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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.
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    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
    2000s
    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.
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    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.
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    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.