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Honouring Eric James Lyons – Founder of Lyons Construction

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Proudly Celebrating 90 Years

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.