For more than 30 years the George Rydell Group have been successfully delivering projects for many high-profile organisations, including: Aldi, Woolworths, Middy’s, Fonterra, Murray Goulburn and Yakult. Our on-going commitment to quality and ability to exceed client expectations has seen us grow to be one of Australia’s most respected and flexible construction companies with projects delivered across a range of industry sectors such as: retail, education, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and residential apartments. Contact us now to find out how we can help to ensure the success of your next project.



  • Design & Construct
  • Project Feasibility
  • Construction Management
  • Site Management
  • Programming
  • Value Engineering
  • Cost Planning
  • Fixed-price Tendering
  • OH&S Management

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George Rydell is committed to workplace health, safety and the environment. We are OH&S certified in compliance with AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 and QA certified in compliance with AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015. We also currently have a fully documented Environmental Management System based on AS/NZS ISO 14001: 2015 and are also members of the Green Building Council of Australia.


Established by Ian George in 1988, George Rydell has an office in Victoria with over 40 full-time employees. Our experienced project teams include: construction managers, project managers, site managers, contract administrators, OH&S representatives, as well as our direct labour force of carpenters and labourers – all who work closely together to deliver your project on time and on budget. If you’d like further information on any team member please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Business Development

    Ian is a well-respected leader in the construction industry with over 35 years experience delivering commercial, industrial, manufacturing, educational and retail projects throughout Australia. Starting working life with the Board of Works in 1973 on a cadetship, Ian worked and attended RMIT part-time, completing the Association Diploma of Electrical Engineering in 1978.

    After five years at the Board of Works, Ian left to take up a position as an Electrical Design Draftsman for ACI Fibreglass where he worked for three years until 1981.

    After that role, Ian continued contracting as an Electrical Design Draftsman for companies including: Honeywell, Cadbury, Inductotherm and; Glaxo – where he started work in 1983 and soon after was offered the permanent position of Project Coordinator. In this role, Ian worked on projects that included antibiotics manufacturing facilities, sterile processing and materials handling for pharmaceutical primary manufacture.

    In 1988, along with Glaxo’s Engineering Manager, Ingo Riedel, George Rydell Constructions was formed. Initially working on domestic and small commercial projects. Ingo left the company in 1990 to pursue a consultancy career.

    Also in 1990, George Rydell Constructions was engaged by ex-pharmaceutical management, now working in the dairy industry to design and construct a dairy manufacturing plant, producing flavoured milk for export. This was the start of George Rydell’s involvement in the dairy industry.

    Today, George Rydell is the ‘go to’ builder for many food and beverage companies including Coca-Cola, Murray Goulburn, Fonterra Australia, Yakult, Tetra Pak, Bega Cheese, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter and Natures Dairy.

    Beyond the food and beverage industry, Ian has guided George Rydell to become a construction company with a diverse offering including other sectors of the construction industry such as retail, educational, industrial and commercial.

    General Manager

    From a young age, Ben worked his way up through the ranks of the family business whilst also completing his education. During this time, he gained valuable experience in a variety of roles such as: estimating, administration, site management and carpentry – which gave him a well-rounded overview of the business and a true appreciation of all aspects of the company.

    As a project manager, Ben has worked closely with clients and consultants on both design and construct, as well as hard-money projects – ensuring that all aspects of the projects were completed on time, within budget and to the highest level of quality.

    Ben has more than 18 years in the construction industry and the added experience of managing a diverse range of construction projects in the industrial, commercial, manufacturing and retail sectors. He is now responsible for the general operations of George Rydell and provides leadership in the successful completion of all projects.

    Ben career highlight is the successful completion of the Murray Goulburn Laverton (VIC) and Erskine Park (NSW) projects ($60+M), where he worked as the project manager with both projects running concurrently.

    Senior Project Manager

    Having grown up around George Rydell from a young age, Adrian is very much a part of the family business. Initially starting on site, he also gained valuable experience in a variety of roles such as: estimating, administration and site management. He now runs the business with Ben.

    Adrian has extensive experience across the food and beverage industry having completed successful projects for Murray Goulburn, Bega, Fonterra, Yakult and Coca Cola. Beyond food and beverage, he has also worked on a number of retail new builds and fit-out jobs for Aldi and Woolworths.

    Adrian believes that developing and maintaining good relationships with clients, consultants and contractors is crucial to the successful delivery of any project. He has a collaborative approach and is proactive in identifying and resolving any issues that arise during a project.

    Adrian has played a key role in implementing changes and improvements across George Rydell procedures, particularly in quality management, document control systems and project communication.

    Adrian’s career highlight has been working for George Rydell on the $140m (circa $30m build) redevelopment at Fonterra Stanhope.

    The project had a number of challenges, particularly around the very tight program, working within a live-site environment and integrating works with process contractors to ensure the best possible outcomes for the client. Careful coordination of activities with production was required and extensive effort went into developing a program with a schedule of staged hand overs to different areas which best suited the process contractor with the end goal of getting the plant into production at the earliest possible date.

    Adrian and the George Rydell team were formally recognised and awarded by the Fonterra Capital Works team and the Managing Director of Fonterra Australia for their collaborative approach and make-it-happen attitude.


The strengths of George Rydell are their experienced staff and leadership, competitive pricing and time-focused approach.

Shay Xie,
General Manager, Eurofins

A good network with lots of specialist trades within arms reach.

Shay Xie,
General Manager, Eurofins

George Rydell has a proven ability to deliver difficult projects, without fuss, in short timeframes.

Dan Collier,
Associate Director/ Project Manager, Charter Keck Kramer

They listened to us and, when appropriate, constructively challenged us to ensure that, together, we delivered a successful outcome…

Paul McGinn,
Senior Projects Manager, Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd

One of George Rydell’s strengths is the client-oriented culture that exists at all levels.

Dan Collier,
Associate Director/ Project Manager, Charter Keck Kramer