Firm foun­da­tions Bosh­ers, Ox­ford­shire

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An award-win­ning firm of master builders that is nearly 190 years old. It says that ‘at the heart of our suc­cess is our com­mit­ment to mar­ry­ing tra­di­tional val­ues of crafts­man­ship, at­ten­tion to de­tail, per­sonal ser­vice, a sus­tain­able ap­proach and the latest con­struc­tion meth­ods and pro­ject man­age­ment sys­tems’ (www.bosh­er­sltd.com)

R. W. Arm­strong, Hamp­shire

Pro­vides ser­vices for most of south­east Eng­land. ‘Arm­strong has con­sis­tently trans­lated our de­signs into fin­ished work of very high qual­ity,’ ad­vises Nigel An­der­son of ADAM Ar­chi­tec­ture (www.rwarm­strong.co.uk)

R. Durt­nell & Sons, Kent

Founded more than 400 years ago, R. Durt­nell & Sons is by far the old­est build­ing con­trac­tor in Bri­tain, handed down as a pri­vate com­pany, fa­ther to son, for 13 gen­er­a­tions. It boasts ‘an abil­ity to change with the times and a will­ing­ness to adopt new tech­nolo­gies’ (www.durt­nell.co.uk)

Ja­nine Stone, Lon­don SW11

As well as de­sign­ing and fur­nish­ing build­ings, the com­pany also has its own in-house con­struc­tion team that ren­o­vates, re­mod­els and con­structs build­ings to the high­est stan­dards. Projects range from listed coun­try houses to new-builds (www.ja­nine­stone.com)

Ken Biggs, Bris­tol

A lo­cal fam­ily com­pany that has been go­ing for three gen­er­a­tions, it em­ploys its own work­force of join­ers, car­pen­ters, brick­lay­ers, ma­sons, plas­ter­ers, plumbers and dec­o­ra­tors, in projects of up to £6 mil­lion (www.ken-biggs.co.uk)

C. Tavener & Son Ltd, Lon­don NW6

Es­tab­lished in 1846, the com­pany is at the pin­na­cle of the Lon­don build­ing trade that works on lux­ury as­sign­ments of every scope and scale, from Bel­gravia and Holland Park to Paris and Provence (www.tavenerand­son.co.uk)

R. Mould­ing & Co, Wilt­shire

A fam­ily busi­ness em­ploy­ing a large num­ber of crafts­men. As well as hav­ing built or re­stored many coun­try houses, it is re­spon­si­ble for the works at Stone­henge (www.rmould­ing.co.uk)

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