26 October 2017
One of the world’s top employee-owned professional services
companies, GHD, celebrated 80 years of operating Tasmania with a
function for its people and clients at the Tasmanian Museum and Art
Gallery on Friday, 20 October.
Today GHD employs more than 110 people in Hobart, Launceston and
Burnie as part of a network of 9000 people around the world. The
company provides engineering, architecture, environmental
consulting, advisory and construction services.
Rob Lowther, GHD’s Manager – Tasmania, says, “Very few global
companies can point to such a strong connection with Tasmania.
Having a continuous local presence has helped us form many lasting
client relationships, because our people understand the local
challenges and conditions. We are proud of our history which
continues to inspire our high standards of safety, quality and
Rob adds, “Throughout our history, we have also developed an
enduring model of employee ownership. Being wholly owned by people
who work in the business is a fundamental part of our culture. It
drives our efforts to invest in an inclusive workforce, provide
excellent client service and pursue long-term opportunities.”
One of the company’s three founders and the G in “GHD”, Gordon
Gutteridge was born in Launceston. He and his cofounders completed
a range of projects in Tasmania before setting up a permanent local
presence in Hobart in 1937. GHD’s pioneering impact is evident in
its work on water supply and sewage treatment systems for
communities throughout the state, the Wrest Point Hotel and Casino,
and the Sorell Causeway.
GHD is currently involved in providing approvals and engineering
services for UPC Renewables renewable energy parks on Robbins
Island and Jim's Plain in north-west Tasmania. It is helping the
Australian Antarctic Division assess the viability of a permanent
year-round aviation facility near Davis Station in Antarctica. The
company has also advised on how governments could ‘capture’ the
potential uplift in land values if the freight rail corridor
between Hobart and Glenorchy is redeveloped into light rail.