Higgs and Hill
|Successor||Koninklijke BAM Groep|
|George Duncan, (Chairman)
John Theakston, (CEO)
Number of employees
The Company was established in 1874 by the merger of the firm of Thomas Hill (managed by Rowland and Joseph Hill, grandsons of the founder) with the firm of William Higgs. It was originally called Hill, Higgs and Hill but changed it name to Higgs and Hill when Rowland Hill retired in 1879. The Company was first based at Crown Works in Vauxhall but moved to New Malden in 1967.
Sir Brian Hill, a member of the seventh generation of his family to work in the business, retired in 1992. In 1994 it announced a rights issue to finance the acquisition of land for housing but the issue was not well subscribed.
In 1996 the Company announced poor results arising from re-organisation charges and contract losses. The Company was acquired by Hollandsche Beton Groep (later HBG) later that year. HBG was itself acquired by Koninklijke BAM Groep in 2002.
Major Projects undertaken by the Company included Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge completed in 1880, Surrey County Hall completed in 1893, the Tate Gallery completed in 1897, the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth completed in 1905, the London Fire Brigade Headquarters completed in 1937, the North and South Blocks of London County Hall completed in 1939, the BBC Television Centre completed in 1960, the Queen Elizabeth Hall completed in 1967, the Hayward Gallery completed in 1968, the South Bank Television Centre completed in 1972, Lord's Cricket Ground Mound Stand completed in 1987 and the restoration of Windsor Castle completed in 1996.
- 'General introduction', Survey of London: volume 26: Lambeth: Southern area (1956), pp. 1-17. Date accessed: 27 March 2010
- London Metropolitan Archives
- Sir Brian Hill searches for a trustworthy heir Financial Times, 19 April 2007
- Higgs & Hill rights meet poor response: Company 'disappointed but not surprised' The Independent, 28 June 1994
- Higgs & Hill dive £8m into the red Contract Journal, 4 April 1996
- BAM Nuttall: History
- A Brief History of County Hall
- BBC Television Centre - History
- Crown Works Vauxhall Civic Society
- Structurae database
- Well healed: Windsor Castle is well on the way to recovery, helped by an army of specialist craftspeople Building Magazine, 1996