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A versatile main contractor committed to excellence and value

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We are pleased to get involved with projects at an early stage to advise of budget costings, design and value engineered solutions

Watson & Cox started trading as Building Contractors in Rushden, Northamptonshire in 1971 and after sustained growth we moved to our present Head Office at Park Farm, Wellingborough in 1984.

Over the years we have delivered high quality customer focused services to public and private sector clients and with our management expertise have developed an extensive portfolio across principal market sectors including education, commercial, industrial, leisure and residential.

Our focus has resulted in an in-depth understanding of our marketplace, home to our valued customers and strong links through our supply chain. Combining our people and collaborative approach with your team will guarantee delivery in-line with our enviable reputation and track record for innovation, delivery on time, high quality and cost certainty.

Our Heritage

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Moved to new building in Wellingborough

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Having successfully completed several local projects, the business quickly grew forcing the need for new premises.  In this year we built a bespoke office to accommodate our growing workforce.

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Formed in Duck Street in Rushden by Les Cox and Owen Sanders, the 'head office' was a small loft room, up a rickety set of wooden stairs, in an outbuilding of a house.  Watson & Cox was born.

A business founded on teamwork, integrity and hard work


25th anniversary

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In the year of our 25th anniversary, the Queen visited our completed project of Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Centre.

The Client, Architect and Watson & Cox Construction were proud to receive one of only sixteen highly coveted National RIBA Awards for this building, measured against the twin criteria of design and quality of construction.


The Ecotechnology Centre at Cranfield 

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The Lakes

The turn of the new millenium saw us complete one of the first office buildings on The Lakes area of Northampton


Jake Sanders joined the company

Our Director Jake joined the family business partnering with his father Owen Sanders in the running of Watson & Cox Ltd

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ISO Certifications

Focus on our business practices and streamlining our processes helped us gain accreditation to both ISO 9001 and 14001 with the added benefits of internal and external audit


Investors in People


We first gained our accreditation in leading, suporting and developing our staff in the workplace.  

Bill Gardiner our MD of 15 years retired handing over the running of the company to Darren Wallace



Darren Wallace Managing Director

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50 years

We celebrated 50 years of Watson & Cox - a massive achievement and testament to the loyalty and dedication of our focused and committed staff, clients and partners

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A team for the future  
Post COVID, we were able to get our valued core staff together and celebrate just how far we have come

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