The History of Beresford’s Flooring
In early 1968 John Beresford, a highly skilled bricklayer, was asked if he could turn his hand to installing pre-cast Tembo Beams by Richard Lees, a local pre-cast concrete beam manufacturer. John was very successful in his change of trade and soon established a reputation for providing an efficient & professional service.
Over the next few years John’s company Beresfords evolved and expanded, whilst maintaining the same high standards and hard work ethic throughout the company.
John retired in 1994 handing over to his younger brother Ralph, who maintained Beresfords’ enviable reputation whilst diversifying into new arenas, including metal decking and screeding. Ralph constantly channelled his enthusiasm into continual improvement of the working environment for his staff. He invented the Gizmo beam puller and beam rollers to reduce the need for manual handling and make the job of fixing pre-cast beams safer and easier.
In July 2000 Ralph Beresford retired and the company was taken over by John’s son Philip. Chris was subsequently appointed Managing Director and he focused the company on its core activities of installing hollow core and beam & block flooring and concentrated the company’s resources on servicing Bison Precast requirements and building a closer working relationship. A successful example of this collaboration was Port Talbot hospital where Bison Precast won the contract to supply and install over 40,000 m of deep beam flooring under an existing floor. Beresford’s invented the Beam Carriage, a sliding counterweight machine, to safely install the 6 metre, 300kg beams manually; the job was finished ahead of schedule with no bad backs!
Beresfords have always looked at ways to protect its workforce, in late 2000 we were one of the first companies to recognise the potential for safety air bags in the pre-cast industry, purchasing their first bags in November 2000. In early 2001 Bison Precast purchased a large quantity of bags to service its own workforce nationwide. Beresford’s took over the Bison Precast air bag subsidiary in July 2005 and continue to work closely together to ensure Bison Precast sites are among the safest to work on in the industry.
Beresfords are constantly innovating new products to solve construction problems. After many enquiries from people seeing our products on site, we decided to set up MASSOLUTIONS to market some of the products, winning two awards for innovation at our first exhibition at SED 2007.
From starting with just one gang in 1968, Beresford’s has grown to employ over 50 staff nationwide, offering unique nationwide labour provision to fulfil customers requirements anywhere in England, Wales and Scotland. The company strives to have the best trained air baggers and pre-cast fixers in the industry and are a major contributor to the Precast Flooring Federation Safety Committee and National Precast Flooring Training Scheme (NVQ training scheme).