Our Story
Our History
Our Executive Team
Our Culture
Our Community
Safety Matters

Our Story

GWH is an independent commercial, industrial and residential property builder and developer located in Newcastle NSW.

We’re the local experts with more than 20 years of proud history building up residents, homeowners and business owners in our extensive neighbourhood.

Making things possible

In today's unpredictable world, we take time to understand the reality of what's happening in our region at a personal and professional level. By doing so, we uncover the best ways to support you in building wealth while optimising your lifestyle.

From owning an apartment in Newcastle’s tallest tower or completing your next retail store, to enabling you to grow your business in your own industrial space - we pride ourselves on making things possible.

With over $1 billion of completed projects and more than 350 happy clients, we look forward to continuing to build for life and moving people and businesses forward.

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Business is absolutely all about giving back to your community.

Grahame Chevalley - Executive Director, GWH

Our History

The GWH of today is the successful result of over 20 years of innovation to redefine and improve the building process from beginning to end. Along the journey, we've established our most valuable assets – a highly experienced, qualified team and long-standing strategic partnerships that enable our unique vertical integration.

Within a year of founding GWH, Grahame Chevalley and Hilton Grugeon AM completed their first industrial building in Thornton. Ten years and numerous major commercial and industrial projects later, we were the proud winners of the Master Builders Newcastle 2015 Excellence in Building Award. It was recognition of our passion for excellence, quality and the desire to build up and support our region's home and business owners.

Over $1 billion of successful building projects

Since 1995, we've completed a breadth of projects for an extensive number of local businesses as well as major Australian organisations operating in our Hunter region. From fire stations, business parks, hotels and shopping centres to bulky goods, warehouses, service stations and self-storage – every project was successfully delivered on budget and on time.

GWH's residential developments in prime locations continue to break new ground by ensuring homeowners and investors have access to affordable living without compromising on quality. With many more industrial, commercial and residential projects in the pipeline, we look forward to the next 20 years continuing to make property possible.

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1995
Grahame Chevalley and Hilton Grugeon AM establish GWH Build. The company completes its first industrial building in Thornton
2001
Under clever management GWH successfully navigates the GFC and builds; - Maitland Federation Centre - Hunter Concrete Products Building - Tyrell's Wineries
2005
Celebrates the first decade with a greater focus on commercial developments; Thornton Supa Centre - Hunter Supa Centre - One Reliance (Commercial Office & Warehouse Strata Units) - Neighbourhood Shopping Centres
2010
Around this time the were numerous commercial hotel and accomodation developments including; Bradford Hotel - Maitland Motel & Conference Centre - Maitland Toyota projects
2015
GWH celebrates 20 years of making property possible in Newcastle and Lower Hunter regions. Winner of Master Builders Newcastle Excellence in Building Award Completed Projects: Cordina Food Manufacturing Facility, North Wyong 7-11, Kellyville Storage
2017
Top 3 at NSW Safe Work Awards. Completed Projects: AERO Apartments – Newcastle's tallest residential building - Waterview Apartments – Belmont
2018
Winner of The Hunter Safety Awards – Most Innovative WHS Idea (SME). Completed Projects: SOHO Apartments – Islington

Our Executive Team

Grahame Chevalley - Executive Director
Jonathan Craig - Managing Director
Hilton Grugeon AM - Director

As co-founder of GWH, Grahame remains actively involved in overseeing the management of the business.

During his 30 years in the industry, Grahame has worked in every facet of building and construction, including Site Supervisor, Project Manager, Construction Manager and Managing Director. As a result, Grahame understands both contractors’ and owners’ perspectives, enabling him to deliver unsurpassed service and solutions to his clients.

Outside of GWH, Grahame is a passionate community supporter and contributor. He is heavily involved in volunteering for the NSW Rural Fire Service and many other community organisations and is committed to ensuring his companies are exemplary corporate citizens.

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Jonathan joined GWH in 1997 and has been Managing Director since 2003. A co-owner of GWH, he holds a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from the University of Newcastle.

Using his 20 years of experience in property development and construction, Jonathan oversees every aspect of GWH's activities. These include maintaining relationships with property end users, identifying, acquiring and developing property to meet end-user specifications, managing procurement and construction activities, and financing of development projects via both debt and equity.

Jonathan has been responsible for all major projects completed by GWH, including our recent Mercure Newcastle Airport development. 

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Hilton co-founded GWH in 1995 and remains actively involved in the company's activities. He has been involved in commercial and industrial developments in the Hunter region since 1975 and has extensive interests in the development of light industrial estates in the Lower Hunter.

Outside of GWH, Hilton's broad business interests include ready-mixed concrete, quarrying, hardware, concrete masonry and pipes, irrigation, steel fabrication, plant hire, residential building, motor dealerships and travel.

Our Culture

Our culture is one of the most supportive in the industry today, and we ensure our people enjoy the opportunities and challenges they need to grow, guided by our founding values.

Give trust freely

We believe people are fundamentally good. We trust freely, giving everyone the chance to do the right thing by them and us.

We challenge ourselves, each other and our clients on what's possible

We take the time to understand people’s needs, seeking ways to make more things possible for them.

We actively demonstrate we care

With actions - not just words.

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We ensure our people enjoy the opportunities and challenges they need to grow

Our Community

GWH is a company built by locals for the locals in our Newcastle and Lower Hunter region. We focus on supporting local people, causes, individuals and organisations to benefit the communities in which we live and work. As our buildings go up, we help build people and businesses up.

Making things possible begins at home

Every community has an army of dedicated individuals, associations, schools, centres, charities and more who strive to support and help people every day. Whether we're raising funds, volunteering, offering our services or helping individuals achieve specific goals – we're proud to giveback to our community every way we can.

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Business is absolutely all about giving back to your community.

Grahame Chevalley - Executive Director, GWH

Safety Matters

We're serious about safety and don't rest until we know our workplaces and sites are safe. Because at the end of the working day, we want every single person to return home to their loved ones.

A culture of protecting each other

We've been a successful part of the construction industry for more than 20 years, earning a strong reputation for WHSE&Q compliance. It is this reputation that ensures the continual growth and success of our company. 

Safety Initiatives 

Site Rules govern all our sites, and we're always looking at safety initiatives and solutions to add an extra layer of protection. We're proud to be a Hunter Safety Awards Finalist for Most Innovative WHS Idea for our Fall Protection Panel Mesh initiative.

WH&S, Environment and Quality Management Systems

GWH is a member of the Master Builders Association and the Property Council of Australia.We're proud to retain panel membership among pre-qualified contractors for Public Works in New South Wales.

Our extensive work, health, safety, environment and quality management systems include:

  • Safety Management System accredited under AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems)
  • Environmental Management System accredited under AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems)
  • Quality System based on the applicable requirements of ISO 9001:2008
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Safety isn't about our people, it's about ALL people on-site, always!

Shaun Ingall - WHS, HR, Training Manager - GWH

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Commercial

Discover the smart way to develop, build and succeed.

From site selection, leasing and town planning to construction, handover and marketing, we make it possible to close more deals and enjoy success - with less stress.

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Industrial

Move your business into a home that's fit for purpose.

We make it possible for you to own a bespoke industrial building or site that allows your business to grow.

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Residential

Own, downsize or invest in a beautiful home in top locations.

Whether you're a first home buyer, empty nester or astute investor, we make it possible for you to own a beautiful home that empowers you to live the lifestyle you love.

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