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Trafalgar House

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Trafalgar House plc was a conglomerate with interests in property investment, property development, engineering, construction, shipping, hotels, energy and publishing.

1957 Incorporated as a private company Eastern International Property Investments Ltd[1]

1962 Name changed to Trafalgar House Ltd

1963 Public company incorporated, for purposes of property development and investment; the company owned several subsidiaries and a substantial property portfolio.

1968 Acquired Trollope and Colls, builder and property developer[2]

1970 Acquired The Cementation Co[3] and several London hotels.

1971 Acquired Cunard[4]

1973 Brought all of its offshore supply activities into one division: Offshore Marine[5]

1974 Sold several subsidiaries which made concrete pipes[6]

1976 Acquired Clark and Fenn building products group[7]

1982 Bought Redpath Dorman Long from British Steel for £10 million. Unions representing the 3,200 RDL workforce feared for major job losses.[8] Eventually merged with Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. From the 1st October the structural engineering division was controlled under the collective umbrella of Cleveland Redpath Engineering Holdings.[9]

1984 A consortium of Trafalgar House and Howard Doris took over the Scott-Lithgow yard for £12m on 28th March, which constructed oil-rigs.

1986 Having contributed to the refinancing of the engineering company John Brown, agreed a take-over of the whole company[10].

1994 Trafalgar House consisted of four main businesses: John Brown Engineering, John Brown Engineers and Constructors, Davy International and Trafalgar House Offshore.[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 17, 1963
  2. The Times, Jan 30, 1968
  3. Wikipedia
  4. The Times, Aug 03, 1971
  5. The Times, Jan 25, 1973
  6. The Times Aug 03, 1974
  7. The Times Jun 26, 1976
  8. The Engineer 1982/04/22
  9. The Engineer 1982/09/23
  10. The Times, May 08, 1986
  11. CIO 1994/05/15 p56