Featured Contractor: Basil Wyatt and Sons
Established in 1956, Basil Wyatt & Sons are an Oxford based restoration, refurbishment and new build construction company delivering projects throughout the area and beyond of between £500,000 and £6m.
A real family affair, the company was founded by Basil Wyatt and is now run by his son David. Basil’s grand-daughter, Kate, recently joined the management team to bring the business into its third generation of family leadership.
With a team of 27 permanent staff, Basil Wyatt & Sons specialise in ‘one-off’’, unique projects across a range of sectors including residential, education, healthcare, ecclesiastical, leisure and education sectors. Having won an Oxford Preservation Trust Award in the past for works to The First Church of Christ Scientist in Oxford (pictured) the company currently has a real diversity of schemes on site including a Grade II listed private residence and a new build school extension.
Basil was originally trained as a bricklayer by his father and became known for his keen eye for detail. After the war he decided to work independently and founded the company on the principles of building strong relationships with clients and delivering quality construction. Since that time the company has become one of Oxfordshire’s most reputable building companies with Basil Wyatt’s founding principles of quality and relationships still very much at the heart of the business today.
“I would like to thank you and your team for doing such a good job at Long Hanborough Methodist Church and for the care and cooperation that was clearly apparent throughout the construction stage. Please pass on our thanks to all concerned, and I know that the Employers are delighted with the completed project.”
Stanhope Wilkinson Associates
“The job carried out by Basil Wyatt was to a very high standard. They were brilliant to work with, cooperation was excellent. Our project was delivered on time and we would thoroughly recommend them.”
Long Hanborough Methodist Church
Supporting future skills in construction
Basil Wyatt & Sons not only value each staff member’s contribution to the success of a project and provide on-going training and development, they also have an eye on supporting future skills and talent. The company has been a member of the Construction Industry Training Board for 60 years and is also a member of the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group (OCTG).
They currently have one trainee site manager and trainee student quantity surveyor who is on a one year work placement.
“My experience with Basil Wyatt & Sons has been such an adventure. When I first joined the company for my work placement year as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor, I was so impressed by how welcoming the family-business was and the amount of guidance and support I received. My colleagues continue to encourage me to ask questions and to participate in discussions and meetings with clients and other consultants. This makes me feel a lot more like a member of a team rather than a mere work placement student!”
Lilian Heng, work placement student, Basil Wyatt & Sons.
Tackling myths about construction as a career
In February 2017 Kate Wyatt teamed up with Oxfordshire Apprentices, electrical contractor Clarkson Evans and building contractor Wain and Francis to run a construction industry careers event for Year 8 students at Wheatley Park School.
The main aim of the event was to encourage more students to consider a career in construction and to open their eyes to the many opportunities.
Kate particularly wanted to make the point that the construction industry can offer a varied career.
She said: "I was really trying to help give them a sense that there is more to the construction industry than just bricklaying and trades.
I have had quite a varied career, it is not just what you see on a building site. They really did seem to soak it all up, I was really impressed.
We had a question and answer session and they were asking really engaged questions. Breaking down gender barriers helps massively too."
Oxfordshire Apprenticeships aim to help organise more of these events in the future to allow school pupils to find out more about the variety of careers the industry can offer.
On site at Leighton Park School, Reading
In December 2016 Basil Wyatt & Sons were awarded a £3M contract by Leighton Park School in Reading. They will be constructing a two-storey teaching block to enhance the music and media facilities of the school.
The project itself is an impressive scheme architecturally and will comprise of state-of-the-art classrooms, group practice rooms, music recording facilities and office accommodation. The project will also include modifications to the existing front entrance that will provide a full-capacity theatre.
The company will be working closely with the school, NVB Architects and BDB Marstan quantity surveyors to ensure the work is carried out with as minimal disruption to the school as possible.
New clubhouse, The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club
Basil Wyatt & Sons joined forces with South Bucks District Council and their design team to create an impressive new clubhouse for The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
The project consisted of building a new bright and airy clubhouse for the local golfing community. The clubhouse includes a bar, restaurant, new kitchens, indoor and outdoor seating areas and change facilities with showers. The golf club remained open throughout the construction period allowing golfers to continue their play without disturbance.
A new greenkeeper’s facility was also built to provide secure workshops, office and welfare facilities together with a storage compound and wash down facility.
Egyptian-style private residence
With designs by architect John Outram, Basil Wyatt & Sons undertook the building of this unusual and substantial house, together with extensive external landscaping. Built to a high specification throughout, vaulted ceilings, coloured concrete window profiles and high quality joinery were used alongside specialised paint finishes to create an Egyptian style. The property also includes an infinity swimming pool, which is finished in black mosaic tiling.
Externally, self-coloured render was used on the walls to provide Egyptian motifs. The landscaping includes a water feature that leads down to the River Thames.
Please visit www.basilwyatt.co.uk for more information.
With thanks to Kate Wyatt and Rachel Honey at Basil Wyatt & Sons Limited
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