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of Leeds

of Hounslow (1974)

c.1919 Public company incorporated[1]

1939 Managing Director John Goldwell Ambrose

1955 36th AGM. Maker of Bison precast concrete floors[2]

1962 Announced Bison system of construction of high rise flats using concrete panels[3]

1963 Acquired Concrete Development Co from Holland and Hannen and Cubitts[4]

1965 Appointed sub-contractors for industrialised building in construction of the University of Surrey[5]

1965 The company claimed to have built 2,200 dwellings using the Bison Wall Frame system, many more than most of the competing industrialised building systems[6]

1969 Acquired Banister, Walton and Co Ltd[7]

1970 Concrete tried to counteract the negative attitude towards system building following the collapse of the Ronan Point flats - released test data which showed the Bison system would be satisfactory provided the walls were properly tied into the structure[8]

1976 Concrete Ltd of Leeds acquired Dowsett Engineering Construction and subsequently Dowsett Piling and Foundations[9]

1977 Name changed to Bison Group. Concrete was acquired by National Chemical Industries of Saudi Arabia[10]

1978 Sold Dowsett Piling and Foundations to WGI Group[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jul 19, 1955
  2. The Times, Jul 19, 1955
  3. The Times, Jul 06, 1962
  4. The Times, Oct 04, 1963
  5. The Times Mar 16, 1965
  6. The Times Mar 19, 1965
  7. The Times, Nov 19, 1969
  8. The Times, Mar 13, 1970
  9. The Times, Dec 16, 1976
  10. The Times, Oct 26, 1977
  11. The Times Nov 25, 1978