Date: 26th February 2020
Curtins proposed for city’s highest honour
Curtins is thrilled to be put forward for Liverpool City Council’s Freedom Roll of Association, after 60 years of building the future – and preserving the history – of our home city.
Curtins have been proposed for the city’s highest honour for businesses by Mayor Joe Anderson, Lord Mayor Anna Rothery and Chief Exec of Liverpool Council, Tony Reeves.
This acknowledgement of Curtins’ contributions to the city comes in our 60th Anniversary year. Today, we operate from 14 locations throughout the UK and Ireland with nearly 450 employees. Looking back to 1960, it all started from the spare room in the Aigburth home of our founder, Bill Curtin.
Our conservation work saving Albert Dock in 1982 proved the catalyst for much of Liverpool’s regeneration projects that we have worked on since, including the Festival Gardens site in the 1980s. That’s a project we’re bookending right now, redeveloping the brownfield site to provide 1,500 new homes for the people of Liverpool.
Curtins’ Liverpool Director Andy Macfarlane says: “Liverpool has been good to us over 60 years, and it is a privilege to be able to create and preserve the city’s unrivalled skyline. From the full-circle Festival Gardens site to Paddington Village and the Knowledge Quarter, we continue working for the benefit of our employees and our local community. To this day we are proud to call Liverpool our home, maintaining our Headquarters on Tithebarn Street, in the heart of the city’s business district.”
Curtins CEO Rob Melling says: “I am incredibly proud to have our business recognised in this way. Our founder, Bill Curtin, believed in nurturing talent, creating opportunity, striving for inclusion and rewarding hard work. Those values still run strong in Curtins today. Our approach to guiding individuals to their full potential throughout their career – as part of our Apprenticeship scheme, our Graduate Academy and our Step Ahead Management Programme has led us to 28th place in the Sunday Times Top 100 companies to work for this year. We pledge to continue what Bill began into the next 60 years, and beyond.”
CEO of Liverpool City Council congratulated Curtins on the nomination, saying: “This is the highest accolade the city can bestow on an organisation and is a fitting tribute to Curtins.”
The honour will be formalised during the next Council meeting and followed by a ceremonial inscribing of our name in the Council Chambers, which will sit alongside organisations such as Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Tate Merseyside and the Hillsborough Families.