coulson building group

Our History

est. 1884

In 1884, Herbert Charles Coulson, a carpenter, started in business as a builder, trading from premises in Burleigh Street, Cambridge. In 1889 he took a partner, William Lofts, and they traded as Coulson & Lofts from premises in East Road, with a town office at 37 St. Andrews Street.

On the death of the founder in 1921, the firm was incorporated as a private Limited Company with W.G. James, who had joined the firm in 1911, as Managing Director. He served until his death in 1962 when the company continued under the direction of his sons, John, Thomas, and Robert James.

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For over 135 years, the name of Coulson has become synonymous with quality building work. The Company’s influence on and involvement in the development of twentieth century Cambridge is witnessed in many of the fine University and College buildings throughout the City’s historic centre.

Over the years Coulson’s work has embraced almost every aspect of the Region’s infrastructure, including war defence installations, major public housing projects and the growth of the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’.

Today Coulson Building Group continue to enjoy ongoing success, building on its excellent reputation and long standing tradition of being one of the East of England’s premier building companies.

Herbert Coulson
William James
John james
Thomas james
robert James
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