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Teeing off for the weekend at The Range @ Curlewis

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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

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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

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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


Lyons Construction says farewell to Greg Talbot

By | news

The ultimate measure of a company is it’s people and the strength of a team is each individual member.

On Friday 6 July 2018 Lyons Construction farewelled a valuable and valued member of our team, Greg Talbot, who retired from the company after 23 years. What an outstanding achievement.

Greg joined the Lyons Construction team in 1995 and is to date the company’s longest serving labourer. Greg has worked on many projects in and around Geelong. He speaks with pride of having worked on award winning projects such as Smorgy’s, the Deakin New Generation Library and The Katsumata Centre at Kardinia International College. Greg also enjoyed mentoring the younger members of the team and we thank him for that.

Building is a team effort and Greg was an integral part of the team. Greg epitomised Lyons Construction’s values, professionalism, integrity and excellence, and was known for his work ethic and good humour.

There is no doubt that Lyons Construction is a better place for having had Greg as part of our team and he will be missed. Our loss will be Greg’s family’s, and the wider community’s, gain as Greg plans to spend more time with his grandchildren, travelling and volunteering.

We wish Greg, and his wife Yvonne, all the very best and look forward to catching up with them in the not too distant future.

Thank you Greg for a job well done!

Building excellence for 89 years

By | awards, news

Since 1929 Lyons Construction has been building excellence and at the 2018 Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV) awards, held on Friday 15 June 2018, this was recognised with Lyons Construction taking out top honours as Regional Commercial Builder of the Year. 

The awards held at The Pier – Geelong, a previous award winning project for Lyons Construction, are the premier awards for the building industry in Australia. The nominations for this year’s awards showcased the exceptional technical expertise and standards of building excellence achieved by residential and commercial builders in the South West region of Victoria.

Lyons Construction won Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $10M for our Star of The Sea Aged Care Residence – Torquay project. We were then very honoured to win the overall prize of Best Regional Commercial Builder for 2018. Winning such a prestigious peer based award is extremely humbling and immensely gratifying. It is just reward for all of the long hours, hard work, attention to detail and persistence that is required to construct buildings of excellence.

Like most achievements it was a team effort and we acknowledge and congratulate all Lyons Construction team members involved in the project for their technical expertise, determination, and commitment to excellence which resulted in such an outstanding outcome. We also wish to thank the client, architects, the subcontractors and all of the suppliers for the integral part they played in completing this project.

Lyons Construction is very proud of being awarded 2018 Regional Commercial Builder of the Year and we look forward to representing our region at the MBAV State Finals to be held later in the year.  We anticipate the competition will be tough and no matter the outcome we continue our commitment to all of our clients to construct buildings of excellence.  

Always be yourself…and don’t take no for an answer!

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These were the two key messages delivered to a captivated audience by Sue Alberti, businesswoman and philanthropist, at a recent Geelong Women in Trades (GWIT) breakfast.

Sue‘s story is inspiring. She has endured two tragedies; her first husband Angelo was killed by a truck in 1996 and then her only child Danielle died at the age of 32 in 2001. Throughout these tough times, and during her own health crises in more recent years, Sue has shown tremendous courage and perseverance.

When faced with deciding what to do with their construction business following Angelo’s untimely death Sue stepped up from her behind the scenes role and assumed the leadership role. Sue knew that in order to run the business she needed to know as much as possible about construction. She went back to school, the only female in a class of men, completed her building qualification and within a couple of years became the first female to become a registered builder in Victoria.

Sue is a trailblazer and a role model for women in trades. Sue encouraged the women in the audience to be themselves and to work with all as part of the team. Sue is a shining example of what hard work, self-belief, respect for all and grit can achieve.

Judging by the buzz in the room, the Geelong women present who are working in trades, will be standing just a little taller and less likely to take no for an answer in the weeks, months and years to come.

Investing in the future of the building industry

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Lyons Construction welcomes the Government’s $49.8 million investment in the Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships program announced by Treasurer Tim Pallas in his third State Budget on Tuesday 1 May 2018. As a long term employer of trades people we share the concerns expressed by others in the sector regarding the skills shortage and the complexities in training individuals to be “job ready” for an industry that has, and is, rapidly changing.

Our current carpentry apprentice, Declan Robertson, joined Lyons Construction last year as a school based apprentice and in 2018 transitioned to a full time staff member. He has been a great addition to the team. His keenness to learn and his positive attitude is often remarked upon. 

One of his mentors at Lyons Construction is Bernie Henry. It is fitting that Bernie should mentor Declan just as he was mentored by more experienced staff members when he joined Lyons Construction as an apprentice in 1980. Bernie’s first job with Lyons was a house for the Griffith’s family in Remony Avenue, Highton. It was a modern house, split level with many architectural details, a great learning opportunity for Bernie.

Bernie has been a great asset to Lyons working on many buildings in and around Geelong including Smorgy’s, GTECH and a number of police stations and schools. 

We do hope that Declan is still working in the industry in 2056; that will equate to the number of years Bernie has worked as part of the Lyons team so far. It’s hard to imagine what the building industry will be like then but I do hope that what remains is the camaraderie and willingness to share knowledge and skills across all experience levels in our business.


Cunningham Pier

By | awards, projects

Lyons Construction has a long history of “building excellence” in and around Geelong. One of the most iconic would be the building (which I still call Smorgy’s…I’m showing my age) at the end of Cunningham Pier.

The venue has come a long way since people flocked to Smorgy’s restaurant in their droves for the “all you can eat” smorgasbord with the kids squealing in delight at the Animatronic floor show, featuring Salty the Seal and Neptune resplendent in a Geelong footy jumper.

The restaurants currently occupying the building at the end of Cunningham Pier are a lot more refined. The Pier offers what I believe is one of the best views in town and you can’t beat Wah Wah Gee for great tasting food in a hip and funky atmosphere. The building has definitely stood the test of time; it perches resplendent on the end of the pier.

My favourite view of it is when I round the bend from Rippleside and it is bathed in late afternoon sun. In 1998 Norm Lyons won an Australian Institute of Building, Professional Excellence in Building, award for overseeing the building of “Smorgy’s”.

This award, accepted on behalf of all who worked on “Smorgy’s”, was in recognition of the high level of expertise and skill required to complete the project, particularly in such challenging surroundings, situated on the end of a pier with water on three sides. It’s testament to the Lyons Construction staff and subcontractors that the building has weathered the years and still stands proudly overlooking Corio Bay.

Welcome to our new website and blog!

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After 5 months of planning and development, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

We wanted a new website to showcase our projects and better collaborate with our partners, clients and associates on our work and the issues and new ideas that will make our business stronger and more innovative for the future.

You will now be able to view our latest projects, become a part of our social media pathway and engaged with our ideas and perspectives on our new Blog – “Impact”. The “Impact” blog will keep us all updated on our latest news and industry related information from a local, national and international perspective; becoming a voice for our company and the people that collaborate with us.

We know you will like the fresh new look of the website and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily. We are committing to regular updates on our new site, so please check back with us to see what has changed.

We really value your opinion. Please contact us to let us know what you think of our new website – all comments and feedback are welcome. Please also let us know if you cannot find something or would like to make any suggestions for new information or topics.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to hearing from you!