The beginning:

Our reputation as forward-thinking innovators started in 1928, when Danish engineers Olaf Kier and Jorgen Lotz formed J Lotz and Kier and became early pioneers of reinforced concrete design and construction.

Their first contract, a reinforced concrete bridge in Bath, is still in service today and bears the Lotz and Kier plaque.

1930s - 1940s

Throughout the 1930s the company expanded overseas, building parts of the Trans-Iranian Railway.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Kier was drafted in to support with the war effort, including constructing the Mulberry Harbour, which played a significant role in the D-Day invasion.

Post war we were involved in many rebuilding projects.

1950s - 1980s

During the next few decades the company expanded rapidly, moving to Tempsford Hall in Bedfordshire, in 1967. 

Acquisitions brought new expertise to the company, including civil engineering and commercial and private building.

We also set up French Kier, which was acquired by the national house building company Beazer plc in 1986, leading to two divisions being formed for national and regional operations under the Beazer name.

1990s - new millennium

Kier Group as we are known today was established, in 1992 and became Britain’s first major contractor to be employee-owned.

By the turn of the century we were involved in some of the UK’s major construction projects and initiatives, including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) to bring the UK’s first high speed railway line into London St Pancras station.

Furthermore, we completed the construction of Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, the UK’s first hospital to be funded via Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

We were awarded two major Crossrail contracts in 2010.

2010s - to the present day

We have continued to be forward thinking, innovate and pioneer new ways of working; from our role as a tier one contractor and strategic supplier to government, to our first-class project execution and the social value we provide for communities across the UK.

We have and continue to work on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK, including HS2 as well as maintaining road and water networks and installing full fibre broadband to properties. We are also the UK’s leading regional builder, delivering critical social infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.

Today, our purpose is to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK. Every day, our people are committed to delivering on this purpose for our clients and communities.

For a recent overview of our performance, take a read of our annual report.

You can find out more about how we are carrying out our work sustainably, here.

You can view some of the projects we have delivered here.