“The problems of dealing with builders and building projects in general are legendary and usually a good supply of aspirin is needed to carry one through to completion.
I have carried out projects in Europe, England but mostly Scotland. In the main most builders try to satisfy their clients but almost invariably there are problems in quality of finish, time, overspend etc unless you have the AGB experience.
AGB tendered on a small development of mine in Kenmore. There was a renovation of an old cottage and two new semi-detached cottages and with the added complication of being in a conservation area with a complicated problem with a historic wall. They were the chosen best tenderer but there was some initial nervousness as I had never dealt with the company before. They seemed very straightforward, honest and keen to finish the job to the highest standard …….. and …………. they did just that! The project was finished on time, on budget and to the highest quality. Any teething problem was immediately resolved and therefore I have no hesitation in recommending AGB. I would be happy for anyone to examine the quality of their work.
“Having been recommended to us by several other local Architects, I worked recently with AGB on a number of projects in the village of Kenmore. The projects ranged from new build holiday homes on a tight riverside site to the sensitive refurbishment and extension to a number of listed buildings within a historic conservation area. Allan’s ‘hands on’ approach to managing progress and monitoring the build quality was invaluable in delivering a complex project to a tight programme whilst maintaining the high level of finish quality required for five star holiday accommodation. Build costs were competitive and monitored and controlled efficiently by Billy during the build, with any cost adjustments during construction negotiated swiftly in a fair and transparent fashion. Opportunities for savings which were regularly identified by AGB where appropriate.
In today’s climate of restricted budgets, strict deadlines and tight profit margins it is easy to resort to an adversarial and contractual approach when the inevitable problems arise during construction. It was refreshing to have a contractor who worked in partnership with the design team and client to find pragmatic, cost effective solutions to the unforeseen on-site challenges that cropped up. Similarly, AGB took the initiative to re-programmed works to mitigate potential time delays that would otherwise have been caused by circumstances outwith their control.
It is rare these days to have a project where the “snagging list” at project completion is short enough to fit on a single sheet of A4. It is testament to AGB’s proactive management and quality of work that all the Kenmore projects fall into this category. Most importantly the result was a very satisfied client and a product that we all can be proud of, and McKenzie Strickland Associates would not hesitate to work with AGB again on future projects.”
“My cottage, overlooking Loch Tay, looked in a sorry state when we approached AGB to undertake a major refurbishment. I had thought the roof was in reasonably good order but was told in no uncertain terms that it would require a total overhaul, and slates rather than tiles were recommended. As regards the outside, we were advised that, before anything was done, we should redo the windows and doors which were what might kindly be called “1980’s technology”.
At the outset I had been looking just to reclad the building and having established that both the roof and doors/windows needed to be redone, we got around to the cladding and Russwood was recommended. Billy Ferguson of AGB was absolutely right, the roof did need replacing and the doors and windows likewise. The result has been truly transformational and anyone seeing the property for the first time would probably think it was a new build, done to a high specification.
No work is ever without its glitches, but what I liked about working with AGB is that any issues were dealt with in a thoroughly professional way and put right with no questions asked. The project came in slightly later than anticipated and as a result all additional work slightly higher than the original budget, but in retrospect this was money very well spent and one cannot often say that about a refurbishment project.
In short, I would thoroughly recommend AGB, who employ very professional workers who are a pleasure to deal with.”
“We were delighted with the whole project from start to finish and the way AGB helped us get the most out of the process from both a cost and a design perspective. Their suggestions were knowledgeable and immensely helpful in giving us direct advice and solutions to our queries as they arose.
We were kept updated with regular site meetings and we were most impressed with the way the project ran – everyone who was meant to be on site, was on site; everything worked well – it was very impressive.
We would have no hesitation in recommending AGB – in fact, we already have!”
“We showed AGB some magazine photos and they worked with our architects to realise our vision. We valued their positive attitude, their good-humoured teamwork and effective site management. AGB was flexible, well-organised and regularly offered creative solutions to unusual problems. We highly recommend AGB.”
“We recently completed work on a steading renovation project in Perth working alongside AGB Scotland Limited.
The project involved a careful restoration of the original fabric of the building shell and envelope and the extensive modernisation of the interior including the integration of large glazed screens, windows and rooflights.
Interior finishes and fixed furniture were largely brought together through the introduction of recycled materials, including timber cladding, railway sleepers, the reconditioning of antique light fittings and many items collected by the client over the years. Bespoke taps made out of basic plumbing materials, light fittings from standard galvanised conduits also demanded a ‘non standard’ approach.
The project was therefore extremely complex in nature and it was clear from the outset that a collaborative approach between the design team and the main contractor was required to achieve the best outcome.
The trades people involved stepped up to the mark demonstrating impressive Artisan skills and at all times tackling problem solving with enthusiasm and professionalism.
AGB proved to be extremely organised due to their office based back up staff. This ultimately provides the solid foundation from which they are able to work efficiently.
Our experience of working with AGB was therefore very positive and we hope to work with them again soon.”
“AGB were very impressive with skilled craftsmen in house, good subcontractors and a can-do attitude. Allan Brown was very professional and hands-on. He worked well with the whole team to find solutions to the occasional problems. We would strongly recommend AGB.”
“We asked AGB to build a home for us of scale and ambition. They were the perfect contractor. Tidy, professional and courteous, they delivered the project in the expected time frame and within the expected budget despite some poor weather and unavoidable delays.
We were so impressed by AGB, that I would unequivocally recommend them to anyone considering a new build home and go so far as to suggest that you can trust AGB to deliver your project with the least involvement of a design team. They have the capacity to build what an architect designs and there is no requirement for project management or quantity surveyor support.
I would have no issue in trusting AGB to deliver a project without a professional design team to oversee their work. They are professionals to the end.”
“AGB were excellent to deal with from the initial pricing / tender stage right through the construction process to agreeing the Final Account with no surprises on the way! They also had the ability to keep the site and works consistently neat and tidy with very little rubbish / debris lying around at all times and the quality of the work was first class.
In conclusion, AGB had the ability to get the job done correctly and to a high standard of workmanship, they were helpful at all times, kept within the financial parameters of the project and I have no hesitation in recommending them for future projects.”
“It was good to be able to use a local firm of contractors on this common repairs contract on a listed tenement building comprising 2 shops and 5 flats. The standard of workmanship has been excellent. Where any problems arose, they were dealt with promptly.
I would have no hesitation recommending AGB as Allan and his team have been easy to do business with.”
“AGB worked hard and delivered a complex job overcoming tricky access issues to successfully refurbish this historic building and also greatly improve the future maintenance of the adjoining light well.”
“As a construction professional it is important to have a competent and enthusiastic team in all aspects of a project. AGB have met these requirements by providing a quality service and a well executed construction phase.”
Architect, Renovations, Perth
“We would not hesitate to recommend AGB. Their policy is to give a good, reliable service and this was followed from management through to the whole team.”
Client, Renovation, Blairgowrie
“We chose AGB to do our internal conversion making our separate kitchen and dining room into one family living space. We found Allan and his team very easy to work with and the results were exactly what we wanted. As we were not living in the property at the time they project managed the works and kept us up to speed with progress.
I would not hesitate to recommend AGB to my friends or family and would happily use them again ourselves.”
Client, Conversion, Perth
“AGB were excellent throughout. Their design ideas were great and the work delivered on time and for the quotation. The finishings and detail were of an excellent standard. We are very pleased with the work and will use them again.”
Client, Renovation, Perth
“We would have no hesitation in recommending AGB to others. We really felt we could trust AGB to carry out the job to a high standard.”
Client, New Build, Perth
“We found the work was completed to a high standard and would not hesitate to recommend AGB.”
Client, Renovation, Perth
“I built a new house in Fife (knocked down an existing house and bespoke new build). I live in London and used an architect and QS to help me. The project is completed and my family and I are delighted with it.
I would wholeheartedly recommend AGB and would be happy to talk to any prospective clients.”
“The tradesmen were friendly and obliging and workmanship was to the highest standard. We could not have asked for more.
Thanks once again for the work that was undertaken in my house, I will definitely be recommending you!!
Client, Extension, Perth
“We had our bathroom done by AGB – there were no hold-ups with the different tradesmen and they all cleaned up behind them every night. The job was finished in the stated time. So all in all we are a very satisfied customer! We would highly recommend them.”
Client, Renovations, Perth
“AGB kept me constantly updated on progress of the build and were very accommodating if any changes to the original plans were required. We are delighted with the completed new facilities which have made a huge difference to the quality of our working environment.
“We are delighted with the carpark extension. AGB provided competitive prices, programmes and very good quality of work. We look forward to working with them again in the near future.”
Commercial Client, Civils, Madderty
“Having been involved in building projects both nationally & internationally over the past 30 years, I can say with no hesitation that I have not been involved in a project which has run so smoothly and provided us with a quality product.”
“I would recommend AGB as the project was run smoothly and any issues were dealt with professionally and with the main aim being to deliver a quality project on time and budget.
I was impressed with AGB on a number of levels and, in particular, with the way they were organised and the quality of work they produced. At all times the focus was on achieving a high quality of work with the client well informed throughout the process.
I was also pleased when positive suggestions to improve the project were suggested as this displays a true pride in the end product. I would definitely recommend AGB to future clients.”
”We decided to appoint AGB due to their attention to detail, their willingness to arrange for us to see previous work they had undertaken and because they were upfront and realistic about likely timescales. It was extremely importantly for us to have transparency on costings at all times during the project and overall AGB did a good job of achieving this. AGB have an excellent team of builders and subcontractors, and we very extremely impressed by the attitude of all on site. They were dedicated, courteous and skilled.
As with all projects on old houses, you run into a few unexpected obstacles but we found AGB were always working hard to find best possible solution for us (not necessarily the easiest one for them).
We are extremely pleased with the overall result and workmanship of AGB and would not hesitate in recommending them.”
“A fantastic company to build your home with very helpful & friendly staff. My house is built to a very high standard and finish. Throughout the build I was appraised with what was happening and when, which was useful for ordering stuff for the house. House site was kept neat and tidy and secure.
AGB are not a cheap company but you get what you pay for with a 5-star finish which is what you want at the end of a build.”
“AGB were very client orientated and strived to be helpful and meet our needs as the customer. They listened carefully to our requirements and were creative with suggestions to ensure our project fulfilled our needs.
Any enquiries/questions throughout the duration of the project were dealt with in a professional and helpful manner.
The work done was of the highest standard and met the timescale set out. The finished result has exceeded our expectations.
I would not hesitate to recommend AG as we have been 100% satisfied with the services they provided. Our kitchen/diner and utility room is beautiful and admired by all who visit our home.”
Client, Renovation, Perth
“The workmen cleaned up after themselves daily, were all extremely polite and did not cause as much disruption as I expected! Any issues were dealt with promptly and efficiently.
I have already recommended AGB to several friends.”
Client, Renovation, Perth
“We have been impressed with AGB from the outset and are delighted with the finished product which has been built to the highest of standards. All of our dealings with AGB have been acted upon promptly and in a professional manner.
We would highly recommend AGB to any potential customer.”