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Our Story

Our Marlborough branch started in April 2014, following the closure of long standing Marlborough firm TH Barnes & Co., when John Tovey (Former TH Barnes Construction Manager) teamed up with Justin Candish of Scott Construction Ltd (Nelson). Together they seized the opportunity to keep key staff from the skilled and experienced TH Barnes team together, adding the backing and resources of the highly successful Scott Group, to create Scott Construction Marlborough Limited.

We’ve quickly become an industry leader in the region, winning contracts for landmark projects such as the Picton Library and the new wing of Chateau Marlborough. Earthquake strengthening has been a huge part of our workload over the last few years. We’ve completed major & complex works at PORSE House, Wairau Hospital and Stadium 2000.

Our ability to share and leverage our relationships, resources and experience across the Scott Group adds to our strength. We are a progressive company with a focus on long term growth. We want to make a positive contribution to our industry and our region. We currently employ over 20 full time staff on sites across the Marlborough region, supported by a small but efficient team in our Blenheim office. Check out www.scottconstruction.co.nz to learn more about the Scott Group.

John Tovey

Managing Director

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John joined the industry full time in 1998 after completing his degree at Canterbury University. Since then he has become trade qualified and gained extensive construction programming, collaborative planning, project management, operations and construction divisional management experience. 

After being appointed to a Construction Manager role in 2005, he has been involved in project managing over 100 major main contracts in Marlborough and Canterbury, the largest valued at $15M (AFI).

John is a Licensed Building Practitioner and holds Site 3 and Carpentry Licenses. He also has a number of other relevant industry qualifications including a Diploma in Managerial Excellence in Engineering & Construction, Diploma in Frontline Management, Diploma of Business, Certificates in Project and Risk Management and a NZ Certificate in Health and Safety Management.

Some of the major Projects that John has Project Managed for SCM include the NZ Commercial Projects Gold Award winning - Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Cellar and more recently the Chateau Marlborough Expansion and Alterations.

Brett Molloy

Estimating & Site Management

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Currently studying towards his Quantity Surveying qualification, Brett holds a NZ Certificate in Carpentry (Advanced) and is a Licensed Building Practitioner (Site 2 & Carpentry). Brett has also completed the ‘Weathertightness Remediation for Builders Course’ through the Department of Building and Housing, Asbestos Awareness Course and is qualified as a BCITO Apprenticeship Assessor.

Brett joined the industry in 1999 and has 19 years local industry experience, running his own residential building company for 9 of those. Brett is a Past President of Marlborough Certified Builders, serving ten years on the CB Executive after being the youngest ever appointed CB Board member. Brett is highly regarded in the local industry as an extremely diligent, conscientious, knowledgeable and highly organised Site Manager.

Some of the major projects that Brett has Site Managed for SCM include:

  • The $2M Seismic Strengthening of 6 storey Porse House Building at 1 Market St in Blenheim in 2014
  • $1.5M NMDHB PHO Community Health & Social Hub Project. This involved a 1500m2 refit in 11 weeks in Blenheim’s CBD in 2015
  • The $5M upgrade of the 3 storey Arthur Wicks Building for the NMDHB in 2016
  • The 2,500m2 $2.5M new Workshop, Implement Store and Amenities development for Delegat’s in 2017

Joe Atherton

Senior Quantity Surveyor

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Originally from the UK, Joe has called NZ home for the last 11 years, loving the diving & outdoors Marlborough has to offer (but still supports Liverpool).

Joe began his career as a Quantity Surveyor as a school leaver at age 16, completing his qualifications in ONC Building Technology, HNC Building Technology and QS Bsc Degree on a part-time/apprentice basis.

Joe has extensive experience in both Project Management & Contract Management, Estimating, Early Contractor Involvement and Feasibility Costing, as well as leading QS teams.

Residential Experience - Social Housing, Group Housing, Apartment Projects

Commercial Experience – Schools, Hospital, Prisons, Theatres, Retirement Villages

Duncan Gardiner

Site Manager

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Gary Doig

Site Manager

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Neil Phillips

Senior Site Foreman

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Neil Phillips is a highly experienced and multi award winning construction supervisor with over 40 years site experience and over 35 of those as a Supervisor, few are his equal. He has managed construction of an impressive variety of projects from bridges and multi-storey construction through to elaborate bespoke joinery installation and is also a qualified crawler crane operator.

Neil is a Licensed Building Practitioner and holds Site 2 and Carpentry Licenses. He also has a number of other relevant industry qualifications including a NZ Certificate in Health and Safety Management. He has an eye for detail and demands high standards. He is highly respected by the local Consultants, subcontractors and tradesmen within the industry.

In 2014 Neil completed one of the largest seismic strengthening projects attempted in Marlborough prior to 2015 with works costing nearly $2M. He has since completed construction of a new Satellite Spray Fill Building for Delegat’s Winery, the Seismic Strengthening of the Blenheim Gymnastics Hall, the Chateau Marlborough Expansion and most recently the Stadium 2000 Strengthening. His knowledge and experience is invaluable to any project he is involved in.

Melanie Carriere


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Originally from Canada, Mel has called Blenheim home for the last 11 years. Mel previously worked as a Geological Technician in the Airborne Geophysics industry before moving to Blenheim and retraining as an Architectural Drafter, working for a local firm for 18 months.

After taking a break from the workforce to raise her young family, Mel joined the Scott Construction team in 2016 as our Administrator, and keeps the office running smoothly.

Rosa Tovey

Marketing & Administration

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With a background in Marketing and most recently Business Banking, Rosa provides part-time administration support and coordinates our advertising, web & social media to drive business development. Rosa holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University, and is also mum to two very cute preschoolers.