Based at 27 Cross Street (to the rear of Richmond Harvey), Oswestry, Shropshire; the company has come a long way since I built my first house, single-handedly more than 25 years ago.
The company now employs around 10-15 permanent members of staff, has a turnover in excess of £2million, and builds between 10 to 20 homes per year.
I officially founded the company in 1996 with my wife, Gayle Sheppard. After building my first property father-in-law, Don Walker could see the potential and wanted to invest in the future of the company, we then began buying in land for development and Walker Sheppard was founded.
Just over 18 years ago we took on our first large development of 44 houses in the Mid Wales region. All of the Walker Sheppard Group of companies are currently based at our newly refurbished head office in Oswestry, to the rear of our associated company Richmond Harvey (Oswestry) Ltd.
We are excited about acquiring new premises to accommodate our expansion of ‘Walker Sheppard Construction & Plant Services.’ The new premises will be based at Maesbury Road Industrial Estate where we will be hiring out construction tools and plant.
We strive to work closely with the local community to produce the best for both us and the local people alike, our staff (many of which are locals themselves) are a testament to the company and their hard work and outstanding workmanship is visible in all of our properties and developments.
Despite being partly office based nowadays, I still like to get my hands dirty whenever I can – something which has proved invaluable for many of the developments. Some sloping sites have needed major structural engineering work – a factor which can put off a lot of other companies – however, we are never daunted due to my extensive background in civil engineering.
During recent times the new build market has been gradually slowing, this has lead to us taking on more contract works both locally and further afield.
Contract works are a line we are very keen to pursue, both locally and nationally, along with our own construction and development works which are still ongoing at various sites throughout Shropshire and Mid Wales.
The Walker Sheppard Group continues to grow, paying full care and attention to all of our clients’ needs on various developments. This is paying dividends to us and our hard-working staff.