• Burj Khalifa: IMAGE Shutterstock/ BESIX Watpac webiste
    Burj Khalifa: IMAGE Shutterstock/ BESIX Watpac webiste

The integration of two leading construction companies ushers in a new era in delivering complex construction to the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The capability and financial strength of the internationally acclaimed BESIX Group has been combined with iconic local brand, Watpac to form BESIX Watpac, “heralding a fresh new approach to the construction industry”, according to a statement from the company.

Dubai Canal Bridge: IMAGE Shutterstock/ BESIX Watpac website
Dubai Canal Bridge: IMAGE Shutterstock/ BESIX Watpac website

The centrepiece of BESIX Watpac’s offering is the expertise that delivered the world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the $2 billion Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi and the transformational Dubai Water Canal project.

BESIX Watpac CEO Jean-Pol Bouharmont, who spent the past 20 years delivering landmark projects in the Middle East, believes the Australian company is uniquely placed to become a preferred partner for the delivery of complex building and infrastructure projects.

“With $7.6 billion of work in hand and 110 years’ experience in construction gained across 25 countries – our offering is now stronger, smarter, and broader.

“Our world-class in-house engineering team of nearly 200 specialists and financial strength allows us to tackle larger and more complex projects with confidence,” Bouharmont said.

“We stand poised to deliver marine and civil, defence assets, bridges, airports, railway stations, stadiums, secured facilities, industrial, schools, health and science facilities, aged care, public infrastructure, food processing and distribution, to commercial and residential.

“As we embrace this exciting step change, one thing remains the same – relationships underpin our success. Working together with our clients, consultants, and subcontractors we are proudly shaping Australia’s landscape,” he said.

True to the company’s Australian foundations, BESIX Watpac actively supports local jobs and Indigenous participation to build better communities from our capital cities to regional towns.

This personal approach to project delivery is fundamental to the company’s philosophy.

“In the COVID economy, we stand with the Australian people ready to build jobs right across the country,” Bouharmont said.

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