Building on strong foundations (& closing in on our 100 years)
The current business started life in 1929 when ‘grandfather’ Geoffrey Probert Thomas lent his name to a small building concern.
The first years were largely devoted to working on the local large farm estates mainly maintaining and repairing existing buildings but with a little agricultural contracting as well. The work expanded into the wider local community through word of mouth and reputation over the years and the business was well established when the next generation arrived in the form of ‘son’ Geoff. It was Geoff who built the business towards its current size with steady expansion during the 70’s to early 90’s. The recipe was to keep a tight control on projects from start to finish and enlist only sub contractors with a shared commitment to quality.
As the current generation stepped forward, in the form of David Thomas, the challenge was to build on the good name of the business and integrate the challenges of ever more sophisticated building controls and standards together with more complex internal project management systems. Over the last 20 years since taking over as Managing Director the company has tripled in size, and now looks to take on ever more challenging projects in a wide variety of sectors, both commercial, civil and residential.
When George Thomas returned from Loughborough University in 2011, after studying for a degree in Construction Engineering, the company entered into its 4th Generation, building on the traditional values that remain at the core of the business but now introducing 21st Century technology and ideas.
The commitment to quality and professionalism in all its guises underpins the way we do business; from our head office team of 11 to the on site contractors delivering our services. Of course it is the team who deliver our service who represent the values of the business today and we are fortunate to have staff with 20, 30 and even 40 years experience with G.P. Thomas to share with you.
'G P Thomas have recently completed a new accessible classroom building for us at the Holme Lacy campus of Herefordshire College of Technology. The project demanded that a high-quality facility was delivered in a very tight timescale and for a relatively modest budget. G P Thomas proved to be more than up to the challenge, delivering a meticulously crafted building within the imposed constraints. We were particularly impressed with their customer-focused approach and their commitment to getting the right result for our client - G P Thomas were reassuringly people, rather than process, orientated. They have created a space of which all involved can be justifiably proud. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.'