Our history

We've come a long way over the past 70 years 

Since the foundation of our construction business in 1949, CPB Contractors has been designing and constructing major civil engineering and building projects across Australasia.

In January 2016, we launched a new name and brand, CPB Contractors, following the merger of the CIMIC Group construction businesses of Leighton Contractors and Thiess Construction.

Our company’s new name reflects our heritage and capability in construction, civil, projects and building, as well as the expertise of our people.

The logo uses three shapes from the CIMIC Group logo and signifies a transformation in action. The use of orange reflects our Leighton heritage.

A rich and unique history in construction

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Formed in Australia in 1949 by Englishman Stanley Leighton, Leighton Contractors was listed on the Melbourne Stock Exchange in 1962. 

After early work, including on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric scheme, the company expanded its presence during the 1970s and 1980s through key contracts such as the redevelopment of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Its growth continued into the 1990s and 2000s, designing and constructing major civil engineering and building projects across Australasia. 

In January 2016, the merger of the CIMIC Group construction businesses of Leighton Contractors and Thiess Construction resulted in a new name and brand: CPB Contractors.
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