Bison gets bigger with Forterra, as firm set to double its precast concrete offering

One of the most recognised names in precast concrete, Bison, is now part of Forterra, thanks to a £20m acquisition which sees the company grow as a leading UK precast concrete manufacturer, as it takes on nearly 200 Bison employees.

The Swadlincote-based Bison, founded by Royal Engineers in 1919 and responsible for an array of iconic products, from pillboxes in the Second Word War to the terraces of Old Trafford and the new Wembley Stadium, is to continue as Bison Precast, part of Forterra.

The Bison Precast brand will expand to cover Forterra’s existing precast concrete facilities at both the Hoveringham and Somercotes sites.

The announcement is the result of the £20m acquisition of Bison’s trade and assets by Forterra from multinational construction company Laing O’Rourke. The overall production volume of Bison Precast under Forterra is to effectively double, making it one of the biggest precast concrete manufacturers in the country, and the largest in terms of precast flooring.

This expansion means the 195 existing staff at Bison in Swadlincote will join forces and share expertise with the 230 staff at Forterra’s Somercotes and Hoveringham sites, who specialise in precast concrete solutions for all sectors of the construction industry.

Matthew Clay, Managing Director of Bespoke Products Divison , said:

“We are proud to be able to continue and build upon the long, distinguished history of Bison, a true British innovator in precast concrete for almost a century.”

Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive of Forterra, said:

“The combined manufacturing knowledge, skills and resources of Bison Precast and Forterra makes us bigger, stronger and faster, and reinforces our status as a leading precast manufacturer in the UK.”