Bakers of Danbury Ltd is a privately owned family building company which was founded by William Baker, a millwright and engineer, in 1878 at the company’s head office site in Danbury, Essex.
Over the last 130 years, the Company has developed into a diverse business and operates in the educational, commercial, healthcare and housing sectors as well as carrying out insurance repairs for many insurance companies.
William Baker’s company initially carried out repairs to local mills but with the demise of mills, he began to carry out more general repairs, and constructing local properties. For three generations, the Baker family has remained involved in the day-to-day running of the business, before the managers of the Company established ownership.
The firm has developed into a diverse business with a strong blend of traditional ethics and modern capabilities; retaining and expanding its associated specialist joinery, funeral and monumental architectural masonry businesses.
The firm also have a wide range of skills and expertise that includes working on historic and listed buildings and churches, but also encompasses both refurbishment and new buildings in the educational, commercial, housing and health sectors.
The Bakers team operate as a principle contractor with an annual turnover of £15 million, undertaking major works together with smaller projects via their Specialist Works, Joinery and Stonemasonry departments. Due to the firm’s continued expansion they now work throughout East Anglia, London and parts of Kent, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
As a highly respected multi-disciplinary professional organisation, Bakers of Danbury prides itself on attention to detail and on the quality of buildings that they construct, conserve, refurbish or repair. The company is owned by its senior management team who are committed to providing all customers with high-quality workmanship and service.
The company are a non-confrontational organisation and promote team working at all levels to ensure that the construction process is a positive one for all team members. Procurement routes are usually via competitive tendering or negotiation on all types of building contracts, but also include working in partnership with clients and consultants.
The firm’s success is evident from the array of awards they have received which include the RICS Award 2012 for the Eastern Region for the Conservation works to Spains Hall at Finchingfield, joint Winners of the RIBA Award for Conservation 2012 for works at St Pauls Cathedral in London and winners of the 2013 Diocese of Chelmsford Award 2013 for works at St Mary’s Church, Sheering.
The conservation works they undertook on St Marys Church in Baldock, Hertfordshire were Short Listed for the RICS Award 2012, as were works they carried out at The Hermitage in Braxted Park Estate in Essex.
Bakers are concerned with health and safety issues and have and employ a full time in-house health and safety manager as well as employing the services of Eastern Builders Safety Group to monitor health and safety issues on all their sites. They are keen to put the health and safety of employees, clients and the public at the top of its list of priorities.