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True Build Trade Services Ltd

True Build Trade Services Ltd, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH12 7SB


113 St. John's Road,
EH12 7SB


Tel: 07713115213
Mobile: 01312780998
Contact: Email us

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Member details

Joined: 09/09/2013


True Build Trade Services were the winners of the Small Renovation Project category at the 13th FMB Master Builder Awards, 2017.

For their project working on a classic Victorian property in Edinburgh, True Build showed huge amounts of creativity, capability and sheer hard work, making a particularly difficult job look easy and leaving no visible trace of their work. It was this effortless, seamless extension and renovation that made True Build Trade Services stand out as deserving winners of best Small Renovation Project at the national Master Builder Awards 2017.

The company was started in July 2010 by Paul Dempsey and his brother, with the ambition of creating beautiful homes, workplaces and spaces. They recognised that the most important aspects of the job are attention to detail and the relationship with the customer, and therefore focus on understanding the needs and aspirations of their properties. They employ a fantastic team of ten highly skilled and experienced craftsmen who are passionate about their work and deliver a first class service.

From the initial build to tiling and decorating, True Build cover all work from beginning to end, including roofing, plumbing, electrics, tiling and decorating.

One point of contact, one team, one great job.


Let us amaze you with our beautifully renovated properties and homes. We are passionate about creating new contemporary spaces from fantastic historic buildings full of character. Our experience and skills are in blending the character of a beautiful old property with a fresh, new contemporary design to create an original and striking space.

New Builds:

Building your dream home, exactly as you have always imagined it has to be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences in life.

While your new home might be a dream, achieving it can be a nightmare. At True Build we offer an honest, supportive, expert service that offers transparent pricing, detailed specifications and one point of contact. Quality materials and an experienced building team brings your dream home to life.

Home extensions:

We build award winning contemporary home extensions that transform the way you live.

Whether you live in a modern new home or a traditional Edinburgh property we can build a stunning, unique extension that creates a new space and a new way of living.

Most of our work is in the Edinburgh area but we can work further afield.

Case Studies


Edinburgh Renovation - Small Renovation Project Winner at the 13th Master Builder Awards 2017


True Build Trade Services completed this renovation to a Victorian property in Edinburgh with such proficiency and workmanship that the new seamlessly blends in with the old. 

In the words of our director Paul Dempsey, this was True Build's "most challenging project yet", as all the team had to work with were the warrant drawings that the architect provided. The team had to come up with technical and inventive solutions to overcome logistical difficulties. This was partly due to the complexity of the cantilevered design, allowing for a frameless glass corner, as well as the position of the original building.

True Build began by removing the entire rear corner of the building, including 600mm thick solid stone walls, which required the full weight of the building to be supported by large beams, each weighing more than a tonne. This was made more difficult by the tight work space as using a crane was not possible; they had to be installed by hand with scaffolding, block and tackles. Twenty tonnes of stone were removed in the same manner.

The team had to adapt the design as the project went on, for example hiding the gutter to maintain the building's elegant appearance. Varying other problems cropped up, such as retaining walls, dealing with collapsed drainage pipes, and a devastating family bereavement. Taking these on in a calm and focused manner to realise the client's vision made this an outstanding project.

Take a look at the winner's page here.

Member type

FMB member with TrustMark

  • Have signed the TrustMark license
  • Have had an inspection on a job in progress on joining and on a completed development every three years thereafter
  • Has a minimum of twelve months trading
  • Verified no un-discharged bankruptcies or relevant and outstanding County Court Judgments
  • Have passed credit checks, public record and director checks
  • Has Public and Employer (if applicable) Liability Insurance
  • VAT registration (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of business address/details
  • True Build Trade Services Ltd has agreed to abide by the FMB Disputes Resolution and Complaints Procedures
  • Has signed up to the FMB Code of Practice
  • Can offer the suite of FMB Insurance warranty products for the domestic and commercial markets (contact the FMB Insurance office for rates)

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