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de Bathe Farm has been in our family for generations. For over a century we’ve used our land to provide for the local area.
Over the years, we got pretty nifty at making outdoor structures and timber buildings for our own farming purposes – stables for the animals, silos for the grain and offices for the workers.
And over time, our skill and craftmanship became well known, and people started seeking us out, understanding that we knew how to create timber buildings that withstood the elements and that complemented their outdoor space.
The enquiries grew, slowly but steadily – a home office here, a double-garage there – and then the whole thing start snowballing, leaving precious little time for farming.
We took the plunge, made it our sole focus, and have never looked back.
30 years on, and we make timber garden buildings to order all over Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, staying true to our values: bespoke, hand-crafted buildings that look beautiful AND stand the test of time.
Our people are important to us – we aim always to provide a stable work environment, with plenty of opportunity for learning and personal growth.
We’ll always treat our employees with concern, respect and care, and in turn, they will do the same for every single Shields Buildings customer.
There are five values we live and breathe – they encapsulate all we do here at Shields Buildings:
And last but not least, in everything we do, we seek to bring joy to people with bespoke timber garden buildings that make their lives better. A lofty aim, but one that keeps us driving forward, every single day.
Shields Buildings are specialists in what we do. Each member of our close knit team are passionate about their work, taking great pride and enjoyment in every element of the job. This ensures every customer receives the very best service and, ultimately, the timber garden building that they’ve always dreamed of.
There are three elements to our business – The Office, The Workshop and The Site Team – each one a vital cog in the well-oiled Shields Buildings machine.
Here at Shields Buildings it’s not just about the building. We want to make sure that every customer is properly looked after from initial enquiry, to design and construction, all the way through to our attentive follow up procedure.
The business was founded by John in 1991. His vision of creating the best timber buildings in the South West is at the heart of everything we do. Driving the business forward, his expertise is evident from customer service through to the quality of our products.
As our sales and marketing specialist, Jacqueline makes sure all of our marketing materials are compelling and informative. Jacqueline does all the hard work in keeping you up-to-date with our latest products and events, meaning it’s that little bit easier to get in touch!
As Production Manager, attention to detail is of paramount importance. He ensures the precision and high quality that is essential in our work. As Shields’ longest serving employee, Paul sets the bar incredibly high for the rest of the team.
Most likely, the voice you’ll hear at the end of the phone or the face you will see when you visit our display. With experience in the workshop and on site, who better to help make your ideas a reality.
Our technical guru. Mark offers a wealth of engineering and design experience, adding that bright spark needed to complete the sales team.
The backbone of our business. Meticulously ensuring that each and every one of our bespoke timber buildings are constructed to the highest standard.
The perfectionist! It’s his tenacity that helps maintain our excellent reputation for high quality timber buildings. Nothing is more important to Ivan than knowing that our customers will be getting the perfect garden building every time.
Our ‘Jack of All Trades’ – but in this instance, a master of all as well. Vast experience in the building trade means Jerry is just as at home at a work bench as he is fitting slates on a roof. Not to mention, a dab hand with the paint brush!
They are the customer facing part of the business and, as many of our customers testify, are an excellent team who are a pleasure to have at their homes.
As Site Supervisor, nothing is too much trouble. Mike will stop at nothing to deliver the perfect finish on every build. He takes huge pleasure in his work exuding a contagious positivity – but be warned, this can sometimes lead to singing, so ear defenders are advised…
Delighting in the challenge of a steep garden, or an awkward load in, nothing fazes Jake. He will always work hard to get every job completed on schedule, all the while working with a youthful exuberance that lifts the entire team.