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Kershaw Group

Multi-disciplined building services, exemplary performance, outstanding client satisfaction

1887

T R Freeman is founded to carry out plumbing and roofing repairs for Cambridge University colleges

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1946

Kershaw Mechanical Services is founded, later becoming a limited company in 1954

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1955

T R Freeman becomes a Contractor to the Ministry of Works, War Office, Air Ministry and Local Authorities

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1958

Kershaw Mechanical Services diversifies its business by starting a Service & Maintenance Division

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1971

Eddie Bird, who is the current Chairman of Kershaws, joins the Group

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1972

Freeman Insulation is founded in the wake of the Gulf energy crisis, becoming a notable provider in the energy efficiency industry

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1975

T R Freeman undertakes its first lead clad steel project; Fidentia House, Chatham for Lloyds of London

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1980

T R Freeman completes the re-roof of the 23m diameter dome on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem

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1983

Kershaw Contracting Services installs loft insulation into No.10 Downing Street

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1985

Freeman Insulation expands with the acquisition of an asbestos company in Kent, in close proximity to the London area

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1985

Freeman Group changes its legal status to become a Public Limited Company (PLC)

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1986

T R Freeman completes lead clad steel on Kentigern House, the new Scottish HQ for the Ministry of Defence

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1986

Kershaw Contracting Services completes insulation works on some 50 hotels in the Trusthouse Forte Group

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1987

The Kershaw Group of multi-disciplined, construction based companies celebrates its centenary year

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1988

T R Freeman removes WW II shrapnel from the copper dome of The Old Bailey, London during its refurbishment

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1992

Kershaw Group Limited, as the company is known today, is formed from a management buyout of the contracting arm of Freeman Group

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1992

Freeman Insulation is renamed Kershaw Contracting Services Ltd, extending the scope of Kershaw branded services

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1994

T R Freeman completes the centre-piece fly tower in traditional lead on Glyndebourne Opera House

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1995

Kershaw Mechanical Services undertakes its first Mechanical installation for Cineworld, the UK’s second largest cinema chain

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1995

Kershaw Group starts sponsorship of Cambridge United Football Club, known by its fans as the U’s

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1998

Kershaw Contracting Services becomes an approved heating upgrades installer for the Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

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2000

Kershaw Contracting Services becomes an approved supplier for the Government’s new Warm Front scheme for domestic homes

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2002

Kershaw Mechanical Services secures John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose as clients

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2004

Kershaw Contracting Services is appointed by Powergen for domestic heating refurbishment works in East Anglia

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2004

Ian Greenstock is appointed Sales Director of Kershaw Mechanical Services after 25 years of service

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2005

Kershaw Mechanical Services and T R Freeman win the M&E, and roofing and cladding contracts, for the new Grand Arcade, Cambridge

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2005

Gary Webb is appointed Managing Director of T R Freeman after 30 years with the company starting as an apprentice

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2005

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins new Centre for Stem Cell Research project at Cambridge University

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2007

Kershaw Contracting Services wins prestigious asbestos removal project for the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge

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2007

Mark Finlay is appointed Group Managing Director of Kershaw Group Limited

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2007

Gary Smith is appointed Managing Director of Kershaw Mechanical Services after 28 years with the company

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2008

Accordia housing development, with copper cladding installed by T R Freeman, wins coveted RIBA Stirling Prize

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2008

Kershaw Contracting Services is appointed to the London Borough of Hackney’s Framework for housing insulation upgrades

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2009

T R Freeman expands its market place with the launch of a Flat Roofing Division

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2009

Ian Macklin is appointed Managing Director of Kershaw Contracting Services after 23 years with the company

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2009

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins the Group’s biggest order to date, valued at £8 million

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2011

Kershaw Mechanical Services launches a Special Projects Division to provide M&E services to clients with smaller projects

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2012

Kershaw Contracting Services uses abseiling teams to install insulation into high rise tower blocks for Hackney Homes

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2012

T R Freeman launches a Roofing Maintenance and Refurbishment Division in response to market demand

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2013

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins Willmott Dixon Supply Chain Partner of the Year Award

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2013

Kershaw Contracting Services achieves Green Deal Approved Installer status for ten different energy saving measures

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2013

T R Freeman scores a hat trick of project wins at the Kalzip Teamkal Awards 2013

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2013

All the Kershaw Group companies re-locate to the same premises for the first time in the Group’s history

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2013

Kershaw takes Each (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) and Magpas giving to £20,000

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2014

Kershaw Contracting Services’ Asbestos division earns the ARCA Gold Training Award achieved by only 5% of UK asbestos contractors

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2014

T R Freeman’s Paynes & Borthwick project wins Best Apartment Scheme and Best Brownfield Development in What House? Awards

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2014

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins the M&E installation into the first new build secondary school in Cambridge for more than 50 years

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2015

The Kershaw Group goes greener and reduces energy consumption with solar PV installation to its Headquarters building

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2015

Kershaw Mechanical Services demonstrates community engagement with 25 years sponsorship of the Cambridgeshire County League

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2015

Geoff Davies joins the Kershaw Group Board as a Non-Executive Director, having previously enjoyed a long career with Grant Thornton

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2016

Kershaw Mechanical Services achieves Silver member status of the Supply Chain Sustainability School

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2016

Kershaw's Asbestos division is awarded a coveted 3-year Licence by the HSE to undertake work with asbestos at its recent renewal

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2016

John O'Kane takes the reins as T R Freeman's Managing Director and Gary Webb becomes Pre-Construction Director

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2016

Kershaw Mechanical Services’ Wycombe Leisure Centre wins Best Inclusive Building, regional L A Building Control Excellence Awards

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2017

Kershaw Mechanical Services are awarded Cambridge United award for Sport in the community, "Business of the Year"

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2017

T R Freeman appoint Stephen Walker as Sales & Estimating Director.

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2017

Kershaw Contracting Services is awarded the “Gold Training Award” from ARCA

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1887

T R Freeman is founded to carry out plumbing and roofing repairs for Cambridge University colleges

history event img

1946

Kershaw Mechanical Services is founded, later becoming a limited company in 1954

history event img

1955

T R Freeman becomes a Contractor to the Ministry of Works, War Office, Air Ministry and Local Authorities

history event img

1958

Kershaw Mechanical Services diversifies its business by starting a Service & Maintenance Division

history event img

1971

Eddie Bird, who is the current Chairman of Kershaws, joins the Group

history event img

1972

Freeman Insulation is founded in the wake of the Gulf energy crisis, becoming a notable provider in the energy efficiency industry

history event img

1975

T R Freeman undertakes its first lead clad steel project; Fidentia House, Chatham for Lloyds of London

history event img

1980

T R Freeman completes the re-roof of the 23m diameter dome on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem

history event img

1983

Kershaw Contracting Services installs loft insulation into No.10 Downing Street

history event img

1985

Freeman Insulation expands with the acquisition of an asbestos company in Kent, in close proximity to the London area

history event img

1985

Freeman Group changes its legal status to become a Public Limited Company (PLC)

history event img

1986

T R Freeman completes lead clad steel on Kentigern House, the new Scottish HQ for the Ministry of Defence

history event img

1986

Kershaw Contracting Services completes insulation works on some 50 hotels in the Trusthouse Forte Group

history event img

1987

The Kershaw Group of multi-disciplined, construction based companies celebrates its centenary year

history event img

1988

T R Freeman removes WW II shrapnel from the copper dome of The Old Bailey, London during its refurbishment

history event img

1992

Kershaw Group Limited, as the company is known today, is formed from a management buyout of the contracting arm of Freeman Group

history event img

1992

Freeman Insulation is renamed Kershaw Contracting Services Ltd, extending the scope of Kershaw branded services

history event img

1994

T R Freeman completes the centre-piece fly tower in traditional lead on Glyndebourne Opera House

history event img

1995

Kershaw Mechanical Services undertakes its first Mechanical installation for Cineworld, the UK’s second largest cinema chain

history event img

1995

Kershaw Group starts sponsorship of Cambridge United Football Club, known by its fans as the U’s

history event img

1998

Kershaw Contracting Services becomes an approved heating upgrades installer for the Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

history event img

2000

Kershaw Contracting Services becomes an approved supplier for the Government’s new Warm Front scheme for domestic homes

history event img

2002

Kershaw Mechanical Services secures John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose as clients

history event img

2004

Kershaw Contracting Services is appointed by Powergen for domestic heating refurbishment works in East Anglia

history event img

2004

Ian Greenstock is appointed Sales Director of Kershaw Mechanical Services after 25 years of service

history event img

2005

Kershaw Mechanical Services and T R Freeman win the M&E, and roofing and cladding contracts, for the new Grand Arcade, Cambridge

history event img

2005

Gary Webb is appointed Managing Director of T R Freeman after 30 years with the company starting as an apprentice

history event img

2005

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins new Centre for Stem Cell Research project at Cambridge University

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2007

Kershaw Contracting Services wins prestigious asbestos removal project for the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge

history event img

2007

Mark Finlay is appointed Group Managing Director of Kershaw Group Limited

history event img

2007

Gary Smith is appointed Managing Director of Kershaw Mechanical Services after 28 years with the company

history event img

2008

Accordia housing development, with copper cladding installed by T R Freeman, wins coveted RIBA Stirling Prize

history event img

2008

Kershaw Contracting Services is appointed to the London Borough of Hackney’s Framework for housing insulation upgrades

history event img

2009

T R Freeman expands its market place with the launch of a Flat Roofing Division

history event img

2009

Ian Macklin is appointed Managing Director of Kershaw Contracting Services after 23 years with the company

history event img

2009

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins the Group’s biggest order to date, valued at £8 million

history event img

2011

Kershaw Mechanical Services launches a Special Projects Division to provide M&E services to clients with smaller projects

history event img

2012

Kershaw Contracting Services uses abseiling teams to install insulation into high rise tower blocks for Hackney Homes

history event img

2012

T R Freeman launches a Roofing Maintenance and Refurbishment Division in response to market demand

history event img

2013

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins Willmott Dixon Supply Chain Partner of the Year Award

history event img

2013

Kershaw Contracting Services achieves Green Deal Approved Installer status for ten different energy saving measures

history event img

2013

T R Freeman scores a hat trick of project wins at the Kalzip Teamkal Awards 2013

history event img

2013

All the Kershaw Group companies re-locate to the same premises for the first time in the Group’s history

history event img

2013

Kershaw takes Each (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) and Magpas giving to £20,000

history event img

2014

Kershaw Contracting Services’ Asbestos division earns the ARCA Gold Training Award achieved by only 5% of UK asbestos contractors

history event img

2014

T R Freeman’s Paynes & Borthwick project wins Best Apartment Scheme and Best Brownfield Development in What House? Awards

history event img

2014

Kershaw Mechanical Services wins the M&E installation into the first new build secondary school in Cambridge for more than 50 years

history event img

2015

The Kershaw Group goes greener and reduces energy consumption with solar PV installation to its Headquarters building

history event img

2015

Kershaw Mechanical Services demonstrates community engagement with 25 years sponsorship of the Cambridgeshire County League

history event img

2015

Geoff Davies joins the Kershaw Group Board as a Non-Executive Director, having previously enjoyed a long career with Grant Thornton

history event img

2016

Kershaw Mechanical Services achieves Silver member status of the Supply Chain Sustainability School

history event img

2016

Kershaw's Asbestos division is awarded a coveted 3-year Licence by the HSE to undertake work with asbestos at its recent renewal

history event img

2016

John O'Kane takes the reins as T R Freeman's Managing Director and Gary Webb becomes Pre-Construction Director

history event img

2016

Kershaw Mechanical Services’ Wycombe Leisure Centre wins Best Inclusive Building, regional L A Building Control Excellence Awards

history event img

2017

Kershaw Mechanical Services are awarded Cambridge United award for Sport in the community, "Business of the Year"

history event img

2017

T R Freeman appoint Stephen Walker as Sales & Estimating Director.

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2017

Kershaw Contracting Services is awarded the “Gold Training Award” from ARCA

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