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Mowlem
Mowlem
was one of the largest construction and civil engineering companies in the United Kingdom. Carillion
Carillion
bought the firm in 2006.

Contents

1 History 2 Major projects 3 See also 4 References 5 Sources

History[edit] The firm was founded by John Mowlem in 1822, and was continued as a partnership by successive generations of the Mowlem
Mowlem
and Burt families, including George Burt, and Sir John Mowlem Burt.[1] The company was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1902 and went public on the London
London
Stock Exchange in 1924. A long-standing national contractor, Mowlem
Mowlem
developed a network of regional contracting businesses including Rattee and Kett
Rattee and Kett
of Cambridge (bought in 1926); E. Thomas of the west country (bought in 1965); Ernest Ireland of Bath; and the formation of a northern region in 1970. During the Second World War the company was one of the contractors engaged in building the Mulberry harbour
Mulberry harbour
units.[2] Mowlem
Mowlem
acquired SGB Group, a supplier of scaffolding, in 1986.[3] Mowlem
Mowlem
also bought Unit Construction
Construction
in 1986, giving the firm a substantial presence in private housebuilding - within two years, sales were up to an annual rate of 1,200. The ensuing recession led to losses of over £180m between 1991 and 1993 and banking covenants came under pressure. The housing division was sold to Beazer in 1994.[4] Mowlem
Mowlem
was bought by Carillion
Carillion
in February 2006.[5] Major projects[edit] Major projects undertaken by or involving Mowlem
Mowlem
in the 19th century included Billingsgate Fish Market, completed in 1874;[6] Smithfield Fruit Market, completed in 1882;[6] the Imperial Institute, completed in 1887;[6] the Woolwich Ferry
Woolwich Ferry
terminals, opened in 1889;[7] and Liverpool Street station
Liverpool Street station
and the Great Eastern Hotel, completed in 1891.[6]

Tower 42
Tower 42
Built by Mowlem

Major projects undertaken by or involving Mowlem
Mowlem
in the first half of the 20th century included the Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
completed in 1911,[8] Admiralty Arch
Admiralty Arch
completed in 1912,[6] the Port of London Authority Building completed in 1919,[9] Bush House
Bush House
completed in 1923,[10] the London
London
Post Office Railway completed in 1927,[11] Piccadilly Circus tube station
Piccadilly Circus tube station
completed in 1928,[8] Battersea Power Station completed in 1933,[10] the reconstruction works at Buckingham Palace in 1943 following bomb damage[9] and the reconstruction of the House of Commons in 1947 also following bomb damage.[9] Later works included the William Girling Reservoir
William Girling Reservoir
completed in 1951,[12] Hunterston A nuclear power station
Hunterston A nuclear power station
completed in 1957,[13] the Strand Underpass
Strand Underpass
completed in 1962,[10] Millbank Tower
Millbank Tower
completed in 1963,[8] the reconstruction of 10 Downing Street
10 Downing Street
in 1963,[9] a new nave and altar for Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
in 1966,[8] London
London
Bridge completed in 1972,[14] the Natwest Tower completed in 1979,[15] Mount Pleasant Airfield completed in 1986,[16] the Docklands Light Railway completed in 1987,[17] the Manchester Metrolink completed in 1991,[18] the refurbishment of Thames House
Thames House
completed in 1994,[19] the refurbishment of the Albert Memorial
Albert Memorial
completed in 1998,[20] the expansion of James Cook University Hospital
James Cook University Hospital
completed in 2003,[21] the Alice Springs to Darwin railway completed in 2003,[22] the Spinnaker Tower completed in 2005,[23] the Twickenham Stadium
Twickenham Stadium
South Stand completed in 2006[24] and the Dublin Port Tunnel
Dublin Port Tunnel
completed in 2006.[25] Mowlem
Mowlem
was also the owner and developer of London
London
City Airport completed in 1986.[26] See also[edit]

John Mowlem - Biography of the founder of the company George Burt - Biography of his successor as manager of the company Edgar Beck - Biography of chairman then president between 1961-2000 Frank Baines History of John Mowlem unpublished typescript history held at London
London
Metropolitan Archives

References[edit]

^ "Burt, Sir John Mowlem, Kt". National Maritime Museum Cornwall. NMMC. Retrieved 8 December 2015.  ^ Hartcup, p. 94 ^ Notes on Financial Times Actuaries Index 1986 Archived 2005-01-07 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Wellings, Fred: Dictionary of British Housebuilders (2006) Troubador. ISBN 978-0-9552965-0-5, ^ Construction
Construction
firms agree takeover BBC News, 2006 ^ a b c d e Mowlem
Mowlem
1822 - 1972, p.4 ^ History of the Woolwich Ferry, Royal Borough of Greenwich. Retrieved: 8 December 2015. ^ a b c d Mowlem
Mowlem
1822 - 1972, p.7 ^ a b c d Mowlem
Mowlem
1822 - 1972, p.8 ^ a b c Mowlem
Mowlem
1822 - 1972, p.6 ^ "Sign in to Photo Forums". time-capsules.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2015.  ^ Smith, Denis. Civil Engineering Heritage: London
London
and the Thames Valley, p.70. Retrieved 25 November 2008.  ^ "nuclear-sc-wl". industcards.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.  ^ Mowlem
Mowlem
1822 - 1972, p.9 ^ Mowlem
Mowlem
dives into the red Evening Standard, 4 February 2005 ^ "About the Falklands". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 4 June 2012.  ^ " Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway
(D.L.R.)". Exploring 20th Century London. Retrieved 3 September 2009.  ^ "Past, Present and Future" (PDF). Metrolink. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2008-12-28.  ^ " Thames House
Thames House
and Vauxhall Cross". National Audit Office. Retrieved 15 March 2015.  ^ " Mowlem
Mowlem
for Albert". Construction
Construction
News. 3 November 1994. Retrieved 5 June 2012.  ^ "Moving three hospitals is a truly major operation". The Journal. 9 December 2003. Retrieved 31 March 2018.  ^ "AustralAsia link making rapid progress". The Railway Gazzette. 1 April 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2018.  ^ "Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth - Building #406". skyscrapernews.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015.  ^ "Steel conversion for Twickenham". New Steel Construction. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2018.  ^ " Dublin Port Tunnel
Dublin Port Tunnel
settlement - TunnelTalk". tunneltalk.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015.  ^ Mowlem
Mowlem
sighs with relief on pounds 15.5m disposal The Guardian, 31 October 1995

Sources[edit]

Hartcup, Guy (2011). Code Name Mulberry: The Planning Building and Operation of the Normandy Harbours. Pen & Sword Military. ISBN 978-1848845589.  Mowlem
Mowlem
1822 - 1972 - company brochure

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