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From airports to rugby pitches, construction specialist and one of Nottingham’s oldest family firms, Thomas Bow, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

The business has a long and successful history beginning in 1867 when Lawrence Bow left troubled Ireland to lay down roots in Nottingham. The firm began with Bow whitewashing factory walls and has evolved into one of the country’s most prominent civil engineering firms.

Originally set up in Lamartine Street, St Ann’s, Nottingham, the business was named after Thomas, Bow’s son, and the name has survived to become one of the few old family firms still operating in the city today.

The firm has constructed some of Nottingham’s most distinguished landmarks including the Raleigh factory extension which was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1952,  extensions to Wilford Power Station, as well as many smaller buildings all over the city including the former branch of Barclays Bank in the Old Market Square. In addition, it has also been responsible for providing thousands of homes across Nottingham and in more recent years resurfacing major road networks across the country including areas of the M1.

Currently based in Middleton Street, Nottingham, Thomas Bow is being led by sixth generation managing director and chairman Alistair Bow who is incredibly proud of his company and family history.

He said: “The firm’s history began 150 years ago, and its impact across the city has been vast. Anywhere you drive in Nottingham there are Thomas Bow buildings and roads and it gives me a great sense of pride.”

More recent projects have included the regeneration of the former Texaco and Esso oil depot site on the Colwick Industrial Estate and, following the acquisition of City Asphalt in 2012, the £10m contract to surface the second phase of the Nottingham tram system.

Alistair added: “Today Thomas Bow employs around 100 people with civil engineering and highway surfacing as our primary business. We put a big focus on social responsibility and supporting our local community. We want to have a real positive impact in the area and try to give back as much as we can, for example, we are heavily involved in local sponsorship with the likes of Nottingham Rugby.

“We have a very proud history in Nottingham and marking 150 years in business is a really significant milestone for us. Therefore, we would love to hear from those people who have worked for the business over the years.”

To mark the 150th anniversary, the company would like to hear from former employees to help enlarge the Bow archive. If you once worked for Thomas Bow & Company contact Jean Bryden on 0115 924 4555.



Returning to Donington Park

After six years Thomas Bow City Asphalt have returned to Donington Park to resurface nearly 5000m2 of the track.

Following the successful takeover of Donington Park on an initial 21 year lease by Motor Sport Vision (MSV) earlier this year, Thomas Bow City Asphalt were requested to carry out the works to three areas of the track in need of repair. The works included the planing and resurfacing of three track areas including the ‘Craner Curves’, ‘Redgate’ and ‘McLeans’ all carried out by our experience race circuit teams laying in echelon format with three identical pavers. To improve the surface finish joint heaters were attached to the pavers enabling the longitudinal joint to be completely seamless.

Managing Director, Alistair Bow commented, ‘Having been away from the track for a number of years, its great to be working here again. I’m really excited for the next chapter in Donington’s history and hope to see the track thrive under the management of MSV.’


Colwick Woods

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have completed another successful project as Nottingham City Homes develop their new housing stock.

As part of an ongoing four-year deal with Nottingham City Homes (NCH), Thomas Bow City Asphalt has recently completed another new housing development following the success of the first properties built and owned by NCH at Eddlestone Drive in Clifton.

The project alongside the railway line in Colwick has transformed an old area of garages to the neighbouring flats into eight modern properties.

Mick Matthews, Thomas Bow City Asphalt Site manager, explained: “I’m really pleased with this development on this challenging site boarding the railway line, we’ve been able to create eight beautiful homes which I hope the new occupiers will treasure.’


M1 Emergency Work

As part of an on-going contract to support the Costain Galliford Try joint venture (CGT), Thomas Bow City Asphalt were called out to resurface a stretch of the M1 between Junction 16 and 19.

The agreement which began in the first quarter of 2016 makes Thomas Bow City Asphalt responsible for all emergency works on the M1 between junction 16 and 19 for the duration of the project due to finish March 2017.

Following a lorry crash in the early hours of the morning the call was made to our out of hours team at 7:00am who immediately diverted crews and arranged plant to be on site for midday.

Site Manager Glyn Froggatt and Compliance Manager Geoff Pink were deployed and on site within 4 hours of the initial call-out in advance of the planeing and surfacing crews to liaise with CGT and ensure the area was safe and ready.

The area contaminated with diesel was planed out and reinstated with all crews leaving the site at 16:00.


Lincolnshire County Council Highway Works

Thomas Bow City Asphalt are delighted to announce that they have continued their partnership with Lincolnshire County Council maintaining positions on the principal road network (PRN) select lists. In addition to this they have also gained a position on the Civil engineering contract providing services up to £500,000.

Commercial Manager Andrew Jackaman commented on the contract, adding ‘We’ve developed a great relationship with Lincolnshire County Council since 2011 and to maintain our position in a competitive market on the PRN list, as well as gain a position on the Civil’s list, is very reassuring. Our teams have just commenced work on first scheme valued around £1,000,000 replacing Thin Surface Course on six sites across the county and we look forward to further work in the new year.’

Lincolnshire County Council is geographically the fourth largest county in England, yet with a predominantly rural and dispersed population it has no motorways and less than 38 miles of dual carriageway.




Press Release: Tatton Park Garden Scoops Gold!

Hosta Consulting’s ‘A drop of urban green’ garden wins best in category and gold medal at this year’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show!

After two weeks of hard work constructing with Thomas Bow City Asphalt, Hosta Consulting’s first ever RHS show garden has won best back to back garden and has been awarded a gold medal! The garden, entitled “A drop of urban green” represents what can be achieved in unused and unloved pockets of space in towns and cities across the world.

Research has found that pocket parks and green infrastructure are hugely important for cities. Pocket parks provide green corridors for biodiversity and help to cool and improve the air quality. Any green spaces that use rain positively help to mitigate some of the localised flooding events that are becoming increasingly common in the built environment due to climate change.

Hosta Consulting took their inspiration from this to create ‘a drop of urban green’ at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The award winning garden will be relocated back to Nottingham after the show, to transform a space for the residents of Nottingham City Homes.

Ed Higgins, the garden’s designer said ‘We are delighted to have won both best back to back garden and a gold medal. It was completely unexpected as this is our first ever time exhibiting at a flower show! We love the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain mission, and hope our pocket park represents a fine example of doing so, especially as the garden is continuing its journey onto Nottingham to further green our city.’

The team agree it would not have been possible without the support of Nottingham City Homes, and the hard work and commitment from Thomas Bow City Asphalt. The Nottingham based firm were selected to construct the garden thanks to their commitment on External Environmental Improvements Framework for Nottingham City Homes. The team, led by Mick Matthews, have successfully delivered many schemes across Nottingham revitalising communal areas and gardens for residents.

Thomas Bow City Asphalt Managing Director Alistair Bow commented ‘It’s great to see this team getting an opportunity to compete at the show. We’ve been trading for nearly 150 years and it’s the first time we’ve been involved in a RHS Show. The team has worked so hard on schemes on our doorstep and deserve every recognition. We all look forward to welcoming the garden back to Nottingham.’

Check out the garden on the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park/Gardens/2016/a-drop-of-urban-green


North Yorkshire County Council Carriageway Planing and Surfacing Framework

As an established framework contractor for many highway maintenance contracts across the Central England, Thomas Bow City Asphalt has now secured the North Yorkshire County Council Carriageway Planing and Surfacing Framework.

The county covers almost two million acres, 95 miles east to west and 65 miles north to south and is geographically the largest county in England and Wales. The county includes the towns of Harrogate, Selby, Skipton, Richmond and Scarborough as well as the City of Ripon and County town of Northallerton.

The contract covers the planing and surfacing of approximately 9000km of highway, including 900km of principal roads, 1600 road bridges, 2500 footbridges with schemes valued between £5,000 and £5,000,000.

Commercial Manager Andrew Jackaman commented ‘We’re delighted to secure this new contract with North Yorkshire County Council as we further our local authority client base in the North of England. We look forward to developing our relationship, demonstrating our commitment to quality and service through this contract.’

Nottingham Crown Island road surfacing

Nottingham Ring Road

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have now completed works on one of Nottinghams busiest road. The project, which began in July 2013, was funded by £12.8m from the Department for Transport and £3.4m from Nottingham City Council.

The ring road carries some 50,000 vehicles every day and with two of the regions main Hospitals located at either end of the scheme, maintaining traffic flow has been essential to the design and delivery of the scheme. Alex Gardner, Contracts Director at Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been involved in the scheme from the outset to advise on surfacing methods and programming to minimise disruption.

The works included the widening of the northbound carriageway of Crown Island from two to three lanes, Middleton Boulevard has also been widened southbound from Crown Island to the Queen’s Medical Centre roundabout.

Talking about the project Alex Gardner said ‘This has been a long standing project for us and its great to work on an asset which we will all use on a daily basis. The improved traffic flows are already noticeable and hopefully the residents and visitors to the city will feel that this has been an extremely worthwhile project.’




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Thomas Bow City Asphalt identified in London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.

Alistair Bow Managing Director said: “It’s great to receive national recognition for the growth we have achieved over the last couple of years, in what still remains a challenging climate. Our teams have put in great efforts to secure and successfully deliver the biggest schemes we have seen as a business.

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “High growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need. But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance. That’s why today’s event is so important: demonstrating the strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies to support these inspiring businesses.

“Today’s celebration is fundamental to London Stock Exchange’s core, the need to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and create an entrepreneurship revolution.”

Writing in the publication, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP said: “UK high-growth businesses are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. These companies are the backbone of the British economy. They create high-quality, well paid jobs, innovate and drive economic growth. This government fully understands the need to support ambitious entrepreneurs and ensure they can access the finance they need to grow.

“We have held the steadfast belief that –alongside deficit reduction – nurturing entrepreneurs, creating jobs, supporting hard-working families and keeping taxes low would get the UK economy back on track. Our measures to increase access to finance for business and encourage more investment have had a transformative effect on our economy.”


NEC Birmingham

As the incumbent supplier road surfacing and repairs contractor to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Thomas Bow City Asphalt have secured a £1.2m contract to upgrade most of the car parks across the site.

The work, due for completion in 2016, includes car park extensions, a new access road and new drainage, all designed to maximise the current car parking capacity at the site.

The moves comes after the completion of two dedicated car parks for the new Resorts World facility earlier this year. John Allen Major Projects and Compliance Director commented, ‘We’ve enjoyed a long standing relationship with the NEC and its great to have our teams back at the NEC continuing to support the development of this facility’.

Earlier this year the NEC reported record growth for its conference and live events business. Conference revenue increasing by 43% year on year whilst revenue from larger experiential live events increased by 47%.