4 November 1910|
Catford, London, England
20 November 1964 (aged 54)|
Hampstead, London, England
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Known for||founder, Bernard Sunley & Sons|
|Children||John Sunley, Joan Tice, Bella Sunley|
|Relatives||Richard Tice (grandson)|
Bernard Sunley (4 November 1910 – 20 November 1964) was a British property developer, and the founder of Bernard Sunley & Sons.
Born at Catford in south-east London, he was educated at St Ann's School in Hanwell. After leaving school aged 14 he hired a horse and cart to move earth, and then moved into the landscape gardening business. One of his first major contracts was re-laying the pitch at Highbury for Arsenal FC.
From earth-moving Sunley moved into the open-cast mining business. In 1940, he founded Bernard Sunley & Sons. During the Second World War he built over 100 airfields, and in 1942 he purchased the business of Blackwood Hodge, then a supplier of agricultural machinery and later a successful plant hire and sale business. He subsequently "ranked alongside the most successful property developers of the 1950s property boom".
Sunley campaigned as Conservative party candidate for Ealing West in 1945, but was unsuccessful.
Sunley established the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation in 1960 with a pledge of £300,000-worth of shares. As of 2011, it had made grants of more than £92 million.
- City Tower, Manchester (formerly Sunley House)
- ‘SUNLEY, Bernard’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
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- John Sunley , The Daily Telegraph, 22 March 2011
- "Sunley, Bernard (1910–1964)". ODNB. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Blackwood Hodge Memories". Retrieved 15 October 2017.
- "Evelyn Gardens". Imperial College London. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
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