The company was established as Lend Lease by Dick Dusseldorp  in 1958 to provide finance for building contracts being undertaken by Civil & Civic. In 1961 the company acquired Civil & Civic from Bredero's Bouwbedrijf.
In 1970 Lend Lease expanded their operations into America, and in 1983 Lend Lease created 'The Lend Lease Foundation', their charitable arm to improve communication with and help in communities, as well as caring for both community and employee well-being.
In 1999 the company formed Actus Lend Lease with the acquisition of Actus Corporation's MILCON and technical service construction management business, and augmented this business with professionals from Lend Lease Design and Lend Lease Development.
Also in 1999 the Company acquired Bovis from P&O, which now forms Lend Lease Project Management & Construction. Then in 2000 it bought AMRESCO's commercial mortgage business In 2001, Lend Lease acquired Delfin Property Group (now Lend Lease Communities) for $172 million. It went on to buy Crosby Homes (now Lend Lease Residential Development) for circa £240 million in 2005.
In 2009, the groups current CEO and Managing Director, Steve Mccann, was appointed.
In 2009, Lend Lease Corporation acquired Babcock and Brown Communities, rebranding the business as Lend Lease Primelife. At the time, this acquisition made Lend Lease Australia's largest provider of retirement villages.
In 2010, Lend Lease announced their first foray into the consumer market with Lend Lease Solar. The subsidiary was wound up in early 2011, with no explanation as to why the division had closed.
As of 17 Feb 2011 Lend Lease announced wider ranging changes to its group of brands. This announcement means the retirement of the Bovis, Delfin, Vivas, Catalyst and Primelife brands which will now referred to using the unified Lend Lease brand.
In late February 2011, Lend Lease acquired DASCO in order to position itself to take advantage of the impending Obama administration Health sector boom. The company was immediately rebranded as Lend Lease DASCO, and operates independently of the Lend Lease Americas business.
In March 2011, Lend Lease completed the acquisition of Valemus (previously known as Bilfinger Berger Australia) from Bilfinger, subsidiaries of Valemus included: Abigroup, Baulderstone and Conneq (formerly Bilfinger Berger Services). The Valemus brand was retired and replaced with Lend Lease in 2011.
In 2015, the company rebranded to use "Lendlease" as a single word.
In December 2016 Lendlease formed a joint venture agreement with Energy Made Clean. Energy Made Clean is a wholly owned subsidiary of renewable energy technology developer, Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX: CCE). With EMC and Carnegie's joint offerings, it is the only company in the world to offer a combination of wave, solar, wind, storage and desalination via microgrids. Microgrids are a budding industry and this partnership aims to provide end-to-end technologies that deliver energy independence and a reliable alternative to traditional forms of energy in regional, remote and fringe-of-grid locations in Australia, United States and around the world.
Lendlease Asia is working on two large urban development projects, The TRX Lifestyle Quarter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Paya Lebar Quarter in Singapore, due for phased completion in 2020 and 2019 respectively.
Lendlease operates in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Greater China within the Asian Region. Its regional HQ in Asia is housed within PLQ Workplace at Paya Lebar Quarter.
In the Americas, Lendlease are based on Park Ave in New York City, United States. Current Projects include Project Southbank, an urban regeneration of an area of Chicago, IL. The development will be finished in the late 2020s, similar to the urban regeneration programmes in the U.K and Australia.
Lendlease also managed the construction of 432 Park Avenue. At 1,396 feet tall, the structure is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Located in one of New York City's most desired neighborhoods, alongside some of the most prestigious retail space in New York.
They also provided preconstruction and construction management at risk services for 53 West 53rd Street, a 77-story, 1,050 foot tall luxury condominium tower located in the area bound by 53rd Street and 54th Street and 5th and 6th Avenues.
They have also built for clients such as The United Nations, building the 44-story 50 United Nations Plaza in 2015 and managing a new façade at The American Museum of Natural History, finishing in 2013.
Soaring Heights at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Soaring Heights is one of Lendlease's Public Partnerships business in the US. The 6 MW solar development is the largest solar powered community in the continental US, producing more than 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity, providing an estimated 75 percent of the community's energy needs.
Lendlease's European Regional Headquarters is in Regent's Place, London. In Europe, Lendlease mainly manage in the Project Management and Construction of new projects and programmes (Lendlease Project Management & Construction), with current projects including Google's brand new £700m European HQ in King's Cross, and London's first Pan Pacific Hotel for UOL Group in the City of London, which is worth over £500m. In 2015 Lendlease oversaw the restoration of the encaustic tile pavements at The Houses of Parliament.
Previous projects in Europe include Bluewater Shopping Centre, which was built in an old disused quarry and was the Europe's leading shopping centre in the late 2000s. King's College London's new science gallery and also completed the pre-construction for both London's Wembley Stadium and Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, but pulled out due to fears of escalating costs. They also completed apartments and the £1bn Athlete's Village for the London 2012 Olympics, which were ingenuously designed to become residential apartments once the Olympics had finished. This has turned into continued investment in Stratford through the International Quarter London, a 20-year development focussed on regenerating Stratford into a major area of London, which is all part of London 2012 Olympics's Olympic Legacy. This is the same with Elephant & Castle and Haringey, showing their focus and interest in major urban regeneration programmes in some of the World's major Gateway Cities, which currently include London, Melbourne, Sydney and Milan.
The company operates in more than 40 countries around the world. In all of these, the Lend Lease Project Management & Construction division constructs and manages large building projects. The company runs additional businesses in certain markets, including apartment development, greenfield residential development, investment management of unlisted property funds, property management, Real Estate sales and leasing, Public Private Partnerships, Infrastructure Development and Venture Capital investment in innovative technologies. Some operation projects are these:
- Lendlease Investment Management is the largest developer of public-private defence housing in the United States. The company also owns retail assets throughout the US.Lendlease Project Management & Construction (previously Bovis Lend Lease) was the major contractor for the Ground Zero Memorial in New York, in addition to a number of other major public buildings throughout the U.S and countless major projects in Europe.
- Lendlease Dasco is a United States leader in the development, financing, leasing and management of medical office buildings and outpatient facilities. Lend Lease specialised exclusively in the development of medical real estate for more than 23 years, has developed more than 3.8 million square feet, acquired 1.5 million square feet and currently manages more than 2.0 million square feet of medical office space.
- Lendlease Project Management & Construction constructs significant retail and mixed use projects for Lend Lease's Investment Management Business, and Lend Lease's Development Business as well as working for external third party clients. Post Construction, Lendlease's Retail Business manage the day-to-day operations of retail assets. In Asia, Lend Lease operations throughout Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Japan. Projects include the construction of the Petronas Towers.
Lendlease manages 4 retail assets in Singapore (Parkway Parade, 313@somerset, JEM and Paya Lebar Quarter) and 1 retail asset in Malaysia (Setia City Mall).
- Lendlease Development – Concentrates on large scale urban regeneration in key areas. Currently, the group has secured significant urban regeneration projects in Sydney at Barangaroo South, in Melbourne at Docklands, Victoria, in Brisbane at the RNA Showgrounds – The Green, and around Adelaide's Adelaide Oval. In Europe, Major Urban Regeneration programmes are underway in Elephant and Castle as Elephant Park, and in Stratford, London as The International Quarter London, which are both worth over £2bn and have recently won another in the London Borough of Haringey.
- Lendlease Communities (previously Delfin Lend Lease) falls within Lend Lease Development, and is Australia's largest developer of Master Planned Communities. One of Lend Lease's more controversial Communities projects is their development for housing and industry of the former Australian Defence Industries land at St Marys (Ropes Crossing & Jordan Springs) in Western Sydney. Their ADI property is the largest intact area of the biodiverse and endangered plant community, the "Cumberland Plain Woodland". Some of the group's major Communities projects include Springfield Lakes, Queensland, Recent Public Private Partnership involved InterContinental Hotels Group and Lend Lease (US), where they joined forces in the Privatization of Army Lodging to deliver quality hotels to United States Army Soldiers, their Families, and official guests of the United States Army. This partnership created IHG Army Hotels, a division of InterContinental Hotels Group.
- Lendlease Project Management & Construction operates throughout the European Union and the Middle East on various property and infrastructure related construction projects. Lend Lease's projects in this region include the Torino 2006 winter games facility, Durrat al Bahrain, Warsaw Trade Tower, Prague Ruzyně Airport T2 & Sheremetyevo International Airport T3 Moscow.
- Lendlease Investment Management operates and manages assets owned by Lendlease managed property funds. Recently these have included shopping centres such as Bluewater, Touchwood Solihull and the Overgate Centre. However, they have since sold their shares in these assets and thus pulled out of their retail development investment business in the UK, which was previously the third largest in that market. It also conducts many "public-private partnership" developments with the UK government, particularly concentrating on hospital and defence housing estate developments.
- Lendlease Residential Development (previously Crosby Lendlease) has been designing and constructing homes for over 80 years. The business now focuses primarily on inner city urban regeneration opportunities within the UK. Projects include i-land – Birmingham, Clarence Dock – Leeds, Hungate – York, Potato Wharf – Manchester and as previously mentioned, Elephant & Castle and International Quarter London (both London).
- Lendlease Project Management & Construction has significant history in the UK having originated in the 1850s as W C Bovis. The division has constructed many famous buildings, including the 2012 London Olympic Games Village (now the East Village), London's Millennium Dome, The Curve Theatre, Leicester, Media City UK, Royal Festival Hall & BBC's Scotland Headquarters, as well as others mentioned in this article. The company has built, managed and operated eight major Private Finance Initiative hospitals in the UK.
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