About Us

We’ve been producing building documentation for nearly 50 years. This means you can be confident in the technical accuracy and quality of documents we deliver.

Our manuals are presented using a system-based format we developed, meaning that one document is prepared for each functional system or physical feature of the building.

Our distinctive approach paved the way for logical, intelligent, searchable data, and set the industry benchmark for technical documentation.

Our project managers are experienced and proactive, with a deep understanding of the sector and a drive to meet your deadlines and expectations.

Throughout our long history, the company has grown due to its reputation. We’re renowned for the quality of our products, our reliability and accuracy, and our commitment to the satisfaction of our customers and their clients.

We are members of SMAS, CHAS, Construction Line and the Building Services Research & Information Association (Membership No: CE429A).

We meet the latest requirements of ISO 9001:2015.

We are audited and registered with by BM Trada.

Read what clients say

Company timeline

Lisa McLaughlin and Sam Denton joined the board.

We were able to weather the banking crisis, thanks to major projects in our order book, such as Media City UK.

John and Derek retired. Paul Vermont and Neil Ambler became shareholders.

Launched Inteli-Scan LAN, with initial users including The John Lewis Partnership.

Tony left the business.

Derek Howard came on board as a director.

Tony Watson and John Sole founded Watson & Sole in order to provide O&M manuals and record drawings for M&E contractors.

Case studies

The best way to reassure yourself that we can do what you need is to check out similar work we’ve done before.


Keep up to date with insights about the industry, and discover what’s new with Watson & Sole.

Contact Us

If you have any comments or questions, why not get in touch? We’ll be happy to help.

Neil Ambler

I joined Watson & Sole in 1990 after training in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with the BBC. Since that time I have seen us move quickly to the Information Technology era and onward to the internet with Inteli-Scan and our Home user App.

Paul Vermont

I joined Watson & Sole in 1985 following completion of my apprenticeship with a multi service contractor. Our core business activities in those days were the preparation of multi-service Operation & Maintenance Manuals for Services Contractors.

Lisa McLaughlin

I joined Watson & Sole in 2007 from a background in an electrical installation and maintenance contracting company. During my time with W&S I have seen great developments in the scope and depth of documentation management and authoring in major projects.

Sam Denton

I joined Watson & Sole in 2005 following completion of my Master's Degree. Over the years I have worked on many prestigious projects along with working with a number of our framework clients.