Higgs and Hill

Higgs and Hill was a major British construction company responsible for construction of many well-known buildings in London.

Higgs and Hill
IndustryConstruction
Founded1874
Defunct1996
FateAcquired
SuccessorKoninklijke BAM Groep
HeadquartersNew Malden, UK
Key people
George Duncan, (Chairman)
John Theakston, (CEO)
Number of employees
circa 1,000

HistoryEdit

 
The Tate Gallery built by Higgs and Hill

The company was established in 1874 by the merger of the firm of Thomas Hill (managed by Rowland and Joseph Hill, grandsons of the founder) with the firm of William Higgs.[1] It was originally called Hill, Higgs and Hill but changed its name to Higgs and Hill when Rowland Hill retired in 1879.[1] The company was first based at Crown Works in Vauxhall but moved to New Malden in 1967.[2]

Sir Brian Hill, a member of the seventh generation of his family to work in the business, retired in 1992.[3] In 1994 it announced a rights issue to finance the acquisition of land for housing but the issue was not well subscribed.[4]

In 1996 the company announced poor results arising from re-organisation charges and contract losses.[5] The company was acquired by Hollandsche Beton Groep (later HBG) later that year,[6] and was rebranded as HBG Construction with effect from 1 January 1999.[7] HBG was itself acquired by Koninklijke BAM Groep in 2002.[8]

Major projectsEdit

Major projects undertaken by the company included:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f 'General introduction', Survey of London: volume 26: Lambeth: Southern area (1956), pp. 1-17. Date accessed: 27 March 2010
  2. ^ a b London Metropolitan Archives
  3. ^ Sir Brian Hill searches for a trustworthy heir Archived 2011-09-01 at the Wayback Machine Financial Times, 19 April 2007
  4. ^ Higgs & Hill rights meet poor response: Company 'disappointed but not surprised' The Independent, 28 June 1994
  5. ^ Higgs & Hill dive £8m into the red[permanent dead link] Contract Journal, 4 April 1996
  6. ^ "InfoViewer: Sir Brian Hill searches for a trustworthy heir". 2011-09-01. Archived from the original on 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  7. ^ "HBG Triple Move". Construction News. 17 December 1998. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  8. ^ BAM Nuttall: History Archived 2012-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ A Brief History of County Hall
  10. ^ BBC Television Centre - History
  11. ^ a b c Crown Works Archived 2010-06-19 at the Wayback Machine Vauxhall Civic Society
  12. ^ "London's Town Halls". Historic England. p. 111. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  13. ^ Structurae database
  14. ^ Well healed: Windsor Castle is well on the way to recovery, helped by an army of specialist craftspeople Building Magazine, 1996