Keith Jones and Keith Parsons, are the founding directors of L&D Contracting.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, the Keith’s, known as ‘KJ’ and ‘KP’, became life-long mates whilst working for Wimpey, Costain and Cementation on some iconic construction projects in the UK. These projects included the M4, M6, M23, M25 Motorways and Heathrow International Airport Runway where the Keith’s developed their skills operating large excavators, face shovels, dozers and scrapers as well as supervising earthwork operations, organising and maintaining plant.
In 1974 they decided to travel the world in search of adventure and new experiences and eventually arrived in Australia where they settled in Brisbane and worked for L&D Plant Hire from where they launched L&D Contracting in 1981.
L&D Contracting roots go back to 1954 when a partnership was formed between Harley Lomax and Ted Draisey to undertake building and civil works in Northern Australia; early projects included a mission station at Alice Springs (NT) and a sewerage treatment plant in Atherton (N. Qld).
Successful projects in Mareeba, Port Douglas and Ingham led the company south to Gladstone, Gympie and eventually Brisbane where a permanent base was established.
In 1964, the company was divided to enable Ted Draisey to pursue earthmoving and plant hire and the company then trading as L&D Plant Hire, increased plant acquisition and became established as one of Queensland’s largest and most comprehensive plant hire fleets. Ongoing development and expansion resulted in the restructuring and diversification of the company beyond plant hire and in 1981, L&D Contracting was formed to specifically contract directly to the building and civil infrastructure industries.
Under the sole ownership of Keith Jones and Keith Parsons, L&D Contracting spearheaded building early works by providing complete demolition, excavation and retention packages, and in 1995 pioneered concrete recycling and remediation of contaminated building sites. Further development during 2000 saw L&D Contracting become the first contractor in Brisbane to specialise in providing full design and construction services for basement excavation by bringing together professional structural and geotechnical engineers jointly with piling, anchor, and concrete and excavation trades under a single umbrella.
Today, with feet firmly set within the building and civil excavation industry, L&D Contracting are a diversified organisation that includes heavy plant, trucking and undertaking their own major land developments and building projects.
L&D Contracting is the trading name of Churinga Investments Pty Ltd and is a wholly Australian owned company with an annual turnover of approximately $35 million per annum from numerous contracts undertaken mainly in Brisbane, although major projects have been successfully completed elsewhere in South East Queensland, North Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
A central office and yard is located in Northgate (Q), and whilst both Keiths remain personally involved in every project, the company comprises several units for accounting, administration, reception, contract management, estimating, safety & environmental affairs, plant, workshop, transport and site operations.
The Company is a QBSA Licensed Builder (Open), WHS Licensed Demolisher and WHS Asbestos Removalist and maintains fully accredited management systems for Occupational Health Safety BS OHSAS 18001:2007, Quality ISO 9001:2008 and Environmental ISO 14001:24. L&D Contracting has an impeccable safety record and provides full instruction, training, apparatus and safe work procedures for all employees.
In addition, the Company prides itself on having so many long-term employees and is committed to all employees’ welfare and quality of life with a Certified Agreement (EBA) in place between the Company, all employees and the CFMEU union.
Having already completed almost three hundred (300) contracts in Brisbane, we confidently claim to being very experienced in all facets of demolition, asbestos removal, contaminated land remediation, bulk earthworks, basement excavation, top-down excavation, shoring, piling, anchors and shotcrete, roads and carparks, storm water and sewer, recycling, and design & construct packages.