Health and Safety on Site

We take the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 very seriously, making it our priority on every job we undertake. Our team members aren't allowed to be on site without correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); Hard Hat, Hi-Visibility Jacket and Steel Toe-Cap Boots. Without this equipment they could pose risks to themselves or others around them. This helps to prevent accidents like what happened to Mrs Margaret Gardiner in Bedford. There are many stories out there here are just some of them, there is a lot more at risk than we first thought.


Whilst carrying out our work we always stay professional using the recommended guide lines to avoid causing serious injury. In accordance with the law a person cannot be expected to carry more than 25kgs by themselves, with this in mind we always ensure that weight from large heavy objects is evenly distributed across a sufficient number of people which helps to avoid injuries to our team.
The most common injury from carrying too much weight is back injuries some of which could last a life time.

Building Regulations are important to the long term safety of a building. In making sure that a building is compliant with Building Regulations we can be sure that our builds will withstand the test of time.

Here are some more specific safety topics:

  • Site organisation - Everything you need to know about organising a safe and healthy construction site.
  • Slips, trips and falls - Assess, eliminate and control the risks of slips, trips and falls on construction sites.
  • Work at height - The hierarchy of controls for working at height, from working at ground level, using towers, scaffolds, platforms and ladders and, as a last resort, fall restraints and safety netting.
  • Structural stability - Assess the risks and prevent unintentional structural collapse during alterations, demolition and dismantling; and the measures you need to take to prevent accidents in excavations.
  • Cranes - All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a safe manner.
  • Electricity - Work safely with power supplies and electrical equipment; map overhead power lines and underground cables to prevent accidental contact with machinery.
  • Fire - Identify the risks of fire; control combustible materials and ignition sources; and make it clear exactly what to do if fire does break out.
  • Mobile plant and vehicles - Assess the risks, establish competence to operate and control access to telehandlers, excavators, mobile work platforms, dumpers and road vehicles.
  • Demolition - All demolition, dismantling and structural alteration should be carefully planned and carried out by competent practitioners.

A Quality Darlington Builder

Darlington at night

Darlington is in the heart of County Durham, North East and home to Howard Builders. We specialise in Property Development but that isn't all we bring to the table. We believe in offering the full package, being the place to be for anything development with this in mind we proudly offer our services in all aspects of building, from constructing the building to electrical work all the way to plumbing.

Through years of dedication and commitment we have built a reputation for quality and have forged successful professional relationships in and around Darlington. We have been given countless testimonials by our clients which demonstrate the quality of our work.

Our team is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Need a hand? Call 01325 364 045 to help us, help you.

Thinking About Construction

Normally, when people think about building companies, they envision a construction site, which is logical…right? We build stuff, it’s what we do! This may be true of some builders out there, however with companies like Howards there is so much more to offer. We offer the Full Package.

At Howards we believe that just building a house is not enough, we always go the extra mile, giving 110% all the way! We aren’t really just building a house, we are building a home. We can help with some of the steps to making a house a home; putting down a carpet, painting the walls your favourite colour, we even delve into garden landscaping to give you the home that you deserve.

If there is anything we can help you with, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01325 364 045 and speak to a member of our team.

Mission Statement

What is our Mission?

Our aim is to become a household name for Home Improvements and Extensions in the North East

We have much to offer

We will consult you personally about all aspects of the build. Offering you guidance and our professional advice, which will save you money and give you a piece of mind.

Our Aim is Customer Satisfaction!

Our services are shown based on how satisfied our previous customers have been with our work. You can check our rating here where you will see that we have an outstanding rating of 9.8 out of 10. If we have recently completed work for you we would greatly appreciate it if you could leave us a review on checkatrade. Thank you.

What do we have to offer?

We offer a plethora of services, which spans Home Improvements, Extensions and Construction as a whole. Our services are not limited to just building, we are also involved in Plumbing, Electrical, Landscaping, Painting and Decorating. We recently finished painting a Primary School right here in Darlington.

What type of work do we enjoy the most?

Luckily for us, the work that we enjoy the most is the type of work we do most often. We love work which improves a persons home, we find it extremely rewarding to know that we have brought to life a persons vision of what their home could be.

Is Customer Service important?

We believe that customer satisfaction is the most important aspect of any job we take on. Our staff take great pride in their work and are extremely passionate about providing a service that is second to none.

DId you like our Mission Statement?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Website Redevelopment

As many of you will have noticed, last month our website redevelopment brought drastic changes. There were many additions, created with your browsing experience at heart. We updated our colour scheme, to use a smokey black background with green headers and links.

Blogging Redevelopment

You may have also noticed, there is more information available and ready at your finger tips. If you haven't visited the blog section yet, it would be more than worth your while. Our blog section is rich with information and would end up saving you money.

A new blog is posted every week.

Garden Wonders

Landscaping is a very broad term, it can mean everything from changing your garden to flattening a hill. When most people think about landscaping we envision beautiful gardens with a lawn of healthy green grass complete with a swimming pool, gravel patterns and hedge sculptures.

Stone and Gravel in your garden

Stone and gravel are the main materials used in landscaping. They can be used together to create beautiful patterns as in the example above the sun. Gravel and Stone are popular among many home owners as they are very low maintenance yet amazing to look at. Many people enjoy the sound of crunching gravel as they walk across, colours ranging from; red, white, icey blue, grey, black, golden and silver.

Garden Hedge Sculptures

Hedge Sculptures are highly sought after, they bring the whole garden to life. Though sometimes they can take some work maintaining, they are certainly beautiful and the best part is that they can be anything you desire. These are great for big gardens as they take up a large amount of space and turn it into a work of art.


Flowers really make your garden what it is. They add so much colour while filling up quite a lot of space. Some people create patterns, others recreate pictures by rearranging different types of flowers to get the right colour scheme. Flowerbeds which are positioned in a good place and kept neat are what makes something good, something great.

Garden Ponds

A garden pond is a great way to add some wildlife to your garden. If the pond is deep enough you could introduce some fish, brightly coloured fish are easily visible from above a shallow pond and would offer a next level of beauty. It is highly recommended that pond owners use some sort of filter or a Pleco Fish which feeds mostly on algae and will keep your pond clean.

Need help with Landscaping?

We are here to help! Give us a call on 01325 364 045 or email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.