Historic building restoration

& translocation experts

Our workers on the Coventry Cross Monument site

Holland Contracting has been trading for over 40 years. Incorporated in 1998, the business was previously operated as CJ Holland Contracting (Sole Tradership). We began working for British Gas, South Staffordshire Water, Balfour Beatty and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Our current clients include the NEC, Interserve, Marsdon’s PLC, Black Country Living Museum, the Ministry of Defence, Dudley Zoo and Castle, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands Police, Dudley MBC Bereavement Services, Keltruck Limited and many other organisations throughout the private and public sectors. Whether you need a comprehensive working solution or just simple sound advice, we’re confident of combining the necessary skills and expertise to provide the answers that you’re looking for. We have built our client base over decades, with working relationships stretching for 20, 30 and 40 years. The only way we can achieve that is by consistently delivering what we promise, providing an honest and value for money service, time after time. We take a lot of pride in the work that we do, and each of our employees has to share this passion. This is important to us as we feel it reflects directly into the quality of the work.

– History –

Back in 1970, Jim Holland began trading aged 15 years, recycling metals and fabrics. As the winter season arrived the work changed to preparing fuels such as timber and kindle for retail. Before the age of 16 Jim felt he needed to go it alone in order to find new markets, contacts and outlets. A telephone was installed and his mom put on the payroll as book keeper and P.A. Jim bought a van, then another and then a pickup truck, each of which proved to be daunting because of the absence of motor vehicles in his childhood. The family had never even driven, relying on horses or hand carts to trade. Ever increasing trading volumes meant a 3 tonne flat bed lorry was soon required, and by 19½ a 10 tonne lorry was purchased. Not being old enough to drive HGV vehicles Jim employed a truck driver.

A black and white photo of Jim Holland and his horse
Jim Holland and Ian Walden OBE checking out plans of the Coventry Cross Monument

Jim enrolled at Dudley Tech College giving 1 day up each week to study history, and the City & Guilds brickwork and construction programme. As a student, Jim was introduced to the Black Country Museum in the West Midlands. He still maintains a great affection for the museum, which preserves the buildings, skills and history upon which the Black Country was founded. Thinking about change he spent 3 months in Canada, wondering if better opportunities lay there. However, being an English patriot he returned with new determination. In a volatile and shifting market there was a need to diversify, and Jim successfully negotiated a contract with British Gas to supply HGV lorries to service the West Midlands. Providing a first class service he was able to expand the fleet to 7 trucks, with trained operatives. New, larger premises were acquired in Hainge Road, Oldbury, allowing further diversification into skip hire and waste recycling. After selling the skip hire business in 1986/7, Jim was able to find time to expand into the property market. Using his knowledge and expertise, this has led to many successful developments, visit our Specialist Building page for a more in depth view.

Historically, we also provided grab hire services to all the ultility industries: gas, electric, water and telecoms. Over the years we worked for many prestigious clients, including West Midlands Police, the Ministry of Defence and Local Authorities, and our fleet of trucks was engaged in the redeployment of infrastructure in the Isle of Man. At all times over the years, buildings of historical interest have been saved by Holland’s, and in most cases re-constructed at new sites. Our Historical Building Relocation page provides more information on how we relocate important buildings, as well as buildings we’ve relocated in the past.

Jim and his wife Debbie Holland

– Family Business –

Jim with his grandson Oscar

At its core Holland’s is very much a family business, as can be seen through the continued involvement of Steve Holland. As a youngster Jim used to call Steve “fingerprint”, with his teacher favouring the term “rough diamond” – Steve would agree both statements are true. Having been educated at Haybridge in Hagley, Steve spent a few years working in legal, IT and service jobs before discovering his passion lay closer to home. He has now been with the company for 12 years, and manages its day to day operations. Since his involvement, the Holland Contracting team has expanded its focus on its core business, cutting back on its ancillary services while maintaining an efficient, flexible and multi-skilled workforce.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys playing the guitar. He has a particular fondness for fingerstyle acoustic playing. He’s currently trying to develop himself in jazz improvisation, an endeavour he accepts will take a few years! He also enjoys boxing, football, fitness and food, in any order on any given day. Steve’s inspiration and purpose in life is his son Oscar, who is 6 and a half at time of writing. The two play football, go shopping and go to the park together as often as they can. For the future, Steve and his team are focused on increasing their involvement in historical projects, and aim to preserve more buildings, giving them and their occupants a new lease of life.

Steve Holland and his son Oscar
We hope this brief history has been helpful to you. We Hope you enjoy your visit to our website, and please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require further information.
Kind Regards Jim Holland