Our History


Operating from regional offices around the country, we can manage both small and large developments, with the expertise gained across a history of over 130 years.In total the Group, whose registered office is in Longfield, Kent, employs more than 500 staff, many of whom are specialists from a broad range of professions.

Regeneration

We are also specialists in regeneration schemes that are revitalising many of the UK's towns and cities. Working closely and in partnership with a wide range of housing associations, councils and other public sector agencies, we are providing affordable, quality homes, in sustainable, brownfield 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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