One of the leading construction companies in Croatia has a vast portfolio of various construction projects, from renovating historic buildings and sacral architecture, to building modern business and residential complexes
The company ING-GRAD was founded in Zagreb in 1985 by Branislav Brizar, MSc in Economics, and it has been operating under its current name since 1991. Under his leadership, ING-GRAD has distinguished itself in its many years of business as one of the leading construction companies in this sector in Croatia.
ING-GRAD HAS A VAST PORTFOLIO OF VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. WHAT WORK DOES YOUR COMPANY DO?
ING-GRAD is known for stability, constant growth and uniform development of all its segments. The work and philosophy of our company is best reflected in its motto: ‘Building the future, restoring heritage’. Our vast portfolio includes various construction projects, from renovating historic buildings and sacral architecture, to building modern business and residential complexes, as well as construction works in the field of energy and infrastructure construction.
WHAT’S AT THE CORE OF YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY?
We base our business and work methods on integrity, dedicated work and care for each customer. We believe that these fundamental values are the reason for our long and successful presence in the construction industry market. The key elements of our business from the very beginning have been stability, growth and development, while constantly adapting to market conditions. In addition, we strive to constantly invest in new equipment, technology and employees, and we provide them with constant learning, improvement and career advancement opportunities, to allow them to fulfil their potential.
WHICH PROJECTS DO YOU TAKE MOST PRIDE IN?
ING-GRAD has gained experience through our work on various highly demanding projects over the past three decades. We have completed around 200 construction projects in various fields so far, and we can highlight the reconstruction of St. Marc’s Church in Zagreb, the rehabilitation and restoration of the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, the construction of the Zelengrad wind farm in Obrovac, and the project to expand the existing crude oil storage system at the Omišalj terminal. We are also extremely proud of our contribution to the reconstruction of Zagreb following the earthquake that took place on 22 March 2020.
COULD YOU NAME SOME OTHER CULTURAL HERITAGE RESTORATION PROJECTS THAT YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
It’s impossible to select just a few projects from the vast list of restoration or rebuilding projects that we’ve done. We worked on more than 80 projects involving the rehabilitation and reconstruction of buildings that have outstanding historic and artistic significance. The Small Roman Theatre in Pula is one of our newest projects, inaugurated in May 2023.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE COMING YEARS?
We intend to put more focus on our employees in the coming years, especially young people, as we want to motivate them to stay in Croatia by giving them good jobs and allowing them to build a career here. Every project starts with people, so we are immensely proud of the dedication and expertise of all our employees. Unfortunately, craft trades aren’t really popular nowadays, so fewer and fewer young people decide to pursue a career in masonry, carpentry, reinforced concrete, dry lining or plastering. This is why we decided to launch a scholarship and paid internship program that allows young people to find the much-needed stability and security, but also invest in their future. While on the topic of the coming years, in addition to our employees, we also intend to invest in construction technologies, machinery and digitalisation, in order to streamline our operations.