Barr Construction

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Barr Construction
Industry Construction
Founded Late nineteenth century
Headquarters Paisley, Scotland
Key people
Barclay Chalmers, (MD)
Slogan Challenge, Perform, Care

Barr Construction is a major Scottish contracting organisation operating throughout the United Kingdom.


The Company began life at the end of the nineteenth century as a joinery firm known as W & J Barr & Sons and gradually expanded into civil engineering projects. The firm was incorporated in 1976 as Barr began to grow its operations out of its native Ayrshire and into larger civil engineering developments.

Firmly established in the civil engineering sector at the start of the 1990s, Barr looked to broaden its skillbase by developing its portfolio in building projects. During the next decade, Barr developed its skills across a number of core sectors. These sectors included Retail, Leisure and Education. The current structure has evolved to reflect the organisation’s strengths in these sectors.

The company is best known perhaps for its stadia work which includes new facilities for Southampton, Fulham, Celtic, and Rangers Football Clubs as well as projects for lower league and rugby clubs. The projects at Airdrieonians[1] and Raith Rovers[2] excited controversy when the resulting debts to Barr Construction caused financial problems for the clubs.

In 2001 the company won the contract to upgrade the A830 road between Mallaig and Fort William in the Scottish highlands.[3] Barr were also involved in the renovation of Home Park, the stadium home to English football club, Plymouth Argyle F.C.

In 2006 Barr built the first "eco-store" for Tesco at Wick in Scotland, using the unorthodox method of ship transport to deliver building materials to the site in order to save on carbon emissions.[4]

For the 2012 London Olympic games, Barr won the contact to construct the Olympic Park Basketball arena.[5]

In 2012 Barr is due to start the course of building Aberdeen F.C.'s new 21,000 all seated stadium at Loirston Loch, in Nigg, Aberdeen.[6]


  1. ^ "Fans out to brew up Barr bill". BBC. 2001-04-03. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  2. ^ Stephen, Kenneth (1999-10-05). "Raith plea to building supremo Barr". Daily Record. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Upgrade for 'road to the isles'". BBC. 2001-04-30. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Tesco in ship to store transfer". BBC. 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Construction starts on 2012 Basketball Arena | October 2009". Builder & Engineer. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Barr is preferred bidder for Aberdeen stadium". Herald Scotland. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

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