Our History

Argyll have been trading since 2003 completing a wide range of projects encompassing listed buildings; basement conversions; high end residential refurbishments; traditional and timber frame new builds. During 2016 Argyll will build nr.7 new passivhaus units on an Island in East London with a CLT superstructure.

Argyll have worked for commercial clients including Harrods and have undertaken numerous projects on a property in Belgravia that laid claim to being the most expensive residential property in the world. Argyll are a small company with excellent staff retention bringing personal attention, professional rigour and a structured approach to managing complex bespoke building projects.

Projects are undertaken via the traditional tendering route; design & building, project management and as development partnerships. The partnership approach involves working with clients and their professional team from the outset to build a specification to a budget. Packages are priced as they’re developed allowing the client and contractor a deeper understanding of the design intent, cost base and available options. Designers, clients and contractor work as a team from the outset. Argyll can also potentially connect developers with investors.

The Argyll Team

Ben MacMillan

Founding Director

Ben established Argyll with youthful optimism in 2003. Originally from Edinburgh Ben has studied history at Newcastle University, marketed financial conferences in Moscow and worked in commercial property in Dubai. At the outset Argyll operated as a subcontractor carrying out minor works. The business quickly moved on to undertaking projects directly for clients primarily in the central London high end residential sector. Ben’s objective is to develop the business focusing on quality rather than quantity; maintaining and training staff and build strong relationships with all stakeholders. Currently Ben is studying for his NEBOSH and passivhaus accreditation.

George Barber

Procurement Director

George also descends from Edinburgh and has a design background. He spent 3 years living la dolce vita in Tuscany before joining Argyll in 2005. George’s primary role is to select and manage suppliers and subcontractors from tender through to completion. He also operates as a project manager focusing on commercial fit outs and roofing. He lives in North Kensington and is training to climb Kilimanjaro for charity in summer 2016.

Neil MacDougal

Technical Supervisor

Neil has mentored Argyll since its formation. He is CIOB qualified, a domestic energy assessor and former electrical design engineer. His varied experience includes a decade as the principle of a building and development company completing small and large scale private housing developments. Neil had nationwide responsibility for Tesco’s property and maintenance department and has completed numerous bespoke projects working on buildings as varied as the British Museum, renovating a mill and building a recording studio in a period property. Neil runs a sailing school for the disabled, competes in Scottish country dancing events around the world and also finds time to ski and curl at a high level. He has been an indispensable resource for Argyll and has a particular expertise in timber frame housing.

Izabela Szachta

Office Manager & Trainee H&S manager

Izabela joined Argyll in 2014 from a back ground in IT support including roles for Tata Consultancy, Worldpay & Sainsbury. She has a master’s degree in IT management and is currently studying for her NEBOSH general certificate in construction.

Luke Rhind

Senior Site Manager

Luke is a master joiner with 10 years of experience in cabinetmaking, kitchens, windows and doors installation. A former apprentice joiner of the year in New Zealand Luke has an exceptional attention to detail, work ethic and leadership skills. His direct but amiable approach get results on every project building trust with subcontractors, suppliers, clients and site staff.