Specialists in Rural and Heavy Civil Engineering, Agricultural Work, Haulage, Plant Hire, Drainage and Pipeline Construction.
The family name of Bartlett’s has been synonymous with general ground works, plant hire and agricultural contracting in the South West for over 55 years. Bartlett Contractors Ltd has built on this wealth of expertise and offers an increasing range of nationwide services specialising in rural civil engineering contracts while continuing to expand the heavy civil engineering side of the business. The Company uses professional management and maintains a high standard of workmanship.
By Founder, Roger Bartlett
I was farming with my father and brothers at Castleman’s Farm, Hinton St Mary in 1959 at the age of 17. We started an agricultural contracting business including hay, straw baling, forage harvesting, combining, ditching and drainage works when suddenly my father died and the family lost the tenancy of the farm which was then milking 130 Friesian dairy cows giving an average of 1,550 gallons of milk per cow, per year. My other brothers went in to different parts of agriculture. Tony my eldest brother went in to management of a dairy estate in Hampshire, Paul and Stephen took good tractor driving jobs for Hinton St Mary Farms, and I continued the agricultural contracting business we had set up with my father
In the last 55 years, I have carried out all types of agricultural contracting and land drainage schemes with some very good and loyal staff. Most schemes were designed, undertaken and final plans drawn up by myself. I have kept the very first new tractor that my father bought from Braddick and Son in Gillingham when we were on the farm at Hinton St Mary called Castleman’s Farm. She is a 1954 International B450 diesel tractor named Nelly. She has clocked over 26,000 Hours and still runs on the original crank shaft. She has been fitted with 4 sets of pistons and liners since new. I have driven Nelly from new and it is in my will that Nelly must never leave the family or be sold.
After 40 years running our company, I handed it over to my children, Stewart, Tina and Robert. Robert is now the Managing Director, Tina is the Company Secretary/Director and Stewart carries out all types of work including agricultural and civil engineering works. I still work for the company as estimator and Land Drainage specialist
None of this would have been possible without the support of our customers, especially those I started with over 55 years ago.
We have recently been independently audited and certified to be in conformance with ISO9001. ISO9001 is a family of standards for quality management systems certifying that formalised business processes are being applied. This achievement is an important milestone for us as it brings us a step closer to our goals.
Bartlett Contractors have recently been independently audited and certified to be in conformance with ISO14001:2004, which is the principal management system standard specifying the requirements for the formulation and maintenance of an environmental management system. Being ISO14001:2004 registered provides assurance to both the company and external stakeholders, that environmental impact is being measured and continually improved. This is an important milestone for us as a company and is something which both management and employees worked hard to achieve.
The policy of the Company is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all employees and to provide such information training and supervision, as they need for this purpose. All employees are required to take an active part in the implementation of the policy during, the execution of their duties. The policy is actively monitored and will be subject to review when appropriate.
All our Plant is given a thorough test every 12 months. We also ensure all lifting equipment and measuring equipment is tested & calibrated annually.
Bartlett Contractors Ltd are the winners of the Farmers Weekly Contractor of the year award 2015. This is a result of excellent customer relationships that stretch back 50 years and a wide range of services that keeps the team busy all year round in a highly competitive market.
We pride ourselves on having 100% CSCS certificated, highly trained and motivated operatives. Our employees are self sufficient and self-supporting, and empowered to carry out and manage all aspects of pipeline installations from initial land consultations through to delivery of a commissioned pipeline.