The journey starts early: Total Construction

The journey starts early: Total Construction

When it comes to building and designing waste and renewables facilities, businesses can minimise the possibility of problems and defects by working with builders through the planning process.

Since the Federal Government announced its $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund in July last year, six of Australia’s eight states and territories have signed onto co-funding arrangements.

With the remaining two, Queensland and the Northern Territory, expected to sign agreements in coming months, the waste and resource recovery sector is poised to see $600 million in recycling investment.

Designed to turbo charge capacity through investment in new infrastructure, the Recycling Modernisation Fund highlights the critical role efficient and high functioning facility development plays in Australia’s circular economy transition.

As such, plant building and design are critically important for industrial projects.

Having a well-designed, well-functioning facility is crucial to their success – so, when businesses are looking to either construct a new facility or upgrade an existing one, they need to find a good builder.

On top of that, Rob Blythman, Total Construction Engineering Construction Group General Manager,  says it is important businesses find someone who is willing and able to work closely with them.

“The client is key in deriving the ideal design, process and traffic flow with a facility. Total Construction involves all stakeholders from the client side to develop the design and layout that fits perfectly with their operational needs,” Blythman says.

“Total Construction likes to become part of the client’s project team as early as possible, and not be just a ‘supplier’ of services.”

Total Construction prides itself on the value add it can provide to clients. It doesn’t just do the building, Blythman says, but provides full design and process engineering services.

According to Blythman, businesses with limited internal resources in particular are attracted to this model.

Total Construction was established in 1995 by executive directors Steve Taylor and Bill Franks.

From this time, when it operated out of an eight square metre facility in Sydney’s Wetherill Park, the company has grown to the point that it now has three state offices, employs 120 staff, and has an annual turnover of $180 million.

The industrial sector accounts for about 40 per cent of the company’s work. Apart from this, it also operates in the aged care, hospital, food and beverage and manufacturing sectors.

Within the industrial sector, most of its clients are medium to large sized business with annual turnovers of $10 to $100 million.

“Having process and design engineers on staff and our experience in live environment projects puts us ahead of run of the mill builders,” Blythman says.

Additionally, where necessary, Total Construction works with other businesses on construction projects.

To date, these partners have included Beca Engineering, Northrop Engineering, MCHP Architects and more.

The company has extensive expertise in delivering complex projects throughout Australia. Its capabilities include cost planning, design, construction and fit-out.


Rather than taking a one fits-all approach to building projects, Total Construction tailors its services to clients and offers a range of project delivery models.

Experienced at working in ‘live environments’ – i.e. operating facilities – the company knows how to take the necessary precautions to eliminate safety risks as well as minimise disruption to a clients’ operations.

With every project, Total Construction looks for innovations to improve buildability and offers value engineering solutions, where possible, to ensure the best possible outcome for clients.

It values safety in design as a top priority and takes the responsibility to raise safety issues throughout the course of construction, while suggesting methodologies to reduce them.

In other words, as the name suggests, Total Construction delivers the total package.

“Our key positioning is we are not just a builder, but a solutions provider for the waste and renewables industry,” Blythman says.

The company’s client retention rate of 80 per cent suggests this approach of value add, communication with clients and starting the building journey early, is just what the waste and renewables industry is looking for.

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