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C. H. Beazer, construction and house building group, of Bath

1968 C. H. Beazer and Sons (Holdings) was incorporated to acquire C. H. Beazer and Sons Ltd

1982 C. H. Beazer (Holdings) PLC was re-registered as a public company

1984 Acquired M. P. Kent, property developers

1985 Acquired William Leech plc

1986 Acquired French Kier, contractors[1]

1988 Name changed to Beazer plc

1988 Acquired Koppers, a US aggregates group but this deal saddled the company with a lot of debt

1991 Just before an EGM to approve the sale of the British and European operations to reduce debt, Beazer was acquired by Hanson[2]

1992 The UK construction businesses were sold to their management by Hanson, forming Kier Group, Britain’s first major contractor to be employee-owned. The ex-Beazer businesses inc;uded in the new company were French Kier, Kier Construction, Marriott, Moss Construction, Wallis.[3]

1994 Hanson sold all of its holding in the British operations of Beazer by flotation as Beazer Homes and sold Beazer Homes USA; Hanson retained 33 percent holding in Beazer USA[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jan. 7, 1986
  2. The Times Sept. 17, 1991
  3. The Times July 7, 1992
  4. The Times Feb. 24, 1994
  • Companies House filings