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Founded in 1928, GHD has been active in the professional services business for more than 80 years. Since its inception, GHD has assisted global communities to realise their potential and create lasting value by delivering innovative and sustainable solutions.

GHD is a company built on partnerships. It continues to be an enduring force to connect, collaborate and communicate with our clients to solve their challenges, to drive our success and to make the world a better place.

Please read A Firm Foundation for a full account of the company’s growth from humble beginnings in 1928.

1928 Gordon Gutteridge founded GHD in Melbourne and focuses on water and sewerage.
1937 Hobart office established.
1939 Gerald Haskins & Geoffrey Davey joins the partnership.
1949 Innovative sewerage design for Cairns, the largest city in Australia at the time without sewerage.
1950s GHD expands into transport infrastructure, manufacturing plants, building and civil works, energy, mining and dams.
1962 GHD employs 300 people.
1967 GHD opens Gold Coast office.
1970 GHD employs 500 people and provides extensive services for Hobart’s landmark Wrestpoint Casino.
1972 Townsville office opened.
1974 Formation of GHD-Parsons Brinkerhoff Pty Ltd. GHD plays a major role in the design of a new city and infrastructure for Darwin, following Cyclone Tracey.
1975 Offices opened in Albury/Wodonga and Perth.
1976 Offices opened in Adelaide, Bundaberg, Mackay and the Sunshine Coast.
1978 GHD begins international expansion and establishes a joint venture in Malaysia.
1980 GHD employs more than 700 people. Bunbury and Newcastle offices opened.
1981 Gladstone office opened. Merger with Planner West Pty Ltd. Joint venture of GHD-Black & Veatch established. GHD-Wood Geotechnical Pty Ltd established.
1983 Offices opened in Katherine, Port Hedland and Rockhampton.
1984 Offices opened in Alice Springs and Wollongong.
1985 GHD-Wright joint venture established.
1988 GHD carries out planning services for World Expo 88 in Brisbane and opens an office in Coffs Harbour.
1990 International projects burgeon and GHD opens offices in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
1993 GHD earns ISO 9001: 1987 accreditation.
1995 GHD acquires the Water Corporation of Western Australia's water engineering group.
1997 GHD acquires WORKS Australia and LongMac Group.
1999 Manukau Consultants Ltd (NZ) join GHD.
2000 Martin & Co in Gladstone join GHD.
2001 Smith and Wood Consultants, NZ join GHD. The company also acquires MME in Doha, Qatar and in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
2002 Mergers completed with Geo-Eng Group and EGIS Consulting Australia and GHD now employs more than 2300.
2003 GHD celebrates its 75th year of operations.
2004 We establish a permanent presence in the USA after having served clients and delivered numerous projects in the country in the past 60 years. Baker Saran, NSW joins GHD.
2005 Mergers completed with AJP, Malaysia, Qest Consulting, NSW, City Design, SA, and Civil Design Services, NZ.
2006 GHD broadens its reach in Hong Kong, China and the UK, completing mergers with Rankine & Hill, a Hong Kong consulting engineering company, and Archispace, a provider of urban planning, architectural and landscape design services throughout China. An alliance is formed with London-based AMCL and GHD offices open in York and London.
2007 Three companies joined GHD including Leddy Sergiacomi & Associates, a Queensland engineering and environmental consultancy company, ProAnd, a New Zealand specialist meat process design engineering consultancy and PCT Engineers, a Western Australia/Queensland consultancy company.
2008 GHD celebrates 80 years. Hassall & Associates, a consulting firm specialising in international development assistance, agriculture, natural resource and environmental issues joins GHD. Offices are opened in Ireland and Canada.
2009 GHD now employs 6000 people. Four strategic mergers are completed in the USA, including RoseWater Engineering, the Arizona Engineering Company, CSA Engineering and Stearns & Wheler.
2010 GHD continues to grow its operations including strategic mergers with SMGC in the mining sector in Australia and China Water International Engineering Consulting Company (CWIECC) in China. Health and safety of our workforce was recognised with the 2010 Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System Award. Community engagement was strengthened with ‘GHD in the Community’ contributing to the MSABI project in Tanzania, supporting vital charities and making contributions to natural disasters around the world.
2011 GHD merges with MGF Consultants in North Queensland, Australia, CollinsonDutton Ltd (CDL) in the UK as well as Winzler & Kelly, Commonwealth Engineering & Technology, Inc (CET) and RobsonWoese in the USA. We also expanded our capabilities in the energy and resources sector and registered significant wins in transportation. We achieved a period of 3.4 million hours free Lost Time Injury and continued to engage in a range of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives including community contributions in New Zealand following the earthquake in Christchurch.
2012 GHD acquires The Sernas Group in Canada's Greater Toronto Region in Whitby, Mississauga and Kitchener and in the USA, in Madison, Wisconsin. We also broadened our water services with the acquisition of the Water Sciences Group of Australian Laboratory Services. We have been named the fourth most attractive company to work for in Australia by recruitment firm Randstad and recognised as the best waste consultant in Australia according to a survey completed by Inside Waste Magazine.
2013 GHD acquires Hill Michael Engineering to boost its business in the power sector and ProMet Engineers to broaden mining capabilities. The company delivers a revenue of $1.04 billion. It is voted #1 Waste Consultant in Australia and ranked #38 in Engineering News Record Top 150 Global Design Firms. Safety performance continues with 7.3 million Lost Time Injury (LTI) free achieved.
2014 On 2 July 2014, GHD and and Conestoga‐Rovers & Associates (CRA) merged to establish one of the world’s leading professional services company providing engineering, architecture, environmental and construction management services. The merger includes all of CRA and its family of companies, including Inspec-Sol and eSolutions. This union has formed a connected global network of more than 8500 people, including 4000 in North America. In addition, GHD has expanded its architecture, interior design and planning practice with the addition of the team from Woodhead Architects. In the USA, GHD acquires the Protection Engineering Group to boost its fire, life safety, security and technology practices. The company continues its high standard of safety, recording an 89 percent reduction in Total Incident Frequency Rate since 2007. Once again, the company is ranked #1 waste consultant in Australia by Inside Waste Magazine.
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