York Civil was a South Australian construction and civil engineering company based in Adelaide, South Australia. It was founded in 1990 by Ian Tarbotton, who remains an owner and director along with Dominic Vieceli. It began with only 10 employees, but said it had over 400 by 2017[2] with offices in four states and 190 when it was wound up in August 2018.

York Civil
IndustryEngineering and construction
Founded1990; 33 years ago (1990)
FounderIan Tarbotton
Defunct13 August 2018 (2018-08-13)
FateVoluntary administration
Areas served
South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia
ProductsEngineering, Construction, Project management
OwnersIan Tarbotton, Dominic Vieceli
Number of employees
400 (2013[1])

Major projectsEdit

Winding upEdit

York Civil entered voluntary administration in August 2018.[5] Its directors appointed Ferrier Hodgson as administrators on the morning of 6 August 2018. Ferrier Hodgson reported that work would continue on projects while the business was reviewed. A creditors meeting is scheduled for 16 August 2018. York Civil said it had 131 staff in South Australia, 32 in New South Wales, 19 in Western Australia and four in Queensland.[6] A week after the administrators took over, Ferrier Hodgson announced on 13 August that the company had ceased trading. Joint venture partners were expected to continue to work on major infrastructure projects in Western Australia (Matagarup Bridge), South Australia (tram line extension and two sections of North–South Corridor) and New South Wales (Pacific Highway upgrades).[7] At the time of winding up the business, Ferrier Hodgson reported that there were 190 direct employees, including 130 in South Australia.[8]


York Civil won an Engineering Excellence award in 2000 for the 407m Blanchetown Bridge, the first incrementally-launched bridge in South Australia.[9]

York Civil was the local partner in the joint venture which constructed the Northern Expressway north of Adelaide, for which it won an award in 2011 for projects over A$75 million from the Civil Contractors Federation of South Australia.[10]


  1. ^ "About Us". York Civil. 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Our History". York Civil. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  3. ^ "T2T Alliance". T2T Alliance. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  4. ^ Kemp, Miles (21 July 2017). "New tram stops and extra funding to ease traffic problems announced for North Terrace extension". The Advertiser. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ MacLennan, Leah (6 August 2018). "South Australian construction and civil engineering firm York Civil goes into administration". ABC News. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ Siebert, Bension (6 August 2018). "York Civil goes into voluntary administration". InDaily. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Major government contractor York Civil ceases trading". ABC News. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ Siebert, Bension (13 August 2018). "Administrators shut down York Civil, affecting hundreds of workers". InDaily. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Blanchetown Bridge, Murray River". York Civil. Archived from the original on 19 November 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Awards". York Civil. Retrieved 11 January 2017.