GHD celebrates 80 years in Tasmania

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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 ethics.”

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.

 

David Kinniburgh speaking at the event
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