About Us

Palmers of Oakham Limited has been based in Rutland for 75 years. As a family-owned, award winning company, we use traditional skills and materials in order to achieve heritage standards in renovation, refurbishment, conservation and construction. Since 1993 our core business has been quality conversions of listed country properties and other prestigious work including specialist construction projects. During the 35 years John and Adrian Palmer (father and son) have owned the company, we have based our core business on return work with a range of local architects. We work mainly, but not exclusively, within a radius of 60 miles of Oakham.

Undertaking contracts with a value of up to £3,000,000, in addition to smaller domestic projects, we are pleased to advise on design and planning, the use of local architects, surveyors and structural engineers.

We take a pride in the quality of our buildings, and in the relationships that we establish with our clients and design teams.

We have long-established links with various local stone, joinery and other specialist material suppliers, and we have invested heavily in plant and equipment to allow us to work efficiently.

Company Description

Our workforce is skilled and stable, with a number of our employees having been with us for many years. We have a low turnover of labour and employ regular, carefully selected sub contractors who match our own high standards. Our employees have been well-trained, promoted on merit to working foreman where possible, and we do not rely on agency labour. All site managers have passed their SMSTS courses, in addition to first aiding and other management training to achieve NVQ level 6.

Management Structure

Adrian Palmer – Managing Director – trained at Manchester University as a Civil Engineer and worked for Taylor Woodrow for 3 years as a Site Engineer. He joined Palmers over 30 years ago, and worked in all departments before taking over as Managing Director when his father John took semi-retirement in 1998.

Lorna Nicholls - Office/Accounts Manager

The company has remained stable in the face of the UK’s volatile economic climate through careful management, fostering strong relationships with architects and clients, and by commitment to meeting high quality standards and customer expectations.



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