The original founder of the business is pictured in black and white, standing proudly with his hands on his hips, wearing a shirt and tie. In the background is a retro sign with the company name, Fitzpatrick, and a vintage digger.

Celebrating over 100 years

VolkerFitzpatrick has a long history of success, built on extraordinary and dedicated people. From humble beginnings in 1921, as stone and materials contractor ‘Fitzpatrick & Son’, we have steadily grown our business, expanding into new sectors and developing our expertise, to become one of the leading engineering and construction companies in the UK.

Black and white vintage photo showing VolkerFitzpatrick team doing road works outside Big Ben and Parliament in London around the 1940s.

This was shot around the 1940s when the VolkerFitzpatrick team was working on the road next to Big Ben and Parliament in London.

In 1883, Patrick Fitzpatrick travelled from Cork to London to become a street mason. Patrick's son, John Martin, followed in his father's footsteps. In 1921, John started Fitzpatrick & Son with plans to establish a successful family business. By 1930, they were acknowledged specialists in concrete paving, with a reputation for innovation, and on 29 April 1938 the first Fitzpatrick company was registered with Companies House.

The 1940s saw us take on a growing number of highways improvement schemes, before adding the airports sector to our portfolio in the 1950s. By the 1960s we were taking on larger, higher-profile civil engineering projects, such as runway paving at Heathrow Airport. In 1967 Fitzpatrick & Son was taken over by the Limmer Group.

Then, in 1971, Tarmac Construction Ltd acquired Fitzpatrick & Son Ltd. They held the paving contracts for the City of London and the City of Westminster for many years. We also established our site in Hoddesdon during the 1970s, where our head office is still based today.

Black and white photo of the VolkerFitzpartick construction team in 1967 moving the Queen Victoria statue as part of the works on Blackfriars Bridge.

This photo was taken in 1967 when the VolkerFitzpatrick team was moving the Queen Victoria statue as part of the works on Blackfriars Bridge. 

The 1980s saw Patrick Fitzpatrick (the son of John Martin Fitzpatrick) re-acquire the business and Fitzpatrick PLC was formed, delivering civil engineering, building and asphalt operations. Our highways maintenance expertise also really began to flourish, forming the start of a division that would later become VolkerHighways. Following several high-profile, London building projects and the rise of our rail capability during the 1990s, the arrival of the new millennium brought more changes for our now multidisciplinary business. We officially joined Royal VolkerWessels in 2004, rebranding as ‘VolkerFitzpatrick’, shortly before our appointment to work on the iconic Olympic Park, ahead of the 2012 Games.

In 2021, VolkerFitzpatrick celebrated its 100th anniversary. Today, our business operates in the civil engineering, building and rail and infrastructure sectors, as a highly respected, multidisciplinary contractor, turning over more than £600 million per year and employing almost 1,000 people.

HS2 Ltd launch the enormous tunnel boring machine (TBM) Florence from HS2’s South Portal in Hertfordshire

This photo was taken in May 2021. It was a historic moment when the enormous HS2 tunnel boring machine (TBM) Florence was launched from the South Portal in Hertfordshire. The first two TBMs were operated by HS2’s main works contractor, Align – a joint venture of three international and privately-owned infrastructure companies, including VolkerFitzpatrick. Align is constructing the C1 route of the HS2 project which includes Colne Valley Viaduct and Chiltern Tunnels. 


We’re proud to deliver work of all sizes, from smaller schemes, to some of the most significant construction projects in the UK and, whilst we continue to reach ever greater heights, we also remain grounded by our roots. Whatever the future holds, we’re ready to work hard, adapt and grow, as we’ve been doing since 1921.

  • Our core values

    We pride ourselves on our proven track record of success and the skills and experience our people bring to the projects we undertake.

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  • Leadership team

    Our thriving business is led by a group of dedicated industry professionals who bring together a wide range of skills and experience that provide clients with the peace of mind that their projects are in safe hands.

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  • Supply chain

    VolkerFitzpatrick recognises the need to establish and maintain strong working relationships with its valued supply chain partners to build integrated teams early in the procurement process with the appropriate skills, experience and capability to deliver exceptional value solutions. 

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  • Awards

    VolkerFitzpatrick's reputation for delivering successful projects has been recognised through the winning of a wide variety of respected awards from across the industry. 

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