History

Ben MacMillan founded Argyll in 2003 with the dream of building exceptional homes and commercial spaces. Over the past sixteen years, Argyll has grown to become a construction innovator in London and the South East of England and has deservedly gained a reputation as a premier contractor for luxury homes, high-end commercial spaces and sustainable construction.

Argyll have recently opened a new office in Henley-on-Thames to service the home counties. In 2019 Argyll have expanded their professional services offer with an in-house Passivhaus design service for retrofit and new build projects and a cost planning services for architects, developers and private clients. Our team has also delivered project management services to two commercial developments in Edinburgh and added a basement, ground works & RC structures divisions.

Argyll’s growing and loyal client base values the team’s commitment to quality, craftsmanship, integrity, effective communication and delivering projects on-time and on-budget. We are proud to say that much of Argyll’s business comes from repeat clients and referrals from satisfied customers in Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham, Notting Hill, Mayfair, Hampstead, Wimbledon, City of London as well as many other London boroughs and across the Home Counties.

Who we are

Argyll is a privately-owned construction company, delivering high quality, innovative and sustainable building developments across London and the South East of England. Argyll has successfully delivered an impressive range of award winning, architecturally inspired residential and commercial projects. Our extensive portfolio includes luxury one off homes, mixed use / multi unit new build developments, exterior envelope, basement & RC Frame construction, period and historic building restoration, remodelling, timber frame & polar wall construction, fit-out and energy efficient Passivhaus developments.

Our building team use the latest building technologies and modern construction techniques. Utilising Procore the world’s leading construction management software, our customers and the design team have real time access to our project management hub. Clients and their team can collaborate on RFI’s and defect rectification lists (snagging) before, during and after practical completion. This seamless process helps avoid time consuming email chains, impenetrable spreadsheets and lengthy meetings by keeping all the project stakeholders literally on the same page with real time online photographic records and status updates on progress, key financials and information flows. Subcontractors and suppliers are also integrated ensuring all project updates and drawings issues are managed automatically, greatly reducing the challenge of change management. The software automatically detects discrepancies in drawing issues and provides site teams with daily task schedules.

Argyll also value the importance of preserving traditional craftsmanship and have well established relationships with best in class specialist joinery providers; polished plasterer installers; ornate cornice and plasterwork suppliers; stonemasons and numerous other specialist finishing trades.

Our tailored inception-to-completion service and commitment to quality, innovation, sustainability, communication, flexibility and attention to detail drive the business. Theses principles have helped Argyll to build a solid reputation and loyal client base.

Our team

Argyll’s continued success is attributable to the commitment, knowledge, experience and complementary strengths of our management team. Our on-site leadership team have many years of experience across a variety of building methods, strong knowledge of UK building regulations and a practical knowledge of period and historic property restoration techniques.

Our in-house team includes highly skilled master builders, specialist craftsmen, expert technicians, joiners, a quantity surveyor and passivhaus designer. Every member of our building team has a strong work ethic, a meticulous attention to detail and relevant professional and health and safety training.

Construction projects only succeed with excellent subcontractors and an established supply chain. We therefore ensure that all projects are set out on clear terms with measurable goals and conducted in a collaborative manner.  As a result, we build long term relationships and consistently exceed our customers’ expectations in delivering the most challenging and time-critical new build and renovation projects.

Working closely with architects, interior designers, structural engineers and other construction professionals, we strive to provide the most practical and cost-effective building solutions to our clients.

The Argyll Team

Ben MacMillan

Ben MacMillan

Managing Director

Originally from Edinburgh Ben studied history at
Newcastle University and business management
at Durham University Business School. He has
also undertaken Passivhaus training at the SIGA
Academy in Switzerland and completed a course
in entrepreneurship with Harvard Business School
(Online).

He started his career working for a niche
investment company in Edinburgh purchasing
and renovating business centres and serviced
apartments before moving to Dubai to work for a
global serviced office provider. Settling in London
in 2001 he spent a year as the Marketing Manager
for a financial conference company staging events
in Brussels and Moscow focused on anti-money
laundering compliance. Tiring of wearing a suit
and staring at spreadsheets Ben started trading as
Argyll in 2003 (and now wears jeans and stares at
spreadsheets all day and half the night).

Ben’s exit plan is to buy 1000 hectares of land on
the West Coast of Scotland and live off grid in a
carbon neutral development. Ever optimistic Ben
has a debenture for Murrayfield, he lives with his
wife, 3 daughters and border collie Scipio in Saffron
Walden.

 

Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan

Operations Director

Paul has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Builders, holds a degree in Business & Engineering from Oxford Brookes University, a Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Management and is currently undertaking the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety. Paul is a qualified carpenter with CSCS black card and holds an advanced certificate from the Association of Project Managers. Paul enjoys learning new skills completing his training to become a qualified Passivhaus Designer in November 2019. He has a particular interest in the technological advancements in construction and their implementation at work. He has won 3 national site awards through the Considerate Constructors scheme.

Paul lives in Chipping Norton. Outside work, he likes building Lego with his two young daughters, he is planning to join the Lego Masters competition with his children. Paul has won a dog magic show (?!) with his cockapoo Buster and his wife stars in West End musicals. He is a skilled snowboarder, played rugby for Leicester Colts and holds a season ticket at Tottenham Hotspur.

Paul is currently undertaking training on the AECB Carbon Lite Retrofit Standard course this provides a structured path to delivering Net Zero.

Abigail Beaney

Abigail Beaney

Associate

After graduating with honors in Interior Architecture, Abigail has since worked within a multitude of design disciplines including residential, multi-residential, hospitality, retail and aged care guiding projects from initial consultation and conceptual planning through to construction services. Her design experience in London and Melbourne has proven invaluable in developing creative concepts and honing her eye for detail.

Abigail is currently studying for a MSC in Green Buildings and is passionate about implementing sustainable building techniques and solutions within projects from the offset.

Ultimately, Abigail wants to feel as passionate about her career drivers and aspirations as she does about her motorbike, wilting veggie patch
and artworks.

Jamie Duff

Jamie Duff

Lead Development Consultant

Jamie has over 16 Years industry experience. During this time he has graduated from both University of Dundee and University of Westminster, whilst delivering award winning projects throughout the UK. For the last 8 years Jamie has focused on the acquisition, development and delivery of residential and commercial ventures for the likes of Blackstone, NFU Mutual and Sir Robert McAlpine.

If Jamie isn’t on site, between sites or out looking for new sites, you’ll most likely find him on a beach, up a snowy mountain or pretending to not be lost in a forest somewhere, with a carefree four legged companion and a his understanding wife.

Matthew McCord

Matthew McCord

Quantity Surveyor

Since graduating with first class honours in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management from Ulster University, Matthew has gained considerable experience in the high-end hotel sector, most notably working on the £200m re-development and extension of Claridge’s Hotel and Connaught Hotels in Mayfair. He also has considerable experience in pricing and delivering high-end dwellings in the South East region ranging in value from £500,000 to over £5 million, including several Passivhaus developments.

Matthew is involved throughout the design and construction process, assisting clients from early feasibility costs through to the detailed measurement and pricing of projects, procurement of sub-contract packages and the post-contract cost management of the project. He also enjoys value engineering projects to make sure the client is getting exactly what they want for a price they are happy with.

His interests away from the counting of bricks, the calculator and spreadsheets include the Arsenal, spending time with his girlfriend Shannon and their Basset Hound Dora, going to the pub and playing some cricket.

Anastasis Pavlou

Anastasis Pavlou

Senior Site Manager

With over 25 years experience Tasso is a valued member of the Argyll team. Prior to 2016 Tasso resided in Cape Town, where he ran his own successful multipurpose building company and specialist contractors. Tasso’s experience includes completing contracts up to a value of £20m, building a 20 story RC frame skyscraper in Cape Town and completing luxury villas in Stellenbosch.

Since the allure of the British sunshine proved too much, Tasso has delivered and managed multiple London based projects. He’s both resourceful and methodical taking every care to make sure that each project runs smoothly. His experience, team building spirit and naturally optimistic demeanor have meant he has fallen victim to one of Argyll’s most complex projects, Riverbank.

Having an addictive travel bug and a mass of water based recreational skills such as scuba diving, sailing and surfing we are counting ourselves lucky to have pinned Tasso down to one place…..

Tasso is currently undertaking training on the AECB Carbon Lite Retrofit Standard course this provides a structured path to delivering Net Zero.

Ben Carter

Ben Carter

Senior Site Manager

Ben Carter began his career in 1987 with a scholarship to study architecture – after being run over by a JCB (on a site managed by others) he decided to take a slightly different career path. He is a time served carpenter and joiner with a master guilds certification, SMSTS qualified, first aid trained and holds a black CSCS card. He has been working as a site manager for the last 25 years, with experience in both new build and high end residential refurbishments.

He thrives on projects which provide a challenge: examples include a complete restoration of fire damaged apartments in London’s Maida Vale, a extensive and sculptural brick house extension and a contemporary 6 bedroom new build in Hampstead Heath. As he has gained in experience he has developed a keen interest in architecture and furniture design, and enjoys providing support and developing ideas with design teams.

Ben is married with two daughters and a son, he enjoys spending time with his family taking them out on weekend trips. He also has a keen interest in football, film and music.

Ben is currently undertaking training on the AECB Carbon Lite Retrofit Standard course this provides a structured path to delivering Net Zero.

Carina Martins

Carina Martins

Non-Executive Director

Carina started her journey graduating in Tourism at the University of Sao Paulo. She went on to pursue a successful career in the hospitality industry, including 5 years leading a team of 200 at the most luxurious country hotel in Brazil.

Carina has an MBA and is a certified Project Management Professional, Agile, Prince2 and Lean Practitioner. In 20 years, she has contributed to the development and growth of several organisations, in a variety of industries. She has an approachable leadership style and a genuine enthusiasm to help businesses realise their potential through best practice and strategic focus.

Carina lives in a household with eclectic culinary skills fusing her Italian origins and Brazilian upbringing with her husbands Japanese & Korean heritage. Everyone is angling for an invitation to dinner. She believes in authenticity and living with purpose. She enjoys simple pleasures like watching a good sci-fi movie or going out for long walks with her whippet Luca.