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Five WA builders in Aust Top 20


WA-based builders Alcock/Brown-Neaves, and BGC (Australia) have maintained their places as the second and third largest volume builders in the nation.

Osborne Park-based Alcock/Brown-Neaves – which now also operates in Victoria – built 2736 homes in 2011/12 – up from 2668 last year, thereby maintaining the second place overall that it earned last year.

BGC – headquartered in the Perth CBD and founded by Len Buckeridge  – maintained third place nationally by upping its building starts from 2435 in 2010/11 to 2692 in 2011/12.

The Housing Industry Association Housing 100 report released today reveals that, for the second year running, both companies were pipped by Melbourne-based Metricon Homes – which built 2821 homes in 2011/12.

No other WA-based builder cracked the national Top 10 this year – though Belmont-based Pindan Pty Ltd came 12th with 1122 homes, and Osborne Park-based JWH Group came in 13th with 1096 homes.

The Myaree-based Summit Homes Group scraped into the nation’s Top 20 – at 20th, with 857 homes.

HIA Executive Director, WA, John Dastlik, said the state’s home building activity in 2011/12 was “abysmal” given WA’s status as the nation’s number one economy.

However, Mr Dastlik said a recovery appeared to be on the horizon.

“WA’s population continues to grow rapidly and the seeds for a new housing recovery have already been sown,” he said.

“The challenge will be to ensure appropriate policy settings so that a sustained recovery to deliver affordable housing to Western Australians can occur.”

WA housing starts plummeted 16 per cent to 17,548 in 2011/12.

The state’s largest 20 builders reported a decline in housing starts to 11,186, down from 12,254 in 2010/11.

However, WA’s most prolific 20 builders increased their market share from 59 per cent in 2010/11 to 64 per cent in 2011/12.

For decades, the WA home building industry has been dominated by the big players far more so than any other building market in the nation.


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