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Established Sussex-based Building Contractors

Colbran & Wingrove Building Contractors are based in Eastbourne and work across East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. We manage domestic and commercial building and renovation projects.


Choosing the Right Builder

Whether you're a homeowner or a business 'choosing the right builder' can be one of the most enjoyable yet most stressful periods in your life ... it depends on which builder you choose!

You could be looking to repair, refurb, refresh or renovate. You could be completely restyling as an alternative to moving house or premises. You could be looking to invest in your home or business as an asset for your pension, retirement, or to leave to your family. You could be looking to turn a 'vague idea' in to a 'Wow'.

Yet you know that all this can come with uncertainty and confusion. How are you going to avoid 'cowboys' and comply with complex legislation? How can you guarantee a premium quality outcome in today's challenging environment?

So, who do you turn to? Who can you trust? Who can help turn your ideas into reality, staying within budget and on time? 

Colbran & Wingrove have a track record spanning 55 years. And we have over 250 years of accumulated building experience in the local area and its challenges. We think of ourselves as 'the best builder in Eastbourne'. There's not much we haven't faced and solved and we're clearly doing something right -

 86% of our business comes from referrals and repeat customers

Our mantra of 'expect excellence' is not some trite marketing slogan. It's a statement of our approach to both projects and customers. Our staff created it and we live it daily. We build on Trust and are judged on Excellence.


We're Experts in our Field

We'll handle your whole project for you, working in partnership with you. Design, surveys, analysis, construction and final finish - we provide them all.

We love what we do and we do it well, leaving you to get on with what you love doing. 


We're Colbran & Wingrove ... so ... Expect Excellence 


You can view some of our recent projects here, and meet the team -


Russell Colbran, ACIOB - Managing Director

Russell has worked in the building and construction industry since the late eighties. Initially joining Walter Llewellyn & Sons as a management trainee, he completed a 4-year training scheme and achieved an ONC and HNC in building studies. During his time with Llewellyn's Russell gained experience on wide-ranging commercial and residential projects valued at up to £1.5m. He subsequently joined his father's business, Colbran & Wingrove, in 1996, and took over the firm as managing director in 2003.

A Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce and a long-standing member of Eastbourne Round Table, Russell is equally passionate about the town and local area. A family man, he has two sons and enjoys walking on the South Downs with Judy and their labradoodle Obi. Along with an enduring love of golf, he is also a keen cyclist and cycled the South Downs Way for charity, though says 'never again'. 

Russell holds the CITB construction site safety manager’s qualification and is a qualified first aider. He is your first port of call with any project enquiry. 

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Martin Tonks - Construction Director 

Martin is an accomplished and experienced project manager. His career also started with Walter Llewellyn & Sons where he remained for 25 years working for names such as English Heritage and the De Vere Hotels Group. He subsequently joined Rok for six years and relished their innovative approach and desire to drive change and improve peoples’ perceptions of the industry.

Having joined Colbran & Wingrove in 2007, Martin works closely alongside Russell and finds the diversity of the firm’s client base and work hugely rewarding.

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Judy Colbran, MAAT - Finance Director 

Judy joined Colbran & Wingrove in 2002, taking on the role of finance and HR development. Having completed the AAT accounting qualification Judy is responsible for all aspects of the financial and operational management of the business.

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Latest News

A quick update for you

Find out more about our latest projects and contracts, along with other news from the Colbran & Wingrove team right here.

Project Guide

Kick start your project

Follow our handy step-by-step project guide for a quick overview of the key stages in any building project.

 Suite G, Dittons Business Park, Dittons Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6HY

 01323 729025

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