John Holland Given Huge Boost in Highly-Rated Business Magazine Australia's Best Building, Construction and Mining

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Bean Media Group, publishers of leading-edge magazines Australia's Best have chosen John Holland for an exclusive editorial feature in their latest edition.

Sir John Holland, who passed away on 31 May aged 94, has left a memorable mark on the Australian engineering and construction industries. Originating in a two-room office in Melbourne with seven employees, this company is responsible for such projects as the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Melbourne's Westgate Bridge, and the home of Australian politics: the iconic Parliament House.

John Holland won its first major civil engineering project in 1950: the construction of a water treatment and power station facility in Fairfield, Victoria. Six years on, the company became responsible for the design and construction of the Sorell Causeway in Tasmania, which was John Holland's first interstate project and Australia's earliest pre-stressed concrete bridge.

In 1958, John Holland commenced work on two landmark projects in Melbourne: the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the South-Eastern Freeway. The Bowl was the first major cable-supported structure of its kind to be built in Australia, and gained the company both national and international recognition.

Throughout the next twenty years, the company completed a plethora of projects and initiated its first major overseas project: securing a contract to construct the Badak cooling water intake canal in Indonesia in 1975. Throughout this period, John Holland experienced a time of strong growth, which resulted in the company opening offices in all Australian capital cities.

Today, John Holland employs almost 6,000 people and has work in hand of over $5 billion. Committed to being Australia's most diversified contracting, engineering and services provider, the company is certainly excelling within its core competences of civil and engineering construction, mining, services and infrastructure management, rail, structural mechanical process, roads, power, telecommunications, tunnelling, water and aviation services.

The business consists of regional construction divisions, national specialist businesses, with offices in all metropolitan and major regional centres throughout Australia. The establishment of such an extensive network is unequalled within the industry, and offers the company a system whereby it can utilise its capabilities for further opportunity, and provides the ability to deliver projects successful around the country.

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