Industrial Units in Luton (1974)
Ray Scott White and Barrie Hookins (1966)
Sudbury Pool (1986)
1963 Building site
Barrie Hookins at SEGB Kingston (1968)
Watneys London (1970s)
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Our History

60 years of SWH

Since its formation in 1963, Scott White and Hookins (SWH) has grown, matured and developed into one of the leading practices in the UK.

We are focussed on innovation and progress, positively tackling the challenges and responsibilities we have within the broad construction industry and across all of our sectors.

Today, SWH is managed by five Board Directors, employing over sixty staff, with three regional offices in Bedford, London (Sutton) and Winchester, providing civil and structural engineering and related services.

Explore our key successes and significant milestones through our timeline.

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SWH is Formed

The partnership was formed on 1st July 1963 by Ray Scott-White and Barrie Hookins. The original office was set up above the Mitcham Building Society on the High Street, in Mitcham, London.


Bedford Office Opens

In July, Scott White and Hookins (SWH) opens its first regional office in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, to service a growing workload in the Midlands and East Anglia. This is followed by a new office in Carshalton


Bahrain Office Opens

SWH has an office in Bahrain opens and remains for the next 2 years.


Winchester Office Opens

We open another regional office in Winchester, Hampshire.


London House

Our South London office moves to London House, West Street, Carshalton.


Fountain House

Our Bedfordshire office relocates to its current address, Fountain House, in Bedford.


Harman House

Our Winchester office moves to its current address, Harman House, Andover Road.


Quality Assurance with BSi

SWH becomes one of the first structural engineering consultancies in the UK to be accredited to BS5750:Part 1 for Quality Assurance with BSi.


CDM Services

SW&H Health and Safety Limited forms to provide CDM services and advice on construction related health and safety matters.


Our first website launches on 14th February 1996 with our easy to remember three letter address –


Approved Inspectors

SW&H Services Ltd approved by Secretary of State for the Environment as an Approved Inspector, in respect of building regulations.


Investors in People

SWH achieves Investors in People (IIP) accreditation.


Construction Skills Certification Scheme

All SWH technical staff become qualified under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).



SWH starts providing BREEAM assessment services.


ISO 9001

SWH accredited to latest Quality Standard ISO9001:2008.


A Top 50 Employer

SWH named as one of the Top 50 Employers for 2010 in The Good Employer’s Guide, published by Building Magazine.


Limited Liability Partnership

SWH changes to a Limited Liability Partnership and becomes Scott White and Hookins LLP.


50th Anniversary

SWH celebrates 50 years in business.


Sutton Bound

Our South London office moves to Sutton.


Top 100 Civil Engineering Practices

SWH ranks in the top 100 civil engineering practices in the UK, by New Civil Engineer.


ISO 14001

SWH accredited to latest Environmental Management Standard ISO14001:2015.


SW&H Limited

SWH becomes a limited company, SW&H Limited.


60th Anniversary

SWH celebrates 60 years in business.

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