Jack Lumsden and Tony Carroll met back in 1968, but it was in 1970 that the duo finally shook hands in a partnership deal that would go on to shape construction across the North East. An ex-colliery worker from Esh Winning and an Irishman from Tipperary, embarked on the Lumsden & Carroll journey that has gone from strength-to-strength over the last 50 years.
Throughout the week a packed news schedule will delve into the history and heritage of Lumsden & Carroll to mark the official 50th anniversary of the civil engineering company.
From the first set of accounts in 1974 publishing a turnover of £16,277.04, fast forward to the late 1990s when a deal with Michael Hogan sealed the merger of Lumsden & Carroll, Deerness Fencing & Landscaping and Dunelm Homes, when Esh Group was born.
While Jack and Tony retired by 2002, they remain on the board of directors and have watched the multimillion-pound contracts roll in. With Esh Group’s turnover surpassing £230 million and Lumsden & Carroll maintaining a healthy pipeline of work for national housebuilders, we look forward to the next 50 years.
A company that has been run for 50 years and still going strong has provided a lot of jobs and provided futures for many people, so I would say that alone is a magnificent achievement.