West Wales contractor Gerald D Harries is celebrating the end of its 40th anniversary year by placing its first housing development on the market.

The development, comprising 15 family homes in the village of Templeton in West Wales, is receiving a lot of interest from buyers keen to own a state-of-the art, individually designed new home in this beautiful part of Wales.

Gerald D Harries achieved other key milestones in the past year, including completing the UK’s first rebuild of a concrete velodrome and delivering granite boulders to Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor.

“This has been a great year which has seen the company take on a host of unusual projects,” said managing director Ian Harries. “We’re delighted that at 40 years old the company is still breaking new ground. Knights Court brings another dimension to what we can offer.”

Gerald D Harries is one of Wales’s largest independent suppliers of aggregates and a civil engineering company delivering Million pound infrastructure projects. Founded in 1977, it remains a family firm and now owns seven quarries plus asphalt and concrete production facilities. It employs around 240 people, all of them local.

“It’s a milestone to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year,” said Harries. “The time has flown. I started out working for my father, who founded the company, when I was just 12 years old, and spent much of my teens driving plant machinery. When I was 17 all my mates were buying cars and I bought a JCB.”

Ian has run the company since 1999 but remains involved in every level of the business, frequently driving lorries and machinery.

“I just muck in with the rest of them – I like to be hands on, and I still enjoy still enjoy driving the lorries,” said Ian, whose daughter Amy has now followed him into the family business.

Looking back over the growth of the company, Harries highlights the acquisition of Gerald D Harries’ first quarry, in 1999, as a key milestone.

“That was a big achievement and we now have seven quarries. Acquiring our first tar plant was another key step; we now have three tar plants.”

While the company has come a long way in four decades, it continues to move forwards.

“Next, we want to drive the business further east; we are currently looking to fulfil opportunities in Swansea,” said Harries.