R&D Construction started life in 1986 dealing in plant hire and operating as a groundwork’s and civil engineering contractor.

The founders; Richard Pratt & David Thorrold, remain heavily involved today, both operationally and in terms of ownership.

Richard & David’s extensive knowledge of their respective trades together with the support network they have built up over the years means that the business has gone from strength to strength.

The plant division supports the contracting business through the supply of a modern fleet of high quality construction plant, including fitting and maintenance services. Approximately 75% of the plant used on our sites comes from this fleet, which makes us more flexible and reactive than businesses who only use third party equipment, but also ensures that our staff become familiar with our kit, which improves efficiency and safety on site.

In early 2008 both businesses moved into a purpose built head office and plant yard complex based in Walsham Le Willows. This move has not only ‘future proofed’ growth in our trading capacity but has also improved operational efficiency and made us even more flexible.

Consistent growth resulted in the core business of groundwork’s and civil engineering being incorporated into a Limited Company in 1995. The original partnership remains in existence and continues to support the contracting business through the supply of high quality construction plant.

We currently employ approximately 200 staff along with a number of specialist sub-contractors.

By creating a training programme to promote the on-going development of our staff, we are constantly updating and improving skills and knowledge within the company. As a result we have a very low level of staff turnover and are able to provide opportunities for employees to continually progress through the company.

Through this highly skilled and dedicated workforce we can offer expertise in all aspects of civil engineering, utilities and infrastructure projects, whilst maintaining the flexibility that is required by our clients.