Multiplex marks 60 years in Australia

John Flecker, Chief Executive Officer, Multiplex.

Construction company Multiplex has reached the major milestone of 60 years of business in Australia.

The company was founded in 1962 by the late John Roberts AO and originally started as a small construction firm in Perth named after a cactus, ‘Echinopsis Multiplex’, which is known to multiply rapidly.

Quay Quarter Tower (Credit: Martin Seigner)

Today, 60 years on, Multiplex have over 2,600 staff globally and a $14.2 billion workbook.

Multiplex have delivered more than US$68.2 billion in projects across Australia. This includes many recognisable and recently completed projects such as Brookfield Place Sydney and Quay Quarter Tower in New South Wales; The Jewel and Brisbane Quarter in Queensland; Australia 108 and 405 Bourke Street in Victoria; and Optus Stadium and The WA Museum Boola Bardip in Western Australia.

“We are obviously very proud of our achievements over the past 60 years, and particularly grateful to our people, our subcontractors and the workers who are critical to our success and make us who we are today,” said John Flecker, Chief Executive Officer of Multiplex.

While currently navigating widespread post-pandemic issues, including materials costs, supply chain delays and skilled labour shortages along with unprecedented extreme weather events, Multiplex continues to celebrate milestones.

“We’ve been riding the cycle for 60 years now, but we’ve always been focused on certainty of delivery,” said Mr Flecker.

“We’ll evolve how we get there to suit the current environment – whether that’s adjusting work practices to accommodate COVID restrictions, or our approach to risk when costs are rising – but certainty has always been our end game.”

Looking ahead, Mr Flecker identifies a greater focus on ESG and diversity as important opportunities for the business.

“We remain committed to broadening participation in our industry and our approach is very grassroots, focused on creating positive and material change,” he said.

“Our support of the Literacy for Life Foundation is helping boost literacy and has created employment pathways for Indigenous communities across Australia, and our Jump Start program, started by a group of young women at Multiplex, has educated hundreds of young women about what a career in construction has to offer.

“Widening the pool of talent both within our business and industry will remain a focus.”

Optus Stadium

According to Mr Flecker, clients’ aspirations for greater environmental and quality outcomes continue to grow, and early collaboration will be critical to leveraging the opportunities.

“We have been prepared for this for some time, drawing on research and evidence to demonstrate how the design and delivery of buildings can generate better outcomes across the spectrum of ESG,” he said.

“For example, we were a founding member of the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living back in 2012 – the outcomes of which set our business and industry on an evidence-based pathway to decarbonisation.”

Mr Flecker added, “I also acknowledge the unwavering support of our parent company, Brookfield, a powerhouse with $600 billion worth of assets under management.”

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