Top Civil Engineering and Construction Companies in Australia


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Top Civil Engineering Companies in Australia List – 2022

Find below the list of the top civil engineering and construction companies in Australia.

CPB Contractors (part of CIMIC Group)

CPB Contractors is a leading international construction company and a member of the CIMIC Group. The company designs and builds infrastructure across all key sectors, including roads, rail, tunnelling, defence, building and resources infrastructure. In January 2016, the merger of the CIMIC Group construction businesses of Leighton Contractors and Thiess Construction resulted in a new name and brand: CPB Contractors. The company operates in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, India and Papua New Guinea. Significant projects: Brisbane Airport, Bruce Highway Upgrade, Parramatta Light Rail, WestConnex Rozelle Interchange, Canberra Light Rail, Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2, Mackay Ring Road, Cross River Rail and many more.

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ACCIONA is a global group that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions, especially in renewable energy. It was founded in Galicia, Spain in 1900 and is involved in such sectors as the development and management of infrastructure (construction, water, industrial and services) and renewable energy. Acciona employs 30,000 professionals, and it is to be found in 30 countries on five continents (Source: Wikipedia).  ACCIONA’s activity in Australia began in 2002 with renewable energy projects. Since 2007, the company has also been involved in transport projects.

In Australia, ACCIONA has been involved in such projects as: Sydney Light Rail, Pacific Highway Upgrade, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Bridge over Clarence River in Harwood, Legacy Way tunnel in Brisbane. In addition, the company is developing a number of rail projects in the state of Victoria and the Brisbane Metro project in Queensland.

ACCIONA has also entered the New Zealand market, with the award of a PPP contract to design, build, finance, manage and maintain the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway for 25 years.


Lendlease is an international company with an Australian heritage, as well as local expertise across the core markets of Australia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. They have around 13,000 employees and more than 50,000 sub-contractors supporting the delivery of active projects and managed assets around the world.

The company is headquartered in Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia and its portfolio includes some of the world’s most iconic projects such as Australia Square, Anzac Bridge, Sydney Olympic Park and Tate Britain.

Lendlease has recently sold its engineering business behind the Melbourne Metro and the Sydney NorthConnex projects, to Spanish construction group ACCIONA. The transaction, valued at AU$160 million (€99 million) comprises the majority of Lendlease Engineering’s construction projects. Under the terms of the agreement, the NorthConnex, the Kingsford Smith Drive and the Melbourne Metro projects will remain with Lendlease.


Laing O’Rourke Australia

Laing O’Rourke is an international engineering enterprise, with operations in Europe, Australia and the Middle East. It specializes in Construction, Infrastructure, Engineering, Programme Management, Oil and Gas, Innovation, Digital Engineering, DfMA, Building Services, Civil Engineering, Offsite construction, and Manufacturing.

Laing O’Rourke has been involved in many significant projects such as: Sydney Light Rail Enabling Works, Sunbury Electrification, St Pancras International Station, Hong King Metro Rail Expansion, Heathrow Terminal 5, Brisbane Airport Expansion and many more.


John Holland

John Holland & Co. was founded in 1949 by Sir John Holland and won its first major civil engineering project the following year. Over the next thirty years John Holland & Co grew and diversified, delivering significant projects around Australia, such as new Parliament House in Canberra and the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

In 1991, Janet Holmes à Court’s Heytesbury Pty Ltd acquired John Holland. In 2000, Leighton Holdings acquired the majority shareholding in John Holland. In April 2015, John Holland was purchased by China Communications Construction Company International Holding Limited (CCCI).

John Holland specializes in: Civil Engineering, Energy, Social Infrastructure & Building, Electrical & Instrumentation, Tunnelling, Water & Wastewater, Mechanical & Process, Rail, Minerals & Industrial, Marine, Property, Development, and Rail O&M.

The company has been involved in the following projects: Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel, Sydney Metro City and Southwest, Rozelle Interchange, WestConnex New M4 Tunnels, Melbourne Level Crossing Removals.

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Fulton Hogan

The company was founded by Julius Fulton and Robert Hogan in Dunedin in 1933. Fulton Hogan has more than 80 years experience in the transport, water, energy, mining and land development infrastructure sector in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.

Fulton Hogan employs more than 7,800 people and has been involved in the following projects: Port Botany Redevelopment, NBN South Australia Packages, Monash Freeway Upgrade, M80 Ring Road Upgrade.

Recently, the company celebrated the opening of the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway after three seasons of earthworks, during which the teams moved 3 million cubic metres of materials.


Webuild (Salini Impregilo)

Webuild is an Italian infrastructure giant with $8.85 bn-turnover and 35,000 employees. They have undertaken risky and complicate projects in the past such as Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam and the expansion of the Panama Canal.

The company has recently won a $3.44bn share of a $5.25bn contract for the civil and electromechanical works on Australia’s biggest hydroelectric scheme, Snowy 2.0.

Webuild specializes in the construction of large works and large complex infrastructure for the sustainable mobility, clean hydro energy, clean water and green buildings sectors.



BMD started as a family business in 1979. The company was named after the company’s founders. BMD is a group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development, transport infrastructure and resources and energy sectors.

BMD has delivered the following projects: 

  • New Parallel Runway Project – Civil Works Package – Brisbane, QLD – $50 million
  • Seventh Street Extension – Sydney, NSW – $18.5 million
  • Bringelly Road Upgrade Stage 1 – Bringelly, New South Wales – $118.5 million
  • Fortescue River Bridge Replacement – Pilbara, WA  – $9 milllion
  • Christies Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

Find out more about BMD here



Downer employs more than 52,000 people across more than 300 sites, primarily in Australia and New Zealand but also in the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa.

Over the recent years, Downer has acquired a number of businesses: Spotless, EPICURE, DM Roads, Reconomy, VEC, Mineral Technologies, Keolis Downer, Hawkins, Downer PipeTech, Road Science (NZ), RPQ.

Downer reports its financial results under six service lines: Transport, Utilities, Rail, Engineering, Construction and Maintenance, Mining and Facilities.

The company has been involved in the following projects:

  • City Rail Link, Auckland (started 2016)
  • Christmas Creek mine (2010–2016) 
  • Gorgon gas project (2014–2017)
  • Wheatstone (2014–2017)
  • Carrapateena mine
  • Gruyere Gold Project
  • Meandu Mine operations
  • Ross River solar farm
  • Clare solar farm
  • Australia’s National Broadband Network; FttC, FttN, HFC
  • High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) with CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles
  • Sydney Growth Trains (SGT) with CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles
  • Maintenance of Sydney Trains’ Millennium passenger fleet
  • Newcastle Light Rail


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