A brief history of Allwood Buildings Ltd
Allwood Buildings Ltd was incorporated in December 1999 by Terry Kingdon, with his wealth of construction experience, to specialise in the design, manufacture and on site construction of timber frame buildings. The company started with 2 Directors, 5 office staff and 10 factory operatives,
With a rich heritage in private homes and education, Allwood Buildings Ltd has gone from strength to strength since its creation. A project to build a block of flats in Leicester in 2001 was a significant milestone in expanding our residential sector to include social housing and multi rise developments, whilst maintaining private developments for our self-build customers. The Residential sector accounts for a majority of Allwood’s sales and Education remains our second largest sector, including student accommodation for universities, etc. We also have a wealth of experience in other sectors of the industry including Healthcare, e.g. hospital facilities, care and nursing homes, surgeries, etc. Commercial, e.g. shops and offices, visitor centres, airport arrivals hall, etc. Community, e.g. village halls, church halls, etc. and Leisure, e.g. sports pavilions, hotels, chalets, etc.
Terry and Sandra Kingdon are now Chairman and Company Secretary respectively and in 2009 they appointed Steve Griffiths and Charlie Maher to the Board as Managing Director and Operations Director respectively. Andy Barefoot joined the Board as Financial Director in 2014 and the Company now employs 13 members of staff, an average of 17 factory operatives (increased to meet peaks in demand as and when necessary) and an approved list of subcontract timber frame erectors.
Terry, Steve and Charlie have, collectively, over 140 years of experience in the industry.
Steve was appointed Managing Director in September 2009 at which time he implemented a five year Business Plan to recover from the severe recession, survive the subsequent years of austerity and put the company in a sound position to respond to a national economic recovery when it comes. Allwood has achieved or exceed the annual targets set by the Business Plan and we are proud to say the company saw turnover exceed the pre-recession sales for the first time in 2014 and report a profit!
Allwood are Timber Industry Members of TRADA (Timber Research And Development Association) and operate a BM TRADA Chain of Custody procedure: we are FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) accredited and our accreditation is externally audited annually. We are also CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) accredited, and similarly our accreditation is externally audited annually.
As a company we are proud to uphold the high standards set by these various accreditations and we are committed to our responsibility of procuring all our timber products from sustainable sources and protecting the health, welfare and safety of our employees and the environment. Allwood Buildings Ltd have a robust supply chain, including long standing trading relationships and can provide trade references on request.