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Taylor Woodrow

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Jan 1945.
Jan 1945.
May 1969.

Taylor Woodrow Building, civil and mechanical engineering contractors of 10 Park Street, London, W.1.; of Ruislip Road, Southall, Middlesex.

1930 First House building company incorporated[1]

1935 Public company Taylor Woodrow Estates incorporated to acquire and amalgamate[2] 4 house building companies:

1943 Because of the increase in contracting and civil engineering work, the name of Taylor Woodrow Estates was changed by removing the word "Estates" from the title[3]

WWII Built concrete caissons for the Mulberry Harbour as well as constructing runways and airfields as well as ordnance and aircraft factories, hospitals, power stations, railway sidings, as well as open cast coal mining, erection of a penicillin factory, etc. Also made many hutments, airborne lifeboats and canoes. Civil engineering contractor for FIDO. Experimented on design of prefabricated houses; appointed by government as managing contractor for the supply of a large number of Arcon homes[4]

1948 Formed new subsidiary Taylor Woodrow (East Africa) which was building an oil pipeline amongst other tasks[5].

1949 Formed Taylor Woodrow (Building Exports) to handle the sale of prefabricated buildings that the company had developed for use in equatorial and sub-tropical countries[6]

1951 Activities in Britain included[7]

  • Civil engineering - power stations, etc
  • Open cast mining
  • Building - a large office building in London as well as dormitory estates, chemical works and Battersea power station
  • Joinery factory
  • Ballast pits
  • Tyre manufacture
  • The Equipment Company - especially reconditioned equipment.
  • Housing
  • Tarmacadam

as well as overseas ventures, especially Africa and USA.

1954 Established a subsidiary in Canada

1955 Acquired a substantial interest in Myton Ltd, which was engaged in housing, building, and civil engineering[8]

1956 Partnered with the English Electric Co and Babcock and Wilcox on construction of nuclear power stations[9] - English Electric-Babcock and Wilcox-Taylor Woodrow Atomic Power Group. Also won the contract to construct the second Calder Hall Power Station. The Taylor Woodrow Homes subsidiary continued to expand production[10]

1957 Award of contracts for 2 major power stations brought to a total of 14 such in recent years[11]. Opened a new research laboratory at Southall[12]. Taylor Woodrow Construction started work on a factory expansion for Solartron at Farnborough[13]

1960 Started work on design of Sizewell nuclear power station. Reduced open cast coal mining in response to government request. The Tyre Distributing Co continued to expand[14]

Also see-

  • Taylor Woodrow Group
  • Taylor Woodrow International
  • Taylor Woodrow (Ghana)

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 07, 1935
  2. The Times, Feb 05, 1935
  3. The Times Sep 02, 1943
  4. The Times, Jun 13, 1945
  5. The Times, Jul 16, 1949
  6. The Times, Jul 01, 1950
  7. The Times Jun 30, 1951
  8. The Times Jan 03, 1955
  9. The Times, Mar 16, 1956
  10. The Times Jun 30, 1956
  11. The Times May 08, 1957
  12. The Times Jun 01, 1957
  13. The Times, Nov 29, 1957
  14. The Times, May 10, 1960