One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture,
environmental and construction services companies, GHD is
celebrating its remarkable history in Canberra and the surrounding
Founded in 1928 in Melbourne, the company opened its Canberra
office in 1966 with an initial focus on water and urban development
Its services quickly grew and diversified as Canberra expanded.
Today, GHD employs more than 100 people in Canberra and Southern
NSW, providing a range of services across water, energy and
resources, environment, property and buildings, and
When she was selected to lead the regional business in 2012, Jo
Metcalfe was one of the first women in GHD to take up such a senior
role. Achieving sustained growth in a challenging market, she is
optimistic about GHD’s outlook in Canberra and beyond.
She explains, “Our success is based on long-term relationships
with local clients in both public and private sectors. Our people
are passionate about creating a lasting benefit for the community
and this is evident in the projects we deliver for our clients.
Being based in Canberra brings opportunities to get involved in
some unique technical challenges, from assessing the building
condition of Parliament House to assisting the National Archives of
Australia with its 150 linear kilometre storage facility.
“We have consistently supported the next generation of
engineers, architects and scientists. Ten graduates will be joining
our team in 2017. In addition, GHD is a supporter of the High
School STEM awards to encourage Canberrans to take up rewarding
careers in the engineering, science and other technical fields.
“The skills our people develop locally are in demand all over
the world. I was very proud when one of our interior designers, a
born-and-bred Canberran, took up a secondment in our Abu Dhabi
office to expand our services in the Middle East.
“Our presence here has been a springboard to expansion in nearby
regional areas, with offices in Nowra, Wagga Wagga and Bega and as
far afield as Port Moresby. Canberra is home to our International
Development Assistance team that’s helping improve the lives of
communities in PNG, the Pacific Islands and other regions.”
Some of the company’s signature projects include the design of
the Enlarged Cotter Dam, and project management of the iconic Black
Mountain communications tower and the landmark Headquarters Joint
Operational Command in Bungendore.
GHD is proud to be currently working on the ACT Healthy
Waterways and new Courts facilities project, a new 14,000 sqm
fitout for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, wastewater
treatment plants in Queanbeyan and ACT and the duplication of
Ashley Drive in Tuggeranong, just to name a few of the 250 live
projects in the region.