Partnerships Opening New Frontiers

PCL has built its business by establishing long-standing relationships with its clients. What started with a handshake agreement in the company’s early days now involves contracts that contain a few more legal documents, but the method of operation is the same, and the result is a satisfied client and repeat business.


A computer rendering of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), located in Melbourne, Australia. Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).

Interior of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer
Centre (VCCC).

Public-private partnerships, or P3s, have evolved into a significant portion of PCL’s business in Canada. Plenary Group is a leading sponsor and investor in P3s, with over $10 billion in projects under management around the globe. Plenary has forged an excellent working relationship with PCL as a builder. Over the past decade, the two companies have joined forces on several projects in Canada totaling nearly $5 billion, including hospitals, cancer treatment centers, roads, and bridges. 


The successful partnership has extended its boundaries to Plenary Group’s home country of Australia, with PCL becoming a joint-venture partner on a $1-billion cancer treatment and research center in Melbourne. 
“Plenary Health is particularly excited about the introduction of PCL to the Victorian construction market. As Canada’s largest construction business, PCL bring an unparalleled level of experience in the construction of hospital facilities within the public-private partnership model,” said John O’Rourke, principal, Plenary Group.
Serving the client, offering value, and doing good work has worked well for both the Plenary Group and PCL, and it’s a successful model that works across any border.