Do not use (under any circumstance) Richard Newman from Harlow currently trading under 'Wandsworth Extensions and Lofts'. We've had a total nightmare with him - rude, lying, threatening and every excuse under the sun.
This builder has every excuse under the sun and has attended more funerals than a parish priest, and has had the worst luck with banking accounts being hacked, pets dying, a cancer diagnosis, window suppliers losing orders or going under, steels being lost or incorrectly made - yet when challenged is unable to provide any proof.
From my understanding he always wants payments in advance as he's robbing Peter to pay Paul.
The classic one is asking for a 10% deposit payment stating it's for the steels as they need to be "ordered in advance" when the more experienced person would know you wouldn't order them until you knew the exact size of the structure built.
We know of a number of families in Wandsworth and Hertfordshire where he has left their houses uninhabitable and/or walked off the job.
We have recently heard from one of his ex-trades that he has started again in Wandsworth.