7th November 2014

Independent Developer Opens Up New Taunton Office

Independent builder C G Fry & Son Ltd, known for its quality of build and attention to detail, announces the opening of a new satellite office at Victoria House in Victoria Street, Taunton.  

The award-winning company is internationally renowned for its prestigious Poundbury development with The Duchy of Cornwall, which has been a NHBC award-winning site for C G Fry & Son on no less than five occasions.  The privately-owned builder also picked up a total of four individual NHBC Quality awards in as many different counties in July this year.  This included the company’s Fern Green in Langport, Somerset for site manager Dave Pillinger at the ‘Pride in the Job’ 2014 awards.  The firm won further awards at the South West regionals held at Weston-super-Mare in October including regional winner for Poundbury.

A family-run company with its head office based near Dorchester, C G Fry & Son was established in the early 1920’s by Managing Director, Philip Fry’s grandfather.  The company today has a turnover of over £50 million and carries out projects in contracting, development and partnership housing across the South West Region.  The company delivers projects in a variety of ways including formal partnering arrangements, Design & Build or through traditional or two-stage tender process.

The new Taunton base will be utilised to service minor contracting works, extensions, refurbishment and new/major projects up to a value of £4m across a large number of sectors throughout Somerset and Devon. With a specialist knowledge of historic and listed buildings, the company employ a direct labour force of skilled tradesmen including carpenters and stonemasons.  The company has its own joinery works with a range of craftsmen who design and make bespoke furniture, doors, staircases, traditional window and hand-built kitchens in a range of wood.  The team of qualified craftsmen across a number of trades is supported by a robust supply chain of quality subcontractors to deliver high standards across a number of sectors.

Two recent C G Fry & Son contracting projects in Somerset are located in the charming and picturesque village of Trull just 2.5 miles from Taunton.  These are a stand-alone two-storey classroom block for Trull Primary School and a new community centre for All Saints Trull Parochial Church Council completed at the end of September.

Mike Pinney, Contracting Director - C G Fry & Son said: “With the difficult economic climate, particularly in the construction industry, there have been many unfortunate casualties with a number of reputable building companies in Taunton sadly going into administration or leaving the town.  Part of our company business plan strategy is to grow the Contracting arm of the business and taking an office in Taunton will hopefully open up many more tendering opportunities in Somerset for us to facilitate this growth. In the longer term we are also looking for our Taunton office to help with the growth of the development and partnership housing side of the businesses. We have just completed two great projects in Taunton which we hope is just the start for us in Somerset.”