The History of Bowmer + Kirkland
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Waterside Campus, The University of Northampton

Founded as a partnership in 1923 by Alfred Bowmer, a joiner and Robert William Kirkland, a bricklayer, we now have 25 companies in the group but are still very much a family business.

The Bowmer connection with the company ended in 1968 and our main Board now includes the fourth generation of the Kirkland family.

B + K Founded
1923
B + K Founded

Company founded by Robert William Kirkland (first generation), a bricklayer and Alfred Bowmer, a joiner.

Jack Kirkland was appointed Managing Director
1955
Jack Kirkland was appointed Managing Director

Jack Kirkland (second generation) who joined the company aged 15 as an apprentice joiner, was appointed Managing Director.

Bowmer + Kirkland partnership formed into a Limited company
1961
Bowmer + Kirkland partnership formed into a Limited company

John N Kirkland (son of Jack and third generation) joined the company
1967
John N Kirkland (son of Jack and third generation) joined the company

The Kirkland family become sole owners of the company
1968
The Kirkland family become sole owners of the company

Bowmer + Kirkland Steel Fabrications formed
1974
Bowmer + Kirkland Steel Fabrications formed

Robert M Kirkland (son of Jack and third generation) joined the company
1975
Robert M Kirkland (son of Jack and third generation) joined the company

The Kirkland family become sole owners of the company
1978
The Kirkland family become sole owners of the company

Smaller projects division  B+K Building Services (BKBS) formed
1980
Smaller projects division B+K Building Services (BKBS) formed

Development company Peveril Securities Limited formed             Group turnover £20.8m
1983
Development company Peveril Securities Limited formed Group turnover £20.8m

Peveril Decorators formed
1984
Peveril Decorators formed

Peveril Homes formed
1985
Peveril Homes formed

Group turnover £143.7m
1988
Group turnover £143.7m

Internal partition and fit-out company Peveril Interiors formed            M+E specialist,  Derry Building Services joined the Group
1991
Internal partition and fit-out company Peveril Interiors formed M+E specialist, Derry Building Services joined the Group

Group turnover £151.8m
1993
Group turnover £151.8m

Integrated Building Management Systems (IBMS) formed
1994
Integrated Building Management Systems (IBMS) formed

 Group turnover £263m
1998
Group turnover £263m

Investors in People accreditation
2001
Investors in People accreditation

B+K Property Services formed as a small works division to BKBS
2001
B+K Property Services formed as a small works division to BKBS

Cell Security joined the Group
2003
Cell Security joined the Group

Group turnover £486.5m
2003
Group turnover £486.5m

Our Homeland Security and Public Safety Division - Soncell International Ltd - formed
2006
Our Homeland Security and Public Safety Division - Soncell International Ltd - formed

Soncell International was formed to add diversity to the group and has companies in the USA and Middle East.

Sonic Communications International joined the Group and our homeland security group of companies - Soncell International - was formed
2006
Sonic Communications International joined the Group and our homeland security group of companies - Soncell International - was formed

The Bowmer + Kirkland Academy (training and career development) was formed
2007
The Bowmer + Kirkland Academy (training and career development) was formed

The Bowmer + Kirkland Academy (training and career development) was formed

Panoptech Limited our security systems solutions provider, joined the Group
2008
Panoptech Limited our security systems solutions provider, joined the Group

Group turnover £894.5m
2008
Group turnover £894.5m

USA-based Patrol Power joined the Group
2008
USA-based Patrol Power joined the Group

Jack Kirkland (son of John and fourth generation) joined the company
2009
Jack Kirkland (son of John and fourth generation) joined the company

Michael Kirkland (son of Robert and fourth generation) joined the company
2009
Michael Kirkland (son of Robert and fourth generation) joined the company

American Emergency Products North America joined the Group
2009
American Emergency Products North America joined the Group

American Emergency Products North America joined the Group

Soncell Middle East was established in Dubai
2011
Soncell Middle East was established in Dubai

Soncell Middle East was established in Dubai

Bowmer + Kirkland Academy celebrates five years
2011
Bowmer + Kirkland Academy celebrates five years

Bowmer + Kirkland Academy celebrates five years

Celebrating 90 years in the construction industry
2013
Celebrating 90 years in the construction industry

Celebrating 90 years in the construction industry

Group turnover £678m
2013
Group turnover £678m

Derry Building Services satellite office opened in Birmingham
2014
Derry Building Services satellite office opened in Birmingham

Derry Building Services satellite office opened in Birmingham

Chris Kirkland (son of Robert and fourth generation) joined the company
2015
Chris Kirkland (son of Robert and fourth generation) joined the company

Bowmer + Kirkland Academy celebrates 10 years
2016
Bowmer + Kirkland Academy celebrates 10 years

Bowmer + Kirkland Academy celebrates 10 years

We completed our largest ever project - The Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton
2018
We completed our largest ever project - The Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton

Group turnover £938m
2018
Group turnover £938m