About Us

Jesmond Construction is a limited liability company. The Director is Colin Woolliams.

Jesmond Construction has recently had a change of ownership with the Harris family passing the reins of the company on to the Woolliams family and Colin and Katrina are taking on the challenges and excitement of company ownership into the New Year and are looking forward to continuing to provide the outstanding quality and service that Jesmond Construction is renowned for.

Gary and Dianne Harris started Jesmond Construction Limited in 1994 after Gary took a break from the construction industry to train thoroughbred race horses for 10 years. Previous to that Gary started HEB Drainage Ltd in 1975 that went on to become HEB Contractors Ltd encompassing very large projects. Gary and Dianne sold HEB Contractors Ltd in 1982.

Jesmond Construction has a proven record of being able to carry out multiple contracts at the same time as principal contractor. Our track record shows we are totally proficient in all aspects of roading, drainage, earthworks, concrete works, design and build and can turn our skills to any project that we may undertake. Jesmond Construction has sustained an annual turnover of between $2.5 million and $6 million over the past 10 years. Jesmond Construction Limited is a very diverse civil construction company.

At present we have a combined labour force of 18 people including machine operators and labourers, all of whom are extremely skilled at what they do. Everyone in the company is involved in Health & Safety and are all trained and certified in first aid by The Order of St John Workplace First Aid.

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In Memory of Gary Harris – Managing Director 4 November 1944 to 3 December 2013

Gary’s contracting career spanned 40 years, ploughing his first paddock at the age of 8 years.
Gary left school and the family dairy farm to work for his Uncle’s earthmoving business during the summer and managing his billiard and snooker saloon in winter.
Gary worked for Neil Construction as Site Supervisor in the early days and founded HEB Drainage in 1975 to successfully complete subdivisions and roading projects.
Gary and Dianne sold HEB Drainage in 1984 and Gary became a successful Thoroughbred Race Horse Trainer but with the decline in the racing industry, went back to civil construction founding Jesmond Construction Ltd in 1994 employing their son Dean Harris, teaching him drain laying and general civil works and Tania Jones, their daughter who has grown with the business managing the office and health & safety.
Since 1994 the company has built up a reputation of completing very diverse projects and with over 390 projects on their c.v. Gary has left behind a legacy of honesty, integrity and a work ethic second to none.
Dianne Harris took over as Director with the Management Team of Tania Jones, Colin Woolliams, Piet Botma and Steve Maynard.

In September 2018 Dianne sold Jesmond Construction to Colin & Katrina Woolliams, leaving it in good hands and set for another 20 years of completing diverse projects in the Auckland area.

Introducing Colin Woolliams – Director –  September 2018

National Diploma Surveying Level 6 (10 years working for a survey & design company), Order of St John Work Place First Aid, Transit NZ Level 1,2,3 Site Traffic Management Supervisor/TC, Sutherlands Environmental Performance Training of good environmental management practices in the contracting industry, Summit Systems Confined Space Training, Level 3 STMS & TC, Safe Site Blue Certificate.

Before starting with Jesmond Construction in 2006 as Contracts Manager, Colin worked in the construction industry for a surveying company for six years and during that time he gained experience in surveying, design, contract management, the letting of contracts  and consultancy supervison of contracts under NZS3910 up to $2.2 million.  Colin gained considerable experience applying and obtaining resource consents both with local and regional councils. Colin was the team leader of the survey team responsible for liaising with clients, quoting for work, managing staff, dealing with local authorities and invoicing.

Introducing Piet Botma – Project Manager

Trade Certificate in Engineering, BHP NZ Steel Apprentice of the Year, Private Pilots License (helicopter), Commercial Pilots License (helicopter).

Piet has a wide range of experience in various facets of engineering including repairs, maintenance and manufacturing. He has a natural interest in all things mechanical and what makes them function. He is very mechanically minded with an eye for detail.

Piet joined Jesmond Construction bringing attributes with him such as welding, machining, hydraulics and pneumatics as well as problem solving skills.

Already Piet has fitted into the Jesmond Construction management structure offering a wealth of knowledge in employee relations with practical resolutions.

Introducing Steve Maynard – Contracts Manager

Bachelor of Technology (Manufacturing & Industrial), 1996-99 Member of Engineering New Zealand (MEngNZ), STMS Level 2/3 , Work Place First Aid Certificate.

Prior to joining Jesmond Construction in 2015, Steve spent over 10 years in the construction industry in the lower North Island before moving to Waiuku with his wife Kym.

Steve has experience in various civil construction disciplines including piling, ground anchors and dynamic stabilisation, subdivisions and developments through to large State Highway upgrades.  Steve has also been responsible for the delivery of a number of streetscape projects in central Wellington and urban Auckland centres.  Steve has worked closely with a number of key clients from New Zealand Transport Agency, Wellington and Auckland City Councils, Auckland Transport, Carrus Group and other private developers to name a few.

Since joining Jesmond, Steve is proving to be an asset having taken on the project management of the Montgomerie block 180 lot Subdivision half way through and seeing it through to its completion in 2017.  From then Steve has managed the upgrade of Victoria St West (Pukekohe) completing the instillation of a new roundabout, road and footpath areas with associated drainage works.

Steve has developed a range of skills in contact management including;

  • Scoping
  • Problem solving
  • Tendering
  • Subcontractor management
  • Financial management including progress claims
  • Budgets and costs to complete programme
  • Management and risk assessments
  • Mentoring and guidance to junior employees
  • Surveying & set-out
  • Liaison with Consultants, Engineers and Principals

Responsible for project delivery from tendering through to final accounts involving client and consultant relationship, subcontractor engagement and management, day to day site management and quality control and compliance.