Laurie Jennings

Laurie Jennings - Electrical and UPD Project Engineer

  • Office: Brisbane
  • E: laurie.jennings@wge.com.au
  • P: +61 7 3811 4551
  • M: +61 (0)421 064 733
  • Electrical Underground Power Design

With over 25 years’ experience, Laurie brings a wealth of knowledge in Electrical design and project management particularly of multi-disciplinary projects including Mechanical, Hydraulic, Fire, Lift and ESD services.
In 1981 Laurie qualified as an electrician gaining valuable industrial experience, followed by design and drafting for 11 years at ISCOR (Iron and Steel – South Africa), then joining private consulting engineers, Hill Kaplan Scott in South Africa, where he worked in the building services department on retail, commercial, residential and government sector work. The opportunity to work with High Voltage led to the successful design and completion of a 132/22/11kV reticulator for the entire Motherwell Township in South Africa. The following 6 years were spent completing rural electrification works for over 15,000 customers completing 9 major networks whist working as a consultant for Eskom.
Immigrating to Australia in 2000, Laurie worked on a contract basis for EGIS Consulting where he completed the Electrical design for the AAPT, Onetel, Orange and part of Vodafone’s mobile base stations from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast.
For the next 8 years Laurie worked as an associate with BCA Consultants in Brisbane, completing numerous residential and commercial high rises for Devine. Other work included retail shopping complexes, hospitals, hotels, commercial/warehouses, schools and various external lighting projects.
Offering his competent design, project management and leadership skills, Laurie joined WGE in January 2010. Laurie is now the head of the Wood & Grieve Engineers multi-disciplinary office in Darwin.

Outside of work

Outside of work Laurie and his wife enjoy the remote and wild escapes that the NT offers. With 3 sons all married and 7 grandchildren to visit whenever they return to Brisbane, it is no wonder the elusive barramundi is high on their interests.

What will you bring to a project

I will bring 33 years of relative experience in electrical services, including accommodation villages, high rise residential and commercial buildings, retail complexes, hospitals, schools, emergency generators and lightning towers in cyclone rated areas to name a few. No job is too big or too small, and my honesty, sense of humour and attention to detail will ensure that your project runs smoothly and completes successfully and on time.

Qualifications

• National Diploma Electrical Engineering, South Africa.
• Certificate of Business Management, Australian Institute of Management.
• Electrical Trade Diploma 1981.

Industry accreditations / bodies

• OMIEAUST

Previous projects

Darwin City Waterfront Precinct

Following on a similar theme to Wharf 1 this latest stage, Wharf 2, has a project value of $63 million and is the second of 4 stages planned to convert the previously bombed Darwin Harbour into an internationally recognised harbour entry to Darwin.

Comprising 3 buildings over a single level of basement carpark a relax mix of landscaped areas, sea wall, pathways and roads give access to the:

  • Quayside – 8 levels of residential (70 apts) over ground level retail / cafes.
  • Pavilion – 5 levels residential (37 apts) over ground level retail / cafes.
  • Parkside – 5 levels mixed use, commercial, residential (30 apts) and educational offering a new business school operated by Charles Darwin University.

Motherwell Township

Completion of a 132/22/11kV reticulation for the entire Motherwell Township in South Africa and completing rural certification works for 9 major networks for over 15,000 customers for the South African Power Utility Company ESKOM.

Friendly Society Hospital

Laurie was the Electrical Project Engineer in charge of the $12 milliosn Friendly Society Hospital project. The Electrical works covered the 5 stages of development and included additional theaters, wards and a major infrastructure upgrade.

Accommodation Villages

Electrical services including substations, power distribution, metering, mains and sub-mains cabling, power distribution boards, standby diesel generators , automatic fire detection and alarm systems and EWIS for the Moranbah, Dysart, The MAC Coppabella and Middlemount, Wandoan, Calliope and Ichthys Accommodation Villages.

Client testimonials

Your client service is like a breath of fresh air. We are glad you have brought WGE to Darwin

Peter LaPira, Darwin Developer