Constructora do Tâmega, S.A. Profile

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Constructora do Tâmega, S.A. Profile


Construtora do Tâmega, S.A. Website
SANTOS, C. (2006). Construir uma Vida. Porto, Mota-Engil.




1946-present, Loures, Portugal

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Head Office Location

Cabeço da Rosa 2670-662 Bucelas, Loures, Portugal

Foundation Date


Founded by

José Joaquim Fonseca
Afonso Fonseca
Eulálio José Fonseca
Joaquim da Mota
José Luís da Mota


Founded in January 1946 in Amarante, Porto district, Construtora do Tâmega S.A. is one of the largest companies in the Civil Construction and Public Works sector in Portugal. In the year of its founding by the Fonseca and Mota families, dedicating the company to the construction and public works, Mota & Companhia was founded by Manuel António da Mota, focused on woodworking. Although they had matching partners, the two companies went their separate ways. Unlike Mota & Companhia, Construtora do Tâmega would concentrate its attention on the mainland of Portugal. Its first work would be precisely in the infrastructure sector, with the adjudication of the fourth section of EN8 between Valado and Alcobaça. However, many other works are a reference of the company, such as the Funchal airport, the Beira and Maputo airport or even, at the end of the millennium, the Portuguese pavilion for EXPO'98.

In the 1950s and 1960s the company began its internationalization, expanding its activity first to the colonies, namely Mozambique and Angola, and later to other areas of the globe, such as Spain, Jordan and Côte d'Ivoire. During this period, specifically in 1977, Manuel António da Mota separated from the company to dedicate himself entirely to Mota & Companhia, leaving the fate of the company to the Fonseca family and his brothers, José Luís and Joaquim Mota.

The extension of its activity is also evident in the intervention areas, starting in the 1970s works on the hydroelectric branch, of which the Crestuma Dam, in the council of Vila Nova de Gaia, is a reference. Its diversification was also extended to the area of transport, housing, commerce, sport, industry and tourism, and many of its works were distinguished by the Engineers Association. In 2007, Construtora do Tâmega was acquired by the Finertec Group and currently operates in Portugal, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Congo-Brazzaville and more recently in Nigeria.

Click on the selected works below to know more about them:

Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo, Funchal
Aeroporto Internacional da Beira, Moçambique
Pavilhão de Portugal, Lisboa


The timeline of woks done by/with the collaboration of Construtora do Tâmega, S.A.



PT BUILDS, “Constructora do Tâmega, S.A. Profile,” Portugal Builds, accessed May 20, 2024,

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