BAM Nuttall

BAM Nuttall Limited (formerly known as Edmund Nuttall Limited) is a construction and civil engineering company headquartered in Camberley, United Kingdom. It has been involved in a portfolio of road, rail, nuclear, and other major projects worldwide.[1] It is a subsidiary of the Dutch Royal BAM Group.

BAM Nuttall Limited
HeadquartersCamberley, United Kingdom
Key people
Stephen Fox (CEO)
OwnerRoyal BAM Group


The company was founded by James Nuttall Snr in Manchester in 1865,[2] to undertake engineering works associated with infrastructure developments, such as the Manchester Ship Canal, which opened in 1894 and the narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, which opened in 1898.

In the 1900s and 1910s James Nuttall Snr's two sons—Sir Edmund Nuttall, 1st Baronet (1870–1923), who was made a baronet in 1922, and James Nuttall (1877–1957)—built the company into a nationwide business. In the 1920s and 1930s the company was run by Sir Edmund's son, Sir Keith Nuttall, 2nd Baronet (1901–1941), who served in the Royal Engineers in the Second World War. Other members of the family also involved were Sir Keith's brother Clive Nuttall (1906–1936) and their cousin (James Nuttall's son) Norman Nuttall (1907–1996) In 1941 Sir Keith's shares were inherited by his eight-year-old son, Sir Nicholas Nuttall, 3rd Baronet (1933–2007). During the Second World War the company was one of the contractors engaged in building the Mulberry harbour units.[3]

Folklore has it that in 1962, during the mortgage crisis, Lady Nuttall called in the General Manager of the then Abbey National Building Society and placed a £2 million fixed deposit, with instructions to ensure that any Edmund Nuttall staff were to be assured a mortgage whilst moving from one contract to another. Once staff joined, they remained more or less lifelong with Nuttall, they were extremely well treated and looked after, especially in adversity.

Until 1978, Dulux Paints actually had a colour shade called 'Nuttall Green' - such was the firm's gravitas. After 1979, the green has changed to a somewhat lighter shade.

In 1978 the company was bought by Hollandsche Beton Groep (later HBG), a Dutch group, and in 2002 HBG was acquired by Royal BAM Group.[2]

On 10 October 2008 Edmund Nuttall Limited changed its name to BAM Nuttall Limited.[4]

Major projects

The company built the Liver Building completed in 1911[5] and was later involved in projects to build the Queensway Tunnel under the Mersey completed in 1932,[5] the Dartford Tunnel completed in 1963,[5] the Tyne Tunnel completed in 1967,[5] the Kingsway Tunnel completed in 1971 (headed by D S Lawrenson FICE),[6] the Liverpool Merseyrail Underground Loop Railway, now called Wirral Line, (headed by Peter Naylor FICE) 1972-78, opened by HM The Queen, (The Loop was one of the most challenging contracts ever on account of major labour unrest and tight Liverpool city centre working), the Medway Tunnel completed in 1998,[7] High Speed 1 completed in 2007[8] and the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway completed in 2011.[9] Nuttall were also involved in several projects for the 2012 Summer Olympics including, soil remediation[10] and civils works in the South of the Park.[11] The company is also involved in the construction of the Crossrail railway line in the UK.[12]

Climate protest

On 5 June 2005, following their bid for a contract to construct the Kingsnorth power station, the company headquarters in Camberley, Surrey were invaded by climate protesters.[13] Thirteen protesters took part in invading the offices, asking to speak about the chairman, distributing leaflets and unfurling a banner. The action resulted in five arrests;[14] however the cases were thrown out with no case to answer.[15]

See also


  1. "The Company website". BAM Nuttall website. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010.
  2. BAM Nuttall: History Archived 8 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Hartcup, p. 94
  4. Royal Bam Group to rebrand HBG and Edmund Nuttall Building, 1 August 2008
  5. Sir Nicholas Nuttall - obituary
  6. ICE Virtual tour
  7. Rochester Bridge Trust Archived 16 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. High Speed 1 List of Contractors Archived 1 October 2008 at Archive-It
  9. Council anger over further busway delays
  10. "Clean up teams for Olympic Park site appointed" (Press release). Olympic Delivery Authority. 15 June 2006. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  11. "Companies announced for first Olympic Park infrastructure contracts" (Press release). Olympic Delivery Authority. 24 January 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  12. "BAM Nuttall starts excavation on Crossrail's Acton dive-under". The Construction Index. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  13. "Climate protest targets engineers". BBC News. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  14. "Five arrests in Camberley climate protest". GetSurrey. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  15. "All charges relating to TVCA action at Bam Nuttall thrown out due to there being "no case to answer". Woo!". 5 June 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.


  • Hartcup, Guy (2011). Code Name Mulberry: The Planning Building and Operation of the Normandy Harbours. Pen & Sword Military. ISBN 978-1848845589.
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