5.3bn worth of non-residential contracts in Australia in 2015-16, and currently employs 15,234 people.
2 | Lendlease Group
Lendlease is an international property and infrastructure group operating in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It was founded in Sydney in 1958 by a Dutch immigrant, Dick Dusseldorf. Today, Lendlease’s headquarters remain in Sydney but it employs 12,000 people around the world with regional head offices in New York, Singapore and London. The company expanded to the US in 1970 and is currently under the leadership of CEO Steve McCann, who assumed the position in 2008. Major regeneration projects carried out by Lendlease have included Elephant & Castle in London, Victoria Harbour in Melbourne and Riverline in Chicago. In total, Lendlease was awarded $6.57bn worth of non-residential Australian contracts in 2015-16.
1 | CPB Contractors
CPB Contractors Pty Ltd is the construction company of the CIMIC (Construction, Infrastructure, Mining and Concessions) Group, formerly known as Leighton Holdings. It has 23,000 employees working across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Asia. In 2015-16 it was awarded $13.59bn worth of non-residential construction contracts in Australia. Some iconic projects CPB is currently working on include Sydney’s Northern Beach Hospital for Healthscope Ltd, and the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, which is said to be the biggest infrastructure project in South Australia. CPB’s current Managing Director is Juan Santamaria.