From modest beginnings in a small fishing village in southern Sweden more than 125 years ago, Skanska is now one of the world’s leading project development and construction companies, employing about 57,000 employees.
Established as Aktiebolaget Skånska Cementgjuteriet in 1887, the new business specialised in manufacturing concrete products. Within ten years it had become a fully-fledged construction company playing a key role in building Sweden’s infrastructure. Its first international order came in 1897 – for concrete blocks that carried telephone cables to Leeds, Liverpool and Bradford.
The company was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange A-list in 1965 and, in 1971, entered the USA, now its largest market. The company’s name changed to Skanska in 1984.
In the 1990s, Skanska established itself in Europe and South America and started to develop commercial and residential properties.
Through organic growth and a string of successful acquisitions Skanska became a global company. Today, the company operates around the world in selected home markets in Europe and the US, Skanska is headquartered in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.
Skanska in the UK
Skanska employs more than 5,000 people in the UK and is one of the country’s leading contractors, with expertise in design, construction, operations and maintenance. We work collaboratively with customers, partners
and our supply chain to make a positive difference to society. Skanska established its UK base in 2000 and is now a leader in public private partnerships (PPP), construction, civil engineering, utilities and building services.
|1778 - Trollope and Colls established in the London construction market.
||2000 - Skanska acquires Kvaerner Construction and Skanska UK is born.
|1887 - Aktiebolaget Skanska Cementgjuteriet established in Sweden.
||2006 - Skanska buys utilities business McNicholas which becomes part of the UK business.
|1968 - Trafalgar House acquires Trollope and Colls.
||2012 - Skanska celebrates its 125-year anniversary.
|1996 - Kvaerner buys Trafalgar House.
||2013 - Skanska acquires Atkins Highways Services, which becomes part of Skanska UK.