Guide to John Holland Group & Their Major Projects

John Holland specialises in being a full-service provider within the infrastructure and property sectors. This includes offering initial project ideation, through financing and development, design and construction and finally operation and maintenance of assets.

The company was originally founded by the late Sir John Holland in 1949, an Australian engineer and construction entrepreneur. He remained very active within the organisation, serving as managing director until 1972, chairman until 1986, followed by President until his death in 2009. Headquartered in Melbourne, John Holland has satellite offices in other Australian capital cities as well as New Zealand and Singapore.

Purchased by Heytesbury Pty Ltd in 1991, with Leighton Holdings taking a 100% stake in 2007, the company is now a fully-owned subsidiary of CCCC (China Communications Construction Company Limited). Currently ranked the 4th largest infrastructure construction company and 93rd largest company globally by Forbes, CCCC employs over 175,000 people worldwide.

Some of the most notable John Holland projects include the following:

  • Sydney Metro City and Southwest – Australia’s largest public transport project with a contract value of $2.81 billion (scheduled for completion in 2021)
  • Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment – an overhaul of the existing facility which will deliver a world-class sporting and entertainment precinct valued at around $735 million (scheduled for completion in 2022)
  • Melbourne Metro Tunnel project – includes the delivery of five new metro stations across the city with a contract value of $7.5 billion (scheduled for completion in 2025)

Who owns John Holland?

In 2015, John Holland was purchased by the overseas investment arm of CCCC (China Communications Construction Company Limited) making it a fully owned subsidiary of the Chinese company.


How many people are employed by John Holland?

According to Owler, there are around 4,700 people currently employed by John Holland.


How many current projects are John Holland managing and what is their total value?

In their 2019 annual report, John Holland claim over 60 current projects, with a combined value of $13.7 billion.


What is the value of projects won by John Holland in 2019?

John Holland secured $6 billion worth of new contracts in the 2019 calendar year.


Is John Holland part of CIMIC?

John Holland is not part of the CIMIC Group (formerly known as Leighton Holdings up until 2015). Leighton Holdings did, however, purchase a 70% stake in John Holland in 2000, increasing this to 99% in 2004 and finally a 100% stake in 2007. Leighton then sold John Holland in its entirety to CCCC in 2015 for $1.15 billion.

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