Last updated

Founded1983;36 years ago (1983)
Number of employees
over 700 (2019)
Website www.watpac.com.au

Watpac is a leading Australian construction company.



Established in 1983, Watpac Limited employs more than 700 people and has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Townsville and Port Macquarie. In December 2018, Watpac concluded its listing on the Australian Securities Exchange after 34 years and became a wholly owned subsidiary of leading international construction group BESIX.

Watpac's core business units comprise construction, and marine & civil infrastructure, with a broad client base including state and local governments, universities and education providers, resource companies, airports, commercial and residential property developers, and food processing plants.


Throughout its history spanning more than three decades, Watpac has delivered some of Australia's most iconic buildings including One Central Park in Sydney which was named 'Best Tall Building Worldwide 2014' by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Its sporting facilities have featured on the world stage with venues such as Melbourne Park Eastern Plaza, Carrara Stadium, Anna Meares Velodrome, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Robina Stadium hosting international events. Watpac is currently delivering North Queensland Stadium in Townsville.

State-of the-art health and science facilities include Boggo Road Ecosciences Precinct, Translational Research Institute, ANSTO Nuclear Medicine Facility and the Herston Quarter Redevelopment in Brisbane.

Its focus on building better futures has also seen the Group deliver education facilities including the Queensland Schools Project PPP, Victorian New Schools PPP, the Advanced Engineering Building at the University of Queensland and the RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne.

Projects in secured environments include New South Wales’ Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, Adelaide Airport Terminal Expansion, Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal and the multi-site Explosive Ordnance Logistics Reform Programs and Single LEAP Phase 1 and 2 for the Department of Defence.

With the increasing demand for high-quality inner-city living precincts, Watpac's residential projects meet the diverse needs of the modern urban lifestyle and include Hamilton Reach in Brisbane, Ryde Garden in Sydney, Melbourne's STK Apartments and Albert Road Retirement Community, and EI8HT South Esplanade in Adelaide. This experience extends into the hotel sector where Watpac has delivered Brisbane's Mary Lane – which comprises luxury residences as well as the 5-star hotel The Westin – and Adelaide's 4.5-star Mayfair Hotel.

Its commercial projects are shaping contemporary workspaces while also achieving environmentally sustainable objectives such as 180 by Daisho – Brisbane's first building to achieve both 6 Star Green Star Design and 6 Star Green Star As-built Ratings – and the distinctive 333 George Street in Sydney.

Marine & Civil

Watpac launched its Marine & Civil business in 2019 combining the global expertise of its parent company BESIX with the Group's Australian project teams.


Watpac contributes to the communities in which it operates through its corporate social responsibility initiatives such as charity partnerships, event sponsorship, volunteering and in-kind-support. It has supported organisations such as Ronald McDonald House, Cancer Council, RSPCA, Australian Childhood Foundation and the Movember Foundation.

In 2017, Watpac became the naming sponsor of the Supercars Championship event the Townsville 400. [1]

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  1. "Queenslander Watpac takes Townsville naming rights". Supercars.com. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2018.