Thomas Bow City Asphalt 150th anniversary

Celebrating its 150th year in business, Thomas Bow City Asphalt threw a big birthday bash to celebrate the milestone and raise money for the Lighthouse Club charity.


The event, which took place at Nottingham Rugby’s Lady Bay ground, saw more than 400 employees – past and present – families, friends, clients, suppliers and more attend the celebration.

Thomas Bow, went all out with its festivities hiring bouncy castles, laser clay shooting, giant Scalextric and a high striker to entertain guests of all ages with the event culminating in an impressive fire work display.


Alistair Bow, sixth generation Managing Director at Thomas Bow, said: “The event was a resounding success and we were thrilled that so many former employees who worked for the company decades ago were able to attend and have a good time.”

Alongside the festivities, the event also showcased the entire Thomas Bow archives for the first time, displaying 150 years of heritage.

“It was great to reflect back on the firm’s history as its impact across the region has been immense. It makes me incredibly proud to know that anywhere you drive in Nottingham there are Thomas Bow buildings and roads,” added Alistair.

“Construction is at the heart of our business so it was only apt to have a construction theme running throughout the event. We had many of our large plant vehicles on site but also incorporated games such as mini digger hook-a-duck – which was extremely popular.


“Our chosen charity is also within the trade and we are very proud to support the Lighthouse Club as it carries out important work across the industry. To help raise money we had a raffle and auction with some incredible prizes from our generous clients and suppliers.”


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

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

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 was great to receive the award last year for the growth we have achieved over the last couple of years, to receive it again for our continued growth is even better! Our teams continue to work hard securing schemes to continue our growth and we look forward another successful year.”

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “Four years on, LSEG’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report continues to highlight the dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious businesses across the country that are boosting UK productivity, driving economic growth and creating jobs. The strength and diversity of these companies is readily apparent with a broad mix of UK regions and sectors represented. These companies are the very heart of an ‘anti-fragile’ economy: more robust; more flexible and less prone to boom and bust. We must ensure we continue doing all we can to support high growth potential businesses like these.

“London Stock Exchange Group is fully committed to supporting and implementing initiatives which improve access to and cut the cost of finance for growing companies. We welcome the Government’s focus on supporting SMEs as part of its Industrial Strategy and await the outcome of its review into long-term patient capital.”

The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

“I want to congratulate the 1000 companies from across the UK featured in London Stock Exchange Group’s pioneering 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. Championing high growth innovative SMEs is crucial for the continued success of the UK economy and a country that works for everyone. We are committed to ensuring that companies of all sizes can access finance to grow, scale-up and create high quality well-paid jobs across the country.”

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com

Wilford Power Station


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.’