We have operated in every Australian state and territory, and have performed work in all environments – ranging from some of the country’s most hostile and remote environments to the most densely populated urban centres.
Throughout our history, our projects have necessitated that we overcome the challenges of technical, physical and logistical complexities across the full spectrum of infrastructure construction and engineering works for public and private clients alike.
Here are some of the highlights:
A bright new future
In April 2015, John Holland was purchased by China Communications Construction Company International Holding Limited (CCCI). CCCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), the largest listed company in the international infrastructure and engineering sector. This is an exciting time for the business, with new opportunities to be explored. John Holland and CCCI have a shared vision for the future, with a focus on tradition and the pursuit of excellence and innovation in all that we do.
Leading Tier 1 Contractor
In 2000, Leighton Holdings acquired the majority shareholding in John Holland. Four years later, work-in-hand surpassed $2 billion and we were awarded our most significant project to date - the $2.5 billion EastLink project in joint venture with Thiess. John Holland continues to prosper, this year winning the Australian Construction Achievement Award for the Cape Lambert Marine Works project. Today, we have work in hand of $5.5b, approximately 5,000 employees and around 100 projects in progress at any given time.
Growth & Diversity
In 1991, Janet Holmes à Court's Heytesbury Pty Ltd acquired John Holland. This year also saw John Holland secure the contract to build the $180m Toyota car manufacturing plant in Altona, which was then the largest contract secured by John Holland. In the following years, the business won its first major rail maintenance contract with Westrail and construct the Alice Springs-Darwin railway, as part of the Asia Pacific Transport Consortium.
On May 16, 1949, Sir John Holland commenced field operations for a new Australian engineering and construction company known as John Holland & Co. In 1950, John Holland & Co won its first major civil engineering project, the construction of a water treatment and power station plant at Australian Paper Manufacturers at Fairfield, Victoria. Over the next three decades, John Holland & Co would steadily grow and diversify, delivering significant projects around the country, such as new Parliament House in Canberra and the Sydney Entertainment Centre.