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Charles Boot headed the efforts of company to obtain various government contracts during the war period. It is rather an achievement that 1000 military buildings and over 50 miles of roads were constructed within one year during Great War. During the years 1919 – 1939 inter-war period, Henry Boot built over 80,000 houses which were more than any other contractor in United Kingdom. Henry Boot Plc under the leadership of Charles Boot developed Pinewood Studios at Heatherden Hall, Iver, Buckinghamshire during 1936, which was based on the layout and practice of USA film studio. The company acquired Baldry, Yerburgh and Hutchinson Limited and Flettons Limited and company started to undertake all types of construction work, large and small, both for the public and private sector. Company’s turnover continued to increase in the areas of building and civil engineering which included long term contract for the National Coal Board and British Steel Corporation, railway engineering contracting, joinery manufacture and houses for sale. Henry Boot Plc formed subsidiary in the name of Banner Building Society to offer mortgages to general public for commercial and residential properties. The expansion of Henry Boot Plc continued with the acquisition of a foundry in Bingley, West Yorkshire in 1974 and during 1976 the company saw an increase in overseas work initially with the collaboration of Hong Kong based Gammon in supplying and laying the tracks for Mass Transit Railway System followed by £13 million railway sub-contract on the Kowloon-Canton Railway in Australia. Later, Henry Boot Plc acquired Thos W. Ward (Railway Engineers) Limited of Sandiacre in order to strengthen the group’s railway engineering activity which was followed by the prestigious Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. The company’s core activities are property development, land management, construction and plant hire. Presently Henry Boot Plc is
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