Home' Future Building: The Australian Infrastructure Review : July 2011 Contents Abigroup celebrated a major milestone recently as the company turned
Events were held at Abigroup sites and offices around Australia to
mark 13 April 1961 when Italian emigrant Gennaro ‘Jim’ Abignano first
registered his small Sydney earthmoving business as G.Abignano Ltd.
Fifty years on and several name changes later, the company that
Jim created now has a turnover of $2.5 billion and is one of Australia’s
leading and most diverse contractors with expert teams delivering
works in areas including roads, buildings, rail, mining services, water,
tunnels, bridges, telecommunications and energy.
Managing Director David Jurd, who has been with the company
since 1991 starting as a Site Engineer, puts the success of the company
down to its hands-on, no nonsense culture.
‘The fundamentals of what we do have never changed,’ said
‘That’s probably the thing I’m proudest about – we bat at the big
end of town now and people recognise that we’re straight shooters.
We’re the same as decades before, but now we’re a $2.5 billion
Major projects that the company has completed over the years
include Bayswater Power Station, the M2 motorway, a number of the
Sydney Olympic venues including the SuperDome, the M7 motorway,
the Monash Freeway Upgrade and the duplication of the Gateway
Major projects that the company is currently working on include:
the $1.4 billion Queensland Children’s Hospital;
the $1.14 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant;
the $759 million Peninsula Link motorway in Victoria;
the $460 million Hunter Expressway (Western Section) in
the $50 million Reid Alexander Interchange project in WA.
These projects, together with other recent wins, provide Abigroup
with an order book of $5 billion – its largest ever – as the company
enters its 50th year.
A high-quality book about the company’s history has been
produced and every current Abigroup employee received one as an
The book contains interviews with employees both past and
present who have played their part in the development of the
company. Visit www.abigroup.com .au to view chapters from the book.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations Abigroup formally
opened its new Head Office on Sydney’s North Shore on 7 April.
The NSW Government’s Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian was
the guest of honour and together with Abigroup’s Managing Director
David Jurd and the company’s founder Gennaro ‘Jim’ Abignano she
cut the ribbon to mark the opening at a function held in the new
offices which are located on four floors of the iconic Zenith buildings
The office fit-out was carried out by Abigroup’s NSW Building
team and was completed to the highest standards with quality finishes
and a showcase main reception area. The Zenith deal includes
naming rights to Tower B.
The office boasts a variety of environmental features including
energy efficient lighting and services and a 4 star Green Star office
interiors V1.1 as-built rating has been applied for from the Green
Building Council of Australia.
Abigroup’s founder Gennaro ‘Jim’ Abignano, Abigroup’s Managing Director David
Jurd and NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian cut the ribbon to officially open
Abigroup’s new Head Office
ABIGROUP CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARy
 Abignano era helmet  M2 Motorway tunnel NSW, 1994  Terrey Hills Golf Course NSW, 1991  National Survey Manager Brett Lehmann at Bogantungan QLD, 1984
 M7 Light Horse Interchange NSW, 2005  Abigroup founder Gennaro (Jim) Abignano laying 99” pipes on the Comenara Parkway, 1964  Abigroup built the largest number of facilities
for the Sydney Olympics including the Sydney SuperDome: the venue for the basketball and gymnastics (it is now known as Acer Arena)  Chichester Dam NSW, 1983  Gateway Bridge
duplication QLD, 2009  Coffs Infrastructure Alliance NSW, 2009  Abigroup staff and paving machine at Pearce’s Corner on the F3, NSW, 1989.
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