Our history

We started out from modest beginnings, based in a small fishing village in southern Sweden more than 125 years ago. Fast forward to today, we’re now one of the world’s leading project development and construction companies. Our UK operation dates back to 1778 when London construction company Trollope and Colls was established. In 2000 we became Skanska UK.

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1778 – Trollope and Colls established in the London construction market.

1887 – Aktiebolaget Skanska Cementgjuteriet established in Sweden.

1965 – AB Skanska Cementgjuteriet is registered on the Stockholm Stock Exchange A list.

1968 – Trafalgar House acquires Trollope and Colls.

1971-1978 – Skanska Cementgjuteriet carries out its first US projects – subway systems in New York and Washington D.C.

1984 – Skanska Cementgjuteriet changes its name to Skanska.

1996 – Kvaerner buys Trafalgar House.

2000 – Skanska acquires Kvaerner Construction and Skanska UK is born.

2002 – The Skanska Code of Conduct is introduced.

2003 – Iconic London office building The Gherkin is completed

2006 – Skanska buys utilities business McNicholas which becomes part of the UK business.

2010 – Skanska awarded first Crossrail project at Royal Oak Portal. Skanska has worked on seven Crossrail projects to date, including Paddington and Bond Street stations, helping to build the new railway across London.

2011 – Skanska named ‘the greenest company in the UK’ by The Sunday Times.

2012 – Skanska celebrates its 125-year anniversary.

2013 – Skanska acquires Atkins Highways Services, which becomes part of Skanska UK.

2015 – The redevelopment of our Bentley Works facilities in Doncaster is completed – the company's first UK Deep Green building with near zero impact on the environment.

2016 – Redevelopment of St Bartholomew’s hospital in central London completes – part of a 10-year construction project which also included The Royal London Hospital.

2017 – Gregor Craig appointed President and CEO of Skanska UK.

2017 – Named as the UK’s most inclusive construction employer, one of Britain’s healthiest places to work and a top employer for social mobility.

2017 – Our work for the new HS2 railway commences, the project will mean faster journeys for passengers between Birmingham and London and create additional capacity to reduce pressure on the network.

2019 – Skanska UK commits to being carbon neutral by 2045, including our supply chain.

2019 – 51 Moorgate opens; our new office for Skanska in London. The building was developed, built and is now maintained by Skanska teams.

2021 – Skanska sells its infrastructure services business in the UK to focus more on our core capabilities in the building, infrastructure and facilities management markets.

Learn about our founder's story: Rudolf Fredrik Berg

Last updated: 23/01/2017