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JN Bentley celebrates its 50th anniversary

JN Bentley celebrates its 50th anniversary today.


The construction and engineering contractor was founded on this day (7 December) in 1972. With roots firmly in Yorkshire, it has grown in the years since and now delivers projects with valued clients in a variety of sectors across the UK.


A rich heritage


JN Bentley began life principally involved in water and sewerage works for the water authorities in Yorkshire, as well as civil engineering works with local councils.


It added general building projects to its portfolio in the mid-70s before turning its attention to civil engineering schemes such as pipelines and pumping stations.


Learn more about JN Bentley’s history on our heritage pages

Image: Learn more about JN Bentley’s history on our heritage pages

The organisation increased the range and scale of its building projects in the 1980s, working with the likes of Rolls-Royce and the Metal Improvement Company, with whom it delivered its very first £1m project.


The 1990s saw a more civil engineering-focused business once again, particularly through strengthening links with Yorkshire Water. This led to the formation of the hugely successful Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) joint venture in 1999.


MMB harnesses the design expertise of global consultancy Mott MacDonald and JN Bentley’s contracting experience to provide a fully integrated design and build service that remains a cornerstone for the company’s continued success in the water industry.


The relationship with Mott MacDonald strengthened further in 2014 when JN Bentley joined the Mott MacDonald Group; in the years since, £2bn of work has been delivered together.


The 2010s also saw the formation of a second joint venture – this time with environmental consultancy, Jeremy Benn Associates. As it closes in on its tenth birthday, JBA Bentley continues to focus on the safe and efficient delivery of low carbon solutions with the likes of the Environment Agency (EA) and Coal Authority.


JN Bentley in 2022


Today, JN Bentley can boast a varied client base, built on trust and the continued delivery of first-class projects. This includes seven of the UK’s largest water companies (Anglian Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent, Thames Water, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water), as well as the EA and Canal & River Trust, local authorities and industrial building clients such as Rolls-Royce, Procter & Gamble and Associated British Ports.


It continues to innovate, with a keen focus on digital transformation, sustainability and carbon – all whilst remaining true to its core values of directly employing people and keeping them safe and happy at work.


To mark the 50th anniversary, all colleagues were invited to company seminars across the country to celebrate all that makes JN Bentley successful

Image: To mark the 50th anniversary, all colleagues were invited to company seminars across the country to celebrate all that makes JN Bentley successful

Mott MacDonald Executive Chair, James, Harris, said, “Warm congratulations to everyone at JN Bentley on your 50th anniversary. It is a fantastic organisation with its people and clients at its heart.


“I look forward to further supporting its growth and development into the future.”


Here’s to the next 50 years!




Read our commemorative 50th anniversary brochure here:


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