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Some of Our Team

Benfield and Loxley: Sara Murray
Sara Murray
Managing Director

Sara has worked in the construction industry since leaving school and joined Benfield and Loxley in 2008. "Completing a wide variety of high quality projects that will be around for generations to come" gives her huge satisfaction which is "made possible by the great teams that deliver the projects". Sara enjoys going to the gym and a variety of holidays.
Benfield and Loxley: Martin Steele
Martin Steel

Martin joined Benfield and Loxley in 2019. He "enjoys the variety in projects and the clients we work alongside". Working for Benfield and Loxley Martin finds "the people are friendly and are a good team to be part of". This fits with his personality - "I enjoy a good laugh and am not afraid to try out new things". Out of work Martin is a keen footballer and relaxing on a beach with a beer or two.
Benfield and Loxley: Kiran Isaac
Kiran Isaac
Site Manager

Kiran says about his job "No two days are the same! I enjoy the challenge and get a lots of satisfaction from delivering high quality projects. I have had the privilege of working on some very beautiful buildings". The project he is most proud of was the first he managed on his own at Christ Church College. This was successfully delivered and secured two more projects. Kiran is a big Pink Floyd fan.
Benfield and Loxley: Adam Hagar
Adam Hagar

Adam started with Benfield and Loxley as an apprentice and is now a qualified carpenter. He particularly enjoys "a good team spirit, people working well together, the variation in work and having the backing of the company".
He has a young family and enjoys going on holiday with them to places like Greece.
Benfield and Loxley: Matt Young
Matt Young
Site Manager

Matt has worked for Benfield and Loxley all of his career. He "enjoys the people I work with and the security the company has given me over my 18 years". Matt particularly enjoyed his recent project building a new sports centre for a school where he "built a good relationship with the client and delivered a high quality project". He enjoys being "as active as I can through various sports".
Benfield and Loxley: Jonny Cox
Jonny Cox

Jonny has worked as a carpenter for Benfield and Loxley for 15 years. He is an "enthusiastic, hard working, happy-go-lucky person who enjoys the friendly people that he works with". His day involves "a mixture of anything carpentry related from floor joists or stud work to hanging doors or skirting, all types of first and second fix carpentry" and he "enjoys being challenged on a daily basis due to the bespoke nature of Benfield and Loxley’s construction projects".

Careers with Benfield and Loxley

We primarily operate in Oxford and the surrounding area. Our head office is located in Oxford Road, Cowley. There are approximately 50 full time employees.
Office staff roles include Contracts Management, Estimation, Finance, Procurement, Quantity Surveying, and Project Support. Site based staff include Site Managers, Carpenters, Plasterers and labourers. Other disciplines are sub-contracted through our proven supply chain.
Our company approach is to develop long term relationships with all our stakeholders including staff, clients, sub-contractors and consultants.

Due to the size and structure and long term approach of Benfield and Loxley we are able to offer:

  • High degree of autonomy
  • A diverse range of projects
  • A stable working environment
  • Personal training from in-house experienced staff if required


To apply for any vacancy, please send your CV and a covering letter stating the vacancy for which you are applying. (No agencies please.)

Trainee Contracts Manager
Cowley, Oxford
New Appointment

We are looking for an inquisitive and self-motivated individual, who would enjoy working on a vast array of interesting construction projects in the Oxford area. A desire to learn from others and respond well to structured training is essential. The ability to hold and manage project information and drawings is an important feature. Effective communication, both in the verbal and written context, with both clients and consultants, is also a key attribute.

Ideally, you should have attained a good level of education, particularly in Maths and English at GCSE level and – BBC at A level or BTEC DMM. Numeracy is vital.

This uniquely permanent role, presents considerable potential, comprising accelerated career progression and an unrivalled opportunity to seek professionally recognised status. Initially commencing in an entirely supportive role to well-established Contract Managers, leading to being responsible for the delivery of smaller projects, thus ultimately aspiring to becoming an integral part of that management team. All related academic undertakings will be supported and underwritten by the Company.

An attractive salary and benefits package, commensurate with the perceived importance of the role, are on offer, along with welcome long term prospects.

In the first instance, please forward an outline CV, supported by a brief covering letter explaining why you feel that you should be considered for this opportunity, with specific reference to your interest in the construction industry.

    Our History

  • In 1876 Oxford William Loxley teamed up with a fellow carpenter George Edward Benfield to work on the restoration of the roof of New College Chapel. Its first major building contract was for Magdalen College School (boarding) house. Since then B & L have worked on practically every college in Oxford and many other university and private school buildings.

    In 1900 Benfield and Loxley built its own Brickworks at Sandford just outside Oxford. At the time this was the largest brickworks in the world, producing 10,000 bricks per week. The engines from the works were taken in to war service in 1914 and the site never operated again.

    Benfield and Loxley erected the original Morris Motor works, now BMW, and subsequently completed other extension works including the office block still in use.

    In 1937 the company bought the stone quarries at Bladon which they used to build the New Bodleian Library, 1937-1940 and Nuffield College 1949-1960.

    Benfield and Loxley: Nuffield College and New Bodleian Library

    In 1960 B & L became a public incorporated company and built many contemporary styled buildings in Oxford such as the Blackwells building. It also diversified into other geographical areas.

    In 1984 the company was taken back into private ownership and focussed once again on the Oxford area, in particular the Colleges and private education sector since when it has continued to operate successfully.

    Since its establishment in 1876, Benfield and Loxley has been constructing in and around Oxford focussing on the private education sector and taking pride in long-term relationships with our clients, staff, sub-contractors and consultants.

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