Driving progress since 1961

From the moment two young entrepreneurial New Zealand engineers sat down in 1961 with a vision to do things better than the company they worked for, McConnell Dowell was born. Since then, innovation and creative construction have remained at the heart of everything we do.

For more 60 years now, this progressive mindset has taken the Company on a journey of growth and innovation with no shortage of milestones along the way. Taking on ambitious projects in the sixties and seventies, and delivering them successfully quickly set the Company on a path to international expansion.

The eighties and nineties saw McConnell Dowell reinforce its position as a serious international contractor by delivering some of the most complex and demanding projects throughout Australia and Asia.

The 21st century has seen further growth across all our operating regions. An integral part of innovative approach, we have put our stamp on everything from city changing infrastructure projects to vital resource projects that provide both economic and environmental benefits to local communities - on a truly international scale.

Today, operating across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Asia, and employing several thousand people, McConnell Dowell has a proud history, a proud culture and a positive outlook for an exciting future.


1961 McConnell Dowell is formed by two entrepreneurial New Zealand engineers Malcolm McConnell and Jim Dowell.
1965 A massive step forward when the Company wins the contract for the Marsden Point off-shore circulatory water cooling system, then the largest submarine pipeline in New Zealand. The design solution was a world first in marine technology.
1971 The first overseas office is established, with an independent company in Singapore.
1972 Melbourne's Yarra River gas pipeline crossing gives McConnell Dowell a springboard into Australia, and is the first of a number of major pipeline projects in this country.
1983 The 480km oil pipeline Jackson Blairmore section of the Jackson Moonie pipeline project, Queensland, completed in just over six months, establishes McConnell Dowell as the leading pipeline Company in South East Asia.
1986 The 550km 14 inch diameter gas pipeline, middle spread of the Alice Springs to Darwin completed in six months.
1992 The awarding of the Kutubu oil pipeline contract in Papua New Guinea consolidates the Company's reputation as an international expert in remote location projects.
1995 An Institute of Engineers Australia Award for excellence is presented for work on the Blue Mountains Sewerage Transfer Scheme, in which three world records were set for tunnelling.
2000 One of the largest jetty developments in the southern hemisphere, the Very Large Crude Carrier project in Singapore, involves civil, mechanical and pipelines in a joint venture contract.
2005 McConnell Dowell, in Joint Venture, is awarded the contract for the design and construct of the marine facilities for Hin Leong Trading Pty Ltd. This Project is the largest single Marine Terminal to be constructed in Singapore.
2010 McConnell Dowell receives 26 safety awards and 6 construction awards.
2011 McConnell Dowell is awarded the Waterview Connection project (Auckland), as part of an Alliance to build Australasia’s largest ever road tunnel.
2012 McConnell Dowell is awarded Holcim Jetty project which will facilitate the unloading of coal and loading of product for improved trade at Tuban, East Java, Indonesia.
2013 The Seaford Rail project in South Australia is completed, marking the construction of the longest incrementally launched bridge (1, 100 metres) in the Southern Hemisphere.
2014 McConnell Dowell reaches the final stages of the Gold Coast Light Rail project, which will revolutionize the public transport system of Australia's tourist mecca.
2015 Scott Cummins joins the McConnell Dowell Group as CEO.
2017 McConnell Dowell is awarded a number of significant projects including the Murray Basin Rail Upgrade and Tuas Road Bridges. The Waterview Connection project is successfully completed. The Webb Dock Port Capacity project wins the prestigious Australian Construction Achievement Award. Aveng confirms recapitalisation of the business