About Us

Operating across Manchester, its outskirts and Cheshire, Manchester Design & Build enjoys an enviable reputation among both domestic and small commercial customers for quality and first-class workmanship.

We offer extensive and varied construction experience, and we’re known for our friendly and straightforward, no-nonsense approach.

Among the best builders Manchester has to offer

My name is James Barrett, and Manchester Design & Build is my company. Ever since I was at school, I have been a hands-on, doing kind of person. In college, I learned five different building trades to qualify to a City & Guilds standard.

I gained industry experience before taking the plunge and becoming a self-employed plasterer in 2008. I thought this would be the best trade in which I could set up on my own, given my limited budget for a van and tools.

But I knew didn’t want to do this for ever, and I always dreamed of running my own building company that did more than just plastering. I spent nearly every spare penny I had on the tools that would allow me to develop and carry out the other building skills I had mastered.

My dream came true. I set up Manchester Design & Build in 2012, and run it single-handedly. However, I do employ extra pairs of (skilled) hands when I need them. Equally, over the years I have forged many contacts and friends across various trades, which means I am able to sub-contract work as necessary, safe in the knowledge that the work will be done to the same high standards as it would be if I were doing it myself.

I am tremendously proud with what I have achieved at Manchester Design & Build, with a broad and growing base of delighted customers across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. And, over the years, I’ve been privileged to work on a wide range of projects, from simple plastering and joinery jobs to ambitious new build, home extension and garage conversion schemes.

It’s a reputation that has been earned over years of extremely hard work. We’d be delighted to help you with your building project, too. Get in touch today.