With a history that dates back over a century to 1890, given WA Hare and Son’s recent success in winning LABC’s Best Individual New Home Award for 2016 in the North and North-East Region, it is not hard to see how the Kelfield-based traditional house building company has been able to chalk up so many years of operation.
“The award is a nice pat on the back for everybody within the company and is great recognition all the work and effort that they put in,” explains Nick Hare, Managing Director. “Developing a successful business is always a team effort rather than just being down to a single individual. It’s all about everyone pulling together in the same direction.
“As for the award-winning project itself, it took place in Haxby near York and involved the demolition of a bungalow before we started building a house on the site. It looked fairly traditional from the front but at the back it had a very modern extension with a curved roof that overlooks a lake.
“We’re very adept at marrying the traditional with the modern. We’re currently involved in a project in Heslington that is a traditional looking barn building but with a zinc roof and oak cladding, so will again have a very modern twist that makes it a very up-to-date development. As a consequence, we’re able to get the best of both worlds, the old and the new, to come up with something that’s very aesthetically pleasing to look at.”
With the LABC Award recognising building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship, WA Hare and Son is now looking to build on the award by continuing to develop its already impressive reputation. “We remain focused on delivering high quality products, which has led to us working on listed buildings and for top end clients who are looking for quality houses or extensions.”
Generally operating within an hour’s drive of its Kelfield offices, WA Hare and Son has a workforce of around 20 tradesmen and staff supporting its activities. Unsurprisingly given its award-winning reputation, the company currently has a strong pipeline of projects in place in 2017 and is currently building a 5,000 sq ft house near Selby, which will be the biggest it’s ever constructed. “It’s a stone built house but it’s got all the modern luxuries as well as a wine cellar,” says Mr Hare. “It’s also got boreholes for the ground source heat pump so again it’s all up-to-date.”
“The award is a nice pat on the back for everybody within the company and is great recognition all the work and effort that they put in. Developing a successful business is always a team effort rather than just being down to a single individual. It’s all about everyone pulling together in the same direction.”
Nick Hare, Managing Director
WA Hare and Son’s emphasis on quality has obviously served it well down the years, even in the face of the numerous recessions it has encountered. Moving forward into 2017 it is clear that this ethos is not going to be compromised any time soon. “Economic downturns are inevitable but there will always be a section of the market that is only concerned with quality and will be prepared to pay for it,” concludes Mr Hare. “With this in mind we’re looking to carry on doing what we’ve been doing all these years and ensuring that we keep delivering the highest quality we possibly can. Obviously it’s nice to receive awards but our main objective is always to deliver properties that the client is more than happy with.”
This is certainly a formula that has served WA Hare and Son well down the years and is sure to see its reputation, and maybe even its awards cabinet, continue to grow in 2017.