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.


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.


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.


Inter-War Years

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


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.



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


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.


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.



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.


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


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.


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.

We stay ahead of the game.
We are resilient, have staying power.
Our values are built from the ground up.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 - Group Statement: View here

Henry Boot PLC and its Group Companies has, following the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) implemented a number of measures which seek to bring about greater transparency and scrutiny into our various supply chains, in order to combat slavery and trafficking activities. Further to this, over the past year we have been reviewing the measures put in place and seeking to identify additional actions to strengthen our due diligence and transparency. The aim of the Act is in line with our own ‘Henry Boot Way’ Vision and Values, as updated in 2017, which include ‘Respect’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Collaboration’, all of which are relevant to our approach in this regard.

We continue to keep under regular review our Human Trafficking and Slavery Statement (the ‘Statement’), setting out the activities undertaken to reduce 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. Additional measures that have recently been put into place to increase knowledge and vigilance throughout our organisation and supply chain include posters and awareness cards across our sites.

We will continue to regularly work with our partners, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders, as well as keeping industry best practice under review, to monitor our approach for effectiveness, and consider any changes or additional measures as appropriate.

Click to access our Statement here.

Henry Boot PLC
John Sutcliffe
Chief Executive Officer