Our History

Charles Bethell established his family-owned road construction business in Manchester in 1865 to meet the growing infrastructure demands of the rapidly expanding city.

In the years since then Bethell has grown into one of the most successful construction services companies in the UK.

Today’s success is built on a long history of hard work, innovation and excellence. Our strengths include the diversity of our expertise, and our integrated approach across traditional civil engineering and multi-utility sectors. This sets us apart from others in the industry. Our highly talented multi-disciplinary teams deliver advanced solutions to our wide client base. We are proud of this history, spanning more than a century and a half, but look to future giving our teams a reminder of the need to uphold the traditions and reputation of one of the UK’s oldest and most respected civil engineering contractors.

We are proud to share our story with you.