Bruce Woodgate

OPERATIONS MANAGER, CHC


Bruce has worked for the Christchurch branch for over 18 years (under previous ownership prior to 2014), starting ‘on the tools’ and working his way up to Operations Manager, a position he has held since 2003.

Originally hailing from North West London, Bruce completed an apprenticeship in Metalwork Fabrication then moved into double glazing installation before leaving the U.K. to immigrate to Christchurch in 1996.

Upon arrival in New Zealand, Bruce worked as a builder for a large home building group before joining what is now the Christchurch branch of Camelspace in 1998.

Bruce went on to gain an Advanced Scaffolding ticket and a number of other qualifications in the scaffolding, falsework and propping fields.

Bruce has worked on a number of specialist and complicated scaffolding jobs notably for stone masonry works at Christchurch Cathedral, Christ’s College and the Provincial Chambers.  He was also responsible for the scaffold design, installation and removal on the Lyttelton Time Ball and oil tanks; Lake Benmore Hydro-dam and the Arthurs Pass Viaduct projects.

Bruce was one of the first contractors to enter the Red Zone as part of a first response construction team following the first Christchurch earthquake and with Camelspace a key service provider to Christchurch City Council, was integrally involved in the first wave of building-securing in the city’s center.

Post-earthquakes, Bruce managed the scaffolding teams on the University of Canterbury repairs.

Bruce is a vastly experienced scaffolder/manager, with an in-depth knowledge of scaffolding requirements for all types of construction from residential housing to multi storied commercial and infrastructure works.