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VolkerFitzpatrick has a long history of success, built on extraordinary and dedicated people. The firm was founded in 1921 as a civil engineering company by a dynamic self-starter, John Fitzpatrick but it was his son, Patrick who really put the business on the map. In the early days, much of their work took place in London and Fitzpatrick & Son built a formidable reputation through several high profile projects. These included the reconstruction of Parliament Square and repaving the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Today, VolkerFitzpatrick has evolved and grown into a respected multi-disciplinary privately owned contractor meeting the demands of today's construction industry and in 2021 the business is proud to be celebrating its 100th anniversary. 


1883 - 1921

  • In 1883, Patrick Fitzpatrick travels from Cork to London to become a street mason. Patrick's son, John Martin, follows in his father's footsteps. 


  • In 1921 John starts the Fitzpatrick & Son business. By 1930, they are acknowledged specialists in concrete paving with a reputation for innovation, and on 29 April 1938 the first Fitzpatrick company is registered with Companies House to take forward the business John has created.

1967 - 1981

  • Fitzpatrick & Son is taken over by the Limmer Group. Then, in 1971 Tarmac Construction Ltd acquires Fitzpatrick & Son Ltd from the Limmer Group. They hold the paving contracts for the City of London and the City of Westminster for many years.

1981 - 2003

  • Patrick Fitzpatrick (the son of John Martin Fitzpatrick) re-acquires the business and Fitzpatrick PLC is formed, delivering civil engineering, building and asphalt operations.

2004 - 2009

  • Fitzpatrick is acquired by Royal Volker Wessels Stevin nv, a €4.4bn turnover construction company operating in Europe, Canada and the USA. In 2009 Fitzpatrick is rebranded as VolkerFitzpatrick under the umbrella of VolkerWessels UK.


  • VolkerFitzpatrick is proud to be celebrating its 100th anniversary


  • The business operates in the civil engineering, building and rail sectors as a highly respected multi-disciplinary UK contractor turning over more than £500m per year and employing over 850 people.