Founded in 1978 by David Barnes, we are an organisation with a strong family culture. Our vision and values have remained consistent, building on those instilled by David at our inception: we care deeply about our employees and communities, always operating in a respectful and trustworthy manner.
We value the relationships we have forged with our clients, suppliers, and consultants over the years. Our approach to business focuses on developing a deep understanding of each client and project, working in a collaborative and non-confrontational manner, with long-term relationships supporting the delivery of exceptional buildings.
Valuing our workforce
From the start, it was David Barnes’ intention that every employee would feel valued as part of a true family business. This philosophy remains at the heart of our culture today. We have a thriving Management Trainee Scheme, with graduates comprising 36% of our current workforce (and over 50% of management roles), and staff turnover levels are consistently below industry averages.
Supporting our communities
We add meaningful value to the communities in which we operate, developing a bespoke approach to ensure that we deliver the most impact possible. We are proud of the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients and their communities, many of which extend far beyond project completion dates.
Building a sustainable future
We recognise that we have a crucial role to play in protecting our planet, and our business plan is fully aligned with the UK Government’s objective to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. Recognising that the construction industry was responsible for 3% of the UK’s total carbon emissions in 2019, we are proactively reducing the emissions of our operations year on year, as well as offsetting the carbon generated by our activities. Whilst our environmental impact is consistently below industry averages, we continuously seek to drive this down further to fulfil our environmental responsibilities.