Tucked away in Hammersmith’s Brackenbury Village is a Victorian corner shop that is currently being extended, updated and transformed into a family home by one of the best builders in the area.
Garry Clark can be found most days hard at work on the two-storey building at the corner of Aldensley Road and Bradmore Park Road. Locals are curious to see what becomes of the building that 100 years ago housed a thriving greengrocers and more recently was a cake shop and a hairdressers.
Garry, 35, is a local boy, born to Fulham parents in Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and taught the skills of the building trade early on by his father Terry. On leaving school at 16 young Garry followed in his father’s footsteps and then went on to start his own business, G.J.Clark Carpentry & Building. Garry explained how his company has grown over the years.
‘All our work comes via word of mouth. Once we start on one street we usually go house to house, often working in succession on five homes on any given street. ‘We have always been busy even during the 2008 recession. If people are not moving they are improving their homes so there’s always work for us. We have a good reputation and our prices are very competitive. We never slow down, quite the opposite. A lot of families we work for recommend us to other families via the school gate.’
Garry, who is also a keen footballer and has a Level 1 FA coaching badge and coaches junior under nines, is working on his current project with architect Jason Wren. ‘Jason will keep many features to maintain the building’s character.
‘I can’t believe I’ve lived and worked in the area all my life but never knew Brackenbury existed. I really like it, it’s very peaceful and you forget where you are.’
Garry’s next project will be his marriage in July to long-term partner Nadine, a hairdresser. They will be joined on their honeymoon in the Maldives by their three children aged 12, eight and six. After that it’s back to building a secure future for the whole family.
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