GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global market sectors of water, energy, and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.

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GHD History
Founded in 1928, GHD has been creating lasting benefit for communities around the world for nearly 90 years.

Renowned for our core values of Safety, Teamwork, Respect and Integrity, we have grown into one world's top employee owned professional services companies.

As a fully employee owned business, our people have been able to build their stake in the company and pass it on to the next generation.

To find out more, explore our history below.

A Firm Foundation gives a full account of GHD's growth from humble beginnings in 1928, while Breaking New Ground charts a period of enormous growth and expansion from 1988 to the present.


GHD Advisory launches to give clients access to services beyond the design and delivery of assets, such as asset management, infrastructure investment and economics, and risk, assurance and regulation.


Merger with GHA Livigunn in the UK creates a platform for future growth, based on strong relationships with end-user, contractor, and regulated industry clients.


GHD's merger with Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) is one of the largest private stock transactions in the engineering and environmental consulting industry. GHD is now one of the top employee owned companies in the industry, comprising 8500 people across five continents.

The team from renowned architecture firm Woodhead joins GHD, creating the GHDWoodhead integrated design practice, which brings together architecture, landscape, interiors, planning and urban design to create inspirational places.


GHD expands to more than 1000 people in USA and Canada thanks to a combination of mergers and organic growth. The company provides owner's engineer services for the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the first major desalination facility on the West Coast of USA.


GHD enters a period of great expansion, with significant growth in the Middle East and New Zealand. The company also establishes its presence in the UK, USA, Canada and Chile.

GHD's work on desalination plants to supply major cities during the Millennium Drought in Australia demonstrates its ability to deliver globally significant infrastructure.


GHD diversifies its services beyond engineering into architecture, environmental consulting and business consulting. The company also ramps up its presence in South-East Asia.


GHD helps design and deliver the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, as well as vital transport and infrastructure projects for the resources industry in Western Australia and Queensland.


GHD plays a major role in rebuilding Darwin, following the devastating Cyclone Tracey. Global expansion begins with a joint venture in Malaysia.


GHD grows to more than 400 people. The company helps introduce or extend potable water supplies and sewerage schemes in many towns across Tasmania.


GHD expands into transportation, manufacturing plants, building and civil works, energy, mining and dams.


Most GHD people enlist at the outbreak of the Second World War. Despite depleted employee numbers, GHD applies an extraordinary effort to hundreds of defence projects.


Gordon Gutteridge establishes GHD in Melbourne, focused on water and sewerage. Gerald Haskins and Geoffrey Davey join the partnership in 1939.

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