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Trollope and Colls

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1903 Amalgamation of the George Trollope and Sons with the Colls and Sons building business as George Trollope and Sons and Colls and Sons[1], otherwise known as Trollope and Colls

1914 Builders, contractors, decorators and furnishers. [2]

George Haward Trollope served as joint chairman until 1910 with Howard Colls, who had a great technical understanding of reinforced concrete, structural steel, and other innovations in construction.

1910 Following Howard Colls's death George Trollope became sole chairman.

Dr Oscar Faber was recruited as the firm's first chief engineer.

WWI The company constructed factories, hospitals, camps, aerodromes, and an aeroplane factory at Oldham which was the largest in Britain under a single roof (covering 6 acres).

Post WWI construction of several large banks, including the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank building at a cost of £1 million.

1924 George Trollope retired.


1967 Merged the stone-masonry subsidiary with that of Bath and Portland Group[3]

1968 Acquired by Trafalgar House[4]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. The Times, June 6, 1967
  4. The Times, Jan 30, 1968