Mrs L. Butcher

Double Storey and Single Front Extension

“Just wanted to drop you a note to say a very big thank you for our beautifully transformed home.  We genuinely can’t thank you enough for bringing to life our ideas and creating a wonderful family space for us.  The level of workmanship is exceptional and the whole team were an absolute pleasure to have around.

From our first meeting right through to the last day, you guys have all been so professional and made having a large extension (whilst living here) seamless.  

Oliver, your team are an absolute credit to you and I can’t praise them enough, everybody was polite, respectful and brilliant with the children.  This is all a reflection of the way you have structured your business and from someone who works in the construction industry, I think competitors could learn a lot.  Having a supervisor on site every day throughout the build is invaluable as are the reliable sub contractors you use.  Not to mention the office based staff too!

Which leads me to Sarah – she is a real asset to the whole process and certainly took away a lot of the anticipated stresses.  She is super efficient and nothing is too much trouble, even when I was asking her for quotes on multiple options!

And Adam, what can I say, he is a superstar!  I realised early on that we were in very safe hands with him as our supervisor, and he didn’t disappoint.  He effortlessly managed everything on a day to day basis to ensure that it ran smoothly, to programme and with the least disruption to us.  His work ethic is incredible and he’s a genuinely lovely guy to have around the home.  You never have to ask him anything twice as no sooner have you asked, it’s done! The children are really going to miss him and some of the other guys as they really have been part of our family life for the last few months!

I can hand on heart say that you guys cared as much about the finished product as we did and the finish certainly shows that.

Finally we were originally concerned about the feedback we might get from the neighbours when embarking on the extension but I can honestly say that everyone has been so complimentary about the team, the professional manor in which you conduct the site and the way in which you guys work.  I would not hesitate to highly recommend you to any of our friends or family and in fact, have done so, multiple times already!

If we ever embark on another extension, then we would love to work with you again! Wishing you all every success in the future.”

 Mr L. Cragg

Bathroom Refurb

“Thank you very much for our new bathroom + doorway.  I/we are really pleased with the quality of the work Richard has produced + his ensuring quality maintains all the trades.  He has done a fantastic job.  Also I want to thank Sarah + Mike both, for keeping everything running smoothly and making everything painless.

I’ve had a few bits of building work done over the last year with varying degrees of stress.  I’m glad to say you’ve restored my faith in the profession.  Good to meet people who really care about what they do and want to do a quality job.  Thank you.”

 Mr Abbott

Single Storey Extension

“We just wanted to say how pleased we are with the house, and the work that Alan Bender did was fabulous from start to finish. Thanks again so much.”

 Mrs J. King

Internal & External Alterations

“I can whole-heartedly recommend Alan Bender Ltd, both for the quality of their work, which is impeccable and beautiful, but also for their friendliness, attention to detail, reliability and efficiency. Not only do they provide a schedule  showing which trades will be working on site and when; they also start work when they say they will and complete it when they say they will. A major refurbishment is always stressful, but Alan Bender made everything run smoothly and easily. They really are a pleasure to work with”

 Mrs Hill

Commercial Renovations

“Firstly, I know I have already said it, but a huge thank you to you and the team for the amazing amount of work that was completed over Easter. Absolutely amazing and the feedback has been really positive all day”

 Mr G. Rodgers

Garage Conversion

“Thank you for all the work you carried out. It was completed on time, on quote and to a high standard and would recommend Alan Bender Ltd. as a professional builder/contractor.”

 Mr & Mrs D. Hughes

Internal Staircase Alterations

 “We would like to thank you very much for a second successfully completed project, made all the more enjoyable by an exceptional team of builders in Larry, Ray and Max.”

 Mr A Scott

Single Story Extension And Various Alterations

We would recommend Alan Bender Ltd. At our first meeting, Oliver Bender brought his building expertise to our architect’s plans, suggesting several ways to reduce costs while preserving the architect’s intent. During the tender process the Bender’s admin team did a great job in quickly answering our questions. Their tender indicated a 12 week timescale; much the same as quotes we had from other builders. Bender’s site supervisor is only working on your job; none of the “we are working somewhere else today.” The supervisor pulls in the other trades as necessary. Simon, our site supervisor, worked to very high quality standards and showed skill in planning, coordination and customer service. The result was that their work finished 4 weeks early and we are very pleased with the result. We highly recommend Oliver Bender and his team.”

 Mrs M. Osborn

Internal & External Alterations

“Just wanted to say thank you to everyone at Alan Bender Ltd for carrying out my recent renovations. Really, really pleased – everything looks fantastic and your staff & contractors were all great, nothing was too much trouble. Thank you too for all the liaising you did to ensure that everything was as required. Alan Bender Ltd is certainly a company I would not hesitate to recommend.”

 Mrs M. Von Wrede

External Decorations

“We are absolutely chuffed with the works you have undertaken. It was well worth the research and wait to find the right company. From the moment you started, it has been non-stop and you have certainly delivered exactly what we were hoping to achieve. The project was completed well ahead of schedule and the result has added massive kurb appeal to our house and the area. To your entire team, Thank you very much for all your hard work, discipline and efficiency.”

 Laurie Wood Architects

New Build

“My wife and I are very pleased with the new house. It was a difficult task for any builder to build a house for an architect and here Alan Bender Ltd excelled. His care and attention to detail was ‘spot-on’ and his workforce carried out the building to a very high standard. As architects we expect high standards of workmanship and on this project we were not disappointed. We also had a very good working relationship with the builder throughout the contract and this always makes life more pleasant and more often than not, create a better end result.”

 Mr Marfleet

New Build

“On behalf of Mersea Island Rugby Club, we may thank you for the professional manner in which you delivered the changing rooms. The contract was not only delivered four weeks early, but within the budget and to a standard that is a credit to you, your site foreman Dave and the company. Running a construction company myself, I fully appreciated the complexities delivering a project that involves working for a committee on a building within a public open space. The works were fully segregated from the public at all times, ensuring safety as a paramount importance. In doing this, the needs of other sports clubs using the area were fully considered to minimise the disruption. All parties have been complimentary on standard of the finish and I would like to thank you and your staff for the ease with which you allowed me to project manage the project with your non-confrontational, co-operative approach. I wish you every success on future contracts.”

 Mr K. Fincham

Rear Extension & Alterations

“Reflecting on the last few months, I have to say what you guys have done for us is incredible. Finding a builder can be very stressful but you made the process straightforward from the start. You and your staff have been extremely helpful and professional throughout. You kept us on schedule and delivered us to the perfect build. It was refreshing dealing with a proper company with office staff who can answer all our questions. You are a credit to the industry and the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ has never been so true. Your business philosophy is in my opinion, a recipe for success. This is because you are hands on and client focused , which is a rare thing in the building industry. Adam became a part of the family for 2 1/2 months and was always there to listen to my comments and action my additional requests. My son even asked where he was after the last day of the build. I believe ‘Adam gone’ was the phrase. I have never met such a versatile builder before , he is a credit to ABL. Sarah has been fantastic from the start. She always provided answers quickly and no question was too much trouble. I received very positive comments from my neighbours and others regarding your work and your team’s conduct onsite. Everyone who came onsite during the build mentioned how tidy and organised you and your guys were. Thank you on behalf of the family for turning our house into a beautiful modern space. I wish you and your company success in 2019. I would recommend you in a heartbeat.”

Mr & Mrs Malone

External Wall Extension

“We just wanted to write and express our sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the excellent work carried out by your team over the last couple of weeks. They always turned up when they said they would, they were polite and friendly yet unobtrusive, they were all extremely hardworking with a real attention to very small detail, they were very tidy (even to the extent of sweeping up small bits from the lawn) and the work they have carried out is absolutely brilliant – the wall looks amazing. Please thank them all very much on our behalf – they are a credit to your company”.

 Mr & Mrs Baker


“Richard has left after everything was completed to a very high standard and neat and tidy. He has been a first-class craftsman for the project so far as we are concerned, and so have all the other specialists who have been involved in the work. The bathroom has transformed the property! As you said, the finish on the tiling would be fine and it certainly is. Thank you so much for your professional oversight and management of the project. We certainly have no hesitation in recommending your company should the occasion arise.“

Mr & Mrs Scott

Kitchen Extension

“We would like to thank you once again for everything you and your team did for us. They worked hard, carefully and continuously. There was always a cheerful atmosphere on the sites and it was a pleasure to have them around. The site was left clean and tidy each day. The whole project was on time despite the additional work, and importantly, it was also on budget.“

Mrs Rice

Internal Alterations

“I needed the whole of the ground floor renovating…new bathroom, kitchen and living room / dining area and Alan Bender Ltd but were recommended to me.  I have been so happy with the professionalism of all staff and the excellent work that has been carried out.  It’s a big deal to let someone into your home that you know you can trust but I am happy to say I would recommend Alan Bender Ltd and will definitely be using them again in the future….they have transformed my home!.“

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