With the surname Leake, it’s little wonder this family all became plumbers.
Bruce Leake, the owner of Bruce Leake Plumbing, completed his apprenticeship with his father during the 1970s and over the years he introduced his three sons to the industry. “My father and grandfather were plumbers too. With a surname like Leake, we have to be,” says Bruce.
L to R: Robert Leake - Bruce Leake Plumbing, Marc Leake - Pro Plumbing & Gas Fitting and Thomas Leake - PSI Plumbing.
Robert Leake, a chef by trade, has recently joined the family business as a first-year apprentice. “I thoroughly enjoy working with Dad, and I’m excited about my future career in plumbing,” says Robert. Bruce’s other two sons, Marc and Thomas, are also plumbers, establishing Pro Plumbing & Gas Fitting, and PSI Plumbing respectively. However, it doesn’t end there. Bruce’s brother and nephews are plumbers too, backing his theory that there’s something in a surname.
Over the years the Leake boys have had opportunities to work together, and it's these moments which have been the highlight of Bruce’s career.
Bruce Leake has been a Southern Plumbing Plus customer for 18 years.
“We’re privileged to see generations of our customers’ families come through Southern Plumbing and Bruce Leake is a prime example of this. He’s been a loyal customer for 18 years, and it’s been great working with his kids too and seeing them establish their businesses,” says Warwick Beutler, Managing Director of Southern Plumbing Plus.
But plumbing isn’t the only passion the Leake family share. Bruce, Marc and Thomas are fanatical drag racers, competing annually in the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) championships. Bruce has been racing since his kids were young and in 1994 he became the Pro Stock champion. “It’s a hobby gone wrong,” laughs Bruce. “It gives us something to do outside of plumbing, we get to travel around Australia, and we love it.”
Bruce Leake competing at ANDRA in Willowbank, Sydney. Image Source: Flickr
With over 45 years’ experience in plumbing Bruce has seen plenty of new technology introduced to the industry, such as plastic pipe and EZIPRESS and enhanced workplace health and safety requirements. “When I first started working with my dad, he’d go diving into a manhole to unblock it. Nowadays, in addition to training, you need a winch, a harness and a buddy to ensure you’re safe in a confined space,” says Bruce. “These changes are good; they’re there to keep people safe, and it’s improving the quality of plumbing.”
Throughout his career, he’s worked on some major Canberra projects including Black Mountain (Telstra) Tower (1976), Parliament House (1983-1988), the High Court of Australia, Canberra Centre and the National Museum of Australia, but it’s the unique boutique projects that he enjoys most.
Bruce Leake refurbished Bond Hair Religion with tapware, fixtures and plumbing gear from Southern Plumbing Plus and Southern Innovations.
Bruce and Robert recently completed the refurbishment of the luxurious Bond Hair Religion salon in Kingston. The salon includes tapware, fixtures and plumbing gear from Southern Plumbing Plus and Southern Innovations. “The freestanding bath is one of my favourite features and having patient and skilled tradies like Bruce completing the job with meticulous detail helped turn my dreams into a reality. The space looks beautiful,” says Jenni Tarrant, the owner of Bond Hair Religion.
Bruce has been Jenni’s plumber since her first fit out 13 years ago. “Bruce’s customer service, professionalism, skill and communication are outstanding. We adore Bruce and his wonderful sense of humour, and after so many years he is part of the Bond family,” says Jenni.
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