Our History, Vision and Values

The secret of our success is simple; we treat others as we would like to be treated and we are true to our vision and core values.  
Our History

Established in 2001 by Mark and Caroline Atkinson, Nova Construction is one of the most trusted family owned construction companies in Cornwall. Both Directors oversee all operations and ensure the five values which created the business remain inherent in all activities. By prioritising a commitment to its identity and purpose; Nova Construction has grown to become one of Cornwall’s most consistent high quality building contractors. Each employee recognises the significance of this privilege and honours it with a commitment to the business’ vision and values.

Our Vision

Nova Construction is a main contractor of choice for bespoke building services to the premium market in Cornwall. Our business is built on five core values; Approachability, Knowledge, Versatility, Quality and Reputation. By championing these principals we have instilled and maintained a culture of professionalism and craftsmanship. Our vision is to continue delivering excellence and create lasting, safe and beautiful properties.

Our Values

Approachability is vital for our business to maintain existing relationships and generate new opportunities. We operate with an ‘open door’ policy; our prospective clients can visit our sites, inspect the quality of our work and meet our staff. Being approachable allows us to be at the forefront of bespoke construction in Cornwall. We enjoy engaging with others, listening to our client’s needs, promoting our profession and exploring ways the construction industry can evolve with the needs of its clientele.


Our collective knowledge and industry experience exceeds 300 years and is a cornerstone of our identity. Fuelling this with appropriate training, regular reviews and unique projects means our staff and capabilities continue to develop. We have won awards, secured repeat accreditations and consistently grown for the past 15 years; our level of knowledge endorses past achievements and underpins our future accomplishments. We draw upon this to consistently build a prosperous future for our customers and employees.


Versatility is drawn from the knowledge we have gained, the projects we have built and the experiences we have encountered. To ensure we exceed our client’s expectations we apply our core values to each project and operate with a versatile approach. Technology, process and practices continue to evolve, versatility ensures we stay ahead of our competitors, maintain our distinct advantages and provide our clients with the bespoke services they deserve.


Unparalleled quality is the indisputable measurement of our abilities. From a Breeam approved building to an enticing polished kitchen worktop conveying depth and intrigue; the standard of our work today dictates our prospects tomorrow. This is evident in our approachable mentality and offering our prospective clients the opportunity to inspect our current work. This results in each project receiving the highest commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail. Our future is measured by the quality of our work on site today.


Reputation is the value which fuels the continued development of our business. We strive to build and maintain our presence as a trusted contractor through considered appreciation of our customers, profession and longstanding reputation. All of our values contribute to our identity but it is our time-honoured reputation which others measure and recommend us by.

Our work and operating standards are endorsed by the following bodies –
Investors In People status values recognised

Investors in People Status showcases our commitment to our employees and profession.

Since 1991 Investors in People has set the standard for better people management. Its internationally recognised accreditation is held by 14,000 organisations across the world. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. It is underpinned by a rigorous assessment methodology and a framework which reflects the very latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry.

Nova Construction recognise the value of SMAS

SMAS accreditation underpins our rigorous approach to workplace health and safety.

As a member of the Safety Schemes in Procurement scheme (SSIP); SMAS supports and endorsers our competitiveness and readiness to undertake any task in a safe, professional and sector approved manner. SSIP backing is the benchmark for competency, quality and excellence in the construction industry.

As CITB ambassadors we aim to deliver increase values to all those linked to construction

As Construction Industry Training Board Ambassadors we fly the flag for the industry. 

Construction Industry Training Board Ambassadors are the face of the construction industry and promote the social enterprise’s commitment to building a safe, professional and fully qualified nationwide workforce. By engaging with local schools, colleges and community groups we promote the positive contributions the industry has to offer. We offer career advice to students and vital support to those in and around construction activities.

Breeam status adds values to company identity

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings.

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance.

Added value gained through LABC warranties.

Local Authority Building Control is the largest provider of building control services to the construction industry.

It offers an expert, timely, proactive and commercially aware building control service through a single point for projects of all sizes. Drawing on its network of over 3,000 surveyors provides an unparalleled source of expert technical advice, speedy resolution of queries and endorsement of working standards. From design and pre-application right through to completion, its specialist technical advice and cost saving solutions minimise risks and support the delivery of completed projects to the highest of standards.

Added values gained through NHBC warranties.

NHBC is the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body and provider of building warranty and insurance for new homes.

Established in 1936, NHBC is the home warranty provider of choice, currently insuring over 1.6m homes, with a market share of approximately 80%. Over the course of its history, it has provided warranties for 30% of the total existing housing stock in the United Kingdom, equating to over 7 million homes. Its endorsement is fuelled 75 years of continued research and development and is one of the highest accolades a contractor can obtain.

To learn more about our business please visit our services and completed projects pages.