About Us

 We will bring a fresh approach to your building project through our experienced and dedicated team. We believe collaboration is key to our success - working proactively with clients, surveyors and subcontractors, our team meets expectations on time, in budget and to the highest standards. 

During Arque’s 15 years of delivering projects across the South West, we have proved to be the builder of choice for our clients by providing a quality and enjoyable service. We understand our clients’ needs and priorities - putting them at the centre of everything we do.

Arque is a private and independent company, our structure means we can be agile, responsive and able to deliver at short notice. We aim to find ways of reducing costs wherever possible, whilst maintaining professional and contractual standards.

Our management approach is professional and co-operative; we are serious about working with our clients and we enjoy what we do. We focus on contracts up to £1,500,000, within an hour’s drive of Exeter, although we’re always happy to discuss projects further afield.

But don’t just take our word for it, have a look at some of our client feedback

Here are a few of the clients we work with: University of Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police, Exeter City Football Club, Nuffield Health, Devon Partnership NHS trust, Faithful and Gould, Vickery Holman, Riverford Farm, Exeter City Council, Diocese of Exeter and Devon County Council.

The Arque team

Arque’s founder and managing director Bernard Keogh MCIOB has more than 30 years experience of construction management. Since establishing Arque, he has built a team of people who share his values and bring complimentary experience, creating a core of expert managers and skilled craftsmen. Bernard directs the company, ensuring a high level of service and quality of work. Visit our people page for profiles of some of our staff.


We’re proud to be Chartered Building Company - find out more about this, our commitment to the environment, health and safety, and our other professional qualifications below.


Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) 

Arque are one of the few Chartered Building Companies in Devon. This status cannot be bought and rigorous qualification requirements are in place for all CBC executive directors, who are expected to ensure the continuous development of their staff. Our membership of the CIOB gives clients total confidence in our business.

Through the CIOB we are independently assessed and regularly audited to show we:

  • are competently and professionally run
  • operate to high business and ethical standards
  • are committed to developing a fully qualified workforce
  • have a significant number of directors that are already Chartered, either with CIOB or other related organisations.

ISO14001 and 9001

As an SME, Arque is extremely proud to have attained both its ISO14001 and 9001 certifications. These are awarded to companies who have shown a high degree of dilligience and accountability in its standards of Quality and Environmental Management Systems. To attain these we had to review our processes and have them independently audited to ensure they were up to standard. This is a certification that few other companies of our size have, and we are proud to be on this list.



At Arque we care about the environment. Where possible we seek to reduce our carbon footprint by actively minimising and reducing waste, reusing and recycling materials. Not only is this good for the environment, it makes us more efficient. We also use sustainable materials when we can and advise our clients on environmentally friendly materials and products.

We have put in place an Environmental Management System (EMS), and we have also been awarded the highest premier level of Green Accord by Exeter City Council. Green Accord is a proven environmental accreditation that demonstrates best practice, sustainable working, and evidences green credentials.
Download our Environmental Policy here (PDF document).


Health and safety

Health and safety is paramount in any contract we undertake. We are accredited by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) which means we employ independent safety advisors to inspect our sites and keep us updated. We carry out regular H&S training to maintain awareness of issues and exceed the requirements of legislation. All our site staff and managers hold CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards.


We are committed to training our staff. We want our people to enjoy their work and fulfil their potential. From our youngest apprentice, to our most experienced manager, we invest in relevant training.

All our staff regularly update their qualifications to ensure we meet and exceed industry standards.