At the turn of the 20th Century, Lauritz Hansen jumped ship in Melbourne to work as a market gardener, labourer and charcoal burner. At the same time, Otto Yuncken, the son of a German cabinet-maker, enrolled at the Melbourne Working Men’s College, winning first place in his architectural drawing and carpentry exams.
Both were driven by a hunger to construct a better world. Their partnership in 1918, formed with a handshake and a short one-page agreement, led to the creation of some of the nation’s most iconic buildings.
A century later, with thousands of projects completed, 600 staff across nine offices, and annual turnover exceeding $1 billion, we’ve never lost sight of that original drive for a better way of doing things.
We’re one of Australia’s most well-established builders. But we never stop looking to the future.
We’re proud to drive change, implementing new technologies, methods and attitudes that change the way the industry thinks and acts. We take senior committee roles in the Master Builders and the Australian Institute of Building, as well as the Property Council of Australia, the Green Building Council of Australia and the National Association of Women in Construction.
Above all, we know that the future will be what we make it, so we continue to question, imagine, iterate and innovate in every choice we make.