1886

THE EARLY YEARS

Henry Boot was 35 years of age in 1886 when he founded Henry Boot PLC as we know it today. The business flourished and soon moved into large scale public works and housing projects with his eldest son Charles increasingly involved. Henry retained an active interest until his death in 1931.

1914

Government Work

Upon the outbreak of 1914-1918 War, the company obtained a variety of Government contracts. These included the major phase of the Army Camp at Catterick, Yorkshire; Manston Aerodrome near Ramsgate; Calshot Seaplane Base; Tees Naval Base and Chepstow Military Hospital.

In one year alone, the company built over 1,000 military buildings and 50 miles of roads and sewers.

1919

Expansion into France

A company office was set up in France immediately after the war and, in conjunction with the French Government, administered contracts for the re-construction of war-ravaged towns and villages.

1919

Inter-War Years

Henry Boot built more than 80,000 houses in the UK, making it the largest housebuilder in the country.

1920

Company Expansion

Within two years of becoming a public company in 1920, the firm was operating not only from Sheffield, London and Paris, but from Barcelona and Athens.

1932

Headquarters

In 1932, the company moved to it's present headquarters at Banner Cross Hall in Sheffield.

1936

Pinewood Studios

It was in 1936, that Charles Boot undertook one of the company's most notable property development projects with the design and contruction of Pinewood Studios at Iver, Buckinghamshire.

1944

Mulberry & Gooseberry Harbours

Henry Boot was proud to play a significant part in the monumental construction of the Mulberry and Gooseberry Harbours which played such a vital role in the invasion of Europe on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

1950

Consolidation

Henry Boot carried out an extensive programme of commercial and industrial building in the UK at this time, whilst also extending it's railway engineering activities internationally and receiving the Queen's Award for Export Achievement in 1985.

1978

Property Development

After successfully completing many property development schemes, the new Henry Boot Developments Limited subsidiary was established in 1978 to formalise, strengthen and extend this expertise.

Queen's Award for Export Achievement Received in 1985

1986

Henry Boot Centenary

1986 marked the company's centenary when it celebrated 100 years of trading through two world wars and the reign of six monarchs. It was also the year when present Group Managing Director, Jamie Boot, great grandson of founder Henry Boot, assumed office.

2017

Present Day

Following a period of rationalisation in 2003, the Henry Boot Group was successfully restructured to specialise on the more focused activities of property, land, construction and plant hire.

Today, property development is the lead Henry Boot activity, and Henry Boot Developments continues to further enhance it's well-earned reputation as The Developing Force in Property.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 - Group Statement: View here

Henry Boot PLC and its Group Companies welcome the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) including any measures which seek to bring about greater transparency and scrutiny into our various supply chains, in order to combat slavery and trafficking activities.

In accordance with the legislation, we have produced a Human Trafficking and Slavery Statement (the “Statement”), setting out the introduction of various measures throughout our supply chain management which will be most effective at reducing the risk of slavery and trafficking activities being present within our business operations. These measures include the introduction of an Anti-Slavery Policy, due diligence requirements, and mandatory contract clauses seeking compliance by our supply chain with appropriate anti-slavery measures.

We will be regularly working with our partners, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders to bring these measures into effect, and then to review their effectiveness and consider any changes or additional measures which such a review highlights.

Click to access our Statement here.

John Sutcliffe
Chief Executive Officer
Henry Boot PLC
January 2017