The Company was founded in 1961 and became a limited company in September 1964 by brothers Hector, Stephen and Ray Walker as Walker Bros (Civil Engineering) Ltd sons of Reginald Walker. Originally operating from Edmonton, North London specialising in paving works for local authorities. The family moved to Folkestone in the late 60s which saw the Company expand its range of activities to include Highway, Structural and drainage works. Ideally placed for the expansion in East Kent in the early 70s the Company concentrated on high profile works within that area and building on new local client relationships.
In 1982 Hector Walker retired as Director. His son Raymond H Walker was appointed as Managing Director the same year. The Company enjoyed steady growth in the early 80s with new operations within Rail works and the opening of an area office in Essex, there followed a period of consolidation in the late 80s. However, the start of a new decade saw the appointment of new Directors and the opening of another area office in Surrey.
In 1996 Stephen and Raymond Walker retired as Directors, seeing the start of a new era with a mix of family and non-family Directors. The company name changed to Walker Construction (UK) Limited, this was to better reflect our move into Building and General Construction works, also at this time we moved to a new Head Office in Park Farm Road and opened new offices in Norfolk and Buckinghamshire. Additional services opened such as Traffic Management and Signing Operations.
Location – Folkestone
Folkestone remains home to Walker Construction after all these years. It is a thriving town with plenty of opportunities. Primarily Folkestone offers advantages due to its excellent transport links, as most of our work is out of the county. We also provide other services as associated divisions, for example Training, Highways, Waste and Signage. Folkestone provides us with such a diverse customer base, who return time and time again.
Advantages of Folkestone
When it comes to business it’s all about location, location, location. Walker Construction is proud to have a Folkestone postcode. A modern and changing environment on the coast offering a multitude of activities and entertainment. We love the warm family-friendly atmosphere Folkestone has to offer.
Support / Networking
Over our many years we have benefited from business networks in Folkestone. BMI, Chamber of Trade and Rotary to name a few.
Our advice would be to take a look around, what other businesses and services are in the locality you can benefit from. Building relationships is key, look to see what businesses could be your customers tomorrow. Secondly, how will the businesses enhance the lifestyle of your employees? Do employees have somewhere nice to break for lunch? What is childcare like in the area? Will your employees enjoy the area? Folkestone has so much to offer and we truly believe is a wonderful place to work and live.