About Us


McCarrick Construction provide innovative construction solutions across the North East, adding value and saving time through our highly trained in-house team of craftsmen. We work across the commercial, education, healthcare, defence, residential and retail sectors.

Our team is the key to our success. They are tradesmen who take pride in their job and make sure we’re delivering a high quality product, first time, every time. We believe in rewarding people well for a quality job and as a result have a loyal workforce, many of who started with us as an apprentice and have worked up to senior positions within the business.

Our future looks positive as we continue to build upon our strong reputation in the region. With both our long-standing and new clients, the strength of our working relationships is such that we find ourselves in the enviable position of being able to easily understand their requirements and deliver projects in a collaborative manner.

Company Overview

A Family Company

by Matthew McCarrick

"I am a sixth generation builder following in the footsteps of my great-great-grandfather, also Matthew McCarrick, who was a building contractor in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. My grandfather, Captain James McCarrick FCIOB, founded McCarrick Construction in 1953, upon moving to Chester-le-Street. He had previously honed his engineering and leadership skills in the army and from the outset the company was run with military precision and discipline. He grew the company gradually, taking on trusted members of staff, a lot of whom I’ve had the privilege of knowing all of my life. He was awarded the highest honor in the construction industry being elected as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building in 1959.

His son and my father Michael McCarrick joined the company in 1976 and built upon the strong name the company had established within the region. Michael grew the company in a number of sectors, delivering award winning residential developments, conversions, commercial projects and established long term maintenance programmes across the region.

Together with fellow directors Keith Alderslade and Tony Pearce they continued to diversify the construction activities into pubs, hotels, offices, prisons, schools, universities, retail and beyond. They also grew the residential arm of the business and established our sister company, McCarrick Homes Ltd to deliver high quality new build projects and listed building conversions.

Lynn McCarrick (my mother) joined the company in the 1990s to head up our maintenance arm, delivering 24 hour reactive maintenance to pubs, hotels and restaurants across the North East. Lynn led the show home design for McCarrick Homes, winning numerous awards including Show Home of the Year.

Having spent many summers working for the company in my youth, I was fortunate enough to work with some fantastic members of our team, a lot of whom are still with us today. I moved to Manchester to study and for the next 14 years I built shopping centres, hotels, TV studios, hospitals, MOD projects across the country before returning to the North East. In 2014 I joined Keith, Tony, Michael and Lynn as a director of McCarrick Construction with the task of further developing our business whilst maintaining the standards of training for our team to ensure we have the best people delivering the best projects. The company is currently involved in a host of varied and interesting projects with many more in the pipeline and ongoing training schemes and apprenticeships. I'm excited to be part of a well established team as we continue to deliver the best places to work, learn and live across the North East."

Matthew McCarrick


The company in 2003 celebrating its 50th anniversary year

Chester-le-Street, the local connection

McCarrick Construction benefits from Chester-le-Street's proximity to Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle but our team has historically been local lads and their sons and grandsons. Our connection to the town goes back to the 1950s and houses, offices, churches, shops and schools that we have built over the years form a central part of the community of Chester-le-street.

We also work with a local 'not-for-profit' business to ensure all of our waste timber is reused. This helps provide training and upskilling for those looking to start a career in joinery, it in turn creates jobs and voluntary positions within the community.

We are keen to continue to be an integral part of the local community and over the years have been a proud sponsor of community projects, youth groups, sports teams and charities.

Key Personnel



Managing Director

Matthew is a chartered builder and chartered surveyor with a background in high spec commercial construction. He has worked in numerous countries in projects ranging from the worlds largest chandelier, Philharmonic studios, high rise hotels, and even Indy race tracks.

In 2014 Matthew moved to Chester-le-Street to join his father Michael McCarrick at McCarrick Construction and since then he has brought in new clients and streamlined procedures.

Matthew will never compromise on health and safety and is dedicated to lifelong learning to ensure innovation is encouraged within his team at all levels.


Financial Director

As Group Commercial Director, Keith has overall responsibility for the financial direction of the various McCarrick companies. He has been an integral part of the company’s growth and continued success for 35 years. Keith has been innovative in developing alternative projects to help the business succeed throughout the recession periods. Whilst running the commercial department he still has a “hands on” approach overseeing the Estimating and Quantity Surveying on every project he is involved with and a keen eye for detail. He has established long term framework contracts. Keith has been involved with local sporting clubs and charitable organisations and is keen to promote social value within the local community; he has also been an active Academy Board Member for over 10 years.


Contracts Manager

James is a performance-driven, delivery-focused and experienced Contracts Manager with a track record of excellence and quality within construction and property development sector. As a qualified carpenter and joiner, James ran his own Property Services company during which time he consolidated his organisational and customer service abilities and gained experience in a wide variety of environments, both residential and commercial. As well as being extremely reliable and demonstrating excellent leadership qualities, James's commitment to providing a high level of craftsmanship has been repeatedly praised by our clients and he is a highly valued member of our team.

Latest Awards


Commercial Director

With over 25 years experience of

Quanitity Surveying first in the South of England and more recently in the Highlands of Scotland, our  Commercial Director Tim joined us in 2019 and is now a vital part of the team at McCarrick Construction, overseeing the company workload efficiently and ensuring accuracy in company planning and forecasting. Tim is an expert in contract administration, legal practice, change management and project co-ordination. 


Contracts Director

Tony is a focused construction professional with a strong background in team leadership and safety. He joined McCarrick Construction as an apprentice bricklayer and progressed to Site Manager, Contracts Manager and is now Contracts Director. He has chaired advisory groups and safety committees ensuring that a voice for the construction industry in the North East is heard. Tony is dedicated to training young people in the industry and runs our apprenticeship programme. He also has strong links with the MOD and has recently become a North East representative for Buildforce, helping servicemen and women transition into a career in construction.


Company Secretary

Melanie sits with the board of directors as our Company Secretary and manages the office team. Melanie has been with the team for over 20 years and is an integral part of the success of the business. Her skills range from accounting to human resources and training. Having started her working life with us at the age of 16, she is easily able to empathise with and encourage our young trainees and apprentices whilst keeping the many behind-the-scenes administrative tasks  of our numerous ongoing projects up to date.


Senior QS

Having worked for his previous employers for 40 years, David joined us in April 2024 and brought a wealth of experience and expertise with him. David's experience at Surgo included commercial and education refurbishments, new-build projects and new-build affordable homes and social housing projects, so he fits right in here at McCarrick Construction where his negotiation skills, contractual expertise and valuation experience have already gone some way towards lightening the considerable workload of our commercial management team.


BEST FAMILY RUN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY 2022 - National Building & Construction Awards 2022




FINALIST - Durham County Council Environment Awards 2019: The Built Environment category

WINNER - Most Sustainable Multidisciplinary Construction Firm North East England, Build Awards 2019

Finalist in the North East Business Awards 2019

Design & Build Awards 2019 - Recognised as “One to Watch for 2019”

CITB Apprentice Awards – Highly Commended SME Apprentice Employer Of The Year 2018

Nominated: Sustainable Building Awards 2018

WINNER - Small Business Apprentice Employer of the Year at the North East and Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2017

Nominated for Employer of the Year in the 2017 CITB Apprenticeship Awards

Innovators in Sustainability 2017

Considerate Constructors Gold Award (Matthew McCarrick)

Nominated for 2017 Sustainable Building Awards

Wharton Park – Shortlisted for RICS Tourism & Leisure Award 2017

Nominated / Runner Up for Bricklaying Operative Of The Year 2016



Northern Counties Builders Federation

Bringing construction companies together since 1898 to discuss and make progress with the foremost issues of the day.


Contractor vetting system used by potential clients to ensure we meet standards required in quality, financial stability and others.


The regional partner to Constructing Excellence, the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction, housing and regeneration.

The Gas Safe Register

(Formerly Corgi) The official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances.


We have RICS accredited professionals as part of our team

Buildforce We have two dedicated mentors to help armed forces leavers enter the construction industry

SMSTS Our site managers are qualified to the higher level of certification

NVQ All of our craftsmen are trained to the higher NVQ level 4, we will not settle for level 3 alone.

The 5% Club Membership consists of employers who have signed up to 5% of their UK workforce over the next five years being young people on structured training schemes.


Construction Alliance North East

A collective of construction and engineering bodies who strategically support and promote the region's talented SME construction sector.

Alcumus Safe Contractor

A standard required by a lot of clients to ensure we are delivering projects in a safe and professional manner

Prompt Payment Code

In signing this we reaffirm our commitment to best practice with regards to paying our suppliers, contributing to a better business environment across our industry.


The contractors health & safety scheme

National House Building Council

Our residential projects are protected by their warranty


We have CIOB accredited professionals as part of our team

CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited) All our operatives are part of this national safety scheme

Dewpoint Our drying technicians are Dewpoint qualified

CRB/Disclosure Scotland Our workforce are checked to be able to work in schools, prisons, MOD bases and other sensitive environments