You’ve got the land, the planning designs from a professional architect, the building license is issued and now you’re looking to start building. Choosing a construction company in Mallorca is one of the most important decisions that you will make, particularly if you’re coming from outside Spain and your Spanish language is limited. You’ll want to make sure that you’re hiring a reliable builder that won’t let you down. It is likely to be one of the biggest expenditures of your life, so it’s paramount that you choose the right firm with a solid reputation.
How do I find a credible construction company in Mallorca?
We’re fortunate on Mallorca to have construction companies that build with professionalism and adhere to the local legislation. However, it pays to make sure that they are fully conversant with the current laws and appear in all the relevant records. One way to check this is by getting in touch with the Accredited Companies Registry (REA) or by seeing if they’re ISO certified.
Another way to find the right builder is by listening to the advice of your architect. From past projects, they will know which construction firms work to a high level. However, if you’re still feeling unsure, you can ask your builder to speak with some of their previous clients. That way you can get a good insight into their work ethic and hear first-hand the quality of their construction.
Do they speak my language?
There is often the misconception that Spanish builders do not speak English, but in Mallorca, this isn’t entirely the case. Thanks to a rich international community, you’ll find that there is a mixture of local and expat builders. In most firms, the contractors (in charge of overseeing the project) will be able to speak in English and talk through the process with you in detail.
For other languages, you might be better choosing an expat construction firm, whose team will be able to converse in languages such as German, French and Swedish.
The service on offer
Typically, the duration of building a house usually takes in excess of a year and a half, but depending on the size of the project, it could take 2-3 years to secure the necessary permissions etc., In this time, your construction company will prepare the site, lay the foundations and build your new home. Electricity, plumbing and flooring are all part of the package, so by the end of the process your home should be ready for furnishing and fittings.
Spanish builders work hard, usually from 8am to 6pm. They are likely to disappear around 10:30 to 11am for a morning ’merienda’ and then lunch is generally a 2 hour break between 1pm and 3pm.
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Construcciones Llull Sastre
If its building sustainably that matters most to you, then Llull Sastre are the ones to turn to. Since 1934, the Mallorcan construction company has gone from strength to strength, and are now considered one of the largest on the island with port (Puerto Portals) and hotel projects on their porfolio. Some of their most impressive private homes can be found in Son Vida, where their houses run on low energy and are designed to maximise on natural light. Managing Director Pedro Martín awaits your appointment at their offices in Palma.
Founder of Alibaz, Eduardo López runs an experienced team of professional architects, builders and designers. As they are behind some of Mallorca’s most complex projects, you’ll find their signature on building sites mainly in the southwest and Palma. They are professional to work with and are a family company at heart, making them a tight-knit, trusted team. Visit their impressive offices in Poligono Son Bugadelles, just outside Santa Ponsa.
Construcciones Bartolomé Ramón (CBR)
From the majestic building of Almudaina Royal Palace to the Jardines de S’Hort del Rei in Palma, CBR have been instrumental in shaping the facing of Mallorca’s capital. They have renovated and restored many of its oldest buildings and breathed new life where possible. Since 1940, the Alba Ramón family business are recognised in Mallorca as being one of the most established.
From their zero-energy headquarters in Son Bugadelles, Edificam run construction projects mainly in the southwest of Mallorca and Palma. They are pioneers in cutting edge construction and build projects that integrate with their natural surroundings. Where possible, director Francisco Pfitsch Fuster says that the company try to use local material such Balearic sandstone and olive wood.
Miquel Bauzá has become an important name in the construction industry on Mallorca. His Pollensa-based firm LF91 is behind some of the most stunning properties in the north of the island. They offer the full package from initial drawings to handing over the keys which although usually takes some years, the result at the end is worth it. Born in Pollensa, Miquel also knows everything that is required to satisfy the local planning authorities. With Miquel at the helm, you are in safe hands.
While relatively new to the Mallorca construction scene (set-up in 2011), it hasn’t taken long for Epic Constructions to establish themselves as top professionals in their field. They work hard to ensure that the process of building your new home is a stress free one, supporting you every step of the way. They collaborate with different specialised companies depending on what is required, meaning that only the very best workmanship is at your disposal.
Led by the Panadés family since 1963, Goccisa comprises of a qualified and loyal team of professionals. To this day, the firm’s core values remain unchanged and lie in honesty, prudence and responsibility. They hold themselves as one of the benchmark construction companies in the Balearic Islands, carrying out work in various different terrains. Mountains, sea or city, Goccisa are prepared for whatever setting you have in mind for your new home in Mallorca.
With over 60 years of construction, re-modelling and project management under their belt, you can rely on Construcciones Puchet to get the job done. They’re professionals at building houses that make you feel good, inside and outside. You can also count on them for emergency support, such as small installations, repairs and maintenance work. They cover all the little details of a project so you don’t have to!
Dating back to 1987, Vivenda is managed by a family with decades of experience in the fields of construction and real estate. They are at the front of the latest developments, managing all aspects of their projects with meticulous detail. Their commitment to conservation and sustainability is strong and they even donate part of their profits to socially-conscious causes. Choose Vivenda and you’ll choose a construction company with a big heart.
This Swiss-owned company prides itself on reaching the highest of standards in construction on Mallorca. Their Swiss precision comes first and is applied to all aspects to building your dream home. If you’re after top quality at the right price, Riva Balear are a firm that you can rely on. Visit their offices in Palma and take a look at their impressive portfolio of luxury properties across Mallorca.
Dressler & Partner
Since the 1990s, Dressler & Partner have completed over 250 projects to date, with around 50 employees in three island offices located in Algaida, Port Andratx and Palma. The company was founded by Wolfgang Dressler and is firmly rooted in German construction and sustainable materials. They have become synonymous on the island with “German building quality” and promise a polished finished result.
Catering exclusively to investors with a high-net worth, Signature Group build for the international market. The people who approach managing director Thomas Midzielski are normally astute investors from Swedish, French, British and German roots. They build second homes that promise an attractive return for their customers, integrating the best in construction. They are the kind of refined brand that are behind Mallorca’s increasingly high turnover in luxury real estate.
Together, with her team of property experts, editor Helen Cummins has curated a list of the top construction companies in Mallorca. The builders that listen to your ideas and turn them from simple sheets of paper into beautiful Mediterranean homes. The companies above are professionals at what they do and make sure that every step of the building process aligns with local planning permission. Feel rest assured that with their help your new Mallorcan home will be built efficiently and best of all, in a conscious and sustainable way.