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Restoring the Past, Creating the Future

william-birch-construction-teamProviding sound craftsmanship in a bespoke and innovative way is at the heart of William Birch. We pride ourselves on delivering great customer service in a traditional style, but above all in showing a passion for everything we do.

Whether we are constructing a new sustainable modern environment or restoring some of the countries most treasured and historic buildings, our quality management systems ensure the highest standard of workmanship and commitment to realising our customer’s aspirations.

Why Choose William Birch?

Founded in 1874, our long and impressive record of building construction, refurbishment and restoration work equips us with the skills and knowledge to convert your needs, aspirations and objectives into practical solutions.

  • our people, values and culture
  • total commitment to create enhanced customer value
  • a passion to innovate and deliver a wide range of construction services
  • ethical business practices and support of our supply chain partners
  • partnerships to deliver local opportunities for local people
  • commitment to apprenticeships, training and employee welfare

Building information modelling

Building information modelling (BIM) is an employer's requirement on the Fulford School Expansion project however it has been recently embraced by William Birch & Sons Ltd as we recognise the importance of the technology in our delivery of construction services.
So far on the Fulford School Expansion project BIM has been used for:

  • Spatial management / planning  to demonstrate to  the client how areas will work
  • Design co-ordination between consultants to ensure elements work together
  • Scheduling of doors and windows
  • Clash detection

Clash detection has proved invaluable on the Fulford School Expansion project classroom block where the fabricators model highlighted a steelwork/window clash some two months earlier then would have been the case under a traditional project.

Birch Bounty Hunters raise over £6,500 at York Dragon Boat Race 2016

A team of 19 rowers and a drummer battled it out on the River Ouse at the York Dragon Boat Race 2016 against 35 other teams. The Birch Bounty Hunters were cheered on by family, friends, colleagues and supporters at what was a fantastic fundraising day for some important charities in the region. The team came a joint 16th in the event which was a great achievement.

With donations and sponsors the team raised over £5,500 for The Island and Family Fund (chosen by the Rotary Club) and the William Birch charity of choice, Martin House Childrens Hospice. Our contribution will make a difference to the lives of the children and families that need the support of the hospice.

We extend a huge thank you to all those that supported the team, donated, gave up time and contributed to this great cause.

Stanbrook Abbey wins RIBA National Award 2016


We are pleased to announce that one of our projects has won a series of awards culminating in a National Award.

Stanbrook Abbey at Crief (Phase 1 and Phase 2), has been honoured in the 2016 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Awards following winning the RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year 2016 and the RIBA Yorkshire Award 2016.

Hailed as the most rigorous and prestigious for new buildings in the UK, the national awards include three Yorkshire winners, and the two phases at Stanbrook Abbey are one of these.

Stanbrook Abbey, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, is a monastery in the North York Moors National Park for an enclosed order of Benedictine Nuns, and was praised as “a truly extraordinary piece of architecture".
We completed phase 1 some years ago, however since that time a second phase has been carried out and was completed in 2015, both phases were entered into the awards earlier this year.

We look forward to the project going forward to be judged for the RIBA Stirling Prize – Best Building of the Year.


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