John Holland Group

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John Holland
Industry Construction
Founder John Holland
Area served
New Zealand
South East Asia
Key people
Joe Barr (CEO)
Revenue$4.2 billion (2018)
$88 million (2018)
Parent China Communications Construction

The John Holland Group is a construction, tunnelling, rail, building and services provider with operations in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Middle East. Headquartered in Melbourne, it is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction.



The company was founded in 1949 by John Holland. [1] In 1991 the business was purchased by Janet Holmes à Court's Heytesbury Pty Ltd. In 2000, Leighton Holdings bought a 70% stake in the company, this was increased to 99% in 2004 and 100% in December 2007. [2] In December 2002, the construction assets of Transfield Holdings were acquired. [3] [4]

In November 2012, John Holland Tunnelling was awarded the International Tunnelling Contractor of the Year, for the Northern Sewerage Project in Melbourne. [5]

In December 2014, Leighton Holdings agreed terms with China Communications Construction to sell John Holland. [6] [7] [8] The transaction was completed in April 2015 after the Federal Government approved the sale. [9]

Major projects

Major projects include:


As part of the consortium selected to build the Alice Springs to Darwin railway line, John Holland took a 7.5% shareholding in the Asia Pacific Transport Consortium in 2000. [47] John Holland has interests in Metro Trains Melbourne and Metro Trains Sydney that operate the Melbourne suburban train network and Sydney Metro respectively. [48] [49]

In January 2012, John Holland commenced the operation and maintenance of the New South Wales Regional Network under a ten-year contract with Transport for NSW, comprising 2,400 route kilometres of operational passenger and freight rail lines and 3,100 route kilometres of non-operational lines. [50] [51] This will cease at the end of 2021. [52]

In April 2019, John Holland commenced the operation and maintenance of the Canberra Light Rail through its Canberra Metro Operations (CMET) joint venture. [53] [54]

In July 2020, John Holland became responsible for maintenance of the Glenelg tram line in Adelaide as part of the Torrens Connect consortium. [55] [56]

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