Our Story

Stornoway's story starts on a farm south of Launceston, Tasmania in 1976. Alan Gardner was dairy farming on Stornoway, a property owned by his family since the 1890s. 

The closure of a local milk processing factory in the mid-1970s forced Alan to pivot and seek a new livelihood. So, in 1976, Alan started Stornoway Gravel, taking advantage of the natural gravel resource on his property. As the business grew, he took on a partner, Philip Bowden, and so started a 25-year partnership that set the basis for today’s Stornoway.

Alan and Philip soon expanded into roadworks and other areas of civil construction. Over the next 20 years, they went on to build one of Tasmania’s leading civil contracting companies.

In the late 1990s, Stornoway’s business took on a new look with entry into the long-term road maintenance market. The Tasmanian government aggregated minor roadworks into broader maintenance contracts. Stornoway was part of a team that secured the State’s first long-term maintenance contract in 1998. This established a new direction for Stornoway, driving an ever-increasing focus on maintenance services as a specialisation.

Alan’s youngest son, Tim, joined Stornoway in 1999. He oversaw the company’s first interstate expansion with the establishment of a Melbourne office. Expansion into Queensland and Western Australia rolled out over the next decade. Alan and Philip stood back from the business in 2003, and Tim stepped up to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

In 2005 Stornoway entered the water services sector, initially supplying the mining industry and property sectors with mobile water and wastewater treatment systems manufactured in Brisbane. Stornoway has since developed specialist expertise in design, construction, operation and maintenance services for regional and remote communities, driving a broadening of our engineering and trades capability.

Following Alan’s death in 2008, Tim took on the role of Managing Director and continues today as the company’s Chairman.