About Benchmark

Benchmark (Bakewell) Ltd is a family run building company based in the Peak National Park. Ben Robson started the company in 2000 following 10 years working for large national building companies.

"Once my kids came along, travelling around the UK became tiresome, so I decided to become self employed and focus my attention on working locally" says Ben.

Benchmark (Bakewell) Ltd is a family run building company based in the Peak National Park. Ben Robson started the company in 2000 following 10 years working for large national building companies.

"Once my kids came along, travelling around the UK became tiresome, so I decided to become self employed and focus my attention on working locally" says Ben.

From there the Company grew and blossomed, expanding its expertise and extending its relationship with architects, suppliers and high quality sub-contractors.

Here we are now and his order book currently takes him through into next year. Having just completed a highly successful project at Heeley City Farm, a fabulous sun room extension at the Unitarian Conference Centre in Great Hucklow and a complete renovation and refurbishment of a shop on Abbeydale Road, he is just about to commence extensive refurbishment of a listed building near Hartington.

Expertise

Ben graduated in Building and Civil Engineering at Sheffield University in 1991, followed by 9 years working in the building industry on projects including:

Meadowhall, The Hilton Hotel in Sheffield, Felixstowe Docks, Boots the Chemist renovation after the Manchester bombing, East Midlands Airport DHL distribution centre, water treatment works, sewage treatment works, Rolls Royce offices...

Ben graduated in Building and Civil Engineering at Sheffield University in 1991, followed by 9 years working in the building industry on projects including:

Meadowhall, The Hilton Hotel in Sheffield, Felixstowe Docks, Boots the Chemist renovation after the Manchester bombing, East Midlands Airport DHL distribution centre, water treatment works, sewage treatment works, Rolls Royce offices and engine servicing facility in Derby, River works for the Environmental Agency, the Magna Project in Rotherham and even a Mother and Baby unit in Wakefield Prison.

Ben has a thorough understanding of structures, design and project management across the field of building and civil engineering.

He started out as a Setting-out Engineer and progressed to a Project Manager for Carillion, Mace and Birse Construction; consequently, he is well versed in safety, quality control and cost management.

He loves his work, thrives on high quality and while the company evolves, he faces choices, yet always does his best to care for his employees, the community and the environment. For him it’s all about communication and relationships; he likes to say "It looks like I’m in the bricks and sticks business but really I'm in the people business". 

He believes that; its his ethos; everything he does is about and for his clients, employees and partners in the supply chain.

Reputation

Since our beginning in 2000 we have received recommendations and referrals for our high quality craftsmanship from the Peak National Park Planning Authority, Derbyshire Dales and High Peak Building Control.

Benchmark has excellent working relationships with a number of local architectural firms including...

Since our beginning in 2000 we have received recommendations and referrals for our high quality craftsmanship from the Peak National Park Planning Authority, Derbyshire Dales and High Peak Building Control.

Benchmark has excellent working relationships with a number of local architectural firms including:

  • Burnell Briercliffe Architects of Sheffield 
    Mike Briercliffe - 01142 560923
  • Oldfield Design of Bakewell
    Joe Oldfield - 01629 813301
  • Richard Mundy Design Ltd of Bakewell
    Richard Mundy - 01629 815053
  • Turner Design Associates Ltd
    Peter Slinn - 01246 292990
  • Adam Bench Architects of Buxton
    Adam Bench - 01298 71199
  • Kevin Bradbury Architects of Matlock
    Richard Bradbury - 01629 580 555
  • Sine Aequalis Ltd, Structural Engineers, Buxton
    Richard Houghton - 01298 73899

These Blue Chip architectural companies recommend us to clients again and again. They stake their reputation on ours, based on years of repeatedly successful projects that finished on time, on budget and to the highest standard of workmanship.

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