The Leighton Group has evolved significantly from the construction company of its origins over 60 years ago. Growing organically and via acquisition, the Leighton Group is now one of the world’s major contracting, services and project development organisations, and the world’s largest contract miner.
The Leighton Group is one of the world’s leading international contractors. They operate in more than 25 countries in Asia, the Middle East, southern Africa and throughout Australia. They aim to be renowned for excellence, delivering through our operating brands and the empowerment of our people. The company was formed in Australia in 1949 by Englishman, Stanley Leighton. In England, Stanley Leighton had been heavily involved in engineering and infrastructure contracting — a key aspect of the Leighton Group’s success today.
When the movie industry boomed in the 1920s, Stanley Leighton secured the contract to build the famous Odeon cinema chain in England and Scotland and began building housing estates and offices around the country. During World War II, the Admiralty appointed Leighton as their major contractor, signing for airfields, mobilisation centres and defence works. A decline in the construction industry following the end of the war led to Stanley Leighton looking for new markets in which to use his skills. Africa was initially targeted, but it was to Australia that the first batch of Leighton “immigrants” were eventually dispatched on the steamer SS Chitral on Good Friday, 1949. Leighton Pty Ltd, the Australian company, was born. From 1949 to 1962, the then Melbourne-based Leighton was focused on establishing itself and building a reputation. It achieved this very quickly, thanks in large part to its involvement on major housing commission projects in and around Sydney, as well as becoming one of the first private firms to work on state government projects in Victoria. By 1962, Leighton Contractors had been formed and floated as a public company and was listed on the Melbourne Stock Exchange. Going public opened doors for Leighton and gave it increased credibility with government authorities.
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St Leonards New South Wales 2065
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