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December 1929.
March 1968.

of Motherwell, Scotland

1898 Private company as Motherwell Bridge Building Company

1924 Name changed.

1934 Won contracts to supply steelwork for the Orange River Bridge and the Umlaas River Bridge in South Africa[1]

1955 Gained contract to make the steel pressure vessel for the Fast Breeder Reactor at Dounreay[2]

1955 Member of a consortium with GEC and Simon-Carves to study the design and manufacture of nuclear power stations[3]. Subsequently became a major contractor for the Hunterston A Nuclear Power Station.

c.1960 After completion of Hunterston, which had suffered from a number of prolonged industrial disputes, Motherwell Bridge seems to have pulled out of nuclear power station construction.

1961 Bridge builders and engineers specialising in the construction of roofs, tanks, structural oil works and steel works. [4]

1972 Queen's Award for exports[5]

1994 Motherwell Bridge Group took over the Clayton Group.

1995 ETC (Environmental Technology Consultants) of Sunderland was a subsidiary[6]

1999 Motherwell Bridge Material Handling Systems formed incorporting Motherwell Bridge Nuclear and Fielding and Platt.

2001 Management buyout of the Information Services operation to form Mi Services[7]

2008 Motherwell Bridge Services was acquired by Unit Group

2014 Employers participating in the Motherwell Bridge Group Pension Plan included[8]:

  • Motherwell Bridge Holdings Limited
  • Apex Distribution Services Ltd
  • Armstrong (Leeds) Limited
  • Assured Biosolids Limited (previously known as M M & S (2702) Limited, Motherwell Bridge Rail Limited, MB Rail Limited and AWG Rail Services Limited)
  • MBMHS 3 Limited (previously known as Beauford Engineers Limited)
  • Bramley (B.C.) Limited (previously known as Baxter Crushers Limited and Bramley Engineering Company, Limited)
  • British Aqua Chem Limited
  • Caledonian Compressors Limited (previously known as Northkyle Limited)
  • Hunslet (CPMC) Limited (previously known as Camwheat Pie Machine Company Limited (The))
  • MBMHS 2 Limited (previously known as Chester Hydraulics Limited, Clayton (Dartmouth) Properties Limited and Simco No. 37 Limited)
  • Clayton Walker Limited (previously known as Clayton Son & Co (Holdings) Limited)
  • Clearvalve Limited (previously known as Pressure Units Limited)
  • Corrosion Technology Services Limited (previously known as M M & S (2057) Limited, Motherwell Bridge Technical Services Limited, Motherwell Bridge Corrosion Technology Services Limited)
  • Doon Valley Construction Limited
  • Drain Technology (1985) Limited (known previously as Motherwell Bridge Plant Hire)
  • MBMHS 4 Limited (previously known as Nelvin Boiler Company Limited (The), Fielding and Platt Limited and Fielding & Platt International Limited
  • Energy Systems Limited (previously known as Autronic Automation Systems Limited
  • HB Bedewell Engineering Ltd (previously known as Meetairn Limited)
  • HESL Realisations Limited (previously known as Keerypine Limited and Hurstwell Engineering (Scotland) Limited)
  • MBMHS 1 Limited (previously known as John Shaw and Sons (Salford) Limited and Brandon Fabrications Limited
  • John Young and Co (Kelvinhaugh) Limited
  • Liquick (1994) Limited (previously known as Sefton Pneumatics Limited and Atholl Limited)
  • MI Services Group Limited (previously known as West George Street (236) Limited, Integrated Automation Systems Limited, Integrated Automation Systems Limited and Motherwell Information Systems Limited)
  • Roberts Pipeline Machining Limited (previously known as Hurstwell Roberts Limited, MBAE Shelf Limited, MB Aerospace Limited, MBAE Oil & Gas Limited, Glacier Energy Services Limited)
  • James Fisher Nuclear Limited (previously known as M M & S (2625) Limited, Motherwell Bridge Investments Limited, Faber Design Consultancy Limited, MB Faber Limited and JF Faber Limited)
  • MB Material Handling Systems (previously known as Henry Berry and Co Limited and Berry Beauford Limited)
  • MB Plastics Limited (previously known as Workseat Limited and Motherwell Plastic Fabrications Limited)
  • MB Security Services Limited (previously known as M M & S (2185) Limited, Motherwell Bridge Security Services Limited and MB Security Systems Limited)
  • Metrowaste Limited (previously known as Motherwell PAC Limited and Buildword Limited)
  • Motherwell Bridge Air Systems Limited (previously known as Motherwell Bridge Special Products Limited, Motherwell Bridge Air Systems Limited and Motherwell Bridge Engineering Services Limited)
  • MB Engineering Services Limited (previously known as Motherwell Bridge Constructors Limited and Motherwell Bridge Construction Limited)
  • Motherwell Bridge Engineering Limited
  • Motherwell Bridge Envirotec Limited (previously known as Motherwell Bridge Tankage Limited)
  • Motherwell Bridge Fabricators Limited
  • Applus RTD UK Limited (previously known as M M & S (2925) Limited, Motherwell Bridge Inspection Limited and MB Inspection Limited)
  • M B Nuclear Limited (previously known as M M & S (2703) Limited and Motherwell Bridge Nuclear Limited)
  • Motherwell Bridge Projects Limited (previously known as Motherwell Bridge Tacol Limited)
  • Motherwell Bridge Sealing Systems Limited (previously known as M M & S (2054) Limited)
  • Motherwell Bridge Thermal Limited
  • Various companies previously known as Inflo Belt Weighers (U.K.) Limited, Motherwell Inflo Limited, Motherwell Control Systems Limited and MB Control Systems Limited, Priestgate Services (No. 31) Limited and Thermac Fuels Limited, Sun Forge Operations Limited and Motherwell Bridge Insulations Limited, Motherwell Bridge International Limited, Charles McNeil (Engineers) Limited, Motherwell Bridge Pipe Limited, Motherwell Bridge Pollution Control Limited, Moray Based Services Limited, Penshaw Engineering Limited)
  • Philson Engineering Limited
  • Portman Travel Limited
  • SR & GM Limited (previously known as Gourlay (Planthire) Limited, Motherwell Bridge (South Wales) Limited and Motherwell Bridge Plant Limited)
  • Taskmaster Resources Limited (previously known as Tracbell Limited and Taskmaster (Ridings) Limited)
  • Thomas Heanue Limited
  • Torch Technical Services Limited
  • TTF Air conditioning Limited (previously known as Alnery No.247 Limited, Udec Limited and Tyne Tees Forth - Udec Limited)
  • Wallace McDowall Limited

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, January 12, 1934
  2. The Times, January 7, 1955
  3. The Times, December 10, 1955
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The London Gazette 20 April 1972
  6. The Times , November 2, 1995
  7. The Times , April 5, 2001
  8. London gazette 28 March 2014
  • UnitBirwelco website [1]