‘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 recent 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 that approach stems from the fact that I started 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 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 we have a permanent team of top-quality, reliable craftsmen. If I do 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 about 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.’
With many satisfied clients in Chiswick, Jason is happy for potential clients to view his 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