‘Jason does what he says he’s going to do, he shouts early if he foresees issues and he always has a solution.’ – Alison McDowell (a client)
Jason Wilkinson of Whitehall Construction has a simple, effective business philosophy. ‘I’m hands-on – I like to be on site every day. I think my approach stems from the fact that I started out on the ground floor of the trade.
‘I’ve learned how important it is to be available – it’s the best way to build a positive relationship with a client and find solutions to issues.’ Having left school to become a bricklayer, Jason took his City and Guilds and worked as foreman on projects for Carillion and McAlpine. He co-founded Whitehall Construction six years ago with the aim of specialising in full-house renovation, loft conversion, kitchen and side return extensions, basement excavation and bathroom re-design.
‘We have the knowledge to take any job from Planning and Design through to Build,’ he says. ‘We’re used to liaising with architects and structural engineers and I have a permanent team of top-quality, reliable craftsmen. If I do ever need to employ specialist sub-contractors, I only use people I know and trust.’
Jason stresses the importance of good project management. ‘It’s essential to explain the process clearly – why something will work and why
it won’t. It’s about being open.
In my opinion, many builders today have become more like salesmen. They get work in and then farm it out. So you lose that line of communication and personal contact.’
Jason is equally emphatic in his views on pricing and delivery. ’I give a realistic quote, not a deliberately cheap price to secure a contract. Our fees are fixed from the beginning, so there are no nasty surprises. Also, we deliver what we promise and on time. I’d like
to think that over 30 years’ experience helps me anticipate problems and come up with practical answers.’
Jason is happy for potential clients to view previous completed projects. ‘We’re proud of what we do. We don’t cut corners and craftsmanship means everything to us.’
2 Whitehall Gardens, Ealing, London, W3 9RD