A Wealth of Experience

Midson Construction

In an interview with Managing Director Tony Vickers, I found out how Midson Construction came to be, and got a glimpse into some of its plans for the future.

A young company, Midson Construction started in March of 2009 on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and is presently headquartered in Noosaville. Mr Vickers had previously lived in New South Wales and worked for almost 30 years in the commercial construction industry. He moved to Queensland in 2008 for the more relaxed atmosphere and “a change of lifestyle.”

Midson specialises in the commercial construction of major works in diverse market sectors, as well as in work for not for profit organisations and clients in the education sector. Midson’s services include new build construction, small works and refurbishments, and commercial interiors and fit outs, and the company has successfully undertaken projects for schools, colleges, apartment buildings, corporate offices, Government organisations, cafés, retail centres, hospitality outfits and specialised use buildings throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

Working closely with its clients in conjunction with experienced partners such as architects and designers, Midson Construction brings clients’ visions to life from the ground up.

The company’s clients have included the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, New South Wales Education and Training, Nambour Christian College, Oxford Falls Grammar School, and St George Christian College, as well as some of the nation’s top architectural and design firms.

Company History

In 2009, Tony Vickers initiated Midson Construction QLD, “seeking to build a business on a solid foundation incorporating trust, transparency and cost effective construction solutions.” By mid 2009, Mr Vickers was joined by Director Bruce Bennett, who himself brought over 30 years of construction experience to the table.

In mid 2009, Mr Vickers launched the NSW division of the company, with the assistance of Director Steven Hayes who came on board in February 2010. This business unit quickly experienced growth and the two locations soon developed a reputation for “delivering on time, quality and client focused construction projects.”

Mr Vickers’ particular expertise lies in coordinating the diverse services necessary to get a successful project off the ground – from cultivating relationships with industry partners and property acquisition through to project management, construction management, buildability assessment, cost planning and master planning.

Mr Bennett serves as the Director for projects in Queensland, and with 35 years of experience, has worked in a variety of sectors including aged care, education, commercial, retail, hospitality and entertainment, residential and sporting.

Mr Hayes is a Director in New South Wales, and brings 28 years of experience in construction and estimating in the education, aged care, commercial, industrial and retail sectors in both new build and refurbishment works. The three Directors of Midson Construction have actually been working together on and off since becoming apprentices decades ago.

Engaged Employees

Fostering a mentoring environment, providing strong internal training opportunities, and promoting from within have always been at the core of the Midson company philosophy. The company takes on Cadets and Apprentices and provides them with opportunities for professional and personal development and growth. “Having a diversity of skill sets, Directors and senior managers from various sectors has really helped us make our mark,” says Mr Vickers. In short, the people at the helm of the company know the construction business “inside-out.”

That the company has achieved so much in the last four years is a credit to the diverse experience and passion that all members of the Midson team bring to the table, Mr Vickers explains. “Creating a stable environment for the employees, fostering an apprentice, and mentoring newer employees with the senior managers is important to us,” he says. “We’re creating a family environment rather than just going to a job.”

Successful Projects

This positive and engaging atmosphere empowers employees, and has enabled the company to complete a rich variety of projects in just a short time. Some of Midson’s major works include a two-storey extension of the multi-purpose hall at Cedars Christian College in Wollongong, affording the space a new performing arts area, additional classrooms, music rehearsal spaces, staff office and kitchen; the first phase of the Australian International Academy in Kellyville (completed in a remarkable nine months); and Cutler Village, a refurbishment and rebuild of an aged care living facility in Narrabeen.

Other successful projects include the addition of an outdoor entertaining area for Caroline Chisholm College in Glenmore Park, a suburb of Sydney; the construction of a new multi-purpose hall, classrooms, library and general learning areas for St George Christian School; and the construction of 41 social housing units for the St Vincent De Paul Society in Nambour.

Some of Midson’s current projects include the refurbishment of the Purser Wing at Wesley College; a multi-residential terrace-home project in St Peters in the suburbs of Sydney; a new preparatory school building in Caboolture, Queensland; and the construction of a Chapel / Crematorium at the Christian Outreach Centre in Noosaville.

In addition to building such a rich portfolio of projects, Midson Construction has also been shoring up its accreditations and has been recognised by the broader industry. Mr Vickers cites recent accomplishments such as receiving ISO 9001 certification, becoming a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards in 2011, and receiving a certificate of prequalification from the Queensland Government Department of Public Works, as particular points of pride.

Future Growth

The fact that the company has managed to achieve so much in spite of a sluggish worldwide economy and its impact on the construction industry is not lost on Tony Vickers. “We’re a smaller company that is still growing while other companies are laying people off,” he says. “It’s daunting how our company has grown at such a rapid rate.”

Daunting maybe, but Midson’s growth is not likely to slow any time soon. Future plans include expanding into additional Australian markets as well as the possibility of construction projects throughout the South Pacific.

Mr Vickers sees a bright future for Midson Construction. “We’re new in the marketplace, but we have the experiences that have driven Midson to be successful. We plan on being around for a long time.”

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May 29, 2020, 4:26 PM AEST