Established 1921

1920's

1921

R G Carter Ltd was founded: located in a small workshop on Low Road, Drayton, Norwich, initially starting work on domestic housing projects.

The original workshop still exists today, used as part of Carter Academy for carpentry training.

1923

First major contract: Norwich City Corporation to construct 300 homes on the Mile Cross Council Estate, Norwich.

This estate and others were built as part of the UK housing scheme ‘Homes for Heroes’, offering better living conditions for returning soldiers.

 

1928

R G Carter was listed in the Norwich Telephone Directory.

The telephone number for the office in Low Road was “Drayton 16”.

1930's

1932

The Artichoke public house; one of the many recognisable pubs built by R G Carter across Norwich city during this era.

Built during a period of rapid social change, and a rise in the need for community buildings. Other pubs included Constitution Tavern on Constitution Hill, and the Barn, at the foot of Grapes Hill.

1935

Mr R G Carter purchased Herbert Bullen & Son Ltd. of Cromer, an established building business with joinery shop.

1940's

Post WWII

Contracted to help build a series of prefabricated buildings across Norfolk, R G Carter helped reconstruct damaged homes across Norwich.

The work was part of Churchill’s temporary housing programme, the Emergency Factory Made Scheme ( EFMS ) for returning British soldiers and homeless families.  

1946

Celebration of the company’s Silver Jubilee.

To commemorate this, R G Carter held formal dinner which also celebrated the welcome home for returning soldiers.

1949

R G Carter relocated to larger purpose built buildings on Drayton High Road in Norwich.

The site remains the company’s registered office and home to R G Carter Drayton.

1950's

1950

SECOND GENERATION

18th December: Bob Carter becomes Managing Director.

1954

Bob Carter visits Toronto to look at Canadian building styles and methods, including the use of concrete in buildings and trends in industrial architectural design.

He returned in 1971 to look at further building development.

By 1955

R G Carter are now the largest building company in Norfolk, subsidiaries including Bullens, Fishers, Blackburns and Drayton Stone Pits.

 

1957

First multi-million contract: Factory built in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, for famous soup brand, Campbell’s.

First office in Kings Lynn opened alongside this contract.

1960's

1963

The start of a long lasting client relationship with the University of East Anglia, building educational blocks, a medical centre, banks, shops and offices across the 60’s and 70’s.

1968

Bob Carter, due to a passion for supporting his employees and developing a skilled workforce, appointed the first Group Training Officer to place focus on company training and to develop a comprehensive Group Training Scheme.

1969

Norfolk County Hall completed and officially opened the following year by HRH The Queen, greeted by Bob Carter.

1970's

1970

R G Carter Group acquired John Youngs.

John Youngs and Son founded in the mid-19th century renowned builders of many prestigious landmarks in the City of Norwich, including Thorpe Station, The Royal Hotel and the Royal Arcade.

1971

R G Carters Golden Jubilee anniversary marking 50 years of success.

1972

Due to the expansion of Blackburns into commercial and industrial work, an office was opened at Hampton Road, in Ipswich .

The company expanded into a site at St Nicholas Street in 1988 and then later moved to Belfry Road in 2007.

1973

Boughton Builders of Thetford became R G Carter Thetford.

1978

R G Carter built the first major building designed by the now renowned architect Sir Norman Foster, The Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts at UEA.

The building won several awards including Ambrose Congreve Award for Architecture.

1979

First of the new Norwich City Football Club stadium stands, The River End, is completed.

R G Carter go on to build all four main stands and corner links across the next two decades; City Stand ( 1988 ), Barclay Stand ( 1992 ) and South Stand ( 2004 ), which replaces that first built by the company in 1935.

1980's

The company started to develop expertise in retail, winning contracts for a variety of major retail stores and supermarkets in line with expanding store sizes.

Stores included those for Tesco, Sainsburys, Woolworths and Littlewoods.

1981

3rd GENERATION

Robert Carter becomes Group Chairman

His belief was that the company’s strength was its building expertise, skilled work force and trustworthy reputation.                                

1983

An office was opened in Peterborough, at 5 Cowgate.

Prior to this, the King’s Lynn company carried out contracts in Peterborough. The company later, due to expansion, moved to new premises at Padholme Road East.

1983

New Hangar at Cambridge Airport for Marshalls was built, which included a new office block and ancillary buildings, drainage and new taxi-way link up to the runway. At the time this was Europe’s largest single span aircraft hangar.

Later in summer of 2000, the company also built the control tower.

1987

Won contract to build the new terminal building at Norwich City Airport.

This was opened by The Queen Mother on 25th July, 1988.

1990's

1990’s

The rise in Business Parks in the decade, led to the company working on a variety of projects around Norwich, such as Norwich Business Park, St Andrews Business Park and Longwater Business Park.

1992

Refurbishment of Maitland Robinson Library at Downing College completed, with a new library also built at St Johns College to create more space for the College’s valuable books and manuscripts.

2000's

2001

Official opening of the award-winning, city landmark, the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Forum, designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners.

Built to replace the original library, destroyed by fire in 1994 and opened by HRH The Queen in her Golden Jubilee year.  

2004

Norwich Cathedral entrusted the build of its new Refectory to R G Carter, the most significant structure added to the building since the middle ages.

Designed by Hopkins and Partners, the building was praised by the Fine Art Commission for grafting the future on to the past, enhancing not harming it.

2005

R G Carter Projects was established at existing offices at Bury St Edmunds on Out Westgate.

2005

FOURTH GENERATION

Robert (Rob) Carter, eldest son of Robert Carter, joins the company following the completion of his Masters degree in Engineering.  

2006

The company’s training centre becomes Carter Academy, its location remaining at the original founding location in Low Road, Drayton.

The original wood workshop is still used today for carpentry training.

2008

FOURTH GENERATION

James Carter, second son of Robert Carter, joined the company having completed a degree in Architectural History.

2008

The Environmentally Award winning EPIC centre was built on the Lincolnshire Showground for the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society. This demonstrated key green technologies, allowing visitors to explore new technologies and encouraging to help develop a low carbon world.

2009

Fisher & Sons (Fakenham) Limited merged with H.Bullen & Sons (Cromer), to become Fisher Bullen Limited.

2010's

2010

Norwich City’s War Memorial Works completed to face City Hall with restored gardens and more fitting.

2011

First office in Northampton opened at Malsor House on Gayton Rd.

2016

King’s Lynn Innovation Centre ( KLIC ) became home to new and growing businesses, was the largest brownfield regeneration project ever handled in West Norfolk.

This landmark building, on its 120 acre site, was designed to support new and growing businesses.

2016

Completion of the UEA, Blackdale Phase 1, 514-bed residential development, known to students as Hickling House and Barton House.

The building comprises of two residential blocks, arranged around a central courtyard, with a café, launderette and office provision.  

2017

The completion of the Aerospace Integrated Research Centre for Cranfield University, who partnered with Rolls-Royce and Airbus to provide a new Aerospace Integration Research Centre.

New offices built in Chelmsford, as R G Carter continues to expand its services nationally.

New offices at Attleborough, Norfolk, created to house R G Carter Engineering on one site for the first time; GM Piling, Ground Technology Services, Civil Engineering.

STILL BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE