One of the largest employee-owned professional services consultancies in the Asia-Pacific region, Beca, is cementing its commitment to supporting clients locally by establishing a permanent physical presence in South Australia with the launch of its new office at 99 Gawler Place, Adelaide.
With more than 750 employees across Australia and over 4,000 across the Asia-Pacific region, Beca will bring its specialist engineering and consulting services to the state’s fast-growing defence, industrial and water sectors. This follows their successful application to the South Australian Landing Pad which provides support to companies looking to establish in the state.
While Beca’s Adelaide office might be new, the company has already been supporting the growth of the state and assisting clients in South Australia for several years.
“We’re proud to cement our presence in South Australia through an Adelaide office,” said Craig Lee, Managing Director - Australia. “It will be a base from which we can strengthen our existing client partnerships and support the growth of the region through relevant and exciting opportunities in the defence, water, transport and industrial sectors.
“With South Australia leading the nation in a number of fields, including the space and defence sectors, combined with incentives from Invest SA, now is the right time for us to grow our geographical footprint and partner closely with local firms to deliver great outcomes that make every day better for the South Australian community.
“We know Australia faces a challenging energy transition over coming decades, and with its wealth of natural resources, South Australia is well placed to power this crucial transition. Our Adelaide office will be a strong base from which our engineers and specialists can drive innovation across several related fields, including future energy,” continued Mr Lee.
“Our people are also taking a leading role in the growth of South Australia, including Carly Soutter who will take on Presidency of the Australian Water Association’s SA Branch from July 2023-25.”
Notable local projects include the current Adelaide Airport Main Runway and Taxiways Overlay Project as Lead Design Consultants, National Airfields Maintenance Program and Maritime Structures Program for the Department of Defence.
Other projects include Liberty Steel Whyalla, Nyrstar Port Pirie, Thomas Foods International’s advanced manufacturing plant at Murray Bridge, and SA Water Engineering Panel Projects through its Australian water business, Beca HunterH2O.
Elsewhere, their projects include working on Auckland’s Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Changi Airport’s Terminal Four which included smart technology and relaxing green sanctuaries and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Beca aims to grow its South Australian team from 10 employees to over 30 staff members by 2027. The team will be led by recently appointed Business Director Sam McCarthy, a proud South Australian who joins Beca from Aurecon where he led their Adelaide transport business.
“It's an exciting time to be in South Australia,” said Sam McCarthy, Business Director – South Australia. “There is an aspirational investment pipeline of critical infrastructure including the Northern Water Supply Project, increasing Defence (AUKUS submarines) capability and the River Torrens to Darlington Motorway, which will be the single biggest investment in infrastructure for the state.
I am looking forward to bringing my experience gained from a diverse background in the planning and delivery of public infrastructure to Beca. This will enable us to support our clients to overcome the complex challenges faced in the coming years.”