Celebrating 160 Years
At John Laing, we celebrated our 160th anniversary in 2008. It was in 1848 that our founder, James Laing, grandfather of the eponymous John, first started his business as a local builder in a village near Carlisle, in the north of England.
For more than 160 years we have grown from our humble beginnings of fixing gutters and plastering walls to undertake multi-million pound projects until, in 2001, we sold off our construction and house building businesses to concentrate on investments procured through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Consequently, in the John Laing which operates in the 21st Century global economy, we combine our skill in the management of development risk, project financing, asset management and operations with those of our chosen partners. This has led toJohn Laing establishing an enviable reputation as a market leader in the privately financed form of infrastructure renewal and modernisation now recognised as a key element of public sector procurement policy.
Although James would no longer recognise the business models on which the global company now operates, the same core principles of innovation, flexibility and reliability are the cornerstones on which the Company is founded and the qualities by which our customers have, for over more than a century and a half, come to know us.