New premises aid rapid ex­pan­sion

The com­pany has spread its wings to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing de­mand for build­ing ser­vices in the re­gion.

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It started as a one-man op­er­a­tion and 95 years later Hutchin­son Builders now has more than 700 staff mem­bers work­ing from many bases across Aus­tralia.

This year,y the com­pany’sp y turnover will reach more than $1 bil­lion up from $250 mil­lion in 2002, their 90th an­niver­sary.

Since 2002 the di­rect em­ployee num­bers have also grown from 175 to more than 700.

De­spite the ob­vi­ous growth, Hutchin­son Builders prides it­self on be­ing able to han­dle projects of any size and in al­most any ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion.

Hutchin­son Builders’ head­quar­ters are lo­cated in Bris­bane but they also have of­fi­fices in Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Sun­shine Coast, Tweed, Syd­ney and Air­lie Beach.

The latest ex­pan­sion of the com­pany also in­cludes the com­mence­ment of ma­jor projects in Ja­pan.

Founded by John Hutchin­son in 1912, the com­pany, four gen­er­a­tions later, is the strong­est it has ever been.

This is pri­mar­ily the re­sult of third gen­er­a­tion Jack and fourth gen­er­a­tion Scott.

Jack and Scott have worked to­gether for more then 20 years with­out one ar­gu­ment.

“We have not al­ways agreed, but we have al­ways been able to talk it out,” Jack says. “I am very proud of what he has achieved.”

Greg Quinn, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Hutchin­son Builders, de­scribes Hutchies as “a big fam­ily busi­ness that hap­pens to han­dle a lot of work through­out Queens­land and Aus­tralia”.

Greg said the com­pany had the right for­mula and was in­tent on nur­tur­ing it into the fu­ture. “We have a great cul­ture with very lit­tle hi­er­ar­chy – we are struc­tured into dif­fer­ent teams, each ca­pa­ble of han­dling dif­fer­ent types and num­bers of projects.

Paul De Jong is the team leader for the Cairns of­fi­fice and has been with Hutchin­son Builders for the past 17 years. Paul started work­ing at the Bris­bane of­fi­fice and then as a re­sult of the close loyal re­la­tion­ships he had with ex­ist­ing clients, he trav­elled north to Emer­ald, Townsville and Port Douglas, fi­fi­nally set­tling in Cairns where the of­fi­fice was set up in 2001.

Paul is ded­i­cated to keep­ing the Cairns of­fi­fice in uni­son with Hutchies, he says.

“In Cairns we pride our­selves on work­ing closely with our clients, con­sul­tants, sub-con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers to pro­duce an A-class qual­ity fifin­ish prod­uct,” Paul says.

The Cairns of­fi­fice has also seen a rapid ex­pan­sion within its team. It has grown from a team of two work­ing out of a site of­fi­fice at Strat­ford to the 35 who have out­grown their of­fi­fice on Sheri­dan St, prompt­ing a move to new premises at Smith­fi­field.

The com­pany has pur­chased a 2199sq m prop­erty at Smith­fi­field with an ex­ist­ing 1000sq m build­ing which will be­come “Hutchies Yard” in Cairns.

“We have up­graded our fa­cil­i­ties to keep up with the work that is tak­ing place in Cairns. We are hop­ing to be in our new of­fi­fice early in 2008,” Paul says.

This year Hutchin­son Builders has marked its 95th an­niver­sary with a cel­e­bra­tion in­clud­ing all staff from across all the re­gions which was held in Bris­bane and also co­in­cided with the of­fi­fi­cial open­ing of the con­pany’s new head­quar­ters in Toowong.

Cel­e­bra­tions were also held in each re­gion across Aus­tralia.

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