The original company, Ritchies Equipment Limited began trading
in 1963. During work on Scottish Hydro schemes in the mid
1960’s Edmund Nuttall Limited became a 51 percent shareholder.
In the early 1970’s MQS Drilling, based in Clevedon
was aquired. Then in 1978 when HBG acquired Edmund Nuttall
Limited, Ritchies became a wholly owned subsidiary. Ritchies
became a division of Edmund Nuttall Limited in 1986 and together
with Scottish Civils moved to the present location in Kilsyth.
The Founding Directors were an explosives agent and a mining
engineer. The company was formed to provide drilling and blasting
services to the mining, quarrying and civil engineering industries.
Ritchies grew until the late 1970’s providing these
services but recognised the need to diversify as major infrastructure
works reduced. Therefore, Ritchies became a major exploratory
drilling contractor to then British Coal throughout the 1980’s.
From the late 1970’s, Ritchies diversified into rock
stablisation and rock anchoring. The company then purchased
assets of local site investigation contractor in 1984. Ritchies
continued to diversify and widen scope of geotechnical activities
through the 1990’s.
In 1999 a new office opened at Wigan, this was shortly followed
by the acquisition of a sprayed concrete company, which relocated
to Wigan in 2000. After the succesful completion of several
contracts in the Republic of Ireland Ritchies opened a Dublin
office in 2002.
With an increasing workload emanating from London & the
South East Ritchies further strengthened the regional network
in 2003 with the opening of a base at Crayford near Erith
Following a number of overseas contracts including the prestigious
Gibraltar Eastside Catchment contracts, BAM Ritchies overseas
reputation continues to grow with an increasing volume of
The completion of a £20 million complex investigation
and grouting programme of Dounreay for DSRL (formally UKAEA)
further demonstrates BAM Ritchies ability to undertake major
technically demanding projects.
Turnover in 2011 reached £55 million. This was another
year of continual growth achieved over the last decade. Employee
numbers are now in excess of 350 with over fifty items of
modern specialist plant.