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Marriotts Builders
Work & Contracts
Work to 1904

Some of Robert Marriott's men building the Carlton Cinema at Raunds
The buildings behind have since been demolished.

Rushden Echo, 8th November 1912

Rushden Tender Accepted—At the meeting of the Northants Education Committee on Saturday the School Buildings Sub-Committee reported that tenders were received for the erection of the new Council School at Raunds. The tenders ranged from £5,921 13s. to £7,168, and the Sub-Committee recommended that the lowest, that of Messrs. J. G. Pullen and Sons, be accepted. Messrs. Pullen, however, stated that, having obtained the large contract for the Secondary School for Girls at Northampton, they would be unable to devote the attention to the Raunds School they would like to do, and asked to withdraw their tender. It was agreed that the next lowest tender—that of Mr. R. Marriott, of Rushden, £6,107, be accepted.

Researched by Stuart Drabble

In 1967 When the Milton Keynes Development Corporation was established in 1967 to provide a new city, centred around Bletchley, Charles Drabble’s businesses were well placed to take advantage of the new construction opportunities.  A new company, Milton Keynes Builders Ltd was formed jointly by Charles Drabble (Holdings) Ltd and Robert Marriott Ltd of Rushden. That new company secured the first large-scale building contract of the new city of Milton Keynes.  The £7M contract was awarded by the Greater London Council (GLC) acting as agents for the Bletchley Urban Council and was for the construction of 2,000 houses over a five-year period, on a 257 acre site at Water Eaton, Bletchley.

Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire Life Magazine, May 1976, transcribed by Susan Manton

Ancient and Modern

For 85 years Robert Marriott Ltd, have been privileged to fight many battles to preserve the ancient architectural masterpieces of the nation, particularly those situated in the Midlands.

The special projects division, which is controlled by our Joint Managing Director, Philip Dickens, has established a unique reputation for the meticulous restoration and reconstruction of historic buildings, such as Woburn Abbey, Hatfield House and numerous ancient churches.

Our highly skilled craftsmen also undertake the modernisation of hotels, restaurants, shops, private dwellings and public buildings.

Be the project ancient or modern, modest or mammoth, Marriotts have a national reputation for the rapid of construction of housing estates, factories, offices, schools and hotels.

Business in Northamptonshire, September 1979, transcribed by Kay Collins

Totectors' Expansion
Alan Hutchins & Eric Booth
Alan Hutchins (left) and Eric Booth
ALAN HUTCHINS (left), Managing Director of Totectors, Ltd., the UK's largest manufacturer of safety footwear, and Eric Booth, Managing Director of Robert Marriott, the Rushden-based building contractors, signing a contract for the first phase of a £½ million expansion programme for the construction of a new warehouse extension and loading bays to Totectors' existing warehouse and main office block in Duck Street, Rushden

The initial building contract, which is in the region of £250,000, will provide, in addition to the extension, a warehouse conveyor system for dispatch, loading bays, and associated external works, as well as an internal lift, sprinklers, electrics and heating.

Totectors, who are members of the GKN group of companies, regard quality and service as the two most important aspects of their business, and this contract represents the first step in extensive expansion plans.

Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire Life Magazine December 1985, transcribed by Susan Manton

Rushden Firm Builds Bedford’s New Ambulance Complex

Robert Marriott Ltd, the Rushden based building contractors, have started work on the new headquarters for the Bedfordshire Ambulance Service.

The project, valued at £783,000, comprised offices, an ambulance garage, and training wing at Hammond Road on the Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford. The new complex, designed and funded by the North Wing Thames Regional Health Authority, is expected to open in April 1987.

At a “Sod-Cutting” ceremony to mark the start of building work, Mr. Tony Norman, Managing Director of Robert Marriott Ltd, invited Mr. Peter Cushing, Chairman of the Joint Ambulance Liaison Committee (which oversees the service on behalf of the managing authority North Bedfordshire Health Authority and the South Bedfordshire Health Authority) to cut the first turf.

For Robert Marriott Limited this contract is the latest in a long line of prestigious contracts undertaken in the Bedford area. Recent schemes include the upgrading of operating theatre suites at the General Hospital (North Wing) and the reconstructed Midland Road Station and Amenities Building for British Rail and Phases 1 and 2 of the Brewery Development at Havelock Street for Charles Wells.

Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire Life Magazine January 1986, transcribed by Susan Manton

Craftsmanship Award for Rushden Firm

Robert Marriott Limited, the Rushden based building contractors have received the Craftmanship Award from the Bedfordshire Association of Architects for Brickwork at a recently completed contract at the Cranfield Institute of Technology.

Certificates for the bricklayers who undertook the work were presented to Mr. Geoff Collier, Site Agent for the Project.

The award reflects the company’s continued emphasis on quality in their building work being but one of a series conferred on them.

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