Hansen Yuncken Celebrates 105 Years in Australian Construction Industry

On the 9 May 2023 Hansen Yuncken celebrates a major milestone, marking 105 years since its founders, Lauritz Hansen and Otto Yuncken, signed a partnership agreement that would lay the groundwork for what has become one of Australia's most respected construction firms.

Hansen Yuncken was founded in 1918 by Melbourne based builders, Lauritz Hansen and Otto Yuncken, who joined forces to establish a construction firm that would bring a new level of expertise and innovation to the Australian building industry.

From its humble beginnings as a partnership founded on a handshake in Melbourne, the company has grown into a major player in the Australian construction industry, with a portfolio that includes some of the country's most iconic buildings, such as the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the Regent Theatre Refurbishment and the Victorian Pride Centre, Eos by SkyCity Adelaide Casino and Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopment as well as the Sydney Coliseum Theatre.

Over the past 105 years, Hansen Yuncken has maintained a culture of honesty, integrity, inclusivity, rigour and responsibility, and has remained at the forefront of the industry by embracing new technologies and practices.

Today, Hansen Yuncken employs over 600 staff across Australia, and is renowned for its accomplishments and ability to deliver complex, challenging projects that push the boundaries of traditional construction - while maintaining the highest standards of safety and responsibility.

Speaking about the company's milestone, Hansen Yuncken CEO Peter Salveson praised the founders for their vision and dedication, and paid tribute to the generations of staff who have contributed to the company's success over the past century.

"Our founders were true pioneers of the construction industry, and their commitment to quality and innovation has been the driving force behind our success for over a century," said Salveson.


"As we celebrate this milestone, we are reminded of the many talented people who have helped to shape Hansen Yuncken into the company it is today, and we are grateful for their dedication and hard work."


Salveson also highlighted the company's ongoing commitment to sustainability and community engagement, stating that Hansen Yuncken remained committed to making a positive impact on the communities in which it operates.


"As we look to the future, we remain committed to building a better, more sustainable future for all Australians," he said. "We will continue to innovate, to embrace new technologies and practices, and to work closely with our clients and communities to deliver projects that make a real difference."

The 105th anniversary of Hansen Yuncken's formation marks a major milestone for the company and serves as a testament to its enduring legacy of success, innovation, and commitment to building a better future for all Australians.


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