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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

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%.



INTU Merryhill

As part of an on-going partnership, Thomas Bow City Asphalt have completed the latest in a series of upgrades to the Intu Merry Hill shopping centre.

The latest project which began in May 2015, included the revamping of car parks B3 and 03 as well as resurfacing much of the internal roads and footpaths.

Alex Gardner, Contracts Director overseeing the project commented, ‘We’ve got a well established relationship with the Merry Hill site and its great to be called upon again to complete a project of this size covering both general civils and surfacing at one of the countries biggest shopping centres.’

Thomas Bow City Asphalt began work at the site in 2012 and have since completed a number of projects across the West Midlands site.

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Eddleston Drive, Nottingham – Wins Award

Thomas Bow City Asphalt’s Eddleston Drive project for Nottingham City Homes is recognised at the East Midlands Local Authority Building and Control awards.

The project, to build the first homes for Nottingham City Homes, came top for ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’ with acknowledgement for building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.

With involvement from the outset, Thomas Bow City Asphalt staff were able to advise through the concept, design and construction of the project in order to deliver the best in class finish.

Thomas Bow City Asphalt Managing Director Alistair Bow commented ‘This award is a great culmination of what has been a hugely successful project with Nottingham City Homes. The quality of the workmanship is evident in these properties and they really set the benchmark for Nottingham City Homes’ future housing stock.’


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Nottingham City Homes – New Framework

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have successfully renewed the External Environmental Improvements Framework contract for Nottingham City Homes.

The contract, covering various aspects of civil engineering, has been held by Thomas Bow City Asphalt for a number of years and following recognition on a number of schemes across Nottingham they have retained the contract.

Thomas Bow City Asphalt Site Manager Mick Matthews said ‘We’re really pleased to continue our work with Nottingham City Homes. We’ve completed some great schemes in Nottingham, from Clifton to Sneinton to Top Valley and recently Bulwell; all involving a close working relationship with residents and the client. We’ve got some exciting schemes planned and are looking forward to starting soon.’

Sneinton Hermitage – Caves Regeneration


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New build properties in Clifton






Nottingham Rugby ‘Big Match Sponsors’ at Nottingham Forest

Thomas Bow City Asphalt are tonight supporting Nottingham Rugby as ‘Big Match Sponsors’ for Nottingham Forest verses Rotherham United.

The move aims to promote the new home of Nottingham Rugby at ‘The Bay’, Lady Bay, West Bridgeford ahead of the first Saturday game on 21st March 2015 against Moseley, followed by live Six Nations action as England take on France.

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have long supported Nottingham Rugby and when the ‘Green and Whites’ decided to move to Lady Bay at the end of 2014, they got the full support of Thomas Bow City Asphalt to help make the move a success. Site Manager Mick Matthews led a team to transform the playing field and tennis courts into a facility fit for the championship side to host the final five home games of the 2014/15 season.

Utilising the construction group resources Mick and his team have created a temporary infrastructure for the club including parking facilities, pathways, drainage and ducting. Speaking about the project Mick said ‘Its great to be able to play a part in the next chapter of Nottingham Rugby’s development. This project was a team effort to install all the facilities, in a tight schedule ahead of the first game at Lady Bay. Now its time to enjoy those facilities and support Nottingham Rugby through their last two home games this season’.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s sponsorship at Nottingham Forest Thomas Bow City Asphalt Managing Director Alistair Bow said ‘We’re really keen supporters of sport in Nottingham and want to see Nottingham Rugby thrive at their new home. We hope that through tonight’s sponsorship we might see some more Nottingham sporting fans down at Lady Bay enjoying the atmosphere next Saturday’.


Leicestershire County Council – Framework Contract

As the incumbent framework contractor for many highway maintenance contracts across the Midlands, Thomas Bow City Asphalt are delighted to continue to expand their portfolio with the latest contract with Leicestershire County Council. The contract will see Thomas Bow City Asphalt maintaining Leicestershire’s carriageways with associated planing and resurfacing works.

Speaking about the new contract, Commercial Manager Andrew Jackaman said ‘Securing a new contract with a new client is always great news, but it is particularly important to secure a contract that will see us work so close to our headquarters for many years’. We’re now looking forward to working with Leicestershire County Council on schemes in the coming months.’



Winter Maintenance Team prepare for snow

As the Met Office warns of more snow to come this week, at Thomas Bow City Asphalt the winter maintenance team gear-up to provide round-the-clock support to ensure clients maintain access.

The team are backed with latest information direct from the Met Office and equipped with a range of equipment to suit our clients needs from 7.5 tonne lorries to pick-up trucks to quad bikes – all mounted with the latest snow ploughs and gritting technology to ensure efficient clearance of footpaths, roads and car parks.

For smaller sites the team can deploy hand tool crews and supply / maintain salt bins to ensure you are well resourced to cope this winter.

For more information visit our Winter maintenance page or call 01159244555.



Colwick Loop Road Regeneration

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have begun work at the site of the former Texaco and Esso oil depot site on the Colwick Industrial Estate in Nottingham.

The site which has been derelict for 12 years, will include a new 82,500 sq ft Sainsbury’s foodstore with a nine-pump petrol station, a restaurant and public house; with a second phase to include further leisure developments with a cinema, restaurant and also commercial use.

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Site Plan of the development

Thomas Bow City Asphalt will be working with developers City Estates to provide the highway infrastructure necessary to support the site under Section 278 of the Highways Act. The project includes improvements to the existing Colwick Loop Road (A612), a new road providing access to the development and a new roundabout at the southern end of the access road joining with Road Number 3.

The Project is due for completion in Summer 2015.



Harvey Hadden Sports Complex – New Cycle Track

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have began work at Nottingham City Councils’ Harvey Hadden Sports Complex to transform the existing sports pitches by building a new 1500m closed road cycle circuit, SUDS wildlife pond and associated land drainage for new sports pitches.

The project, based just a short distance from the companies headquarters, forms part of the plans by Nottingham City Council to invest £13.5 million in the centre to develop it into Nottingham’s largest state-of-the-art leisure facility.

East Midlands British Cycling Recreational Manager Janet Hudson commented: “British Cycling would like to congratulate Nottingham City Council for its successful funding bid to develop a national standard cycling track at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex.

“The track, which will be open to all levels of cyclists from beginners to elite riders, will bring benefits to the local community and City as well as the East Midlands Region and will help nurture and inspire the next generation of athletes.”


See below link to the proposed developments at the site

PDF – Harvey Hadden