Our History

Bovis Homes is one of the UK’s leading home builders; employing specialists from a broad range of disciplines means we have the experience and expertise to manage housing and mixed use projects of all sizes from start to finish.

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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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


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


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


Bovis Homes became the second largest housebuilder in the UK


New homes completions reached 2659


Bovis Homes became part of the P&O Group


Bovis Homes Retirement Living was established


West country builder Britannia Homes was acquired


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.


Bovis Homes acquired Elite Homes in the north of England


Head office moved from New Ash Green to Kings Hill

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