Thomas Bow 150th Anniversary – June 2017

Fundraising Thanks To Thomas Bow

On behalf of the Nottingham & Derby Lighthouse Club Branch we would like to thank Thomas Bow for allowing us to sell our raffle tickets at their 150th Trading Year at their tombola draw. Thomas Bow are one of our valued supporters. The event, which took place at Nottingham Rugby’s Lady Bay ground, saw more than 400 employees – past and present – families, friends, clients, suppliers and more attend the celebration.

Thomas Bow, went all out with its festivities hiring bouncy castles, laser clay shooting, giant Scalextric and a high striker to entertain guests of all ages with the event culminating in an impressive fire work display.

We were able to raise £2,400 for our charity, some non members Nicola, Vicky & Paul took time out to help committee members Julija, Darren & Pete to sell the tickets.

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Alistair Bow, sixth generation Managing Director at Thomas Bow, said: “The event was a resounding success and we were thrilled that so many former employees who worked for the company decades ago were able to attend and have a good time.”



Alongside the festivities, the event also showcased the entire Thomas Bow archives for the first time, displaying 150 years of heritage.

“It was great to reflect back on the firm’s history as its impact across the region has been immense. It makes me incredibly proud to know that anywhere you drive in Nottingham there are Thomas Bow buildings and roads,” added Alistair.

“Construction is at the heart of our business so it was only apt to have a construction theme running throughout the event. We had many of our large plant vehicles on site but also incorporated games such as mini digger hook-a-duck – which was extremely popular.


“Our chosen charity is also within the trade and we are very proud to support the Lighthouse Club as it carries out important work across the industry. To help raise money we had a raffle and auction with some incredible prizes from our generous clients and suppliers.”




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From airports to rugby pitches, construction specialist and one of Nottingham’s oldest family firms, Thomas Bow, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

The business has a long and successful history beginning in 1867 when Lawrence Bow left troubled Ireland to lay down roots in Nottingham. The firm began with Bow whitewashing factory walls and has evolved into one of the country’s most prominent civil engineering firms.

Originally set up in Lamartine Street, St Ann’s, Nottingham, the business was named after Thomas, Bow’s son, and the name has survived to become one of the few old family firms still operating in the city today.

The firm has constructed some of Nottingham’s most distinguished landmarks including the Raleigh factory extension which was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1952,  extensions to Wilford Power Station, as well as many smaller buildings all over the city including the former branch of Barclays Bank in the Old Market Square. In addition, it has also been responsible for providing thousands of homes across Nottingham and in more recent years resurfacing major road networks across the country including areas of the M1.

Currently based in Middleton Street, Nottingham, Thomas Bow is being led by sixth generation managing director and chairman Alistair Bow who is incredibly proud of his company and family history.

He said: “The firm’s history began 150 years ago, and its impact across the city has been vast. Anywhere you drive in Nottingham there are Thomas Bow buildings and roads and it gives me a great sense of pride.”

More recent projects have included the regeneration of the former Texaco and Esso oil depot site on the Colwick Industrial Estate and, following the acquisition of City Asphalt in 2012, the £10m contract to surface the second phase of the Nottingham tram system.

Alistair added: “Today Thomas Bow employs around 100 people with civil engineering and highway surfacing as our primary business. We put a big focus on social responsibility and supporting our local community. We want to have a real positive impact in the area and try to give back as much as we can, for example, we are heavily involved in local sponsorship with the likes of Nottingham Rugby.