When Lawrence Bow set up his company in 1867, it is unlikely that he envisaged the family name continuing in the trade as far ahead as the 21st century, but from small beginnings Thomas Bow developed into one of Nottingham’s major Building & Civil Engineering contractors. The firm completed many landmark buildings and superior residential properties in and around the city including Wilford Power Station, the Raleigh Factory and Barclays Bank (Market Square, Nottingham).
Throughout this time Thomas Bow had remained a family firm and today some six generations later it has evolved into a limited company headed by Alistair Bow, who coaxed his father out of retirement to work within the company. Alistair and his fellow-directors Alex Gardner and John Allen, have between them a broad range of expertise and all recognise that whatever else has altered in the construction and civil engineering industry over the years, the need for good quality workmanship has always been constant.
From 2002, the company’s focus was very much aimed at the provision of Civil Engineering services to the Public and Commercial sectors until 2005, when Thomas Bow joined forces with City Asphalt Ltd. Working closely together as sister companies, they have been able to provide their clients with a more comprehensive in-house Civil Engineering and Surfacing package. Moving forward the two companies continued to develop many long term partnerships with Local Authorities across the UK, which included the securing of numerous long term and Framework Contracts for the provision of Highways Maintenance and Repairs.
Both companies have become very strong brands in their own right and in August 2010, following five years of combined working as an integrated unit, it was decided that the timing was now right to re-brand the two companies and demonstrate to our clients and workforce that we are one joint operation and from this the Thomas Bow City Asphalt Group was born. In joining forces, the two companies have now become a major player in the Highways Maintenance arena.
Benefiting from an array of accreditations and affiliations the Thomas Bow City Asphalt Group are members of CECA and Constructionline, as well as have achieving BS EN ISO 9001:2015, BS EN ISO 14001:2015, ISO45001:2018 and NHSS Sector 16 Accreditation. Whilst the latter is not yet compulsory, this accreditation means that all works are completed to this same high standard regardless of size and location.
With a comprehensive Health & Safety policy, they have achieved full accreditation with CHAS as Principal Contractors.
Committed to the training and continual professional development of their teams, the companies are members of the CITB and Construction Skills, and as Equal Opportunities employers they frequently work in partnership with local authorities in the development of apprenticeships and training programmes.
In the final quarter of 2019 Nottingham City Council and Thomas Bow, joined together through acquisition to continue the development of Thomas Bow as a leading civil engineering and highways contractor. As part of the acquisition Nottingham City Council purchased all shares of Thomas Bow, to enable Thomas Bow to form a new operating group alongside Nottingham City Highway Services.
This exciting opportunity for Thomas Bow and Nottingham City Highways has seen total employees rise to circa one hundred and sixty and turnover will rise to £35m.