Main contractors built for us a large, bespoke and challenging house that was very low carbon built to a traditional design. Very few builds have achieved this and it required a significant amount of innovation in both design techniques and new materials. The project came in on time and to budget, excluding additions request by us. These additions were costed fairly that allowed us a great degree of freedom to make changes. The working relationship with the company was excellent and at all times I felt the project was fully under control. I have no hesitation in recommending this firm.
Richard & Lucy Bennett
Main Contractors Ltd completed a £6m, 66 bed Care Home project for us where the previous contractor had gone into liquidation. In essence a nightmare that many contractors would not touch. The project was about 80% completed by the original D&B contractor however many unforeseen issues arose with the previous contractor's work. Hamberley Development engaged Main Contractors on a traditional JCT without quantities contract.
Throughout the process from agreeing the contract sum, the programme and the contract, onto completing the works on site, Main Contractors were very pragmatic, sensible and focused on completion. The contract finished on programme and the finished quality was very high. Despite a lot of unforeseen additional items of work arising in the completion of the contract, Main Contractors conducted the financial discussions based upon fact and cost plus. Whilst we were very exposed financially as an employer under the building contract, Main Contractors did not take advantage of the situation at any point and concentrated on completing the project to the best of their ability.
Hamberley Development Ltd would happily work with Main Contractors again. In difficult circumstances our project objectives were achieved. Good working relationships were maintained with John and John who presented themselves professionally throughout the completion of the contract. All stakeholders in the project including the bank, the bank's monitoring surveyors, the clerk of works, the future purchaser of the building, Welltower Ltd, and the future operator of the care home, Gracewell Healthcare Ltd, were all impressed with Main Contractors' contribution to this project.
Main Contractors Ltd is a highly professional, knowledgeable and friendly contractor which I can highly recommend. They have undertaken conversion works of listed 16th century buildings, working with English Heritage and the Listed Building officer, which were originally cottages then offices in the 1980s, and Main undertook the very technical and challenging task of restoring them to their original glory. Being listed, the buildings looked as they were originally built in the 16th century, however very clever work was carried out to ensure that they were damp free, warm and economical to run. This was a project which was on time and within budget which, given the circumstances, was a great achievement.
Main not only operates in the residential sector as they have assisted with alterations in a care home setting, which requires working at times to suit the operation of the home and working around the residents of the home. Main will be carrying out the construction of a new build specialist care home in 2017 for us as we have a very good working relationship with the senior management team and they have never let us down.
Having worked with John Lewis and John Sharpling over the last 10 years in professional capacity I am always thrilled when I know that Main Contractors are involved with the project. Every single project I have seen them deliver has been first class from start to finish. This is from initial design meetings, commencement on site, the construction and building phase, quality of workmanship and site management till hand over. The projects I have been involved with them range from refurbishments in existing operational nursing homes, new build specialist care facilities and large domestic extensions.
John and John are fantastic to deal with. I find them very approachable and pragmatic. Every construction project has some form of challenge during its build ranging from design alterations or development to site issues that could not have been foreseen. John and John accept these elements need to be resolved and work with the design team to deliver a project as expected and planned.
The best thing is that they are both involved directly with the build on site and the design team. You are not engaging a faceless organisation when you appoint Main Contractors, the people which own the company are the people that will build and deliver your project using their own tradesmen. They have a passion for delivering a very well-constructed building and find they would go that extra mile to ensure quality is not compromised.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Main Contractors.