Tiling specialist takes the plunge with swimming pool work

Tiling specialist takes the plunge with swimming pool work

An expert who has trained more than 1,500 people to tile in the last two decades is expanding his business to form a one-stop construction shop, and he’s found a niche market for his skills.

Steve Ainsley, 46, left school at just 16 having worked as a trainee tiler from the age of 14. By the age of 19, he was overseeing £50m tiling projects and the squads working on them.

His eye for detail and passion for tiling together with a wealth of experience landed him a job in education teaching tiling skills at Northumberland College. He owned a private tiling academy in London, before opening Mastercraft Ceramic Tiling Ltd in his hometown of Cramlington in September 2013.

Now, Steve’s high quality work has been recognised in the swimming pool industry following a number of high profile community and private swimming pool projects.

His work has included the precision tiling of the 50-metre 2012 Olympic diving pool in Luton, which was laser measured for accuracy and a number of pools and bathroom conversion projects for well-known footballers and other top-end domestic clients.

He said: “With multiple commercial contracts for local authorities, leisure companies, supermarkets and restaurants, I found that I was project managing much bigger high-end jobs, so it made sense to turn the business into a complete building project management and maintenance company.

“The word got around about our pool tiling quality and we’ve have been working on a number of luxury pools for domestic customers in places as diverse as Gosforth, Stevenage, Kingston upon Thames, Leeds and Nottingham.

“The growth of the business means I’m able to engage more trusted subcontractors for example, we’ve recently managed the services of 24 sub-contractors on a large project in Nottingham.”

“It’s important to stay one step ahead of the game to provide customers with the best possible service, and part of that is ensuring our teams are using the best materials and have the right level of skills for the job.”

“We will be offering a one stop shop for all construction projects with only the finest tradespersons providing exceptional customer service and quality.”