Build for Life is a small to medium sized construction company. We specialise in bespoke, upmarket residential construction & renovations, as well as project management but also have experience in commercial and industrial construction. We were, furthermore, part of the planning & development phase of the 18800m2 factory and the new 1080m2 office block of the Pasdec Automotive Services factory in Lobatse, Botswana. We are now home builders in Bristol, offering construction expertise for residential builds, refurbishments and renovations across and around the city, headed by our certified construction manager and director, Jean du Plessis.

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  • Advanced Diploma – Project & Programme Management (Adv. Dip - PM) – Cranefield College of Project & Programme Management.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA – Comm & Dev Admin) University of South Africa.
  • Certificate - Construction Management (Cert – Const. Mgmt.) Cape Peninsula University of Technology.






After working as a carpenter during the 1990’s, Jean du Plessis moved over to construction in 2001 and started up JP Du Plessis Building Contractors in 2004. He closed the company in 2010 and moved to Namibia, together, with his family where he worked as the Planning & Operations Manager for a large construction company, Le Bau. This company was mainly involved with commercial construction. As a certified construction manager, Jean was involved with the construction process of the new municipal offices in Swakopmund (R80 Million project); a new shopping centre for Shoprite in Lubango, Angola (US$12 Million project); renovating and enlarging the Shoprite shopping centre in Lobito, Angola (US$6 Million project) and also personally project managing a new office block and various other buildings for Namibia Custom Smelters at the copper mine in Tsumeb, Namibia. He moved back to Cape Town at the end of 2011 where he started up Build for Life (Pty) Ltd. This new company has focused mainly on luxury residential construction. During the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, he closed the company in South Africa and restarted in Bristol, in the UK in 2021, once again under the name Build for Life (Pty) Ltd.






Everything we build, be it the renovation of an old kitchen or the bespoke construction of an entire new home, is designed to be beautiful and long-lasting. It’s in our very name; Build for Life. We don’t do planned obsolescence here. All of our work is made to last long-term, to be used and to enrich the lives of the people we build for. We operate under the banner of “do unto others as you’d have them do unto you,” so everything we build, we build as if it were for our own use and our own enjoyment, focusing on high-quality, sturdy construction and clean finishing throughout.








If you’d like to employ the skills of a certified construction manager and his capable team of tradesmen, please get in contact by messaging or calling 07466 791 706 or sending an email to jean@buildforlife.uk to see how we can make your plans a reality.


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