Our history

Our expertise

Bovis Homes is experienced in all areas of property development. Unlike many other developers, we have the necessary in-house experience to see a project through from start to finish. From surveying and engineering to town planning and legal, we work on a variety of projects including private housing, partnership development and mixed use.

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.


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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Our history

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