Our History


The original company was founded in 1885 by Charles William Bovis and became a PLC in 1997. Today it is a member of the FTSE 250 and FTSE4 Good indices.

With more than 1,000 members of staff working across seven operating regions in England, our homes stretch from Cheshire in the north to Hampshire on the south coast, and from Norfolk in the east to Cornwall in the south west.

We build everything from apartments and starter homes through to five and six bedroom family houses. We are able to deliver schemes from smaller developments of around 100 dwellings, to larger urban extensions with thousands of new homes and supporting infrastructure.

As well as building for the private market, we work closely and in partnership with a wide range of housing associations, councils and other public sector agencies, providing affordable, quality homes, in sustainable locations.

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Timeline

1885

At the age of 35, Charles William Bovis, started the company then known as CW Bovis & Co., operating as a general builder. An early example of his work, a four storey brick built residential block finished in 1893, still stands in York Street, Marylebone

1936

The Bovis School of Building opened, taking 100 trade apprentices and management trainees

1965

Bovis Homes was formed as a separate business focusing on the private housing market

1972

Bovis Homes became the second largest housebuilder in the UK

1973

New homes completions reached 2659

1974

Bovis Homes became part of the P&O Group

1986

Bovis Homes Retirement Living was established

1996

West country builder Britannia Homes was acquired

1997

Bovis Homes floated on the London Stock Exchange becoming Bovis Homes Group PLC. The flotation severed links with Bovis Construction and P&O retained operations in Florida and Germany.

2007

Bovis Homes acquired Elite Homes in the north of England

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