Garrard Building and Construction Limited

A third generation, family owned building contractor

The origins of the Company trace back to 1946 when Stanley J Garrard began providing decorating services within his home town of Stevenage.  In those days Stanley was 'a man with a van', operating as a sole proprietor.  By applying his principles of hard work, reliability and attention to customer satisfaction, a good reputation began to build, resulting in contracts with the local authority and an appreciation of building up long term relationships with Clients.  The firm began to grow and, in time, Stanley was joined by his son, John, who completed his training as a painter and decorator and then began to drive the company forward.  As it grew the firm began to carry out an increasing amount of general building work in response to its customer's requirements and in order to provide more services 'in-house'.

In 1981 John established the business as a limited company.  Shortly after this the company carried out its first insured building repair, with a project in Stevenage to a domestic property suffering from subsidence damage.  From this time the company's involvement in this field steadily increased, bolstered by its ability to provide a flexible and responsive service as well as its understanding of the expectations and pressures that each of the many parties that can be involved in such a project are subject to.  In more recent times the company has seen a more pronounced involvement in this field, which is put down to its understanding of the market, the high level of service provided and the ability to deal with multiple projects simultaneously.

It was also around this time that the company began its involvement in the commercial refurbishment sector.  From an initial project involving the refurbishment of a hotel bedroom block, the company progressed to operating on a national scale with projects up to a value of £3 million.  Although predominantly working in the hotel industry, projects also included the refurbishment of restaurants and offices.

In the 90's the Company started carrying out it's own residential building developments.  From early projects involving the renovation of existing domestic properties, projects grew in size to include new build sites with multiple properties as well as the rescue and renovation of listed buildings.  These activities have also included the construction of the company's own purpose built office, whcih was completed at the beginning of 2010.

Today, Daniel Garrard is the third generation of the family to oversee the company as Managing Director.  Continuing with the principles set down from its beginnings, the company has continued to experience steady growth and expansion even in a tough economic climate.  Moving into its own purpose-built headquarters at the beginning of 2010 has allowed the company to improve its services further and provide for further potential growth.

Our team of surveyors, contract managers, work managers, tradesmen and subcontractors as well as our administration and support staff are the key to our continued success.  It is their experience, knowledge and ability together with the friendly and conscientious manner in which they approach their work that underlies our reputation.