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BAM Ritchies


  • Edmund Nuttall commenced trading in 1865 – BAM Nuttall
  • Ritchies Equipment Ltd. commenced in 1963
  • Edmund Nuttall Ltd acquired 51% share of Ritchies in mid 1960s
  • Edmund Nuttall became a wholly owned subsidiary of HBG in 1978
  • Ritchies became a division of Edmund Nuttall in 1986
  • HBG became part of Royal BAM in 2002 and Ritchies was rebranded as BAM Ritchies and Edmund Nuttall had a name change to BAM Nuttall.

Our development may be summarised as follows:-

  • Ritchies initially providing drilling and blasting services
  • Diversified into rock stabilisation in early 1970’s
  • In the early 1980s developed into exploratory drilling
  • Continued to widen scope of geotechnical capability through 1990’s
  • Acquisition of Concrete Techniques company in 2000
  • Opened three new offices 2000 to 2003
  • UKAS Accreditation for laboratory services
  • One of select specialists with ISO 9001:2008 for all activities
  • One of select specialists with ISO 14001:2004 for all activities
  • One of select specialists with BS OHSAS18001:2007 for all activities
  • One of select specialists with Gold accreditation by the Investors in People organisation
  • BAM Ritchies passed the 500,000,000 tonnes of rock blasted since it has been in business in 2006. Total is now over 650,000,000 tonnes.
  • BAM Ritchies is the largest Drilling and Blasting contractor in the UK
  • BAM Ritchies currently blasts about 36 million tonnes of rock per annum
  • Our turnover has risen from about £8 million per annum in 1999 to about £60 million in 2013
  • BAM Ritchies has won many awards in recent years - for details please see the awards summary
  • 2009 CN Specialist of the Year
  • 2014 Ground Engineering Contractor of the Year