CHERRIE Civil Engineering is delighted to announce the launch of a new business division—Cherrie Environmental.

With an initial focus on the remediation of contaminated sites, Cherrie Environmental will complement the award-winning work of Cherrie Civil, and is headed-up by experienced remediation and civil industry leader, Greg Ovens.

“We’re thrilled to have Greg aboard to lead Cherrie Environmental,” says Cherrie Civil’s Managing Director, Stephen Cherrie.

“Greg thrives in complex environments and situations, and his experience in civil engineering, risk management and remediation speaks for itself. His ability to build high performance teams, design processes and take a fair, ethical and analytical approach to decision-making means that, culturally, he’s a great fit for us,” adds Cherrie.

Ovens has worked on a range of contaminated site remediation projects across Sydney including:

  • Monsanto Chemical site at Rozelle
  • Mortlake Gasworks
  • Union Carbide and Lednez sites at Rhodes
  • Sydney Olympic Park [multiple sites]
  • Sydney Wire Mill at Abbotsford
  • Cockatoo Island

Internationally, Greg had management accountability for the delivery of the enormous remediation project at Penny’s Bay on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The project created the land for the development of Hong Kong Disneyland, and required the relocation and Thermal Treatment of some 80,000 m3 of material contaminated with Chlorinated compounds.

Greg also has significant local experience on major infrastructure projects including the Tunnels and Station Civils on Sydney’s North West Rail Link, as well as the M4East (WestConnex) project.

Successfully managing operations and businesses specialising in the remediation of contaminated sites for more than 15-years, Greg believes that achieving success takes an eye for opportunity, issue resolution, risk mitigation and financial analysis.

“That’s what I love about contaminated site remediation in particular—it’s an opportunity to combine engineering and business success to achieve a positive environmental legacy,” he says.

As Sydney’s urbanisation demands increase, land-uses are rezoned and old industrial sites are turned over for residential development and revitalisation, Cherrie Civil’s clients have increasingly required remediation expertise.

Completed Cherrie Civil projects that required remediation services include:

  • Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment
  • Royal North Shore Health Hub
  • Nepean Hospital Car Park
  • Westmead Hospital Bulk Works
  • Marrickville Hospital Redevelopment

“Remediation work has become a significant area of growth for us. Having extended the capabilities of Cherrie Civil to service those requirements on a number of projects over the years, Cherrie Environmental’s enhanced offering will take those capabilities to another level,” says Cherrie.

For more information about Cherrie Environmental, contact Greg Ovens on 0418 384 284 or at