Construction and design company Skelcon has come a long way in just 10 years. A very long way.
From being founded in a rumpus cellar, Skelcon has grown into two companies with 50 employees.
Its latest projects have brought the company a remarkable five trophies at the 2022 Master Builders Association Newcastle Excellence in Building Awards, as well as the Young Builder of the Year award for Skelcon Director Joel Skelton.
“When I started Skelcon, everyone told me I was crazy,” Joel said.
When I think of Skelcon’s greatest achievements, I can’t get past the Skelcon team.
– Skelcon director Joel Skelton
“My wife Gemma and I had twins, but I knew I wanted to start a business that was unlike anything the construction industry had seen before.
“Just two weeks after the twins were born, I resigned from a major construction company to start building Skelcon.
“The vision was to create a culture where everyone works together and run a company where everyone involved in a project wins, including our customers.”
For the first seven months, Joel ran Skelcon from a desk in his parents’ rec room. “I’ve spent a lot of time working on the brand and getting our name out there,” he said.
“When I think of Skelcon’s greatest achievements, I can’t get past the Skelcon team.
“The people who work with and for Skelcon have been instrumental in our growth.
“Obviously I’m proud of every project we’ve delivered, but having a team that is passionate about providing our customers with the best experience and a brilliant end product doesn’t come naturally to me.
“From the initial consultation to the final handover, our team is there to guide our clients through the process and give them peace of mind that everything has been thought of and taken care of.”
In 2021, Skelcon introduced an in-house design team into the mix and opened their own joinery workshop.
“Now in our 10th year, we have welcomed a Healthcare Relationship Manager to the team dedicated to serving our customers in the medical industry, which is one of the largest industries we work with.” said Joel. “By bringing these services under the Skelcon banner, we can offer our customers a streamlined, personalized experience, with a team they can trust.”
At the MBA Awards, Skelcon won Best Commercial Project Under $10 Million for Tallowood Lifestyle Village Clubhouse; Best US$1 million to US$5 million expansion and renovation and best use of wood at Mount Pleasant Winery; Best Interior Design from $400,000 to $900,000 for Vamp Cosmetic Clinic; and Best Interior Design $300,000 to $400,000 for Indulgences Beauty Salon.
“The Indulgences Beauty Salon was special to us because it was a full design, engineering and carpentry project by Skelcon,” said Joel.