In 2007, George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow merged to form Taylor Wimpey. Both companies have a proud and illustrious heritage, with a history of successful homebuilding and construction.
Though based in the UK, both companies have worked across parts of Europe, the United States, Australia, Asia and Africa. In the UK, the two companies had an important role in creating and improving homes and communities and regenerating urban areas. Both Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey were household names, particularly in the field of homebuilding, which is the area that we, as Taylor Wimpey, are now focused on.
Our company is the product of these decades of experience and expertise. We have continually adapted to changing needs, environments, and regulations to improve our business.
George Wimpey sets up a UK stone working business
Begins roadwork for London's first electric tramway.
Begins building tramways and roadways for Middlesex County Council and the 1908
Becomes a private company as GW Mitchell purchased it from the Wimpey family. The
company expanded the road contracting business and became established as a household
name in the fields of building and civil engineering.
16-year-old Frank Taylor builds two homes in Blackpool. As he was too young to form
his own company his uncle Jack Woodrow lent his name to the business. Initially
Taylor & Woodrow, which later became Taylor Woodrow Limited.
Enters the private housing business, opening its first development, the Greenford
Begins building an average of 1,200 houses a year.
Contributes to the war effort, building an ordnance factory, airfields, a penicillin
factory, and helping construct the Mulberry ports, used in France after the D-Day
Becomes a public company.
Becomes a public traded company. First employee newsletter published with a photo
of three men pulling a rope. 20 years later this inspires the Taylor Woodrow logo.
Now building on average more than 50 homes a week. Frank Taylor makes his first
American land purchase.
Expands into contracting and civil engineering, forming Taylor Woodrow Construction
Limited. This became the mainstay of Taylor Woodrow's operations for the next 60
Perfects the 'no fines' technique, allowing walls to be poured with no fine aggregate
in the concrete and homes to be constructed without bricks. The method provided
excellent insulation and was used to build more homes for local authorities than
any other system.
Now building houses, schools and factories in England, North America and Africa.
Builds 18,000 Local Authority homes a year in the UK. It also builds its first Canadian
housing development, and begins building three power stations in Hong Kong.
Receives its first major office-building contract.
Expands its operations into Australia.
Begins construction on the world's first full-scale nuclear power station. Taylor
Woodrow Canada is formed. Buys stake in Monarch Mortgage and Investments Limited.
Begins building houses for private sale again and wins the contract to build its
first hydroelectric plant.
Begins two decades of construction at London Heathrow Airport and now has projects
underway on every continent.
Begins operations in Spain.
Appointed main contractor to build the New Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the
King at Liverpool in 1960.
Wimpey Construction builds The Queen Elizabeth II grandstand at Ascot, built in
just 10 months ready for the Royal Ascot Meeting in June 1961
Taylor Woodrow International builds the Hong Kong Ocean Terminal and receives the
prestigious Queen's Award for its development of a new silent piledriver, the Pilemaster.
Wimpey Construction builds the world's largest shipbuilding dock in Belfast
Taylor Woodrow constructs an aluminium smelter in Invergordan, Scotland, for the
British Aluminium Company
Wimpey Construction builds Britain's highest dam, at Lllyn Brianne in Wales
George Wimpey Canada builds 2,000 homes in one year.
Taylor Woodrow begins The St. Katherine's Dock project in London: one of the most
ambitious private urban developments ever undertaken in the city.
Awarded a contract, with a partner, for the largest offshore oil platform ever commissioned.
Launches the development arm Wimpey Property Holdings.
Becomes the UK's largest private housebuilder, selling 106,440 homes in the previous
decade. Becomes a founding member of the Channel Tunnel Group (later TransManche
Becomes a founding member of the Channel Tunnel Group (later TransManche Link).
Buys American homebuilder Morrison Homes.
The Chunnel, the rail tunnel beneath the English Channel, opens. George Wimpey and
Taylor Woodrow are two of the five UK contractors to work on the project.
The Chunnel, the rail tunnel beneath the English Channel, opens. Taylor Woodrow
and George Wimpey are two of the five UK contractors to work on the project.
Exhanges its construction and minerals divisions with Tarmac plc for Tarmac's home
division, McLean Homes.
Morrison Homes in the USA begins construction of 'Celebration'. A pioneering concept,
based on community values and an innovative combination of neo-traditional architecture,
education, health and technology.
Taylor Woodrow begins Greenwich Millenium Village (GMV), London: the first of the
Government's Millenium Communities and part of the Thames Gateway regeneration project.
Successfully completes merger of Wimpey Homes and McLean homes to form a single
UK housing business. Buys McAlpine Homes in the UK, and Richardson Homes in the
Buys the Bryant Group and begins selling homes as 'Bryant Homes by Taylor Woodrow'.
Buys premium-brand builder, Laing Homes.
George Wimpey begins Westoe Crown Village - A sustainable, mixed use development
on the site of a former colliery.
George Wimpey start on
site at Standerwick Orchard in
Somerset. The development
contains a series of grouped
cottages, built with traditional
materials including natural
stone, slate and thatched roofs.
Buys Wilson Connolly to increase its presence in the North West, North East and
Taylor Woodrow beings building Stamford Brook in Cheshire, developed in partnership
with the National Trust, providing 710 homes and built using pioneering technologies.
George Wimpey's Highgate development in Durham is awarded 'Building for Life' Gold
George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow merge to create the UK's largest housebuilder,
We complete the sale of the UK business of Taylor Woodrow Construction to Vinci.
Stepping back substantially from construction activities allows us to focus on our
core housebuilding operations.
We sell our construction business in Ghana, marking an end to all our construction
Taylor Wimpey's Raploch development in Scotland wins a series of awards for community
engagement and skills and training at the Homes for Scotland Quality Awards and
the Scottish Home Awards.
Taylor Wimpey begins Great Western Park, a major urban extension to Didcot Oxfordshire,
providing 3,300 homes and associated infrastructure, the site features retail, leisure
facilities and extensive open space.
Taylor Wimpey begins the ambitious Rowner Renewal Project in Portsmouth, featuring
the destruction of a dilapidated 1960's estate and the construction of 700 brand
new sustainable homes.
We leave the Gibraltar housing market.
We leave North American operations with the sale of our US and Canadian businesses
(Taylor Morrison and Monarch).