When Peter Barnes founded Elmcroft in 1976 he had two objectives. Firstly to build a business that his sons could join when they were old enough, and secondly to give his clients excellent service
Fast forward to today - 43 years later his objectives have become reality! Our mission is to 'provide a frictionless groundwork & builders work package to the modular contractor, enabling them to offer turnkey solutions to their clients'. With a strong track record, commitment to client satisfaction & years of experience in our game, we continue to win projects on the strength of our reputation, & quality of our work.
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After leaving one of the large national construction companies of the time, Elmcroft Services is set up by Peter Barnes with a ladder and a set of paint brushes doing house painting and small building works.
The year of the Queens silver jubilee & also the year Peter Barnes, purchased the first company van. A second hand Ford Escort van.
Elmcroft start targeting primarily small domestic building works.
Peter's 10 year old twin boys Colin & Keith start to join him on site, to give a helping hand and get their first taste of working in construction!
Peter upgrades his company vehicle to a more spacious VW transporter.
Elmcroft start to take on larger projects including more industrial & commercial construction works.
Elmcroft take on their 1st employee.
Elmcroft hire three lock up garages to start storing equipment as it out-grows the garage at home.
Peter's two sons leave school and join him in the business. Keith trains as a bricklayer & Colin as a carpenter.
Elmcroft move into a new office - a basic log cabin in Peter's back garden! More employees join the company. Steady growth follows.
The company purchases it's first excavator!
The company has moved into their own freehold yard in Harrow for the storage of plant & equipment, and also purchase their own 7.5 tonne beaver-tail truck.
Peter is taken ill and steps back from the day to day running of the business. Colin steps up and takes more responsibility for day to day running of the business.
Management make the decision to move away from domestic work and focus exclusively on industrial & commercial construction.
The company relocates offices to a larger space in Watford.
Colin Barnes - Managing Director takes over full responsibility of business operations, although his father - now in his 80's still comes to work most days and likes to run errands out to site.
The company moves again to larger freehold premises in Watford, which supports further growth.
The modular construction side of the business grows rapidly & workforce grows to 15+ operatives plus subcontractors. Elmcroft move to a larger 1 acre yard to facilitate the ever growing fleet of plant & equipment. Elmcroft takes on more projects outside of London & the home counties.
Elmcroft Services becomes Elmcroft Construction Ltd. During this year the company re-invests into additional plant & equipment to support the growth.
A record year for the company, with labour force now up to 30+ employees. Further investment in vans, plant & equipment. Company strives to deliver on it's core values of Reactive, Solutions Driven, Team Players & Non-Confrontational. It brings its rewards with projects delivered all over the UK.