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We are now one of the largest and most respected plumbing companies in
the UK

Established in 1971 as a small family firm, we have grown to become one of the largest and most respected plumbing companies in the UK. We specialise in installing, servicing and maintaining central heating systems on large-scale new build projects and now have a team of more than 140 plumbers working on numerous major housing developments across the South West region.

We take pride in our professionalism and aim to provide a top-quality service on every job we do. With 40 years of hard work and experience behind us, we’ve earned a solid reputation for reliability, quality, attention to detail and unbeatable customer service.

Barkwell headquarters in Okehampton

Our headquarters is a modern 1200sq ft two storey office building on the outskirts of Okehampton, Devon.


Controlling your construction project's plan and deliverables is vital to the success of your projects and the future of your business. We understand this and during process of an installation project we assign a dedicated ‘hands-on’ dedicated contracts manager

As well as our management team we now employ a squad of more than 140 highly qualified professional plumbers working on projects across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, and we run a fleet of 75 vehicles and have a very active Apprenticeship programme.

We also have our own buyers and a dedicated depot for the storage of materials and stock. This means we can guarantee a speedy delivery rate when it matters and provide a fast and efficient service for our clients.

Our history

The company was launched in Okehampton in 1971 by husband-and-wife team Brian and Mary Barkwell. Nine years later they were joined by sons Robert and Michael, confirming BJ Barkwell & Sons as a true family firm.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s the family continued to build and grow the business, until in 1996 BJ Barkwell & Sons won its first major contract from a commercial client and completed a new build for Taylor Wimpey involving several hundred houses and 25 different house designs.

This sizeable project signified a turning point for BJ Barkwell & Sons, since when we have specialised in large-scale contracts for many of the major UK house builders on developments that typically involve the construction of hundreds of houses. 

Despite our major expansion, Barkwell Plumbing and Heating remains to this day a family business, run on the same values established by Brian and Mary Barkwell in the 1970s: approachable, friendly and reliable and offering a consistently high-quality service on every job from start to finish. These values have allowed us to develop and maintain excellent relationships and partnerships with our long-term client base.

Barkwell News
Qualified Plumber Vacancies
3rd Mar 2017
We are always seeking qualified plumbers to join our team. We also have places on our Apprenticeship Programme. Please visit our Current Vacancies page to submit your CV.... Read more >
Barkwell Plumbing & Heating Ltd awarded Bovis Sub-Contractor of the Year 2016
25th Jan 2017
Barkwell Plumbing & Heating Ltd have been awarded Bovis Sub Contractor of the Year 2016. Robert Barkwell receiving the Award from Bovis Homes' Dave Farley. Pictured l to r: John Escott – Bovis Commercial Manager, Dave... Read more >
HETAS Approval
4th Aug 2015
We are now approved as fully qualified Wood Burner fitters.... Read more >
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