S J Quick & Sons Ltd started life in Penzance, West Cornwall, as a partnership in 1970, working on renovations and small extensions. Over the years, we gradually grew in size and were able to take on larger contracts, including many historical works. We soon became well known and respected for our work on church restorations, with many projects being completed for clients such as English Heritage and The Diocese.
In the late 1980s, we started to work with Trinity House Lighthouse Service and, by the early 1990s, we were working closely with the Engineering Directorate at Cowes on the project to automate the UK’s lighthouses. The project involved us working alongside the automation teams on the civil works on well known lighthouses such as Portland Bill, The Eddystone, Wolf Rock, Hartland Point, Godrevy and many more. Our work took us from Holyhead to the Isle of Wight, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.
During this time, Sam and Susan’s three sons joined the business – Martin and William trained as masons, Spencer as a carpenter and joiner. Each developed their skills and became highly experienced, managing our projects in an efficient and professional manner.
In 2010, Sam and Susan’s daughter, Samantha, joined the company as office manager, having spent many years as a medical secretary at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.
Our firm has developed and grown significantly over the years and is now located in new offices and workshops at Rospeath Industrial Estate at Crowlas, between Hayle and Penzance in West Cornwall.
We employ our own masons, carpenters, painters and general operatives and subcontract other specific services (such as mechanical and electrical services) to trusted, high quality associate firms.
The company is affiliated to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and, since the 1970s, we have welcomed apprentices into our team (at least two or three at a time) who are then highly trained in ‘old fashioned’, traditional skills of their trade as well as new, modern methods. Many of our apprentices have gone on to win awards, including Apprentice of the Year.