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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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