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Congratulations Avalon Airport – Winner Lyons Construction Sponsored GBEA

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Last night, Avalon Airport beat a strong field of contenders to take out top honours for the, Lyons Construction sponsored, Medium to Large Business Award, at the 2019 Geelong Business Excellence Awards. The night was topped off when CEO, Justin Giddings, won Business Leader of the Year.

Justin described the past twelve months as extraordinary; as he and his team worked to build an international terminal and begin international flights. In thanking his team he acknowledged that it was only through their efforts, and the strength of their teamwork, that they had been able to achieve what they had achieved.

Justin Giddings (CEO, Avalon Airport) accepting the award from Gary Iacono (MD, Lyons Construction).

The Lyons Construction Board and staff congratulate Justin, and his team, on being recognised as a business of excellence.

 

 

Lyons Construction receives certificate from CBA

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Not many businesses thrive for 90 years and even fewer can lay claim to having been with the same bank for over 70 years. Cousins, Steve Lyons and Christine Lyons, representing the third generation of Lyons family members working in the family business, Lyons Construction, were recently, very honoured, to accept a certificate from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) for both achievements on behalf of the company.

Darryl Mohr, General Manager, Regional and Agribusiness Banking VIC/TAS made the presentation at a dinner held on Tuesday 16 July. The dinner, sponsored by the CBA, was an opportunity for local business owners to meet with Darryl, Grant Cairns, Executive General Manager, Regional and Agribusiness Banking and Geelong based CBA staff. Grant provided an overview of current opportunities and challenges for regional businesses and support available from the CBA. The evening was a great opportunity for local business owners, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to come together to share their experiences.

Steve remarked, upon accepting the certificate, that one of the strengths of Lyons Construction has been the strong partnerships that have been forged over many years with other local businesses. Not only has this been important for our business to gain and maintain a competitive edge but the company has also supported many local subcontractor and suppliers’ businesses to also thrive. This has allowed us to achieve our goal of building a vibrant, successful and strong community. Something that we have been achieving since 1929. Steve concluded by thanking Ian Leuhman who has provided Lyons Construction with his expertise and support over the last 7 years. We look forward to continuing to work with Ian, and the CBA team, as we head toward our centenary in business.

Lyons Construction recognised in Heritage Honours

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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

2019 Deakin University Geelong Business Excellence Awards Launched

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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

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

 

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.  

Cunningham Pier

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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.