Combining Operations to Become a Major Force

Thomas Bow and City Asphalt today announced that they are officially joining forces to create one of Nottinghamshire’s major civil engineering and highway contractors.

The two companies have been working together as an integrated unit since 2005 and the decision has been taken to combine their operations and re-brand as Thomas Bow City Asphalt.

Thomas Bow actually dates back to 1867 but was dormant from 1990 until 2002, when Alistair Bow re-launched the business previously run by his father and uncle.

He explained: “Thomas Bow has come a long way since it was re-launched from my garage and although we bought up City Asphalt in 2005 and have since added ID Construction and Ashbow Estates to the group, they continued to operate as separate companies.

“Both Thomas Bow and City Asphalt are very strong brands in their own rights. Consequently, having taken the decision to have one logo that covers both, we opted for Thomas Bow City Asphalt as our trading name.”

In joining forces, the building and civil engineering contractors have become a major player in the highways maintenance arena and Managing Director Bow, who is also Chairman of Nottingham Rugby, believes it will give the company a lot more ‘clout’ within the industry.

He added: “As independent businesses in their specialist fields they were comparatively small but when you bring all our companies together, we have an operation turning over £14million a year.

“I believe the re-brand sets us up for an exciting future and although you can never afford to be complacent, I’m very happy with where we are at the moment. The last 12 months have been extremely good for us – despite the tough economic climate – and I expect that to continue for the foreseeable future.”

Winning major framework contracts with Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County Council, Kirklees Council and City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council have been key to the TBCA expansion over the past 12 months or so.

It is also now the preferred contractor for the likes of Humberside Airport, Taylor Wimpeys, and Bellway Homes.

Added Bow: “Although much of our business is based within Nottinghamshire, we are finding increasingly that we stretching into other areas. Our new icon is very distinctive and in time, I’m optimistic that it will become instantly recognisable at sites up and down the country.”

As part of the re-brand, the Thomas Bow City Asphalt website has been re-designed, and the company is also set to launch a new bi-annual newsletter for staff, potential and existing clients, to further highlight their good work.


Nottingham City Homes Contract

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has just won the contract to provide environmental improvement works for Nottingham City Homes – a not-for-profit organisation owned by Nottingham City Council and responsible for day-to-day management of 30,000 homes across the city, including more than 1,000 leasehold properties.

As sole contractors for the 12-month project, which is worth more than £500,000, we will be providing environmental paving, car parks, hard standings and SUDS. This complements the building of the first new council houses in Nottingham for more than 20 years.

Managing Director Alistair Bow said: “This contract is just the latest example of how our diligent pursuit of tenders is paying off, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff.”

New Sponsorship for Robin Hood Colts

Thomas Bow City Asphalt recently agreed to sponsor the Robin Hood Colts under 9’s Football team, which commenced with the purchase of new Nike Kit for the team including rain jackets.

Based at Sherwood Fields, Nottingham, the Robin Hood Colts are an FA Charter Standard club, which includes teams ranging from under 8’s through to seniors.

Sales & Marketing Manager, Karl Smith says “when we were approached by the Colts for sponsorship it was clear from the start that they were in desperate need of new kits, so with the help of their Manager we were delighted to able to source and supply a complete set of Nike Football kits for the team”.

More recently, Thomas Bow City Asphalt had the pleasure of re-surfacing the Colts car park for the benefit of the managers, trainers, parents, players and not forgetting their loyal supporters who offer encouragement to the boys from the wings.

Alistair Bow named Nottingham Rugby Chairman

Alistair Bow (Managing Director) has taken up the position of Chairman of Nottingham Rugby Limited. Alistair has been a director since January 2008 working alongside Chairman Geoff Huckstep who retired at Christmas. Alistair said: “This appointment is an honour, and I look forward to continuing the good work that Geoff has achieved over the last two years. We have much to deal with over the coming weeks, including arranging a ground for next season and seeking investment to guarantee the long-term future of Nottingham Rugby. On behalf of the club I wish Geoff and his family all the best for the future.”

Snow Plough

Ready For a Cold Winter

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has taken delivery of a new Mazda BT-50 4×4 Double Cab PickUp which will operate in the Highway Maintenance Division. During the winter periods the vehicle is fitted with a SnowEx Vee Pro 6000 Spreader for Winter Maintenance contracts; the remainder of the year it will be used for traffic management on the Framework Contract for Derbyshire County Council.

Mick Matthews (Maintenance Manager) said: “Winter Maintenance operations are an important aspect of our business and our customers expect the highest standards. This new vehicle will assist greatly with the new gritting contracts covering 20 sites in Northamptonshire.”

NHSS Sector 16

Thomas Bow City Asphalt Strives for Sector 16

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has appointed Steve Gibson, who has many years experience with Quality and Environmental Management Systems, to oversee the completion of its Sector 16 accreditation. Alex Gardner (Contracts Director) said: “Our business competes daily with the big UK Surfacing contractors and this will help us in achieving our strategy of targeting new public sector clients in an industry dominated by the quarry-based contractors. Our final audit date has been set for Christmas 2009.”

Thomas Bow City Asphalt Complete Second Year of Nottingham Rugby Sponsorship

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have completed their second year’s sponsorship with Nottingham Rugby and are pleased to announce they have just signed for a further year. Alistair Bow (Managing Director) added: “This is the final year of our initial three year agreement. Nottingham Rugby commences this season in the new Championship League. With the addition of a new cup competition, this coming season looks very exciting and we may see Nottingham challenging for a position in the Guinness Premiership with the introduction of play offs for promotion. “

Two Further Framework Contracts for Thomas Bow City Asphalt

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been successful in securing two further Framework Contracts. The Nottingham City Council Term Contract For Highway Works 2009-2011 and Kirklees Council Minor Works Contract 2009-2010. Both contracts have provisions for an extension of one year.

Alistair Bow (Managing Director) said: “‘This now brings our total number of Framework Contracts to five. Kirklees and Nottingham City Council have just awarded us our first schemes which we hope to have completed in September 2009.

“Thomas Bow City Asphalt has strong ambitions for further growth in the Midlands and Yorkshire areas. With the current downturn in the private sector market, we will be looking very hard at opportunities that the public sector has to offer.”

Two New Contracts for Thomas Bow City Asphalt

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have been awarded their first contract for Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and have been successful in securing the Nottingham Park Estate Term Contract for a further year (August 2010). John Allen (Contracts Director) said “Our success on the Park Estate contract reflects the strong commitment of the team as well as The Nottingham Park Estate’s confidence in our ability to deliver quality work within budget. Our success with the Wakefield Council contract is down to our commitment in targeting new work for new public sector clients.”

Thomas Bow City Asphalt Awarded Framework Contract

Thomas Bow City Asphalt is one of six contractors to be awarded the Surface Work for Highways Framework Contract 2008/2012 from Derbyshire County Council. Alistair Bow (Managing Director) said “Our success on this contract reflects the strong experience and commitment of our team, as well as Derbyshire County Council’s confidence in our ability to deliver quality work on time and within budget.”