GCS was established in July 2003 in Perth, Western Australia. Since then, the Group has strategically expanded its reach, providing multi-disciplined labour services and high quality equipment to all industries across Australia.
GCS history by year
The GCS Group is established in July 2003 following the acquisition of Security Scaffolding, the operators of which had been servicing the Western Australian scaffold market for approximately 25 years.
In July, GCS Shareholders acquire a minority position in GCS Rapid Access Pty Ltd. GCS Rapid Access subsequently acquires Construction Sales and Hire Pty Ltd, which had been established for approximately 10 years, providing formwork and scaffolding equipment to residential, commercial, and industrial markets.
GCS Rapid Access also acquires Ed Hartley Timbers, a key agency for the supply of formwork related products.
GCS Site Services Pty Ltd is established in July, providing hire and sale of temporary site accommodation for all industry sectors.
In March, GCS Site Services acquires a minority position in Just Hire & Sales Pty Ltd and adds chemical toilets, scaffolding and material hoists to its suite of services for the residential sector.
A series of transactions in July establishes previous acquisitions as wholly-owned subsidiaries of GCS. In the same year, the Group acquires Modern Scaffolding, and BFA, with a product range of scaffolding and material hoists, operating in the residential sector.
In May, the Group acquires CASC Constructions Pty Ltd, formwork contractors engaged primarily in the commercial sector with additional experience in civil formwork.
GCS lists on the Australian Stock Exchange in August.
Later in August, GCS acquires Bayswater Scaffold Hire, which has been active in the Perth residential construction industry for over 25 years. This is the first acquisition since listing on the ASX.
GCS acquires Western Australian site accommodation provider, Budget Portables Pty Ltd in November, which significantly increases the Group’s presence in the temporary site accommodation market.
In January, GCS acquires Newave Contracting Pty Ltd and Blueline Contracting Pty Ltd, Western Australian concrete contracting businesses servicing Perth’s commercial construction and maintenance industries. The partnering of CASC, Newave and Blueline provides a comprehensive service to customers in the building services market.
In the same month, GCS launches operations Karratha opening GCS Northwest Pty Ltd, establishing a presence in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
GCS announced the July acquisition of a 75% interest in hire and sales provider, Coastal Hire Pty Ltd, provider of a range of construction services to customers in the fast-growing South West corridor of Western Australia.
In September, GCS launches a new plant hire division, GCS Hire Pty Ltd, offering a comprehensive range of general plant hire to customers across the Perth metropolitan area.
GCS now operates as a consolidated group, providing products and services for its customers under various trading names.
With CASC and Newave finding synergy in the supply of concrete formwork and concrete placement, GCS announces the July opening of GCS Concrete Pumping Pty Ltd. Covering the commercial sector, the new entity operates not only in the general mobile pumping market, but the specialised field of high-rise building works.
After opening branches in Bunbury, Dunsborough, and Naval Base, GCS Hire opens new premise in Newman and Geraldton, complementing the products and services provided by GCS Northwest.
After many years of working in alliance, GCS announces in May, the acquisition of Global Industrial Services (GIS) Pty Ltd, a leading provider of specialised labour hire in Australia. This new partnership allows GCS to form a complete equipment and workforce services organization.
In September, GCS acquires a 50% interest in commercial and industrial scaffold company SmartScaff Pty Ltd. With branches in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland, the Group grabs a foothold in the east coast of Australia.
Building on its rapid success, GCS Hire expands its fleet in March by adding mine spec vehicle hire to its stable of equipment.
In July, GCS launches GCS Industrial Services Pty Ltd as its major projects division in Karratha supplying integrated on-site products and services to the Oil and Gas; Resource and Industrial; Energy; and Mining sectors.
In the same month GCS launches another GCS Hire branch in Port Hedland to complement its established entities in Newman and Geraldton.
GCS Hire opens its new Embleton branch in November transferring its Bassendean assets to the larger premises. The existing Bassendean location remains as a services centre for the GCS Hire business.
Late 2013 sees GCS Hire Pty Ltd and GCS Budget Portables Pty Ltd merge under the GCS Hire banner resulting in all Site Accommodation products and services being aligned with the Group's Plant and Equipment operations.
GCS Hire also opens a branch in Karratha, enhancing its existing Pilbara network including Port Hedland and Newman.
January 2014 sees GCS Security Scaffolding move to a new, purpose built facility in Wangara. The move incorporates a new office, despatch, storage, and maintenance factory, as well as an extension to the existing yard premises.
Later in the year, GCS Rapid Access also moves its operations from Redcliffe to Wangara, sharing facilities with GCS Security Scaffolding at the new 29 Parri Rd premises. The move incorporates a further expansion to the yard facilities to house GCS Rapid Access's formwork and scaffold equipment.
GCS Hire operations at both Bassendean and Embleton relocated to another new facility in Wangara (adjacent to the Northlink Industrial Estate). Built on 30,000m2, the new office, workshop, and storage yard houses the Group’s main storage and service facility for Site Accommodation, Plant & Equipment, and Vehicle Fleet Rentals.
The GCS Group embarks on a process to integrate and further streamline its current scaffolding divisions into one entity for the West Australian market. GCS Integrated Services begins trading in May 2015 delivering GCS’s entire range of scaffold and formwork solutions to clients in the north-west, south-west, and metropolitan regions of WA.
GIS also undergoes restructuring of its business' and transitions its operations to GCS Personnel Services.
GCS acquires a 51% stake in a newly established curtain wall facade business Podium Glazing Australia Ltd. The acquisition is an important step forward in GCS’s East Coast expansion strategy. Gallery Façades (Australia) is established.
In October, GCS sells its 50% interest in commercial and industrial scaffold company SmartScaff Pty Ltd.
GCS Summit Contracting Pty Ltd is established in Victoria after the Group acquires 100% of the business and assets of Melbourne based Summit Formwork (Aust) Pty Ltd. Summit has been operating since 2007 and is a leading provider of construction services specialising in formwork, concerting, and reinforcement to major commercial, residential, and retail development projects in Victoria.