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Sponsor’s Profile: CG Building & Restoration

Blending craftsmanship and project management expertise to deliver high quality building projects 


CG Building & Restoration, who have supported the York Design Awards for two years now, is the new name for a company that many will know as ‘Carter Grice’. As it enters its latest era, adopting a new brand that more clearly communicates its core services was an important step for the business, according to MD Vernon Carter.


“We have a great depth of experience and capabilities within restoration and renovation, but this is only part of what we have to offer,” says Vernon. “So rather than focusing attention solely on these kind of projects, we felt it was important for customers old and new to be clear that we can deliver any kind of small to medium sized commercial or residential scheme, whether it’s new build or refurbishment. Becoming CG Building & Restoration marks the next stage in our business development, and we are really excited about the future.”

With a workforce of 22 employees, CG Building & Restoration has a highly skilled, directly employed team offering a mix of trades and craftsmanship. The company works with architects and developers across Yorkshire on a diverse range of projects, including stunning residential extensions and renovations. In fact, it was the building contractor that delivered a York Design Award winning project in 2016, the Shadow House for Doma Architects, which was a contemporary extension to a period property incorporating modern grey cladding and large areas of glazing.

“The Whole Shebang”

The Shadow House project is typical of a residential niche that CG Building & Restoration has carved over recent years, often taking full responsibility for the design and build. It is in these kinds of projects that its complete package service emerged, which it calls “The Whole Shebang”.


Vernon explains, “Homeowners and first time developers can often feel daunted by a building project and may not know where to begin. That’s why we have a service that encapsulates everything and it is ‘The Whole Shebang’. We’ll appoint an architect to bring an idea or concept to life and they will deliver a detailed design, after which we will manage all necessary permissions and approvals and arrange all the different trades to build the project. At the end, when we are happy that the project is built to our high standards, we handover the complete finished building.

“This service is simple to use because we take control of the project and clients can get on with their daily lives without having to juggle managing a building project around work, family and social life. In addition, we are able to keep costs under control and predictable, eliminating the risk of any nasty surprises with the final bill.”

Helping architects and nurturing future builders


CG’s direct and growing client base for fully managed projects goes hand in hand with its work with architects involved in a wide variety of commercial, public sector and housing schemes. The company’s strong track record is demonstrated in the mix of local projects it has successfully delivered for architects, including the full re-ordering and enhancement of the front entrance to the main building at St Peter’s School, and the Rainbow Equine Hospital in Malton. This involved a new steel framed extension to form surgical treatment rooms, an MRI scanner room, ancillary rooms, staff accommodation and new stables. The works included the construction of the steel frame, associated groundworks and concrete floor, roof and wall cladding, Mechanical, Electrical and Air Conditioning, and a new hoist system for transporting horses throughout the medical facility.

Vernon continues, “We are ideally placed to deliver small to medium sized projects, both new developments and those which incorporate a renovation or restoration element. Our current order book reflects the breadth of what we do, and includes projects located in Scarborough, Goole, Leeds and Doncaster, as well as in and around York.

“Our directly employed team is supplemented through our long established network of subcontractors, who we trust and can depend on to match our high standards of workmanship. It’s an approach that will enable us to grow whilst developing our own skilled tradespeople of the future.”

CG Building & Restoration is already providing one apprenticeship and it is in the process of creating another opportunity. It is part of a programme to guarantee continuity for clients and enable the company to nurture and develop its own talent. In doing so, CG is being proactive in ensuring the next generation will have the skills and craftsmanship to deliver for clients in a period that could face serious skills shortages stemming from the last recession and Brexit.

Find out more about CG Building & Restoration.

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