Would highly recommend Swift. Great guys, great contractors, great workmanship, straightforward to deal with, trustworthy with a good sense of humour as well. The end result speaks for itself, couldn't be happier with our new extended home! To Geoff, Ben & Dan - thank you so much. Few points that really set Swift apart for us:
Preparedness to run every aspect of the project whatever challenge or question came up, to ensure we could continue our lives as undistractedly as possible. Even had people ask 'how come you are so relaxed in the middle of a home extension!' the answer was always "because we've got a great builder running the whole thing for us"
Kid Friendly! our two girls certainly made their presence felt, Swift just included them and kept working at the same time -thank you!
Focused on Getting Stuff Done - from working through an unexpected challenge with the structural engineer to making sure we were aware of the impact of every decision that needed making, Swift were always presenting solutions and focussing on getting the job done as quickly as possible which we really appreciated.
... Ross, Cambridge.
"Geoff Argent of Swift Building Company has just finished a big house renovation job for me. He is reliable, honest and efficient, including when working through all the plans and legal requirements etc. He always kept me informed of progress and issues and responded promptly to my queries. As a family business, he and his sons were clearly committed to getting the work done well; my estate agent and I are very pleased with the standard of his work."
... Pauline, Cambridge.
"Swift Builders (that is, Geoff Argent and his sons) have recently completed some building work for us. We reconfigured the downstairs of our Edwardian house, which meant removing and rebuilding walls, laying floors and plenty of plastering and painting. We also renovated a couple of rooms and the first floor, an outdoor balcony, and the back garden. The work was exceptional. Geoff was very flexible; accommodating to changing circumstances whether that was the unavailability of supplies or our changes of mind. He was friendly and approachable, and kept us informed of progress; we really enjoyed working with him. He has excellent judgement; the suggestions he made were invariably sensible. He only employed people he knew, who were guaranteed to work to the high standard he demanded. He kept a keen eye on costs and made savings if he could do so without compromising quality. We were happy to leave the house to them, knowing they are totally trustworthy and would take care of things that we valued. We are extremely pleased with the result, and everything is finished to a high standard. What few teething problems we have had with the new systems, Geoff sorted out as soon as we reported them. We are very happy to recommend him and his team if you are looking for a builder."
...Jane & Derek, Cambridge.
"We appointed Geoff from Swift Building Company to carry out our extension. Geoff and his sons from start to finish were a pleasure to have on site and kept us well informed throughout the build. They were very well organised and worked diligently throughout the build. We then asked them to arrange for all our existing windows to be replaced, even though our window requirements were quite specific, Swift Builders and Antares Installations were able to meet this and we are very happy with the result. The build seemed to run smoothly between each stage and was completed quicker than expected. There were staged payments throughout which gave us piece of mind and finished price was as quoted. We are delighted with our new extension and would happily use Swift Building Company again."
...Raymond & Victoria, Cheveley.
In 2020 we contracted Swift Build to undertake a variety of works at our cottage including a one-bedroom rear extension, rebuilding of our front porch, creation of an open-plan kitchen/dining room, installation of new staircase and extensive external ground works, with new driveway and garden path.
Swift Build came recommended from a friend and we had high hopes for the realising of the alterations that we had planned. Through the dedicated and diligent work of Geoff and the team, our hopes were not only met but enhanced and exceeded.
Throughout the whole process, the team have been friendly, courteous and supportive of our plans and vision for the project. The original part of our cottage dates from approximately 1650, however the practicalities of working on a historic property proved no problem and the team took any considerations in their stride, sensitively responding to the existing features and providing tailored additions to enhance the house.
Every one of the select group of sub-contractors involved on the project were friendly, considerate and very happy to discuss or explain the different aspect their work involved. We were so impressed by the wider team and the pragmatic and dedicated work ethic they brought to each stage of the works.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the timing of the works proved an additional unforeseen challenge for the project. In spite of the difficulties of obtaining materials during a turbulent and uncertain period, Geoff and the team were attentive to complete any work in as efficient as manner possible within the context of changing and evolving restrictions. Throughout the whole process, the team always made our safety the first priority, always ensuring that we were comfortable with the scheduled work and minimising the number of people on site at any given time to ensure social distancing.
We are just thrilled with the results of the project and the level of care taken to realise our aspirations. We have always cherished our home, and through the attentive work of Swift Build we have been able to develop every part of the property to its maximum potential, providing us with the perfect environment to start a family. We would definitely recommend Geoff and the team, and would not hesitate to call on them again, as and when we require any further works in the future!
...Becky & Robert, Willingham Green.
"Geoff and his sons built a small extension to our kitchen. They were efficient and excellent to deal with. We were complete novices at this and Geoff guided us through with sound advice and experience. The workmanship of each of the trades involved was of a high quality and each individual was reliable and worked hard to complete the job! We are very pleased with the
build quality and love the new space - it makes such a difference! We would recommend Swift Building and expect to be calling on them again for future work we have planned!"
...Vicki & James, Barton.
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for the patio, as well as the other jobs in our garden. We’re so pleased with everything and just need some sunshine now so we can get out and enjoy it. It really transforms the back garden...we just need to plant some flowers and put turf down so it actually looks like a garden.
Thank you also for being so thorough over everything from start to finish, even though it was probably only a small job for you. It was lovely to have people we trust carrying out the work to such a high standard, especially with little people around - you were all so good with our son. He won’t stop telling everyone about the digger and huge lorry! Every morning, the first thing he has been asking me is “builders?”
...Cathy & Oscar, Comberton.
"We chose to use Swift to carry out our extension and house renovations as they came highly recommended. Their price was very competitive, but it was Geoff's friendly and calm nature that also appealed to us. Subsequently, his patience with my constant questions and worries throughout the work also ensured I stayed sane! Geoff was always contactable which was reassuring.
Geoff, Ben and Daniel are all very polite and friendly and would do anything they could to accommodate any requests we had... a Friday 'cake treat' always helped!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. I kind of missed them once the job was complete".
...Nicola & Jamie, Sawston.
"We are extremely pleased with the professionalism craftsmanship hard work and good humour which Geoff Dan and Ben have brought to our project. All challenges have been met with sensible practical advice and solutions. Their input has helped us produce a result above and beyond our expectations. It has been a pleasure to deal with such reliable polite genuine people and to benefit from the group of experienced contractors that form part of their excellent service."
...Adrian & Jane, Witchford.
"We had heard very positive things about Swift from friends in the Cambridge area, and we were delighted with the job they did on several bits of work for us. They are always on hand to answer any questions however small, and the fact we have had them back to do two projects after their initial work speaks volumes. They keep you updated with any issues arising from a job, and are flexible in the timing of work. We can’t recommend them enough.
Firstly, the removal of a wall in our living room, the laying of new flooring, and the insulating of our remaining walls and plastering was done quickly, effectively and with far less dust then we had expected! We then had them back to completely reconfigure our bathroom, again involving moving a wall, which was carried out superbly. Lastly, they have completely redone our kitchen from floor to ceiling – removing everything to do with the old kitchen and installing a brand new one. In the process, they also reconfigured a window box and installed new windows. All these were carried out brilliantly.
We would have no hesitation recommending them to our friends, in fact one of our friends will be having a Swift kitchen installed soon!"
...Sarah & Rich, Ely.
We contracted Swift to build our new home in Barton, Cambridge in 2016. It became clear to us very early on that Geoff is extremely honest and professional in his approach and his many years of experience has been of huge benefit during our project.
Geoff and his sons Ben and Dan are polite, friendly and respectful, taking time to clearly explain things to us and approaching any issues pragmatically and calmly alongside our architect) which was a huge asset. Geoff, Ben and Dan are skilled bricklayers and builders able to contract some equally high quality tradesmen who have been an absolute pleasure to work with. (Credit Chris and Phil!)
Geoff was very keen to repeat the message throughout that he was building our home and put us in control of decisions, never railroading us into anything, always contactable for questions. He appreciated that we wanted to have a part in the build and supported my ambition to lay a brick myself!
We would recommend Geoff, Ben and Dan to anyone. We are really enjoying the home they have built us and miss having them around! Thanks to Geoff for putting up with your weekly spelling test from our daughter!
...Amy & Simon, Barton.
"We contracted Swift Building in 2016 to build a single storey extension to our mid terrace Victorian house in Milford St in Cambridge. Their price appeared to competitive and had been based on a set of outline drawings and structural details provided by our design consultants and we knew them by reputation which is always a good start.
Our house is quite near the centre of Cambridge which presented certain logistical issues like lack of parking spaces and the cost of skips. However, Geoff Argent and his sons Dan and Ben overcame the daily challenge of parking near to the house and always arrived on site with a smile.
One of the main issues that Swift were very flexible over was the timing of the work. We had to delay the build start because the simple drainage scheme took about a year longer to complete than we expected. This delay must have been inconvenient to Swift but they did not appear to be phased by it and kept to the re-scheduled start date.
The quality of their work is outstanding. Part of the project was the building of a perimeter wall round the small courtyard garden and the brick laying by Swift is exceptionally good. They came up with a design for capping the wall which saved a lot of money and this was a feature of their work throughout the build. Apart from brickwork, the plaster finish and quality of fit out with plumbing, electrics and flooring was very high.
The Swift team solved all sorts of problems that popped up with no warning, as is the case with most old houses. We had a crumbling brick outhouse at the back of the house which needed to come down but this was attached to the neighbours’ outhouse. The neighbours did not want to disturb their outhouse, which was in very poor condition and Swift carried out underpinning and separation from the adjoining property in a very careful and expert manner. They also solved a damp problem we had had for some time and improved the insulation of the Victorian single skin walls by adding interior high efficiency insulation on the inside, only adding about 30mm to the walls but which made a huge difference to the warmth of the house.
Geoff Argent sent us photographs every week to show progress which was enormously reassuring as we were not in Cambridge for the build period. This aspect of keeping the customer informed about issues and requesting small design decisions well ahead of time made our job as clients very easy and we thank the team for that.
Apart from some extra work that we asked to be done, Swift kept to the quoted price for the work, so we are very happy to endorse them as reputable, reliable and quality builders. We have no hesitation in recommending them for building projects in the Cambridge area."
...Sally & Jonathan, Cambridge.
"Firstly we were very impressed with the detail included when Swift builders provided a quote for our extension. We subsequently had to wait for Geoff, Ben & Dan to become available as they’re so busy, and now that everything is completed we can see why. Dealing with Geoff couldn’t be easier. Always quick to respond to emails, phone calls or texts and offers solutions to any difficulty that arose. Swift have built a great team of contractors – plumber, electrician, plasterer etc. who all contribute to making the work progress with quality at the heart of all aspects. They are also very mindful to keep disruption to a minimum. We had a late, sizable amendment to our plans when deciding to convert the garage into living place. Geoff took this all in his stride and the result is a home we’re delighted with. During the process Geoff & co have become friends as well as ‘our builders’. I’d highly recommend them to anyone."
...Andy, Fen Ditton.
"Swift came via recommendation and we are very pleased with the work they performed for us and would not hesitate to recommend them. The business is a father and two sons who work to high standards hiring in quality trades people when work is required to be performed. Their attention to detail and workmanship ensures a very high quality build that blends in well with the rest of the property The projects of an large extension and alterations to the kitchen dining area and a loft extension all came inside of the budget and the timescales we were quoted We got an excellent builder but also made some very good friends."
...Claire & Mike, Cambridge.
"Geoff and his sons converted our garage into a study, and built a fireplace and chimney for the installation of a wood burner. We were delighted with every aspect of their work. They were a pleasure to have around – very considerate, conscientious, polite and tidy. They always came to work when scheduled, worked hard while on site, and were careful to check with us that they were doing what we wanted, rather than forging ahead with what they wanted to do. In the past I have employed builders who I felt sometimes pushed me into decisions that I wasn’t all that keen on just because it made life easier for them, or suited their expertise. I was never made to feel like that by Geoff. He was always careful to listen to what we wanted, and to help us achieve that. He didn’t have his own agenda.
Geoff is a patient and calm person, and he works very well with other people. It didn’t matter who was working alongside him, he was always a calm and steady presence, and I felt I could completely trust him. Geoff never covered anything up – he would point out any problems or concerns that he unearthed as the project was underway, and discuss the possible solutions with us. I felt he was very honest and has real integrity. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Geoff, Ben and Daniel as builders. I thought they were fantastic, and wished I had found them sooner! We are really enjoying the space they created for us."
...Helen & Michael, Fulbourn.
"We originally chose Swift because they were competitive but more so because of Geoff's honesty & patience with our endless questions throughout the quotation process. Once they started work it was clear to see that Dan & Ben shared the same values. During what turned out to be a difficult and stressful situation, for them as well as us, they never let us down and were professional, helpful, and extremely understanding. So many positive comments from everyone who's seen the house finished we would not hesitate to recommend them and will definitely use them again in the future
- if they'll accept the job knowing what they know now ..... and assuming they see the light and start supporting Arsenal!"
...Lynn & Graham, Cherry Hinton.
"Geoff and his sons built our wonderful extension earlier this year and we couldn’t be more pleased with it. They worked very hard and the quality of their work was excellent. They were very professional, polite and keen to keep disruption to a minimum. Any issues were dealt with promptly, and Geoff was available to contact at all times. We highly recommend Swift and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again in the future."
"We were really very pleased with the work carried out by Swift. We had a recommendation to use them and have been very happy both with their service and the manner in which they carried this out. I was expecting the place to be a bomb site and messy to live in during our extensions. However, I was very happy to see that they caused minimum distress and always cleared and tidied up after each day. Swift were also very competitive. We would be happy to use them again."
...Ann & Brian, Thriplow.
"Swift Building Company helped us to renovate a house which had been neglected for many years. They laid a drive for us, which neighbours called "a proper job", they gutted and refitted a bathroom and cloakroom, organised electricians, plumbers and decorators. They were neat and tidy and the work was of high quality. We have been pleased with everything they have done and would not hesitate to recommend them."
"We used Geoff and his sons to build a double storey extension recently and we are very pleased with the fantastic job they have done. The brickwork is brilliant and we have had many compliments about our lovely new extension. They are hardworking, very polite, tidy, trustworthy, friendly and take great care in all they do. My daughter also pointed out that none of them smoked which is a bonus. THANK YOU so much Geoff, Dan and Ben."
...Ellen, Simon, Olivia and Niall, Sawston.
"Having used Swift Building Company to build our house extension this year we are now looking forward to Christmas 2011 in what feels like a new home! I can honestly say the work was carried out to a fantastic standard, on time and in budget!
We would definitely recommend this local family business with confidence, a thoroughly competent & friendly workforce who always carry out the job with efficiency and what's more....a smile."
...Steve & Sharon, Cambridge.
“Geoff Argent was the site manager for the building works. Not only was the overall quality of the job exceptional, the friendly and considerate nature of both Geoff and his staff was noticeable throughout. With many building companies there is often a tendency to take over a site in every respect which can leave the owners or residents feeling somewhat put out, but this never occurred at any point throughout the job. Geoff has also done some other minor work on my workshop and this was also done with the minimum of fuss to a very high standard. Overall I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone considering having building work done on their property.”
...Christopher Beament, Manager/Owner, Cambridge Violin Makers.
“Geoff and the boys made an excellent job building our conservatory. They were very helpful in laying out the cost and giving good advice. The conservatory was completed to a high standard with minimal disturbance to our garden. We would highly recommend the Argent family and we would definitely have them back for more building work in the future. They are polite hard working men.”
...Sara & Clive, Cherry Hinton Cambridge.