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.


Founded 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.


Acquired Walter Lilly & Co Ltd.


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.


Appointment of Roy Harrison as Chairman.


Appointment 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.


Established 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.


Acquisition of Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors, an engineering services company specialising in the water industry.


Acquisition 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.


Acquisition of Lewis Civil Engineering who specialise in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure and assets within the water industry.


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.


Brian May retired as Chief Executive on 30 September 2016 and was succeeded by Paul Scott. Over the last eleven years of Brian's leadership, he transformed the Group from a loss making building contractor into a leading business in Engineering Services and delivered an increase in market capitalisation from £17m to £229m* without recourse to equity financing.

*03 October 2016


Acquisition of Giffen Holdings Limited a specialist mechanical, electrical and power services provider within the railway environment.

*01 November 2016‌


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 85% of Group revenue.