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John Laing and Son

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May 1949.
July 1949.
Sept 1949.
February 1952.
June 1953.
1955. Crowd shovel.[2]
December 1961. Finsbury Square underground garage.

Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Mill Hill, London, NW7.

1848 Business established in Cumberland by James Laing

1914 John William Laing, grandson of the founder, took full control of the business.

1920 Opened office in London

1926 Headquarters moved from Carlisle to Mill Hill, London

1937 Building and engineering contractors. [3]

1953 John Laing and Sons (Holdings) Ltd was listed on the London Stock Exchange. The family and its trusts and charities held the majority of the shares. John William Laing became the chairman, and his sons became joint managing directors. By this time, the number of employees was around 10,000, and every site had a quality supervisor.

1956 Took the contract to build the new Coventry Cathedral

1957 John William Laing retired; he was succeeded by his son William Kirby Laing, assisted by his brother James.

Under William Kirby Laing and James Maurice Laing, the company continued to expand, winning contracts for power stations and diversifying into road construction while continuing to build houses.

1964 Acquired Holloway White Allom.

1965 Completed the M1, Britain's first motorway.[4]

1968 Transferred the activities of the H. J. Cash subsidiary to Andrews-Weatherfoil[5]

1971 Decline in interest in use of system building, something which most of the large contractors used for public sector projects such as housing[6]

1974 Joined a consortium with the Societe des Grands Travaux de Petroliers Maritimes to produce a flotation collar for offshore oil platform tender in 1977.[7]

1976 James Maurice Laing took over as chairman from his brother

1978 The company was reconstructed as John Laing Ltd. Laing Properties was demerged from the group.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955.
  2. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955.
  3. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  4. The Times Feb. 29, 2008
  5. The Times, Oct 04, 1968
  6. The Times, Jan 14, 1971
  7. The Engineer 1974/05/23
  • The Times Jan. 12, 1978