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Marples Ridgway and Partners

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Marples Ridgway was a British civil engineering company

1948 Founded by Reginald Ridgway and accountant Ernest Marples. Marples later became the Minister of Transport.

Projects included:

1948 Skelton Grange Power Station

1956 Brunswick Wharf Power Station

1956 Allt na Lairige Dam, Argyllshire

1959 Chiswick Flyover

1961 Hammersmith Flyover

  • Port Esquivel shipping terminal, Jamaica

1965 the company was taken over by Bath and Portland Group[1]

1968 Planned to extend its activities from civil engineering (with its somewhat lumpy contracts) to general building[2]

1969 Bath and Portland integrated its building and civil engineering activities, forming 2 new subsidiaries: Marples Ridgway would be the new subsidiary carrying out all civil engineering work; Marples Ridgway (Building) would be the subsidiary controlling all building activities; Dudley Coles Long would be a subsidiary of Marples Ridgway (Building) [3]

Pulled out of a roads contract in Iran

Built the Hong Kong metro system.

1983 Bath and Portland disposed of the civil engineering interests, Marples Ridgway, which were not making much profit in view of the size of the turnover of these businesses; they were acquired by a Jersey-based subsidiary of the Dutch contractor, LTA.[4]. Dudley Coles Long remained a subsidiary of Bath and Portland.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, June 2, 1965
  2. The Times, August 19, 1968
  3. The Times, June 16, 1969
  4. The Times, August 26, 1983