|Area served||Australia, New York, United Arab Emirates|
Daniel Grollo (CEO)Carolyn Viney (Deputy CEO)
|Services||Property development, construction and funds management|
|Revenue||A$486 million (FY2012)|
|Owner(s)||Daniel and Bruno Grollo and family|
Grocon Pty Ltd, or more commonly Grocon, is Australia's largest privately owned development, construction and funds management company. With its head office located in Melbourne, Victoria, the company also has offices in Sydney, Brisbane, New York, and Dubai. Three generations of the Grollo family have been involved in managing the company.
Grocon grew from a small family concreting business established in Victoria, by Luigi Grollo after he emigrated from Treviso in Italy in 1938. His sons Rino & Bruno Grollo joined the business at the age of 15. The business expanded rapidly in the 1950s by concreting municipal swimming pools and petrol stations in Melbourne. In the 1970s it moved into concrete construction, such as shopping centres and highrise buildings, and they started developing the projects themselves. In 1975 they moved to Darwin for 18 months after winning a large contract for rebuilding after Cyclone Tracy. Daniel Grollo, a son of Bruno, was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2000, at which time the business was split into a construction business owned by Bruno and Daniel Grollo, and a property development operation owned by Rino Grollo. In March 2012 the construction business was split again into a construction business, owned by Daniel Grollo, which is the current Grocon, and a property development business owned by his older siblings Adam and Leeanna.
Since 2012, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has been engaged in a dispute with Grocon over the fulfilment of union requirements such as the wearing of union badges which culminated in picketing of the Emporium development. Grocon alleged coercision by the CFMEU involving flyers, articles, media conferences and addresses. Grocon subsequently launched a A$10.5 million compensation claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria for the blockade. It is also seeking contempt orders against the union for allegedly breaching two Supreme Court injunctions that ordered an end to the blockade. The Fair Work Building and Construction (the relevant regulatory body) has also launched legal proceedings against the CFMEU.
Swanston Street wall incident
On 28 March 2013, during 'freak' 102 kilometres per hour (63 mph) winds, a brick wall on the boundary of a Grocon development collapsed killing three people. The wall's safety, the role of the billboards in the structure and the cross bracing used by the previous owner were questioned at the time of the incident. The Victorian Government called for an end to the hostilities and supported Grocon's stance.
Awards and accolades
As a company, Grocon has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2010, Grocon was named the Forest Stewardship Council Developer of the Year. and Grocon was also the National Master Builders Association Builder of the Year in 2011. Grocon received two The National Association of Women in Construction awards in 2013 for both outstanding and young achievement. In 2011, Grocon was the recipient of the ANZ–BRW Excellence in Community Practices prize. In the realm of safety, Grocon won the 2008 Safe Work Australia Best workplace health and safety management system award and received the WorkSafe Victoria OHS Management System of the Year prize.
In Melbourne, Grocon's completed developments include:
- 101 Collins Street – 260-metre (850 ft) skyscraper completed in 1991.
- 120 Collins Street – 265-metre (869 ft) Art Deco skyscraper with a granite façade also completed in 1991.
- ANZ World Headquarters (380 Collins Street)
- AXA Centre - AXA Insurance Group's Melbourne offices and winner of the Property Council of Australia Victorian Award for Office Developments.
- Crown Casino – Recipient of the Master Builders Association Award in 1998 and currently the largest casino in the southern hemisphere on the Southbank.
- Eureka Tower – At the time of its construction, the world's tallest residential tower at 297.5 metres (976 ft) and awarded the Urban Design Award in the Victorian Architecture Awards.
- Grand Hyatt Melbourne
- KPMG House (161 Collins St)
- The Age Media House – The publication centre for The Age newspaper neighbouring Southern Cross railway station and Colliers Award recipient for Best Office Development.
- Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park) – 30,500 capacity soccer, rugby league and rugby union in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground Northern Stand Redevelopment - Redevelopment for the 2006 Commonwealth Games
- Pixel Building – Using carbon-netural Pixelcrete concrete, Australia's first carbon neutral office building. Pixel was awarded the Best Sustainable Building Award from the Master Builders Association and received the Premier's Sustainability Award for the Built Environment.
- Queen Victoria Village – A$600 million urban village precinct surrounding Melbourne Central railway station which received the Australian Property Institute Property Development Award.
- Shell House – Shell's Australian headquarters and awarded a Property Council of Australia certification.
- Rialto Towers – 270-metre (890 ft) twin tower complex and the second tallest concrete building in the Southern Hemisphere.
- SECV Project
- Telstra Centre
- WTC Wharf
New South Wales
In New South Wales, Grocon has developed:
- 1 Bligh Street (Sydney) – Six Star-rated office and winner of the Best Tall Building Award in Asia & Australasia for 2012 in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Skyscraper Awards.
- Common Ground (Sydney and Brisbane) – Equity housing development in both Sydney and Brisbane and Urban Design Institute of Australia Award for Affordable Development winner.
- Governor Phillip Tower (Sydney) – 227-metre (745 ft) complex in Sydney's prestigious north-eastern precinct and Property Council of Australia National Award winner.
- Horizon Apartments (Sydney) – 143.9-metre (472 ft) apartment complex in Darlinghurst
- General Post Office (No 1 Martin Place) (Sydney) – a development of an historic precinct surrounding the General Post Office in Sydney.
- The Peak Apartments (Sydney) – 166-metre (545 ft) apartment complex in Haymarket
- World Tower (Sydney) – 230 metres (750 ft) skyscraper in Sydney, briefly Australia's tallest residential building and recipient of the 2004 Bronze Emporis Skyscraper Award.
Grocon has been involved in three Queensland building projects:
- 480 Queen Street (Brisbane) – Six Star-rated office complex, anchored by BHP Billiton and Herbert Smith Freehills in the Brisbane CBD.
- The Oracle (Gold Coast) – A$850 million development at Broadbeach.
- Soul (Gold Coast) – An Australian Institute of Building National Professional Excellence Building and Cbus High Rise Award recipient, the 243-metre (797 ft) residential tower completed on the Gold Coast's waterfront in 2012.
In Darwin, Grocon is best known for what are locally known as 'Grollo houses'; ground level and split level homes recognisable by the small protrusion on the roof which held the water heater. These houses were built in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy as an effective means of providing housing for Darwin's population.
Internationally, Grocon's developments include:
- Almas Tower (Dubai) – a 360-metre (1,180 ft) skyscraper in Dubai – the tallest building in Dubai at the time of completion.
- Elite Residence (Dubai) - a AED1 billion project in the Dubai Marina.
- Princess Tower (Dubai) – a 414-metre (1,358 ft) tower in Dubai.
- Rose Tower (Dubai) – located in Dubai, the world's tallest hotel until 2012.
Grocon's current projects in Australia include:
- 161 Castlereagh Street (Sydney) – Sydney headquarters for ANZ, Herbert Smith Freehills and Boston Consulting Group and winner of the Master Builders Association Safety Award.
- 150 Collins Street (Melbourne) – Westpac's corporate headquarters.
- Australian Taxation Office Box Hill Headquarters (Melbourne)
- Australian Taxation Office Brisbane Headquarters (Brisbane) (55 Elizabeth Street)
- Emporium Melbourne – a new retail space neighbouring Melbourne Central railway station
- Legion House (Sydney) – Six Star zero-carbon refurbishment 
- Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Melbourne)– a A$1 billion public-private partnership with the Victorian Government to build a cancer treatment precinct in Parkville, due to be completed in 2015.
Internationally, Grocon is currently involved in developing:
- Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi) – a complex of five towers in Abu Dhabi.
- Central Market Project (Abu Dhabi) - Designed by Foster + Partners, a three tower complex in Abu Dhabi.
- World One (Mumbai) – 442-metre (1,450 ft) residential complex in Mumbai which will be the tallest residential complex on the subcontinent.
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