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Revenue  £894.5m (2008)
Divisions  29 subsidiaries
Headquarters  Heage
Number of employees  1400 employees
Website  www.bandk.co.uk
Founded  1923
Area served  UK, North America, the Middle East
Type of business  Construction services and security
Subsidiaries  Cobalt Estates (darlington) Limited

Bowmer & Kirkland Group (B&K) is a British construction services and security company, established in 1923 as a partnership between joiner Alfred Bowmer and bricklayer Robert William Kirkland.


It has since grown to become a successful privately owned construction and development group. There are 29 companies in the Group most of which are construction-related, although there is a Homeland Security Division, which includes companies based in the UK and USA.

The company logo depicts a stylised key where the "blade" is made up of the letters B and K.


Group headquarters are at Heage in Derbyshire, with regional B&K offices in Sunderland, Manchester, Scotland and London. Bowmer & Kirkland employs 1400 people and gained Investors in People accreditation in 2001 and was re-accredited in 2004, 2007 and 2011.

The construction division, which accounts for approximately 80% of turnover, is an Associate Member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The company has received a number of Gold Awards from RoSPA and has established policies for Quality, Management Systems, Ethical Employment, Training and Development, Sustainability and Environment and a Sub-contractors Code of Conduct – helping the supply chain adhere to B&K’s own business standards.

In July 2009 the firm was involved in a crane collapse in Liverpool that left a man paralysed and 100 people removed from their homes. The company was subsequently found guilty of breaching health and safety laws.

Major projects

High-profile projects include St George's Park National Football Centre, in Staffordshire for The Football Association, Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire, for Center Parcs, Trinity Square in Gateshead – a mixed-use development featuring a Tesco superstore, retail units and student accommodation, for Spenhill Developments and one of the first Olympic legacy projects outside London – Derby’s Multi Sports Arena which includes a velodrome. St Vincent Plaza, Glasgow, Scotland.]],


Bowmer & Kirkland Wikipedia

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