Company History


Wheeler Developments is a highly regarded developer and building contractor rapidly approaching its 40th anniversary of work within the Bailiwick of Guernsey. With an enviable reputation for quality and design, the company has been under the management of Richard Ridout since its inception in the 1970’s and more recently his two sons Robert and James (Bsc, MCIOB), who have worked their way through the ranks to take on management positions.  Offering a wide range of services covering all aspects of the building and construction industry Wheeler Developments’ portfolio of work comprises everything from the smallest interior repairs all the way up to some of the island’s largest and most prestigious housing developments.

As an employee of “McAlpines” Richard oversaw the creation of many development projects throughout the UK during the late 60’s & early 70’s whilst simultaneously working to keep the family farm operating in his “spare time.” When the opportunity arose for the farmland to be sold Richard decided it was time to strike out on his own in an effort to develop his own properties on the island he was becoming increasingly fond of. Moving here with his wife Jennie in November of 1979 the two set about immediately purchasing a local home, which was almost entirely gutted and rebuilt within the first few months of ownership. A process Jennie had possibly not been made aware of previous to the removal of much of the ceiling!

That property would become the first in a line of what is now approaching 300 developments that Richard, Jennie and their longstanding team have nurtured through to completion on the island.

Wheeler is ‘the Home of Quality’, a motto we are proud to carry and continue to strive for with each new job that we undertake. Whatever we create for you, whether it is a brand new luxury home, the remodelling of your existing property or a unique stone outdoor oven for your garden, you are guaranteed the same uncompromising level of quality and complete attention to detail.

In the last decade we have arguably become the island’s premier developer of bespoke properties, where we encourage buyers to take an active role in the creation of their new home. Our experienced design team is available from the earliest stages to help guide buyers through this process and these collaborations have seen considerable success along with many very happy customers.

As Wheeler Developments moves forward into its 5th decade of operation Richard and Jennie are proud to see their sons assume greater roles within the company – and with both of those sons now having families of their own – it seems sure that the company  is set to continue for another 40 years at least.