Our History & Direction
Prime Development is committed to providing our clients with top quality developments that utilize the best available material which is executed by an efficient, professional and productive team in order to deliver total client satisfaction.
Prime Development Limited was incorporated in January 2001 by Richard and Michael Todd to undertake construction projects in Jamaica. With over 35 years of experience Richard Todd was involved in projects in Jamaica, Florida and the Cayman Islands and constructed over 2,000 homes in Kingston and St Andrew during his career as both a developer and contractor. Developments that he completed include Aylsham, Orange Grove, Waterworks, Landscreek, Norbury Mews, Country Club, Briarwood, Oliver Mews and others.
Prime Development took over the construction works from Telret Construction Limited (TCL), which was an associate company that was in operation from 1998-2001 and in its own right completed many developments and projects over its tenure. Prime is founded on Richard Todd’s construction know-how and past experience in planning, coordinating and executing construction projects both large and small; coupled with the business acumen of Michael Todd who has been in construction since 1996. Michael brought to the Company operational foresight and project management skills. He worked closely with his father on many projects where he built his on-site construction experience first hand.
Now several years later, the company is operated and managed by Michael and Monique Todd, whose roles are split between field operation and office management respectively.
Having had years of experience on sites and learning from his father, Michael is well equipped to successfully manage a project from start to finish. To this end, Project Management has become a key component in the Company’s process, to which Michael has implemented on numerous projects over the years.
Monique adds years of experience in the financial industry and as such focuses on the financial management and internal operations of the company. Since joining the company in 2014, she has implemented financial and operational systems to assist in positioning the company effectively in the ever changing construction industry.
Today, Prime Development with its current team is positioned effectively for growth. We focus on all construction aspects in the industry and always endeavor to provide quality construction whether single family construction or larger commercial projects. During our years of operation, the Company has undertaken and completed numerous projects across Jamaica where we work alongside various architects and engineers both domestic and international, local quantity surveyors and a wide variety of clients.
One aspect that sets Prime Development apart from other construction companies, is our willingness to discuss all aspects of the job with the professional team, offer alternatives if requested, and assist in ‘Value Engineering’ exercises on projects to achieve a successful project. We strive to make the “Construction Experience” a pleasant one for all our clients, and that makes a difference.
Our Direction Forward
We at Prime strive to be more than just contractors. Project Management is an integral part of the service we provide allowing us to work closely with clients and other project managers in an integrated way to achieve a common goal; or to act as full project managers ourselves, offering the client a turnkey package of project management and construction.
We are currently geared towards putting together total developments where we coordinate some or all of the following aspects of a project: feasibility studies, land acquisition, land surveying services, architectural and engineering designs, quantity surveying services, sales and construction. By performing these functions ourselves, it allows us to partner with landowners and/or investors who are desirous of partaking in housing or commercial developments.
We will continue to tender and negotiate for larger commercial and residential projects, in particular, hotel developments, housing developments and office buildings where the demand for quality construction is high and the need for contractors that complete on time (or ahead of time) is essential.
Our construction and development team has gained a wide variety of experience in several types of construction methodologies including: standard block and steel, steel frame buildings, multi-level buildings, and pre-cast concrete buildings. Whichever method of construction chosen our philosophy is to demand accuracy and precision from the outset, during the "rough" work so that a quality end-product is assured. To that end, our trained and qualified technical staff is experienced in following the blueprints and the associated specifications.
We achieve accuracy through a process of continuous quality control, by selecting quality tradesmen and instilling a philosophy of pride in their work whilst promoting a concept of "Accuracy - all the time". We continuously monitor building levels and adherence to drawings using state of the art laser levels and surveying equipment. When the need arises we have a chartered surveyor on call for assisting in technical setting out, and the other critical stages of construction.
We are fully aware that time is of the essence on ALL projects. Our founder, Richard Todd maintained a reputation of completing jobs on or ahead of schedule during his 35 years in the industry and Prime Development is committed to upholding his legacy through the use of a qualified management team and the latest project management tools which is backed by our years of experience and construction "know how".
Prime Development recognizes that a construction company is only as good as its key staff. For this reason, we pay special attention in putting together a unique team of dedicated staff, specially selected based on the nature of the job at hand and the specialized skills required. More details on our core team.
Total Quality Management
We believe that Total Quality Management (TQM) is a philosophy that we can adopt in the construction industry. By eliminating mistakes before they happen, we increase our efficiency, reduce project costs, and reduce the construction time.
TQM is instilled in our staff from the top down by utilizing on-the-job training and reinforced by involving all members of the team to continuously insist on accuracy and quality on all projects that we are involved with.
We are developing an in-house TQM handbook, which specifically highlights areas where accuracy and quality control are particularly important. This handbook will be made available to all our supervisors and technical support staff.