History & Background

Howard Civil Engineering Ltd (HCE) was founded in 2003 by Michael Howard and specialises in Substructure, Superstructure and Infrastructure Works, and carry out projects for both end user clients and main contractors.

Michael was from a construction family and showed an early interest in the industry particularly in groundwork’s and drainage, encouraged by his father and often made it to site on weekends and holidays. Once he completed his studies he soon obtained employment and worked for a number of contractors and sub-contractors, taking on as many roles as possible, from Engineer to Contracts Manager.

Having witnessed various companies’ cultures he had a genuine belief that there was a clear gap in the sector for consistently delivering its clients requirements. As such he believed he could offer something different to traditional specialist contractors by creating a positive culture and harmony within his business that could be translated to a better customer proposition than currently available.

From a start-up business with no external funding Michael has overseen the business from infancy and has grown the business organically year on year and by its 10 year anniversary had achieved an annual turnover in excess of £15million. He has achieved this by creating a strong management team who believe they are stakeholders of the business as opposed to employees, and embrace his and the company’s ethos, drive and motivation.  


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