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Our history

Renew Holdings plc has a history spanning over 200 years.

Our independently branded subsidiary businesses deliver regional knowledge and specialise expertise to our clients across the Energy, Environmental and Infrastructure markets.

  • 1786Founded as YJ Lovell by Young James Lovell, a surveyor who acquired the century-old Marlow building firm of Thomas Corby.
    The fifth son of a Dorset carpenter, Young James was a man of great flair who made the most of his opportunities and gave the company the impetus to continue developing over the next century.
  • 1955Acquired Walter Lilly & Co Ltd.
  • 1968
    The company went public and over the following years the Group's activities expanded to include a Building Division, Plant Hire Operation, Developments Division, Timber Operation and overseas interests in land development.
  • 1990s
    The Group reorganised its activities substantially, selling various businesses and acquiring Allenbuild, Britannia Construction, VHE and Shepley Engineers.
  • 2004Appointment of Roy Harrison as Chairman.
  • 2005Appointment of Brian May as Chief Executive.
    The Group was renamed Renew Holdings plc, providing specialist construction and engineering services through individually branded subsidiaries across the UK.
  • 2006Established the strategy of developing the Engineering Services aspect of the business.
  •  Acquired PPS Electrical Ltd to develop our range of services in the nuclear market.
  • 2007Acquisition of Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors, an engineering services company specialising in the water industry.
  • 2011Acquisition of Amalgamated Construction (AMCO), an engineering services company operating in the rail, energy and environmental markets.
  •  AMCO provides an integrated service from feasibility, budget and design through to installation, commissioning and maintenance.
  • 2013Acquisition of Lewis Civil Engineering who specialise in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure and assets within the water industry.
  • 2014
    Acquisitions of Forefront Group Limited, an engineering services business focused in the gas infrastructure market and Clarke Telecom, a leading provider of wireless telecommunications infrastructure delivery services to the mobile communications market in the UK.
  •  Disposal of Allenbuild Ltd the new build affordable housing part of our specialist building business.
  • Today
    The Group delivers multidisciplinary civil, mechanical and electrical engineering services nationwide, concentrating on critical planned and reactive maintenance and asset renewal.
    Our operations focus on the key markets of Energy (including Nuclear), Environmental and Infrastructure, which are largely governed by regulation and benefit from non-discretionary spending programmes giving long-term visibility of committed funding. Our integrated offering is a differentiator in our target markets. The Group’s Engineering Services now accounts for over 80% of Group revenue.