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Honouring Eric James Lyons – Founder of Lyons Construction

By | News

90 years ago a young man from Belmont, Eric James Lyons, found himself out of work after the builder he was working for became insolvent.

It was the beginning of the Depression. Work was very hard to find, especially locally. And Eric not only had to find work for himself but also for his younger brother Allan who had just commenced his carpentry apprenticeship.

This was the beginning of E. J. Lyons, Builder.

Eric got his lucky break, in early 1929, when he was awarded a contract to build a “Closer Settlement” house in Patho West, Echuca. What happened next wasn’t due to luck. It was the result of a strong work ethic, a desire to always do one’s best and produce quality workmanship, and Eric’s personal values of integrity, honesty and fairness.

After being offered more work in the north of the State, Eric, who by now had gained a reputation as an honest and competent worker, was awarded a contract to build 5 one room schools in the Heytesbury District down near Timboon. And so for the next 2 years Eric and Allan worked a 60 hour week, for as Eric would often say, “barely starvation wages.”

Once things started to pick up economically, and newly married, work became available in Geelong, and Eric’s workmen are credited with building many homes in Geelong, including at least 120 in Belmont over the coming years.

From these beginnings the present day business,  Lyons Construction, was born.

On Sunday 2 June, 2019, Eric’s family and the Lyons Construction Board, came together to honour, and celebrate, Eric’s life and his founding of the Company.

Eric’s life was long, 97 years, and he was a revered and much loved father, grandfather and great grandfather. All present had fond memories to share; especially of happy days spent at Merrijig, the family holiday home at Torquay, and of fishing trips out in the boat off Fisherman’s Beach.

The foundations Eric laid for Lyons Construction remain strong to this day. He led by example and as Norm Lyons, Chairman of the Board remarked on the day, my father, Eric’s leadership, continues to inspire me, and all who work at Lyons Construction today.

 

 

 

 

 

Lyons Construction recognised in Heritage Honours

By | Awards, LC Team

The City of Greater Geelong and local branch of the National Trust hosted the annual Heritage awards night on Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Two projects Lyons Construction has been involved in were recognised in the awards.

Geelong Covent Garden, 174 Moorabool St, Geelong 

Owners: The Anthony Costa Foundation

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place, New Work to a Heritage Place and Re-Creative Reuse of A Heritage Place.

The birthplace of the Cost family business was re-acquired by the Costa Group in 2015 and has been converted into the company’s administration offices. The restoration of the front facade through chemical method paint removal, mortar repair and the reconstruction of the post supported cast iron veranda has produced an extraordinary outcome.

Portalington Primary School, 100 Newcombe St, Portalington

Owners: Portalington Primary School

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place and Interpretation of a Heritage Place.

Opened in 1882, the old Portalington State School was typical of one-room state school buildings of the time. As part of a wider recent redevelopment of the school it was restored with a new paint scheme based on historical precedents.

Lyons Construction wishes to thank the whole team including subcontractors and suppliers who worked on both of these projects.

Special mention of Simon Taylor for his Project Management of Covent Garden and Adrian Dore for his Site Management of Portalington Primary School. Another great outcome for the Company and the community.

Source: Geelong Advertiser

Proudly Celebrating 90 Years

By | News

During 2019 Lyons Construction proudly celebrates its 90th anniversary.

Founded in 1929, by Eric. J. Lyons and his brother Allan, Lyons Construction has grown from strength to strength. We are immensely proud to be Geelong’s oldest and largest, family owned, commercial construction company.

Our heritage is built on the foundations of hard work, strong values and a desire to contribute in a positive way to our community. Specialising in medium to large construction and with extensive experience in education, health, community, aged care, retail, hospitality and industrial, Lyons Construction prides itself on constructing buildings of excellence.

Our achievements have been recognised by our peers in the industry through numerous Master Builders of Victoria “Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings” Awards and in 2018 Lyons Construction was crowned MBAV 2018 Commercial Builder of the Year (South West Region).

Naturally none of what Lyons Construction has achieved could have been achieved without the Lyons Construction team and the support of local subcontractors and suppliers. Strong relationships with all involved in a project are vital so that we may continue to construct buildings of excellence and thrive for the next 90 years.

Lyons Construction building a vibrant, strong, and successful community since 1929.

Official Opening of Highton Child and Family Centre

By | News, Projects

The opening of the Highton Child & Family Centre, on Friday 15 March 2019, was a proud moment for all involved. None prouder were the Lyons Construction team members, Simon Taylor (Contracts Manager) and Dan Evans (Site Manager), responsible for the project.  

Premier Dan Andrews with Lyons Construction staff; Dan Evans (Site Manager), Steve Lyons (Commercial Manager), and Gary Iacono (Managing Director).

 

The state of the art bespoke building not only provides vital child and family services at the one location, it does so in a beautiful space; and who wouldn’t love the playground with all of it’s fun gadgets and learning opportunities.

Through passive design the Highton Child and Family Centre’s will achieve a 6 star Green Star rating further demonstrating the City of Greater Geelong’s commitment to future generations.

Naturally, constructing a building of such high quality and finish relies on the knowledge and skills of a wide range of tradespeople and suppliers so a big thank and congratulations to all involved.

For more information and photos follow the link here to our Projects Page

2019 Deakin University Geelong Business Excellence Awards Launched

By | Awards, Community

On Wednesday 27 February, the 2019 Deakin University Geelong Business Excellence Awards (GBEA) were launched. Established in 1986 and managed by The Geelong Chamber of Commerce, the Geelong Business Excellence Awards recognises organisations that have achieved business excellence in the Geelong region.

As a previous winner of the GBEA Overall Award, Lyons Construction knows first hand the value of gaining recognition and celebrating your businesses’ achievements and performance. In 2019, Lyons Construction continues its long association with the GBEA by sponsoring the Medium to Large Organisation Award.

The theme for the 2019 awards is “Celebrating the Journey.” Lyons Construction’s journey commenced in 1929. Growing from humble beginnings, when Eric J Lyons alongside his brother Allan started the business, Lyons Construction is now Geelong’s largest and oldest commercial construction company.

Specialising in medium to large commercial construction and with a wealth of experience in education, health, community, aged care, retail, hospitality and industrial, Lyons Construction is proud of the reputation it has achieved. We also recognise that it is the team behind Lyons Construction that is responsible for our success.

This year, Lyons Construction celebrates its 90th Anniversary and reflects on its journey since 1929 and the positive impact the company has had to date in Geelong and regions. We also look to the future so that the company may continue to thrive. Later in the year we will celebrate our journey.

Lyons Construction encourages all businesses whether large of small to enter the Geelong Business Excellence Awards and looks forward to celebrating the journey with all entrants at the award ceremony later in the year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf_bvXG50Jc

Ethan…a champion in the making!

By | LC Team, News

The annual Lyons Construction Staff Social Bowls Competition was held on Wednesday 20 February 2019 at the Geelong Lawn Bowls Club (GBC). The night,  which is a great chance to get together and have some fun,  is also a nod to Eric J Lyons, who was a founding member of the GBC and a past president and champion. Eric would have been pleased as punch to see young, and not so young, enjoying a game of bowls on what turned out to be a beautiful evening; just perfect bowling weather.

Retired Director, Kevin Lyons, who enjoys a game or two of bowls, declared the winner of the evening, Ethan Bauzon, a natural and possible future champion of the game. With most recreational bowlers having reached retirement age, and with Ethan only being 13, it could be a long wait to see if Kevin’s predication comes true!. But if Ethan does want to take up the sport he could have a chat to Chairman of the Board, Norm Lyons, about Lyons Construction sponsorship.

Staff wishing to hone their skills prior to the 2020 competition can head down to the GBC’s Learn to Bowl session on a Saturday morning. For more information about what time the session will be held and to book a spot go to www.geelongbowlsclub.com.au

Congratulations again to Ethan, runner up Pat Barber, and to all who took part in the evening …well bowled!

 

Lyons Construction awarded Kids Plus Foundation Centre

By | News, Projects

Lyons Construction is very pleased to announce that they have been awarded the Kids Plus Foundation Centre to be built at Nicol Drive, Deakin University. This $3M project, a collaboration between the Kids Plus Foundation and Deakin University, will provide first class therapy options to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, along with research and training opportunities for the region’s next generation of allied health professionals.

This project will add to Lyons Construction’s strong recent history of completing projects, including Torquay North Children’s Centre, Clonard College, and Leopold Community Hub, that provide contemporary quality buildings for organisations to provide services that enrich the lives of children in the Geelong region.

Teeing off for the weekend at The Range @ Curlewis

By | LC Team, News

Last Friday was a cracker of a day weather wise…and it turned in to a perfect evening for Lyons Construction staff to gather at The Range @ Curlewis to tee off for what turned out to be a beautiful weekend.  Big hits interspersed with a couple of classic miss hits were the order of the evening. The competitive side came to the “fore” with 3 prizes up for grabs. Jacob Nolan was the first person to land a shot on the 175 metre target; Yoann Tranchant smashed a ball straight through the middle of the goal posts and Bernie Henry managed to hit the “Hit Me” target. All in all a great fun night to cap off what has been a busy period with the completion (or near completion) of quite a few Lyons Construction projects including The Brigidine Centre at Clonard College. Check out the photos of this unique building, on our Projects page, resplendent with intricate timber ceiling panelling, a large centre piece atrium, a stained glass window and a green feature wall.

 

Geelong’s future trade workforce

By | LC Team, News

There were hardhats and high viz vests as far as the eye could see on Thursday 13 September as 80 potential tradies took part in a construction industry Orientation Day. The annual event, a joint venture between Master Builders Victoria (Geelong Section) and The Gordon, offers Geelong students a firsthand insight into the range of opportunities available to them in the sector. Projects visited included Hamlan Home’s townhouse development in Newtown and Lyons Construction’s Highton Enhanced Children’s Centre currently under construction for the City of Greater Geelong.  Norm Lyons, Lyons Construction’s Chairman and a stalwart of the building industry in Geelong has been a long-time supporter of the orientation days. Norm believes, “The future of our industry is reliant on more young people seeing trades as a viable and rewarding career choice and it is our responsibility to foster this new generation of trade professionals.”  One such new generation tradie is Declan Robertson, Lyons Constructions’ carpentry apprentice.  Declan’s interest in the industry was piqued at an orientation day four years ago. Declan is now nearly half way through his apprenticeship and showing great aptitude for carpentry and a sound work ethic; all adding up to him being a really valued member of the Lyons Construction team. We wish all the students who have the same aspirations as Declan the best of luck and do hope that many of them are able to pursue their dreams.

Geelong Business Excellence Awards 2018

By | Awards, News

Lyons Construction was the proud sponsor of the Medium to Large Business Award at the 2018 Geelong Business Excellence Awards and Norm Lyons took much pleasure in presenting the award to genU’s chief executive officer, Mike McKinstry.

In accepting the award Mike acknowledged the long history of genU’s two foundation organisations, Karingal and St Lawrence, and the tremendous growth and process of change that the organisation has gone through in the past few years.

genU currently has nearly 3000 staff operating from over 200 locations throughout Australia. genU provides a range of services for all ages including accommodation, employment and recreation services for individuals with disability, a mental health support service, and a training service for the community services sector.

Mike stressed the award was only possible due to the commitment of the whole team at genU to strive for excellence.  

Lyons Construction wishes to congratulate each member of the genU team for the outstanding work that they do in creating and delivering innovative services and supports that empower the people they work with to reach their full potential.

Despite delivering completely different services Lyons Construction and genU have a number of synergies; we are both companies with a long history of working in the Geelong region and who have made a strong commitment to add value to our community.

For information about the amazing range of services genU provide, the genU business enterprises such as the Botanic Cafe on the Lake and the Geelong Community Nursery and how you can be involved with genU through donating and/or volunteering please visit the genU website.

A special mention of the genU video Jeremy the Dud. It has a very powerful message about inclusion of people with disability into society and the workforce. 

Jeremy the Dud