What our clients say

"I have used J1 Brickwork, for at least 10 years, on various high profile projects, from Retail to Care Homes, and always found them more than capable of completing the works on time, in budget and to a good fit finish. J1 are always willing to discuss any project with us and negotiate on cost where required. They are more than capable of completing any large or small project – there are never any issues and they are ready to go the extra yard when it is requested of them. I would highly recommend them as a reliable and conscientious contractor, with very high standards of workmanship. James Boyd is a very approachable, likeable Company Director, who is always my first choice on any projects that require his type of expertise."

Trevor Riley, Senior Projects Manager, Princebuild Limited


"I worked with J1 Brickwork on two large scale care homes in Harwich and Walton-on-the-Naze, and also on various other projects. I have always found that there is never any hold up on labour and their brickwork is up there with what we expect. They have a working foreman so there is only one point of contact who is always available. I am impressed that they always hit our dates on very tight programmes – I can’t ask for more than what they do. I would highly recommend them as they are always professional, willing to listen, discuss and solve any problems that arise - they simply get the job done!"

Stuart Spurling, E.J. Taylor & Sons Limited


"J1 are great subcontractors to work alongside. Their quality of works are second to none. Their response time for any issue’s arising throughout projects is immediate and their trades are managed well on site. J1’s staff always adopt a professional manor when on site to all other trades, site management and members of the general public. We look forward to working alongside them on many other projects."


Finlay Murdoch, Site Manager, E.J. Taylor & Sons Limited


"I have worked with James at J1 Brickwork for over 5 years and have always found him very professional and helpful when building our schemes. He has extremely high-quality workmanship and excellent project management. J1 help us to provide cost effective solutions whilst bringing in modern day techniques. I would highly recommend James to undertake any building works as he leads a very professional company, his schemes always come in on budget and he delivers a service that we are always happy with."

Andrew Feasey, Studio Director, CPS Architecture and Design Limited

"J1 Brickwork built a 40 apartment block with varied face and block work on the external skin, along with associated works including landing steel lintels. James, the owner of J1 Brickwork, has a high knowledge of construction and its methods, and is very easy to associate and get on with. Chris, the non-working contract manager, is the same and both are very helpful. The guys are fair and helpful from the bottom to the top and work stays to schedule. I would recommend J1, the guys on site are really good and helpful, they go way above anything that is expected, and we haven’t been asked for a day sheet yet, even the use of their own trained tele-handler has been booked in with great fairness, but mainly the face work is of outstanding quality. The company on a whole seems to be well thought out, for example, I needed a chippy, at short notice and James personally ensured I got one even though this isn’t in their scope of works."

Laurence Draycott, Churchill Retirement Living



Welcome to j1

Professional, qualified and reliable bricklaying contractors serving Colchester and Essex, we specialise in all types and levels of bricklaying.

From new build housing developments to large commercial projects. From one off houses and extensions to care homes and supermarkets. 

We are literally the one stop shop for every bricklaying related need. We pride ourselves on offering bespoke building solutions for our domestic clients and commercial partners.