“Whatever good things we build, end up building us.” Jim Rohn
In 1970 John Wilson and Brian Holmes formed a construction company known as Wilson-Holmes (Pty) Ltd. A number of mergers and many projects later the name changed to Wilson Bayly Holmes (Pty) Ltd and finally in 1996 became WBHO Construction.
Today we are one of the largest construction companies in Southern Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
In 2017, WBHO entered the UK construction market following the acquisition of an interest in the Byrne Group from the Byrne family which subsequently increased to a majority shareholding in 2018. The Byrne Group delivers construction services through its two subsidiaries; Byrne Bros and Ellmer Construction.
In 2018, WBHO expanded its footprint in the UK into the northern regions through the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Russell Construction. Russell-WBHO, as the business is now known, is a Manchester-based building contractor that continues to be managed by the founding brothers Gareth and Andrew Russell.