The 175 strong research team at Cordell have identified the following major construction projects across the country.

Download the report for a full summary or click on your state to see a few of the construction projects planned:



  • Lendlease will soon commence construction of the beehive-style ‘Darling Exchange’ building at Darling Square near the harbour, following development approval by the Minister for Planning.
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council has purchased the Muswellbrook Marketplace shopping centre with a view to reinvigorate the town centre.


  • The Canberra Light Rail project has progressed with the identification of two potential routes by the ACT government for stage 2 of the project to Woden.


  • In Victoria, the month of May saw most developments concentrated in Wyndham, which saw 21 projects commencing in May, 12 of which were residential subdivisions.
  • Gannawarra Shire has received a $600,000 grant from the State Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund towards a new Nature-Based Tourism Hub that will connect iconic natural assets around Koondrook, Cohuna and Kerang.


  • Development across Queensland in May was concentrated in the Brisbane City council region, with 13 commencements occurring in the council area over the month.
  • Azzura Corporation has submitted a development application for its Imperial Square project in Southport, just north of the Gold Coast.


  • In Tasmania, most developments have been concentrated in Hobart. The highest frequency form of commencement was in the civil engineering segment across Tasmania.


  • Expressions of interest have been invited for a design/ construct package for the long awaited Gawler Rail Electrification project.
  • The Torrens Rail Junction, located in Adelaide, has seen a site office set up in Bowden by Laing O’Rourke in preparation for an upgrade. It is envisaged this project will reduce delays at level crossings, see increased productivity on major inland rail, and be completed by the end of 2017.


  • In the Northern Territory, most developments have been concentrated in Darwin City with the highest frequency form of commencement in the civil engineering segment.


  • Western Australia saw most developments concentrated in the council region of Stirling. Across Western Australia, the most common form of commencement was in the civil engineering segment.
  • The McGowan government will be working with the city of Fremantle for a solution towards the traffic congestions and road safety along Stirling Highway and High Street.


  • The mining sector saw four mining related construction commencements worth $25 million in the month of May. The pipeline was more active with 82 prospective projects worth a combined $332 million not yet commenced.