Adcock and Donaldson Contracting was formed in 1989, a successful business alliance between long time friends Garry Adcock and Gary Donaldson. Industry experience, gained in Australia, gave the men a good starting point from which they went on to create a business from scratch on their  return to Nelson. Starting as owner-operators, working from home, the business quickly expanded.  Soon more machinery was purchased and a dedicated yard and office space was set up.

Throughout the 90s the team worked hard, developing a steadily growing presence within the Nelson region and occasionally branching out to other areas of New Zealand when opportunities arose. The current purpose-built yard and office was opened in Echodale Place in 2004.

During the 2000’s additional specialist plant was purchased and by that time, the company were completing many projects throughout NZ; while continuing to grow the Nelson business.

In 2007 the Nell family bought into the business and with them came Kens Nell’s invaluable business knowledge and skills. Ken continues to work in the administration side of the business.

At the start of 2013, following changes in the company’s ownership, the business was re-branded as Donaldson Civil. The company now has a strong presence in Christchurch, continued growth in Nelson and is frequently called on to undertake specialised projects in other parts of New Zealand.