Whilst our name comes from Taylor Woodrow, importantly, our history comes from both Taylor Woodrow and Norwest Holst
following the merger of the two companies under VINCI Construction UK.
Norwest Holst was originally a merger of Holst & Co with Norwest Construction in 1969, forming a company which has a history in the building and civil engineering sectors dating back to 1918. They developed a reputation for innovation, quality and efficiency and constructed landmark schemes such as London’s Golden Jubilee Bridges.
Amongst their many achievements was a UK first as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project, where they undertook the UK’s biggest bridge slide to get a 111m long, 3 span rail bridge into position for the Ebbsfleet to Southfleet Junction.
Taylor Woodrow is one of the UK’s original and best known contractors with a history of delivering complex projects since 1921. From the delivery of the Mulberry Harbours in the 1940s, to the world’s first nuclear power station in the 1950s, through to the transformation of the now iconic King’s Cross Station that we see today, our core value of teamwork is as strong today as it was under our founder, Frank Taylor.
Frank first started building houses in Blackpool at aged 16 and soon after this, his uncle Jack Woodrow came into the business to create Taylor Woodrow. The company went from strength to strength and in 1937, Taylor Woodrow Construction was formed and became a substantial business, specialising in civil construction work both at home and internationally.
The house-building arm of the business merged with George Wimpey in 2007 to form Taylor Wimpey, which is now one of the largest British-based housebuilding companies. In 2008, Taylor Wimpey exited the construction market by selling Taylor Woodrow to VINCI Construction UK.
The merger of these two companies has established our current position as a leading player in the civil engineering and infrastructure sector.