This month, project and cost consultant Faithful+Gould is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee. Since it was established in 1947 the company has grown from small beginnings to an international business of more than 64 offices worldwide.
Sixty years of Constructive Expertise: 1947 – 2007
In 1947, Eric Faithful and Leonard Gould began their partnership as they helped to repair Bristol after it was heavily bombed in the Second World War. Leonard Gould continued to take the business forward into the 1960s, opening several new offices across the UK.
In 1967 a chance meeting between the senior Faithful+Gould partner, Bert Gooding, and George Hunter from Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) resulted in Faithful+Gould opening a number of offices across the UK to provide cost valuation and management services on all ICI sites in the UK - a transformational moment in the company’s history.
During the next 30 years, Faithful+Gould was involved in some mammoth projects including the Selby coal pit in 1975.
In 1983 Faithful+Gould took another big leap, utilising its expertise in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering when it was awarded a contract with British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) at Thorpe for a fuel re-processing plant - at the time, the biggest construction project in Europe.
In the 1990s Faithful+Gould commenced a spree of major acquisitions to enhance its presence in the property sector. Silk & Frazier was acquired in 1997, followed by Yeoman & Edwards in 1999. In 2002, Faithful+Gould acquired Hanscomb, which provided a springboard into the US market.
In 1996 Faithful+Gould joined the Atkins group. Today, it is one of the world’s largest project and cost management companies. With a turnover in excess of £160 million, Faithful+Gould employs more than 2,000 people and has an expanding office base in the UK, USA, Europe, UAE and Asia Pacific regions.
The business works with many familiar and respected national and international client organisations, taking responsibility for major construction, infrastructure and maintenance projects from inception to completion.
Richard Hall, CEO worldwide operations, has been with Faithful+Gould for 34 years and instrumental in growing the company from its UK origins to a prospering international business.
On celebrating 60 years of success, Richard comments: “We’ve been helping to change the face of construction over the past 60 years, of which there have been many milestones, such as the privatisation of water and rail industry that have afforded us great opportunities and growth. But, if I could pinpoint the key to our success, then I would say that it has been the commitment and expertise of our people.
“Without them, Faithful+Gould would not be the award-winning company it is today.”