• Why Darke & Taylor?

    Over the last 60 years, Darke & Taylor has continued to develop in response to the changing requirements of our industry. Our ongoing commitment to apprenticeships and a sustainable business strategy has enabled us to offer long-term career development opportunities.

    Darke & Taylor Team

From one electrician…

At Darke & Taylor, we are proud of our heritage which contributes to our unique working environment and company ethos. In 1958, our founder John Darke started trading with one apprentice and in 1972 we purchased Hill Upton & Co. Ltd, Oxford’s first Electrical Engineering company founded in 1890.

Fast forward to the present day and our long-standing commitment to apprenticeships and a sustainable business strategy has enabled Darke & Taylor to grow from sole trader status to one of the largest privately owned building services businesses in the South East.

Historic Darke & Taylor
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…to a one-stop solution

From its beginnings as an electrical services firm, Darke & Taylor has grown and developed a full range of building services solutions and today has the experience and expertise to offer a one-stop solution for our clients.

Darke & Taylor currently consists of eight interconnected departments − five disciplines and three specialisms − which combine to provide a fully integrated MEP design, installation, commissioning and maintenance package.

Our Mission: ‘Connected Excellence’

Our mission is to excel in the design, installation and maintenance of the MEP building services systems that connect to create fit for purpose building environments.

We call our approach “Connected Excellence” and this combined with our core values enable us to deliver a high quality turn-key approach to our clients, who include architects, building services designers, main contractors and project managers constructing and refurbishing buildings, and the landlords, owners and occupants of these buildings.

We focus on the sustainable development of the business and developing the careers of our staff in order that we can continue to deliver what our clients require in an age of advancing technology.

Connected Excellence


Over time, Darke & Taylor has built up experience in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Commercial Office
  • Education
  • High Quality Residential
  • Historic & Listed Buildings
  • Public Sector & Health
  • Retail, Hotel & Entertainment
  • Science & Technology
  • Domestic & Property Management

This means we know what works in practise (and perhaps more importantly, what does not!) in order to solve problems or develop novel solutions on our clients’ projects.

With a commitment to Research & Development, Darke & Taylor takes great pride in its ‘Can Do’ attitude, its expert team and its ability to overcome uncertainty and innovate.

Advantages of using Darke & Taylor

Our clients can engage with Darke & Taylor at many different points on the life-cycle of their property and will benefit from our capability to design, install, commission and maintain a wide range of technologies combined with our collaborative approach to providing professional advice and guidance.

  • Workforce

    • Our directly employed workforce is a key competitive advantage.
    • There are no split responsibilities: if there is a problem, we will deal with it.
    • We invest heavily in apprenticeships and staff training.
  • Experience

    • We have many years experience of a wide range of projects types.
    • Our methods are tried, tested and effective: they work in practise.
    • High levels of repeat and referral business evidence years of satisfied customers.
  • Peace of mind

    • We take a long term view and are are financially secure.
    • We hold all relevant accreditations for our specialist work.
    • We are fully insured with a significant level of Professional Indemnity cover.