Our Story

About Trenant

Trenant, established in 2005 and formerly known as JD Construction, is owned and managed by James Dickman.

Based in Wadebridge, we predominantly work in the North Cornwall area from Bude down to Truro, Padstow to Liskeard, although we are open to working further afield.

We are a close-knit team of skilled, time-served, local builders and tradespeople who can take any project from planning through to completion.

We love living and working in North Cornwall and are passionate about what we do: the variety of clients and projects keeps it fresh, and helping people realise their vision by producing real, tangible end results means we get to feel everything we do is truly worthwhile.

Read more about James, the team or what it’s like working with us below, or ask James yourself by calling him on 07720 542006.

Trenant Built Builders Wadebridge Padstow Rock Cornwall

Working with us

We pride ourselves in being skilled and knowledgeable about our trades, being respectful, helpful and approachable with our clients and above all, being completely open and transparent.

If we say we’ll be there, we’ll be there. If issues arise that cause problems on your build, we will have an honest conversation with you, and work with you discussing options and finding solutions.

We care about what we do, are not into ‘botching’, and although we will work to your budget, we are not into doing things ‘on the cheap’.

We want to make sure we do a great job, each and every time because we truly believe in quality workmanship and upholding the status of builders and tradespeople as skilled professionals.

About James

James is a time-served, experienced builder who has owned and managed his own building company since 2005. He started in 1996 as an apprentice stonemason to a traditional builder, based in Dorset.

In 2004, James moved to Cornwall and soon after set up his own company, JD Construction, now known as Trenant.

Since his original training in masonry, he has become skilled across the various trades and has covered all aspects of building work on a wide range of projects.

James now predominantly focusses on project management, working with clients, training, mentoring and overseeing the team and running the business. You will however also see him with his sleeves rolled up, frequently helping out and getting his hands dirty!

Builder Wadebridge Padstow Cornwall James Jim Dickman Trenant Built

“Having seen some previous examples of Jim’s work we had no hesitation of getting him involved in the building of our house extension from a very early stage. That the architect had also worked with Jim in the past and had highly recommended him clinched the deal.
His quiet confidence and calm manner, in turn helped us to easily cope during what can be a difficult time. We continued to live in the house while the work was being carried out made his job even more arduous. He was able to keep our disruption to a minimum, while still keeping to his schedule and has given us a first class extension of which we are very proud.”  [S J & P Switzer]

Builders Wadebridge Padstow North Cornwall

The Trenant Team

The Trenant team have been working together for a number of years and include:

  • Justin – originally trained in carpentry but also very skilled in roofing, leadwork, brick and blocklaying and rendering
  • Mark – carpenter
  • Dan – labourer
  • Steve – stonemason, brick and blocklayer, landscaper
  • Noel – electrician
  • Vince – plasterer
  • For gas and plumbing we use our trusted partners KP Plumbing and Heating*

*When we use a partner on your project, they work on our behalf and we manage and oversee their work. You don’t need to deal with multiple companies. You can read more about this on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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