One of the most frequent comments we receive in positive feedback from our clients at Chisholm & Winch is the consistency of service they receive from the team here. And it comes as no surprise. Recently, two of our directors, MD Simon Castle, and procurement & health and safety director, Jason Winch, celebrated 25 years with the company. Their 50 years’ combined service builds on a track record and reputation dating back to 1973 and the way we operate the business today remains true to the values and focus on quality initially put in place by Tony Winch, who set-up the business and is still involved as Chairman today, almost 50 years later.
Simon Castle explains: “We have grown considerably since the early days in the 1970s when Tony established the business as a general building contractor. Today’s Chisholm & Winch bears little resemblance to the old C&W Ltd in terms of the breadth and scale of our capabilities. One thing has never altered, however, and that’s our focus on quality, service and doing things the right way. As a result, we can offer the services of a main contractor or large, multi-disciplined subcontractor with the attention to detail and friendly approach you’d expect from a family business.”
During the 1980s two subsidiaries were established in the form of a Mechanical & Electrical division and a Joinery division ensuring that we developed all the disciplines required to become a main contractor on both new build and refurbishment projects. With all those skills and so much experience under one umbrella as Chisholm & Winch, these days we can offer a boutique approach for specialist requirements, along with truly integrated project delivery for more wide-ranging and larger projects.
Over the years, our experience across multiple disciplines and a varied array of sectors, including commercial, residential, airports and heritage, has enabled us to secure a rich portfolio of interesting and prestigious jobs, including projects at London landmarks such as The Royal Opera House, The British Museum, Greenwich Museum, and The Palace of Westminster, to name but a few. We have also worked with some of the most notable architects in the UK, including Sir Norman Foster, Sir Richard Rogers and David Chipperfield. Working with such prestigious names is a real highlight of our company history, but we also enjoy working collaboratively with architects of all sizes to enhance the buildability of the projects we’re working on and add value at every opportunity.
Over the years we have seen the construction market fluctuate and evolve and we have constantly adapted and changed with it to apply our skills and knowledge to new sectors and client requirements. From the pre-millennium boom, through to the financial crisis of 2009, recovery in the 2010s and now the impact of COVID-19; it’s been our professionalism and integrity that have helped us build our reputation and win repeat business.
A good example of the long-standing relationships we’ve built over the years is Heathrow Airport, where we have delivered innumerable projects both air-side and land-side. Working around the airport’s operational requirements, which has often involved out of hours shifts and phased programmes to maintain business as usual, we have demonstrated an attention to detail, safety and commercial drivers that has resulted in us winning one project after another.
It’s not just our project portfolio, client base and team that have grown over the years either; we have also ensured that best practice has developed as an integral part of our business strategy.
“When I first started with the company 25 years ago, the team only wore hard hats and safety boots,” says Jason Winch, “but now everyone wears full PPE on site, including hard hats, safety footwear, glasses, gloves and hi-vis vests, as part of their normal routine.” Health and safety has become part of Chisholm & Winch’s company culture and our clients trust us to risk assess every project and implement safe practices on site at all times.
There has been a lot of change in the construction sector since Tony Winch first began trading, including new construction techniques and technologies, changes to building regulations and a gamut of commercial factors. We have always leveraged the strengths of tradition while looking forward to the future; a combination that continues to prove valuable in navigating a route to the best possible outcomes for our clients.