A story less ordinary

We are proud to be part of the Henry Boot Group of Companies. We have a lot of history, but there’s no mystery to how we won our reputation for integrity. We simply do what we say we will, and always have. Take a tour of our story, starting all the way back in 1886.

An ambitious 30-something named Henry Boot had a bright idea – to create new buildings and opportunities. The business went from strength to strength, and soon enough we were taking on big public sites and housing projects, which still stand today.

With the First World War came new challenges. Henry Boot stepped in to work on important government contracts like Chepstow Military Hospital and Tees Naval Base. Right after the war, we set up an office in France, and working side by side with the French Government, began rebuilding the towns and villages affected.

In 1932, we found an HQ to call home in Banner Cross Hall, Sheffield. Since then, we’ve branched out to Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London and Manchester, (but Sheffield is still our mothership).

Pinewood Studios, our most notable property development, was designed by none other than Charles Boot (Henry’s son). The famous site was based on US film stages, but went on to give Hollywood a run for its money, playing backdrop for the likes of James Bond, The Beatles and Star Wars.

Henry Boot was proud to have played a part in the D-Day landings. The military that went on to invade Europe on June 6, 1944 set off from the innovative floating Mulberry and Gooseberry Harbours, which we helped to construct.

We kept busy with commercial and industrial building throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s, but also found time to broadened our horizons too. We began working in civil and railway engineering, extending the UK’s rail network internationally. In 1985, we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

HBD is born. With more than a few successful properties under our belt, we decided it was time we created a dedicated development team. In 1978, HBD was set up, becoming the expert design and development arm of the business.

In 1986, Henry Boot turned 100. We celebrated a century of trading and toasted the reputation we’ve won along the way. To top it off, we also welcomed James Boot, great grandson of our founder, as Group Managing Director.

To the next 100 - today, property development is still at the forefront of the wider Henry Boot group. HBD is redefining the positive impact property has on our lives – designing the buildings of the future and breathing new life into those of the past.

"HBD is different because we do what we say, and what we do, we do with a great deal of integrity." Vivienne Clements, Director