This construction and engineering group’s recent projects range from BP’s Aberdeen office to a passenger terminal at East Midlands Airport. The second project incorporates innovative green technology such as wind scoops to provide natural ventilation and ground-source heat pumps to cut fuel bills and carbon emissions. In property development, its Peveril Homes subsidiary builds about 150 houses across the Midlands each year. The founder’s grandson John Kirkland is chairman of the Derbyshire group, whose sales reached £819m in 2007, excluding joint ventures.

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Company details
CompanyBowmer & Kirkland
ActivityConstruction contractor
Sales £m819
Profit £m34
Year endAug 07
Principal shareholdersKirkland family and family trusts (100%)

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