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Colin is from London, UK and is currently New Zealand based (his wife's homeland) from 2019, but with periodic visits to UK for work.

As a tiler of great and long experience, he brings knowledge and enthusiasm for all things tile related, and of high-quality interiors work.

He has been carrying out the craft and trade of tiling for nearly four decades. After some cycle sport success as a teenager life led him to be trained in the tiling trade by a small firm in the traditional way for 6 years. He then set up independently, establishing Colin Barber Tiling Contractors in 1988, and has continued to work installing tiles ever since - working solely with helpers, at times having apprentices, for a while a small crew but always keeping a view to the highest standards of work. He is an independent fixer member of The Tile Association [UK].


" I built a reputation of doing good work with attention to detail; of high quality aesthetically and technical integrity,  at a time when  good tilers were increasingly sought after for an expanding world of both quality interiors and tile products.

Over the years I have been the tile contractor on many high value, prestigious houses and projects, often for fascinating people - the famous amongst them - including Sting, Kate Moss, Michael Bloomberg, The Sultan of Brunei, Simon Cowell, Dawn French,

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne among others.

The TileMile project (see project & press pages) that I tiled won a Gold medal at the London design awards in 2014.

My work has been primarily in central London, but also nationally on large house projects in England and Scotland, and internationally in France; Paris- in the 16thA and St. Tropez, in Puerto Banus - Spain, and currently New Zealand, my wife's country, where we currently live.

I work direct to homeowners as well as for interior designers, builders, and architects. Most of my work over the years has been through referral, recommendation and repeat business. 

The scope of the works I do can involve the building and prepartion of walls and floors, specifiying the materials and background systems to form these to the correct standard to then be tiled. Wet-rooms, drained tiled floors and under-tile heating - these are a specialised element of tiling now in greater demand than ever.

Most important of course is the knowledge, experience  and enthusiasm to best install the many types and styles of material that the term 'tile' encompasses."

Colin Barber 2019

Interior Designers worked for include Kelly Hoppen, Robert Carslaw, Norrey-Brudnizki, Francois Gille, David Collins Studio, Taylor-Howes, Albrissi, Linda Barker, FSI Projects under Julian Harvey.

Projects by architects including Craig Hamilton, Ian Ritchie RA, Zambelli-Friend, Russ+Henshaw,

Spencer Fung, Michaelis-Boyd

Developers/designers: Hill Spink, Candy and Candy

Builders of note: Taveners, Boldfort, Hickroys, Marland & Marland, Durtnells

Stage work has been done for: The Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company productions.

Construction managers worked under include Gardiner/Theobald, Mace, CPCM, Hall/Tawse, Jarvis Newman.

Restoration work for Buckingham Palace - the Royal Mews


photo credit: www.fionafletcherphotography.com 



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