50 Years of Osborne

Osborne has launched a search for a charitable community project to build as part of its plans to mark its 50th anniversary this year.

The Reigate-based contractor was founded on 7 March 1966 by civil engineer, Geoffrey Osborne, and has grown over the past five decades to become one of the country’s leading contractors, providing construction, rail, health, education, civil engineering and housing works across the southern half of the UK.

Andrew Osborne, Chairman of Osborne, said: “Although we have grown far beyond my father’s greatest expectations, we remain a family business. Our values are at the core of everything we do and we recognise our responsibility to the communities in which we live and work.  We see our 50th birthday as the perfect opportunity to give something back.”

In addition to the search for a building project to extend a hospice, a day centre or similar community facility, Osborne is giving all employees an extra day’s holiday in 2016.

Andrew said: “Our business is built on understanding our customers’ needs and providing them a first class service to meet those needs -this is how we have grown our reputation. That reputation is entirely due to the hard work, dedication and innovation of our colleagues and their personal commitment to our customers across the business, day in, day out.”
“This is why I am delighted we are giving everyone an extra day’s holiday as part of our 50th celebrations. There will be a number of events to mark our anniversary around the country, and my senior colleagues and I will be visiting all our sites and we would love to hear from people how they are spending their day off.”

Andy Steele, Chief Executive of Osborne, said: ‘I began my career at Osborne as a trainee Quantity Surveyor and am very proud to be part of the team as the company celebrates its 50th birthday.

“As a business, we have built over £5billion of projects, both big and small, over the past five decades. These include some remarkable jobs, such as the Armed Forces Memorial, the Portsmouth Waste to Energy centre, the LSE’s New Academic Building and Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, and marvellous engineering feats such as the Shortlands Junction box slide and Leigh Road Bridge in Slough. But all our projects, whatever their size or prestige, have been important to the people who commissioned them; the people who have built them; and those people who have used them, and they have all have helped us grow as a business.”

Andrew Osborne added: “The purpose of our business is building to improve people’s lives.  From new homes, hospitals, workplaces, schools, college and university buildings, to the infrastructure for faster, safer more comfortable journeys on our roads and railways, to new kitchens bathrooms and repairs for social housing tenants, our work has a direct impact on society.  The Osborne family is incredibly proud of the business and all it has achieved in its first 50 years. We can’t wait to see what new heights it can scale in the next 50.”