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Australia’s strong economy and high levels of inward migration make Sydney’s construction industry one of the best-performing in the world and indeed Sydney is home to some of the biggest building companies. The city has had no choice but to invest in residential, commercial and transport infrastructure programs that have been completed by tier 1 construction companies; these projects are the largest Australia has ever seen.

Here we will take a look at the top 20 construction companies and construction contractors that are shaping the present and future of the industry.

Who are Australia's Largest Construction Companies?

The Top 20 Construction Businesses and Building Companies:

  1. CPB Contractors
  2. Lendlease
  3. Laing O'Rourke Australia
  4. Hutchinson Builders
  5. Probuild
  6. Nexus Infrastructure
  7. John Holland
  8. Fulton Hogan
  9. ADCO Constructions
  10. BGC (Australia)
  11. Richard Crookes Constructions
  12. Built
  13. Watpac Australia
  14. Webuild
  15. Scentre Group (Westfield Group)
  16. Parkview Group Australia
  17. Mirvac Group
  18. BMD Constructions
  19. Icon Co
  20. Downer EDI Works

CPB Contractors

CPB Contractors is the Australasian construction company of the CIMIC Group.

Combining the construction expertise and track record formerly delivered by Leighton Contractors and Thiess, along with the people and projects of Leighton Asia and subsidiary Broad Construction.

Working closely with clients and partners, projects connect communities, play a key role in urban and rural development, help drive economic growth and provide vital long-term infrastructure.

CPB Contractors’ mission as a leading tier 1 construction company is to generate sustainable returns for shareholders by delivering projects for clients, while providing safe, rewarding and fulfilling careers for their people.


Their operations span Australia, New Zealand, Asia, India and Papua New Guinea, including some of the region’s most iconic projects.

We work across all key sectors of the construction industry, including roads, rail, tunnelling, defence, building and resources infrastructure.

CPB Contractor's work covers a range of delivery models, including:

  • Design and construct.
  • Construct only.
  • Construction management.
  • Alliances and joint ventures.
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in conjunction with CIMIC’s Pacific Partnerships.


Lendlease Group is a leading construction company in Sydney who are headquartered in Barangaroo; the Group handle multinational construction, property and infrastructure projects.

The Construction segment provides project management, design and construction services, predominantly in the defence, mixed use, commercial and residential sectors.

The Investments segment includes a leading wholesale investment management platform and also includes the Group’s ownership interests in property and infrastructure coinvestments, Retirement Living and US Military Housing.

Laing O'Rourke 

Laing O'Rourke is a multinational construction company headquartered in Dartford, England, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1978 by Ray O'Rourke. It is the largest privately owned construction company in the United Kingdom.

Laing O’Rourke is an international engineering enterprise, founded on over a century and a half of experience. Through their fully integrated offer we are delivering a single-source solution for some of the world’s most prestigious organisations.

Hutchinson Builders

Hutchies has been building the structures in which Australians live, work, study, shop and play since 1912. From their early beginnings, they have grown into a dynamic and diverse construction company, delivering sophisticated projects across a comprehensive portfolio. 

As Australia's largest privately owned construction company, their business capability and complexity is well beyond that of a ‘Mum and Dad’ builder, but their core values remain very much embedded in the idea of investing in relationships, taking care of each other and the community, and working towards a common goal. 

They are a ‘safe pair of hands’ who will guide you through the construction process, navigating complex building codes and regulations, while remaining open and transparent. Hutchies has an industry reputation for decency and fair play – these characteristics combined with our demonstrated building capability and $330M+ strong balance sheet, underpin our company’s performance. 

They have a national presence that stretches from Darwin to Hobart and Cairns to the Pilbara in the West. Their philosophy is to follow their clients' needs, building not just in big cities but also in the most remote regions of Australia. 

Longevity. Family values. Knowledge. Skill. And national reach. This is Hutchies.


At Probuild, they understand that from every strong foundation through to the tip of every tower, our built environment demands the utmost quality. So for 30 years and counting, they’ve created major projects for clients nationwide.

They transform ideas into cities. They are creators that work hard to realise their clients’ visions everyday. If you can imagine it, they can do it.

They are a trusted company, and have the profitability that banks and clients need to feel secure.

Their robust position is the result of a committed, conservative approach to national growth, with a clear focus on building our economic capacity.

They are committed to providing all people who work on, or visit their workplaces, with an environment that is safe. This commitment is encapsulated by our safety mantra: care, courage, pride

Nexus Infrastructure

Nexus Infrastructure is a group of firms, including Plenary, Cintra, and Acciona, that have formed to design, build, and operate the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing. Nexus is included on the list for having received funding from a cooperative 80:20 split investment agreement between the Australian and Queensland governments, which are in a public-private partnership with Nexus.

With a 25-year operation and maintenance contract already handed to Nexus, the construction of the span will be handled by Nexus’ Construction partnership with Acciona and Ferrovial.

John Holland

John Holland is a firm that has worked on projects in every Australian state and territory, across Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. In 1948, Sir John Holland started the company after which it was acquired by Heytesbury Pty Ltd in 1991 and Leighton Holdings in 2000. It was acquired by its current parent firm CCCI, the overseas investment arm of CCCC (China Communications Construction Company Limited), in April 2015.

In 2015-16, the firm's largest contract to date was the $2.5bn EastLink, a major road infrastructure project that it carried out as part of a joint venture with Theiss and which was awarded in 2015-16.

Fulton Hogan

Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd has been in existence for more than 80 years and currently employs more than 6,900 people. It operates in a variety of industries including transportation, mining, water, energy, civil construction, and land development infrastructure throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific.

From 2015 to 2016, the firm won $1.54 billion in non-residential Australian contracts under CEO Nick Miller. The White Rock Wind Farm for Goldwind Australia, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018, is one of current projects. In 2016, Fulton Hogan finished work on the $1.46 million Perth Airport project.

ADCO Constructions

ADCO has offices throughout Australia and specializes in the development, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure. Since its founding in 1972, ADCO has completed over 3,500 projects valued at more than $10 billion. ADCO currently employs 580 individuals directly and is among Australia's top 50 privately owned businesses.

ADCO is a construction services company that caters to both the public and private sectors. The firm is managed by Bob Hill and Judy Brinsmead, who are joint chairpersons. ADCO was given $1.34 billion in non-residential Australian contracts in 2015-16. According to reports, the projects now under construction are worth a combined $2 billion, including Smithfield Cinemas and Entertainment Leisure Precinct in New South Wales, as well as the renovation of Shepperton Law Courts in Victoria.

BGC (Australia)

The BGC (Buckeridge Group of Companies) is a family-owned firm that began as a real estate developer in the 1960s and now ranks among Australia's top privately owned firms by revenue. BGC Construction was established in 1994 to meet "growing demand for commercial building construction in Western Australia," and it has since worked on projects all throughout the state. The Perth Arena, which won an award. BGC Contracting, a subsidiary of BGC Construction, deals with mining and civil construction. BGC Construction was named to non-residential Australian contracts worth $1.3 billion in 2015-16.

Richard Crookes Constructions

Richard Crookes is a leading NSW construction company that provides construction services. The Company offers construction of commercial, education, hospitals, courts, housing, and industrial buildings. Richard Crookes Constructions serves retail, justice, health care, defense, and other sectores throughout Australia.

Since 1976, private, family-owned RCC (RCC) has been a construction firm that specializes in public and business projects. They focus on building long-term relationships with clients, partners, and subcontractors which make them one of the best construction companies in Sydney and indeed nationally.


Built is a national diversified general contractor and one of Australia's largest private construction firms, having been privately owned for more than two decades. The construction company, which is based in Sydney, has 1000-plus employees in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It specializes in large-scale new construction as well as complex refurbishments and detailed fit-outs.

With more than $3 billion of work already underway, the construction contractor is recognised as a leading construction company in NSW and Victoria, with approximately half commercial projects. Built’s annual turnover is $1.7 billion.

Besix Watpac

Watpac is a leading Australian multi-disciplinary construction company backed by a century of global expertise and financial strength. A wholly owned subsidiary of the award-winning international contractor BESIX Group, they specialise in complex construction across all sectors, including infrastructure and marine works. Combining Watpac’s four decades of trusted local experience and partnerships with the BESIX Group international skills, we bring the best of the world’s capability together. 

Today the Group has more than $7.2B work in hand and is operating in 25 countries, employing 11,000 people. 


Webuild is an Italian industrial group specialised in the construction and civil engineering business headquartered in Milan. The company was formally founded in 2014 as the result of the merger by incorporation of Salini into Impregilo. Salini Impregilo is the largest Italian engineering and general contractor group and a global player in the construction sector.

The company is active in over 50 countries of 5 continents (Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Oceania) with 35,000 employees. Its experience ranges from the construction of dams, hydroelectric plants and hydraulic structures, water infrastructures and ports, to roads, motorways, railways, metro systems and underground works, to airports, hospitals and public and industrial buildings, to civil engineering for waste-to-energy plants and environmental protection initiatives. It takes first place in the water sector of the Engineering News-Record rankings, the benchmark for the entire construction industry.

Parkview Group Australia

Parkview is a property management firm that aims to excel in all aspects of the business. For over 20 years, Parkview has established long-term connections and implemented first-rate projects with each customer and partner. They collaborate with our stakeholders to create new design and construction standards across an expanding portfolio of projects.

At the heart of their operations, you'll find their people: a committed, highly trained team with proven methods to ensure that your result is delivered with confidence.

Scentre Group (Westfield Group)

The Scentre Group is a multinational property corporation based in Australia and New Zealand that owns and manages the pre-eminent living center portfolio in those countries, with retail real estate assets valued at $55.3 billion and shopping center ownership stakes worth $39.7 billion.

42 Westfield living centers with substantial franchise value and the potential to attract some of the world's most renowned retail brands are included in this group.

Mirvac Group

Mirvac is a real estate firm based in Australia that has operations in the property investment and development sectors as well as retail services on the stock market.

Mirvac was founded in 1972. According to its website, the business association that was to become Mirvac began developing residential property during the early 1970s.

The company has built a track record for creating high quality luxury residential properties across Australia. Key projects include Walsh Bay, Harold Park, The Melburnian, and Pier in Newstead, QLD. Mirvac's award-winning Design and Construction teams, deliver end-to-end capability, which has garnered hundreds of awards, raised the bar in terms of design, sustainability, and introduced a host of innovative new techniques and technologies into the market.

BMD Constructions

BMD is a national group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development for clients and partners in the urban development, transport infrastructure and resources and energy sectors.

BMD Group is a construction firm in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In 2016, it was rated 44th on the Australian Financial Review's "Top 500 Private Companies" with a projected annual revenue of $895 million. In 1979, Mick Power established the organization.

Icon Co

One of Australia and New Zealand's largest construction firms, with more than 24 projects ranging from $500,000 to $400 million in size and yearly revenue in excess of $1.7 billion, is Icon Construction. When Kajima Corporation, one of Japan's major constructors, acquired the Icon organizations six years ago, they received a boost.

Kajima acquired another mid-tier builder, Cockram, in 2018 and combined it with Icon the following year. Kajima Corporation, a major construction firm with an annual income of $25 billion and a market value of more than $11 billion, is one example.

Downer EDI Works

The Australian Downer Group owns and runs Downer EDI Works Limited, a large New Zealand engineering and construction firm. The Downer Group has 53,000 employees worldwide and trades on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).


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