Our Story So Far

More than 50 years of the McGee Group – with a history of milestones
and innovations.

  • 1959
    Tom McGee founded McGee Group
  • 1963
    Formal Formation of McGee Group
  • 1965
    Tilbury Docks, Essex - Awarded first works package at Tilbury Docks which would last for 5 years
  • 1970
    Blackwall Tunnel - Bulk excavation
  • 1972
    Royal Docks, London - Recycling of demolition arisings using specialist quarrying plant - a UK 1st!
  • 1972
    McGee Fleet - Introduction of radio controlled fleet
  • 1974
    Dartford Tunnel - Bulk excavation
  • 1975
    London Bridge - Demolition of last remaining original structure (not over the river)
  • 1975
    Courage Brewery, Reading - Use of Pre-Cast Concrete Box Culvert System - a UK 1st - and bulk excavation
  • 1976
    Post Office, St Martin’s Le Grand - Use of a Skin Wall Earth Retention Scheme - a UK 1st!
  • 1977
    HMS Warrior, Northwood - Groundworks and excavation
  • 1980
    First Recycling Facility opens in the UK - Bespoke demolition and Recycling Facility opens in London
  • 1981
    Lloyds Building, Lime Street, London - Completion of original earthworks for the iconic existing structure
  • 1981
    Terminal 4, Heathrow - Completion of Heathrow T4 earthworks
  • 1982
    Standard Chartered Bank, Bishopsgate, London - Use of a Skin Wall Earth Retention Scheme
  • 1982
    Griffiths McGee formed - The UK’s first combined groundworks and demolition company is formed
  • 1984
    British Library, Euston - A Telescopic Grab is used for the first time in the UK
  • 1984
    Banque Paribas, 68 Lombard Street, London - Concrete Surgery took place for the first time in the UK
  • 1984
    Beaver House / Mansion House Station, London - First demolition in the UK that is carried out over a ‘live’ London Underground Station exposing it to the open-air for the first time
  • 1985
    Broadgate, London - The Post Tensioned Arch Retention System is used for the first time
  • 1985
    Leaning Tower of Hackney - Complete demolition to failed blow down
  • 1986
    Ronan Point, London - Demolition of the infamous tower block, Ronan Point. Comprised 22 storeys of pre-cast concrete panel construction. This was the first time in the UK that a tower crane had been used on a high rise deconstruction project
  • 1986
    No.1 St Martin’s Le Grand - Europe’s largest ever temporary works scheme at No.1 St Martin’s Le Grand. Even larger temporary works followed at Battersea Power Station
  • 1987
    Battersea Power Station - First Use of Remote Control Brokk Demolition Machine in the UK
  • 1987
    Bishopsgate Development - Demolition of station roof and structures over the ‘live’ London Liverpool Street Railway Station
  • 1988
    Monument Station - Demolition of structure over ‘live’ London Underground Station including the removal of the 19th century wrought iron and jack arch raft
  • 1989
    Chelsea & Westminster Hospital - Very large basement excavation and anchored skin walling to give unobstructed dig up to 10m deep
  • 1990
    Royal Academy of Arts - Demolition of upper galleries while the galleries below were open
  • 1990
    Ludgate Viaduct, London - Demolition of Ludgate Viaduct, including the bridge
  • 1991
    Glaxo, Stevenage - UK’s first bespoke designed and integrated H-Pile and Driven Pre-Cast Concrete Earth Retention System
  • 1991
    Daiwa House, Wood Street, London - Demolition over a ‘live’ telephone exchange
  • 1992
    Connah's Quay Power Station - Demolition of power station, including cooling towers
  • 1992
    172-182 Regent Street, London - Facade retention
  • 1995
    1 Princess Street, London - Bespoke temporary works scheme enables banking hall to remain intact and in position whilst suspended in mid air
  • 1996
    British Airways World Cargo Centre - Demolition and earthworks undertaken
  • 1997
    Tate Britain - First Use of Electric Excavator to eliminate emissions
  • 1998
    Harrods, London - UK’s first deep basement excavation using Telescopic Grab, guided by CCTV
  • 1999
    Paternoster Square, London - McGee’s own bespoke EX60 Remote controlled Demolition Machine is launched
  • 2000
    Introduction of Weigh Load Indicators - Bespoke Weigh Load Indicator is introduced on all McGee tipper trucks
  • 2003
    Wembley Stadium - Demolition of the iconic Twin Towers, followed by groundworks and foundations for the new Stadium
  • 2004
    Ascot Racecourse - Demolition of the historic Grandstand
  • 2004
    Knightsbridge, London - UK’s 1st bespoke modification of a 13 tonne excavator to use a 30 tonne attachment for RC concrete demolition
  • 2007
    Stables Market, London - Acting as Main Contractor, work begins on the redevelopment of one of Europe’s most popular tourist attractions
  • 2008
    Leadenhall Street, London - UK 1st ‘bottom up’ deconstruction of a hung structure
  • 2008
    Dock Road, London - New Recycling Facility opens
  • 2008
    Bloomberg Square, London - McGee commences work at Bloomberg Square
  • 2010
    Tottenham Court Road, London - Demolitioin of Astoria Theatre and structures adjacent to the station, in preparation for Crossrail
  • 2010
    Ibis Hotel, Gloucester - Construction of a new hotel for Accor begins
  • 2010
    Hilton Hotel, Bankside, London - As part of a JV with Galliford Try, work begins on a new 5* hotel
  • 2011
    INTO Newcastle - Work begins on new student accommodation for Balfour Beatty
  • 2011
    Bond Street Station, London - Demolition of Bond Street Station for Crossrail
  • 2011
    Heathrow Airport, T2 - Record airside muckaway of c 750,000m3
  • 2012
    New Zealand - Demolition works undertaken in earthquake-hit Christchurch, New Zealand in partnership with local contractor, MARCH
  • 2012
    Formation of McGee Networks - McGee Networks is formed to provide telecommunication services to network owners and operators
  • 2013
    Energy from waste - McGee employed as a subcontractor to Balfour Beatty to carrying out all civil and concrete works for the construction of a new household waste treatment facility in Basildon, Essex
  • 2013
    Gatwick Airport, Pier 5 - A Laser-Guided Tunnel Boring Machine is used at Gatwick Airport - the first time this ‘no dig’ solution has been used in Europe!
  • 2013
    Wimbledon - Long term partnering with Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet (AELTC) for almost 20 years