From our humble beginnings as a local stone working business to our position today as one of the most respected names in the UK housebuilding industry, the importance of a strong brand has always been a top priority.
As we launch our fresh new corporate logo and colour scheme, we take a look back at the history of the company through the years...
From small acorns...
The origins of Taylor Wimpey date right back to 1880 when we started life as George Wimpey, a small stone working business in Hammersmith. Before long, George Wimpey and Company was carrying out major building and road projects throughout London.
Within just 30 years the business had become a well-regarded company, amongst other things winning the contract to build the 80,000-seater White City Stadium which hosted the 1908 Olympic Games.
The stone merchants was bought by Godfrey Way Mitchell (later Sir Godfrey Mitchell) in 1919 from the Wimpey family and he renamed it George Wimpey & Co Ltd.
The Taylor family
In 1921, Frank Taylor (later Lord Taylor of Hadfield) borrowed money to build two houses in Blackpool at the age of just 16. His uncle Jack Woodrow lent his name to the company, Taylor Woodrow.
Frank moved to London in 1930, and by the time the Second World War began, the company was building more than 1,000 homes a year, before securing contracts relating to the war effort, such as building airfields and factories.
The start of a happy partnership
The first project Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey worked on together was the construction of London Airport, now Heathrow, in 1946. Almost 50 years on – in 1994 – the companies would come together again for the Channel Tunnel project, for which George Wimpey was a founder member of the project consortium and Taylor Woodrow the civil engineers.
2007 was the year when the two housebuilding giants merged to form Taylor Wimpey. Today, Taylor Wimpey builds more than 10,000 new homes a year across the UK.
This summer we are launching a fresh new brand, featuring a more contemporary look and feel and helping us to truly stand out from our competitors.
Here we take a look back at how our brand has evolved...