John Holland: Melbourne Projects Roundup


After a period of little activity, homegrown construction giant John Holland is surging with projects in Melbourne. Hiring, on average, 165 people a month; John Holland is a major driving force for employment in the Australian construction and engineering industry.

With big projects underway, and preferred bidder status on further contracts, John Holland finds itself in a huge boom for construction activity in Melbourne.

The surge continues in house, with the landmark appointment of Jason Thomson (Multiplex Regional Director, August 2015 – December 2018) to General Manager – Building for Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand in January of this year.

John Holland’s national portfolio is overseen by Executive General Manager for Building, David Lehmann. With almost two years in the role under his belt, Lehmann has led John Holland into a period of significant growth; with the Group securing key contracts across multiple sectors.

Here are some key John Holland projects to follow.

Victorian Heart Hospital

Announced in May of last year, construction is underway for the $543 million, state-of-the-art cardiac facility on site at Monash University, Clayton.

Creating over 1,700 construction jobs, the 4-year build is set for completion in 2022. The design promotes the facility’s ethos of wellbeing and healing through its incorporation of light-filled interior spaces and roof gardens.

Executive General Manager – Building, David Lehmann, pointed to the Heart Hospital as a reflection of John Holland’s renewed focus on the building sector.

“This latest win reaffirms that focus and is one of many important buildings we’re delivering across Australia. We are really looking forward to delivering a project the Victorian Government and the community can be proud of,” he said.

Image source: Victorian Health & Human Services Building Authority

Flinders Gate

With stage one due for completion in August 2020, works are underway opposite Federation Square for Dexus’ new 10-storey office building at 180 Flinders Street.

Image source: John Holland

John Holland Group will move its Melbourne Headquarters to the building, announcing itself last March as an anchor tenant of Flinders Gate. John Holland will occupy 7,700sqm of the building’s 20,100sqm floorplan.

The development involves the refurbishment of existing buildings at 189 Flinders Lane and 180 Flinders Street, as well as the delivery of 12,100sqm of A-Grade office space over the public carpark.

Metro Tunnel Project

In a high profile victory for the contractor, John Holland is part of a joint venture to deliver works on the landmark Metro Tunnel project, in conjunction with LendLease and Bouygues Construction.

Image source: Metro Tunnel

The collaboration, dubbed the Cross Yarra Partnership, is responsible for the construction of five new stations and the tunnel. John Holland has also been involved in two other packages of works for the project, including the delivery of early works and a $1 billion package as part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (a consortium also consisting of CPD Contractors, AECOM, Rail Projects Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne).

The Metro Tunnel is expected to open in 2025, with the project being one of Victoria’s biggest in relation to state-driven construction activity.

Cherry Creek Youth Justice Centre

Construction works are expected to commence as early as April on the new youth justice centre in Cherry Creek, just outside Werribee.

Chosen for its proximity to the CBD and accessibility for families, the site will house a $288 million facility to be built by John Holland as announced last May.

The project is expected to create up to 3,000 construction jobs, with a minimum of 10% of labour hours to come from apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

Chisholm Road Prison

Following their successful delivery of the Ravenhall Prison in 2017, John Holland has been named as the preferred bidder for a new 700-bed facility in Lara. The new prison will sit adjacent to the existing prison precinct including Barwon Prison.

Construction is due to kick off in the next few months and is expected to create up to 600 jobs during peak construction periods. The State Government has allocated almost $690 million towards the project.

John Holland isn’t the only contractor booming with Melbourne projects at the moment. Take a look at our round ups of Cbus Property and Multiplex.

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