History

We were founded as a partnership in 1923 by Alfred Bowmer, a joiner and Robert William Kirkland – a bricklayer. They undertook general building works and based themselves in the village of Heage in Derbyshire.

Robert Kirkland died at the very young age of 40 and his son Jack, then 15, had to leave school and start earning to support his family. He joined the company as an apprentice joiner in 1928.

The company flourished and in 1941 Bowmer & Kirkland (Plant) Ltd was formed. This company grew to have over 50 mobile cranes, with one of the biggest in the country – the 110-ton Lorain – within our fleet.

In 1955, Jack Kirkland was appointed Managing Director and six years later the Bowmer & Kirkland partnership was formed into a Limited company. Since then the company has enjoyed growth and success:

Timeline

 
 
1923

Company founded by Robert William Kirkland – a bricklayer (shown opposite) and Alfred Bowmer, a joiner.

1928

Robert Kirkland died
His son, Jack (age 15) left school and joined the company as an apprentice joiner.

1941

Bowmer & Kirkland (Plant) Ltd was formed

1955

Jack Kirkland was appointed Managing Director

1961

Bowmer & Kirkland partnership was formed into a Limited company

1962

Jack Kirkland appointed Chairman.

1967

John N Kirkland (son of Jack Kirkland) joined the company.

1968

Bowmer family left the company.

1970

Minster Trust acquired Bowmer family interests.

1971

Lindley Plant joined the Group.

1972

Bowmer & Kirkland (Plant) Ltd sold to J D White Ltd and Minster Trust interest in company acquired by Kirkland family.

1973

Johnsons (Chopwell) Ltd joined the Group.
John N Kirkland appointed Managing Director.
Group turnover £2m.

1974

B&K Steelwork Fabrications Ltd formed.

1975

Robert M Kirkland (son of Jack Kirkland) joined the company

1976

Jack Kirkland died.
John N Kirkland appointed Chairman

1978

Group turnover £8.3m

1980

B&K Building services Ltd formed.

1983

Kirkland Associates Inc formed in USA.
Peveril Securities Ltd formed.
Group turnover £20.8m

1984

Peveril Decorators Ltd formed.

1985

Peveril Homes Ltd formed.

1988

Group turnover £143.7m

1991

Peveril Interiors Ltd formed.
Derry Building Services joined the Group.

1993

Group turnover £151.8m

1994

Integrated Building Management Systems Ltd (IBMS) formed.
Group turnover £160m

1995

Melvin Sheldon appointed to Board of Directors
Group turnover £220.5m

1998

Group turnover £263.3m

1999

KeyBemo Ltd formed
Ralph Jones appointed to Board of Directors.
Paul Lomas appointed to Board of Directors.

2000

Key Building Finishes Ltd formed.

2001

B&K Property Services Ltd formed.

2003

Cell Security Ltd joined the Group.
Group turnover £486.5m

2006

Soncell Ltd (Holding company) formed.
Sonic Communications International Ltd joined the Group.

2008

Panoptech Ltd joined the Group.
Patrol Power joined the Group.
Group turnover £894.5m

2009

Decatur Electronics Inc (Illinois) joined the Group.
AEP North America joined the Group.
Jack Kirkland and Michael Kirkland appointed Directors.

2011

Soncell Middle East established in Dubai.

2013

Celebrating 90 years in the construction industry.
Group turnover £678m
Established CSL Washrooms – supplying sanitary ware to the mental health and commercial sectors.

2014

Opening of DBS satellite office in Birmingham.
Re-launch of our Southern Region based in Reading.
Christopher Kirkland appointed a Director.

 
 
1923

Company founded by Robert William Kirkland – a bricklayer (shown opposite) and Alfred Bowmer, a joiner.

1928

Robert Kirkland died
His son, Jack (age 15) left school and joined the company as an apprentice joiner.

1941

Bowmer & Kirkland (Plant) Ltd was formed

1955

Jack Kirkland was appointed Managing Director

1961

Bowmer & Kirkland partnership was formed into a Limited company

1962

Jack Kirkland appointed Chairman.

1967

John N Kirkland (son of Jack Kirkland) joined the company.

1968

Bowmer family left the company.

1970

Minster Trust acquired Bowmer family interests.

1971

Lindley Plant joined the Group.

1972

Bowmer & Kirkland (Plant) Ltd sold to J D White Ltd and Minster Trust interest in company acquired by Kirkland family.

1973

Johnsons (Chopwell) Ltd joined the Group.
John N Kirkland appointed Managing Director.
Group turnover £2m.

1974

B&K Steelwork Fabrications Ltd formed.

1975

Robert M Kirkland (son of Jack Kirkland) joined the company

1976

Jack Kirkland died.
John N Kirkland appointed Chairman

1978

Group turnover £8.3m

1980

B&K Building services Ltd formed.

1983

Kirkland Associates Inc formed in USA.
Peveril Securities Ltd formed.
Group turnover £20.8m

1984

Peveril Decorators Ltd formed.

1985

Peveril Homes Ltd formed.

1988

Group turnover £143.7m

1991

Peveril Interiors Ltd formed.
Derry Building Services joined the Group.

1993

Group turnover £151.8m

1994

Integrated Building Management Systems Ltd (IBMS) formed.
Group turnover £160m

1995

Melvin Sheldon appointed to Board of Directors
Group turnover £220.5m

1998

Group turnover £263.3m

1999

KeyBemo Ltd formed
Ralph Jones appointed to Board of Directors.
Paul Lomas appointed to Board of Directors.

2000

Key Building Finishes Ltd formed.

2001

B&K Property Services Ltd formed.

2003

Cell Security Ltd joined the Group.
Group turnover £486.5m

2006

Soncell Ltd (Holding company) formed.
Sonic Communications International Ltd joined the Group.

2008

Panoptech Ltd joined the Group.
Patrol Power joined the Group.
Group turnover £894.5m

2009

Decatur Electronics Inc (Illinois) joined the Group.
AEP North America joined the Group.
Jack Kirkland and Michael Kirkland appointed Directors.

2011

Soncell Middle East established in Dubai.

2013

Celebrating 90 years in the construction industry.
Group turnover £678m
Established CSL Washrooms – supplying sanitary ware to the mental health and commercial sectors.

2014

Opening of DBS satellite office in Birmingham.
Re-launch of our Southern Region based in Reading.
Christopher Kirkland appointed a Director.

Bowmer & Kirkland has grown to become one of the UK’s most successful privately-owned construction, engineering, development and communication groups.

Our headquarters are in Derbyshire and regional construction offices are in Manchester, Reading, Sunderland and Glasgow.

There are 25 companies in the group – predominantly construction related - and we employ 1300 in the UK UAE & USA.

We gained Investors in People accreditation in 2001 and were re-accredited in 2004, 2007 and 2011 demonstrating our commitment to our staff and the clients for whom they work.

In 2006 we established Soncell International Ltd –our Homeland Security and Public Safety Division.

This includes UK-based Cell Security, Sonic Communications and Panoptech. This was closely followed by Soncell North America – our US-based Public Safety Division which incorporates American Emergency Products, Dactur Electronics, Patrol Power and Soncell Dynamics.

In 2011 we established Soncell Middle East in Dubai to service existing and future clients in that region.

We established B&K Timber Structures Ltd ( now B&K Structures Ltd) to develop composite timber and steel structural frame solutions – enthusiastically received by our retail clients and the company won the Business Innovation of the Year Award in 2009.

We are Associate Members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme – only a select number of high performing contractors achieve this.

Our sustained commitment to health and safety is proven with numerous Gold Awards from RoSPA and we have established policies for Quality, Management Systems, Ethical Employment, Training and Development, Sustainability and Environment and a Sub-contractors Code of Conduct – helping our supply chain adhere to our high business standards.