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Our story

It’s more than just work.
It’s where I belong.

The WGE story begins with the flip of coin by two mates on March 13 1961.  Tony Wood and Kip Grieve, who met as students at the University of Western Australia a decade earlier, had just established the state’s newest consulting engineering company, and the coin toss was to decide whose name would appear first.

Throughout the coming decades we expanded and are now a national multi-discipline engineering consultancy with 6 offices across Australia and over 500 staff.

We pride ourselves on our unique culture and passion that allows us to deliver robust solutions and outstanding service – to us, it really is more than just work.

 

Highlights of our history

June 2017


For the 6th consecutive year, 7th overall, we are accredited as a ‘Aon Best Employer’

June 2016


Telecomms & ICT established and led out of Melbourne

June 2016


For the 5th consecutive year we are accredited as an Aon “Best Employer”

June 2016


A win at the 2016 Financial Review Client Choice Awards for Best Provider to Property

June 2016


Recognised provider of “Climate Change Adaptation Plans” using WGE’s tool “CChangeAP

June 2016


WGE team mark 100 month milestone with the opening of Elizabeth Quay

June 2016

WGE is over 500 staff members.

June 2015


For the 4th consecutive year we are accredited as an Aon Hewitt ‘Best Employer’

June 2015


A triple win at the 2015 Financial Review Client Choice Awards for Best Consulting Engineering Firm (revenue $50m-$200m), Best WA Firm and Most Client Focused Consulting Engineer (Grant Holman).

June 2015


WGE – the first GBCA Recognised Provider in energy modelling for the Green Building Council of Australia

June 2015


The Audio-visual discipline is established and is lead out of Melbourne.

June 2015

The ICT discipline is established and is lead out of Melbourne.

June 2014


Trifecta of accreditation! We are awarded the ‘Best Employer’ award from Aon Hewitt for the 3rd year in a row.

June 2014

The specialist lighting discipline is established and is lead out of Melbourne.

June 2013


Brett Davis steps up to new position of Perth Office Manager.

June 2013


Anthony McGrath retires as Civil Section Manager and Darren Pesich takes over.

June 2013


WGE wins the prestigious Business Review Weekly Professional Services Client Choice Award for Best Provider to the Construction & Infrastructure Sector.

June 2013


For 2 years in a row WGE are awarded the “Best Employer” award from the Aon Hewitt Survey.

June 2013


Perth Office Fit out achieves a 5 Star Green Star Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

June 2013

WGE are now at 411 staff. The Perth office has grown so much they have to re-locate to accommodate their staff.

June 2013
June 2012


Perth office wins new Perth Stadium project worth $700m – multi-purpose 60,000 seat new Perth Stadium to be a world-class venue

June 2012


Mike Best retires and José Granado takes over as Chief Executive Officer.

June 2012


David Simpson retires as Melbourne Office Manager and Grant Holman takes over.

June 2012

Wood & Grieve wins the first ever West Australian based “Best Employer” Award from theAon Hewitt Survey.

June 2011


Matt Davis retires as Perth Building Services Section Manager and Brett Davis takes over.

June 2011


Darwin office opens with Laurie Jennings as leader.

June 2011


Melbourne office wins their first health project worth $1 billion – Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).

June 2011


Wood & Grieve wins the prestigious Business Review Weekly Professional Services Client Choice Award for Outstanding Client Care, Best WA Firm and Exceptional Service.

June 2011


Wood & Grieve celebrates 50 years of exceptional service and excellence in engineering.

June 2011

Sydney office wins Qantas Headquarter Redevelopment, Sydney NSW project worth $120m.

June 2010


The property asset management discipline is established and is now practiced from the Melbourne & Perth offices.

June 2010


Brisbane office wins the Sunshine Coast Hospital project worth $2 billion.

June 2010


Wood & Grieve wins the prestigious Business Review Weekly Professional Services Client Choice Award Finalist for Best Consulting Engineering Firm (Revenue under $50 million).

June 2010


WGE continues to grow and diversify its services – 337 staff.

June 2009


Melbourne office wins project worth $1 billion Upper West Side.

June 2009


WGE hear the call from the industry and establish an acoustic services discipline which is now offered from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney.

June 2008


WGE acquires Swaan Consulting in Brisbane and opens its first international office Shenzhen, China.

June 2007


Perth’s civil section wins the Elizabeth Quay – Perth Waterfront project worth $2.6 billion.

June 2007


Perth’s electrical department wins the Fiona Stanley Hospital project worth $2 billion.

June 2007


Athol Malone retires and Joseph Walsh takes over as Sydney Office Manager.

June 2007


The sustainability discipline is established and can now be found in the Melbourne, Perth & Sydney offices.

June 2007


St George Bank, Sydney, NSW ($2.5m) – First 6 Star Green Star rating for a bank branch

June 2006


Sydney office wins their first project worth $50 million – Jessie Street Centre, Macquarie Street, Parramatta, NSW – ABGR and Green Star Rating.

June 2006


WGE wins the prestigious Business Review Weekly Client Choice Award for Exceptional Service and Best WA Firm.

June 2006


Perth office’s electrical section wins the prominent Raine Square Development project worth $550 million.

June 2006


Melbourne office wins Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania project ($35m) the seamless engineering supported ambitus architectural design, seeing the hotel become award winning.

June 2005


Fire services department is established and is now practiced from our Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney offices.

June 2005


WGE expands further by opening a Brisbane office with Johan Sadie as the leader.

June 2003


Sydney office opens with Athol Malone as leader.

June 2003


After 11 great years as Managing Director Bob Mercer retires and Mike Best steps up to the role.

June 2001


Melbourne offices opens with David Simpson as leader.

June 2000


WGE expands further with 91 staff.

June 1999

Vertical transportation starts to be offered by WGE. It is now offered from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney

June 1996


Busselton offices opens with Anthony McGrath as leader.

June 1996

The underground power discipline is established and is now practiced in Albany, Darwin & Perth.

June 1995


Always looking to grow, a hydraulics discipline is established and is now offered from Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney.

June 1992


WGE becomes the first consulting engineering firm in WA and only the second in Australia to achieve ISO9001 accreditation.

June 1992


After 31 years at the helm Tony Wood retires and Bob Mercer takes over as Managing Director.

June 1990


WGE win the West Australian Awards for Excellence in Industry and Technology, Quality Management Award.

June 1989


Albany office opens with John Tomlinson as leader.

June 1982


After 21 years with WGE Kip Grieve decides to retire.

June 1973


The civil discipline launches and is now practiced in Albany, Brisbane Busselton, Melbourne & Perth.

June 1970


WGE are a big outfit in Perth employing 69 staff.

June 1970


Kip and Tony clearly establish the philosophy of Wood and Grieve. “People are the key to a successful business” – which continues to be the philosophy today.

June 1969


Tony Nathan joins and the company establishes an electrical services section. Electrical is now practiced from Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney.

June 1961


Kip Grieve and Tony Wood flip a coin to decide the name of their company. Tony won and Wood & Grieve Engineers, a mechanicalstructural engineering consultancy, is established.